Youth Club: Criminal Background Check Program - Overview

Program Overview
For the safety of our athletes, particularly our youth athletes, USA Track & Field has committed to providing a safe environment in which our athletes compete and train. We believe this is paramount to the success of all our programs.
As part of this commitment, USA Track & Field requires that all Youth Club coaches and Youth Club volunteers who come in contact with athletes during registered club practices or other club-related track and field activities, must be SafeSport and Background Screening compliant. 
This requirement has been implemented by USATF to:

  1. Promote a safe, nurturing, and supportive athletic environment in which youth athletes can pursue their athletic goals;

  2. Provide an environment where parents can feel good about allowing their child to participate in the sport of track and field; and

  3. Maintain the sport of track and field as an environment that discourages the presence of those who would seek to harm youth athletes.



Dear Members: 
In a continued effort to create a safe and healthy environment for all USA Track & Field (USATF) athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and participants, USATF is pleased to announce it will be publishing its updated SafeSport Handbook, effective June 10, 2019. As a leader in SafeSport among NGBs, this is an area USATF takes very seriously, and we are dedicated to working to end all forms of abuse in our sport.
This more robust, comprehensive handbook will provide additional information and support to our members. Changes from the older version to our newer version of the USATF SafeSport Handbook include:
  • The addition of our Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (many of those policies were including in the Athlete Protection section of our previous handbook, but we also added massage policies and other policies that limit one-on-one interactions between minor athletes and participating adults);
  • The availability of minor athlete SafeSport training (which will be offered to USATF youth athletes with parental consent beginning June 12, 2019 from the U.S. Center for SafeSport); and,
  • Changes that create an affirmative duty on USATF background screen applicants to disclose any convictions for, or pending dispositions of, any of the crimes or sanctions noted in USATF's background screening criteria between the applicant's renewal dates.
Codes of conduct, background screen information, reporting requirements, and education and training information are still available in this adapted SafeSport Handbook. Please remember that there is no statute of limitations on reporting, and members are encouraged to report any misconduct they see or hear to USATF or the U.S. Center for SafeSport. 

Thank you for your continued support in helping to make our sport safe. The revised USATF SafeSport Handbook can be found here. Any questions or concerns should be directed to