Bill Calls for Youth Sports Screenings

U-T San Diego -- The ritual plays out after school and on Saturdays across San Diego County and California. Parents drop their children off at soccer fields, baseball diamonds and volleyball courts, trusting coaches and volunteers with their youngsters.

But what assurances do parents have that their children will be kept safe from predators, especially after scandals from the Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts to Penn State.

As it turns out, very little. California does not require background checks of private youth sports coaches and volunteers, although a number of local programs do take that precaution.

That could change under legislation introduced by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego.

“For somebody who is a predator they’re going to be looking at youth sports as way to have access to children,” he said in an interview. “If I can do something to help make sure that these monsters are not anywhere near our kids, I want to do that.” (Full Story


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