The following sections describe how each group of participants help Cal North minimize and manage risk. If you are a coach please make sure you clearly understand your responsibilities as this will affect your eligibility to participate. Coaches cannot be rostered to a team unless they have completed a background check conducted by the California Department of Justice and completed the self-disclosure process.
In order to manage risk effectively, all participants must be proactive in the process. This includes coaches/team administrators, league administrators, state level administrators, as well as parents, players, and spectators.
Coaches, referees, and other participants are in a unique position to help kids challenge themselves physically and mentally. Unfortunately, some adults may consider participating for other reasons. It is Cal North's intention that this does not occur. If a participant has retained counsel then there shall not be any communication with the participant. Communications on these issues shall remain confidential. Any questions from parents or the media shall be referred to Cal North.
The Responsibilities of all Coaches, Administrators, and players include:
- Report any alleged improprieties about other participants to a league representative, who in turn will pass the information onto Cal North.
- If there are rumors about conduct consult with a league official.
- Register in Cal North’s Data Management System as an administrator.
- Complete the required disclosure form, and fingerprinting process.
Cal North's Official Responsibilities are:
- Investigate charges of molestation or of a convicted molester or criminal though records, interviews and officials, as well as consultation with counsel.
- Determine whether participation would or would not be in the best interest of Cal North objectives for the kids.
- Provide a right of appeal consistent with PIM 08-3.
Contractual Agreements and Violations
Violations of these responsibilities by coaches, administrators or players will subject them to disciplinary actions including but not limited to warnings, sanctions, suspensions, or release.
All draft contracts shall be sent to the Cal North for review of indemnification, hold harmless and contractual obligations that may affect the liabilities of Cal North.
Protocol for Administrative Handling
If there is a perception that a participant has failed to comply with these guidelines, has misrepresented his or her history or background, or is engaged in activity which may be inappropriate for working with kids, then the following course of action shall be taken.
- The League President shall be informed of pertinent facts, information location, or source information.
- The information shall be related to the District Commissioner, who shall assist the league president in determining if facts warrant a suspension.
- If suspension is warranted and the participant has a pass, the participant's pass shall be obtained as soon as possible.
- Promptly following the suspension the District Commissioner shall inform the Cal North Chairman and First Vice Chairman.
- Until a final determination is made, responses to inquiries as to the status of the volunteer shall be limited to noting the suspension is in effect until an investigation is completed. Parties requesting information and providing information do so at their own risk unless such information is authorized for release by the Chairman.
- The chairman may involve counsel to:
- Investigate authenticity of allegations and identification.
- Provide direction to Cal North, the Board of Directors, and the league involved.
- When appropriate, PIM 08-3 proceedings may be initiated.