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Q: Does this policy mean that athletes over the age of 18 cannot share a locker room or changing area
with teammates under the age of 18?
A: No. Unrelated Applicable Adults must not be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing
area except for athletes on the same team and athletes attending the same competition.
▪ All USA Swimming non-athlete members and adult athlete members;
▪ Participating non-members (e.g. meet marshals, meet computer operators, timers, etc.);
▪ LSC and club adult staff and board members; and
▪ Any other adult authorized to have regular contact with or authority over a minor athlete.
Collectively “Applicable Adult(s)”
any communications between an Applicable Adult and a minor athlete should be open, transparent.
Additionally, electronic communications between an Applicable Adult and a minor athlete must involve the
minor’s legal guardian and take place during reasonable hours.
Q: What do I do about my pre-existing social media connections with minor athletes?
A: Applicable Adults are required to discontinue existing social media connections with minor athletes.
An unrelated Applicable Adult must not expose his or her breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to a
minor athlete under any circumstance. An unrelated Applicable Adult must not request an unrelated
minor athlete to expose the minor athlete’s breasts, buttocks, groin or genitals to the unrelated
Applicable Adult under any circumstance.
IV. One-on-One Interactions
Except for athletes on the same team or athletes attending the same competition, at no time are
unrelated Applicable Adults permitted to be alone with a minor athlete in a locker room or changing
area, except under emergency circumstances. If the organization is using a facility that only has a
single locker room or changing area, separate times for use by Applicable Adults must be
An unrelated Applicable Adult must not expose his or her breasts...