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Background Check Policy for Coaches and Volunteers
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Greater Lehigh Valley Athletics (GLVA) has an established partnership with Backgroundchecks.com, connected through the association’s website software provider, Bonzi Technology, Inc. (Bonzi).  The fee for use of the instant background check service will be $7 per background check application submitted by the GLVA.

How it works:

GLVA requires all head and assistant coaches and volunteers to register online using a Bonzi Coach/volunteer registration form. Submission of the online registration form authorizes a national background check be completed.

Background check are conducted by collecting first name, last name, and date of birth from the applicant.  Social security number is not required nor collected as a security measure protecting everyone involved.

Background checks are good for a period of one year. 

Should an adverse result be received by the GLVA, the organization’s Screening Committee will review.  Prior to making a final decision on coach/volunteer eligibility, the GLVA will first confirm the identity of the applicant to ensure the adverse record is not for another person with the same first name, last name, and date of birth.  The GLVA reserves the right to deny coach/volunteer eligibility based upon background check results.  

Backgroundcheck.com is responsible for handling disputes from applicants if an applicant believes information reported to the GLVA is not accurate.

Child Abuse Clearances are also required and must be updated every two years.

 
Concussion and Injury Policy
Posted Dec 26, 2013

If a coach suspects that an athlete has a concussion, the following four steps are advised:

  • Remove athlete from play
  • Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself
  • Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussions
  • Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until an appropriate health care professional says they are  symptom-free and it is OK to return to play
  • No athlete will return to play without having a physician complete the Greater Lehigh Valley Concussion Return to Play form

Athletes who experience any of the signs and symptoms listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body may have a concussion:

SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

 

SYMPTONS REPORTED BY ATHLETE

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down"
 
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