USA Swimming Updates Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy Requirements

USA Swimming announced the release of an updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) on Wednesday, which is applicable to all USA Swimming Adult Participants, Zones, Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) and member clubs.

The updated MAAPP, or MAAPP 2.0, will become effective on September 1, 2021, though USA Swimming encourages all organizations to implement the changes prior to that date.

USA Swimming’s description of the MAAPP is as follows:

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.

Compared to the original document, the 2.0 version is more than double the length, expanding and clarifying on language in the majority of categories while also providing clear definitions for various terms.

In order to help USA Swimming members become accustomed to the new policies, the organization is offering four hour-long informative webinars, which you can sign up for below. The available dates are as follows:

  • Tue., June 29 at 5:00 pm EST – REGISTER
  • Wed., July 14 at 1:00 pm EST – REGISTER
  • Mon., August 9 at 8:00 pm EST – REGISTER
  • Thur., August 26 at 7:00 pm EST – REGISTER

There are also eight one-page educational resources for various sections of the new policies that members can use for assistance in order to understand and implement MAAPP 2.0, which you can find here.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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