California basketball teams adopt new age verification software to eliminate cheating at youth sporting events

DENVER, CO, USA, September 22, 2022 / — (Note to journalists: Photos/videos available: Sports Thread today announced that several major organizers of youth basketball events in Southern California will now require athletes to verify their age using the Sports Thread Play Safe software to participate in events. sportsmen. These companies include SoCal Aces which hosts the annual Coca-Cola National Championships, Focus Basketball, Gameday Sports Academy, Cali Elite, West Coast Warriors and BlackTop 24/7. These companies have each made the decision to eliminate the issue of athletes “minimizing” or playing in age categories below their actual age to gain an unfair advantage over their competition by competing against younger, less physically developed athletes. Many of these companies will also use Sports Thread’s registration, scheduling and e-ticketing services for teams attending their events. The first events using Sports Thread for age verification will begin on October 1, 2022, with West Coast Warrior’s October Hoopfest and Focus Basketball’s “Best of the West Showdown”.

National news headlines recently highlighted the story of a 19-year-old man who was caught using a fake birth certificate to enroll at Montclair High School to play soccer. “It’s a prevalent issue at all levels of youth and high school sports. Our service has identified athletes in their twenties trying to play against seventeen-year-old players, and eight-year-old athletes trying to play against six-year-old players. Companies that use our Play Safe product can be assured that they are providing a high integrity and security environment,” said Sean Leary, Founder and CEO of Sports Thread.

Sports Thread provides the first fully automated software solution to combat athletes who ‘downplay’ youth sports. Play Safe allows parents or athletes to capture a photo of a birth certificate, driver’s license, ID card or passport that is instantly scanned, digitally checked for tampering and verified as part of a registration process for a sporting event. Sports Thread then issues QR codes into each athlete’s profile for check-in at events. This process also allows companies to track team rosters to eliminate athlete “shirt swapping” or playing for multiple teams at an event.

Prince Cassell, Founder of SoCal Aces, said, “We chose to use Sports Thread because of our commitment to delivering events with the highest level of integrity and cutting-edge technology.” SoCal Aces will use all the features and functionality of Sports Thread for its digital support in hosting events.


Sports Thread, based in Denver, Colorado, offers a free software platform based on social media, self-promotion and communication for the 160 million student-athletes, coaches, parents and fans in the sports market for young people. The company was founded by Sean Leary, 29, a former Division 1 college pitcher who was featured in USA Today as one of the “10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs of 2021.” The Sports Thread app is consistently ranked in the top 100 sports apps in the Apple App Store out of over 40,000 sports apps. The Sports Thread network, including its mobile app, Software-as-a-Service platform and social media sites, is used by more than one million people in the youth sports community each year.

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Haley Collings, Sports Thread, 219-363-0741 [email protected]
Sean Leary, Founder and CEO of Sports Thread, 720-544-3828 [email protected]

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