Safe Sport Guidelines


USA Swimming, MN Swimming, and Piranhas Swim Club are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all of its members including, athletes, parents, coaches, and volunteers. 


Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy - MAAPP


MAAPP covers five areas where abuse has been most prevalent in youth sports.

  1. One-on-One interactions
  2. Travel: Local & Team
  3. Social Media & Electronic Communication
  4. Locker Rooms & Changing Areas
  5. Massages & Rubdowns

MAAPP will apply to all adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes (18+ athletes). The language used in the policy is Applicable Adult. All Applicable Adults will be required to follow MAAPP.


Each member of Piranhas Swim Club including athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers are required to acknowledge that they have read and understand MAAPP. Upon registration for EACH season members must agree to this policy set forth by Piranhas Swim Club.


More information about MAAPP can be found HERE.


Athlete Protection Training for Adult Athletes

As a membership requirement, adult athletes who are currently 18 and older must complete this training.  Athlete members who are 17, about to turn 18, must complete this training by their 18th birthday. Successful completion of the training, on an annual basis, is a membership requirement of adult athletes, and failure to complete it will result in an athlete’s inability to swim in a meet or at practice. This is the same membership requirement for all non-athlete members. Click the link below to complete the training.

Required 18 & over Athlete Protection Training (APT)


Educational Resources for Minor Athletes, Parents, and Volunteers


Athletes between the ages of 12-17 along with all parents are encouraged to take the following course to understand the basics of SafeSport, to understand the types of boundaries, and to know what to do if they or someone they know is being harmed.


More information can be found HERE.


How to deal with a SafeSport Concern

When making the decision to report a concern you have, it can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. Please use these guidelines to help you on the first step “Where do I report?” Please use the provided links which will additionally help you get in touch with the appropriate people.


Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.


If you are not sure who to contact with a concern please contact Safe Sport Staff at the National Office. They will be sure to talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.


If your concern deals with any of the following:

      - Sexual Misconduct

      - Sexual Harassment

      - Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media


Please contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Report here or call 1-833-5US-SAFE (587-7233).


If your concern deals with any of the following:

    -   Criminal Charges

    -   Use, Sale, or Distribution of illegal drugs

    -   Physical Abuse

    -   Inappropriate Touching

    -   Lap Sitting

    -   Coaches sharing hotel rooms with Athletes

    -   Rubdown or Massage performed by coaches

    -   Pictures or video taken in locker rooms or changing areas


Please contact Liz Hahn [email protected] at the National Office or complete the online reporting form HERE.


If your concern deals with any of the following:

    -  Fraud

    -  Deception

    -  Recruiting


Please make a report through the Central Zone Board of Review by contacting Patrick Garrett.


If your concern deals with any of the following:

    -  Peer to Peer Bullying

    -  Adult to Athlete Bullying

    -  Parent Issues

    -  Violations of team rules and team code of conduct


Please file a report to our Club President, Neal Young, or Head Coach, Chris Schmitz.  Here is a proposed  letter of correspondence provided by USA-Swimming to assist in beginning this process.




Pursuant to federal law, all adults authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes who learn of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall make a report of the suspected abuse to law enforcement and/or your state’s designated agency within 24 hours.




 .1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in Article 304.3.8  to USA Swimming’s Director of Safe Sport.  Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party.  Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.


.2 No member shall retaliate against any individual who has made a good faith report under 306.1.


.3 False reporting of sexual misconduct made in bad faith is prohibited.


.4 Neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.”