From USA Swimming on Deck Changing:
It is the consensus of the Rules and Regulations, Safe Sport, Athletes’ Executive and Officials’ Committees that the preferred approach to dealing with deck changing is to view the change in 202.2.9.I as the House’s desire for a paradigm shift regarding deck changing: what was once considered acceptable is now unacceptable in the sport. Our focus should be on educating our members that deck changing is not acceptable and can put our athletes at risk. The consensus of these committees is that LSCs should be encouraged not to adopt a punitive approach to enforcing this provision of our rules but rather work collaboratively with coaches to stop instances of deck changing across the sport.
The following is provided for LSCs consideration:
1. Officials’ eyes should be on the pool – not looking for swimmers who might be deck changing.
2. Should deck changing be observed, officials should not attempt to intervene to stop it, but rather note the gender and team of the swimmer as well as the location of the deck change. Report this information to the Referee when time permits. The Referee should work with the Meet Director and/or facility staff to communicate with the coach of the swimmer(s) that were deck changing. This communication should provide the information and ask for the coach’s cooperation to get the swimmers to change in the designated areas in the facility.
3. Meet Directors and Referees should ensure that the Meet Marshalls and host facility staff are aware that swimmers should only be changing in designated changing facilities. Meet Marshalls and facility staff should not intervene directly with swimmers that are deck changing; rather, they should note the gender and team of the swimmer as well as the location of the deck change and deal directly with the coach in question.
4. If the coach of the swimmer(s) is uncooperative regarding requests to comply with getting swimmers to change in the designated changing areas, report details of the instance to the LSC Safe Sport Chair and General Chair for follow-up.
Hopefully this guidance provides LSCs, coaches, officials, athletes and their families a starting point for a discussion on how we can effect increased athlete safety and security by eliminating deck changing in our sport.
The Safe Sport Committee voted to make the Athlete Protection Training good for two years instead of one year. As a result, all of the 12/31/14 APT expiration dates have been pushed back to 12/31/15.
Effective on September 1, 2014 the APT expiration date is based on the year that the training was taken. For example, if you complete the training anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2015, the APT expiration date will be December 31, 2017 (if completed in January, you essentially get three years). Anyone completing the APT after September 1, 2014 and until January 1, 2015 will have an APT expiration date of 12/31/16.