How it Works


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Your positive example and mentorship helps young athletes thrive in and beyond their sport. The MAAPP is an essential piece of the puzzle, placing special responsibility upon coaches—and any adult with authority over a Minor Athlete’s training, practice, or competitive activities.

Who Does the MAAPP Apply To?

Adult Participants in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement with regular contact with or authority over Minor Athletes. If you are outside the Movement, check with your organization liaison to learn if the MAAPP applies to you.

When Does the MAAPP Apply? 

When there is “in-program contact,” meaning these three conditions exist: An Adult Participant, a Minor Athlete, and contact or activity related to sport participation.

Coach Resources

MAAPP At-A-Glance


What Coaches Should Know

Though the MAAPP is recommended of all coaches—it is required of coaches in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

Exceptions exist; learn more here


Complete annual abuse prevention training through the SafeSport™ Trained Core and Refresher courses


Ensure one-on-one interactions with Minor Athletes are observable and interruptible



Let parents/guardians watch their child’s individual training sessions and obtain consent forms from them annually


Ensure a second Adult Participant is always present in the room during massages, rubdowns, and other athletic training modalities



Ensure that locker rooms and changing areas are monitored and that semi-private or private changing areas are provided


Include another Adult Participant or parent/guardian on all electronic communications (text, email, social media) with Minor Athletes


Have written parent/guardian consent to transport a Minor Athlete alone, or have another Adult Participant or at least two minors with you


Offer abuse prevention training to parents and youth, if applicable

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Get Trained

We offer free live virtual MAAPP trainings tailored for coaches, as well as more than a dozen abuse prevention courses at