Zero Tolerance Policy Against Abuse
Purpose: EGYSL is committed to providing a safe environment for its members and
participants and to preventing abusive conduct in any form. Every member of this
organization is responsible for protecting our participants and ensuring their
safety and well being while involved in sponsored activities.
EGYSL promotes good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages
qualities of mutual respect, courtesy, and tolerance in all participants,
coaches, officials, and volunteers. We advocate building strong self-images
among the youth participants. Children with strong self-images may be less
likely targets for abuse. Similarly, they may be less likely to abuse or bully
others around them.
To this end, EGYSL establishes the following guidelines of behavior and
procedures for our staff, volunteers, and participants. All members of this
organization, as well as parents, spectators, and other invitees are expected to
observe and adhere to these guidelines.
- Abuse of any kind is not permitted within our organization.
This means we do not tolerate physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse or
misconduct from our players, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, or
- Physical and sexual abuse, including, but not limited to,
striking, hitting, kicking, indecent or wanton gesturing, lewd remarks, indecent
exposure, unwanted physical contact, any form of sexual contact or inappropriate
touching, are strictly prohibited within EGYSL.
- Emotional abuse or verbal abuse is prohibited. These
include, but are not limited to, such forms of abuse such as yelling, insulting,
threatening, mocking, demeaning behavior, or making abusive statements in regard
to a person’s race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sex, or age.
- EGYSL is committed to providing a safe environment for our
players, participants, and staff. We do so by appointing all coaches, officials,
and volunteers – and anyone affiliated with our organization – as protection
advocates. Every member of this organization is responsible for reporting any
cases of questionable conduct or alleged mistreatment toward our members by any
coach, official, volunteer, player, parent, sibling, or spectator.
- We recommend that every activity sponsored by EGYSL put a
“buddy system” in place. Each youth participant should be assigned a buddy
during sponsored activities. No child should go anywhere – to the bathrooms,
locker rooms, or other location – without his or her buddy.
- To further protect our youth participants, as well as
coaches, officials, and volunteers, we strongly advise that no adult person
allow him or herself to be alone with an unrelated child or with any group of
children during sponsored activities. In particular, we recommend that coaches
and other adult members of this organization:
- Do not drive alone with an
unrelated child participant in the car;
- Do not take an unrelated child
alone to the locker room, bathrooms, or any other private room;
- Only provide training or
individual coaching with the assistance of another adult or the child’s buddy;
- If you must have a private
conversation with a youth participant, do it within view of others, in the gym
or on the field, instead of in a private office;
- Coaches and other adult
members of this organization should not socialize individually with nonrelated
children outside of sponsored events.
- We encourage parents to become as active as possible in
sponsored activities, games, practices, and other events. The more parents are
involved, the less likely it is for abusive situations to develop.
- When traveling overnight with youth players, children
should be paired up with other children of the same gender and similar age. No
coach, parent, or other adult should be alone in a hotel room with an unrelated
child. Children should be supervised by adults while in hotels at all times.
- EGYSL will respond quickly to any and all allegations of
abuse within this organization. This information will be communicated to the
authorities for investigation and will be reviewed by the organization’s Board
of Directors. The alleged offender will be notified of such allegations
- Any person accused of sexual or physical abuse may be asked to
resign voluntarily or may be suspended by the Board of Directors until the
matter is resolved. Regardless of criminal or civil guilt in the alleged abuse,
the continued presence of the person could be detrimental to the reputation of
the organization and could be harmful to the participants. A person who is
accused but later cleared of charges, may apply to be reinstated within the
organization. Reinstatement is not a right, and no guarantee is made by EGYSL
that he or she will be reinstated to his or her former position.