What is Risk Management?
Risk management is a method for identifying risks, and developing and implementing a plan to protect an organization with the goal of preventing/minimizing loss. One of the single-most important operations for Iowa Soccer and your organization alike is managing risk. Through policies, recommendations, education and checklists, Iowa Soccer is committed to helping all participants have a safe soccer experience.
Iowa Soccer's Risk Management Policy
The purpose of the Iowa Soccer Association Risk Management Plan is to communicate methods of minimizing/preventing risk to players, volunteers, paid personnel, spectators, clubs and leagues. This Plan does not provide professional legal or tax advice and may not be relied upon for that purpose. While this program may require time and effort, there is no higher priority than the protection of the soccer players and volunteers within our organization.
Each club is required to identify a Risk Management Coordinator (RMC) that Iowa Soccer will use as a point of contact to communicate updates, educational resources, issues, etc. To report and update your club's Risk Management Coordinator's contact information, please contact Candice at email@example.com.
Areas of risk your club should have on its radar to manage...
COACH-VOLUNTEER DISCLOSURE, BACKGROUND CHECK, AND REQUIRED TRAINING
All assigned coaches and assistant coaches to an Iowa Soccer registered team must complete the volunteer disclosure form and have a background check ran every two years. In conjunction, the requirement of completing concussion awareness training must be completed every two years.
Educating participants and managing safety is the right thing to do. We've led the way by introducing education, testing and procedures, but #team participation will determine the outcome of actual player safety.
ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE
One of the most important aspects of creating an awareness program with regards to abuse is to establish set procedures and specific contact people for reporting incidents of abuse or alleged abuse. Each Iowa Soccer affiliate should adopt a Zero Tolerance Policy and post this publicly for their members.
GOAL AND FIELD SAFETY
Providing a safe environment for the participants and fans is essential to your risk management obligations as a club. Take time seasonally to review your goal safety, including but not limited to proper anchoring of all goals, the storage of goals, and proper protocol for any movement of goals.
As most know, Iowa weather can change rapidly and club leadership should be equipped to handle inclement weather. This includes guidelines for player participation in cold and heat, as well proper lightening safety. Each club should also have effective communication tools in place to assist with alerting coaches and families of weather hazards.