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MAAPP 
Guidance

On this page, you’ll learn about the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) and who it applies to, with links to tailored resources for parents, athletes, coaches, and more.

Who the MAAPP applies to—and when

Three Core Elements

The MAAPP includes: 

  • An Education and Training Policy that requires SafeSport Training for certain adults in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
  • Required Prevention Policies with seven key guidelines limiting one-on-one interactions between certain adults and Minor Athletes. Required in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement and recommended for any leagues and sport entities.
  • Recommended Prevention Policies: Recommended, though not required, for all sport organizations within and beyond the Movement.

7 Main MAAPP Themes

All one-on-one in-program contact between an Adult Participant and a Minor Athlete must be observable and interruptible, except in emergency circumstances.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

Adult Participants must follow the one-on-one interaction policy in all meetings and training sessions where Minor Athletes are present.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

Adult Participants must follow the one-on-one interaction policy and related requirements for athletic training modalities, massages, and rubdowns.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

Adult Participants must follow the one-on-one interaction policy and related requirements for locker rooms and changing areas.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

All electronic communications between an Adult Participant and a Minor Athlete must be open and transparent.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

Adult Participants may not transport a Minor Athlete one-on-one during in-program travel.
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

Adult Participants must follow the one-on-one interaction policy and related requirements for lodging. 
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Recommended of all adult athletes but required of certain U.S. Olympic and Paralympic affiliated adults. See full MAAPP for detail and exceptions.

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Get Trained

We offer free live virtual MAAPP trainings tailored for stakeholder needs, as well as more than a dozen abuse prevention courses at safesporttrained.org.

Resource Library

You’ll find the full MAAPP and dozens of helpful resources to help make the MAAPP’s application clear in varied settings.