UPDATES:
MAAPP Implementation & General Requirement
As part of the implementation and the General Requirement of USA Swimming's Safe Sport Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP 2.0, effective as of September 1, 2021),  attached to this email is a customizable MAAPP Policy which SNS Member Clubs can post on their websites and share with their respective memberships.  
 
Also attached to this email is a customizable MAAPP Acknowledgement Form to be filled out by Athletes (18 & older), Parents (of Minor Athletes), Coaches & other Non-Athlete Members of Member Clubs which states that they have reviewed & agreed to MAAPP on an annual basis.  
 
On an annual basis, Clubs are expected to have these forms filled out by the previously specified individuals in their respective memberships and are expected to keep these forms on file.  For further clarification, please view the Safe Sport General Requirement MAAPP FAQ attached to this correspondence and the MAAPP Section of the USA Swimming Website
 
 
Meet Marshall Non-Athlete Membership Requirement Update (12/27/2021)
 

As previously communicated to all USA Swimming members, in order to comply with U.S. Center for SafeSport requirements, the USA Swimming Board of Directors approved expanding Corporate Bylaw 2.6.6, which set forth those who must be non-athlete members of USA Swimming. This expansion included requiring meet marshals be registered non-athlete members of USA Swimming effective January 1, 2022. 

Specifically in reference to requiring non-athlete membership of meet marshals, USA Swimming received a significant amount of member feedback. As a result of that feedback, USA Swimming requested a specific review from the Center regarding the role of a meet marshal and whether it meets the threshold of a volunteer who interacts directly and frequently with athletes or has authority over athletes as a regular part of their duties. We recently received confirmation from the Center that the role of a meet marshal does not rise to the level of contact with or authority over athletes significant enough to require non-athlete membership of these volunteers. The Board of Directors acted quickly to approve amending Corporate Bylaw 2.6.6 to remove the requirement for meet marshals to register as non-athlete members of USA Swimming. Concurrently, the Operational Risk Committee has worked to standardize the role of a meet marshal and developed Meet Marshal Standards. The Committee has also developed a standard meet marshal training program, which will be released in 2022 


Please note, this change is only in reference to meet marshals, and all other communicated categories will still be required to become non-athlete members of USA Swimming no later than January 1, 2022. These individuals include:

  • Adult employees of USA Swimming, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs; 

  • Adults serving on the board of directors of USA Swimming, LSCs and member clubs; 

  • Individuals in a position of oversight over the operations of a member club; 

  • Adults with an ownership interest in a member club; 

  • Referees, starters, administrative officials, chief judges, as well as stroke and turn judges; and 

  • Other volunteers who interact directly and frequently with or have authority over athletes (as defined in the SafeSport Code for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement) as a regular part of their duties.

Thank you for your continued support to make USA Swimming the best-in-class organization it is today. For further questions, please reach out to [email protected].

 

 
 
 
Membership Requirement Extension to January 1, 2022
On July 15, 2021, a communication announcing all employees and individuals serving on the board of directors of USA Swimming Zones, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs must be non-athlete members of USA Swimming, was released. Since then, numerous inquiries have been received about how this requirement applies to institutionally-owned clubs. USA Swimming has been working with the U.S. Center for SafeSport in an attempt to be able to provide guidance to institutionally-owned clubs. To date, they continue this effort but do not have full guidance to provide. 

As a result, USA Swimming is extending the implementation date of this requirement to January 1, 2022. We anticipate being able to provide full guidance to clubs & members in advance of this new deadline. Please look forward to receiving further communications from USA Swimming on this matter. 

Please note, all individuals who have direct and frequent contact with, or who have authority over, athletes are required to be non-athlete members of USA Swimming. For any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]
 
 
2022 SSRP Trainings
  

Safe Sport is committed to creating a healthy environment that is free from abuse for all members. As we continue with virtual learning opportunities throughout 2021, we will be increasing security measures to keep parents, athletes and coaches safe during trainings. All trainings will require individuals to register ahead of time.

In addition, we have enhanced our Safe Sport Trainings' security measures and will have the following in place:

  • Meetings will be locked

  • Athlete attendees will only have access to chat with hosts 

  • Multiple USA Swimming Safe Sport staff will be on all trainings and will monitor participant video share

  • Frequent check-ins with attendees

  • Screen share and annotation capabilities will be disabled

  • Meetings will require registration and athlete training registrations will be cross-checked with USA Swimming member records

  • USA Swimming has enabled the At-Risk Meeting Notifier tool from Zoom. This tool searches the public internet for Zoom meeting information and checks the meeting's security settings. Zoom notifies USA Swimming if a meeting appears to be at high risk for being disrupted. This tool is enabled for all USA Swimming hosted Zoom meetings. 

Safe Sport trainings are held monthly, please view upcoming training dates below: 

Parent Training:

Athlete Training (ages 12-18):

Coach Training:


If you cannot attend these trainings, athletes and parents can independently complete trainings using the USA Swimming LEARN platform. Click the link below for more info on Safe Sport trainings.

 
 
 
Free Resources & Reminders
  

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy
Stay up-to-date on all things related to MAAPP. 

Safe Sport Club Recognition Tips Sheet
Has your club achieved Safe Sport Club Recognition? Use our Tips Sheet to help spread the word.
 

Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes As Leaders Cards
These free, digital cards are available for clubs on USA Swimming's Safe Sport Team Talkpage. 

Parent Resource Guide
Although these were sent to every USA Swimming member household, save the digital copy for future reference!

Guide to Child Physical Abuse
Whether you are a coach or volunteer, become familiar with this guide.

Safe Sport Activity Books
You can either purchase books on Match-Up or download PDF versions for 5-11 year olds and 12-18 year olds

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USA Swimming Safe Sport Landing Page

USA Swimming Minor Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) Landing Page

USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training (APT) Landing Page

USA Swimming Safe Sport Recognition Program (SSRP) Landing Page

 

SAFE SPORT MODEL POLICY FOR CLUBS

SAFE SPORT BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR CLUBS

SAFE SPORT POSTERS FOR CLUBS

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USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport: Abigail Howard, [email protected]

USA Swimming Safe Sport Senior Manager: Liz Hahn, [email protected]
 
USA Swimming Western Zone Safe Sport Chair: April Walkley, [email protected]

U.S. Center for SafeSport Reporting Number: 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233)

U.S. Center for SafeSport Helpline (24/7 Resource): 866-200-0796

  • If you need support or assistance at any time, you can contact the 24-hour SafeSport Helpline
  • If you are facing a life-threatening emergency, contact 911

Sierra Nevada Safe Sport Co-ChairsNiffey Carmody & Deanna Hogenboom

Sierra Nevada Executive DirectorAlex Ongaco