The USSA is a youth sports organization with over 75% of its athlete members under 18. In keeping with the standards of many youth sports organizations, schools and recreational programs in America today, the USSA has implemented a strict SafeSport policy on abuse, molestation and sexual harassment. To support this policy, the USSA has implemented a background screening process to help ensure that the environment in its athletic programs at every level is as safe as possible.
This process includes all USSA employees, member coaches and judges/officials. It is a big undertaking for the USSA as an organization. But it will help to keep USSA to a high standard among youth sports organizations in America. The process is simple and can be managed online. There is no cost to USSA members.
The USSA has selected the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to conduct its screening. NCSI is one of the leaders in providing screening to youth-serving organizations. It works in partnership with the National Council of Youth Sports, which serves organizations representing over 52-million boys and girls.
The process will screen past convictions for sexually related and violent crime, as well as DUI. The USSA has worked with NCSI to establish very specific criteria. Click here for details on the screening criteria.
The process for screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes. But you must have a current USSA coach or judge/official membership in process to register for screening.
The USSA appreciates the cooperation and understanding of its members to help implement this program to ensure that the environment in USSA athletic programs is as safe as possible for young boys and girls.
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