There is an important issue regarding the safety and protection of our young athletes that I would like to address and one that NAYS takes very seriously. This critical issue involves background screening of coaches and volunteers to protect our youth.

NAYS encourages all youth organizations, especially NAYS chapters, to screen their coaches and conduct the necessary training for coaches. It has become standard practice in today’s youth sports environment to conduct background checks as a part of your overall risk management program. Our greatest concern is helping you protect the children under your care to better safeguard your organization and the volunteers from potential liability or accusations.

One false accusation can lead to bad publicity and potential lawsuits. Even worse, accusations might be true and statistically speaking, most accusations from minors are true. In either case, you need to have done background checks on your coaches and volunteers. We know that budgets are always a challenge and in some situations, the cost of backgrounds can be prohibitive. For this reason, NAYS has partnered with Protect Youth Sports, a leading background check company that specialize in heavily discounted background checks for coaches and volunteers.

Protect Youth Sports has built a solid reputation for serving non-profit volunteer based organizations and serves more than 4000 organizations nationwide. NAYS and Protect Youth Sports works with your sports organization to implement a background check program that meets industry background check guidelines. Protect Youth Sports has demonstrated a unique awareness for the needs of youth sports organizations and has developed a very thorough process for running national background checks and re-verifying the accuracy of records.

NAYS and Protect Youth Sports have also integrated our systems with the option to order background checks on coaches right from within the NAYS chapter management system. Protect Youth Sports also gives the option of using the easy online ordering system and they have even developed an online coach registration system that makes the entire background check process paperless. We encourage youth sports organizations to use the NAYS background check program through our partner, Protect Youth Sports.

We are confident that you will find this to be a valuable resource for your youth sports organization.

NAYS is offering a free video to help youth sports organizations through the complex issue of conducting background checks for coaches and sports volunteers.

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