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Disqualifying Criteria

Disqualifying Criteria

Automatic Disqualifiers

Section 1:
An individual will be automatically ineligible for licensing by USA Basketball if a background search reveals that such individual has been convicted of, received a deferred sentence or adjudication for, or pled guilty or no contest at any time for, or has been charged with (a diversion agreement will be considered a charge unless and until the agreement is fulfilled and the charge(s) dismissed), any of the following:

(a)  Any felony involving:

(i)  Murder or homicide.
(ii)  Sex crimes involving violence, lack of consent, or inability to consent, including rape and sexual assault.
(iii) Sex crimes involving a minor.
(iv) Child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
(v) Violent crimes involving weapons (e.g., armed robbery v. unlawful possession).
(vi)  Animal abuse.
(vii)  Drug use or possession within the previous five years.*
(viii) Other drug-related crimes including distribution, intent to distribute, manufacturing, trafficking, or sale within the previous seven years.*

(b)  Any misdemeanor involving:
(i)  Sex crimes involving violence, lack of consent, or inability to consent, including rape and sexual assault.
(ii) Sex crimes involving a minor.
(iii) Child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
(iv) Drug use or possession within the previous three years.*
(v) Other drug-related crimes including distribution, intent to distribute, manufacturing,
trafficking, or sale within the previous seven years.*

(c)   Multiple alcohol- and/or drug-related offenses within the previous three years.*

(d)  An individual will be automatically ineligible for licensing by USA Basketball if a background search reveals that such individual is a sex offender registrant.

* Period of ineligibility calculated based on offense disposition date.

Section 2: 
An individual will also be automatically ineligible for licensing by USA Basketball if(i) USA Basketball receives notification that the individual is currently subject to any sanction, whether temporary or permanent, by (1) the U.S. Center for SafeSport; or (2) another national governing body, for SafeSport-related violations; or (ii) the individual is currently subject to any ineligibility sanction, whether temporary or permanent, by USA Basketball. 

USA Basketball will mirror and apply any sanction issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, or by another national governing body for SafeSport-related violations and will enforce its own sanctions.

Potential Disqualifiers

Section 1:
An individual may be ineligible for licensing by USA Basketball if a background search reveals that such individual has been convicted of, received a deferred sentence or adjudication for, or pled guilty or no contest at any time for, or has been charged with (a diversion agreement will be considered a charge unless and until the agreement is fulfilled and the charge(s) dismissed), any of the following:

(a)    Any felony involving:

(i)  Sex crimes not otherwise included in Section 1(a) of the Automatic Disqualifiers, above, including lewd conduct, indecent exposure, public indecency, prostitution, voyeurism, pandering, and offender registration violations.
(ii) Violence or the threat of violence, injury, or harm, against a person not otherwise included in the Automatic Disqualifiers.
(iii) Any other felony.

(b)  Any misdemeanor involving:

(i)  Sex crimes not otherwise included in Section 1(b) of the Automatic Disqualifiers, above, including lewd conduct, indecent exposure, public indecency, prostitution, voyeurism, pandering, and offender registration violations.
(ii)  Violence or the threat of violence, injury or harm, against a person within the previous five years.*
(iii) Animal abuse or neglect within the previous five years.*
(iv) Financial crimes, including financial fraud, forgery, and embezzlement.
(v) Stalking, harassment, blackmail, violation of a protection order, and/or threats.
(vi) Destruction of property, including arson, vandalism, and criminal mischief..
(vii) Violence in the presence of a minor, not otherwise included in the Automatic Disqualifiers, above, or these Potential Disqualifiers.

(c)  Multiple alcohol- and/or drug-related offenses not otherwise included in Section (c) of the
      Automatic Disqualifiers, above.

(d) Multiple felony and/or misdemeanor offenses not otherwise included in the Automatic
      Disqualifiers.

* Period of ineligibility calculated based on offense disposition date.

Section 2:
In addition to the criteria above, an individual may also be disqualified for the following reasons, where USA Basketball has received appropriate notification of:

  • A violation, or charge of a violation, of the USA Basketball Coach Code of Conduct.
  • Any form of retaliation for reporting, prohibiting, or otherwise engaging in USA Basketball, The U.S. Center for SafeSport, or any other entity’s processes regarding allegations of misconduct.
  • A violation, or charge of a violation, of any of USA Basketball’s Bylaws, rules, policies, or procedures, including without limitation its Athlete and Participant Safety Policy (including its MAAPP Policy), to the extent not otherwise included in Section 2 of the Automatic Disqualifiers above, including instances where an individual is in the process of having a hearing before USA Basketball’s Hearing Panel.
  • An individual being currently subject to, or having been previously subject to, any sanction, whether permanent or temporary by: (i) the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center); (ii) the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC); (iii) any National Governing Body (NGB); or (iv) USA Basketball.
  • An individual being adjudged liable for civil penalties or damages involving sexual or physical abuse or misconduct
  • An individual being subject to any court order involving any sexual  or physical abuse or misconduct, including but not limited to domestic order or protection.
  • An individual having had parental rights terminated.
  • An individual having a history with another organization (volunteer, employment, etc.) of complaints of sexual or physical abuse or misconduct.
  • An individual having resigned, been terminated, or been asked to resign from a position, whether paid or unpaid, due to complaint(s) of sexual or physical abuse or misconduct.
  • Any charge or arrest, regardless of the ultimate outcome of the criminal proceeding, for a crime involving sexual abuse or misconduct; child abuse, neglect, or endangerment; or violence involving a minor.
 

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