Aloha Aquatics Association (AAA) is committed to ensuring the protection of our athletes. To aid in this effort, please review the materials below to understand and spread the principles of USA Swimming's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) and other Safe Sport information. It is imperative that all athletes, parents, coaches, administrators, officials, and volunteers become familiar with these principles.

Information about USA Swimming's Safe Sport Program

AAA's Safe Sport Coordinator – Michelle Hsia

[email protected]

Athlete Protection Training (APT) - All athletes over the age of 18 are required to complete Athlete Protection Training. APT provides guidance for protecting minor athletes, and how adult athletes are expected to behave around minors. If you are 18 or older and you have not completed this training, you will not be permitted on deck during any USA Swimming sanctioned meets (even if you are expecting to compete). To complete this training, please go to the USA Swimming website.
Safe Sport for Athletes: To learn about how to protect yourself and your teammates, please take the Safe Sport for Athletes Training. This training is required for your club to earn Safe Sport Recognition. To access this training, go to the USA Swimming website and select "Safe Sport for Athletes".
Safe Sport for Parents: education is an important tool for identifying and preventing misconduct. USA Swimming provides athletes and parents the tools to recognize inapropriate behavior and boundary violations. USA Swimming also aims to equip you with information on how to respond and report if you suspect your child's, or any child's, safety is at risk. You can access USA Swimming's Safe port for Parents Website . As a team we also have Code of Conduct that applies to both parents and our swimmers.

AAA MAAPP 2.0 Policy 

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. 
Aloha Aquatics Association's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy


Aloha Aquatics Association Swimming Bullying Prevention

Bullying behaviors lead to a negative team environment if not handled properly and quickly. USA Swimming provides a free online course on bullying prevention for adults. Bully Prevention

Please click here to review Aloha Aquatics Association's Action Plan to Prevent Bullying.


Aloha Aquatics Association Best Practice Guidelines

AAA follows these Best Practice Guidelines  for all our USA Swimming members.

1. Parents should be encouraged to appropriately support their children’s swimming experience.

2. All swimming practices should be open to observation by parents.

3. Coaches should not initiate contact with or accept supervisory responsibility for athletes outside club programs and activities.

4. When only one athlete and one coach travel to a competition, at the competition the coach and athlete should attempt to establish a “buddy” club to associate with during the competition and when away from the venue.

5. Relationships of a peer-to-peer nature with any athletes should be avoided. For example, coaches should avoid sharing their own personal problems with athletes.

6. Coaches and other non-athlete adult members should avoid horseplay and roughhousing with athletes.

7. When a coach touches an athlete as part of instruction, the coach should do so in direct view of others and inform the athlete of what he/she is doing prior to the initial contact. Touching athletes should be minimized outside the boundaries of what is considered normal instruction. Appropriate interaction would include high fives, fist bumps, side-to-side hugs and handshakes.

8. Coaches should avoid having athletes as their favorites. They should also avoid creating a situation that could be perceived as them having favorites.

9. Gift-giving, providing special favors or showing favoritism to individual athletes is strongly discouraged. 

Aloha Aquatics Association Grievance Procedure

Our grievance procedure provides swimmers, parents, coaches, club leaders and employees a system to address and report grievances in a productive, systematic way. Please read about how we handle grievance procedure here



Where to start with your conern...

When making the decision to report a concern you have, it can often feel intimidating and overwhelming. Please use these guidelines to help you on the first step “Where do I report?” Please use the provided links which will additionally help you get in touch with the appropriate people.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you are not sure who to contact with a concern please contact Safe Sport Staff at the National Office and we will be sure to talk through your concern, answer your questions and connect you with the correct people.



AAA Safe Sport Coordinator - Michelle Hsia

[email protected]

If you concern deals with any of the following:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexually Explicit/Inappropriate Communication through Social Media

Please contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport to make a report. Use the online reporting form, call 833-5US-SAFE (587-7233), or find more information at

Text anonymous tips to 888-270-SWIM (7946)

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Criminal Charges
  • Use, Sale, or Distribution of illegal drugs
  • Physical Abuse
  • Inappropriate Touching
  • Lap Sitting
  • Coaches sharing hotel rooms with Athletes
  • Rubdown or Massage performed by coaches
  • Pictures or video taken in locker rooms or changing areas

Please contact [email protected] at the National Office or complete the online reporting form.

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Fraud
  • Deception
  • Recruiting

Please make a report through your Zone Board of Review by referencing our Zone Directors List.

If your concern deals with any of the following:

  • Peer to Peer Bullying
  • Adult to Athlete Bullying
  • Parent Issues
  • Violations of team rules and team code of conduct

Please make a report on your team. We have provided a proposed letter of correspondence to assist you in beginning this process.



Pursuant to federal law, all adults authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes who learn of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall make a report of the suspected abuse to law enforcement and/or your state’s designated agency within 24 hours.



.1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in Article 304.3.8 to USA Swimming’s Director of Safe Sport. Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party. Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency.

.2 No member shall retaliate against any individual who has made a good faith report under 306.1.

.3 False reporting of sexual misconduct made in bad faith is prohibited.

.4 Neither civil nor criminal statutes of limitation apply to reports of cases of sexual abuse.”