Ohio Regulators Consider Regulating Youth Sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials and athletic organizations say it's time to think about regulating non-school youth sports programs.

This change in attitude comes after The Columbus Dispatch published a five-part series that explored the largely unregulated world of youth sports. The newspaper says children are more susceptible to injuries than ever before and families spend thousands of dollars chasing athletic scholarships.

Ohio High School Athletic Association officials are trying to draft a set of standards for kids' sports programs to protect hundreds of thousands of children who participate in sports programs outside schools.

Youth sports programs are currently run by nonprofit organizations, companies, cities and individuals.

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