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Background Screening

Background Screening

U.S. Ski & Snowboard uses a background screening process in support of its commitment to athlete safety. This process is also required by the USOPC.

Any member of U.S. Ski & Snowboard who is appointed to a position of authority over, or who has regular contact with athletes must clear criminal background screening every two years. This includes the following:

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard employees
  • Individuals providing services to U.S. Ski & Snowboard
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaching license
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard officials license
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard members holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard club volunteer membership
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard adult athletes holding a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete membership (excluding some alpine masters) 
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard members at U.S. Ski & Snowboard clubs whom the club formally designates to be in a position of authority over athletes including club board members, staff and administrators. (Academic faculty and staff, such as teachers, who are not directly involved in sport programs with athletes are exempt).
  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard Governance Board members

The background screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes. You must have a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach, judge/official, club volunteer or adult athlete membership to register for the screening.

Once your screening and all other requirements are complete and U.S. Ski & Snowboard receives a ‘green light’ from NCSI, your membership will be finalized, and a membership card will be activated.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard appreciates the cooperation and understanding of its members in supporting the commitment to athlete safety.

Background Screening Lookup

Parents, club administrators, and race workers can help to provide a safe environment for our young athletes by ensuring that all those who have regular contact with or are in a position of authority over athletes are background screened.

Please use the Background Screening tool in the Resources Section to see if your coaches, officials, and volunteer members have completed background screening and are active members.  

If your individual is not listed, it is for one of the following reasons.  

  • Your coach, official, or volunteer member does not appear on the list as a current member
  • The coach, official, or volunteer members background screening has expired or is incomplete
  • He/she has failed a background screening
  • There is no data available for your coach, official, or volunteer member

These conditions may warrant further inquiry with your club, coach, official, and/or volunteer member.    

Background Screening Lookup

Background Screening Criterion Offenses

A reportable record or disclosure that contains a disposition or resolution of a criminal proceeding, other than an adjudication of not guilty,[1] or the existence of pending charges, for any of the below criminal offenses will be flagged as a Red Light Review, meaning it does not meet the initial screening criteria and the individual will be subject to the USOC’s policies and procedures to determine the individual’s level of access and involvement with regard to athlete interactions, USOC facilities and Delegation Events (as defined below):

1. Any felony;[2] and
2. Any misdemeanor involving:

   a. All sexual crimes, criminal offenses of a sexual nature to include but not limited to; rape, child molestation, sexual battery, lewd conduct, possession and distribution of child pornography, possession and distribution of obscene material, prostitution, indecent exposure, public indecency, and any sex offender registrant;[3]
   b. Any drug-related offenses;
   c. Harm to a minor, including, but not limited to, offenses such as child abandonment, child endangerment/neglect/abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and DUI with a minor;
   d. Violence against a person, force, or threat of force (including crimes involving deadly weapons and domestic violence);
   e. Stalking, harassment, blackmail, violation of a protection order, and/or threats;
   f. Destruction of property, including arson, vandalism, and criminal mischief; and
   g. Animal abuse, cruelty, or neglect.

[1] For purposes of these procedures, a “disposition or resolution of a criminal proceeding, other than an adjudication of not guilty” shall include, but is not limited to: an adjudication of guilt or admission to a criminal violation, a plea to the charge or a lesser included offense, a plea of no contest, any plea analogous to an Alford or Kennedy plea, the disposition of the proceeding through a diversionary program, deferred adjudication, deferred prosecution, disposition of supervision, conditional dismissal, juvenile delinquency adjudication, or similar arrangement, or the existence of an ongoing criminal investigation, a warrant for arrest, or any pending charges.
[2] For purposes of these procedures, the term “felony” shall refer to any criminal offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
[3] Any covered individual that has been convicted of, received an imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest for any sexual crime, criminal offense of a sexual nature, and/or is a sex offender registrant must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

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Current Background Screening Status.
Records from March 2017 onward.
Did you know?
  • Every U.S. Ski & Snowboard employee, plus all coaches, officials, judges, volunteer members and athletes 18 and over (excluding some alpine masters and short term members) complete background screening before issuance of membership or employment by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
  • Parents, you can verify the membership and background screening of any club coach, judge, official or volunteer member through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Background Screening Lookup tool or by calling U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services during normal hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MT at 435.647.2666 to ensure that the coaches, officials and volunteer members working with your child have undergone background screening.
  • Club leaders, the USOC provides online SafeSport training for your coaches, judges, officials and volunteer members.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The background screening program is similar to programs in place in schools, recreational programs, youth organizations and other workplaces where staff and volunteers work with youth. More than 75% of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s athlete members are under the age of 18 Background screening of the organization's employees, member coaches, judges/officials, volunteers and adult athletes is one step to help maintain a safe environment.