Freestyle Programs

Background Screening Introduction

USSA is a youth sports organization with over 75% of its athlete members 17 or under. In keeping with the standards of many youth sports organizations, schools and recreational programs in America today, USSA has implemented a strict policy on abuse, molestation and sexual harassment. To support this policy, 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, officials and volunteer members. It is a big undertaking for USSA as an organization. However, 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 you as a USSA member.

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 for past convictions for sexually related and violent crime, as well as DUI. USSA has worked with NCSI to establish very specific criteria. Click here for details on the screening criteria.

USSA has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to answer key questions on this important program. Simply click here for more details.

The process for screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes. However, you must have a current USSA coach or official membership to register.

Once your screening is complete and the USSA receives a ‘green light’ from NCSI, your membership will be finalized and a USSA membership card will be activated.

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.

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions
Policy on Abuse, Molestation and Sexual Harassment
Underage Coach and Official Requirements
Criterion Offenses