Sport Clubs Course Outline

Week 1: Operating Structure

  • Setting the Scene
    • Definitions
    • Tiers/ levels
    • Hi/ low risk
    • History/ philosophy of Sport Clubs
    • Levels of leadership (SCA; officers; coach; advisor; council)
    • Sport Clubs Manual
  • Establishing a Framework
    • Recognition & Renewal
      • Relationship to Student Affairs
      • Establishing a process
        • Key requirements (e.g. safety officer?; CPR/ AED training?)
        • Key documents to submit (philosophy; constitution; roster etc.)
        • Eligibility (e.g. % off-campus; league requirements)
      • Resources (NGB etc.)
      • Probation period
    • Registration Process
      • Minimum requirements and timelines
      • Data capture
      • Enforcement

Week 2 Sport Clubs Management

  • Leadership Development
  • Establishing a Framework
    • SCA
    • Supervisors (student staff)
    • Officers
    • Coach
    • Council
    • Advisors
    • Code of Conduct
    • Discipline
    • Educating Sport Club members
    • Funding (fundraising/sponsorship; budgets/ budgeting; bank accounts; marketing)

Week 3: Travel

  • Establishing a Framework
    • Trip Administrator
    • Trip Leader
    • Trip Approval Process
    • Emergency Response
  • Travel Policies

Week 4: Risk Management Issues

  • Establishing a Framework
    • Waivers
    • Sport Medicine/ Trainers
    • Medical Screening
    • Student Training (e.g. Emergency Response; 1st Aid/CPR/AED)
  • Insurance
  • Relationship to University Risk Manager

It’s great to work with expertise who really understand the critical issues of managing our inherent risk in recreation and student programming. As a professional who is committed to providing safe programming, it’s essential to know your problem areas and how your program measures up nationally. I want to do everything possible to identify weaknesses and build concrete action plans – and this assessment tool does both!

Kathleen Hatch

Director, University Recreation
Washington State University

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