Archive for January, 2013

E-Communications: Coach Arrested after Texting 11 year old player

Written by PC News on . Posted in Coaches, Volunteer Management

In mid-January, a 45 year old soccer coach was arrested and charged with “contacting a minor with intent to commit certain offenses.”  (Full story here).  The details of this charge highlight again the importance of associations establishing clear guidelines on when and how coaches may directly contact players.  In this case, the coach was sending text messages directly to an 11 year old girl on his team.  The coach was confronted by the parents, apologized and promised to cease contact.  However, the mother still reported the matter to the police and charges were lodged.

Younger and younger players have access to text and social media.  It is incumbent upon a club to recognize the potential risk in communications between children and adult volunteers.  These guidelines should be communicated to all coaches prior to the season and strictly enforced.

Placek Consulting to Present Risk Management Webinar for NSCAA

Written by PC News on . Posted in Board Members, Governing Bodies, Insurance

On January 29th, Scott Placek will present a risk management webinar for the National Soccer Coaches Association of American’s Club Standards Project.  The Club Standards Project is an evaluative process focusing on youth soccer organizations that is designed to raise the standards and expectations for coach and player development.  Youth organizations participating in the NSCAA Club Standards Project are evaluated on their current performance in Coaching Development, Player Development and Administration.  Risk Management is an ever present administrative challenge for youth sports.  We are pleased to assist the NSCAA in raising awareness of the importance of risk management.

To register for the Webinar, please go to the Club Standards Project’s webpage:  Click Here

Extra-Organizational Contact: Why is the kid at the coach’s home?

Written by PC News on . Posted in Coaches, Molestation, Volunteer Management

A Torrance, California ice skating coach has been charged with molesting a young student over the course of several years.  (Full story here.).  This coach taught at a variety of ice rinks and for at least two ice skating schools.  Of particular note is the allegation that the abuse occurred in the coach’s home.  These allegations point out the importance of making sure that your organization has an extra-organizational contact policy in place.  Extra-organizational contact is any contact between a volunteer/coach and a youth participant that occurs outside of the organization’s programming.  Extra-organizational contact policies aim to minimize the chances that a youth participant may be isolated with the volunteer/coach in a setting over which the organization has no control.

Crafting a workable policy is a challenge.  In a recreational setting, with volunteers, many of your coaches will have children of the same age that they coach.  Interaction may occur in school settings, in visits with friends of their children or just in the community.  With paid coaches, the likelihood of innocent extra-organizational contact is much smaller.  A sound extra-organizational contact policy must address both of these situations in a workable manner.

At Placek Consulting, we can help your association put an extra-organizational contact policy in place.  This can be done as part of a broader risk management plan or as a one time policy service.  Contact us to find out how we can help.