USA Softball has retained the services of Protect Youth Sports to provide timely background check screenings and all of its background checks are processed online through RegisterUSASoftball.com. Background checks conducted by USA Softball are for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for USA Softball sanctioned events and are not used for employment screening. Local organizing bodies may conduct their own background screening and interviews to determine member eligibility in their programs.
USA Softball annually conducts more than 70,000 criminal background checks of its participants. Members who are background checked include adult non-players in youth play, umpires, scorekeepers, staff, and other volunteers.
All coaches who wish to participate in the ACE Coaching Education program must consent and pass USA Softball’s background check in order to take the exam. The cost for the background check is included in the ACE exam fee.
Participants who process an independent background check, normally paid by credit card on RegisterUSASoftball.com, receive an ID card from USA Softball stating that they’ve passed the background check. Other participants may receive notice of background check clearance through the form of an ACE ID card or on their individual team registration card.
The cost for a background check is $10.00 if taking a Background check only.
Background checks are included in the fees if taking the ACE Exam which every team is required o have one coach ACE'd for Championship Play.