Checking Little League Coaches - Do you do it?

The Problem:  So tell me.  What do you know about your kids’ coaches.  You know who I am speaking of: the pee wee or Pop Warner football coach,  the soccer coaches.  the Little league baseball coaches,  the basketball coaches,  the whatever other sports-like event coaches.  Do you know them?  They have had a background check, right?  Right?  Chances are, there has been no background check on these coaches.  Most local sporting associations do not even run a routine background check on their coaches.  So the question is why not?

Examples: Norris aka:"Kenny" Alexis led his girls soccer team to a silver medal in a tournament two months after being arrested by Fort Worth police on a warrant alleging aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Benny Cristantielli, another girls soccer coach, was arrested by Weatherford police on for controlled substances and child pornography.  Eddie Ray coaches the Fort Worth Westside Cowboys Pee Wee football after he was sentenced to prison in 1998.  Steve Craft the president of the Keller Youth Association resigned after the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that he operated several Metroplex strip clubs.  Read more.   Former champion swimmer Diana Nyad said she had been molested by her youth swim coach, following Deena Deerdruff Schmidt in making a similar allegations.

Note: Running only local or statewide checks may not be adequate. Some checks may show only convictions. Remember that arrest records are public records. A clean record alone should not be all you look at for the children's safety. 

Consequences: Youth sports organizations are taking great risks if they don't ensure that background screenings are up to date and complete,  So why don’t they do it?  Some association people try to conduct their own background checks through “connections.”  While this is hard to verify, it also may be illegal.

Possible Solution: Make sure all coaches and staff sign a release for background information.  Take this to your local police and ask for a check.  Most local agencies will run a check at no charge or a very small fee for these kinds of organizations.  On top of that an instant national background check  should also be run.  Remember that what may or may not show up in the background check should be followed up on.

2 comments:

  1. JUST REMEMBER WE LIVE IN A NATION THAT STATES ANY PERSON ACCUSED OF A CRIME IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. ACCUSATIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE IT ALL WRONG AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT SOMETIMES IT IS THE POLICE. SO REMEMBER IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY AMERICA "JUSTICE IS BLIND" OR IS IT. I SURE HOPE IT IS BUT THERE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THAT BAD APPLE OR EVEN APPLES THAT SPOIL THE WHOLE BUNCH WHAT A SHAME. YOU MIGHT BE INTRESTED TO KNOW THAT PERSONS OR JUST ONE PERSON WAS SIMPLY ACCUSED AND OVER A YEAR LATER AFTER THERE LIFE WAS TORN APART THE CASE WAS DISSMISSED AND ALL "CHARGES" DROPPED RELATING TO CHILDREN ETC. WOW WHAT A SHAME. WELL TAKE CARE AND I WILL NOT HOLD MY BREATH WAITNG FOR ANYONE TO REPORT THAT THEY WERE WRONG. MAY GOD BLESS THE USA

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