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Should coaches be permitted to have personal relationships with athletes they are coaching?

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.  Examples of other inappropriate behaviors that should be expressly prohibited include:

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)
➢    Kissing 
➢    Touching
➢    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

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