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Safe Sport

What is SAFE SPORT?

USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, a comprehensive abuse prevention program, consists of a multi-layered approach to keep kids safe, including: required policies (such as the MAAPP) and best practice guidelines; mandatory screening, including criminal background checks and employment screening; training and education; monitoring, supervision and mandatory reporting.  These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations.  

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 is committed to providing a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members.

What is the MAAPP?

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, created the Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.  The Center then urged all National Governing Bodies to add restrictions tailored to fit their sport.  

USA Swimming's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy, or MAAPP, addresses one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel (local and team), locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities within our sport. Every USA Swimming club, Zone and LSC is required to implement the enhanced MAAPP 2.0 in full by September 1, 2021.

All USA Swimming members must review and acknowledge/sign off on the MAAPP annually.  Pau Hana Swim Team asks our members to do this during team registration each season.  You can review our MAAPP anytime here: Pau Hana Swim Team MAAPP 2.0

How can I learn more about USA Swimming's SAFE SPORT program?

There is LOTS of information and resources available to you on the USA Swimming website, including these Safe Sport specific highlights:

Who must complete Athlete Protection Training?

Athlete Protection Training (APT) is required annually by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for all new and existing adult members for USA Swimming, including coaches, officials, chaperones, meet directors, and adult athletes. The core course covers the key topics that the congressional mandate said that youth sport organizations need to educate about.  Athletes ages 18 and older are required to take this course due to their potential contact with minor athletes. The required course is found on the USA Swimming LEARN site and must be renewed annually.    

What are USA Swimming's SAFE SPORT "Best Practice Guidelines"? 

  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.

Click below to review Pau Hana's SAFE SPORT policies.

I have a SAFE SPORT concern.  What should I do?

Please use the guidelines below to help you you initiate your report.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of safe sport issues. If you are not sure who to contact with a concern, please contact Safe Sport Staff at USA Swimming's National Office.  They will talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.

How to REPORT a SAFE SPORT ISSUE:

Contact the US CENTER FOR SAFESPORT for all issues dealing with:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media

Call (720) 524-5640 or use the Online Reporting Form Additional information is available at U.S. Center for SafeSport

Contact USA SWIMMING for all issues dealing with:

  • Criminal Charges
  • Use, Sale, Distribution of Illegal Drugs
  • Physical Abuse or Emotional Abuse

Use the Online Reporting Form or email USA Swimming.

Contact OUR TEAM for all issues dealing with:

  • Peer to Peer Bullying
  • Adult to Athlete Bullying
  • Parent Issues
  • Violations of team rules and team code of conduct

Send a report to our team's SafeSport Coordinator, Christi Holmes, at [email protected].  This example Letter of Correspondence may help you get started.  

 

Pau Hana STANDS TOGETHER!
WE are SAFE SPORT Champions!