Free Webinar: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

DON’T MISS our next coaching development webinar, where USRowing’s Director of Under 19 High Performance Programs, Steve Hargis, will provide his expert insights on keeping your athletes and your organization safe from the perspective of the leader of the U19 teams as well as high school athletic director.

Scheduled for Thursday, March 21, at 8:00 p.m. (EDT), this is a CAN’T MISS session for coaches and club administrators alike. Details for the session can be found below. To sign-up and guarantee a spot in the webinar, click here. Space will be limited to 500 participants and will fill quickly.

March 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m. EDT – “What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You: A Look Into Your Legal Obligations as a Coach to Keep Your Athletes Safe”

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What do you know about your legal obligations as a coach? Anything? Nothing? Then, you are not going to want to miss this!

This month’s webinar is NOT about providing you legal advice. Designed for coaches and administrators, USRowing’s Steve Hargis will share a pragmatic approach that will help you and your program’s coaches understand what is expected in providing a safe environment for your athletes.

Among others, Steve will tackle questions like:

  •    What is the current selection practice of, and training for, coaches?
  •    How do you assess conditioning and readiness of athletes to participate?
  •    Do you provide a “safe playing environment?”
  •    Have you updated your Emergency Management Plan for your club or boathouse?
  •    Have you received the background check on your new volunteer(s)?
  •    Do you have adequate liability insurance coverage?

Steve also will share how administrators and head coaches can review these obligations with their coaching staff each season before on- and off-water practices begin. He’ll offer guidan

ce on how you and your staff can keep your program on the right legal path…and, most importantly, keep everyone safe.

Steve Hargis’ Bio and Background:

Steve Hargis is best known as USRowing’s Director of Under 19 High Performance Programs, where he has been responsible for the growth, programmatic changes, coach mentoring and long-term planning for the junior national teams since 2008. From 1999 to 2008, Hargis served as head coach of the junior women’s national team development camp, and from 2004 to 2008, he also served as head coach of the junior women’s national team. He has seen numerous podium finishes, including winning the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. in the women’s eight at the 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. In 2008, he was recognized by the USOC as rowing’s Developmental Coach of the Year. In 2018, the U.S. team made history as it came away with two gold medals and seven total medals from the World Rowing Junior Championships. Just recently, he was honored as USRowing’s 2018 Man of the Year.

Since 2009, Steve also has served as the athletic director at East Lyme High School in East Lyme, Conn. In his role as athletic director, he is responsible for the management of 65 coaches and over 1,000 athletes each year. In this capacity, he also teaches CEU courses on behalf of the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors with safety and legal issues as top priorities.

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