Background Check

Procedure 
 

Any Coach who will be in contact with the children who are registered for the Brightbill Basketball League and in order to receive a Court Pass issued through Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation MUST complete an application for coach/volunteer and successfully pass a background check/screening for criminal and sexual offenses. A successful background check/screening MUST be completed PRIOR to the Coaches Meeting.  Failure to do so will result in you being excluded from coaching in the Brightbill Basketball League.

 

REQUIRED CLEARANCES:
          State Backgroundhttps://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

          Child Abuse Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
          FBI Clearance: Must affirm in writing that you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, otherwise an FBI Clearance is required.                 http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_160267.pdf 

 

Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation
Volunteer Screening / Background Check Policy and Procedure 
 
I. Statement
In an effort to protect the welfare of the children who participate in the Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation Brightbill Basketball league, this policy has been established to evaluate each applicants eligibility to serve in the capacity as a Volunteer Coach.
 
II. Definitions 
A Volunteer Coach is any eligible adult person who leads and instructs players at scheduled practices or games offered by the Brightbill Basketball Leage and is listed on the team roster.

III. Procedure 
Please see the procedure at the top of this page.   Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation reserves the right to check criminal history records or any other official record which would document disqualifying acts.
 
IV. Disqualifying Terms 
In the event potentially disqualifying information surfaces via the background check, a screening committee, consisting of the Human Resource Manager, Parks & Recreation Director, Recreation Manager, and the Sports Manager will review the information to determine if the individual is eligible to serve in a role a Volunteer Coach.  Only members of the screening committee will review the data obtained.  All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances.
 
A candidate may exercise the right to an appeal of their initial decision to disqualify him/her, for purpose of clarifying facts or explaining extenuating circumstances. 
 
All volunteer Coaches shall notify the committee immediately following an arrest or conviction of any of the listed offenses.  Any Volunteer Coach who, while coaching for Lower Paxton Township, is arrested for committing an offense as listed, will immediately forfeit his/her coaching eligibility until disposition by the courts.  A conviction of an offense as listed will result in termination of coaching eligiblity as stated in the policy.
 
The offenses listed below disqualifying an applicant from eligibility as a Volunteer Coach under Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation Brightbill Basketball Screening / Background Check Policy.  Offenses including but are not limited to the following in accordance with the National Alliance for Youth Sports Guidelines / Protect youth Sports Guidelines state that a felony charge will remain as part of the receord indefinitely and charges involving a misdemeanor will be conisdered within a 10 year period. 
 
The offenses listed below disqualify an applicant from participation as a Volunteer Coach under Lower Paxton Township Parks & Recreation - offenses including but, are not limited to the following:
 
Any felony conviction
Any violation of PA C.C. Chap. 31 Sexual Offenses Open Lewdness
Any conviction for manufacture, grow, cultivate or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug* (synthetic or counterfeit drugs) within ten (10) years.
Arson
Assault (including aggravated and sexual) once in the last five (5) years or more then once in the last (10) years.  
Crimes against Children (including abandonment, abuse, endangerment, pornography, possession or promotion of pornography, enticement, solicitation, sale or purchase of, injury t or indecency.) 
Disorderly Conduct - Involving violent / combative threats
DWI / DUI - two or more times in 5 years.
Firearms violations - possession without a license, prohibited offensive weapon
Furnishing alochol to minors
Homicide - including vehicular
Injury to Elderly or Disabled
Kidnapping / Unlawful Restraint
Manslaughter Voluntary or Involuntary
Obscene or Sexual Materials
Possession - of marijuana once in the last 5 years or more than once in the last 10 years
Possession - of a controlled substance other than marijuana once in the last 10 years
Prostitution
Stalking 


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