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Risk Management Programs Help Keep Children Safe in Sports

"Risk management" is a phrase one sees increasingly in today's litigious society. More and more, national, state and local youth sports organizations are establishing risk management committees to reduce the legal and financial risks to members of the boards of clubs, leagues and state associations through proper management, while at the same time safeguarding players. A risk management committee can help protect your child's physical health by making sure, for example, that fields are free of holes, ruts, rocks or glass and that goals are padded and securely anchored to the ground before the start of each season, and protect their psychological well-being (by adopting programs like KidSafe TM and screening out abusive coaches).

If your club, league or association doesn't have a risk management committee, join with other parents to push to have one established.

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