Safe Sport Update MAAPP - May 30, 2019
May 31, 2019
SAFE SPORT UPDATE, MAY 30, 2019
SET - DIRECT - PROTECT
Hello from Indianapolis!
June 23 is coming up soon - the date the National Center for Safe Sport is bringing all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) under the U.S. Olympic Committee in compliance with a unified Safe Sport Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP).
USA Swimming announced our MAAPP on April 29, and has provided guidance in the form of FAQ documents about the policy's practical application. All those FAQ documents are linked here.
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USA Swimming Safe Sport has provided some required documents and policies for clubs to download and copy to assist with implementing MAAPP. We have posted links to those documents on the Indiana Swimming Safe Sport page, and they are listed below so you can bookmark them for later use. There is a placeholder in the documents to add your club's logo and copy the language to share with membership.
- Language for meets
- Acknowledgement of Policy
- Permission for a Licensed Massage Therapist or Other Certified Professional or Health Care Provider to Treat a Minor Athlete
- Permission for a Mental Health Care Professional or Health Care Provider to have One on One Interaction
- Permission for an Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share the Same Lodging with a Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Local Transportation to Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete
Watch for webinars and how-to videos coming up soon.
What should we be doing to get ready for MAAPP?
- Coaches (and other adult members): Continue to clean up your social media accounts. You cannot have connections to unrelated minor athletes over whom you have authority.
- Clubs: Prepare the new MAAPP policy and waiver documents for your websites and club handbooks. You can use the document linked above to obtain the required signatures from applicable adults.
- Athletes over 18, take the three-part Athlete Protection Training found through the USA Swimming LEARN site. ***THIS IS A NEW REQUIREMENT***
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WATCH FOR NEW SAFE SPORT MONDAY SCENARIOS
USA Swimming is preparing new Safe Sport Monday training scenarios to start conversations about athlete protection and help clubs build a strong team culture. I will usually share a new scenario via email on the first Monday of the month.
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﻿SAFE SPORT RECOGNIZED CLUBS
USA Swimming launched the Safe Sport Recognized Club program late last year. Under MAAPP, some of the criteria will be changing, but clubs can still apply under the existing criteria before June 23. So far, Lawrence County Aquatics and Plainfield Aquatics have achieved recognition in Indiana. Your club can contact me or USA Swimming to help you with your application at email@example.com.
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REQUIRED ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING IS NOW PROVIDED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER, AND ATHLETES 18-OVER ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TRAINING EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2019.
USA Swimming's Athlete Protection Training is now provided through the U.S. Center for Safe Sport. The required courses (there are three) are still and members will now need to renew APT annually.
All non-athlete members of USA Swimming are required to complete this APT, along with 18-over athletes.
QUESTIONS? Don't hesitate to ask. Send me an email or call if you have a question about MAAPP or need direction on Safe Sport for your team.
Stay safe. Have fun. Swim fast!
Safe Sport Chair