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Safe Environment Zone

Annual Cost

$35.00 every two years.  This includes the following:

  • comprehensive background screen in initial year
  • off year background screen review
  • $17.50 per year average cost

International Screens for non-citizens has shifted to a flat rate. Searches for Canada will be at the cost of $75.00 and all other international locations will be $150.00

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.  

This USAV Volleyball and Regional Volleyball Association Background Check Policy includes significant alterations to the automatic disqualifiers section. Those who may have passed the background screen previously may no longer qualify under the current automatic disqualifiers.

Full Background Checks. All full background check screens will include at least the following search components:

  1. Social Security Number validation;
  2. Name and address history records;
  3. Two independent Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Database searches covering 50 states plus DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
  4. Federal District Courts search for each name used and district where the individual currently lives or has lived during the past seven years, going back the length of time records are available and reportable;
  5. County Criminal Records for each name used and county where the individual currently lives or has lived during the past seven years, going back the length of time records are available and reportable for each county searched;
  6. National Sex Offender Registry database search of all available states, plus DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
  7. Multiple National Watch Lists;
  8. SafeSport Disciplinary Records;
  9. Comprehensive International Records search for U.S. citizens who have lived outside of the United States for six consecutive months in any one country, during the past seven years;
  10. Motor Vehicle Records of at least a 3-year history in the state of licensure; (if driving is required for position).

Supplemental Background Checks. All supplemental off-year background check screens will be conducted using at least the following search components:

  1. Multi-Jurisdictional criminal database covering 50 states plus DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
  2. Sex Offender Registry database searches of all available states, plus DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico; and,
  3. SafeSport Disciplinary Records.

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.


Who Is This For?

  • Club Directors
  • Coaches
  • Officials
  • Tournament Directors
  • Managers/Junior Age Coaches
  • 18 year old players*
  • Regular contact with junior level/minor age athletes

U.S. Center for SafeSport "Core" Training:This is required training for adults who have regular contact with amateur athletes who are minors, and/or have regular contact with or authority over an amateur athlete who is a minor. The training must be completed before regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor begins; or within the first 45 days of initial membership, or upon beginning a new role subjecting the adult to the MAAPP. The “Core”training is required also prior to eligibility to take the Refresher.This training is available to USAV-NCR members for free.

NEW 30-Minute Refresher: This is conducted annually following "Core" Center for SafeSport Training. This training is 30 minutes and is a review of the information shared in the Core Center forSafeSport Training. This training is available to USAV-NCR members for free.

NEW  Athletes turning 18 during the season, *whose teammates are minors, will be required to take "Core" Center for SafeSport training upon turning 18. To prevent any disruption in play, the center will allow athletes who are 17, turning 18 during the season to take "Core" given parental consent. Once a player turns 18, he or she will not be permitted to continue play until "Core" SafeSport training has been completed. Complete the parental consent form before registering for training if you have a minor athlete who needs to take the training. Once the form is completed, your child will be enrolled in SafeSport training. A notification of registration will be sent to the email address on file to access the course


Respectful conduct in a sport environment involves ethics, morals, and standards of behavior. All Members of USA Volleyball sign a Code of Conduct when registering for membership.  Why is it important?

  • Responsibility - committed to doing what is right
  • Integrity - shows members and non-members a culture of honesty
  • Behavior Norms - prevents "innocent" ethics violations
  • Standard of Practice - reference guide to correcting behavior or steering a decision

Who Is This For?

  • Club Administration
  • Club Handbooks
  • Club Personnel
  • Anyone who has regular contact with amateur athletes
  • Recommend to share with parents and guardians of junior level/minor age athletes in the organization
  • Recommend to post on club website

NEW  USA Volleyball is proud to introduce Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP). These policies outline training requirements and limit one-one-one interactions with minor athletes.  The policies also meet the mandate from the U.S. Center for SafeSport for all National Governing Bodies to implement measures that better ensures safety for coaches, affiliated adults, and minor athletes. The policies are effective June 23, 2019. Legal Guardian Consent(LG)form, fillable. Legal Guardian Consent Form

MAAPP Summary

The goal of Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies is to limit one-on-one interactions with minor athletes--interactions with minors should be observable and interruptible. Any violation of MAAPP is reportable.

The policy covers six areas:

Questions regarding MAAPP should be directed to safesport.general@usav.org.


USA Volleyball and the 40 Regions are able to provide to each member secondary liability coverage insurance.  This individual benefit is a part of USA Volleyball membership and utilized at USA Volleyball or Region sanctioned tryouts, practices, tournaments, camps and clinics.

  • Secondary sports accident for those with primary insurance and primary sports accident insurance (with $1,000 deductible) for those registrants without health insurance during USAV/RVA sanctioned events
  • General liability insurance - covering all USAV/RVA sanctioned activities.

CERTIFICATE of INSURANCE

  • 19-20 GL/XS/PA – EO + SAM (2019-2020 General Liability / Excess Liability / Participant Accident – Evidence of Coverage with Sexual Abuse and Molestation coverage shown) This is your standard evidence of coverage issued to a club or any third party. It is only proof of insurance.
  • 19-20 GL/XS/PA – AI + SAM (2019-2020 General Liability / Excess Liability / Participant Accident – Additional Insured with Sexual Abuse and Molestation coverage shown) This certificate template is proof of insurance for the region and/or a club AND also provides additional insured status for third party entities, such as venue owners.