Granbury Athletic Association Child Safety Policy-Criminal Background Checks
Granbury Athletic Association will utilize criminal background checks to determine if any youth sports volunteer has a criminal history that could jeopardize the safety and welfare of any child participating within our organization. This document describes the background check approach, disqualifying infractions - including in season events – and the appeals process.
Parents enroll their children in a league fully expecting that they will be safe from harm. Conducting a criminal background check (CBC) is one of several actions that youth administrators must take to protect their participants from abuse. A CBC is a manual or database search of state and/or local government files to determine if the individual applying to volunteer has had a past criminal conviction. Background checks for GAA volunteers will be performed electronically by JD Palatine (JDP). CBCs will be conducted on all volunteers who have direct on-field contact with GAA youth participants. A CBC must be conducted before the volunteer is permitted to associate with children and must be done annually on all volunteers regardless of their position or the number of years they have been involved in the league. A practice or game can only commence if there is at least one volunteer who has successfully cleared a CBC.
If any coach or volunteer: (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 coach will be disqualified from the position with any program approved by GAA, or (4) multiple felonies and or misdemeanors over multiple DATES.
- 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 three (3) years
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.
- One (1) Misdemeanor Alcohol offense within the past three (3) 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 three (3) years
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.
- Any other misdemeanor within the past three (3) years that would be considered a potential danger to children