June 20, 2019
Hello EMAC Families,
We are following up on our previous communication regarding the new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) from USA Swimming. Please read the policy by clicking the following:
We will have ongoing communications regarding MAAPP. For now, we have two items that require your attention.
- USA Swimming is requiring each family and/or non-athlete member as well as adult athletes to acknowledge that they have received and reviewed the new MAAPP policy. Please acknowledge this by filling out a google form HERE.
- All athletes ages 18 or older MUST complete the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training (APT). The consequence for not filling this form out is that athletes will be ineligible to compete. If your swimmer is 18 or is turning 18 prior to a champs meet this season, please click HERE for instructions and a link to the APT course. As mentioned in a previous email from June 4th, the deadline for our adult athletes to complete this course is Sunday, June 23rd.
WHAT TO EXPECT GOING FORWARD.
We encourage everyone to ask questions if they have them. If you have a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If I do not know the answer, I will forward the question on to the MA Swimming SafeSport chair, Kate Scheuer, with whom I've had several conversations regarding MAAPP.
As you read through the “Additional Educational Materials,” you will notice updates and modifications. USA Swimming administration and coaches are busy trying to educate regarding this policy. Many questions have been clarified while other questions remain unanswered or unasked.
Expect to see updates on this policy and what is asked of USA Swimming members/clubs from now until USA Swimming House of Delegates (HOD) in September. I am being told that USA Swimming will be making this a main topic during this year’s HOD.
You should also expect to see the policy and acknowledgements recognized in our future registration platforms as well as a new team handbook, which is being prepared for the start of our Fall season.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.