Stricter rules put in place for youth sports coaches, volunteers
With allegations of coaches mistreating children on the field, leaders of private youth sports leagues in California are taking action and imposing rules for strict background checks on all coaches and volunteers. The legislation, passed by Governor Jerry Brown, states that background checks are required for all adult participants, and groups can access records held by the Department of Justice.
Originally, the bill was met with opposition from those who feared losing volunteers in low-income areas due to the cost of the checks.
"Children shouldn't have to worry about the adults around them when they are out of their parents' care," Assemblyman Brian Maienschein told UT San Diego. "They have the right to be protected from anyone who would harm them. AB 465 helps to provide such protection so they can continue to be kids as long as possible."
This trend isn't just secluded to California. Earlier in August, the Lee Summit, Mo., Parks Department sought more in-depth background checks that would include any misdemeanor offenses. In order to ensure the safety of children on and off the field, private and public sports programs across the nation are taking extra measures. Parents can expect to see similar legislation near them.