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As a condition of membership in USA Swimming, member clubs are required to conduct the following pre-employment screens on their new employees who are required to be USA Swimming members by USA Swimming rules.


Clubs are responsible for hiring and supervising their own coaches and staff, and managing their own volunteers. USA Swimming does not hire, supervise, or manage a club’s employment relationship with its coaches, staff, or volunteers, as that is an independent responsibility of the club. The pre-employment screening program requires clubs to certify to USA Swimming that they have conducted certain pre-employments screenings for covered individuals.

1)     Past Employment Reference Checks or Verifications. Where there have been multiple employers, minimum of the three most recent employers.

2)     Education Verification (highest held)

3)     State Motor Vehicle Report Examination

The club should carefully review and evaluate the information gathered as part of making a final decision to offer employment to a candidate. The screening process should be completed before the employee is officially hired and begins employment Note that USA Swimming’s Background Check Program is a criminal record search and is not a substitute for a club conducting appropriate pre-employment inquiries. Clubs should carefully check references and previous employers and verify information provided by the applicant using available screening resources.


Additional information can be found on USA Swimming website Pre-Employment Screening.



Article 502.6.8

Under Article 502.6.8 of the USA Swimming rulebook, all clubs are required to comply with the USA Swimming Pre-Employment Screening Procedures for New Employees for all new employees, hired after August 31, 2011, who are required to be USA Swimming members under Article 305.4 and 502.6.3.



USA Swimming has identified three nationally-recognized companies that can assist clubs with fulfilling the requirements of the Pre-Employment screening program. These companies are accredited consumer reporting agencies that have agreed to provide the required services at preferred pricing for USA Swimming clubs. In addition to providing the required services, these companies are able to assist clubs with fulfilling mandated employer obligations related to the screening process.