Alabama
4:26 pm
Fri August 13, 2004

Saraland Coaches May Undergo Background Checks, Drug Tests

Saraland, AL – Youth sports coaches in Saraland may soon have to undergo criminal background checks and drug tests. The Saraland City Council is considering a measure that requires the checks. The move is partly in response to the arrest of the president of Chickasaw Dixie Youth Baseball in April. Charles Randolyn Poston was charged with rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a minor. Councilman Sidney Butler is chairman of the council's parks and recreation committee. He says the proposal would focus on protecting the community's children. The council delayed the measure at its meeting Thursday because of unanswered questions, including the cost of the checks and tests. Drug tests can run between 45 and 60 dollars.