USA Swimming Provides Permission Form Samples For MAAPP Requirements

USA Swimming has added a number of documents to its MAAPP (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Program) page: a number of permission forms for parents to allow minor athletes to travel or stay with a specific adult, or receive care from a massage therapist or mental health professional, plus some information for clubs to include in meet information to ensure MAAPP compliance.

The MAAPP will take effect on June 23. It’s aimed at protecting minor athletes from abuse at the hands of adult athletes, coaches, officials or other sport members. In many cases, though, the requirements do force some big changes from the way clubs and college programs currently operate, and reaction to the MAAPP requirement has been very polarized.

The MAAPP mostly focuses on preventing one-on-one interactions between minor athletes and “applicable adults,” which includes adult coaches, meet officials, club officials or 18+ athletes, among others. Some of the more notable requirements include copying a parent/guardian on electronic communication with a minor (i.e. including a parent on a text thread or e-mail chain), outlawing electronic communication between a minor and an applicable adult from 8 PM to 8 AM, requiring one-on-one interactions to be “observable and interruptible” and outlawing minor athletes from traveling alone in a vehicle with an applicable adult or sharing a lodging with an applicable adult.

Some have expressed concern that the rules will put an undue burden on college recruiting, where coaches routinely pick up minor athletes from airports and where minor athletes typically stay in dorms, apartments or houses with adult (college-aged) athletes. USA Swimming’s waivers appear to create some space for those situations to continue – though with written parent permission, as spelled out in the MAAPP.

Here’s a quick look at the forms currently included on USA Swimming’s MAAPP page:

Permission Forms

The permission forms allow for various exemptions from MAAPP rules:

Language to be included in Meet Information

Meet information documents should now reference the MAAPP to make clear that its rules are in effect. USA Swimming provides a document with two options for paragraphs to insert into meet information documents, along with a few bullet points to include in briefings for officials, timers and coaches at meets:

Acknowledgement of Policy

USA Swimming also includes a document for club members to sign acknowledging that they have read and understood the MAAPP and will comply with it.

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3 years ago

So 2 athletes, one aged 18 and one aged 17 can no longer text each other without a guardian copied after they’ve been best of friends for years?

Reply to  Confused
3 years ago

As others have pointed out, there are going to be plenty of grey areas in these rules. Thinking positively, each scenario discussed is an other way to ensure this never happens to another child.

Another Swim Mom
Reply to  Confused
3 years ago

USA Swimming told me this: The Prohibited Electronic Communications section of MAAPP applies to Applicable Adults with authority over minor athletes. If you do not consider this 18 year old adult athlete to have authority over minor athletes then that section of MAAPP does not apply to that specific adult athlete.

Reply to  Another Swim Mom
3 years ago

Be careful designating any athlete who is or may turn 18 during the season a “team captain,” as that could be construed as “authority over minor athletes.”

Reply to  Another Swim Mom
3 years ago

Wouldn’t it be great if they told this to all of us?

3 years ago

I wonder if they are going to send this information on sanctioning to the LSC sanctioning chair. I do that for our LSC and this is the first I have seen this. Not that I am surprised with the lack of communication from USA Swimming. When does the addition to meet information begin? I assume in the Fall.

Reply to  sanctioning
3 years ago

How many facilities have 2 restrooms, 1 for athletes and 1 for coaches, officials, timers?

This policy includes more stringent separation than you’d expect at a house of worship, a restaurant restroom, a city pool or rec center, a concert hall.

Reply to  TXmom
3 years ago

 [IF ONLY ONE LOCKER ROOM/RESTROOM] Make sure you are not alone with an athlete in the locker room, including to use the restroom. Be proactive and tell the meet director immediately if this happens, even when it occurred through no fault of your own. Separate times have been delegated for your use. )

Hope you don’t have to go to the bathroom “between the separate times” – God knows all humans have the same bowl movement schedule. This is getting dumber and dumber. Thanks for volunteering to time BUT you can only go to the bathroom at this time and again at this time. There will be a lot of “we need timers” at the meets.

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