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Rec committee agrees birth certificates should not be kept
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 22, 2013 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jones County Recreation Committee meeting addressed the controversial topic of the retention of the copies of birth certificates of young ballplayers.

The Aug. 15 meeting was called to order by Committee Chairman Jonathan Pitts and the question of the birth certificates was one of five agenda items. The topic definitely got the most attention at the meeting.

A concerned parent brought the issue to the Board of Commissioners at their Aug. 6 meeting and was invited to the recreation meeting.

Recreation Director Matt Goins said he reached out to the state recreation association and found out after team registration the only time a birth certificate is needed is for all-star tournaments.

Teams for the tournaments are divided into age groups and the age of each player must be verified before they are allowed to play.

He said some coaches hold on to copies of the certificates while others just look at each certificate to verify the age of a child and give it back.

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