USA Basketball Background Screening

USA Basketball Youth Development requires background screening for all potential coaches and administrators. Background screening is one step to help ensure a positive and safe environment. The cost of the background screening is included in your registration fee, unless your county of residence requires an additional fee to process the background check. Any additional fee will be charged to you directly by our provider, Verified Volunteers. A listing of counties that charge additional fees can be found by clicking HERE.

Who provides the background screening?

The background screening is provided through Verified Volunteers, one of the leading background check agencies in the country. Verified Volunteers follows the best practices in data security. All your personal information is kept private and safe. 

Verified Volunteers allows you to share your background screening with multiple participating organizations, of your choice, as well as check your current status. 

How long does it take?

The background screening can take up to 7-10 business days to process. If the background screening is submitted on the weekend or during the holidays, the processing time will be delayed.

What are the background check factors that would result in an applicant being ineligible to receive a USA Basketball Coach License?

USA Basketball Youth Development will review and compare the results of your background check against our license qualifying criteria to determine your eligibility. If you do not meet licensing eligibility standards you will be notified through the contact information you provided. USA Basketball Youth Development will receive monthly updates, which will ensure all coaches and administrators are in good standing throughout the duration of their license. At any point the coach or administrator is found to be ineligible, their license becomes invalid. The following is a list of automatic and potential disqualifying items:

Automatic Disqualifiers

An individual will 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, or faces a pending charge (a diversion agreement will be considered a pending charge unless and until the agreement is fulfilled and the charge(s) dismissed), for any of the following:

(a) Any felony involving:

  • (i) Murder or homicide

  • (ii)Violent sex crimes, including rape and sexual assault.

  • (iii) Child endangerment, neglect or abuse.

  • (iv) Violent crimes involving weapons (e.g., armed robbery v. unlawful possession)

  • (v) Animal abuse

  • (vi) Drug use or possession within the previous five years.*

  • (vii) Other drug related crimes including distribution, intent to distribute, manufacturing, trafficking, or sale within the previous seven years.*

(b) Any misdemeanor involving:

  • (i) Violent sex crimes, including rape and sexual assault.

  • (ii) Child endangerment, neglect or abuse.

  • (iii) Drug use or possession within the previous three years.*

  • (iv) 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 past three years.*

* Period of ineligibility calculated based on offense disposition date.

Individuals subject to disqualification under an Automatic Disqualifier may seek reconsideration or review from Verified Volunteers on the grounds that his or her background search records erroneously included a conviction, sentence, or charges that the individual never received (i.e., a challenge to the accuracy or validity of the background check records. If, after that reconsideration or review is completed, the individual believes the conclusion reached by Verified Volunteers is in error, he or she may request a hearing before the USA Basketball Background Screen Panel, the purpose of which, if granted, will be solely to determine whether that individual has been convicted of, received a deferred sentence or adjudication for, or pled guilty or no contest at any time, or has been charged with, an Automatic Disqualifier. An individual may not argue that, although he or she has an Automatic Disqualifier on his or record, he or she should nevertheless be allowed to coach (i.e., that he or she does not pose a risk to the sport of basketball or its athletes).

Potential Disqualifiers

An individual’s eligibility for licensing by USA Basketball will be subject to review 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, or faces a pending charge (a diversion agreement will be considered a pending charge unless and until the agreement is fulfilled and the charge(s) dismissed), for any of the involving:

(a) Any felony involving:

  • (i) Non-violent sex crimes, including lewd conduct, indecent exposure, public indecency, prostitution, and offender registration violations.

  • (ii) Violence against a person not included in Automatic Disqualifiers above.

  • (iii) Any other felony.

(b) Any misdemeanor involving:

  • (i) Non-violent sex crimes, including lewd conduct, indecent exposure, public indecency, prostitution, and offender registration violations.

  • (ii) Violence against a person within the previous five years.*

  • (iii) Animal abuse.

  • (iv) Financial crimes, including financial fraud, forgery, and embezzlement.

(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.

* Period of ineligibility calculated based on offense disposition date.

What if I am denied a Coach License based on background check results?

If you are deemed ineligible for a Coach License, you may request an appeal hearing from our Exemption Panel. Appeal processes and procedures can be found here: USA Basketball Background Screen (“BGS”) Appeal Procedure

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