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Coaching Policies

Coaching Guidelines and Policies

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.

Mandated Reporting:

  • 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.)

Travel:

  • 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.

Individualized Meetings:

  • 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.