Volunteer Coaching

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Thank you so much for your consideration to coach for Pelican Park. Our youth sports programs are dependent upon people like yourself, volunteering to coach. As you know, coaches truly make a difference in children’s lives!!

We have recently started requiring background checks for all coaches. The reason for doing this is to provide the safest environment for children to play sports as possible. We have used the National Recreation and Park Association recommendations for credentialing volunteers. The background check will be done at no cost to you as the District will be absorbing the cost.

We realize that some people may be concerned about providing the information required for the background check. We can assure you Insight Inc. is a full qualified and insured company for background checks and all information, but the results are kept confidential according to law. You will be notified of the results and can petition if your feel a mistake has been made.

The coaches selected by the District to coach will receive a Park lanyard and a coaches identification card/badge certifying that you have approved to coach. This ID should be worn at all games and practices.

Once you fill out the coach’s application you will be directed to the background check application. Just simply fill that out and you are done with your part. Completion of the applications does not guarantee a coaching slot, as at time we do have a surplus of volunteers. Coaching identification cards issued will be valid for two years.

Thanks so much for taking this extra step to ensure our children are as safe as possible.

If you have any question please feel free to contact Kathy Foley, Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 626-7997.

In case you were wondering, below is the District’s criteria utilizing the NRPA guidelines utilized to determine a pass or fail on the background check.



All Sex Offenses

All Felony Violence

Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past 10 years

All misdemeanor violence offenses within the past 7 years

Two (2) misdemeanor alcohol offenses within the past 5 years or three (3) or more offenses in the past 10 years.                                                                                                                

All misdemeanor drug offenses within the past 5 years or two (2) or more offenses in the past 10 years

Any other misdemeanor within the past 5 years that would be considered a potential danger to children or is directly related to the functions of that volunteer

Anyone who has been charged for any of the disqualifying offenses or for cases pending the court, should not be permitted to volunteer until the official adjudication of the case

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