Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy

Updated 8/10/21

From USAS: USA Swimming’s top priority continues to be keeping our athletes safe. No form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, has a place in our sport. As a part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes, USA Swimming has enacted enhancements to our Safe Sport policy requirements.

The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) addresses one-on-one interactions, social media and electronic communications, travel: local and team, locker rooms and changing areas and massages, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. Every USA Swimming club, Zone and LSC is required to implement the MAAPP in full.

THIS POLICY APPLIES TO:
In-Program Contact: Any contact (including communications, interactions or activities) between an Adult Participant and any Minor Athlete(s) related to participation in sport. Examples include, but are not limited to: competition, practices, camps/clinics, training/instructional sessions, pre/post event meals or outings, team travel, video review, team- or sport-related team building activities, celebrations, award ceremonies, banquets, team- or sport-related fundraising or community services, sport education, competition site visits, conventions and/or summits.

Adult Participants: Any adult 18 years of age or older who is a:
• USA Swimming member, either athlete or non-athlete;
• Participating non-member (e.g., meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);
• Authorized, approved or appointed by USA Swimming, Zones, Local Swimming Committees
(“LSCs”) or member clubs to have regular contact with (e.g., ongoing interactions during a 12-
month period wherein the individual is in a role of active engagement) or authority over Minor
Athletes; and/or
• Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Swimming, Zones, LSCs or member
clubs.

GENERAL REQUIREMENT
USA Swimming Zones, LSCs and member clubs are required to implement this Minor Athlete Abuse
Prevention Policy in full. The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy must be reviewed and agreed to in writing by all athletes, parents/legal guardians, coaches and other non-athlete members of member clubs on an annual basis with such written agreement to be retained by the club or LSC, as applicable.

Additional Information

Full & Printable Policy

APT Requirement for Adult Athletes

Applicable Adults