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Assault and Battery Exclusion in Sports

Employees and volunteers vulnerable


Some sports General Liability policies have an endorsement entitled Assault and Battery Exclusion that modifies the terms of the original policy language.


The standard policy form (without the Assault And Battery Exclusion) contains an intentional injury exclusion that includes an exception for the use of reasonable force to protect persons or property.


The Assault and Battery Exclusion takes away coverage for any assault and battery incident committed by your employees, volunteers, or any other person.  In addition, coverage is excluded for failure to suppress or prevent an incident as well as for negligent hiring, supervision, or training.


Based on some of the claims filed against our team and league clients over the years, the Assault and Battery Exclusion would have had unacceptable coverage consequences had it been in existence.


We have seen several lawsuits alleging assault and battery resulting from a coach attempting to break up a fight.  In one incident, a coach broke up a fight by pulling one 8-year-old boy off of another.  The lawsuit alleging assault and battery claimed that the coach injured the boy that he pulled off the top of the other boy.


We have also seen a number of other lawsuits against leagues, volunteers, and administrators arising out of fights between coaches, umpires, and spectators.  In many cases, the coaches and umpires are actually the physical aggressors against spectators.In some of these cases, the plaintiff’s attorney ran a background check and found that the defendant had a criminal background involving a crime of physical violence.  As a result, the sports organization and its board were shot gunned into the lawsuit under the theory of negligent hiring.


The above common examples would likely trigger the Assault And Battery exclusion resulting in no insurance coverage and the possible taking of both assets of the sports organization as well as personal assets of the individual defendants to satisfy the judgment.


In my opinion, the Assault and Battery Exclusion should be removed from a sports or recreation General Liability policy.


Source:  John Sadler

Photo credit: Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise

Criminal Background Check Vendors

Maintain a safe workplace with a successful screening program

When recruiting employees and volunteers, you want as much information as possible to make smart decisions. Below is a list of companies that offer criminal background check services for sports organizations.


Did you know that on average every 43 hours a registered sex offender tries to obtain a Criminal background checkvolunteer or employment position at a nonprofit, according to LexisNexis statistics?

LexisNexis nonprofit screening services offer you immediate peace of mind knowing that your volunteers and employees are being well-screened using some of the most powerful and advanced background checks available, the same checks used by private businesses. You’ll also breathe easier with the low-cost nonprofit pricing—often more than 80 percent less than usual rates.

Combine these advantages with the best practice program guidance and innovative nonprofit research and support you’ll only get from LexisNexis, a trusted, proven industry partner to nonprofits for more than a decade, and you’ll understand why organizations ranging from national programs such as Little League Baseball and Boys and Girls Clubs of America to local, community-based groups all use our nonprofit background checks. Work with us and you’ll gain:

  • Exceptional depth and breadth of services: Access a comprehensive, market-leading selection of criminal background checks, verification and qualification services, motor vehicle record reports and much more.
  • In-depth report: Leverage more than 20,000 sources of public and proprietary data for information on 20 percent more people than alternative sources—an additional 75 million individuals.
  • Flexibility: Easily configure your account to meet your specific needs, including the ability to choose from pre-set screening packages that ensure the most in-depth data coverage, or individual a la carte searches, based on your needs.
  • Increased efficiency:Save time and money by replacing manual tasks with automated search technology and real-time online access.
  • Proven screening expertise:Keep your organization secure, efficient and compliant by using a trusted, leading screening provider with deep industry knowledge, proven experience and vast resources.

The need for nonprofit volunteer groups to provide a safe environment to those they serve has led to develop the most comprehensive and cost effective volunteer/employee tracking system available to the nonprofit sector. brings over 14 years of success in commercial and government Criminal background checksscreening, a passion for accuracy and the only “3-day or they’re free” written guarantee to the nonprofit sector.

This unique system goes beyond typical background screening programs to provide valuable risk management related features at the local, regional or national levels including:

  • Denied parties system
    • Allows administrators to see individuals denied placement within the organization
    • Reduces duplication in conducting background screens on applicants who serve in multiple units or attempt to secure a position after denial
  • Adverse action tracking
    • Allows for monitoring of required adverse action notification process which can be handled by
  • Report Grading
    • Matches your applicants against your predetermined criteria
      • Provides a pass/fail results notification
      • Shields sensitive data from administrators at the local level
  • Dispute resolution service
    • Allows applicants to dispute reported information directly with in the event that data is inaccurate or there is an issue regarding identity theft
  • Advanced Reporting
    • Eight levels of reporting included

Additionally, the volunteer tracking system offers a unique background check donation system that could save your association thousands of dollars per season (hundreds of thousands if a national association).

National Center for Safety Initiatives

The National Center for Safety Initiatives is the only company licensed by Criminal background checksthe National Council of Youth Sports to interpret the results of background screening according to the NCYS’ recommended guidelines.

NCYS membership represents more than 52-million boys and girls participating in organized youth sports.  Through the use of “NCYS Recommended Guidelines for Background Check Screening in Nonprofit Youth-Serving Organizations,” the youth-serving industry now has a comprehensive and practical standard to follow. There is no need for organizations to reinvent the wheel for policy, procedures, and best practices.

The Center is NOT another single vendor background screening company. Beware of look-alike programs. The Center will carry out the entire background screening process for you, performing the check through two national databases, interpreting the results, and releasing you of the enormous burden of following federal law regarding identity privacy, data storage, and personal notification of individual volunteer disqualification, and more.

Volunteers and administrators in your organization will be best protected from  possible losses due to costly litigation that can result from a lack of knowledge or resources. There is no need to train another staff person or rely on volunteers to handle this sensitive issue.  All of this translates to a reduced liability risk for you.

Need more information? Contact National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) at 772-781-1452 or Contact the trained staff of the National Center for Safety Initiatives toll free at 866-833-7100 or by email at

Southeastern Security Consultants, Inc. (SSCI)

SSCI provides comprehensive and affordable full service criminal background screening program to various organizations. These organizations include park and recreation ssciagencies, churches, national youth sports governing bodies, employers and others desiring to protect their membership and organizations.  This flat fee background screening service includes a unique blend of local/national criminal history & sex offender searches with timely results and complimentary consultations.

How is the Check Done and What Information is Provided?

Our comprehensive background screening on each prospective individual includes the following:

  • Social Security Verification– This verifies the individuals name against the Social Security Number provided. This helps to eliminate the possibility of false names and/or information.
  • Address Trace– This verifies the individual’s current address and identifies previous addresses. This information is utilized to determine the jurisdiction identifies previous addresses. This information is utilized to determine the jurisdiction in which the background screening is conducted.
  • State or County “Smart Check” – A statewide or countywide (depending on the jurisdiction) criminal record check is preformed to capture all the misdemeanor and felony convictions in that jurisdiction. Utilizing the “Smart Check” the search is conducted in the jurisdiction with the longest and most current residency.
  • Let’s Check America – Provides access through The National Background Directory ™ to criminal data from 47 states where more than 75 percent of the nation’s population lives (currently over 151 million records).
  • Sex Offender Registry – Search of all 50 States repositories plus the District of Columbia for known sex offenders.
  • Volunteer Profile – Your organization will receive a profile report on each individual that will include all relevant information related to the background screening process. If there is no criminal record found, this will be noted on the profile along with the jurisdiction that was searched. If conviction(s) are found, all details including charges, court disposition(s), and sentencing will be provided

Bradley Screening

Official Dixie Baseball/Softball Vendor

Criminal background vendorSpecifically designed for volunteer and nonprofit organizations, this screening service provides a report that includes the following: criminal data information on the full name and/or alternate names used by the volunteer, dates at listed addresses, validity of the SSN provided, age/date of birth, and available phone information.

Bradley Screening has access to one of the largest private-sector criminal history databases in the nation.  We draw data from multiple criminal record sources in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The report includes criminal data from criminal courts, state criminal record repositories, probation, prison parole and release files, sex offender registries and other government agencies, as well as additional criminal history data.

This report is meant to aid volunteer and non-profit organizations and agencies in determining whether prospective volunteers have a pattern of criminal behavior that would make it unwise for them to be working with children or other vulnerable populations.

For more information call 866-412-0545 or or email to

A good track record counts for a lot, and Protect Youth Sports has established a very firm and reputable standing within the youth sports market for Youth Sports background checksbackground screening.   Benefiting from this very much proven history could not be any simpler, as over 5,000 organizations have found before.

Many of the problems that youth sports leagues encounter with background checks are caused by low quality instant checks and state-level-only background checks. Instant checks and state-level-only checks lead to missed records, incomplete records, out-of-date records and inadequate protection from sexual predators.

  • Free video course on backgrounds checks and streamlining the screening process
  • No sign-up fees for qualified youth sports organizations
  • NAYS discounts – up to 20% off on already discounted packages

Nothing could be easier than getting started with Protect Youth Sports. Start by requesting your Free Video Course at or call (877) 319-5587.