December 4, 2022

This Coach’s Misconduct and What It Means for Hockey

In 2010, a youth hockey coach was fired for sexual misconduct with a player. It is now 2021 and this type of scandal has been uncovered in nearly every sport from soccer to basketball. In the past few years, it has become apparent that the problem is not going away anytime soon. In fact, it seems as if more coaches are being accused of misconduct than ever before. Under current law, a coach can be charged with a crime punishable by prison, but the code of ethics for coaches forbids future employment in most cases.

In order to combat this issue and keep children safe from sexual predators, Congress has approved of a program where coaches must wear tracking devices while working with minors. In addition to these “coach cams,” parents are required to register their child’s coach online. If the coach is later found guilty of sexual misconduct with a player, not only will he be punished by law, but his name will also be registered into an international database that limits future employment prospects.

The program was initially met with opposition from coaches’ unions and personal privacy advocates. However, after a strong push from youth sports clubs and parents’ organizations, the law was passed with nearly unanimous support. In 2023, the first year of the program’s implementation, reports showed that one out of every three coaches in America wore a coach cam device at all times while coaching.

At first I thought it was a bit strange that there would be camera devices all over the place, but I think it’s actually a really good thing. From what I’ve read, the rate of sexual abuse is lower now than it has been in years, so perhaps this program has done its job.

I can’t wait to start coaching! I’m nervous about being filmed, but it’ll be worth it to keep kids safe.

Parents are encouraged to check the database regularly to ensure that their child is being coached by a trusted individual. If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please visit www.sportsafetycoachdatabase.com or call 1-866-88CHILD.

I think I can speak for most future coaches when I say that I’m excited to wear one of the devices this season.

I’m sure it’ll be a little weird at first and I’ll probably forget to turn it off during practice, but knowing that what we’re doing is helping protect kids makes me feel good about my decision.

I am definitely going to check that database regularly this season. I wonder if there are any coaches on here that have been accused of misconduct.

It would make me uncomfortable to coach kids that were coached by someone like that.

I’m not sure if I’m entirely comfortable with this new law. Don’t get me wrong, I support protecting kids and keeping them safe as much as possible, but this seems like it’s taking things too far. It seems like the only people who are for this law are parents and coaches.

I think it’s important to protect kids, but I don’t think we need to put every coach in the country under surveillance. Especially when we know about how many of these allegations turn out to be false. And how do we even deal with that? I mean, if there was a database like this for teachers, what would happen if someone said something false? Would they go to jail?

I think it’s important that the law protects everyone. Even if there are people who abuse their power and believe that they can get away with it, we need to know about them.