Buffalo Aquatics 

Safe Sport Policies

At Buffalo Aquatics, protecting our young athletes is all of our priority and responsibility, as coaches, volunteers, and parents. In order to create a positive experience and a safe environment for athletes, USA Swimming has developed a Safe Sport program. As a member of USA swimming and Niagara swimming, all Buffalo Aquatics coaches, members, and families are required to abide by these Policies and Rules, as well as our own team Policies and Procedures. 


Updated September 1, 2021: All BAAC members over the age of 18 are required to acknowledge and comply with USA Swimming's Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policy (MAAPP) located   HERE

Q&A regarding the MAAPP Policy is located HERE

NEW: Effective September 1, 2022, any 17-year-old athlete who has not completed the APT requirement by their 18th birthday will not be a USA Swimming member in good standing unless or until the APT requirement is completed. This includes eligibility to compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, club practices and all other related activities. Athletes will continue to receive an email notification reminder of the APT requirement 30 days prior to their 18th birthday as well as a reminder on their 18th birthday.

All USA Swimming members aged 18 years old and older are required to complete APT annually. This is the individual’s responsibility and includes both athlete and non-athlete members. Additional information is available here:


Athlete Protection Training Policy


All Members are required to acknowlege BAAC Team Policies (reviewed and updated 8/24/22):


Athlete Code of Conduct Policy


Parent Code of Conduct Policy


Permission for local travel


Anti-Bullying Policy


Team Travel Policy


Permission to travel


Permission for lodging


Locker Room Policy


Electronic Communications Policy


Photography Policy


Photography Consent 




For additional information and resources regarading SafeSport, please review the following:

Safe Sport Best Practice

BAAC Parent Introduction to Safe Sport


For any questions or concerns including bullying behaviors or a potential violation of team policy, please contact Liz LaPorta, Buffalo Aquatics Safe Sport Chair.



Recommended USA Swimming Safe Sport Courses (FREE):

            1. Visit
          2. Enter your last name, first name and date of birth into the search parameters boxes. Click “Search”.
          3. Click “Continue” next to your name. (Note: you will need an email address for your swimmer or you can use a parent email address.)
          4. Click “Go to Learn”.
          5. Select “Courses” at the top.
          6. For athletes ages 12-18, click on the "Safe Sport for Athletes" course and complete the course using
              the prompts.
          7. For athletes over the age of 18, click on "Safe Sport Training for Adult Athletes" - this is REQUIRED for all athletes over the age of 18.


          1. Visit
          2. Select "Register" (unless you are a USA Swimming member, you can login.)
          3. Click “Create Account” in the Non-Member Access box. 

*NOTE: You must use a different email address than the one you use for the BAAC website.*

          4. Follow the prompts to register an account. (Our LSC is Niagara Swimming.)
          5. Click “Courses.”
          6. Find: "Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport" (
fka "Safe Sport for Swim Parents") and select "Add to Cart".
          7. Click “Checkout”.
          8. Enter the requested billing address information and click “Order”. [Note: The course is FREE.]
          9. Click “Dashboard”.
         10. Select the Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport course to start.
         11. Complete the course using the prompts.