June 4, 2019
This is an important email introducing our members to some new rules, regulations, and guidelines that are coming in USA Swimming.
USOC and US CENTER FOR SAFESPORT
Considerable efforts have been undertaken in recent years to make the sport of swimming safer for athletes. These efforts started with educational requirements and more thorough background checks for coaches and other non-athlete members of USA Swimming. USA Swimming even developed a new side to their organizational structure strictly to help create and enforce rules and regulations. Within the last year the USOC created a division called the United States Center for SafeSport. This organization now oversees all National Governing Bodies including USA Swimming.
The United States Center for SafeSport recently released a Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) which aims to increase protection of athletes in sports under the jurisdiction of the USOC.
Under this new policy, there will be new rules and guidelines that we will have to follow. Currently, however, many National Governing Bodies, including USA Swimming, are seeking clarity to items within the policy. In some cases, rules and/or guidelines are ambiguous. In others, compliance may be impossible based on facility layout.
MIDDLE ATLANTIC and EMAC
Middle Atlantic Swimming SafeSport committee has a meeting today on this topic that seeks to gain clarity as well as determine guidelines for our teams to follow so that we can all do our part in increasing athlete safety.
After we hear from Middle Atlantic, EMAC will update our policies and guidelines so that we are complying with MAAPP.
ONE ITEM MAY NEED YOUR ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY
There is a major change that our swimmers need to be aware of immediately:
- swimmers who are age 18 and over need to pass the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training prior to June 23
- swimmers who are age 17 need to pass the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training prior to their 18th birthday.
- Passing the APT is now an annual obligation that needs to be met by adult athletes in the sport.
- Click HERE to learn more and to get started
Please look for more information shortly regarding this matter.