School athletics is a contact sport for students and faculty. The interaction between students, parents and coaches is intense. Each team member plays an important role and it is vital that they are aware of safety and responsibility rules. High School Sports Security identifies these rules and regulations through posters, stickers, banners and specific items in the school parking lot.
One of the most important aspects of school sports security is to inform student-athletes of their responsibilities. An athletic staff member should hand out safety information at the beginning of the season. Posters, stickers and banners are available to advertise the safety rules and procedures. High school staff members should hand out fliers regarding safety. Posters are essential for student safety. They provide information such as what not to do in case of an accident and what the school’s emergency procedure is.
A sports security guard may also be responsible for issuing safety stickers, carrying out background checks and conducting weapon checks. They check identification badges to ensure only authorized personnel enter the compound. Identification badges should be generic but should be custom badges that have a picture, name of school, and even a mascot or logo. They are also responsible for making announcements about accidents and injuries on the school campus. Security guards also work with parents and student-athletes to ensure that safety protocol is followed while playing sports. Posters and announcements regarding school rules can help keep younger kids focused.
High school identification cards should be made available to students. They should be available at the beginning of each year and need to be valid for the entire duration of the athletic season. Athletic teams should be encouraged to have identification cards that can be printed and laminated. Identification cards are an effective way to monitor attendance.
High school sports security should check students’ identification cards regularly. Security staff should be able to identify individuals from a distance. Identification cards should include: name, address, phone number and gym affiliation. Students should be asked to wear identification badges at sporting events. In addition to their identification cards, students should be asked to wear wristbands to protect their wrists from being torn by other students or security staff.
High school sports security staff should be taught proper personal hygiene habits. This includes washing their hands thoroughly after touching sports equipment. Sports security staff should be taught how to spot signs of cheating. Gaining access to the meter and checking for sweat marks are a common sign of cheating.
Many schools are now requiring students to use hand gel or lotion during school activities. Gels and lotions that remove oil and sweat are preferable because they do not leave stains on athletic uniforms. Some school staff prefer to use water-based hand gels or lotions, which do not leave any residue. Athletic field markings should be cleaned with mild soap and water and allowed to dry before replacing with a new marking.
High school sports security needs to be considered by school staff when scheduling practices and games. School officials should also evaluate game security measures after games to ensure that the school has a plan in place for future games. Security staff should also evaluate any changes to school policies regarding sports related thefts. This could include placing video cameras on the basketball and football courts, changing the lock to an electronic locking system, or implementing a theft watch program. Prevention is always better than a cure.
It is imperative that track and field events are videotaped so that any mistakes can be quickly identified. This practice helps to identify weaknesses in the athletes’ performances and helps the team to learn from their mistakes. Athletes often learn from their mistakes during practice. This helps them perform better in meets and tournaments.
A sports security staff should monitor the pool and relay meets. If athletes are allowed to enter the swimming pool freely, there is a greater risk that they will swim without properly wearing protective gear. When pool and relay meet are videotaped, school officials can make changes to the attire of the athletes, the rules of the event, and give instruction to the team about how to perform in each event.
Finally, high school athletics require safe play for the players, coaches, school and community. Sports security staff must work to promote safety and build confidence in the sport and community. Consistency in efforts builds trust. When people know that they are safe, they play better and have more fun. High school athletics is an important part of the culture in a community, and when safety is ensured, the entire community benefits.