What is Safe Sport?

 

Safe Sport is USA Swimming's comprehensive abuse prevention program.

We believe that the experience of children and young athletes in all organized sports should be guided by what is best for the safe and healthy development of the young person. Young athletes who participate in organized sports activities have a unique opportunity for learning. In working with each child, it is essential that we are mindful of their physical, emotional, and developmental needs.  We must also be particularly diligent in recognizing the unique vulnerabilities that are an inherent part of childhood.  It is the responsibility of all adults to not only recognize these vulnerabilities, but to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create and maintain a safe and child- centered sports environment.  


We recognize the important role that USA Swimming plays in providing leadership and creating an organizational culture that is focused on the safety and wellbeing of young people. The protection of children requires that all adults work together to support young athletes. As the child’s first and enduring resource for safety, parents and guardians play a critical role in athlete protection. When parents participate they are able to help educate other adults about the needs of the child, and help prepare the child to participate in sports programs in a way that promotes safety, enjoyment, and learning.   


Adults, including coaches, officials, staff, facility workers, volunteers, chaperones, and others who interact with children, are in also positions of great trust and influence. The ability to use this position of trust to support the well-being of children is critical. The overwhelming majority of these adults fulfill their roles in a positive and responsible manner. Nonetheless, we must also understand that a few adults may seek to use the trust and authority that comes with their access and status to take advantage of a child.   


USA Swimming strives to continually improve the programs and services it offers to its members and among these some of the most important relate to the safeguards for protecting young athletes.  Because we aspire to foster safe and positive environments within all our member clubs, we believe it is especially important to provide our member adult leaders with policies and best practice guidelines that help define elements of appropriate behavior and conduct. 

 

USA Swimming and Center for Safe Sport contact & reporting information:

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

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Center for Safe Sport which oversees all sexual misconduct reports in all Olympic sports is requiring that we implement a mandatory Minor Abuse Prevention Policy to take effect on June 23, 2019.

Please see the below links to the MAAPP policy as well as additional educational tools and approved template documents, and a letter to the Membership for you to share with your club and/or post on your club website. Education and awareness is or goal, and we appreciate any and all support that you give to this process by facilitating this important communication to your membership. 

What does this mean for your Adult Athlete Members and your club now?

  • Athletes who are 18 currently or who will be 18 on or before June 23, need to take the Athlete Protection Program: ADP TRAINING LINK  
  • Please notify your 18 and over athletes of this as soon as possible.

MAAPP TOOLS

Frequently Asked Questions

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

 

Educational Documents

 

MAAPP Sample Forms

 

MAAPP COMMUNICATION