USBC implemented a background screening program to help ensure a safe environment for USBC youth members. The Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) ensures parents that bowling is doing everything it can (within reason) to provide a safe environment for USBC youth.
General information and questions:
For the latest information on the Registered Volunteer Program, visit bowl.com and click on the Registered Volunteer link on the left side of the home page. For general questions regarding the Registered Volunteer Program contact Association Relations at USBC Headquarters at:
Phone: (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3158
Administrative or implementation question:
Sharon Moen, RVP Coordinator
621 Six Flags Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
Phone: (800) 514-2695 ext. 8243
Fax: (817) 385-8260
National Center for Safety Initiatives contacts:
21403 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 200, Beachwood, OH 44122-5357
Phone: (866) 833-7100 ext. 109
Fax: (216) 561-9701
The safety of USBC Youth is an issue of critical importance to USBC, and one that parents will naturally have questions about. Additionally, proprietors, coaches or prospective volunteers will have questions regarding enrollment and other aspects of the RVRP Program. Below you will find a document that addresses frequently asked questions about these concerns.
The USBC Registered Volunteer Program will ensure that all volunteers who have contact with USBC youth bowlers are qualified to do so. It includes a mandatory criminal background screening designed to remove and/or discourage those who might harm our kids. It will require all Registered Volunteers to abide by a Code of Conduct which defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior. And it will allow USBC to identify and communicate with thousands of volunteers.
Registered Volunteers will make payment directly to the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) by using Visa or Master Card. Registered Volunteers will each pay $20 for the actual screening and $1.25 for administrative fees. There may be additional screening fees if your state or county charges NCSI additional fees. If the information provided is incomplete or incorrect an additional charge to re-screen may be necessary. NCSI will e-mail the individual at the e-mail address provided.
The USBC Registered Volunteer Program will accomplish three very important goals:
This new program has critical consequences. It is part of a nationwide movement among all youth organizations, sports and otherwise. In cooperation with the National Council of Youth Sports (the leading national youth sports service organization) and the National Center for Safety Initiatives (the only national background screening service specifically dedicated to the protection of children), USBC has designed a state-of-the-art model other organizations facing the same challenges will be invited to use.
RVP is an optional program for every bowling center operator. Both USBC and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) encourage each proprietor (that has a youth program) to participate. Proprietors choosing to participate should complete and return a Center Enrollment Form—indicating their intention to participate or not—to USBC Headquarters by fax at 817-385-8262 or at by mail at: United States Bowling Congress, 621 Six Flags Dr., Arlington, TX 76011.
All volunteers who clear the background screening process will receive an ID badge and lanyard from USBC that they must wear when working with USBC Youth.
Participating proprietors will ensure that only approved volunteers (Green Lighted) are working with USBC youth and are wearing a lanyard and current RVP ID cards. They should also instruct appropriate volunteers to visit bowl.com where the volunteers may start the background screening process.
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With a task as critical as protecting the safety of USBC Youth, having the most thorough and accurate information is of paramount importance. Below, you will find more information on the Registered Volunteer Program, including information on rules and policies, codes of conduct and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.Read More
Volunteers always have been, and always will be, the backbone of the United States Bowling Congress. They are dedicated, hardworking, unselfish people who have the sport's best interests at heart. To learn more about the Registered Volunteer Program, take a look at the enrollment guide.
The RVP Program offers bowling center proprietors a great opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the safety of youth bowlers by either registering in the program themselves or inviting registered volunteers to take part in local USBC Youth leagues and tournaments.