Youth Baseball Program under Attack for Not Background Checking all Coaches

By Michael Klazema on 4/24/2012

The Bakersfield Southwest Baseball League teaches over 1600 kids America’s favorite game and has hundreds of coaches who are in charge of those kids.  The league is run by Protecting Our Nation’s Youth, but ironically, hasn’t been following that organization’s required policies when it comes to hiring coaches.  Every coach in the league is required to go through a background check in an effort to ensure the safety of the players.  While most of the coaches have gone through this process, for some reason, 20% of them were hired without the check.

Darren Billesbach, president of the league, is apologizing for the mistake.  He says that they are dedicated to the safety of the children and go through careful processes to make sure they have the safest equipment and athletic programs.  When asked about the unchecked coaches, he responded, “We are working diligently to solve these background check problems.”  In the meantime, parents are letting the organization know they are not happy.  They expect every coach and volunteer to go through a background check to make sure those working with their kids are not felons or sex offenders.

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