In an effort to protect athletes while participating in swimming, USA Swimming with the help of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport has developed some new policies for all member clubs.

While most details of the policy are for USA Swimming Members and USA Swimming Non-Athlete Members, there are aspects of it that effect 'Applicable Adults' which includes various meet personnel which have contact with athletes. 

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) has been developed by USA swimming to help educate everyone on appropriate interactions. You can find our policy here. 

Additionally, there are some clarifications for those with questions available through the USA Swimming Website specifically for this policy. Every meet we attend, including even Closed YMCA Meets, are USA Swimming approved which means this will apply to any meet or practice EDWY attends.

Safe Sport Best Practices

18 and Over Athletes:

All high school swimmers who have turned 18 and all returning college swimmers must take the 3 part athlete protection course each year. Masters swimmers who train at the same time as minor swimmers are also required to take the course.

The online training is user specific and connects directly to the individual's USA Swimming member record. As soon as training is completed, the member record is updated to reflect the requirement has been completed and populates a new expiration date for the training requirement.

The following information will assist you in preparing for this new requirement:

  • Impacts all current athlete members who will be turning 18, or are already 18 or older
  • June 23, 2019 program goes live
  • Athlete Protection Training (APT) must be completed to be in good standing
  • 30 days prior to turning 18, athlete member will receive an email notification to complete APT
  • On 18th birthday, athlete member will receive an email notification to complete APT
  • 30 days after turning 18, athlete member will receive email notification to complete APT
  • A grace period of 30 days after the athlete member turns 18 will be in place to complete the requirement
  • Athlete member’s record will be flagged if not completed (the same as it currently does with non-athletes)
  • Error messages will appear on meet recon reports if athlete member has not completed APT (something like “Athlete has not completed APT”)
  • Deck Pass member card will not be available if athlete has not completed APT (the same as it currently works with all other member types who are not in good standing)
  • If an athlete’s Deck Pass and/or member record are flagged for not completing APT, they will NOT be able to compete; however, it won’t prevent them from entering a meet
  • A link to and will be available on USA Swimming’s website under FOR YOU > Athlete
  • There is a page on our website; Free Safe Sport Training for Athletes – If this webpage is accessed, please be sure they select the courses under USA SWIMMING MEMBERS and not NON-MEMBERS (if you happen to take the courses under non-member, YOU WILL NOT GET CREDIT!)