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Background Screening Policy

Background Screening Policy
Adopted April 07, 2019


PURPOSE
It is the intent of this policy to establish certain guidelines wherein the Savage Boys & Girls Club (hereinafter referred to as “SBGC”) and its affiliated programs can seek to protect our program participants by investigating the background of all volunteers (hereinafter referred to as “candidates”) who will be involved in SBGC approved programs.

GENERAL
A. Criminal background screenings are conducted by an outside third party who specializes in such work.

B. Any person who has been found guilty, pled guilty; or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, or has a pending charge pertaining to, any of the disqualifying offenses listed in this policy will be immediately disqualified from all volunteer positions with SBGC. SBGC also reserves the right to disqualify a person for any crime that would be considered a potential risk to children and/or vulnerable populations. A candidate who willfully fails to comply with this background screening policy shall be automatically disqualified.

C. This policy will apply to all SBGC volunteers to include, but not limited to, head and assistant coaches participating in sanctioned SBGC leagues and programs. If there is any doubt as to who should be screened, the general rule is Board members, head and assistant coaches and commissioners. Each volunteer will be screened every 12 months for as long as he or she continues participating in SBGC approved programs.

The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.

SCREENING PROCESS
All candidates must submit a background screening application. This screening is executed directly, through NCSI - National Center for Safety Initiatives, and the secure URL at which candidates can execute their SBGC background check is: https://savageboysandgirlsclub.quickapp.pro

The cost associated with these background screenings will be paid for by SBGC.
If the third-party contractor reports any “fail” grades to SBGC, SBGC shall notify the candidate that he or she is disqualified for their desired position. SBGC will also notify the appropriate sports Director if their candidate is disqualified. Upon request, the candidate will receive a copy of the background check from the third-party contractor.

APPEALS PROCESS
If a candidate’s background check includes a charge set forth on the list of disqualifiers below, SBGC shall immediately disqualify a person from their position. There shall be no appeal of a decision to disqualify a candidate, if the candidate’s relevant criminal history is accurate; all decisions are final.

If a candidate wishes to dispute the content of the profile report, the candidate shall contact the third party responsible for conducting the background check by calling the telephone number listed on the report. The candidate is responsible for providing any or all documentation to support his or her claim.

DISQUALIFYING CRIMES
If a candidate (1) has been convicted of, (2) has a charge pending against him or her in which it is alleged that he or she has committed any of the following crimes, or (3) has a record of a conviction of an equivalent offense in another state, the candidate will be disqualified from the position with any program approved by SBGC.

All Sex Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.

All Felony Violence Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.

All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.

All Misdemeanor Violence offenses within the past seven (7) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.

Two (2) Misdemeanor Alcohol offenses within the past five (5) years or three (3) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, etc.

All Misdemeanor Drug offenses within the past five (5) years or two (2) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.

Any other misdemeanor within the past five (5) years that would be considered a potential danger to children.
Examples include, but are not limited to: contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, etc.

WHY THESE CRIMES?
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has reviewed the resources of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and sought the counsel of recognized background screening experts to develop a set of Recommended Guidelines for Volunteer Background Screening in park and recreation settings. These guidelines were produced as a result of this review.

Mandatory Background Screening

The club's Player Protection Policy REQUIRES that each coach submit to a Background Check to qualify them for coaching.  Please complete the online application by clicking here prior to assuming your coaching responsibilities.

Additionally, coaches are required to complete Concussion in Sports Training.  All heads coaches and assistant coaches are REQUIRED to complete concussion training and produce a Certificate of Completion to their League Director.  The free online training will require you to Register for an account (https://nfhslearn.com/users/sign_up) and select the "Concussion in Sports" course.  Note that there is a TEST at the end of the online course.  Please be advised that it will take approximately 45 minutes for you to complete.  If you have previously completed concussion training for another youth sports program and can produce a Certificate of Completion, we can accept that as evidence of your compliance with State of Maryland law.  We also have records if you successfully completed the training as a coach last year.

Code of Conduct

Tuesday, September 5

Purpose of the Code
The purpose of the Savage Boys and Girls Club (SBGC) is to provide children of our community with an opportunity to participate in sports programs, while promoting the values of good sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork and fair play. Reasonable rules regarding behavior are necessary for a harmonious community. This code identifies standards of conduct needed to support the objectives of the club and to protect each player’s right to a safe, positive environment for growth and development.

Application and Scope of the Code

This code applies to all members of the SBGC community including officers and directors, sport commissioners, coaches, players, parents and spectators of SBGC-sponsored activities. This code is applicable to all travel players participating in sporting activities under the name of Savage Boys and Girls Club as well as the coaches and spectators that accompany the respective team.

Implementation of the Code

The implementation of the Code is the responsibility of the officers and directors of the Savage Boys and Girls Club.

All members of the Savage Boys and Girls Club (SBGC) are expected to:

  • Respect the rights and property of others,
  • Be courteous,
  • Speak appropriately,
  • Dress appropriately,
  • Promote a positive, safe and healthy environment,
  • Seek positive alternatives to verbal and physical conflicts, and
  • Support the organization, its programs, and its teams
Any officer, director, sport commissioner or coach may take action when a member is involved in a situation that violates this Code. When determining the consequences, they may take the following into consideration:
  • The severity of the incident,
  • The member’s previous violations and /or the consequences for the same or related offense, and
  • Any specific consequences articulated by the Club
Acts and behaviors strictly prohibited under this Code include:
  • Possession, concealed or visible, of a gun, knife, or any object capable of causing harm or used in such a way as to cause harm to another, concealed or visible,
  • Theft and/or destruction of Howard County Public School System, Howard County Recreation and Parks and/or SBGC property and equipment,
  • The use of tobacco products, drugs, and/or alcohol by players, coaches, parents and spectators on or around any field, gym or practice area
  • Assault, verbal or physical, or threats thereof
  • Use of profanity
  • Littering or other misuse of property
  • Other inappropriate behaviors
The consequences for violations of this Code include:

  • Field Ejection – A player, coach or spectator is required to leave the playing area and prevented to further communicate with the team while the game is in play.
  • Field Suspension – A player, coach or spectator is required to refrain from attending SBGC-sponsored activities for a specified period of time.
  • Program Ban – A player, coach or spectator is required to refrain from attending SBGC-sponsored activities indefinitely. This consequence may be applied on a sport-by-sport basis.
Any action may be appealed to the Executive Committee of the SBGC Board of Directors.

If property is damaged or destroyed, disciplinary action may include restitution to party (ies) harmed. In all cases, a written and /or public apology may be required by the club as a condition for reinstatement.

Savage Boys & Girls Club

P.O. Box 1003 
Savage, Maryland 20763
Email : [email protected]
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