Responsibilities

Note: The MYSA Board of Directors has identified the MYSA Vice President as the MYSA State Risk Manager to assist and advise Member Clubs in this endeavor.

1. Member Club Board of Directors or Presidents will:

  1. designate a local Risk Manager and alternate to serve as the liaison to the MYSA State Risk Manager.
  2. ensure that all individuals listed in a-f above comply with this policy by annually submitting to the MYSA background check process.
  3. ensure complaints of abuse are reviewed and reported to the MYSA State Risk Manager or the local authorities, whichever is more appropriate.

2. Member Club Risk Managers will:

  1. serve as a liaison to the MYSA State Risk Manager.
  2. forward to the MYSA State Risk Manager, complaints of violations of the Risk Management Guidelines and Policies, including complaints of physical or sexual abuse of a player. Complaints of such abuse may be reported immediately to the local law enforcement authorities.
  3. advise their Member Club Board of Directors on modifications, additions and enforcement of Risk Management Guidelines and Policies.

3. MYSA State Risk Manager will:

  1. ensure that all Member Clubs comply with the Risk Management Guidelines and Policies.
  2. serve as liaison to the Member Club Risk Managers and will be responsible for sharing information, publications, materials and ideas to better prepare Member Club Risk Managers for this duty.
  3. work with the MYSA Executive Director to contract with a reliable agency to perform background checks on persons designated by these policies.
  4. work with the MYSA Executive Director to determine if a person should be excluded from participation or involvement in MYSA programs, based on the information received through the MYSA background checks.
  5. work with the MYSA Executive Director to notify applicants or existing members in writing by certified mail of their rejection or expulsion.
  6. review any complaints of violations of the Risk Management Guidelines and Policies, except complaints of physical or sexual abuse of a player. Complaints of such abuse may be reported immediately to the local law enforcement authorities and the MYSA State Risk Manager or MYSA Executive Director.
  7. compile a written report of each non-abuse violation reviewed, including steps taken, persons spoken to, and findings regarding the allegation.
  8. upon completion of the review, impose discipline on persons found to have violated the guidelines and policies.
  9. notify the complainant and the accused of the findings regarding alleged violations and discipline imposed.
  10. provide information regarding the right to appeal with the notification of findings.
  11. if decision is appealed, submit written report to MYSA Appeals Committee and appear at hearing.
  12. advise the Member Club Board of Directors on modifications, additions and enforcement of Risk Management Guidelines and Policies.
  13. along with the MYSA Executive Director, periodically review and update this policy as needed.
  14. receive copies of all written reports of Member Club Risk Managers regarding alleged player physical or sexual abuse and harassment. The MYSA State Risk Manager or MYSA Executive Director shall maintain confidential files of all abuse and harassment reports made against persons involved with the sport.
  15. upon request by a Member Club Risk Manager, or in the event a complaint is made against a risk manager or a member of his/her immediate family, review the complaint, make findings and determine the appropriate discipline, if necessary.