Among the areas of employment, I am interested in are the areas of sports management or director of a university athletic facility. Other areas of interest in similar fields would be a Private or corporate recreation or marketing settings.
In the professor’s Notes-1, “Legal Issues and Management in Sport” We are reminded that “The concept of legal support is often overlooked by inexperienced athletics directors,”. The professor’s notes further asserts that, “in part, because they are not aware of the legal issues that surround them daily”. This advice and other legal tenets can provide a strong foundation in our approach to minimizing litigation. For the organization fields that I’m interested in these principles of maintaining a strong awareness of legal issues. The old saying that “knowledge is power” is more true today than it has ever been. A recent post response by fellow cohort Elizabeth Scott alludes to the fact that the large trend of legal activity has begun to impact their overall sports budget.
A high level of litigious activity cries out for a strong organizational plan. Among the fourteen legal duties, the responsibility to plan for various outcomes is necessary. In this matter we are encouraged to develop a plan that is, “always analyzing potential hazards and developing response strategies”. A leader in any organization will have a more cohesive team if they are impowered by a strong organizational plan. The development of that organization plan is the responsibility of the director or manager of that department.
This is emphasized in reading and the professor’s notes. The plan should have strong input from human resources since they enforce the rules and codes of an organization. Also, if a staff employee is non-compliant in policies this can lead to litigation against the organization. Human resources must become involved to help give oversight and help dictate policy. Contemporary organizations have diverse staff members this is especially true in the different methods that people learn from.
From the perspective e of an athletic director or head of a department in a public or private facility, communication must become one of our top tools. Various methods of sharing information regarding legal issues may be presented to our team, by victims of sport negligence, or coaches that have direct experiences. Power point or Prezi slides presentations and films should also be part of our tools for our staff and team’s organization. Group staff meetings between the leader and his or her department should always be a priority. The human interaction that comes from a team’s meetings and discussions can provide the staff with different insight and ideas for a better functioning organization. The academic journal titled “Risk Management: Determining the Standard of Care” risk management should be part of the athletic director, and the head of the department in various organizations.
When an organization is sued multiple times for failing to plan for catastrophic outcomes, that costs affects the organization public or private money. The advice from this article advocates for a risk management plan. This plan should develop ways to identify different risk that can affect the organization financially. The logic in this risk management article is that if we can see what is hurting us we can evaluate different methods to lessen that at-risk areas of exposure of an organization or institute.
Applying these strategies and legal tenets can provide a leader with the tools necessary to keep employees, staff, clients, students or student athletes safe in their respective organization.