Frequently Asked Questions

Why do background checks?

An organization that serves children and youth has the obligation to exercise “due diligence” with regards to protecting its members, especially the children. By performing background checks on your volunteer coaches your organization is:

  • Putting up a safeguard at the “doorway” of the organization that will, in most cases, scare off sexual predators.
  • Offering peace of mind to discerning parents when choosing a youth sports program, by letting them know your league is being pro-active in trying to protect the children.

How long does it take for the background checks to complete?

Turnaround time on submitted requests is typically same day to 48 hours. The industry standard is 72 hours.

What criteria should your youth sports organization require for a background check?

As the data provided in the many databases searched is not equally maintained and accessed by each state, the universal criteria is hard to enforce. For that reason it’s critical that you partner with a credible background screening company like Protect Youth Sports. At the very minimum, the background check should cover SSN Verification, National Criminal Search and National Sex Offender Registries Search. Cost-friendly background check packages with recommendations are available through our online consultation. Recommendations are based on the quality of data available in each state and on industry best practices.

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What types of packages are available?

You get access to our BASIC and PLUS Packages, which meet 99% of our youth sports clients needs. Through our online consultation we make recommendations by package for each state. We also offer add-on searches for county and statewide court searches, driving history, and credit history.

What methods are available for ordering reports?

Lists of coaches may be imported using a special Excel based spreadsheet for easier and faster service. Names can be entered using our easy online format available and with the click of a button you can select single or multiple names at once to run their background checks. Coaches, volunteers and staff can also apply online, enter their information themselves and our system can automatically order the background reports for you. Finished reports are accessed through a secure, online account.

How accurate are the results of background reports?

Criminal records from the National Database are verified for accuracy prior to sending them to our clients. Plus, we will Pass/Fail your coaches using our automatic coach scoring system using the criteria you define. This will save time going through each individual report online.

Who should you trust for background checks?

Youth sports organizations nationwide trust Protect Youth Sports, a coach background check company. Protect Youth Sports is one of the only coach background check companies that will do a free “re-verification” of records from the National Criminal Database for a volunteer as well as a “true” 50 state search on sexual offenders.

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