Earlier in 2019, the US Center for SafeSport, which oversees all Olympic Sports in America, sought to have all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have standardized Athlete Protection Policies, with each sport fitting the policies to their sport. USA Swimming has come up with its Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP), and all member clubs and LSCs are required to implement it.
I have attached our MAAPP, which is derived from the USA Swimming Policy. Most of the policy is nothing new, we already practice most of the requirements and some aren’t necessarily applicable to our club at this time. However, there are a couple of new items I want to highlight or remind swimmers and parents about.
- Social Media and Electronic Communications – Part II. This requirement states that all in electronic communication between an Applicable Adult with authority over minor athletes (in our case, Coaches) must have the minor athlete’s legal guardian copied. *When a minor athlete needs to contact a coach (this usually is Senior level swimmers), a parent MUST be copied, or the coach cannot and will not respond.
- Locker Rooms and Changing Areas – Part II. This requirement states that the use of any recording device (voice, camera, video camera) is prohibited in locker rooms and changing areas by any individual (adult or minor). *This is not a new requirement; however, it is a reminder that cameras are strictly prohibited in the locker rooms – even selfies or pictures with friends. Please remind your children of this.
- Lastly, though not part of our MAAPP, there is a new requirement that all adult athletes (18 and over) MUST take the Athlete Protection Training (APT) course provided by USA Swimming. We have a handful of swimmers that fit this – there is a 30 day grace period, but after that meet results may not count for those swimmers that haven’t completed the training. If you have any questions about where to find the APT course please let me know.
Thank you all for taking the time to read through the policy – the prevention of abuse is of the highest priority in sports, and it takes support from everyone involved to make sure all children are safe. If you have any questions or need clarification please do not hesitate to reach out.
FULL MAAPP POLICY