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Background Checks

Pop Warner programs nationwide are required to annually conduct a background check of: Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and-or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players and-or spirit participants. The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the children.

Background Check Affidavits:

The required affidavits corresponding to the background check investigations are available for download below.  Please be advised that one affidavit should be filled out for each association and/or league member that is performing the background checks. 

Please note: this form should NOT be sent to the National Office. One affidavit per association should be forwarded to the league level along with the volunteer application(s) of the association official(s) who performed the background checks at the association level so those applications can be reviewed by a league official(s). All association affidavits should be maintained at the league level.

Pop Warner Background Check Policy:

Please refer to Pop Warner's policy on Mandatory Background Checks (Article 21 of the Official PW Rule Book).

2018 Forms & Downloads:

 Background Check Memo (Please Read)

 Volunteer Application - Official Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Volunteer Application.

 League Affadavit - Official Pop Warner Background Check League Affidavit

Association Affadavit - Official Pop Warner Background Check Association Affidavit

Disclaimer:  Pop Warner volunteers must comply with Section 1, Article 4, Proprietary Rights, of the Policies and Procedures of Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.  Any violation of Article IV, Policies and Procedures, may result in the revocation of the league charter.

Background Check Providers

Pop Warner Little Scholars & Verified Volunteers – Working Together

The Pop Warner Little Scholars and Verified Volunteers (VV) partnership assists in creating safe environments for leagues that will help to safeguard your assets, reputation, people and overall security. Verified Volunteers is tailored to the specific needs of nonprofits who serve vulnerable populations and provide high quality background screening programs, industry leading turn-around-times, competitive pricing, innovative technology and unmatched customer service.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars and Verified Volunteers partnership helps implement best practices and is taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone dedicated to Pop Warner Little Scholars. As part of this partnership, Verified Volunteers is honoring discounted partner pricing to coaches and employees. Verified Volunteers high quality background checks will help you save time, money and provide peace of mind, so you can continue to focus on making a positive impact on the lives of today’s youth.

More Information: The Verified Volunteers Difference
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Click Here to Get Started with Verified Volunteers

Pop Warner & Applicant Insight – A Winning Team

In today’s environment, the heart of any Safe-Haven program is background screening, which is the most significant factor in the protection of our children and young people. Applicant Insight (Ai) fully understands the needs and sensitive nature inherent to the volunteer industry, and has partnered with Pop Warner Little Scholars to offer league management thorough, fully FCRA-compliant background screening solutions, while keeping your cost and yearly budgets in mind.

Option 1 $5.00: National Criminal Insight Search including National Sex Offender Registry Search. Also included, AI will validate every record found (unlimited) on the National Criminal Insight Search, directly at the reporting source (i.e. County Courthouse)*

Option 2 $11.00: Option 1 above plus a statewide search OR a County Courthouse search for the volunteer’s current county of residence. This option is especially effective for states with little or no national database coverage.*
*County access fees may apply

We welcome all PWLS leagues to experience a different level of background screening with AI.  Click here for information on registering for an Applicant Insight account today:

Pop Warner - First Advantage Background Checks

In accordance with Pop Warner’s Child Protection Policy, background checks must be performed ANNUALLY prior to the start of the volunteer’s service in Pop Warner. First Advantage is the official online national background check provider of Pop Warner and provides multi-state screening services delivered instantaneously once your account is approved.

More Information: Contractor Advantage - Vendor User Guide
RATES:  $1.55
for the National Criminal file + $1.55 for the National Sex Offender File = $3.10 per search
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Pop Warner Contractor Advantage Website


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