On April 26, the USA Swimming Board of Directors reviewed and revised national policy regarding our athlete protection measures. All USA Swimming Clubs and staff are subject to these policies for the protection of our athletes. Blackline Aquatics welcomes and supports these policies, as we are committed to a safe environment for our athletes to participate. No form of abuse is ever tolerated in our sport. The Blackline Aquatics staff and other non-athlete members annually receive training/certifications for Athlete Protection and SafeSport.
The US Center for SafeSport is the governing authority for all SafeSport policies (and enforcement) for all sports within the Olympic and Para-Olympic movements. The Center oversees all national governing bodies, including USA Swimming, for compliance with SafeSport policies and best practices.
This year, The Center implemented additional procedures to further safeguard our athletes. One of the new procedures requires that all members who are 18 and Older who have interaction with minor athletes this includes athletes, all (both) parents, coaches and officials must affirm/sign their agreement to MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy).
The process is straightforward – go to our MAAPP Policy page, carefully read the documents and click on “Register Online”.
All (both) parents need to go through this process. Parents will need to register as a “New Member”, note that is not to join the team. The online system requires an electronic process to affirm the documents, so the term “New Member” really means “New Signature” – the website does not retain your birthdate or other info, it will merely retain your signature.
18 & Older swimmers need to go through this process too, but do not need to hit new member. They also need to take the APT (Athlete Protection Training) located here: https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt