Safe Sport | Athlete Protection
Safe Sport Coordinator
Safe Sport Impact Award: USA Swimming's Safe Sport is accepting nominations for the 2020 Safe Sport Impact Award. The nomination window opened April 1 and will close May 31. Submit a nomination here.
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.
Acknowledge Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
CSI members and member families may acknowledge MAAPP 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.
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. Please note that the SURVEYS at the end of the APT modules are NOT optional, and members will not get credit for the courses until the surveys are completed. Instructions for completing APT modules can be found here.
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.
- Read through the Safe Sport Recognition Program (SSRP) webpage https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/safe-sport-recognition-program
- Find your club type in the ‘Guidelines’ section, click the link and read through the application requirements
- Identify the missing requirements and a plan to collect evidence for all requirements
- 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.pdf
- 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
Weekly Safe Sport Zoom Training for Parents, Athletes & Coaches: One of the many challenging aspects of Safe Sport Recognition Program is completing the Parent, Athlete and Coach training. To that end, USA Swimming Safe Sport is now offering weekly Zoom training courses to supplement online options (also listed below). In addition to educating people on Safe Sport it can also be used to count toward the training requirement to be a Safe Sport Recognized Program club. See training links below. All sessions are 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time.
Wednesday - Parent Training https://zoom.us/j/93724361466?pwd=OVF4RFlNZFpaMHhqSEVVRGwzbmpQUT09
Thursday - Athlete Training https://zoom.us/j/97633664936?pwd=YnpXZmljME5PcldacW9ZQ0w5YTFIZz09
Friday - Coach Training https://zoom.us/j/98698656108?pwd=NzQ5TGdjWkRDc0Irck9tWHpJL1hkQT09
Parents and athletes will tune in for the one hour training where attendance will be taken so their clubs receive credit. There will also be weekly training available to coaches where they will learn more about the Safe Sport Club Recognition program and how to share Safe Sport information with their membership. There is no registration required at this time, attendees only need to join the meeting at the links below and come willing to participate and learn.
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/ss
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.
CT Swimming Club Contacts, Coaches, and Officials:
Recently I attended the United States Aquatic Sports (USAS) convention in St. Louis. The key updates are as follows:
1- There is talk that the next big Safe Sport requirement is making the Safe Sport Recognition Program mandatory for all teams. There is no timeline on that yet. Here is the link to the SSRP information: https://www.usaswimming.org/ut
2- Athlete Protection Training (APT) has been consolidated to a single course however the slides have not reduced nor has the time you need to devote to it.
3- USA Swimming Safe Sport will be audited regarding MAAPP and it would not be unrealistic for teams to also be audited at some future date. As a reminder, MAAPP is still required so please ensure that you obtain and retain all evidence of review and approval by applicable adults. Additionally, please watch for those that are turning 18 shortly as well as other adult athletes that may join your workouts for extended periods while on school break as we get deeper into the year end Holiday season.
4- USA Swimming Safe Sport has partnered with two national training efforts, Coaching Boys into Men and Athletes in Action, and will more broadly be making materials available as yet another tool for coaches to work with their teams. More information to follow.
Lastly, if you would like to partner more and have increased Safe Sport visibility at any of your upcoming meets please let me know.
Safe Sport Resources
- USA Swimming Safe Sport Program
- Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP)
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.