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Background Checks

(Updated July 2019)

Our focus is to improve the safety of the playing environment for all youth soccer players in Ohio South. As of July 9, 2019, Ohio South will move background check providers to NCSI – the same organization who provides a high standard of background checks to all United States Olympic sport governing bodies (U.S. Soccer, U.S. Baseball, U.S. Volleyball, etc.). By making this switch, Ohio South will sharpen the screening process for coaches, admins, board members, etc.; and thereby strive to create a safer playing environment for children. NCSI uses the platform SportsEngine to capture the requisite information to run the check.

Background checks are now required for the following adults, Competitive or Recreational;

  • Coaches and Soccer Trainers
  • Board Members of Leagues and Clubs
  • Club Administrators, Team Administrators and Team Managers
  • Tournament Organizers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Organizational Employees who may have the opportunity to have direct and unmonitored access to minors

These adults will all register in Stack as a ‘coach’, even if they are not one. By doing this, it triggers the appropriate SafeSport and background check access needed. Only the aforementioned identified adults who are NEW to the system (meaning they did not register & submit as a ‘coach’ during the 2018-19 Competitive Season or Fall 18-Spring 19 Rec/TOPSoccer seasons) need to do this.

Background checks are good for two years.

As of July 9, 2019, Ohio South will no longer absorb the cost of the check for a competitively affiliated adult (coach, board member, admin, etc.). The cost of the check will be $18, payable at time of registration.

As of July 9, 2019, Ohio South will continue to absorb the cost of the check for recreational affiliated adults (coaches, board members, admins, etc.).

Please note that all risk management/background check submissions for the 2019-2020 seasonal year will be done through the Stack Sports system starting July 9, 2018, when you register as a coach through your league or club portal.

To find your league or club portal, please visit the Directory or contact your league or club for the correct link.

Click here for instructions on how to complete your NCSI background check in Stack.

Background checks may take 2-10 business days based on the situation. Length of time does not imply issues with your background check. In addition, there is no longer a printable certificate when you have submitted for a background check.



Background Checks - Member Recreational League Personnel & Coaches

Per Ohio South Youth Soccer - Bylaw 12.

All leagues are required to use the OSYSA Stack Sports Registration system for player, coach, admin, board member and other identified adult registration in Stack in order to allow Ohio South to run a background check. Once registered, your assigned Risk Management Coordinator should verify all coaches have successfully cleared the background check and maintain all records.

You may find additional information on this here. To begin, contact your league or club admin or registrar.

If a member league would like information on how to utilize the OSYSA Stack Sports Registration system - please contact Joe Gould at the OSYSA office;

For additional Risk Management or Background Check information or questions – please contact Steve Wood at the OSYSA office;



Camp Coaches, Medical Athletic Trainers & Coaching License Instructors

Camp Coaches, Medical Athletic Trainers and Coaching License Instructors will run background checks through the link below. This is not a player or coach registration tied to a specific league or club.

Click here for Ohio South Risk Management Check (coming soon)


Referees should contact the OSSRC for information on how to complete their background check.


If for any reason you experience a problem with one of our systems please contact the OSYSA State Office or Stack Sports so we may better serve you!

You can reach us at:

  • OSYSA: (513) 576 - 9555 or toll free 1 (800) 267 - 9721
  • Stack Sports: 1 (866 ) 892 - 0777





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