What about a sport business where the owner is the head coach?
What about a sport business where the owner is the head coach and there is no board of directors as required of 401 (c) (3) non-profit organizations? How should the complaint, investigation and adjudication procedure be structured?
ANSWER: The owner of any business has an obligation to protect the business from the improper conduct of employees, including the owner. If the sports business is youth oriented, parents can be asked to serve in essential positions.
A parent can be asked to serve as Athlete Welfare Advocate. on an “ethics committee.”
A four-member ethics committee should be appointed.
The Chair of the Committee could serve as the Fact-Finder and the other three members could serve as an independent ethics panel to make a final decision on the complaint.
If the business serves adults (i.e., coach training programs, older athletes, etc.), local former graduates of the program or respected members of the community can be asked to fulfill these roles.
Being sure such consumer protections are in place can only be an asset to the business.