Staff-Athlete Guidelines


Our policies and procedures require staff members and/or volunteers to report abuse, misconduct and violations of Clinton Rowing Club's SafeSport Policy or Participant Handbook. To do so, staff members (coaches, riggers, admin, support staff at boathouses) and/or volunteers (volunteer coaches, parent chaperones, referees, other volunteers) should have a basic understanding of sexual abusers, as well as “grooming,” the most common strategy offenders use to seduce their victims. Using a combination of attention, affection and gifts, offenders’ select a child, win the child’s trust (and the trust of the child’s parent or guardian), manipulate the child into sexual activity, and keep the child from disclosing abuse.

Accordingly, staff members and/or volunteers complete an awareness training concerning misconduct in sport before performing services for Clinton Rowing Club. Misconduct in sport includes:

  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Hazing
  • Emotional misconduct
  • Physical misconduct
  • Sexual misconduct, including child sexual abuse

Staff members and/or volunteers must successfully complete the training and the quiz after the test.

Those staff members and/or volunteers who are required to take awareness training will take athlete awareness training every two (2) years, or no more than 30 day(s) before they have contact with athletes.

This Policy applies to Clinton Rowing Club:

  • Staff members – Paid or Volunteers
  • All Coaches
  • Program volunteers
  • Youth program chaperones
  • Any individual who is in direct contact with or a position of authority over youth participants.
  • Athletes and participants Parents, separate USRowing from Parent- mandatory reporting regardless of abuse source.


All Clinton Rowing Club members, contractors and/or volunteers must consent to, and pass, a formal applicant screening process before performing services for Clinton Rowing Club.

Elements of our screening process include, as applicable, successful completion of an application, interview, reference check and criminal background check.


To deter applicants who may be at risk of abusing athletes or participants from applying for positions, Clinton Rowing Club educates its applicants about its protection policies and offers applicants an early opt-out by:

  • Requiring awareness training before placement and/or before working with athletes and participants
  • Informing applicants about our policies and procedures relevant to prevention
  • Asking applicants to review and agree to our policies and procedures before proceeding with the process
  • Requiring applicants to sign a document acknowledging review of our policies and procedures


Each applicant for a Staff position – paid or volunteer, will complete an application form consisting of personal, identifying information and a general release with applicant’s signature. The written application will:

  • Ask about previous work and volunteer experiences
  • Ask questions intended to illicit information concerning high-risk behaviors
  • Provide a written release for contacting personal references and performing a criminal background check, including an indemnification clause
  • Ask open-ended questions that encourage broad answers
  • Use disclosure statements to ask applicants about previous criminal arrests or convictions for sexual offenses, violence against youth and other violent criminal offenses or felonies


Appropriate staff will interview Staff applicants whose experience and credentials are considered a fit for available positions. During this interview, Clinton Rowing interviewers will ask questions to encourage discussion, clarify responses and expand on the applicant’s answers to questions from the written application.


References of applicants will be contacted (either by phone or in writing) and asked specific questions regarding the applicant’s professional experiences, demeanor and appropriateness for involvement with minor athletes and participants.


Each Staff applicant will also provide a signed release, consistent with federal, state and local laws regulating employment practices, that allows references to speak freely about the applicant’s qualifications without fear of reprisal and authorizing Clinton Rowing Club to obtain information concerning an applicant’s past employment, volunteer experience and information provided by the applicant during the screening process (i.e., written application and personal interview).


All Coaching Staff applicants will be asked to undergo a criminal background check that complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act before providing services for Clinton Rowing Club. Through this criminal background check, Clinton Rowing Club will utilize reasonable efforts to ascertain past criminal history of an applicant.