Background Screening in Youth Sports

Importance of screening coaches

When children's safety and well-being are at stake, procedures must be in place that help program administrators ensure the protection of their young participants. Volunteer screening and conducting background checks are complex topics that youth sports organizations must address before volunteers can work with children. The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) strongly encourages all youth sports organizations to perform background checks on their coaches as part of the screening process.

Download the NAYS Background Screening Guidelines (PDF)