Connecticut Swimming

Safe Sport | Athlete Protection

CSI Safe Sport Coordinator
Greg Pinchbeck

US Center for Safe Sport website 

Directions for Athletes taking the APT course via SWIMS 3.0
Directions to download an APT certificate. 
Login page for Safe Sport

USA Swimming Safe Sport logo

Acknowledge Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy 2.0 (MAAPP 2.0)

MAAPP 2.0 effective September 1, 2021.

CSI members and member families may acknowledge MAAPP 2.0 by logging into their FAST My Account for Swimmers/Parents, Coaches or Officials. To acknowledge for your entire family, you must log into your Parent My Account.

Clubs may view their club member acknowledgements by logging into their club's FAST Administration page. The member acknowledgements are under the "Reports" section. Note: You must be logged out of any personal My Accounts to view the club report.

Need Safe Sport training for your Club's Safe Sport Recognition Program? Contact CSI Safe Sport Coordinator, Greg Pinchbeck

 

Where to start with a concern:

If you need to report a concern of sexual misconduct, please contact your local law enforcement agency and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. You can make a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at www.uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern/.

All other Safe Sport concerns can be reported through USA Swimming’s online reporting form at www.usaswimming.org/report.

For further guidance visit USA Swimming's Deal with a Safe Sport Concern page.

18/O Athlete Protection Training (ATP) For Athletes

  • The Athlete Protection Training Requirement for Adult Athletes went into effect on June 23, 2019.  The APT requirement for swimmers aged 18 and above will be universally enforced at all sanctioned and approved meets going forward.  They may access the training here.  
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Swimmers 17 and older should create their own login in SWIMS 3.0 so when they turn 18 they can take the APT course which can be found under the Education toolbar tab in SWIMS 3.0.  

 

  • Athletes may take the course at any time - they need not wait until their 18th birthday.  They should, however, keep in mind that the course is only good for one year from date of completion, so the earlier it is taken, the sooner it will have to be taken again.

On April 20, 2021 the USA Swimming Safe Sport office made available the following slides/videos to the general public for viewing.  The topics include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Cultivating Resiliency and Overcoming Obstacles
  • Why Trauma Informed Sport is Vital
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention

USA Swimming Looks Back on 10 years of Safe Sport Initiatives

Safe Sport Discussions before Swim Practice Led to Better Teammates, More Support

USA Swimming MAAPP Educational Documents, Sample Forms for Clubs, Officials, Meet Hosts, Etc.

Visit USA Swimming's MAAPP page for related documents.

Safe Sport at Meets (Meet 360): An informational resource guide intended to assist meet administrators in creating a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for athletes.

Clubs Achieving Safe Sport Recognition Program

Safe Sport Recognition Program Training Options

How to start the Safe Sport Recognition Program

  1. Read through the Safe Sport Recognition Program (SSRP) webpage https://www.usaswimming.org/safe-sport/safe-sport-recognition-program
  2. Find your club type in the ‘Guidelines’ section, click the link and read through the application requirements
  3. Identify the missing requirements and a plan to collect evidence for all requirements
  4. Obtaining the Parent training requirement is difficult; direct your athlete’s parents to the weekly USA Swimming online parent training class. https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/safe-sport-recognition-program/ssrp-training-resources-jan-2021-march-2021-2.pdf
  5. Complete all requirements, submit them through the Club portal and work with USA Swimming Safe Sport to respond to gaps and questions

06.06.20 Update Letter from Safe Sport Coordinator Greg Pinchbeck

12.17.19 Updates and Reminders from Greg Pinchbeck, Safe Sport Coordinator

USA Swimming Safe Sport is currently updating the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) and the requirements for the Safe Sport Recognized Program.  Both sets of updates will be communicated by August and none of the  changes will require off cycle reviews, approvals or actions before the next due date.

The Meet Announcement photography language has been reviewed and updated to fully reflect and comply with recent Safe Sport requirements.  These changes will begin with Long Course meet announcements.  A more formal communication of the new language, and intent behind the language, will be communicated in January.  We ask that Coaches work with parents to understand the changes that will be enforced.

Becoming a Safe Sport Recognized Program will be mandatory shortly as the next big step in Safe Sport.  Currently, one team in CT is a Recognized Program.  I highly suggest you read through the “Guidelines” on the bottom of the below link to fully understand what you already have in place and what gaps you may have in order to get a head start on this.  https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp

Reminders:
Photography of minors from behind the blocks is never acceptable.  Please review your social media presence to make sure these type of pictures do not exist and delete them where they do.  I will be reaching out to some teams that have violated this rule this month.

All aspects of MAAPP apply to all ‘applicable adults’.  No waivers can, or should, be issued by any team to any applicable adult for any aspect of MAAPP.

Safe Sport Resources

MAAPP will apply to all adults who interact with and have direct and frequent contact with minor athletes, including adult athletes. The language used in the policy is Applicable Adult. All Applicable Adults will be required to follow MAAPP.

By June 23, 2019, every USA Swimming member organization is required to update its policies to reflect MAAPP.

MAAPP full policy

USA Swimming educational documents, sample forms,  and mini webinars.