For the safety of our athletes, particularly our youth athletes, USA Track & Field has committed to providing a safe environment in which our athletes compete and train. We believe this is paramount to the success of all our programs.
As part of this commitment, USA Track & Field requires that all Youth Club coaches and Youth Club volunteers who come in contact with athletes during registered club practices or other club-related track and field activities, must be accepted into the USATF Registered Coaches Program.
This requirement has been implemented by USATF to:
- Promote a safe, nurturing, and supportive athletic environment in which youth athletes can pursue their athletic goals;
- Provide an environment where parents can feel good about allowing their child to participate in the sport of track and field; and
- Maintain the sport of track and field as an environment that discourages the presence of those who would seek to harm youth athletes.
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.