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Volunteering with USATF

In order to volunteer with USATF, an individual must: 1) obtain a USATF membership; 2) successfully pass a USATF background screen; and, 3) successfully complete SafeSport Trained Core training before having contact with athletes, and in any event, within forty-five (45) days of assuming such position within USATF.  In addition to completing the above three requirements, a USATF volunteer must accept and adhere to the SafeSport Handbook.  Our goal is to create a healthy, supportive environment for all athletes.

Membership to USATF can be accessed here.  Your membership will be good for two years.  Please keep your membership number handy when accessing the background screen and SafeSport training below, as you membership number will tie both of these components back to your membership profile.  Membership must be completed first before moving on to the other requirements.

SafeSport Training

Through education, resources, and training, members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport.  SafeSport training consists of three lesson areas including, Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education, Emotional and Physical Misconduct, and Mandatory Reporting. General information about SafeSport is available at this link.

This training program is available free online to USATF members, and can be taken at your convenience.  The online training videos are approximately 90 minutes long.

Take the training online by going to this link.  Be sure to add your USATF membership number by selecting "USA Track and Field" under "Memberships" in order to receive completion credit.  For more information on how to log-in and complete training, please visit our FAQ page here.

Background Screen Provider

National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)

Screening Criteria

See Below

Membership Requirement




Screen Length

2 Years


All screens expire two years from the date the screen was passed

Applicable to

Individuals wanting to volunteer with USATF

NCSI provides a comprehensive search with the assurance of the highest quality information available, and they work confidentially with each client. The following are included in the comprehensive search:

  1. Identity verification

  2. National Criminal database search

  3. OFAC terrorist database search

  4. Sex Offender registry search of all available states

  5. County search of residency within the last five years

Screening Criteria

Convictions for, disclosures of convictions for, and pending dispositions for any of the following crimes, and registrations or sanctions, or disclosures for any listed registrations or sanctions, will prompt a determination that an applicant 'does not meet' the criminal background screening criteria:

  1. Any felony including an element of violence or of a sexual nature regardless of the amount of time since the offense, and any non-violent felony within the past five (5) years (felony defined as any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year).

    1. Defined on the basis of exposure to the offense for which the defendant was convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere. If pled down, then the crime to which the defendant ultimately pled.

    2. Defined by all crimes punishable by greater than one year in jail or prison, regardless of how characterized by jurisdiction. If range, alternate sentencing, or indeterminate sentencing, outer range greater than one year.

  2. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person within the last ten (10) years.

  3. Any lesser crime in which sexual relations is an element, including "victimless" crimes of a sexual nature (including but not limited to pornography, lewd conduct, and indecent exposure) regardless of the time since the offense.

  4. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol) within the last five (5) years.

  5. Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals within the last ten (10) years.

  6. Any criminal offense which causes harm to a child regardless of the amount of time since the offense.

  7. Any sex offender registrant.

  8. Any individual that is not in good standing (sanctioned) with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) (As monitored by USATF)

Screening Provider

NCSI contact information: If you have any questions or problems, please call the National Center for Safety Initiatives at (866) 833-7100 or by email at

Pennsylvania Act 153

Applicants who work with youth and reside or work in Pennsylvania, as determined during their background screen, will be directed to upload the required documents, per the Pennsylvania Act 153, using the Pennsylvania Document Repository Services (PA DRS) through NCSI.  The applicant will be required to pay the associated fee for this service.  NCSI will maintain these records until their expiration.  Completed background screen results will be reported to USATF as soon as applicants have completed the PA DRS requirements, if applicable.
Note: Refunds will not be distributed for the volunteer background screen. Please ensure you review all information prior to beginning the application.

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