Preventing Sexual Harassment:
- These guidelines and Policies apply to all paid coaches and volunteers of the Blue Lions FHC.
- Any violations of these guidelines and policies need to be reported to Sean Meily, program director.
- Violations could result in suspension or termination.
- Coaches are considered mandatory reporters relative to child abuse. A report MUST be made when there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse, it is not necessary for the reporter to know for certain that a child was abused. The mandated reporter is protected from civil and criminal liability when they make a report in good faith. It is up to Children and Youth Services to investigate and determine whether the child was abused and the law requires that the name of a mandated reporter be kept confidential and Children and Youth Services takes that requirement very seriously. A report may be made by calling Childline at 1-800-932-0313 or Centre County Children and Youth Services at 814-355-6755.
- An individual may make an anonymous report, however, mandatory reporters should refrain from doing so since there will be no legal record of the mandatory reporter making the report.
Electronic Communication/Social Media
- Limit interaction on social media sites to organization or team pages. Athletes should not join or “like” a coach or volunteer’s personal page.
- Keep electronic communication (texts, posts, emails, instant messaging, etc.) professional and related to team or organizational activities.
- Use organizational accounts (such as Remind or TeamSnap) to communicate to athletes, rather than using a personal account.
- Prohibit the use of any recording devices, including cell phone cameras, in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.
Outside of Program Contact with Players
- Contact with players outside of the program should be limited/minimal and should not take place in private locations.
- Any contact between players and coaches outside the program must not be 1-1 player to coach ratio. (Either have a second coach, a parent, or multiple players in attendance.)
- Coaches should not travel alone with a player. They should have another adult present, either a parent or coach. If this is not possible, the coach should have multiple players travel along together.
- Encourage regular contact between athletes and parents during the trip.
- Maintain good communication with parents so they can arrange for their child’s transportation.
- Don’t transport an unrelated athlete by yourself—have your own child, another athlete or an adult ride along.
- Encourage parents to share transportation duties, so that more than one adult is responsible.
- Make sure no child is alone with an adult or much older athlete.
- Conduct meetings where others are present and where interactions can be easily observed and/or interrupted.
- If possible, meet in a publicly visible and open area, such as the corner of a gym or field.
- If an individual meeting needs to take place in an office, keep the door unlocked and open.