To All USA Swimming Members -
We are excited to announce enhancements to our Safe Sport policy
and education requirements as part of our continued commitment to
safeguarding our athletes.
USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our
athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has
a place in our sport. Under our leadership, this organization will
continue to make abuse prevention and response an important piece
of everything we do.
The enhancements stem from requirements imposed by the U.S. Center
for SafeSport (the “Center”). The Center is the
separate, independent organization that oversees all sexual
misconduct reports in the Olympic and Para-Olympic movement. The
Center is also responsible for creating requirements in the areas
of policy, education and training for every National Governing Body
(NGB) in the Movement. USA Swimming, as an NGB, must follow the
First, the Center requires every NGB to implement a Minor Athlete
Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) by June 23, 2019. This Policy
addresses risk areas that present opportunities for abuse to occur.
The Policy covers five (5) areas:
1. One-on-One Interactions
2. Travel: Local & Team
3. Social Media & Electronic Communication
4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas
5. Massages & Rubdowns
For several years, USA Swimming has either required club policies,
enacted national rules or recommended best practices in most of
these areas. This means that MAAPP requirements should be familiar
to USA Swimming members.
MAAPP will apply to all adults who interact with and have direct
and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes.
The language used in the policy is Applicable Adult. All Applicable
Adults will be required to follow MAAPP.
and Training Changes
Second, the Center requires regular and consistent training for all
adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with
minor athletes, including adult athletes. All USA Swimming
non-athlete members regularly complete Safe Sport training, known
as Athlete Protection Training. Now, all adult athlete members will
also be required to complete Athlete Protection Training. All adult
members—athlete and non-athlete—will be required to
complete the training annually.
At its April 26, 2019 meeting, the USA Swimming Board of Directors
reviewed and approved interim changes to USA Swimming rules related
to MAAPP. Those same changes will be presented to the House of
Delegates in September for permanent implementation.
Accordingly, by June 23, 2019, every USA Swimming member
organization is required to update its policies to reflect MAAPP.
Over the next two months, leading up to the June 23 compliance
date, USA Swimming will share the policy and education changes
across multiple channels and our Safe Sport staff members are
prepared to answer any questions you have.
MAAPP is provided in full at
www.usaswimming.org/maapp. You will also find additional
resources to assist you as you make these changes.
If you have questions about these changes, please contact USA
Swimming staff at
Your continued support of USA Swimming’s abuse prevention and
response efforts is invaluable. Together we can promote a safe and
healthy environment for our swimmers.
Bob Vincent, USA Swimming Board of Directors Chair
Tim Hinchey III, USA Swimming President & CEO