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USA Swimming is committed to providing a healthy and positive environment free from abuse for all its members.  USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, a comprehensive abuse prevention program, consists of a multi-layered approach to keep kids safe, including: required policies and best practice guidelines; mandatory screening, including criminal background checks and employment screening; training and education; monitoring, supervision and mandatory reporting.  These measures are informed by experts in the field of child safety and are among the strongest safeguards found in youth-serving organizations.

Policies

Safe Sport requires that all USA Swimming members clubs have the following policies in place which must be reviewed and agreed upon on an annual basis.

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) 

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.

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Safe Sport Best Practice Guidelines

USA Swimming has established Safe Sport Best Practices Guidelines that should be followed by all coaches, parents, and athletes.

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Anti-Bullying Policy and Action Plan

USA Swimming requires clubs to implement an action plan to address bullying. HVAC's policy supports Safe Sport's guidelines to define and address bullying.

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Electronic Communication & Social Media Policy

In the electronic age in which we live, all HVAC coaches, parents and athletes need to be aware of the far-reaching effects of data posted to web sites, email, and other electronic media. HVAC's policy details guidelines for the usage of electronic communication and social media.

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