We very much value your communications with our staff as we
work through the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
implementation process. You are our partners in this effort to be
leaders among youth-serving organizations.
Does MAAPP Apply to Non-USA
Based on feedback received from our coach members who serve in
multiple roles with different organizations (including, for
example, as high school and collegiate coaches), we sought
additional clarification from the U.S. Center for SafeSport on
whether MAAPP applies when Applicable Adults interact with minor
athletes outside of USA Swimming activities. The Center
subsequently determined that MAAPP does not apply to Applicable
Adults and their interactions with minor athletes unrelated to USA
Swimming activities. For example, MAAPP does not apply to a USA
Swimming coach communicating electronically with a minor athlete
for the purposes of collegiate recruitment.
encourage our members to take the necessary steps to protect minor
athletes from abuse in sport regardless of the organizational
affiliation, the expectations set forth in MAAPP will only be
enforced and audited with respect to USA Swimming activities.
: We have received great
feedback as our clubs and coaches think through how to implement
MAAPP. In an effort to share the guidance we are providing on
common topics, we have updated the FAQ documents. Updated FAQ
documents are posted
Adult Athlete APT Membership
As a reminder,
starting June 23, 2019, all adult athlete members (athletes ages 18
and over) will be required to complete Athlete Protection Training
(APT) as a condition of membership. Adult athletes will be given 30
days to complete the training. Starting July 23, 2019, any adult
athlete who has not completed APT will not be a USA Swimming
athlete member in good standing. Similarly, athletes who turn 18
years old after June 23 will be given 30 days after their 18th birthday to
complete the training.
We have received
many inquiries into how clubs and LSCs will know whether an adult
athlete has completed APT.
club will be able to view whether or not an athlete member has
completed the training by viewing the roster in the Club Portal.
Clubs will also be able to run a Membership Status report and a
custom member report as well.
LSCs and meet directors: Meet Recon report will reflect whether
adult athletes have completed APT.
What is Required by June 23,
MAAPP in full as a club policy;
guidelines must be followed starting June 23; and
athlete APT requirement goes into effect.
The General Acknowledgement section of MAAPP does not have to be
completed by June 23, 2019. Member clubs must adopt MAAP by June 23
and adhere to its guidelines going forward. At some point in 2019
(and then going forward on an annual basis), MAAP must be reviewed
and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents, coaches and
non-athlete members of the club.