The following guidelines and
expectations have been established for persons serving in volunteer roles with BSAA
1. 1. Conduct yourself in a courteous, respectful manner demonstrating
behavior appropriate for a positive role model for youth.
2. 2. Demonstrate exemplary behavior at all times when dealing with
parents, coaches, assistant coaches, referees and other personnel involved in
3. 3. Encourage good sportsmanship by the players during both practices
4. 4. Treat all players with respect and dignity. Promote respect for
all the participants including the opposition and game officials.
5. 5. Put the welfare and well-being of the players first before
winning. Kids first, winning second.
6. 6. Create a positive environment for training and competition. Make football
enjoyable and promote fair play.
7. 7. Encourage and support players. Provide constructive feedback. Take
time to offer praise whenever the youth does anything praiseworthy. Focus on
8. 8. Where possible, avoid one-on-one situations with individual
players. Meetings, discussions and drills should be conducted in view of other
adults and/or youths.
9. 9. Obtain parental consent to transport young players to and from
practices and games.
10. 10. While physical contact between an adult and a youth is not
absolutely prohibited, as in high-fives when congratulating a youth for an
accomplishment, adults must be very alert to the appropriateness of any
11. 11. Respect privacy. All youth are entitled to personal privacy from
adults, and when necessary or appropriate, from other youth as well. A health
and safety concern is the only exception. Adults must protect their own privacy
in similar situations. 12.
Discipline used in youth programs should be constructive and
reflect high values. Profanity and corporal punishment are never permitted.
13. 13. Physical hazing, initiations, ridicule, inappropriate teasing or
aggression are prohibited and may not be included as part of any youth
14. 14. Team managers, coaches, referees and League Representatives must
ensure that BSAA football policies are followed.
15. 15. Young players must not be left alone without guidance or
supervision. Ensure that a child is not left alone at any time (such as waiting
for his/her parents to pick them up after a practice of game).
16. 16. Keep medical and emergency contact details for the players with
you at all practices and games in the event of an emergency.
17. 17. Comply with anti-discrimination laws. BSAA football offers its
programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin,
religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other
legally protected status.
18. 18. The use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products is
prohibited at all BSAA football practices, games, official meetings, and events.
19. 19. Team managers and coaches should communicate all relevant league
information to their teams. Details should include number, length and times of
practices, games dates and other related League information.
20. 20. If the event of an injury, immediately obtain or provide the
appropriate medical assistance.
21. 21. Respect, adhere to, and enforce the rules, policies, and
guidelines established by BSAA football including all state laws related to
child abuse and substance abuse.
Child Abuse and
Youth protection policies and
procedures address issues of child abuse. Child abuse is deliberate emotional,
physical or sexual injury of a child by an adult or older child. Neglect is
harm caused by withholding life's necessities food, clothing, shelter, medical
care, and education.
Signs of Abuse
Any abrupt change in behavior that is
maintained for a week or longer is a sign that the child is experiencing stress
that could stem from a variety of causes including family disruption, illness,
death of a pet, a move to a new neighborhood, or child abuse. Some of the
possible specific signs for each kind of abuse are listed below:
Possible signs of Physical
injuries that are different from those normally associated with childhood
"wear and tear" such as burns, bruises, lacerations, abrasions and
Possible signs of
Emotional Abuse: Emotional
abuse of others, extreme sensitivity to criticism, self-destructive behavior,
appears to be a danger to others, continuous unwillingness or inability to form
trusting relationships, chronic rebellion against authority, constant socially
disruptive behavior, lagging physical development, and in severe cases habit
disorders such as thumb sucking or rocking.
Possible signs of Sexual
in walking; torn, stained, or bloody clothing; pain or itching in the genital
area; bruises or bleeding in the body’s private areas; sexually transmitted
diseases; an age-inappropriate understanding of sex; reluctance to be left alone
with a particular person; persistent and inappropriate sex play with peers;
wearing excessive amounts of clothing; fear of touch; and abuse of animals.
Possible signs of Neglect: Child consistently shows up
inappropriately or poorly dressed, shows obvious need of medical care, lacks
personal hygiene, repeatedly borrows money for basic necessities, and is
consistently overly hungry. If asked, the child will likely make excuses for
his or her parent(s). Your Responsibility
1. 1. Show support and concern for any youth who might be affected
2. 2. Do not jump to any conclusions. Act with all due diligence.
3. 3. Ask the youth in indirect ways if "everything is all
right." Be available for the child.
4. 4. Consider stating your observations to the child's parents. Do not
directly or indirectly accuse a suspected adult of child abuse.
5. 5. Speak confidentially with other adult leaders who have contact
with the child.
6. 6. Handle the matter as discreetly as possible.
7. 7. If necessary, remove the child from danger and obtain medical
treatment as needed.
8. 8. Report any League related concerns to the BSAA football President.
The law requires only that you have a reasonable suspicion that a child is
BSAA football views the reporting of suspected child abuse as both a personal and ethical obligation. All League
members should be alert to the physical and emotional state of all program
1. 1. If child abuse is suspected, report your reasonable suspicions to
the League President who will immediately investigate the allegations. During
the investigation period, the accused individual will be suspended from all
activities involving the supervision of children. The suspension will continue
until the person is cleared or allegations are proven. If the allegations are
proven correct, the individual will be removed from all BSAA football
2. 2. When any BSAA football member suspects child abuse or neglect
occurring outside of the BSAA football program, they are urged to report the
situation to appropriate local authorities at the Department of Human Services
at ((816) 228-0291).
3. 3. All information regarding alleged child abuse will be maintained
under strict confidentiality. Information will be communicated only on a
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