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Guidelines Approved for Background Screening for Youth Coaches in Dover

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DOVER, Del.- In a unanimous vote, the legislative, finance and administration committee voted in favor of the recommended guidelines for background screening of volunteer coaches for youth leagues.

The committee met Monday evening to discuss the guidelines they wanted to use to do more extensive background checks on volunteer coaches that deal with their youth.

"We're trying to provide safe environments for children to play their sports," said Tim Slavin, the At-Large Councilman for the city of Dover.  "We want to make sure that anybody who is coaching, who is volunteering and is officiating are also safe, good role models for people who have their children involved with."

On the list of guidelines include looking at the sex registry list, criminal background check, arrest check and financial background.

Some people throughout the community say they're glad to see the changes.

"I think it's been a long time coming and I welcome that," said Faye White. "I think every coach should be held accountable and every leading coach should be held accountable for whom is working with the children under their leadership."

Now that the guidelines have been approved, the next step is for the staff to recommend ways to go about implementing the new background check. That will take up to 30 days.

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