Questions regarding Criminal Records Checks and Risk Management in general can be directed to Marty Mueller, RGSA Risk Manager Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All volunteers within Richmond Girls Soccer Association (coaches, assistant coaches, managers) are required to have a Criminal Records Check done. This is a BC Soccer regulation and is not optional. We must have a current Criminal Records Check on file and do not accept “I already have one from ….”
As the governing body for soccer in British Columbia, BC Soccer, in conjunction with its members and affiliated clubs, is responsible for providing safe environments for every participant of our game. The purpose of BC Soccer’s Criminal Record Check Policy is to ensure that BC Soccer, its members and affiliated clubs work to uphold the duty of care owed to participants by conducting the appropriate criminal record checks.
In this policy, unless the context otherwise requires:
a) “Adaptive Soccer” shall mean the practice of soccer by people with disabilities
b) “Occasional volunteers” shall mean those volunteers who participate once a month or less or on a “one-off” basis
c) “Vulnerable person” shall mean any youth, or an adult who is or may be unable to take care of themselves, or is unable to protect themselves against harm or exploitation by reason of age, illness, trauma or disability, or any other reason.
a) It is the responsibility of a BC Soccer affiliated organization to ensure that it has all required Criminal Record Checks and/or Vulnerable Sector Checks on file and that they are valid.
b) All Criminal Record Checks and/or Vulnerable Sector Checks are valid for 36 months from the date that has been stamped by a BC Soccer approved Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector provider.
c) It is the responsibility of the board (or executive as applicable to private organizations) of a BC Soccer affiliated organization, sanctioned league or tournament to ensure that only those directors, volunteers or employees who have met Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check requirements participate in their role/activity as determined by the organization.
d) Every BC Soccer affiliated organization must have a Risk Management Officer.
e) If a director, volunteer, or employee of BC Soccer, or an affiliated BC Soccer organization, is charged with or convicted of an offence, that person must report the charge or conviction to the organization(s) with which they volunteer or are employed by within 24 hours. The organization must request within 24 hours that the charged or convicted person obtain a new criminal record check including a vulnerable sector check (if applicable) and determine, within timelines specified by the organization, if that person is suitable to continue carrying out his or her duties.
f) Every Adult League (Full or Associate), Youth District and Associate Member must provide a Criminal Record Check Report in the format provided to BC Soccer annually between January 1stand January 30th.
g) Only Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Checks conducted by the following providers are acceptable:
a) All BC Soccer directors, volunteers, employees of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization aged 19 years and older participating on a regular basis in any element of youth soccer, adaptive soccer, or who will be with a vulnerable person must have a valid Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check on file.
b) Occasional Volunteers are not required to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check so long as they do not have unsupervised access to a youth or otherwise vulnerable person. An adult who has completed a valid CRC/VSC must be present.
a) All BC Soccer directors and employee of BC Soccer or an affiliated BC Soccer organization aged 19 years and older must have a valid Criminal Record Check on file.
b) An adult league coach and/or manager who permits or registers youth aged players to their team must also have a valid Vulnerable Sector Check on file.
a) All referees aged 19 years and older must have a valid Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check on file with BC Soccer.
BC Soccer Youth Safety Program
Player Safety in terms of returning to play http://www.bcsoccer.net/files/ArticleDocuments/Concussion%20Policy.pdf
How Do I Obtain a Criminal Records Check?
Richmond Girls Soccer Association will only accept CRC's that are done in person as we found the process to be extended when done on line.
The process only takes a few minutes and can be done at the Richmond RCMP detachment. Take the letter provide below with you and it will be done free of charge. Most applicants receive their CRC back right away with a 5 minute wait. If you have to go back and pick it up, please note that the onus is on you to follow-up. The RCMP do not call to tell you your CRC is ready for pick-up. Please also take two separate government issued pieces of ID.
The Richmond RCMP Detachment is at 11411 #5 Road (just south of The Keg). Please ensure you bring the a copy of the letter below with you to receive your free CRC.