Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Razorback Aquatic Club

June 23, 2019

This Policy Applies To:

  • All USA Swimming non-athlete members and adult athlete members;

  • Participating non-members (e.g., meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);

  • LSC and club adult staff and board members; and

  • Any other adult authorized to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes. 


General Requirement

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. 


One-On-One Interactions

  1. Observable and Interruptible

One-on-one interactions between a minor athlete and an Applicable Adult (who is not the minor’s legal guardian) must occur at an observable and interruptible distance from another adult unless meeting with a Mental Health Care Professional and/or Health Care Provider (see below) or under emergency circumstances.


  1. Meetings

    1. Meetings between a minor athlete and an Applicable Adult may only occur if another adult is present and where interactions can be easily observed and at an interruptible distance from another adult, except under emergency circumstances.

    2. If a one-on-one meeting takes place, the door to the room must remain unlocked and open. If available, it must occur in a room that has windows, with the windows, blinds, and/or curtains remaining open during the meeting. 

    3. Meetings must not be conducted in an Applicable Adult or athlete’s hotel room or other overnight lodging location during team travel. 


  1. Meetings with Mental Health Care Professionals and/or Health Care Providers

If a Mental Health Care Professional and/or Health Care Provider meets with a minor athlete in

conjunction with participation, including at practice or competition sites, a closed-door meeting may 

be permitted to protect patient privacy provided that:

  1. The door remains unlocked;

  2. Another adult is present at the facility;

  3. The other adult is advised that a closed-door meeting is occurring; and

  4. Written legal guardian consent is obtained in advance by the Mental Health Care Professional and/or Health Care Provider, with a copy provided to the Razorback Aquatic Club.  


  1. Individual Training Sessions 

Individual training sessions outside of the regular course of training and practice between 

Applicable Adults and minor athletes are permitted if the training session is observable and interruptible by another adult. Legal guardians must be allowed to observe the training session.


Social Media and Electronic Communications

  1. Content

All electronic communication from Applicable Adults to minor athletes must be professional in 



  1. Open and Transparent

Absent emergency circumstances, if an Applicable Adult with authority over minor athletes needs 

to communicate directly with a minor athlete via electronic communications (including social 

media), the minor athlete’s legal guardian must be copied. If a minor athlete communicates to the 

Applicable Adult (with authority over the minor athlete) privately first, said Applicable Adult must 

copy the minor athlete’s legal guardian on any electronic communication response to the minor 



When an Applicable Adult with authority over minor athletes communicates electronically to the 

entire team said Applicable Adult must copy another adult.


  1. Requests to Discontinue

Legal guardians may request in writing that their minor athlete not be contacted through any form of 

electronic communication by Razorback Aquatic Club, LSC or by an Applicable Adult subject to 

this Policy. The organization must abide by any such request that the minor athlete not be 

contacted via electronic communication, or included in any social media post, absent emergency 



  1. Hours

Electronic communications must only be sent between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., 

unless emergency circumstances exist, or during competition travel.


  1. Prohibited Electronic Communication

Applicable Adults with authority over minor athletes are not permitted to maintain private social 

media connections with unrelated minor athletes and such Applicable Adults are not permitted to 

accept new personal page requests on social media platforms from minor athletes, unless the 

Applicable Adult has a fan page, or the contact is deemed as celebrity contact as opposed to 

regular contact. Existing social media connections with minor athletes must be discontinued. Minor 

athletes may “friend” Razorback Aquatic Club and/or LSC’s official page.


Applicable Adults with authority over minor athletes must not send private, instant or direct 

messages to a minor athlete through social media platforms. 



  1. Local Travel

Local travel consists of travel to training, practice, and competition that occurs locally and does not 

include coordinated overnight stay(s).


Applicable Adults must not ride in a vehicle alone with an unrelated minor athlete, absent 

emergency circumstances, and must always have at least two minor athletes or another adult in 

the vehicle, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the minor athlete’s legal guardian. 


Legal guardians must pick up their minor athlete first and drop off their minor athlete last in any 

shared or carpool travel arrangements.


  1. Team Travel

Team travel is travel to a competition or other team activity that the organization plans and 



  1. During team travel, when doing room checks two-deep leadership (two Applicable Adults should be present) and observable and interruptible environments must be maintained.


When only one Applicable Adult and one minor athlete travel to a competition, the minor 

athlete’s legal guardian must provide written permission in advance and for each competition 

for the minor athlete to travel alone with said Applicable Adult.


Team Managers and Chaperones who travel with Razorback Aquatic Club or LSC must be USA 

Swimming members in good standing.


    1. Unrelated Applicable Adults must not share a hotel room, other sleeping arrangements, or overnight lodging locations with a minor athlete.


Minor athletes should be paired to share hotel rooms or other sleeping arrangements with other 

minor athletes of the same gender and of similar age. 


    1. Meetings during team travel must be conducted consistent with the One-on-One Interactions section of this Policy (i.e., any such meeting must be observable and interruptible). Meetings must not be conducted in an individual’s hotel room or other overnight sleeping location.


Locker Rooms and Changing Areas

  1. Requirement to Use Locker Room or Changing Area

The designated locker room or changing area must be used when an athlete or Applicable Adult 

changes, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit (e.g., deck 

changing is prohibited). 


  1. Use of Recording Devices

Use of any device’s (including a cell phone’s) recording capabilities, including voice recording, still 

cameras and video cameras in locker rooms, changing areas, or similar spaces by a minor athlete 

or an Applicable Adult is prohibited. 


  1. Undress

An unrelated Applicable Adult must not expose his or her breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to a 

minor athlete under any circumstance. An unrelated Applicable Adult must not request an unrelated 

minor athlete to expose the minor athlete’s breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to the unrelated 

Applicable Adult under any circumstance.


  1. One-on-One Interactions

Except for athletes on the same team or athletes attending the same competition, at no time are 

unrelated Applicable Adults permitted to be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing 

area, except under emergency circumstances. If the organization is using a facility that only has a 

single locker room or changing area, separate times for use by Applicable Adults must be 



  1. Monitoring

Razorback Aquatic Club must regularly and randomly monitor the use of locker rooms and 

changing areas to ensure compliance with this Policy. Locker rooms and changing areas may be 

monitored by use of the following methods:

  1. Conducting a sweep of the locker room or changing area before athletes arrive; 

  2. Posting staff directly outside the locker room or changing area during periods of use; 

  3. Leaving the doors open when adequate privacy is still possible; and/or

  4. Making occasional sweeps of the locker rooms or changing areas with women checking on female locker rooms and men checking on male locker rooms. 


Every effort must be made to recognize when a minor athlete goes to the locker room or changing 

area during practice and competition, and, if the minor athlete does not return in a timely fashion, to 

check on the minor athlete’s whereabouts. 


  1. Legal Guardians in Locker Rooms or Changing Areas

Legal guardians are discouraged from entering locker rooms and changing areas. If a legal guardian 

does enter a locker room or changing area, it must only be a same-sex legal guardian and the legal 

guardian should notify a coach or administrator in advance. 


Massages and Rubdowns/Athlete Training Modalities

  1. Definition: In this section, the term “Massage” refers to any massage, rubdown, athletic training modality including physical modalities (e.g., stretching, physical manipulation, injury rehabilitation, etc.) and electronic or instrument-assisted modalities (e.g., stim treatment, dry needling, cupping, etc.).


  1. General Requirement

Any Massage performed on an athlete must be conducted in an open and interruptible location and must be performed by a licensed massage therapist or other certified professional. However, even if a coach is a licensed massage therapist, the coach must not perform a rubdown or massage of an athlete under any circumstance. 


  1. Additional Minor Athlete Requirements

    1. Written consent by a legal guardian must be obtained in advance by the licensed massage therapist or other certified professional, with a copy provided to Razorback Aquatic Club. 

    2. Legal guardians must be allowed to observe the Massage. 

    3. Any Massage of a minor athlete must be done with at least one other adult present and must never be done with only the minor athlete and the person performing the Massage in the room. 

    4. Any Massage of a minor athlete must only occur after a proper diagnosis from a treating physician and be done in the course of care according to the physician’s treatment plan.