PNAHA changed the background check process in 2014/2015. Please follow the instructions below for 2017/2018.
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to PNAHA & USA Hockey. This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of our programs. PNAHA has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.
An Important part of our SafeSports program is the background screening. PNAHA & USA Hockey’s screening policy includes set criteria for which a person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as an employee or volunteer of PNAHA/USA Hockey. Under the policy, PNAHA will not authorize or sanction any employee or volunteer who has routine access to children unless that person consents to be screened and passes a criminal background screen conducted by the Affiliate or USA Hockey.
Your screening will be good for two seasons. If you were screened in the 2016 - 2017 season you do not need to complete the background screening again this season. The new screening scans a wider range of databases and is processed much quicker than our old system. We feel this new program will better protect your children. There will be a $10 cost to process your USA background screening. The fee will be collected through the website when you enter your information. If you have resided outside the USA in the last 5 years there will be additional fees to perform the background check in that country. For Canada it is $35.
The following persons will be screened in accordance with this policy:
1. Members of the PNAHA Board of Directors
2. Local Association / Club administrators and board members
4. Team managers
6. Locker room monitors
7. Team bus/van drivers (unless professional transportation companies are used)
8. Travel chaperones
9. Billet Families
10. Anyone with routine access to youth participants
Applicants that have not resided full time in the USA for the last 5 years will need to have a Background check done in every country that they have resided in during those 5 years.
If you have resided exclusively in the US for the last 5 years then complete the appropriate Background check below.
If you have also resided in Canada during the last 5 years then ALSO complete the Canadian application.
If you have lived outside of the US or Canada in the past 5 years, complete the appropriate US Background Check below and add the countries of residence in the disclosure portion of the Background check. Please note that other countries can take a long time to perform and the cost is variable.
USA BACKGROUND CHECKS
All applicants need to submit the USA Background checks application.