Oregon State Baseball Player Conviction: How Does It Apply To Youth Sports?

The Oregonian recently reported that the Oregon State Beavers have a sexual offender on their baseball team. It was reported that as a teenager, OSU star pitcher Luke Heimlich had pleaded guilty to a sex crime against a younger family member. It’s unclear if Heimlich revealed to OSU that he had a crime of this nature on his record. The article can be found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/index.ssf/2017/06/luke_heimlich_sex_crime_surfac.html


Why are we writing about this? How is it an issue for the Trusted Coaches program? Any sex crime found on a person’s entire criminal history records would prevent them from becoming a Trusted Coach. Even more importantly, we as coaches have an opportunity to set higher standards for athletes’ behavior on and off the field of play.


While we do not claim to be experts on sex crimes, we have made available some tools that help youth coaches recognize violence against vulnerable subjects, and how to help mold young people into great people.


As a Trusted Coach, you will have access to our Coach Resource Center and some great tools, such as the Coaching for Change educational video. Learn more about it here: http://www.menaspeacemakers.org/coachingforchange/.