Transportation Policies: Cheerleading Coach Arrested for Sexual Battery

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

Does your club have a policy detailing in what circumstances coaches or other volunteers can provide transportation to players to and from practices or games? What about transportation for out of town trips? Rides to and from practices or games provide the opportunity for a volunteer to isolate a young player and place them in a dangerous situation.

The potential hazards of volunteer provided transportation were highlighted by a recent arrest in Florida. A 27 year old cheerleading coach is alleged to have offered a girl a ride to and from practice. On the way home, he stopped the car, got in the back seat and invited her to join him. The police allege that when she refused, he forced her into the back and sexually assaulted her. The investigation revealed a second cheerleader who has accused the coach of engaging in sexual conduct with her from the ages of 14 to 16. Read the full story here.

Development of strong child protections policies address issues including transportation.  Sound risk management requires not only developing the policies, but also assuring their enforcement.  Let Placek Consulting review your existing policies, or help you put together a complete risk management plan.

Sharing Information Between Clubs – UPDATE

Written by PC News on . Posted in Contractors, Molestation, Volunteer Screening

Additional reports on the story reported below indicate that the same coach who was arrested had been sued in 2000 over allegations of sexual abuse. (Read Story)

In sum, the coach had been:

* Sued in 2000 for sexual abuse in California;
* Fired in 2008 for undisclosed reasons in Oregon; and
* Subsequently hired at another gymnastics school

prior to being arrested for allegedly photographing young gymnasts in the changing room. Most commercially available background check systems used by youth sports groups will not turn up civil lawsuits. Previous terminations do not turn up in background checks. Could information sharing have prevented the crimes he is currently accused of? When a new coach volunteers with your organization, what steps do you take beyond running a criminal background check. If you terminate a volunteer based on complaints or suspicion, will the next club know?

Let us guide you in developing a comprehensive volunteer screening program.

Manage Contractor Risk: The Case of the Texting Umpire

Written by PC News on . Posted in Contractors, Molestation

Much of a board’s time on risk management may be spent focusing on its volunteer coaches, on weather procedures, and on other concerns internal to the organization.  However, most associations have external risks to manage as well.  Contractors, such as food vendors, photo providers and especially referees often have direct contact with an organization’s youth participants.  In Vero Beach, Florida, a 13 year old girl accused a 34 year old umpire of having sex with her.  They met at the little league fields where she was playing softball and he was working as an umpire.  She alleged that they began exchanging text messages and later developed a sexual relationship.

Although the umpire was acquitted of criminal charges, this does not preclude the possibility of civil litigation against the youth sports league.  Does your risk management plan account for exposures from contractors who might have contact with your youth players?

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