U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services Knowledge Base

Background Screening Requirements and Criterion Offenses

Background Screening

U.S. Ski & Snowboard is a youth sports organization with more than 75% of its athlete members under the age of 18. In keeping with the standards of many youth sports organizations, schools, and recreational programs in the United States today, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has implemented a strict SafeSport policy on abuse, molestation and sexual harassment. To support this policy, the organization has implemented a background screening process to help ensure that the environment in its athletic programs at every level is as safe as possible.

This process includes all U.S. Ski & Snowboard employees, member coaches, judges/officials and volunteer members. It is a big undertaking for the organization. But it will help us maintain a high standard among youth sports organizations in America. The process is simple and can be managed online. There is no cost to U.S. Ski & Snowboard members.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has selected the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to conduct its screening. NCSI is one of the leaders in providing screening to youth-serving organizations. It works in partnership with the National Council of Youth Sports, which serves organizations representing over 52-million boys and girls.

The process will screen past convictions for sexually related and violent crime, as well as DUI. U.S. Ski & Snowboard has worked with NCSI to establish very specific criteria, which is listed below. U.S. Ski & Snowboard has also prepared Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page to answer key questions on this important program. 

The process for screening is simple and generally takes about five minutes. But you must have a current, or in process, U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach, judge/official or volunteer membership to register for the screening.

Once your screening is complete and U.S. Ski & Snowboard receives a ‘green light’ from NCSI, your membership will be finalized and a membership card will be activated.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard appreciates the cooperation and understanding of its members to help implement this program to ensure that the environment in ski and snowboard athletic programs throughout the organization is as safe as possible for young boys and girls.

Underage Screening Requirements

U.S. Ski & Snowboard coaches or judges/officials under the age of 18 are subject to special requirements relative to background screening. Prospective coaches or judges/officials under 18 need to secure two written references from individuals who would believe that you would not pose any undue risk to participants of U.S. Ski & Snowboard programs. Such references must be provided by individuals who are:

  1. not your legal guardian
  2. not related to you
  3. are at least 18 years old

These references must be received within 10 days of membership registration. Letters of recommendation may be submitted by email by the original author to membership@ussa.org, by fax to 435.647.2052, or by mail to the address indicated below.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard
Member Services
Box 100
Park City, UT 84060

Upon receipt and approval of references, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will activate membership. Members will then be removed from "pending" status and will be able to print a membership card from their My U.S. Ski & Snowboard account.

NOTE: Failure to provide the required recommendations within 10 days of membership processing will result in inactivation of your membership. Memberships will remain on inactive status until Member Services receives the required documents.

Background Screening Criterion Offenses

Managing a SafeSport environment is important to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Background screening of all employees, member coaches, member officials and club volunteer members is required. Convictions and pending dispositions for the following crimes will prompt a determination that an applicant “does not meet” the criteria to serve U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Reportable convictions or disclosures of convictions or registrations or pending dispositions, for any of the following criminal offenses or registrations will prompt a determination that an applicant 'does not meet' the criminal background screening criteria and a red light determination will be issued:


  1. Any violent felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year.
  2. Any felony within the past ten (10) years involving cruelty to animals.
  3. Any non-violent felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year) within the past ten (10) years not otherwise included above. (i.e., Felony theft or Controlled Substances)

Crimes of a Sexual Nature

  1. Any felony or lesser crime of a sexual nature or classified as a sex offense including but not limited to prostitution, pornography, indecent exposure; and crimes in which sexual relations is an element.
  2. Any crime for which a conviction places the offender on a sex offender registry.


  1. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person within the last ten (10) years.
  2. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances if there was one (1) offense within the past five (5) years, or two (2) or more offenses within the last ten (10) years (not alcohol).
  3. Any lesser crime within the past ten (10) years involving cruelty to animals.
  4. Any lesser crime involving harm to a minor within the past ten (10) years not included above.
  5. Two driving under the influence offenses (alcohol) within the past five (5) years or more than two (2) offenses in the past ten (10) years.

NOTE: Criminal offenses include "Attempted Crimes" in the above classifications.

Did You Know?

  • Every U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff member, plus all coaches, officials, judges, and volunteer members undergo background screening before issuance of membership or employment by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
  • Parents, you can verify the membership and background screening of any club coach, judge, official or volunteer member through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Background Screening Lookup tool or by calling U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services at 435.647.2666 to ensure that the coaches, officials and volunteer members working with your child have undergone background screening.
  • Club leaders, the USOC provides online SafeSport training for your coaches, judges, officials and volunteer members.
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