As an entity that engages in youth golf programs and whose members include adults who are in contact with minors, The First Tee of Indiana is subject to certain requirements under the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “Act”), enacted by the U.S. Congress. This Act has the potential to affect not only national governing bodies, but also camps, public and private schools, collegiate sports, country clubs, community organizations and sport facilities.
The Act, created in reaction to the abuse found at various youth sports organizations, provides for a new standard of care that affects youth-serving organizations nationwide through its creation of requirements for:
- background checks;
- adoption of mandatory reporting policies and prevention policies that provide reasonable procedures that limit one-on-one interactions between an adult and participating youth without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult; and
- implementation of prevention training. (see side bar for direct link to policies)
The First Tee of Indiana will be using PGA of America to run background checks. All volunteers over 18 must complete this background check to participate in The First Tee functions. A new format for the background checks is being developed and will be posted as soon as possible. To begin the process, please follow the step below:
Step 1 – CLICK HERE to fill out the submission form.
Step 2 – You should receive an email from The First Tee of Indiana asking for information concerning where and when you would like to volunteer.
Step 3 – CLICK HERE to complete the background check.
Step 4 – Your local coach will reach out to you about your volunteer schedule.
Thank you again for your participation within The First Tee of Indiana.
Additional information about the Act can be found at https://website.praesidiuminc.com/wp/wp/everything-need-know-safe-sport-act/. Reporting forms should be submitted to: Mike David, Executive Director, Indiana Golf Office, email@example.com, 317-739-3016.