Team Sports Policies

    (Revised September, 2015)
    1.   1. Any manager, coach, captain, or player may be placed on probation or suspended by a Rec & Ed Supervisor or Specialist after a fair and thorough investigation of a complaint for any of the following acts:
      •  Unsportsmanlike or disparaging conduct, verbal or non-verbal, towards opponents, referees or Department staff.
        PENALTY - A minimum suspension of one game/match.
      • Physical violence, such as an attack on an umpire or department staff immediately preceding, during, or immediately following a game.
        PENALTY - A minimum suspension of one year.
      • Use of ineligible player(s) by a team manager, coach, or captain.
        PENALTY - A minimum of four games/matches.
      • Commission of fraud, such as playing under an assumed name, falsifying an affidavit or roster, giving false information to Department staff, or participating while know he she does not meet the eligibility requirements of the Rec & Ed.
        PENALTY - A minimum suspension of five games/matches.
      • Consuming alcoholic beverages or using illicit drugs during a game.
        PENALTY - A minimum suspension of three games/matches.
      • Not meeting the financial responsibility related to participation (writing "bad checks", not paying the appropriate fees, etc.). PENALTY - Full restitution must be made before participating in league activities.
    2. In Youth and High School sports programs, a coach or manager may be placed on probation or suspended by the Supervisor for abuse, either physical or emotional, of participants on either his own team or an opposing team.
      PENALTY - A minimum suspension of one game.
    Complaints about decisions made by a Rec & Ed Supervisor shall be handled in the spirit of the Fair Treatment Policies of the Ann Arbor Public School District. During the formal complaint procedures, the probation or suspension will remain in effect.
    1. The written complaint must include:
      • A description of the event in question and the dates of occurrence.
      • The names of the individuals involved. 
      • The negative effects that the Specialist's/Supervisor's action may have caused the complainant, related to his or her ability to participate in the Team Sports program or carry out his job responsibility. 
      • The desired solution. 
    2. The complaint shall be considered confidential upon request of one of the parties.
    3. The complaint shall be filed with the Team Sports Manager.
    4. The Team Sports Manager shall interview the complainant, persons complained against and any other parties involved. The interview with the parties, either together or separately, will occur within fourteen calendar days of the Manager receiving the complaint.
    5. The Manager shall advise parties of their right to an advisor. 
    6. The purpose of the interview is for the administrator to review the complaint with the parties and offer the accused the opportunity to explain their version of the events. The administrator will attempt to negotiate a settlement between the parties.
    7. If either party is not satisfied with the result of the interview, they may file an appeal with the Executive Director of Community Services and School Wellness.
    If at any time you have a concern, question or complaint regarding a referee, the following procedure should be followed.
    Your concern, question or complaint must be put in writing and sent to:
    Attn: Supervisor for Officials
    1515 S. 7th Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Your statement should contain the following information:
      • Your name, address, email, and telephone number. 
      • Team name and league you play in.
      • Date, time and site of the game your report pertains to. 
      • Position of the referee your report pertains to.  
      • Description of your concern, question or complaint. 

    Once the Supervisor for Officials receives your report, the following will occur:
    A. A copy of your report will be forwarded to the referee mentioned
    B. The referee will be requested to respond within seven days.
    If, after receiving the response, you still feel that a problem exists, you must contact the Team Sports Manager, in writing to request a formal meeting of all the parties involved. A meeting will then be set up within fourteen days.
    NOTE: ALL concerns, question or complaints must be submitted by the head coach. No other complaints will be processed without written support from the head coach. 
    What precautions should I take for self-protection?
    If you must assist an injured person where blood/body fluids are involved, you should practice precautions. You should place a barrier between you and the other person's potentially infectious body fluids (Universal Precautions).
    Why are these precautions important? There are two major diseases that can be transferred from blood/body fluids: Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. It is impossible to know if an individual may have one of these diseases so it is advisable to treat everyone the same, as though their blood/body fluids could transmit disease.
    How are blood/body fluids passed from one person to another person?
    These are the ways that blood/body fluids may be passed:
    *Through open areas on the skin
    *By splashing in the eye or nose
    *Through the mouth
    How should I handle an incident with blood/body fluids?
    1. WEAR DISPOSABLE LATEX GLOVES when handling blood/body fluids directly (cuts, bites, nosebleeds, or contaminated surfaces/equipment). Latex gloves are usually available at drug stores. However, you can use plastic sandwich/storage bags, plastic car trash bags or plastic bread bags in case you do not have access to gloves. Your employer must provide appropriate personal protective equipment, while you are at work.
    2. Use a large pad of clean cloth or other absorbent material (tissues, napkins, paper towels, clothing, newspapers) to minimize the possibility of the blood/body fluids soaking through to your skin. Encourage the other person to help take care of him/herself if possible. Even young children can hold tissues under their nosebleed, while you put on your gloves. Or, they can apply an absorbent pad to an injury, while you put on your gloves.
    3. Cover the area with a bandage, if possible, once the bleeding has stopped. This will minimize further exposure to other individuals.
    4. If a surface is contaminated with blood/body fluids (floor, tabletops, sink, etc,) KEEP YOUR GLOVES ON and mop up the fluid with disposable absorbent material (tissues, napkins, paper towels), then wash the area with soap and water. Next use an approved disinfectant, which should be bactericidal. You can make your own solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water; this solution is only effective for 24 hours so it must be made up fresh every day. Dispose of cleaning materials and gloves in a sealed plastic bag.
    5. WASH YOUR HANDS, as soon as possible, with soap and water. Use lots of scrubbing motions to remove any disease germs from your skin.
    Remember the idea is to put a barrier or protective layer between you and the blood/body fluids. Reassure the individual that you are trying to protect both of you from each other's germs. You will not only be a caregiver, but also an excellent role model by following the above steps.
    Your employer should have a Bloodborne Pathogen Policy and Procedure Manual. Make sure you are aware of where it is located and be familiar with the contents. For more information call NurseLine 734-484-7200.