Legal responsibilities of a coach
Every coach should be aware of his legal responsibilities! They shouldn’t offer an advice beyond their qualification level. On the other side, they should give appropriate guidance and advices. Every coach is responsible for safety and health of the athletes they coach. They also must have a means that provide them to contact emergency services and they should have an access to first aid facilities. Children’s coaches have even more responsibilities. They must protect children from:
• Physical abuse (hitting and pushing)
• Emotional abuse (insults or threats)
• Neglect (not providing enough food or inadequate food)
• Sexual abuse (showing pornography to a child is treated as sexual abuse)
Coaches should notice if a child is abused outside training. If that happens, they should report that to the authorities.
Every coach must have an appropriate insurance that can cover personal accidents and public liability. Usually, this insurance is included in their affiliation fee. Their vehicles should be properly insured and licensed, if they are used for athletes transport. It is recommended that coaches don’t use their private vehicles for transporting athletes. Despite this, many coaches use their own car for taking athletes to some event or tournament. Apparently it is a cheaper and faster way. Besides already mentioned responsibilities, coaches should educate their athletes about drug use and abuse.
They should educate athletes about supplements that are often harmful and forbidden in professional sports. On the other side, they should provide appropriate nutritional advice. This includes which food athletes should eat during preparation for a tournament or during regular practice. Professional coaches are properly educated for this. All these regulations should provide better athlete safety, protection and better training.