The allegations swamping the Penn State football program and the Syracuse basketball team are a nightmare for the victims, the institutions and their supporters. But for Indiana's young athletes there are few built in protections or education on those issues for adults charged with overseeing Hoosier youth sports.
“Awareness of this issue has to be a culture within your organization and by that, it’s just the way we expect things to be done,” explained Edward Tinder of the Catholic Youth Organization.
It’s how they expect things to be done in the catholic youth organization, host to 13 sports 4,000 volunteer coaches and 25,000 kids.
“A coach has the opportunity to do amazing things with the life of a young person both good and unfortunately bad,” said Tinder.
The CYO subscribes to a program called Virtus Online which educates coaches and volunteers about sexual abuse: how to avoid it, spot it and report it.
“That's a three hour program that all of our volunteers in the archdiocese of Indianapolis, all volunteers that work with young people are required to attend this three hour education program,” said Tinder.
And included are monthly updates for ongoing education so that awareness of child sexual abuse potential in youth sports is not a one shot training.
The IHSAA says it depends on individual school districts to set and enforce their own rules when it comes to inappropriate contact between athletes and coaches.