BACKGROUND CHECKS

The Basketball Alliance follows The State of Florida’s mandate to conduct background checks on all coaches and administrators that fall under the guidelines of Florida Statute 943.0438(4). To submit the information to complete your background check please click following link:



REFUND POLICY

The background checks have a NO REFUND policy. PARENTS, please do not submit a background check. The background checks are intended for coaches and administrators. Please see the Background Checks section of The Alliance rules located in the Coaches Corner for further explanation.


PURPOSE

It is the intent of this policy to establish certain guidelines wherein The Basketball Alliance (hereinafter referred to as “The Alliance”) can seek to protect program participants by investigating the background of administrators and coaches (hereinafter referred to as “candidates”) who will be involved in The Alliance approved events.


GENERAL

A. Criminal background screenings are conducted by an outside third party who specializes in such work.


B. Any person who has been found guilty, pled guilty; or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, or has a pending charge pertaining to, any of the disqualifying offenses listed in this policy will be immediately disqualified from employment, coaching and/or volunteer positions with The Alliance. The Alliance also reserves the right to disqualify a person for any crime that would be considered a potential risk to children and/or vulnerable populations. A candidate who willfully fails to comply with this background screening policy shall be automatically disqualified.


C. This policy will apply to coaches and administrators. If there is any doubt as to who should be screened, the general rule is anyone who would potentially have unsupervised access to children in an Alliance approved program. The Alliance full time & part time employees will be screened annually and are subject to a random background check at any time while employed with The Alliance. Each candidate will be screened every 12 months for as long as he or she continues participating in The Alliance Events

The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.


SCREENING PROCESS

All candidates must sign a Release for Criminal History which gives The Alliance the right to check criminal history records and verify social security numbers. This release and screening is executed directly, through www.protectyouthsports.com via a secure URL.


The $36.32 cost associated with these background screenings will be paid for by the candidate.


No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually.


The third party contractor conducting the checks will cross-reference the screening results with the disqualifying crimes listed in this policy. A pass/fail grade will then be relayed to The Alliance based on the cross-reference. A pass grade is given for any candidate that has zero disqualifying crime matches. A fail grade is given for any candidate that has one or more disqualifying crime matches. All information pertaining to the background check will remain with the third party contractor, subject to the applicable laws requiring disclosure. The Alliance will not be informed of the results of any background check; rather, The Alliance will only be issued a pass/fail grade for each candidate.


If the third party contractor reports any “fail” grades to The Alliance, The Alliance shall notify the candidate that he or she is disqualified for their desired position. Upon request, the candidate will receive a copy of the background check from the third party contractor.


CONFIDENTIALITY

The criminal background reports shall be kept in a secure location by the third party contractor for a period as required by applicable law. The Alliance does not have access to sensitive information and cannot request such access.


APPEALS PROCESS

If a candidate’s background check includes a charge set forth on the list of disqualifiers below, The Alliance shall immediately disqualify a person from their position. There shall be no appeal of a decision to disqualify a candidate. If the candidate’s relevant criminal history is accurate, all decisions are final.


If a candidate wishes to dispute the content of the profile report, the candidate shall contact the third party responsible for conducting the background check by calling the telephone number listed on the report. The candidate is responsible for providing any or all documentation to support his or her claim.


DISQUALIFYING CRIMES

If a candidate (1) has been convicted of, (2) has a charge pending against him or her in which it is alleged that he or she has committed any of the following crimes, or (3) has a record of a conviction of an equivalent offense in another state, the candidate will be disqualified from the position with any program approved by the Alliance.


All Sex Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.


All Felony Violence Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.


All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.


All Misdemeanor Violence offenses within the past seven (7) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.


Two (2) Misdemeanor Alcohol offenses within the past five (5) years or three (3) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, etc.


All Misdemeanor Drug offenses within the past five (5) years or two (2) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.


Any other misdemeanor within the past five (5) years that would be considered a potential danger to children.
Examples include, but are not limited to: contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, etc.


WHY THESE CRIMES?

The Basketball Alliance has reviewed the resources of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and sought the counsel of recognized background screening experts to develop a set of Recommended Guidelines for background screening in athletic coaches and independent sanctioning authorities. These guidelines were produced as a result of this review.