EDUO 9730: The Legal Liabilities of Teaching/Coaching

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Course Description

Nearly every teacher/coach works in an environment where accidents can take place. Class participants will be encouraged to recognize and solve potential problems which could result in liability. Along with learning to provide emergency assistance, the teacher/coach will learn the implications of “liability” as it relates to their occupation and judgment.

Required Text:

Successful Coaching-4th Edition by Rainer Martens, Human Kinetics; 4 edition (February 17, 2012)

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • examine and understand how to use the four-step plan for managing risk in the areas of activities, equipment, facilities, matching of athletes, evaluation of injuries or incapacity, supervision of activities, warning of inherent risks and providing proper emergency assistance.
  • identify and consider additional duties a coach should consider in order to reduce the risk of liability.
  • develop a list of necessary information to design an emergency card which would be unique to his/her coaching assignment.

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Tony Battilega

B.A. Communication Studies, University of San Diego

California teaching credentials: English, Health, Physical Education.

High School Teacher 30 years - English 11 years, Health Education 5 years, Physical Education 17 years.

Distinguished Teacher Award: Rancho Bernardo HS, Granada HS, Amador Valley HS.

High School Baseball Coach 30 years: Rancho Bernardo, Granada, Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley. Multiple League and CIF Championships.

Youth Baseball Coach 10 years: Three Babe Ruth World Series Championships.

Baseball Camps 30 years: Owner, Coordinator, Instructor.

College Baseball Coach 2 years: Pitching coach Menlo College, San Diego City College.

Division 1 Baseball Player 4 years: University of San Diego.

“I am passionate about health, fitness and lifelong learning. I teach because everyone, especially teenagers, need support and guidance in their physical, emotional and social wellness. I am driven to leave a positive impact on every person I meet.”

Personal: Married, two children, dog, snake. Family is extremely important.

Interests: Mountains, Beach, Travel, Fishing, Hiking, Skiing, Fitness, Photography, Reading and Writing.