Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Welcome to our frequently (and most commonly!) asked questions. We’ve been in the competitive swimming industry a long time; So chances are, others have asked the same questions as you. Before contacting us, please go through our FAQs to see if we have already answered your question. If you can’t locate your question on this page, please contact us here.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Welcome to our frequently (and most commonly!) asked questions. We’ve been in the competitive swimming industry a long time; So chances are, others have asked the same questions as you. Before contacting us, please go through our FAQs to see if we have already answered your question. If you can’t locate your question on this page, please contact us here.

Background Check FAQs

Background screening is one step to help ensure a positive and safer environment for swimmers. The background screening process is provided through Sterling Volunteers, one of the leading background check agencies in the country. Sterling Volunteers follows the best practices in data security. All person information is kept private and safe.

A. All Summer League Swimming member coaches age 18 or older,
B. Any adult having direct, regular contact with the swimmers or a swimmer, including but not limited to Team Reps, Volunteers, Staff, and Officials.

Background screening is available for non-coaches or coaches not in the Safer Summer Program for $36.

The cost of your background screening is included in your membership if your team is a member of  the SLS Safer Summer Program. Your Team Rep will provide you with a discount code to use during the registration process.

Counties in the state of New York charge a fee to access your records if you live or have lived in that state. You will be charged an additional $95 per alias to retrieve your records.

Unfortunately, Summer League Swimming cannot accept your background screening from another organization. Currently, there is significant duplication of efforts with regard to background screenings required by schools, churches, youth sports and employers in part because organizations are not permitted to share applicant’s background screening reports with each other. In addition, different entities use different criteria to judge someone’s suitability for employment, membership or service. There are no standard criteria by which search reports are evaluated.

Go to the  Summer League Swimming Background Screening page and click “JOIN NOW” to begin the registration process.

If you are a coach whose team is a part of the SLS Safer Summer Program, you will need the discount code from your Team Rep before starting the process.

You may check the status of your screening by logging in to your account on the Sterling Volunteers website. Please allow up to 10 business days for your background screening to complete.

Log in to your account on the Sterling Volunteers website, where you can download or print your results and share them with your Team Rep. It is your responsibility to share your results with your Team Rep. Please allow up to 10 business days for your background screening to complete.

One year from the time you had your background screening. You can check your status at the Sterling Volunteers website.

You can start the process as soon as your Team Rep has advised you to do so.

Your background screening must be complete and shared with your team rep before you are able to have contact with a swimmer. Please allow up to 10 business days for your screening to complete.

Summer League Swimming reviews and compares all background screening results against the membership criteria to determine eligibility. Those that do not meet eligibility standards will be notified through the contact information provided. Summer League Swimming receives monthly updates to ensure all members maintain good standing throughout the duration of the season. If a member is found to be ineligible at any point during the season, their membership is revoked. Automatic and potential disqualifying factors can be found HERE.

To maintain membership in Summer League Swimming, you must follow the coaches code of conduct and stay in good standing with all membership requirements. Email info@summerleagueswimming.com with additional questions.

To complete a new screening during the current season, you will have to pay for the cost of the new background screening. Please contact us directly via phone 404-803-0420 or email info@summerleagueswimming.com to place the order.

Updates to an application during the current license season require you to pay for a new background screening. Please contact Summer League Swimming directly by phone 404-803-0420 to place a new order.

If you are deemed ineligible for membership, you may request an appeal hearing from our Background Screening Panel. Appeal procedures can be found HERE.

You may check the status of your screening by logging in to your account on the Sterling Volunteers website. Please allow up to 10 business days for your screening to complete.

Coach Certification Course FAQs

SLS will provide a discount code to all league coordinators and team reps who are members of the SLS Safer Summer Program.

The league coordinator or team rep will provide each coach with the discount code that the coach will use to “purchase” the course.

To purchase the coach course, or to register using a discount code, click on the link below and then click on the JOIN NOW BUTTON.
www.summerleagueswimming.com/swim-coach-certification/

All coaches and junior coaches.
Team Reps, Parents, and Volunteers are encouraged to take the course to create a positive team environment and common language for communication with swimmers. The cost for the course is $60 and can be accessed using the link above.
Results are available immediately after you complete the final exam. If you pass the exam, you will be directed to a page where you can download and complete your certificate. This certificate must be presented to the league coordinator or team rep.
Go to to SLS website, log on to your account, and you can download it again.
You must share a copy of your certificate with your team rep. It is the responsibility of the coach to share the certificate with the team rep.
A coach is required to pass the test each year. A coach is not required, but may choose, to retake the course to present a passing grade.

About 45 minutes. You can stop, start, and retake the course as often as you need to pass and complete the final exam.

One year from the completion and passing of the final exam.
The course must be completed with a passing grade on the final exam prior to interacting with a swimmer.
A coach can take the course starting on January 1 of the upcoming summer season.

Safer Summer Program FAQs

The following are answers to questions for leagues and teams who are a part of the SLS Safer Summer Program.

It is the responsibility of the person taking the coach course or the background check to share the results with the team rep.

Summer League Swimming will share a list of SLS new members each with the team rep or league coordinator, updated weekly. If you have any questions about the status of a coach or other SLS member, please contact Leah at leah@slswimming.com or call/text her at 404-803-0420.

  • Coaches: SLS will provide the League Coordinator or Team Rep with a discount code that can be used for payment during the registration process using the “Bundle” link above.
  • Others: Payment will be processed during the registration using the links above.

Unfortunately, Summer League Swimming cannot accept your background check from another organization. Currently, there is significant duplication of efforts with regard to background checks required by schools, churches, youth sports and employers in part because organizations are not permitted to share applicant’s background check reports with each other. In addition, different entities use different criteria to judge someone’s suitability for employment, membership or service. There are no standard criteria by which search reports are evaluated.