What Is the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic?
S.A.F.E.T.Y. stands for Sports Awareness for Educating Today's Youth.
Little League Law
On May 12, 1986, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass legislation which protects volunteer athletic coaches, managers, and officials from lawsuits. Commonly referred to as the "Little League Law" (2A:62A-6 et sequentes), this legislation extends partial civil immunity to volunteers who have attended a "safety orientation and training skills program." Since 1986, the Youth Sports Research Council, in cooperation with the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) has trained more than 200,000 volunteer coaches in New Jersey.
In accordance with the stipulations in the Little League Law, the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic: helps coaches minimize the risk of injury to young athletes provides information about fundamental coaching concepts which enhances volunteer coaches' effectiveness protects volunteer coaches from civil lawsuits The curriculum for the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic is based upon the Minimum Standards for Volunteer Coaches' Safety Orientation and Training Skills Programs (N.J.A.C. 5:52).
The topics include:
- General Coaching Concepts
- Legal Aspects of Coaching
- Medical/First Aid Aspects of Coaching
- Psychological Aspects of Coaching
- Training and Conditioning Athletes