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Background Screen

National Level Background Screening Policy

In compliance with requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Hockey has implemented a national level background screening policy, which can be found in full below.

Please note, Pennsylvania residents and those participating in USA Hockey sanctioned events within the state are required to complete the state of Pennsylvania mandated clearances in addition to the NCSI criminal background screen. Click here to learn more or find additional information below.

If you have submitted a background screen through NCSI in the past to seasons, please click the link below to confirm your screening status. 

The eight-digit self registration ID number to initiate your screen is 35615801 and will populate automatically when clicking the link above.

NCSI Technical Support

For all questions regarding technical support, documentation uploads, required information and how to request a copy of your screen, please contact NCSI's Technical Support using the information below. 

Phone: 866-996-7412
Address: 1853 Piedmont Rd. Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30066

USA Hockey Appellate Process & Eligibility Determinations

If you have received by email an Adverse Action or Notice of Eligibility with Conditions letter by email and would like to appeal the determination, or to view USA Hockey’s screening criteria, please reference the below USA Hockey Background Screening Procedure for USA Hockey’s steps to appeal and criteria.

For questions regarding eligibility or the background screen appellate process, please contact:

Lauren Tesler Harless
SafeSport Compliance and Legal Administrator
Phone: (719) 538-1145

Ben Tronnes
Associate Counsel

Frequently Asked Questions

For all frequently asked questions, including how to request a copy of your screen, please reference the FAQ document below.

The national program begins April 1, 2021, in conjunction with the opening of registration for the 2021-22 season. NCSI, a company that is the gold standard in the industry, provides background screening for USA Hockey.

All adult coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, athletes under the age of 18 are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with those athletes.

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the U.S. for six consecutive months in any one country during the past 7 years) the fee in $150. If that country is solely Canada, the fee is $75.

On average, background screens take between 3-10 business days to complete. There may be additional delays for, but not limited to, international searches, COVID-19 court closures, Pennsylvania document review and Massachusetts state document review. 

Pennsylvania Requirements

Upon completing your NCSI screen, you will receive a separate email from NCSI with additional requests for documents required to be uploaded with your NCSI background screen by state law, prior to receiving a screening determination.

This includes: 

  1. Child Abuse History Clearance
  2. State Police Criminal Background Check
  3. FBI Criminal Background Check

Please click the document below for links and service codes for the FBI Criminal Background Check.