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GSPAA Board Policy Regarding Background
Checks for All Persons Supervising Children


The board of the GSPAA recognizes the ongoing concern regarding the potential harm to children from unscrupulous persons drawn to youth activities. The board recognizes its responsibility to take actions to limit the risk to children participating in GSPAA activities.

GSPAA POLICY: Consistent with County Policy, all coaches, assistants and volunteers who may be placed in a supervisory role of children, must have a current background check on file with Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.

It is the specific intention of the policy to include not just formally appointed head and assistant coaches but also any other individual who may have custodial or supervisory control of children. Current County policy is that the background checks are valid for three years.

Coaches who are unable to attend one or more practices or games may not leave children in the care of a substitute unless that substitute has been screened and whose names appear on the County list of screened volunteers that is maintained on the Rec and Parks website. Coaches must cancel practices when a pre-screened volunteer is not available to cover. Children may not be left in the care of any individual who has not been screened with a current and valid background check.

A background check is considered valid for three years from the date on which it was completed. The A.A. County Recreation and Parks department maintains a list of screened volunteers on their web site. After formation of teams, each coach is required to submit the names of all formal assistants and other volunteers to the sports commissioners. Those without a current background check on file must submit a new form to the commissioner for forwarding to the executive director of GSPAA or directly to the County. Only previous checks performed by Anne Arundel County, not other counties or states, will be considered valid.


COACHES: To complete individual background check forms and obtain same from all assistant coaches and volunteering parents who are not already listed on the AA County web site.

To strictly abide by the GSPAA board policy on this matter. To cancel all practices and games for which an adult with a valid background check is not available.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: To immediately notify relevant commissioners and the board president when a background check reveals a previous criminal conviction or open charge consistent with County Recreation and Parks Policy (see below).

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks
Policy on Background Checks

Any person convicted of or having open criminal charges for any crime (misdemeanor or felony) reflected on the Maryland Family Law Article's list of forty-one criminal offenses shall be prohibited from participation in any capacity in youth programs or activities sponsored by:

  • Department of Recreation and Parks or;
  • Any group permitted the use of County park or Board of Education field or facility.
As a prerequisite for participation, any adult who has care, custody or control of youth participants in any youth program or activity is required to successfully complete a Background Check. This condition applies to youth programs or activities sponsored by

  • Department of Recreation and Parks, or;
  • Any group permitted the use of a County park or Board of Education field or facility
For a copy of this policy in a word document format, CLICK HERE.

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