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USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

On Monday, April 29, 2019 all current USA Swimming members who have an email address listed on their member record, received an email regarding MAAPP.  Here is the link to the information that was sent:  https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/minor-athlete-abuse-prevention-policy

As such, the following information was received from USA Swimming to assist you in preparing for this new requirement:

  • Impacts all current athlete members who will be turning 18, or are already 18 or older
  • June 23, 2019 program goes live
  • Athlete Protection Training (APT) must be completed to be in good standing
  • 30 days prior to turning 18, athlete member will receive an email notification to complete APT
  • On 18th birthday, athlete member will receive an email notification to complete APT
  • 30 days after turning 18, athlete member will receive email notification to complete APT
  • A grace period of 30 days after the athlete member turns 18 will be in place to complete the requirement
  • Athlete member’s record will be flagged if not completed (the same as it currently does with non-athletes)
  • Error messages will appear on meet recon reports if athlete member has not completed APT (something like “Athlete has not completed APT”)
  • Deck Pass member card will not be available if athlete has not completed APT (the same as it currently works with all other member types who are not in good standing)
  • If an athlete’s Deck Pass and/or member record are flagged for not completing APT, they will NOT be able to compete; however, it won’t prevent them from entering a meet
  • A link to www.usaswimming.org/learn and www.usaswimming.org/apt will be available on USA Swimming’s website under FOR YOU > Swimmers
  • There is a page on our website; Free Safe Sport Training for Athletes – If this webpage is accessed, please be sure they select the courses under USA SWIMMING MEMBERS and not NON-MEMBERS (if you happen to take the courses under Non-Members, you will not get credit for them as a member)
  • LSCs will be able to generate an Athlete Report to show all of their 18 and over current athlete members who have not completed it
  • Other reports such as Custom Member reports and Membership Status reports will be programmed very soon to identify athletes who are missing this requirement
  • Athlete rosters from Club Portals will also be programmed very soon to show athletes who have not completed APT

You can start NOW and get the process moving!

Athletes can complete the APT right now, and it will automatically match to their member record.  You can get a jump on complying with this new requirement, by notifying your soon to be 18 year old athletes (30 days out before turning 18), your current 18 year old athletes, including those that are 30 days after turning 18, with details on completing APT (remember to mention to complete the last survey questions on the three required courses, so that it will appear in SWIMS and match to their member record).

  1. Email your coaches and clubs and share information on this new requirement, so they too can assist in the process
  2. Post the general MAAPP on your LSC websites and encourage clubs to do the same

As with any new changes, it may start out a little rocky, and there may be some glitches along the way, so please be patient.  Remember: Athlete’s safety is our number one priority!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO ACCESS USA SWIMMING'S WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.