Criminal Records Screening Program
To complete a background screening:
Please log into your membership profile. Under the Main Menu, click onto Coach Certifications, and you'll be able to access the background check to complete.
**At this time, we cannot accept any background checks from other organizations. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, please make sure to provide us with the PA-153 Child Abuse document, as that can be transferred. However, you will still be required to take our general background screening.
USA Weightlifting Criterion Offenses:
Background Check Report Review
A. Responsible Sport Organization-Initiated Background Checks: Any Responsible Sport Organization-initiated background check that results in a report of a disposition or resolution of a criminal proceeding, other than an adjudication of not guilty,8 for any of the below criminal offenses will be subject to the Responsible Sport Organization’s policies and procedures to determine the individual’s level of access and involvement:
1. Any felony
2. Any misdemeanor involving:
a. All sexual crimes, criminal offenses of a sexual nature to include but not limited to; rape, child molestation, sexual battery, lewd conduct, possession and distribution of child pornography, possession and distribution of obscene material, prostitution, indecent exposure, public indecency, and any sex offender registrant;
b. Any drug related offenses;
c. Harm to a minor and vulnerable person, including, but not limited to, offenses such as child abandonment, child endangerment/neglect/abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and DUI with a minor;
d. Violence against a person (including crimes involving firearms and domestic violence);
e. Stalking, harassment, blackmail, violation of a protection order and/or threats;
f. Destruction of property, including arson, vandalism, and criminal mischief; and
g. Animal abuse or neglect.
B. Secondary Review of Responsible Sport Organization Determinations: Responsible Sport Organizations must comply with the USOPC Background Check Policy and Procedures as it relates to situations under which a secondary review of Responsible Sport Organization determination will be conducted by the USOPC.
Criminal Record Screening Program: All USAW members with the following participation designations, currently described as membership categories, will be required to comply with a comprehensive criminal record screening program upon renewal of membership: Coaching Levels 1-5, Non-Certified Coach, Official, Referee, Volunteer and Medical. Screening will be required every two years.
NCSI is America's #1 Choice in Parks and Recreation Background Screening and Youth Sports Background Checks. The program has set the standard for background checks which has been adopted and implemented by over 1,000 city and county parks and recreation agencies, countless youth sports organizations, and many of the National Governing Bodies of the United States Olympic Committee.
NCSI offers a quick, effective, and affordable method that has relieved the burden of background screening. Organizations and agencies will have peace of mind that they have exercised due diligence and that their participants have withstood an aggressive, systematic, and meticulous national screening procedure
If you have questions about your background check, you may contact NCSI directly at:
Who Needs Screening?
The USA Weightlifting background check program, in partnership with NCSI, is extended to the following:
- Coaches registering for any USA Weightlifting event
- All members of the USA Sports Medicine Society
- Any non-athlete adult attending an international event in support of Team USA
- All USA Weightlifting Coaching Education Instructors
- All Club Presidents, Club Administrators and Club Coaches
- All USA Weightlifting Staff and Contractors
- All USA Weightlifting Board and Committee Members
- All USA Weightlifting Technical Officials, National and Above
- All WSO Board Members
All international background screenings conducted for those who are not stationed at US military bases, must be done at the cost of the registrant. Residents of Guam and Puerto Rico are not subject to extra fees, as those territories are part of our vendor's standard national search.
Effective August 31, 2019: Background check appeal policy
Thank you for your cooperation.