State mandated background checks: Mandatory background checks for all volunteers, the Pennsylvania State Legislature has a law that all persons having repetitive contact with children have the following clearances, criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police and Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services. Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if the position the volunteer is applying for is a paid position; and the volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.
Link for Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History -https://epatch.state.pa.us/
Link for Child Welfare Portal -https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
Link for Federal Criminal History Background Checks -https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pdeNew.htm
We believe, at Drexel Hill Raiders, every child should have the opportunity to participate in athletics. The young people who participate in the Raiders' program should enthusiastically be encouraged by parents and coaches. It is our main goal at this stage of each child's career to expose them to all sports, and let them decide in which sport (s) they receive the greatest physical and psychological gratification.
Sports are an integral part of the education program and must contribute to the development of well-rounded children capable of assuming their place in society. The Association will endeavor to provide the most highly qualified, ethical coaches that display mature leadership in order to develop in their athletes the following qualities: SPORTSMANSHIP, CHARACTER, STRENGTH, HONESTY, PERSEVERANCE, DESIRE AND POSITIVE ATTITUDES.
Although each contest our athletes participate in is not a "life or death" matter, each coach should continually strive to develop a philosophy of "trying one's best" in each of their athletes. The goal of self-actualization gained by facing a challenge and relying upon oneself to carry the task through to the end is a foundation, which our athletes can rely upon in all endeavors of life. A Great Place to Play and Learn
"... college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: 'I love to watch you play.'"
The life-changing sentence came at the beginning of an article entitled, "What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent and What Makes a Great One," which described powerful insights gathered over three decades by Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC. Although I finished reading the entire piece, my eyes went back and searched for that one particular sentence -- the one that said, "I love to watch you play."