How to safeguard against 'situations' when coaching opposite sex athletes?

  • I know this is non-standard question, but I am sure that all coaches have had to take precautions for this at some point in time. Or at least they have had discussions about this before.


    Due to the personal 1 on 1 nature of coaching the throwing events, what are some of the precautions that you can take to protect yourself against any situation ever remotely occurring with your athletes.


    Do you just make sure that you never become friends with any of your athletes and keep everything extremely cold and professional? Do you just never coach any athlete that is of the opposite sex?


    I have heard of high level coaches having 'relationships' with their athletes. I don't really agree with this, but I know of certain instances where those relationships have led to long marriages. That is not what I am referring to.


    I know this is a touchy subject, but I was just wanting everyone's opinion on how to best avoid this situation from ever coming up in the first place.

  • I have been coaching male and female athletes for over 40 years. My attitude is that I am coaching athletes, neither male or female. If I treat all my team with the same dedication, intensity and respect there has never been a conflict of interest or problem.
    I have learned through the years that all athletes want to be treated the same. Male or female don't want to be treated differently. They all want to get better and excel.

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