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MAAPP 2.0

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy 2.0

The Butte Tarpon Swim Team voted to fully implement the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy 2.0 (MAAPP 2.0) on June 20, 2021. The policy is below. Each parent, coach, non-athlete member, and athlete must sign the team form annually that he/she/they has read and accepted the policy.

The NEW Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy 2.0 (MAAPP 2.0) will be in effect beginning September 1, 2021. Montana Swimming and all member clubs and unattahed memebrs must comply with the MAAPP 2.0 requirements by this date.

USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be creating healthy and positive environments free from abuse for all its members. As part of its commitment to safeguard athletes, USA Swimming has released an updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) applicable to all USA Swimming Adult Participants, Zones, LSCs and member clubs. These required updates come from the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). USA Swimming’s updated MAAPP document has been approved by the Center and is required to be fully implemented by USA Swimming, its Zones, LSCs and member clubs. USA Swimming has set a deadline for those organizations to implement the policy in full no later than September 1, 2021; all organizations are encouraged to implement the MAAPP prior to the September 1 deadline.  

USA Swimming implemented its first MAAPP in 2019. The initial USA Swimming MAAPP went above and beyond the Center’s requirements to restrict one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes. The 2021 required updates will not be the same major overhaul directly due to our robust efforts in 2019. However, there are still significant changes USA Swimming, its Zones, LSCs and member clubs are required to implement. Below are some key takeaways to understand and focus on: 
  1. Adult Participant term replaces Applicable Adult term 
  2. Added Definitions section 
  3. Dual Relationship and Close-In-Age Exceptions  
  4. Modifications to Required Consents section 
  5. New Meetings and Individual Training Sessions section  
“This year, we are providing more time for USA Swimming member clubs to implement MAAPP 2.0,” USA Swimming’s Program Director of Safe Sport Liz Hahn said. “In addition, we have numerous resources for LSCs, member clubs, adults and athletes to understand and ask questions about the new policy, including four separate webinars.”  
Participants can register for the hour-long webinars on USA Swimming’s webinars and presentations page. All webinars will be structured similarly, but a rolling FAQ list will be updated after each session.  
USA Swimming wants the transition to MAAPP 2.0 to be as seamless as possible for all members. In addition to the webinar opportunities, USA Swimming’s Safe Sport website has been updated to include new resources, including: 
  •  A editable MAAPP 2.0 document for clubs to download and customize as its own.  
  •  Educational documents to help guide and assist all USA Swimming member clubs.  
“We will continue to provide support in any way possible for our membership,” Hahn said.  

For questions regarding MAAPP 2.0, please reach out to your club’s or LSC’s USA Swimming Safe Sport Chair/Coordinator, USA Swimming Safe Sport Zone Chair or email [email protected].  
To learn more about this policy, and to find the available resources, please visit usaswimming.org/MAAPP

MAAPP 2.0 Resources:

BTST Approved Full Policy:  PDF

BTST Written Acknowledgement of MAAPP 2.0 Policy Form:  Word

Adult Participant:   PDF

General Requirements:   PDF

One-on-One Interactions:   PDF

Meetings and Individual Training Sessions:   PDF

Electronic Communication:   PDF

In Program Travel and Lodging:   PDF

Locker Rooms and Changing Areas:   PDF

Massages and Rubdowns:   PDF

BTST will continue to have a bullying policy in place.


 

The Butte Tarpon Swim Team voted to fully implement the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) on May 29, 2019. The policy is below. Each parent, coach, non-athlete member, and athlete must sign the team form annually that he/she/they has read and accepted the policy.

 The Policy covers five (5) areas:  Full Policy is here.

1. One-on-One Interactions    PDF

2. Travel: Local & Team    PDF

3. Social Media & Electronic Communication    PDF

4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas    PDF

5. Massages & Rubdowns    PDF

Message from USA Swimming on the MAAPP dated 4-29-19:

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 Center’s requirements.

Policy Changes

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:  Full Policy is here.

1. One-on-One Interactions    PDF

2. Travel: Local & Team    PDF

3. Social Media & Electronic Communication    PDF

4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas    PDF

5. Massages & Rubdowns    PDF

 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.

Education 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 [email protected].

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.  

Best,

Bob Vincent, USA Swimming Board of Directors Chair

Tim Hinchey III, USA Swimming President & CEO