STARTING IN THE SUMMER OF 2019, ALL OLYMPIC SPORT NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES WERE REQUIRED TO ADOPT OF A SERIES OF RULES DETERMINED BY THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT. USA SWIMMING RESPONDED BY CREATING THE MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICIES - OR MAAPP. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS ACCURATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019 - BE SURE TO CHECK THE USA SWIMMING WEBSITE FOR THE MOST 'UP TO DATE' INFORMATION.
ALL USA SWIMMING MEMBER CLUBS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW PRESCRIBED MAAPP GUIDELINES AND TO EDUCATE THEIR MEMBERSHIP ON WHAT IS OUTLINED IN AND REQUIRED BY MAAPP. PLEASE CLICK ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW, OR READ USA SWIMMING'S MAAPP WEBSITE HERE.
MAAPP BASICS - 2019-2020: Many of the policies and behaviors outlined in MAAPP fall under 2 categories; common sense practices and/or past practices already adhered to by BAC. BAC already had a number of policies in place that covered things like team travel and hotels, social media use, and coach/swimmer interactions.
WHAT'S NEW ABOUT MAAPP - 2019-2020: You can read everything about MAAPP below, but the 2 major changes that will effect the majority of BACers deal with social media and electronic communication and parents as 'applicable adults' while serving as meet volunteers.
Social Media and Electronic Communication: In terms of social media, the basic rules is that swimmers and families can follow BAC accounts, but that BAC typically does not 'follow back' these accounts. In addition, coaches may not connect with swimmers on their personal accounts, which means no following swimmers and that coaches will typically block/mute any swimmers that follow them.
MAAPP also regulates electronic communication (texts, emails, communication apps) used by the club. You can read more below, but the basics are that any communication between a coach and an athlete MUST include the athlete's parent/guardian. This means that anytime an older swimmer reaches out to a coach via text or email (as awesome thing to do to promote ownership of the sport!) they should also include a parent. If a parent isn't included, the coach likely won't be able to respond. MAAPP also requires that electronic communication with athletes is sent between 8am and 8pm, unless there's an emergency
'Applicable Adults' and Meet Volunteering: You can read more about the defintion of 'applicable adult' below, but it's basically any adult (coach, 18+ swimmer, official, board member, etc.) that is a registered member of USA Swimming. USA Swimming requires all applicable adults to follow MAAPP guidelines. In addition, any adult serving in a volunteer capacity at a meet takes on a sort of temporary 'applicable adult' status. The significance of that will depend on the volunteer job and meet location, but generally it means that volunteers should avoid private one-on-one interactions with a (non-related) athlete, and should either use a prescribed 'adults only' restroom or use a 'bathroom buddy' when entering a locker room with athletes.
PLEASE CLICK ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MAAPP, AND BE SURE TO REACH OUT TO THE BAC COACHING STAFF OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
'APPLICABLE ADULT' and NON USA SWIMMING ACTIVITIES
ONE ON ONE INTERACTIONS
SOCIAL MEDIA AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
TRAVEL AND HOTELS
LOCKER ROOMS AND CHANGING AREAS
MASSAGES AND ATHLETIC TRAINING