USA Softball, Inc. (“USA Softball”) and/or USA Softball’s state/metro associations reserve the right to screen any volunteer, contractor and/or employee who has access to children in USA Softball programs.
Umpires age 18 and above are now required to have Background Checks and SafeSport training when working games involving participants that are under 18 years of age. The fee for the background check is $13. 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 note that the 50 states of the United States adopt different laws and categorize the offenses differently. Convictions, accusations, charges or facts should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If a background check is performed and reveals a conviction, then the application shall be reviewed by a member of the National Background Check Committee (or such person’s designee) for a determination of eligibility. A denial of eligibility may be appealed by the applicant to the entire National Background Check Committee.
In addition, if the background check reveals that the applicant is listed on a sex offender registry**, then the applicant shall be ineligible for participation in USA Softball programs.
USA Softball recognizes that no policy can encompass every situation, so USA Softball has formed its National Background Check Committee to evaluate applications and decide appeals variance requests on a case-by-case basis in certain situations where good cause exists.
An applicant may appeal a denial of eligibility to the entire National Background Check Committee, so long as the appeal is timely filed within fourteen (14) days of the date stated on the denial correspondence. All appeals shall be in writing and sent first to the Commissioner of the State/Metro association. The appeal process shall provide the applicant with an opportunity to present his/her side of the story. An appeal may advise the Committee of incorrect information appearing in a background check report, a mistaken identity with another individual, or extenuating circumstances as to why the person should be permitted to participate despite a conviction of one of the aforementioned offenses.
The USA Softball State/Metro Local Association Commissioner will review the information and make a recommendation to the National Background Check Committee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The National Background Check Committee shall review the appeal and decide whether the applicant’s appeal should be granted or denied.