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The Jacksonville Axemen Is A Semi Professional Rugby League Team

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The Jacksonville Axemen is a semi-professional rugby league team that competes in the summer, out of the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. The Axemen are one of fourteen teams that compete in the USA Rugby League, USARL. It is a small organization with a staff of seven that saw its beginning in 2006, and has been one of the most competitive teams in its league. Based on my research of the organization, I could not determine any policies that the organization actually had in place. This is in part due to the small nature of the staff so they do not have an employee handbook that would contain policies regarding code of conduct. When I spoke with Drew Slover, the co-founder/co-owner/General Manager of the Axemen, he said, “because of the size of the organization we do not have a set of policies. We do have an Emergency Action Plan though” (personal communication, 2015). An Emergency Action Plan is an important piece to an organization, because it can save them from a lawsuit but it is not the only necessity. In order for an organization to be successful as a business, it is important for the leaders to set a variety of policies so that all reasonable and foreseeable scenarios can have a plan of action. This is truer for sport organizations than regular businesses because we open our business as entertainment for everyone to see, which invites criticism of every action. Not having policies can be detrimental to the image of the organization and bring on a
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