MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR USASF PROGRAM OWNERS, COACHES, OTHER PERSONNEL & ADULT ATHLETES
The United States All Star Federation has taken important steps to ensure the highest level of safety within our member all star organizations. One of these steps is the implementation of a standardized approach to background screening for any non-athlete that is age 18 or older who accompanies a team into a warm-up room at all USASF sanctioned events. This includes Owners, Coaches and any other volunteer or staff member associated to a program. Additionally, any adult athlete who are at least 21 years old as of December 31, 2019 are required to be screened before eligibility status is granted.

The United States All Star Federation is proud of its partnership with National Center for Safety Initiatives, through which we will engage in a comprehensive Background Screening of our members.

This includes a comprehensive background screening program using NCSI's Full Service product and a simple "Red Light/Green Light clearance report issued in accordance with the criteria chosen by The United States All Star Federation. Only those applicants receiving a "Green Light" report will be considered for Eligible Membership.
 
*Adult Athletes: The USASF member database will calculate the age on December 31, 2019. Background checks are an eligibility requirement for "adult" athletes on open teams. "Adults" are athletes who are at least 21 years old as of December 31, 2019.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT & PRE-APPOINTMENT SCREENING FOR EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS AT USASF MEMBER CLUBS

The USASF Member Eligibility Screening is secondary to the Application, Screening and Background Check requirements outlined in the USASF Sexual Abuse and Prevention Policy.  The policy, which has been accepted by all USASF Member Programs (also referred to as member clubs), outlines the following:

The Employee Hiring & Volunteer Appointment process to include the following:

  1. Application – Every individual that may have the opportunity to interact with youth must complete our organization's written application that sets forth appropriate background information, requires disclosure of any prior claims or allegations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate conduct, and provides the names of at least two individuals as references.
  2. Screening – A designated representative(s) of the organization will interview each prospective employee and volunteer.
  3. Background CheckPrior to interacting with minors, any potential employee or volunteer will be subject to a background check, including appropriate inquiries regarding any previous record of sexual abuse or other unlawful activity. This background check will be updated at least every two (2) years for each employee or volunteer. All current employees and volunteers are required to update their background check every two (2) years. This is in addition to the required screening by the U.S. All Star Federation for all eligibility as program owners, coaches and personnel at USASF Sanctioned events.

It is important to note that each screening serves a separate purpose:

PRIMARY SCREENING - Pre-employment | Pre-appointment
The primary screening, which is to be done by the member club prior to an adult interacting with minors, is required as a condition of club membership in the USASF.  It is one step in a 3-step process for the club owner or director to determine if an individual is suitable to work with youth. While the USASF cannot dictate which screening process the club owner chooses to use, we do recommend that the club owner follow any local or state requirements for clearance to work with youth.  If a local or state-wide clearance does not exist, we recommend the owner research and utilize the most comprehensive and thorough screening available to them, including screens that use fingerprint-based searches when reliable and available. If the owner needs guidance in selecting the process that is most in line with the standard of care in their area, we recommend contacting legal counsel or researching what is required of similar positions in the area, such as teachers, coaches, bus drivers and day care workers.

SECONDARY SCREENING - Membership Eligibility
The secondary screening, which is done during the membership application and eligibility process with the USASF, serves to establish criteria that would disqualify from membership those persons who have something in their background that would preclude them from working with children.  The USASF's screening is consistent with the standards used by similar youth serving organizations, sport organizations and governing bodies.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR SAFETY INITIATIVES
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BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS
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HOW TO SET UP A CLUB ACCOUNT
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BACKGROUND SCREENING FEES
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HOW TO COMPLETE A BACKGROUND SCREENING
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW
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QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE
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BACKGROUND CHECK TERM
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLUB SHARE TO THE USASF (or USASF share to their Club)
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CRITERION OFFENSES
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National Center for Safety Initiatives

The following states have counties that require additional fees to process screening requests. These fees will be paid by the screening candidate to NCSI. You can elect to view those counties requiring additional fees for the states listed below.

ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
GUAM
HAWAII
ILLINOIS
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MICHIGAN
MISSISSIPPI
MONTANA
NORTH DAKOTA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEVADA
NEW YORK
PUERTO RICO
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
VERMONT
WEST VIRGINIA
WYOMING


NCSI Notice of County Delays
Client Advisory: Register Early for Screening To Avoid Delays

We wanted to let you know that there are several court jurisdictions that are experiencing delays in returning criminal history information due to staff furloughs and reductions or other issues with their reporting systems. Listed below the most notable courts, some of which can take up to four weeks to return their county report.

New Hampshire
California, including but not limited to San Luis Obispo , Shasta, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Fresno, Sutter
Washington State
Maine
West Virginia
Michigan
Worcester Massachusetts – six weeks

Therefore, anything you can do to have your registrants start their screening earlier will help to ensure that they're available when required.