The mission of the Johnston Basketball Club is to organize, develop, promote, and support competitive youth basketball programs designed for 3rd through 8th grade student-athletes in the Johnston Iowa Community School District.

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Purpose

This policy outlines practices of the Johnston Basketball Club (“JBC”) related to the interaction between adult employees, contractors and volunteers, and youth as part of delivering the Corporation’s programs.

Policy

Section 1.  Responsibility for Youth

Coaches are only responsible for youth immediately before, during and immediately after scheduled training sessions, games, other sponsored events.

Parents and guardians are responsible for travel to and from such locations where training sessions, games and events are held, and downtime before, between and after games during tournaments, including overnight stays.

Section 2.  One-on-One Interactions

No adult employee, contractor or volunteer should allow him/herself to be alone with a youth player (unless their own child).  Specifically:

 

  1. Do not drive alone with a youth player in the car.

  2. Do not take a youth player alone to locker rooms, bathrooms or any other private room.

  3. Do not have private conversations with youth players outside of the view of others.

 

In instances where one-on-one and group training sessions take place with only one adult present, sessions should be conducted in a highly visible area, preferably held at a location where other groups are present.

Section 3.  No Player Left Alone

No youth player should be left alone at a training session, game or any other sponsored event until they are picked up by their parent, older sibling, or other designated adult.  It is recommended, that another player or adult in addition to the coach wait at the site as well until the youth player is picked up.

Section 4.  Player Communication

  1. Parents should be copied on all emails between individual youth players and any employee, contractor or volunteer of the Corporation.

  2. An adult employee, contractor or volunteer of the Corporation should not reach out socially to individual youth players by phone, texts or social media.

  3. There should be minimally two adult employees, contractors or volunteers in any text or chat groups with youth players (e.g., team chats).

Section 5. Designated Adult

As noted above, parents and guardians are responsible for travel to and from such locations where training sessions, games and events are held, and downtime before, between and after games during tournaments, including overnight stays.  In instances where parents are unable to fulfill these responsibilities, the parent or guardian may designate another adult to do so.  Where out-of-town travel is required, the parent or guardian shall send an email to their child’s coach to make him or her aware of the adult who will be responsible for their child.

 

Section 6.  Abuse - Strictly Prohibited

Abuse of any kind is strictly prohibited.   Physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse or misconduct from our players, coaches, referees, officials, volunteers, parents or spectators will not be tolerated.

 

  1. Physical and sexual abuse, includes, but not limited to: striking, hitting, kicking, biting, indecent or wanton gesturing, lewd remarks, indecent exposure, unwanted physical contact, any form of sexual contact or inappropriate touching.

  2. Emotional abuse or verbal abuse, includes, but not limited to: yelling, insulting, threatening, mocking, demeaning behavior, or making abusive statements in regard to a person’s race, gender, religion, nationality/ethnicity, sex or age.

 

Coaches must not permit or condone abusive behavior of a player and must take immediate steps to remove the player from the playing field whether during a game or practice session.  Coaches must immediately discuss the behavior with the player’s parents.

 

Any allegations or occurrences of abuse must be immediately reported to Corporation’s President.

 

Adoption and Amendments

Policy approved by Board on September 30, 2019