Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
  • Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Full Policy:   PDF 

  • Applicable Adults   PDF
  • Travel   PDF
  • One-on-One Interactions   PDF
  • Social Media and Electronic Communications   PDF
  • Locker Rooms and Changing Areas   PDF
  • Massages and Rubdowns   PDF

Additional Safe Sport information: (January 2020)

  • Preventing Bullying - Coach's Handbook    PDF
  • USA Swimming Athlete Training Facilitaor Guide   PDF
  • 30 Second Safe Sport Introduction    PDF
  • 2019 USAS Convention Safe Sport Chairs Workshop Presentation   PDF
  • 2019 USAS Convention Athlete Engagement Presentation   PDF
  • 2019 Athletes as Leaders Training    PDF
  • 2019 Coaching Boys Into Men Training   PDF
  • Free Athlete Protection Training Handouts QR Codes   Word
  • Safe Sport IS Poster   Word
  • Safe Sport cards - poster of cards available - PDF
  • Safe Sport Club Recognition as of 9-9-19 -- Started and completed  PDF

​Sample Forms:

  • MAAPP Sample Language for Meets   Word
  • MAAPP Sample Acknowledgement of Policy    Word
  • MAAPP Sample Permission Slip for massage Therapist or Other Health Care Provider   Word
  • MAAPP Sample Permission Slip for Mental Health Care Provider or Health Care Provider to Have One-On-One   Word
  • MAAPP Sample Permission Slip Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share Lodging with a Minor   Word
  •  MAAPP Sample Permission Slip Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Transportation to Minor Athlete   Word
  • MAAPP Sample Permission Slip Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete   Word

Policies and Guidelines:

  • Best Practices Guideline   PDF
  • Model Code of Conduct - Athlete   Word
  • Model Code of Conduct - Parent    Word
  • Model Code of Conduct - Coach   Word
  • Model Policy - Action Plan to Address Bullying   PDF
  • Model Policy for Photography   PDF
  • Model Policy for Gender Diverse Minors   PDF


  • Electronic Comunication Poster   PDF
  • No Cameras Poster   PDF
  • Safe Sport Coach Poster   PDF



April 29, 2019

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:

  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.

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 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.

Tim Hinchey III  
President & CEO  
USA Swimming 

Bob Vincent 
USA Swimming Board of Directors