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Screening Coaches May Require Thorough Research With Limited Resources

In 2016, a U.S. Speaker of the House was found guilty of financial fraud to cover up abuse of youth he coached on a high school wrestling team, according to Forbes. This story - as well as many like it - force regulators to reevaluate how organizations that work with kids and teens perform employment screening. While school background investigation is also undergoing analysis, those filling athletic coaching positions face similar challenges and may do so with feweremployment screening resources.

Currently, only nine states require criminal background investigations for employment in non-school associated activities. This includes paid and volunteer coaching positions. Fox 31 Denver recently reported Colorado failed to pass a bill mandating screenings for youth athletic coaches because it was determined it would be too much of a financial burden for sports organizations. Instead, a bill passed in the House that would force athletic leagues to disclose whether or not they perform background investigations.

The Denver YMCA supported the new bill. The organization currently screens coaches for the safety of youthful participants. YMCA President Jim Hener said the organization spends about $40 per coach hired and estimated the screening procedure detects about eight troublesome applicants per year.

The Denver bill is expected to face opposition in the Senate, but even if it doesn't pass, athletic organizations - in Denver and around the U.S. - should expect increased pressure to find ways to protect the children who sign up for leagues. When parents and other family members see stories about abusive coaches in the news they either appeal for increased scrutiny or remove their kids from programs. This means organizations may need to find new ways to research candidates and learn if coaches are lying on resumes.

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