Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy - MAAPP
USA Swimming has implemented a new Safe Sport Initiative. The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) will go into effect on Sunday, June 23rd 2019. 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.
USA Swimming member clubs and LSCs are required to implement this Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy in full.
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents, coaches and other non-athlete members of member clubs on an annual basis with such written agreement to be retained by the club.
(Patriots Swimming Masters who do not have an athlete on the Patriots do not need to acknowledge the document, however we ask that our Masters swimmers read an be aware of the policy.)
Full Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy - HERE.
Supporting educational documents and sample forms below.
All Patriots Swimming families must comply with this requirement by committing to the MAAPP event on the Patriots website by Sunday, June 23rd 2019. Commitment/acknowledgement is just like committing to a swim meet.
By committing to the MAAPP event for each Patriots Swimming Team Member in your family, you are acknowledging the following statement:
I acknowledge that I have received, read and understood the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy and/or that the Policy has been explained to me or my family. I further acknowledge and understand that agreeing to comply with the contents of this Policy is a condition of my membership with Patriots Swimming.
MAAPP EVENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT EVENT - HERE
If you have any questions regarding the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy, please leave your question in the comments section when completing the commitment/acknowledgement.
You will notice a few changes to how Patriots Swimming operates in order to abide by MAAPP. These changes include but are not limited to the following:
Communication between Patriots staff and Patriots athletes of any kind outside of practice/competition (phone, text, email, other) will be limited to between the hours of 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. No communication outside of practice/competition will be allowed between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am except in emergency situations.
All communication outside of practice/competition (phone, text, email, other) between Patriots staff and Patriots athletes will require a parent/guardian to be copied in on the message. This applies both directions. Athletes will be required to copy a parent/guardian in communication to Patriots staff and Patriots staff will be required to copy a parent/guardian in communication with Patriots athletes.
If a Patriots staff member is sending a group communication (text, email, other), another adult Patriots staff member will be copied in on the message.
Athletes will be required to complete USA Swimming Athlete Protection Courses prior to their 18th birthday. The Athlete Protection Courses will be required to be completed annually. USA Swimming Athlete Protection Courses – HERE.
Acknowledgement - Waivers
Acknowledgement of MAAPP will be a requirement for all future registration with Patriots Swimming. Additional acknowledgement and waiver forms will be required for team travel events.
MAAPP EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS
USA Swimming MAAPP Website
Social Media and Electronic Communications
Locker Rooms and Changing Areas
Massages, Rubdowns and Athletic Training Modalities
APT Requirement for Adult Athlete
MAAPP Sample Forms
Permission for an Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share the Same Lodging with a Minor Athlete
Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Local Transportation to Minor Athlete
Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete
Social Media & Electronic Communication