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Youth Sports Personnel Requirements

Concerning requirements for youth sports personnel that improve the safety of the participants.
2024 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

The bill clarifies that a director, coach, assistant coach, or athletic program personnel contracted by a private sports organization or program is a mandatory reporter.

An organization that operates a youth athletic activity (youth sports organization) is required to have each paid coach of the youth athletic activity have a at least one adult who possesses a current first aid and CPR /AED education certification present at each youth athletic activity . A "youth sports organization" means a private for-profit or not-for-profit organization that provides sports activities designed for the participation of youth 18 years of age or younger a public organization or private for-profit or not-for-profit organization that, as part of its core function, provides persons who are under eighteen years of age the opportunity to participate in scheduled competitive or recreational sporting activities, whether individually or as a team . "Youth sports organization" does not include a neighborhood youth organization, K-12 schools, or institutions of higher education.

All youth sports organization employees and volunteers who work directly with youth members, and any employee or volunteer who accompanies the youth sports organization on any trip that includes one or more overnight stays, must obtain a criminal history record check. A volunteer who is not acting in the capacity of a coach or manager, who only occasionally assists with the team , and who has an immediate family member participating in the youth sports organization is not required to obtain a criminal history record check. The bill creates a cause of action for failing to conduct a background check.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details