Policy on Child Abuse/Molestation<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
South Dakota Junior Football strives to provide healthy opportunities for sports development and intends to protect the children participating in it. It is the policy of South Dakota Junior Football that there shall be no abuse and/or molestation of any participant of the program. All forms of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse are prohibited. Touch is acceptable only if it is �respectful and appropriate�. Inappropriate comments of a sexual nature and suggestive jokes are prohibited. Neither consent of the player, mistake as to age of the player, nor the fact that the abuse/molestation did not take place at a South Dakota Junior Football function are defenses.
Examples of Abuse/Molestation
Emotional Abuse: Yelling or making the following statements:
· You�re stupid
· You�re an idiot
· You�re an embarrassment
· You�re not worth the uniform you play in, etc.
Physical Abuse: Besides the obvious examples of hitting, kicking, throwing equipment, or shaking a player, the following are examples:
· Behaviors seem violent versus disciplinary
· Practices become abusive
· Fighting is encouraged or ignored
· Illegal moves often associated with injuries are encouraged
· Coaches allow athletes to become physically or verbally abusive
Sexual Abuse: An adult may not improperly sexualize touch by fondling instead of hugging (with permission), kissing, or seductive stroking of various body parts. On the other hand, appropriate touching can be used when a child needs comfort, reassurance, and support. Appropriate touch is respectful of a person�s personal boundaries and comfort level, public, and nurturing.
Upon proof of violation of this policy, the person involved will be permanently banned from participation in South Dakota Junior Football.