Georgia Swimming

Sharks Parents, Swimmers, Caregivers & Coaches,

The Troup County Sharks has always and will continue to be an advocate for children’s safety. The information provided below by USA Swimming and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport has been updated as of 8/28/21

 The Troup County Sharks had many, if not all of the policies already in place to ensure a safe environment for our athletes. We will continue to monitor and implement additional measures applicable to our team membership and facility. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements. The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”), the separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement created the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies to set a baseline for acceptable safety standards that limit one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes. The Center urged all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to add restrictions tailored to fit the sport. On April 29, 2019, USA Swimming released its Minor Athlete Protection Policy (MAAPP) addressing 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. All USA Swimming member clubs were required to implement MAAPP in full by June 23, 2019. Training our members in abuse prevention and mandatory reporting is just as important as creating policies. USA Swimming is required to provide regular and consistent training for all adults who interact with and have direct contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. As a condition of membership, all athlete members ages 18 and over must complete Athlete Protection Training. 

Below you will find the links to the most up to date SafeSport athlete protection program and all applicable forms that may be needed.

Please read through the protection program and discuss the guidelines with your swimmer. We want to make sure all parents and team members to understand the importance of SafeSport program, so a signature acknowledge is required.