To all concerned parties:
I've been getting calls about risk management passes for coaches and officials of recreation leagues. Short answer: Yes, you need them.
To be clear. All coaches (recreation, travel, assistant, head) are to have a properly executed NYSW Risk Management pass with them any time they are with the kids - practice or games. No exceptions. None.
Two words. Jerry Sandusky.
TRUE STORY: I've actually gotten a call from a policeman that a known sex offender was helping to coach a team in a small town. When I called the club and they investigated I got back statements like the offender was a "nice guy" and the head coach was "just happy to have the help with the team". The offender "seemed really good with the kids" and the club did not even know he was helping out. THANK GOD the cop called the state office and we could alert the club and get the offender off the field.
How the pass process flows:
- The background check process is begun by the club official entering the potential coach, manager, etc. into Team Staff in Rosterpro.
- The Coach/Manager will get an email sent to them requesting additional personal information that is needed for the criminal history check.
- The check is done on-line and the NYSW office prints a pass for the adult and sends it to the club contact.
- The club is to ensure that the coach receives the pass, signs it, and has a picture of him/herself laminated to the card.
This process can take only a few days, however, I would not delay in starting the process.
A coach on the field without a proper RM pass places the club in bad standing. Hence if there will be no support from NYSW if the club needs insurance for a player/coach/spectator injury, no legal assistance if the club is sued, or club personnel are accused of wrongdoing.
This is not new. The RM policy has been in effect for years. It has always applied to both recreation and travel teams. Many recreation clubs seem to have been ignoring this policy and the recreation kids are likely the ones most at risk as recreation play seems to be a more relaxed atmosphere and "everybody believes they know everybody."
Section II of the risk management policy:
In addition to US Youth Soccer Bylaw 214 and in compliance with those bylaw requirements, the NYSWYSA affirms its commitment to the safety and well-being of its youngsters by approving a requirement that background checks be performed on:
- NYSWYSA personnel
- NYSWYSA members' personnel
C. This policy applies to all NYSWYSA personnel and the personnel of NYSWYSA members. For the purposes of this policy, "personnel" includes, but is not limited to, all coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, other team officials, board members, staff, referees, and volunteers, whether paid or unpaid. The NYSWYSA Board of Directors shall, in conjunction with the NYSWYSA Risk Management Committee, reserve the right to determine any additional positions that may be subject to this policy.
NYSW Youth Soccer Association