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Background Screen

Who Is This For?

Every adult who has regular contact with junior level/minor age athletes.  Each adult's USA Volleyball membership credential will state if this minimum standard has been met.

Background Screens are Not Equal

Organizations who contract with a background screen company determine the offenses which disqualify a person from participation and/or membership. USA Volleyball will not accept a background screen that is completed outside of the organization. Such a policy better ensures that adult members working with minor age athletes have been thoroughly vetted at a consistent, high standard across all Regions.  

UPDATED BACKGROUND SCREEN POLICY Any screen that is performed between the start of the season and 12/31/19 will be grandfathered under the old requirements.  Any screens performed after 12/31/19 will be subject to annual rescreens and an increased price of $30/screen every two years. This is a United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) policy for all National Governing Bodies which requires full background screen every two years with a supplemental screen in off years starting 12/31/19.  
What does this mean for you and your personnel who need background screens? All current background screens that do not expire this season and new screens performed prior to 12/31/19 will remain under pre USOPC new requirements. Cost of new screen prior to 12/31/19 will be $20.00. These screens will be good for two years (expiring 8/31/2021) with no annual rescreen requirement and no additional cost.

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 DISQUALIFIERS FOR PARTICIPATION IN SANCTIONED EVENTS AND/OR ACTIVITIES: Anyone found guilty, entering a plea of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) regardless of adjudication or received court directed programs and/or other sentencing directives in lieu of a finding of guilt, for the following criminal offenses; All Sex offenses, Murder, and Homicide regardless of time limit; Felony Violence and Felony Drug offenses in the past 10 years; any misdemeanor violence offenses in the past 7 years; any multiple misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses within the past 7 years; or any other crimes (not listed) against children in the past 7 years (the time frames associated with the categories of crime listed above are calculated based on the date of the offense).

Individuals found to have pending court cases for any of the disqualifying offenses will be disqualified (subject to the right to a hearing). If the disposition of the pending case does not meet the criteria for disqualification as listed above, the individual would then be cleared and reinstated.

Falsification of information on any membership application or the consent/release form is grounds for membership revocation or restriction of membership.

Individuals that are disqualified must wait one season before reapplying for affiliation and/or participation with a junior club or team.

ENFORCEMENT: The hiring entity is responsible for ensuring adherence to this policy, and ensuring that those individuals who are disqualified do not participate in USAV/RVA sanctioned events and/or activities.

PENALTY: Failure of a club/entity to request background screening or enforce disqualification is cause for the RVA or USAV to impose penalties. The minimum penalty shall be suspension of all members of the offending club/entity until background screening and enforcement requirements are met.  Additional measures may include financial penalties and/or extended suspensions against disqualified individuals and/or the club/entity.