Last revised May, 2017

It is the policy of USA Volleyball (USAV) and the Delta Region Volleyball Association that any club/entity intending to hire or use registered individuals in any sanctioned junior volleyball events and/or activities (some examples of events or activities that can be sanctioned with regional approval are: tournaments, practices, clinics, tryouts, and fundraisers) will accept and abide by this background screening policy. The following individuals, 18 years of age or older, will be screened: Club directors, club administrators, team reps, coaches, chaperones, and trainers who intend to register, affiliate and/or participate with a USAV/Delta Region junior volleyball club or team. Any Junior Tournament Director/Site Director/On-site Tournament Administrator/Manager and official 18 or older who intends to work a junior sanctioned event will also be screened with the exception of a junior player. Each Region of USA Volleyball (RVA) may also choose to require other members of their organization to submit to and pass a background screen in order to affiliate with their organization. Additionally, the club/entity will
enforce the penalties resulting from a negative background screening report. Failure to do so is grounds for automatic suspension of membership privileges to participate in USAV/RVA sanctioned junior events and/or activities. All disqualified individuals have the right to dispute the findings of the background screening directly with the RVA’s approved Background Screen Vendor. All non-USA citizens will require an international criminal background screening when applying for any position stated above. This screening may require additional fees as determined by the Delta Region.

The RVAs and/or USAV will not register, or allow to be registered, any individual who refuses to consent to a background screen if he/she intends to affiliate and/or participate with a junior club/team, in the RVA or any other regional or national junior level programming. Junior members are any members under the age of 18. A background screen will not be required for those individuals who will be classified only as junior players or those individuals not registered, affiliated and/or participating with a junior volleyball club or team in a RVA (other than those categories listed above). For those regions that allow individuals under 18 to be an assistant coach, any individual who is not yet 18 years old and who is in a non-player role affiliated with a junior club must be background screened immediately upon reaching 18 years of age. A 30-day grace period shall apply from the date of the 18th birthday in order to allow time for the background screening to be processed. During the 30-day grace period, the same restrictions apply to the individual and should be enforced as are in place for junior coaches regarding supervision by a qualified adult. It is the responsibility of the individual, club and region to identify the individuals in this situation and to meet the background screening requirement. Upon the conclusion of the 30-day grace period, the individual may not participate in a non-player role affiliated with a junior club unless the background screening requirement is met.

All screens will be good for two membership seasons (maximum of 26 months) unless required more frequently by state law. Anyone that fails a background screen cannot reapply for another screen until the following season.

USAV and the RVAs retain the right to require additional background screens at any time.

Every individual required to submit Background Screening must complete, sign and date the Consent and Waiver Release Form. Electronic signatures are only accepted on the USAV Online Registration System. The Background Screen Consent and Waiver Release form will be submitted and the applicant cleared before the applicant may participate in RVA/USAV sanctioned junior events and/or activities.

Upon receipt of the above described documents, the USAV/RVA will request that the USAV/RVA approved Background Screen Vendor perform the background screen. All information received as a result of a background check will be strictly confidential. Notice of clearance or disqualification for all applicants will be provided to:
1. The designated contact of the RVA that submitted the application.
2. USA Volleyball National Office

A notice of automatic disqualification will be sent by email by the USAV/RVA approved Background Screen Vendor to the RVA office. The RVA will provide the approved Background Screen Vendor a contact e-mail for the Club Director or highest staff member for the hiring entity. The approved Background Screen vendor will then contact the Club/entity to provide notice of the automatic disqualification and request additional contact information for the disqualified individual.

The complete profile will be sent by the USAV/RVA approved Background Screen Vendor directly to an automatically disqualified individual using the agreed upon method of delivery, along with a copy of the “Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” (FCRA), and a notification that the individual is prohibited from participating in USAV/RVA sanctioned junior events and/or activities.