At the start of the 2014 spring season, MYSA implemented a mandatory background screening policy for all Coaches, Board Members and Regular volunteers. The background check is thorough and confidential. The screening is $12, paid by the individual requesting screening.
The background check must be renewed annually but covers spring, summer and fall seasons.
All program managers and coaches must submit a background check application by March 12, 2014. All members of the Board of Directors must be screened as well.
The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.
In the event information surfaces via the background check, a screening committee, with members consisting of the MYSA President and Board Secretary will review such background check information to determine coaching eligibility. Only members of the screening committee will review data obtained, which will then be processed discreetly. All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances.
Reasons for being declined the opportunity to coach are noted below as part of this policy. In some instances, factors of time may be taken into account when considering coaching eligibility (i.e. length of time since disposition of certain offenses).
The decision of the screening committee may be appealed, for the purpose of clarifying facts or explaining extenuating circumstances, to the screening committee.
All criminal history record information will be promptly destroyed at the end of the current MYSA baseball season.
All coaches are required to notify the committee immediately following an arrest or conviction on any of the listed offenses. Any coach, who while coaching for MYSA 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 eligibility as stated in the policy.
The following is a list of offenses prohibiting an applicant from participation as a coach under MYSA-- offenses including but not limited to the following:
- Arson - Assault (including aggravated and sexual) - Aggravated Kidnapping - Aggravated Robbery - Crimes against Children (including abandonment, abuse, endangerment, pornography, possession or promotion of pornography, enticement, solicitation, sale or purchase of, injury to, or indecency) - Criminally Negligent Homicide - Deadly Conduct - Delivery of Marijuana - Manufacture of or Delivery of a controlled substance or dangerous drug - Any violation of a law intended to control the possession or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug - Indecent Exposure - Injury to Elderly or Disabled - Intoxication Manslaughter - Kidnapping - Manslaughter (voluntary or involuntary) - Murder - Prohibited Sexual Conduct - Prostitution (including promotion of, aggravated promotion of) - Public Lewdness - Rape - Sexual Abuse - Marijuana Possession* - Driving While Intoxicated/Impaired (DWI) / Driving Under the Influence (DUI)* - Theft**
*If a first offense and not currently under probation --- eligible, but cannot drive any child other than his/her own. More than one violation has occurred or currently on probation --- ineligible.
**Eligibility dependent upon the severity and length of time since offense occurred.