Positions of Trust
- The welfare of the child is the primary concern.
- Be aware that the closeness of the coach/athlete relationship may encourage feelings that are not directly related to the sport.
- Set out and maintain appropriate boundaries.
- Promote fairness.
- Prevent and correct bullying.
- Treat all children equally, with dignity and respect.
- Give enthusiastic and constructive advice rather than criticism.
- NEVER enter into a sexual relationship with a child under your care/supervision.
- NEVER use your influence over a child for your own interests.
- Physical contact is recommended only in support of the following purposes, and should only be carried out by appropriately qualified staff:
- To develop or demonstrate sports skills,
- To diagnose or treat an injury, or
- To give appropriate sport massage.
- Physical contact may be appropriate in other circumstances, as in congratulating a child or consoling a child who is upset. However, always ensure that physical contact is carried out in the open or in the presence of another supervising adult.
- Remember that interpretations of touching will be affected by factors such as cultural differences, religious implications, relative age or sexual orientation.
If a child is uncomfortable with physical contact, STOP!
- A supervising adult should never be alone with a child in potentially compromising situations, i.e. in a hotel room, bathroom, changing room, locker rooms, etc.
- Whenever possible, mixed gender teams should be accompanied by both male and female responsible adults.
- DO NOT take a child alone on a trip unless in an emergency and/or with written parental permission.
- DO NOT enter the room of a child without another responsible adult present.
- NEVER share a room with a child.
Always discourage sexually provocative jokes and conversation.
- When you are close to a child, you may gather very personal information about the child.
- Try to make the child aware of the importance and implications of the information he is sharing.
- You should NEVER encourage confidences or intrude into the private life of the child.
Always maintain appropriate boundaries
- Discourage children from talking offensively about others but be aware that the child may be trying to describe an instance of abuse.
- Coaches should never talk offensively or negatively about others.
- Encourage children to obey the rules of the sport, compete in good faith and treat officials and other competitors with respect.
- NEVER advocate measures to gain an unfair advantage or cheat in any way.
- NEVER allow children in your care to take advantage of a mistake or oversight by an official or volunteer at any time.
Always emphasize fair play!
Personal Standards Good Practice
- Always exhibit high personal standards.
- Respect SSCV’s Core Values of Character, Courage and Commitment.
- Respect SSCV’s Coaches, Parent and Athlete Code/Standard of Conduct.
- Always project a favorable image of the sport, SSCV, the Olympic movement, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, USASA and FIS and any other applicable governing bodies
- Always project an image of health, cleanliness and efficiency.
- DO NOT use any types of tobacco, or drink alcohol to excess, when in the company or presence of children.
- Never use profane, insulting or otherwise offensive language.
- NEVER use any form of sexually charged verbal intimacy or innuendoes.
- ALWAYS err on the side of protecting the child. Take action.
If you are unsure….
- Always err on the side of protecting the child.
- If you have doubts of what is appropriate or necessary in a particular circumstance, you should consult your direct supervisor, medical professionals or contact SSCV’s Leadership Team for guidance.
- Always involve the child’s parents in any action involving their child.
- Physical injury of all types when such injury is intentional or results from neglect.
- Giving a child alcohol or inappropriate medications or drugs.
- In a sports situation, this may also occur when the nature and intensity of training disregard the capacity if the child’s immature and growing body.
- May involve telling a child that he/she is useless or devaluing them.
- Constant criticism and negative feedback.
- Shouting, threats or taunts.
- Unrealistic expectation of performance at levels above a child’s capability.
- Failure to provide adequate food or shelter.
- Prolonged or unnecessary exposure to cold or heat.
- Unnecessary risk of injury.
- In sport, activities which might involve physical contact with children may create situations where sexual abuse may go unnoticed.
- The power of the coach over the athlete could, if misused, lead to abusive situations developing.
- May be physical, verbal or emotional.
- Is usually repeated over a period of time.
- May involve staff, other athletes, or parents.
Signs of abuse may include a drop in performance, behavioral changes, mood swings, reluctance to train/compete, frequent loss of possessions, physical injuries (bruising, scratches, etc), poor sleep and/or loss of appetite/weight.
- Watch for signs of abuse and bullying.
- Note any physical symptoms and signs, changes in behavior and/or drops in performance.
- It is NOT your responsibility to decide if abuse is taking place.
- However, if you suspect abuse, you should take action. Report your concerns to your immediate supervisor first, then parents or, if necessary, to child protection services and/or law enforcement.
- Seek advice from qualified or supervisory individuals to assist your Club in addressing objectionable behaviors.
- The effects of abuse may have very long-lasting consequences for the child.
- The welfare of the child is paramount.
Children must be protected from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment at all times.