A: Sexual, intimate, romantic, or similar close personal relationships between a coach and an athlete should be strictly prohibited, even if that athlete is an adult, because creates the appearance or actuality of favoritism and special treatment. Coaches are in a position of authority and should not cross the line into an intimate relationships. The following are examples of situations should not transpire between a coach - athlete relationship.
➢ Performing back rubs or massage on an athlete even if the coach is a licensed allied health professional (must be performed by a licensed allied health professional approved by the club)
➢ Commenting on an athlete’s body or appearance in a sexual manner
➢ Exchanging romantic gifts or communications
➢ Showing obscene or suggestive photos
➢ Videotaping or photographing student-athletes or employees in revealing or suggestive poses
➢ Discussing/writing about sexual topics
➢ Making sexual jokes, sexual gestures, and innuendos or engaging in inappropriate sexually oriented banter (e.g. discussion of dating behavior).
➢ Sharing sexual exploits or marital difficulties
➢ Intentionally invading the athlete's privacy during non-working hours or outside of regularly schedules practice and competition
➢ Using e-mail, text-messaging, or instant messaging to discuss sexual topics