Athlete Safety Policy

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies
The MAAPP is a collection of proactive prevention and training policies for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. It has three primary components: an Education and Training Policy, Required Prevention Policies, and Recommended Prevention Policies. The Center developed the MAAPP to assist National Governing Bodies, Paralympic Sport Organizations, Local Affiliated Organizations, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other individuals to whom these policies apply in meeting their obligations under federal law

Click here to view the 2022 Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies. Please note, the 2022 MAAPP goes in effect on January 1, 2022.


To read noteworthy changes to better understand the 2022 Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, please click here.

Please click here to for additional resources from the U.S. Center for SafeSport to assist your club in implementing these policies.

Policy Application
The Athlete Safety policy applies to the following:
All coach and judge/official members
All National Office staff, board members and medical staff
All adult athlete members
All individuals supervising training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities.
Meet directors and hosts, and volunteers who have direct contact in a supervisory role with minor athletes, or consistent and regular contact with covered persons as a part of team operations.

Reporting

The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.

The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB).

Click here to learn more about the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a national nonprofit organization providing education, resources and training and that serves as the mechanism for reporting SafeSport violations.

If you prefer to send your Safe Sport complaint to USA Diving or you need to report a violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention policies, please contact Taylor Payne, Director of Athlete Safety at USA Diving at taylor.payne@usadiving.org. Reports may be submitted anonymously. There is no fee to file a Safe Sport complaint. Please note that sexual abuse complaints can involve youth-to-youth interactions in addition to adult-to-youth interactions. Reports may also be submitted to usadiving@usadiving.org if preferred.

Non-sexualized misconduct complaints should be submitted to Taylor Payne. If these reports do not fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, they will be submitted to USA Diving’s Board of Review. To learn more about the Procedures of the Board of Review, please view at the following link: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-diving/resources/bylaws-and-policies

Prohibited Conduct

The six types of misconduct (bullying, hazing, harassment and emotional, physical and sexual misconduct) are prohibited by NGB employees, athletes, coaches and individuals the NGB appoints to a position of authority and anyone who has frequent contact with athletes and will not be tolerated. For definitions of these types of misconduct and to learn more, please click here.

Criminal Background Checks
The following individuals are required to complete a criminal background screening:
All coach and judge/official members
All National Office staff, board members and medical staff
All adult athlete members
All individuals supervising training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities.
Meet directors and hosts, and volunteers who have direct contact in a supervisory role with minor athletes, or consistent and regular contact with covered persons as a part of team operations.

Both a criminal background check and Safe Sport training are required to be completed by covered individuals before any contact with athletes occurs. Both the criminal background check and Safe Sport training processes are automated but will also include periodic checks for compliance purposes.

For the complete background check policy, click here.

Education and Training
Education is a key component of any abuse and misconduct prevention strategy. Awareness training provides relevant participants with necessary information to more effectively monitor an organization, minimize the opportunities for physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and respond to concerns.

USA Diving coaches are required to be fully versed in the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) SafeSport Program and possess the information necessary to more effectively monitor their organization, minimize the opportunities for child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and to know how to respond to concerns.

The following individuals are required to complete the Safe Sport training:
All coach and judge/official members
All National Office staff, board members and medical staff
All adult athlete members
All individuals supervising training camps, international trips and other USA Diving-sponsored activities.
Meet directors and hosts, and volunteers who have direct contact in a supervisory role with minor athletes, or consistent and regular contact with covered persons as a part of team operations.

The required training is provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Both a criminal background check and SafeSport training are required to be completed by covered individuals before any contact with athletes occurs. Both the criminal background check and SafeSport training processes are automated but will also include periodic checks for compliance purposes.

Other individuals required to take SafeSport training are athletes age 18 and above.

Enforcement

The procedure for reporting all other types of abuse and misconduct and the enforcement process (grievance procedures) can be found in the Bylaws:
Bylaws Subpart C and D

Jurisdiction to the Center

As a member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Diving and its members are required to comply with the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the appended Practices and Procedures (Appendix A to the Code), and the Supplemental Rules for SafeSport Arbitrations (Appendix B to the Code) (collectively, the “Code”), including reporting requirements. Except as specifically noted in the Code, the Code applies without respect to age or competitive level. The Code serves as the benchmark by which the U.S. Center for SafeSport determines whether a SafeSport Code Violation has occurred. For those violations that fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the Center will determine resolutions and sanctioning for the violation. Any SafeSport Code Violation that occurs outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport will be processed through USA Diving’s Internal Complaint procedures as outlined in the USA Diving bylaws (Subpart C).

Retaliation/Whistleblower:

Regardless of outcome, USA Diving will support the complainant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. USA Diving will not encourage, allow or tolerate attempts from any individual to retaliate, punish, allow or in any way harm any individual(s) who reports a concern in good faith. Such actions against a complainant will be considered a violation of USA Diving’s Safe Sport Policy (handbook, etc.) and grounds for disciplinary action.

USOPC Athlete Safety Policy:

USA Diving also follows the USOPC Athlete Safety Policy. To view, click here.