More and more youth sports organizations are turning from the traditional practice of having parents coach their teams to relying on professional coaches who can provide independent assessment of players and more experience in teaching players the subtleties of their chosen sports. The relationship between the organization and these coaches should be formally outlined in an independent services agreement. Such an agreement serves several purposes—defining the activities that the coach will engage in, including coaching teams and providing clinics and training to participants in the sports programs conducted by the organization; memorializing the mutual understanding of the parties that the coach is a contractor and not an employee of the organization; securing an acknowledgment from the coach of his/her understanding of the goals and mission and operating rules of the organization; and setting forth the obligation of the coach to indemnify the organization against damages suffered by the organization as a result of the coach’s criminal or tortuous conduct while performing activities on behalf of the organization.
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