The USCA has implemented a screening program through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) in order to prevent known offenders from being placed in a position of authority in events or programs sponsored by the organization. Annual background checks are required of individuals the USCA formally authorizes, approves, or appoints to a position of authority over, or to have frequent contact with, athletes. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following individuals:

  • All coaches, including those at USCA events, championships, and playdowns leading to championship events;
  • All officials serving in the capacity of chief umpire or deputy chief umpire at a USA Curling championship or other event, including all active Level III apprentices;
  • The head ice maker at a USA Curling championship or event;
  • The chair of the organizing committee for the USCA Junior National Championship;
  • All course conductors for USA Curling Sport Education classes;
  • All volunteers for junior camps and any other junior program receiving financial or administrative support from the USCA;
  • All USA Curling employees, including High Performance staff, and board members; and
  • All non-athletes who are authorized by USA Curling to reside, train, or work at an Olympic Training Center.

Members of the USA Curling Coaches Association should use the self-pay codes for background checks conducted through NCSI. Click here for more information. Background check registration information for other groups can be obtained from USA Curling Growth & Development Manager, Steven O'Keefe (, and/or Development Associate, Shane Stein.