Arizona Saguaros Volleyball Club: Athlete Safety


Athlete Safety is top priority for the Saguaros:

Training and Commitment verifications for all staff and coaches is annual, along with background checks.  If you suspect abuse please report.  All coaches and staff have to register with USA Volleyball to be in compliance.   

The Saguaros is proud to announce that we made the commitment to end abuse among youth athletes by registering our club with USA Volleyball. Follow the link and find out how we can all do our part.Visit 
Want to make sport safer? Then join Make the Commitment: Stop Abuse in Sport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 12-month safe sport campaign, is open for registrations.

Our Safe Sport Strategy:

Training and Education:

One of the keys to recognizing, reducing and responding to misconduct is educating the participants in your organization. Vigilance requires a complete understanding of the types of actions and behavior that constitute misconduct. When members of our community are informed, we can work in tandem to create healthy, supportive conditions for training and competition.


One of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of misconduct in sport is through the rigorous review and screening of all coaches, staff, and volunteers. An effective process, which can be tailored to a club’s sport and other factors, consists of two components:

Applicant Screening. The proper processes can disqualify individuals who have engaged in behavior or activities that would preclude them from contact with athletes. Applicant screening includes an application, interview, reference check and a criminal background check.

Criminal Background Checks:

A review of an individual’s background can turn up past criminal offenses and identify causes for concern. Through access to a number of databases, clubs can examine criminal history, pending court cases and other relevant information of their potential coaches and athletes.

Establishing Boundaries:

The absence of clear boundaries is a significant risk factor for misconduct. Your club can help prevent inappropriate behavior by implementing clear policies and definitions and communicating these policies effectively. When all members of the sport community understand the rules, we can work together to recognize unacceptable situations and reduce instances of misconduct.

Managing Training and Competition:

Coaches, staff and volunteers can establish a supportive environment for sport and model appropriate, constructive behavior—when they have the right guidelines in place. Since practice and competition encompass a wide variety of settings, from locker rooms and practice facilities to travel and lodging, clubs will need to implement policies that address each situation.

Responding to Abuse, Misconduct and Policy Violations

It’s critical for sport clubs to provide clear direction to coaches, staff, and volunteers on how to respond to disclosures or reports of misconduct. If individuals are unaware or misinformed on the policies, they could fail to take actions that could prevent further abuse from occurring. A misconduct reporting policy provides direction to all participants and reinforces that the organization understands its duty and responsibility to create a safe and positive environment for athletes.

Monitoring Your Strategy:

Once your club develops and implements a plan, the challenge is to make sure it’s effective. You can empower coaches and staff by getting their feedback on a regular basis to determine whether policies are having the desired impact. Through reviews and discussions with participants, your club can improve its strategy and make changes to policies as it grows.


CDC Fact Sheets on Concussions: Each Parent, Coach and Staff must sign this document (Concussion Form). It's the Law!  By clicking on the active link in red you can download these documents sign them and turn them into the Arizona Saguaros at the time of your registration. 

Athlete Fact Sheet 4.13 Parent Fact Sheet 4.13 2014 Concussion Form

The acknowledgement of the parent and the athlete reading these Fact Sheets and signing the concussion form is now an annual requirement for junior registration in the Arizona Region. There is now a state law that required concussion education for organizations that use school facilities. These concussion forms must be kept by the AZ Region until the player is the age of maturity plus 2 years and we must collect them each year. Coaches must also be educated but they are taught in our IMPACT clinics. 


Penalty Point Sanction Policy

In response to tournament officials and site personnal complaints of parents/spectator increasingly bad behavior the Arizona Region Executive Board approved a Penalty Point Sanction Policy. This policy was adopted last September and was put into effect for the 2013 tournament season.

The official volleyball rules allow for an official to give point sanctions to players and coaches for bad behavior during a match. The Penalty Point Sanction Policy gives the officials and site personnel the ability to give point sanctions to a team for parent/spectator/club personnel bad behavior or language before, during and after a match. Harrassing any member of the officiating crew, tournament personnel or members of an opposing team will not be tolerated. Point sanctions ranging from 1 to 5 points will be assessed against a team for foul language or behavior towards any member of the officiating crew - includes linesmen, score table personnel, R2 and R1 - and/or tournament personnel and opposing team members or staff. The coach of the team will be given the opportunity to address the offending parent/spectator before the points would be assessed. If the behavior continues the parent/spectator can be ejected from the premesis. If the harrassment occurs during the last match of the day the point assessment will carry over to the next tournament.

The Arizona Region would like to have parents/spectators and club personnel encourage and cheer for their teams/players in a positive manner rather than have to deal with negative attacks toward our officials, tournament personnel and members of the opposing teams. Unfortunately we must be prepared for the worst.

To read the policy in full - click here.

Parent Code of Conduct

      As a Parent, I:

  • Will remain in the spectator areas during all games.

  • Will not advise the coach on how to coach, who to put in the game and/or who to take out of the game.

  • Will respect the integrity of the officials and not advise them how to call the match.

  • Will model sportsmanship for my child by treating all coaches, officials, tournament directors and players of either team with courtesy and respect.

  • Will encourage hard work and honest effort that will lead to improved performance and participation.

  • Will emphasize the cooperative nature of the sport.

  • Will not try to coach my child during the game.

  • Will encourage athletes to participate in volleyball drug, tobacco and alcohol free.

  • Will attend all volleyball events alcohol and drug free

  • Will cheer for my child’s team.

  • Will encourage my child to participate for enjoyment as well as competition. 

  • Will applaud good and fair play during matches.

  • Will be in control of my emotions.

  • Will learn the rules of the game to help me better understand what is happening on the court.

  • Understand that physical or verbal intimidation of any individual is unacceptable behavior

  • Will be supportive of all attempts to remove verbal or physical abuse from organized volleyball activities, including language.

  • Understand that conduct that is inappropriate as determined by comparison to normally accepted behavior is unacceptable.

  • Will protect the ability to continue using the facility by following all the rules of the facility, such as NO FOOD, DRINK OR COOLERS IN THE GYM, smoking in designated areas only, throwing all trash in an appropriate receptacle, etc. 

  • Will protect athletes from sanctions and/or suspension by producing accurate documentation

  • Will honor financial commitments.