SafeSport Coaching FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions that can help promote a healthy relationship between coaches and youth athletes.

Q: Is it OK for my youth athlete to text or email directly with a coach?

A: No. Emails to minors from coaches must have an adult on the message.

Q: Is it OK for my youth athlete to connect with coaches via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp etc.)

A: No. Coaches and youth athletes should not be friends on social media.

Q: What is Grooming?

A: Grooming is a process by which an offender gradually draws a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. Often, the offender may also fill roles within the victims family that make the offender a trusted and valued member.

Q: What are Grooming Behaviors?

A: Isolating a child from others, Using secrecy, blame, and threats to maintain control, and filling the needs and roles within the family.

Q: How do I report a concern?

A: Steps for reporting and the ability to make a report can be found on SafeSport’s Report a Concern webpage or call 720-531-0340 Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. MT