If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Longview Boys Baseball Association, Please read our policy on Proper Conduct and Ethics then proceed to the Application at the end of this Policy statement

SIMPLIFIED CHILD ABUSE/MOLESTATION

RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

BACKGROUND

Child abuse/molestation in the world of youth sports has received much media attention over the past ten years. A recent Sports Illustrated article and problems within the Catholic Church have heightened this awareness.

Medical professionals state that the effects of child abuse can surface decades later and often result in suicide, violence, delinquency, drug and/or alcohol abuse, and other forms of criminality that are child abuse related.

There have been a number of multi-million dollar verdicts against coaches and associations for sexual abuse over the past several years and a least one child has been killed.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this program is to reduce the liability and related negative publicity, expense, and trauma to the Longview Boys Baseball Association and of course the children they serve. The likelihood of such can be reduced by making the environment unsuitable for the sexual predator and/or abuser.

DEFINITIONS

Child Abuse: Verbal abuse (ridicule or put-downs), physical abuse (any hurting, touching or excessive exercise used as punishment), emotional abuse (threats to perform unreasonable tasks), and sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse: Refers to a wide spectrum of interactions, including rape, physical assault, sexual battery, unwanted physical sexual contact, unwelcome sexually explicit or offensive verbal communication, coercive or expletive sexual contact, verbal sexual harassment, and/or sexualized attention or contact with a minor.

Conduct Official: Single person within the league who is appointed by the board to administer the Simplified Child Abuse/Molestation Risk Management Program. The Conduct Official is responsible for education, reviewing Volunteer Applications, checking references, conducting criminal background checks, handling appeals from disqualified candidates, conducting investigations on allegations of abuse, acting as liaison to local law enforcement, etc.

Volunteer: Citizens who perform the various functions entailed in the running of a league without pay including league officers and directors, committee personnel, coaches, mangers, etc.

Criminal Background Check (CBC): CBC’s will provide all misdemeanor and felony information (not just sex offenses) that a sports organization may want to take into account in the disqualification process.

POLICIES ON CHILD ABUSE/MOLESTATION

Limit One On One Contact: It is this organization’s policy that no activities shall take place involving one on one contact between a single, non-related league volunteer and a child, if such activities can be practically avoided. Instead a “buddy system” is encouraged where two adults should always be present during practices, games, car pooling and special events.

Prohibition of Sleepovers: All sports organization sanctioned team or league sleep over activities are prohibited whether overnight parties or traveling to away games. Exception: Teams traveling to far away tournaments can have sleepovers if each child is either accompanied by his/her parent or is being supervised by two adults who are in each others presence at all times.

Touch Policy: Touch is acceptable only if it is “respectful and appropriate”.

Verbal Conduct Policy: Inappropriate comments of a sexual nature and suggestive jokes are prohibited.

Take Home/Pick Up: Take home/pick up of athletes by league personnel is strongly discouraged because of the difficulty in limiting one on one contact between adult and child (remember the Buddy System). Parent(s) should provide transportation for their own children to and from scheduled events. The league will clearly outline the expected start and end time for all events and communicate this with all parent(s). Parent(s) should be instructed to make back up plans in the event they can not provide transportation.

Child Abuse Prohibition: All forms of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse are prohibited.

Name Distribution: The distribution of directories/rosters with names, phone numbers, addresses and pictures should be limited to persons on a “need to know” basis.

EXAMPLES OF ABUSE/MOLESTATION

Emotional Abuse: Yelling or making the following statements:

 

  • You’re stupid
  • You’re an idiot
  • You’re an embarrassment
  • You’re not worth the uniform you play in; etc, etc

Physical Abuse: Besides the obvious examples of a coach hitting, kicking throwing equipment, or shaking a player:

 

  • Behaviors seem violent versus disciplinary;
  • Training practices become abusive;
  • Fighting is encouraged or ignored;
  • Illegal moves, often associated with injuries are encouraged;
  • Coaches teach improper techniques or encourage conduct which violates safety rules;
  • Coaches allow athlete(s) to become physically or verbally abusive;
  • Behaviors result in injuries to athlete(s), etc.

 

Sexual Abuse: An adult may not improperly sexualize touch by fondling instead of hugging (with permission), kissing or seductive stroking of various body parts. On the other hand appropriate touching can be used when a young child needs comfort, reassurance and support. Appropriate touch is respectful of a person’s personal boundaries and comfort level, public (done in front of others and not secretly), and nurturing (not sexualized).

ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE/MOLESTATION AND OTHER POLICY VIOLATIONS

Point of Contact : The conduct official is the appropriate person to whom all reports of child abuse/molestation should be reported. In the event the Conduct Official is the alleged abuser/molester, the report should be made to the Commissioner of the Association.

Information Gathering: Upon receipt of a disclosure of child/sexual abuse or of a policy violation, the Conduct Official should gather all pertinent facts in a fair, respectful and confidential manner and review with both the accuser and accused. All such disclosures must be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors. The Conduct Official must immediately report to the authorities when there is reasonable cause to believe that physical abuse or sexual abuse has occurred.

Suspension/Termination: The findings of the Conduct Official will be reported to the Board of Directors and all proceedings will be confidential. If the alleged abuser or policy violator admits to the conduct, the Board can employ the most appropriate punishment. If the alleged abuser or policy violator denies the conduct, the Board can conduct further investigations (except when reasonable cause of physical or sexual abuse exists that should be reported to the authorities) deemed necessary prior to rendering any appropriate punishment or exoneration.

Suspension: Less egregious conduct on the part of a volunteer will result in a written reprimand. If more than two written reprimands are received in a three year time period, this will result in termination of the volunteer. Slightly more egregious conduct will result in both a written reprimand and suspension. Upon the second suspension in a three year period, the volunteer will be terminated.

Duty to Disclose/Immunity/Confidentiality: All volunteers may be required by state law to report suspected cases of child/sexual abuse. Any person(s) who makes or participates in the making of a good-faith report of abuse/neglect, participates in the investigation or in judicial proceedings shall in so doing be provided with complete and absolute immunity from civil liability. The identity of the volunteer reporting a case of suspected child/sexual abuse shall not be revealed. All records and reports concerning investigations and their outcome are protected by various confidentiality laws.

 

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND CONSENT/RELEASE FORM

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND CONSENT/RELEASE FORM: The attached application entitled “Volunteer Application” must be completed, signed, submitted and processed on an annual basis before a volunteer will be allowed to work with athletes.

All volunteers who have regular access to or repeated contact with athletes must complete the “Volunteer Application”. This would normally include all head coaches, assistant coaches, managers, league administrators, etc. Refusal to comply will result in immediate dismissal from the association even if the volunteer has been allowed to participate in the past.

The Conduct Official will review all such applications, will conduct a Criminal Background Check, may conduct a follow-up interview to clarify questions and will decide whether or not the candidate disqualified based on this information.

 

DISQUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Individual volunteers found to be guilty of the following crimes will be disqualified as a volunteer as outlined below. Guilty means the applicant was found guilty following a trial, entered a guilty plea, or entered a no contest plea accompanied by the court’s finding of guilty, regardless of whether there was an adjudication of guilt (conviction) or a withholding of guilt. This policy does not apply if criminal charges resulted in acquittal, dismissal or in an entry of “nolle prosequi”:

1. Ever Found To Be Guilty Of:

 

  • All sex offenses including child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.

 

  • All felony violence including murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.

 

2. Found To Be Guilty Within The Past 10 Years Of:

 

  • All felony offenses other than violence or sex including drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.

3. Found To Be Guilty Within The Past 7 Years Of:

 

  • All misdemeanor violence offenses including simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.

 

4. Found To Be Guilty Within The Past 5 Years Or Multiple Offenses In The Past 10 Years Of:

 

  • Misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses including driving under the influence, simple drug possession, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.

5.Any other misdemeanor within the past 5 years that would be considered a potential danger to children or is directly related to the functions of the volunteer including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, theft – if volunteer is handling money, etc.

Should any pending charges described in 1 – 3 above be uncovered, or should any of the above charges be brought against an applicant during the season, the applicant shall be suspended from serving until such time as the charges have been cleared or dropped and the Conduct Official has approved reinstatement.

Criminal Background Check: After receiving the “Volunteer Application”, the Conduct Official will conduct a Criminal Background Check and will search records in all current and past counties of residence of the volunteer. This procedure is confidential and only the Conduct Official will have access to these records. The Conduct Official will decide whether or not the candidate is disqualified based on the finds and the predetermined disqualification guidelines that have been set in writing by the association.

Appeals: Candidate(s) disqualified due to an unsatisfactory referral or Criminal Background Check and/or other reason(s) will be given the right to appeal upon written notification to the Conduct Official.

The Board will appoint 3 board members to hear the appeal and they will decide whether or not to uphold or overturn the decision of the Conduct Official. As a compromise, the appeal committee may decide to reassign a candidate to a more appropriate position or to place the candidate under a probationary period. The results of all background checks and appeals will be kept confidential.

By Downloading the Application Form You Are Agreeing That You Have Read and Understand Our Policy on Proper Ethics Regarding the Children of Our Organization

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