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Youth Club: Criminal Background Check Program - Overview

Program Overview
USA Track & Field has implemented a criminal background screening program on coaches and volunteers of youth clubs.

Background Checks have been implemented by USATF to:

  1. Promote a safe, nurturing, and supportive athletic environment in which youth athletes can pursue their athletic goals;
  2. Provide an environment where parents can feel good about allowing their child to participate in the sport of track and field.
  3. Maintain the sport of track and field as a hostile environment for those who would seek to harm youth athletes.

Please note that this screening is not intended to serve as a pre-employment background-screening program, nor can screening guarantee that incidents of abuse by coaches/volunteers will not occur. Background screening is designed as a preventative risk management tool, but does not ensure inappropriate behavior will not occur.

The application process will direct each coach to the correct screening company based on the required field below.

Screening Details

  TC Logiq NCSI
Screening Criteria The screening criteria is the same for both companies.
Yes Yes
Price $8 $16
Screen Length 1 Year 2 Years
Expiration All screens completed prior to November 1st will expire on December 31st. All screens taken after November 1st will expire on December 31st of the following year. All screens expire two years from the date the screen was passed.
Applicable to All USATF Youth Club coaches and volunteers who come in contact with youth athletes during registered club practices or other club-related track and field activities must submit a background check through TC Logiq. All elite, collegiate and non-youth club coaches should submit a background check through NCSI.

* Completion of a background check will also add you to the Coaches Registry.

Screening Criteria
Starting November 1, 2012 USATF will be changing its background screening processes and criteria in an effort to make the process more transparent and easier to follow. The new criterion is detailed below.

Convictions for, disclosures of convictions for, and pending dispositions for any of the following crimes, and registrations or sanctions, or disclosures for any listed registrations or sanctions, will prompt a determination that an applicant 'does not meet' the criminal background screening criteria:

  1. Any felony including an element of violence or of a sexual nature regardless of the amount of time since the offense, and any non-violent felony within the past five (5) years (felony defined as any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year).
    • Defined on the basis of exposure to the offense for which the defendant was convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere. If pled down, then the crime to which the defendant ultimately pled.
    • Defined by all crimes punishable by greater than one year in jail or prison, regardless of how characterized by jurisdiction. If range, alternate sentencing, or indeterminate sentencing, outer range greater than one year.
  2. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person within the last ten (10) years.
  3. Any lesser crime in which sexual relations is an element, including "victimless" crimes of a sexual nature (including but not limited to pornography, lewd conduct, and indecent exposure) regardless of the time since the offense.
  4. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol) within the last five (5) years.
  5. Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals within the last ten (10) years.
  6. Any criminal offense which causes harm to a child regardless of the amount of time since the offense.
  7. Any sex offender registrant.
  8. Any individual that is not in good standing (sanctioned) with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) (As monitored by USATF)

For a more in-depth look into the criteria, please see the attached letter for details.

Screening Provider
TC LogiQ website. The Technical Support Desk at TC LogiQ can be contacted by telephone at 877-825-6447 (ext. 704) or by email.

Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, please read the FAQ.

Note: Refunds will not be distributed for the Coaches Registry background screen. Please ensure you review all information prior to beginning the application.


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