We accept either the NCSI (National Center for Safety Initiatives) screenings that are required by USA Lacrosse to be a USA Lacrosse Certified coach at any level, or the PA State law CPSL (Child Protective Services Law). Our preference is that at least one member of the coaching staff is a Level 1 or higher certified USA Lacrosse coach and holds a GREEN light status on their NCSI Clearance.
If you are a USA Lacrosse member coach, you are required to be screened via NCSI every 2 years. If you hold any level of USA Lacrosse coach certification, you will hold either a GREEN light status (your NCSI screening is good) or a RED light status (your NCSI screening is NOT good)
The cost is included in the cost of your membership (no additional cost associated)
It is valid for 2 years and it is up to the coach to renew this when they renew their membership
Adult coach members will receive an e-mail after completing the join/renew process for membership. This e-mail contains a link to complete the free national background screening through NCSI. This link is unique to each coach member, and should not be shared and given to any other individual. Coach members will have 15 calendar days to initiate the background screening upon joining or renewing membership. The following items will be needed:
1. Government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.);
2. List of addresses lived over the past five years;
3. Your social security number.
NCSI uses strict identity verification methods in order to ensure that background screens are thorough and for the correct individual. The SSN required is only used for identity verification, and is not utilized in any other manner (ie: credit reports). USA Lacrosse does not have access to any personal information that is provided to NCSI for the background screening, and NCSI employs multiple safeguards and security measures to protect personal information that is provided. For more information on NCSI and its security measures, please visit www.nscisafe.com. A typical screening takes 2-3 business days, although some can take up to 10 days. USA Lacrosse strongly recommends that you complete your background screening as early as possible before the start of your season.
PA Child Protective Services Law
PA Law requires individuals to obtain clearances in order to be employed, be a resource parent (foster or adoptive), or be a volunteer with children. The purpose for requiring clearances is to provide employers and those selecting volunteers with information to use as a part of a larger decision-making process when determining whether to hire someone as an employee or select them as a volunteer.
These clearances are required every 2 years
Required Clearances may include: PA Child Abuse History Clearance; PA State Police Criminal History Clearance; Federa Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal History Clearance