Background Check & SafeSport

As the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, USA Softball has taken steps in an effort to protect the youth who participate in our sport. Protect Youth Sports is USA Softball’s background check provider. Background checks are processed through  Background checks conducted by USA Softball are for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for USA Softball sanctioned events and are not used for employment screening. Local organizing bodies may conduct their own background screening and interviews to determine member eligibility in their programs.

USA Softball annually conducts more than 75,000 criminal background checks of its participants. Members who are background checked include adult non-players in youth play, umpires, scorekeepers, staff and other volunteers.

Participants who process an independent background check, paid by credit card on, receive an ID card from USA Softball stating that they’ve passed the background check. Other participants may receive notice of background check clearance through the form of an ACE Coach ID card or on their individual team registration card. The cost for a background check is $13 and can be bundled together such as certification or registration.

All coaches who wish to participate in the ACE Coaching Education program must consent and pass USA Softball’s background check in order to take the exam. Cost for the background check is included in the ACE exam fee.

In addition to the background check, all adults age 18 & over, on the field or in the dugout, must be SafeSport certified for the current year. The SafeSport Program is a free online training/educational tool for our members to become more aware and informed on how to help stop and prevent abuse from occurring in our sport.

Please read the instructions on How to Take a Background Check; then Visit to complete the Background Check Process.
The SafeSport option can also be found on on