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I. Statement
Criminal background screening on all Volunteers is conducted by an outside third party which specializes in such work, and overseen (in specific instances) by a screening committee, a subset of the High Desert Youth Football & Cheer (HDYFC) Board. This is executed in an effort to protect the children who participate in organized football and related activities associated with HDYFC.
 
II. Definitions
HDYFC recognizes a Coach is any person who leads and instructs players at practices and/or games - or portions of practices and/or games.
 
The criminal background screening is mandatory, no exceptions.
 
III. Procedure
All candidates for the above mentioned positions must sign a Release Form for Criminal History which gives HDYFC the right to check criminal history records and verify social security numbers. This work is executed directly, through www.protectyouthsports.com, and the secure URL at which volunteers can execute their HDYFC check is:  

https://opportunities.averity.com/hdyfc Cost is $13.00
 
No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually.
 
The company never forwards any individual's information to the league where no issues are discovered.
 
In the event information surfaces via the background check, the Commissioner and/or Athletic Director of HDYFC, will review such background check information to determine eligibility. All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances. Lower level offenses will be chapter decisions.
 
Reasons for being declined the opportunity to volunteer are noted below as part of this policy. In some instances, factors of time may be taken into account when considering eligibility (i.e. length of time since disposition of certain offenses).
 
The decision of this 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 HDYFC football season.
 
All volunteers are required to notify the committee immediately following an arrest or conviction of any of the listed offenses. Any volunteer, who while volunteering for HDYFC is arrested for committing an offense as listed, will immediately forfeit his/her volunteer eligibility until disposition by the courts. A conviction of an offense as listed will result in termination of volunteer eligibility as stated in the policy.
 
All volunteers and any HDYFC representatives
a. must not have been convicted of any crime which would cause them to register under Section 290 of the California Penal Code, or any criminal conviction involving endangering the safety and welfare of youth.
b. must not advocate the overthrow of the United States by force or violence or be affiliated with any organization that has such aims.
 
The following is a list of offenses that a local Chapter may prohibit an applicant from participation as a volunteer--offenses including but not limited to the following:
Arson
Assault (including aggravated)
Aggravated Kidnapping
Aggravated Robbery
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
Prostitution (including promotion of, aggravated promotion of)
Public Lewdness
Marijuana Possession*
DWI /DUI*
Theft**
*If a first offense and not currently under probation --- eligible, but can not 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.