Players can achieve more when they are in settings in which they feel safe. The resources provided here offer information on risk management, lightning safety, insurance, hazing, bullying and more.
All volunteer staff should be notified prior to acceptance of their duties that they will be subject to a favorable background check and must provide their consent via a volunteer application.
Bullying is an intentional, persistent and repeated pattern of committing or willfully tolerating physical and non-physical behavior that is intended, or has the reasonable potential, to cause fear, humiliation or physical harm in an attempt to socially exclude, diminish or isolate the targeted athlete(s) as a condition of membership.
Emotional misconduct involves a pattern of deliberate, non-contact behavior that has the potential to cause emotional or psychological harm to an athlete.
Harassment is a repeated pattern of physical and/or non-physical behavior intended to cause fear, humiliation or annoyance, offend or degrade, create a hostile environment; or reflect discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or mental or physical disability.
Hazing involves coercing, requiring, forcing or willfully tolerating any humiliating, unwelcome or dangerous activity that serves as a condition for joining a group or being socially accepted by a group's members.
Insurance for Youth Leagues
The purchase of quality sports insurance policies, including Excess Accident, General Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, Crime and Equipment, is an essential element of a broader-based risk management program.
Lightning represents a significant weather hazard for players and spectators. It is estimated that approximately 70 people are killed and 400 are injured each year as a result of being struck by lightning.
The use of 15-passenger vans to transport athletic participants has come under scrutiny because of the documented "rollover" risks and the associated "catastrophic" liability potential resulting from serious injuries or deaths to multiple passengers.
Physical misconduct involves contact or non-contact behavior that can cause physical harm to an athlete or other sports participants. It also includes any act or conduct described as physical abuse or misconduct under federal or state law (e.g. child abuse, child neglect and assault).
Risk Management for Youth Organizations
A baseball organization should select a Risk Management Officer (RMO) and a Risk Management Committee to oversee the development, implementation and oversight of the program.
Sexual misconduct involves any touching or non-touching sexual interaction that is non-consensual or forced, coerced or manipulated, or perpetrated in an aggressive, harassing, exploitative or threatening manner.
Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
Athletes rarely speak up about child sexual abuse. Instead, we often need to rely on other indicators that something might be going on in sport.