All adults working with youth and other at-risk participants should be submitted to a background check to help ensure the safety of all participants. Below are the background check recommendations provided by our insurance underwriter:

  • A national background check should be conducted because state systems do not share information.
  • Require annual background checks for ALL staff and volunteers that interact with clients, particularly youth and at-risk participants. If a volunteer is only doing behind the scenes work (office, scheduling, etc.) then a background check is not required, but still recommended.
  • To assist chapters that do not currently have a background screening process in place, DSUSA has established a “parent” account with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). Any chapter can establish a “child” account under Disabled Sports USA which waives the $100 start-up fee. After establishing an account, chapters are able to conduct Full Service Screens for $20 (valid for 2 years).

Full Service Screen Includes:

  • Two national criminal database searches covering 50 states, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico
  • Two Sex Offender Registry database searches for 49 states, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico
  • Social Security Number verification
  • Address history records
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control federal terrorist database searches
  • County Courthouse search
  • Automatic re-check of single national database and sex offender registry six months after first screen

To establish an account through NCSI:

  • Go to
  • Select “Apply for New Account” from the menu on the left side of the page
  • Fill out all required fields, and “Create Account”
  • Enter DISA1641 in the “Parent ID” field
  • An NCSI representative will contact you concerning the rest of your account set up