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Background Check Policy and Disclaimer


NorCal YSA is the premier flag football program in Northern California, serving the neighborhoods of the Greater Sacramento Region, and actively welcome new players, both boys and girls. At NorCal Youth Sports Association, we are committed to providing a safe and positive sports experience for all participants. Part of our dedication to our community is screening for coaches who might present a threat or do harm to children. NorCal YSA performs national and local criminal background checks on all volunteer coaches and reserves the right to exclude coaches from participation based on the criteria listed herein.

Individuals interested in participating as a coach for NorCal YSA or any event and season affiliated with NorCal YSA must submit, complete, and clear a criminal background check. The background check must be completed before any engagement with players, parents or associated matters.
The background check will be conducted via an independent third-party service, and we do not store any of your personal identifying information.

NorCal YSA has the full authority to deny eligibility to potential coaches that may pose a threat to vulnerable subjects, such as children, game day officials, administrators, opposing players/coaches, and spectators, regardless of the results of the background check.

Potential Coaches are screened for the following:

  • Crimes Against a Minor
  • Screening includes but is not limited to crimes such as:
  • Indecent solicitation of a child
  • Abandon/Endangerment of a child
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Child molestation
  • Child abuse
  • Furnishing alcohol to a minor
  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Aggravated sexual abuse or assault of a child
  • Indecency with a child
  • Kidnapping
  • Child Neglect
  • Child Trafficking or Human Trafficking of any nature
  • Use, Possession or Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • Screening includes but is not limited to crimes such as:
  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Trafficking
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug Manufacturing and Cultivation
  • Use or Threatened Use of Violence against a Person or Property
  • Screening includes but is not limited to crimes such as:
  • Murder
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Theft/Burglary/Armed Robbery/Larceny
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Assault (Simple and Aggravated)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • False imprisonment
  • Escape from penitentiary
  • Manslaughter
  • Harassment/Stalking
  • A Sexual Offense
  • Screening includes but is not limited to crimes such as:
  • Prostitution
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Statutory Rape
  • Child Pornography
  • Pimping and Pandering
  • Illegal Gambling or Financial Crimes
  • Screening includes but is not limited to crimes such as:
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Identity Theft

NorCal YSA Definition of felony:

Any crime that results in the eventual conviction of what was originally a Felony charge.
That includes:

Felony-level crimes that were “plead down” or conviction of lesser level crimes due to acceptance of a plea bargain.
Convictions for lesser level crimes that have been expunged from a record by successful completion of terms of probation.


Applicants are placed under review and into a pre-adverse action period if the background check violates the listed criteria below.

If the background check reveals any Criminal History or Other Incidents, NorCal YSA will be unable to offer a coaching position. Applicants will be informed in writing within 15 calendar days of receipt of the background check results. An applicant has 15 days to dispute the findings via written correspondence to the NorCal YSA Manager.
All documentation supporting an applicant's position must be submitted directly to the NorCal YSA Manager via email prior to the application deadline listed above.

Crimes that violate the NorCal YSA criteria for coaching eligibility include but are not limited to:

ANY felony level conviction in the last ten (10) years
More than one (1) felony on Lifetime criminal record
ANY crime of sexual nature
ANY crime toward or involving a child or minor
ANY crime resulting in loss of life
ANY Domestic Violence convictions on Lifetime criminal record
ANY DUI/DWI/OWI offense in the last 5 years
Three (3) or more DUI/DWI/OWI offenses in the last ten (10) years

All candidates must supply documentation in order to dispute the background check results. This requirement applies solely to coaches that have been placed into an adverse action period and it is being implemented by NorCal YSA due to state-wide legislative requirements.

Letters of Reference will not be accepted
Letters of Appeal will not be accepted
Crimes of all levels (misdemeanor, reckless misconduct, gross misdemeanor and felonies) are considered when screening a coaching applicant.

Upon receipt of information that indicates that an applicant will be denied membership, an email notification will be sent to the coaching applicant. If the applicant does not provide adequate legal documentation to dispute findings in the background screen the following steps will be taken:

The information will be deemed true and accurate.
The applicant will receive an email notification that their attempt to become a coach in NorCal YSA has been denied.
The corresponding location operator will be sent a notification that the coaching applicant has not met the eligibility standards for participating as a coach for NorCal YSA or its affiliates.