What every coach should know about this important document
Photo: Florida Interscholastic Cycling League
The purpose of an EAP is to help coaches identify, mitigate and manage the risk management concerns of each practice venue. Assessing each venue with a systematic risk management lens can be eye-opening. Completing a thorough EAP may even lead you to reconsider routes or change how you use your trail systems.
Team directors and head coaches should have a completed emergency action plan for every one of their team’s practice locations. ALL coaches should familiarize themselves with each practice location’s EAP and keep a copy (printed or electronic) stored in their coach pack. Key elements of an EAP include emergency response info, weather and environmental considerations, and trail and terrain assessments.
Remember, risk management isn’t just a box to check before your season starts, or before a practice. Risk management is an ongoing and systematic process, and an EAP is an important part of that process.
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