The Southern Zone Senior Championship Meet will be held in Tupelo, MS July 30-Aug 3 at the Tupelo Aquatic Center.
High Point Swim Club Earns Safe Sport Club Recognition Status
Congratulations to High Point Swim Club for earning USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Club Recognition! The Safe Sport Club Recognition program distinguishes USA Swimming clubs that demonstrate their commitment to creating safe, healthy, and positive environments for all of their members through the development and implementation of Athlete Protection Policies, Safe Sport Best Practices, and Safe Sport education. HPSC has been highlighted as a Safe Sport Recognized Club with a banner on their team listing in the USA Swimming Find-a-Team Search and will receive a medallion for their club’s website as well. Clubs can apply for the Safe Sport Recognized Club program through their Club Portal on the USA Swimming website. Here’s a link to the Safe Sport Recognized Club program information: https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp
Three swimmers from NCS clubs were chosen to represent the USA in
the 56th annual Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet in Vancouver, British Columbia. The three-day meet, held May 24-27, featured 41 top junior swimmers from the United States. Among those selected to represent the USA were Abby Arens (Marlins of Raleigh), Charlotte Hook (TAC Titans), and Amanda Ray (New Wave Swim Team). To be eligible for the Mel Zajac Jr. International, athletes must have a minimum of a top-50 Power Ranking on the world 100, be in high school and have never previously represented the United States in international competition.
IMPORTANT NEWS for your ATHLETES:
All USA Swimming athlete members 18 years of age or older MUST take the free online Athlete Protection Training certification by JUNE 23rd to retain their USA Swimming membership and be eligible to participate in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, club practices, and other activities.
Athletes can access training here: www.USASwimming.org/APT
From now on, athletes must take the APT training within 30 days of their 18th birthday. All Adult Athletes must take the APT every twelve months to retain their USA Swimming membership.
Elizabeth McDevitt (YBAC) and Harley Van Luvender (RSA) represented Team USA at the 13th International School Federation World Swimming Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 20-22. YBAC Coach David McDevitt served as Head of the Delegation for Team USA.
High School Students from 18 different countries participated in the 13th edition of the meet. Both girls were part of Team USA’s five-member Girl’s Select team. Countries represented at the meet included: Belgium Flanders, Brazil, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
Harley took 15th in the 100 Back, 13th in the 100 Breaststroke, 12th in the 50 Backstroke, and 17th in the 100 Free.
Elizabeth placed 8th in the 100 Fly, 7th in the 50 Butterfly and 13th in the 50 free, as well as part of Team USA 400 Free and 400 Medley Relay Teams that placed 5th. She also placed 15th in prelims of the 200 IM but was not allowed to swim in finals since only two swimmers per country were permitted to swim in finals.
The girls finished the meet with the Friendship Relay where four 62-person teams were made up of all participants from all the countries.
Friends in Swimming!
By now many of you have heard discussions or read various articles regarding the issuance and implementation requirements for the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP). Our focus and priority continues to be protecting our athletes. All of our North Carolina Swimming (NCS) clubs are required to comply with and update their policies, to reflect the MAAPP by June 23, 2019. I want to ensure you that NCS is aligned with USA Swimming’s leadership regarding protecting our athletes from abuse and any form of emotional, physical or sexual misconduct. During the next few weeks, the NCS Safe Sport and Safety Coordinator, Rebecca Landre, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, will be providing additional guidance and recommended best practices for all of our clubs to integrate into their policies and procedures. Also, teams and head coaches will be receiving important NCS membership communications/notifications regarding those athletes who will be turning 18 years of age over the next few months and will include specific directions and requirements to ensure a seamless transition as an “Applicable Adult” and the ability to maintain eligibility.
Here is the link to the MAAPP Implementation page which should be your starting point for questions that you may have regarding the MAAPP. As additional information becomes available, this webpage will be updated concurrent with any e-mail notifications that may be issued.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca or myself.
NCS General Chair
MINOR ATHLETE ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY (MAAPP)
All clubs and LSCs are required to implement the new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) by June 23, 2019. This page includes helpful links and documents to assist clubs with that requirement. Please direct questions to NCS Safe Sport Chair Rebecca Landre at email@example.com.
- Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy – Full Policy
- Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy – Customizable for Clubs
- Applicable Adults
- One-On-One Interactions
- Social Media and Electronic Communications
- Locker Rooms and Changing Areas
- Massages, Rubdowns and Athletic Training Modalities
- APT Requirement for Adult Athletes
- Non-USA Swimming Activities
- Implementing MAAPP at Swim Meets
MAAPP SAMPLE FORMS
- Acknowledgement of Policy
- Permission for a Licensed Massage Therapist or Other Certified Professional or Health Care Provider to Treat a Minor Athlete
- Permission for a Mental Health Care Professional or Health Care Provider to have One on One Interaction
- Permission for an Unrelated Adult Athlete to Share the Same Lodging with a Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Provide Local Transportation to Minor Athlete
- Permission for an Unrelated Applicable Adult to Travel to Competition with Minor Athlete
ADULT ATHLETE APT CERTIFICATION
Effective June 23, all athlete members 18 years of age and older must satisfactorily complete the US Center for Safe Sport Athlete Protection Training Program every 12 months. Athletes who are not certified within 30 days after their 18th birthdays or do not renew their certification every 12 months will not be permitted to participate in USA Swimming activities like sanctioned swim meets and practices.
Adult Athletes can access the certification site here https://www.usaswimming.org/ATP
DOWNLOAD DECK PASS PLUS
All USA Swimming members can use USA Swimming’s website and DECK PASS PLUS to prove and track APT compliance.
CHECK YOUR ATHLETE ROSTER IN YOUR CLUB PORTAL ON USASWIMMING.ORG
Use your club portal to track APT status for your Adult Athletes and address non-compliance issues. Go here www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/club/club-and-lsc-portal-search and log in. Coaches, don’t know your team’s password? Contact Barb Frith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA Swimming Member clubs are required to implement the USA Swimming Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) in full by June 23, 2019. MAAPP contains five sections: one-on-one interactions, travel, social media and electronic communications, locker rooms and changing areas and massage, rubdowns and athletic training modalities. Click the link below for the Policy and other education materials.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. The Center provides response and resolution services within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements and provides education and training to coaches, administrators, athletes, parents and sports organizations.
Ashley Twichell (TAC Titans) led North Carolina swimmers with a first place finish in the 5K at the 2019 USA Swimming Open Water Championships. Twichell was also the top USA swimmer in the 10K, finishing a half a second behind Ana Macela Cunha of Brazil. Hannah Moore (Wolfpack Elite) finished third in the 5K, behind Twichell and Cunha. Other NCS athletes competing in the Nationals included Sydney Morgan (TAC Titans), Kenneth Lloyd (NCAC), and Jamison Rzepecki (SwimMAC).
Three NCS swimmers finished in the top ten of the Men’s 5K Junior National Championships. Connor Hughes (TAC Titans) finished fourth, Jared Carter (YOTA) finished sixth, and Logan Zucker (SwimMAC) finished tenth. Other male swimmers included Peter Bretzmann (NCAC), Michael Cotter (TAC Titans), and Spencer Freeman (SwimMAC Carolina).
Sydney Morgan (TAC Titans) finished 20th in the Women’s 5K Junior National Championships as the top NCS finisher. Other female swimmers were Brooke Zettel (TAC Titans), Laura Davis (SwimMAC), Keelan Cotter (TAC Titans), Caitlin Hefner (SwimMAC), and Summer Eaker (SwimMAC).