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Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) is committed to creating a fun and safe environment for all of its members. By applying the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention and Anti-Bullying policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Athlete Protection Training we are developing a program that is abuse-free, safe, healthy, and positive. All athletes, families, and coaches are educated on our Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP). PASA is fully committed to the safety of every athlete, coach, official, and parent.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program Document

USA Swimming's and PASA's top priority continues to be keeping athletes safe.  Safe Sport is USA Swmming's comprehensive abuse prevention program and provides tools for swim clubs to educate their members and intervene in risky situations.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program (MAAPP)  is the enhancement imposed by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and must be impleted by June 23, 2019.  The policy addresses risk areas that present opportunites for abuse to occur.

This 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

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.

*  PASA Safe Sport Coordinator: Paul Coleman [email protected]

* USA Swimming (719) 866-4578  Deal with a Safe Sport Concern

-* U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report.  Use the online reporting form, call (720) 524-5640, or find more information at


PASA Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines



The following Best Practice Guidelines are strongly recommended for all USA Swimming members.

 1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.

 2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.

 3. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.

 4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.

 5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.

 6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes. 

 7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.

 8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.  

9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged. 



Below are links to educate our members about Safe Sport and MAAP:

Mandatory Training for Adults:

Safe Sport Training for Minor Athletes:

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy:

Safe Sport Training for Adults:

Bullying Prevention:

National Center for Safe Sport Helpline & USA Swimming SwimAssist