Dear Club Leaders, Coaches and Team Administrators,

Wishing you and your family all the warmth and joy this Holiday Season has to offer. I am so thankful for your dedication and devotion to our young athletes. I look forward to working with you this coming year.

There have been several very important changes that the AAU has implemented this year. First, all non-athletes(i.e. coaches and administrators) must register with AAU well in advance of their first event or practice and then undergo a background screen. This is a confidential and relatively easy process that is mandatory. No one will be permitted to coach or participate in any way unless they are an AAU member and have been approved after the background screen is finished. I will assist you in completing the process if you wish. I can be reached at 516-351-6642. THIS REQUIRMENT WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED AND THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. The purpose of this background screening mandate is the protection of the children entrusted to our organization. It is the first of a series of steps being taken by AAU.

The second critical step is the publication of rules pertaining to the coach/player relationship. There are a number of restrictions that must be followed. This, again, is meant to protect both the player and coach during the course of their interactions during the AAU season..

There is also an online coaching course that is required of all AAU non-athletes. The Positive Coaches Alliance offers valid and effective guidance for all coaches and is a helpful resource for all coaches.

The various Directors have established dates for the Bi-Annual Sports Meetings. An important part of those meetings will be an educational session regarding these new policies. All are invited to attend. The dates of the meetings are as follows:

BOYS BASKETBALL – January 16, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

GIRLS BASKETBALL – January 16, 2013 @7:00 PM

ATHLETICS – February 15, 2013 @7:00 PM

VOLLEYBALL – FEBRUARY 8, 2013 @7:30 PM.

All meetings will be held at the Island Garden which is located at 45 Cherry Valley Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552.

I will be sending regular updates about AAU here in New York. Please plan for the upcoming season now so that this can be the best year yet for your teams. Finally, do not hesitate to call me if I can be of assistance.

Jim


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