June 14, 2019
USA Swimming MAAPP Locker Room and Changing Area Policies
The USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP) Locker Room and Changing Area Policies are required to be implemented by all USA Swimming member clubs by June 23rd, 2019.
On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. All USA Swimming member clubs are required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019.
Listed below are USA Swimming's MAAPP Locker Room and Changing Area Policies, plus the Resourse they provide about the policy and Frequently Asked Questions (some as current as June, 13th, 2019).
Locker Room and Changing Area Policies
Requirement to Use Locker Room or Changing Area
The designated locker room or changing area must be used when an athlete or Applicable Adult changes, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit (e.g., deck changing is prohibited).
Use of Recording Devices
Use of any device’s (including a cell phone’s) recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras in locker rooms, changing areas, or similar spaces by a minor athlete or an Applicable Adult is prohibited.
An unrelated Applicable Adult must not expose his or her breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to a minor athlete under any circumstance. An unrelated Applicable Adult must not request an unrelated minor athlete to expose the minor athlete’s breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to the unrelated Applicable Adult under any circumstance.
Except for athletes on the same team or athletes attending the same competition, at no time are unrelated Applicable Adults permitted to be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing area, except under emergency circumstances. If the organization is using a facility that only has a single locker room or changing area, separate times for use by Applicable Adults must be designated.
Flatiron Swimming must regularly and randomly monitor the use of locker rooms and changing areas to ensure compliance with this Policy. Locker rooms and changing areas may be monitored by use of the following methods:
Conducting a sweep of the locker room or changing area before athletes arrive;
Posting staff directly outside the locker room or changing area during periods of use;
Leaving the doors open when adequate privacy is still possible; and/or
Making occasional sweeps of the locker rooms or changing areas with women checking on female locker rooms and men checking on male locker rooms.
Every effort must be made to recognize when a minor athlete goes to the locker room or changing area during practice and competition, and, if the minor athlete does not return in a timely fashion, to check on the minor athlete’s whereabouts.
Legal Guardians in Locker Rooms or Changing Areas
Legal guardians are discouraged from entering locker rooms and changing areas. If a legal guardian does enter a locker room or changing area, it must only be a same-sex legal guardian and the legal guardian should notify a coach or administrator in advance.
The USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP) has five parts. This resource below is intended to provide information regarding implementing the Locker Rooms and Changing Areas section of the policy.
Resource for MAAPP Locker Room and Changing Area Policies:
Locker Rooms and Changing Areas Locker rooms and changing areas are private and enclosed spaces in which abuse can occur. To prevent abuse of minor athletes in these private areas, this section of the MAAPP is intended to keep Applicable Adults from being present in a locker room or changing area at the same time as minor athletes. Prior to MAAPP, a team locker room policy has been a strongly recommended best practice. This section of MAAPP is very closely aligned with USA Swimming rules, Model Policy on Locker Rooms and published Best Practice Guidelines. Now, rather than recommended practices, this is a USA Swimming requirement. Please note that Adult Athletes are Applicable Adults. It is important for adult athletes to carefully read and understand their responsibilities under this section. Please read every point carefully to avoid confusion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the word “expose” mean in Section III?
A: Expose means a purposeful showing of private parts or being bare skinned for an abnormal amount of time while changing. Adult athletes should be thoughtful to turn their bodies away and shield their private parts from minor athletes while changing.
Q: Does this policy only apply to locker rooms at competitions?
A: No. MAAPP applies to any and all locker rooms or changing areas used by Applicable Adults and minor athletes in connection to USA Swimming activities such as practice, competition, camps, etc.
Q: Does this policy mean that athletes over the age of 18 cannot share a locker room or changing area with teammates under the age of 18?
A: No. Unrelated Applicable Adults must not be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing area except for athletes on the same team and athletes attending the same competition.
Q: Can U.S. Masters Swimming (“USMS”) members use a locker room at the same time as minor athletes?
A: An unrelated Applicable Adult must not be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing area. If a USMS swimmer meets the definition of an Applicable Adult, then the Applicable Adult must not be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing area. MAAPP would not prohibit an Applicable Adult, or Applicable Adult(s) from sharing a locker room or changing area with minor athletes so long as the Applicable Adult is not alone in the locker room or changing area with a minor athlete.
Q: Can an athlete deck change?
A: NO. Deck changing is prohibited under USA Swimming rules and by MAAPP.
UPDATED QUESTIONS (June 13, 2019)
Q: If the club or LSC is using a public facility, how can the club or LSC ensure compliance with this section of MAAPP?
A: MAAPP only applies to Applicable Adults and does not extend to the general public. Only Applicable Adults are required to adhere to MAAPP.
Q: If two teams use the same practice facility, can the adult athletes from one team share a locker room or changing area with minor athletes from another team?
A: Yes. Athletes from two teams sharing a practice facility would be treated similarly to athletes on the same team.