Safe Sport: Basics, Concerns, and Courses

USA Swimming is committed to safeguarding all of its members with the welfare of its athlete members as the top priority. Safe Sport is USA Swimming’s comprehensive abuse prevention program and provides tools for swim clubs to educate their members and intervene in risky situations

We fully endorse and support USA Swimming’s Safe Sport and Safety programs by helping to provide these resources for our club members.

Learning about Safe Sport

Athlete Protection Training

MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy)

Protecting our young athletes is ALL of our responsibility... as coaches, volunteers, and parents.  Policies are enforceable by the National Board of Review process. Consequences for breaking a policy include, but are not limited to, revocation of membership.

If you have experienced or witnessed something that concerns you or makes you feel uncomfortable, it is essential to talk to someone about it. Please see below for the appropriate procedures for dealing with particular issues.

If your concern relates to bullying, unfair treatment, parent issues, general violations of team rules, or the Code of Conduct, you can first reach out to Coach Jones at [email protected] or the Magnolia Aquatic Club Safe Sport Coordinator, Jill Mitchell, at [email protected] for guidance and support.

Parent Volunteers:

There are 2 important things we ask from you, as a volunteer at our meets, in order to help us run successful and efficient swim meets.

  1. Complete a Background Check.  Click HERE to complete a background check.  We are sure that all of you want anyone on the pool deck that is around your children to have a clean background check.  The cost to do this is $18.00 and if you will take a few minutes to complete the background check, MAC will reimburse you the $18.00 by crediting your account.  Just let us know you did it.

  2. Take the Athlete Protection Training Course.  Click HERE to complete the APT course.  This course is free of charge and it simply takes a little of your time to complete.  This is part of USA Swimming's requirement for those working, volunteering, or coaching on a pool deck.  If you have already taken the course and it is about to expire, there is a refresher course you can take.

These 2 things will make sure we are not only in compliance with USA Swimming and Safe Sport, but are good common sense things to do that help us ensure we have a safe sport for our kids to participate in.

One final step we will need from you is for you to complete a Non-Athlete Registration Form.  Click HERE to complete and return to us.  This form will be submitted to USA Swimming so that your background check and Athlete Protection Training can attach to your name in the database.  All we need is for you to complete the form and turn it into the office at the pool.  MAC will cover all the fees associated with registering you as a Non-Athlete Member.  Coaches, Officials, and Volunteers all fall under the category of Non-Athlete Member.

We appreciate you taking the time to read and complete what we have outlined.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Sincerely,

MAC Staff