Recent changes to PA Child Protective Services Law requires all coaches, referee, employees, and volunteers who work closely with children are required to fulfill the obligations of the law. There are two categories under which an individual may fall.
Paid personnel or employees: Any coach, referee, administrator or employee who has contact with children must complete three (3) forms of clearances. PA State Police Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report. See the Coaching or Referee Risk Management page for links. These clearances are required by law beginning on January 1, 2015
Volunteers: Any coach, referee, administrator, or other unpaid person who has contact with children must complete the PA State Police Criminal Record Check and the PA Child Abuse History Clearance. Individuals who have not lived in PA for at least ten (10) continuous years must also complete the Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report. Individuals with continuous PA residency of 10 or more years must complete an affidavit attesting to residency and no prior convictions of the disqualifying crimes identified by state law. See the Coaching or Referee Risk Management page for link. These clearances are required by law effective July 1, 2015.