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Peopletrail Named the Preferred Screening Provider of The NAIA

Intercollegiate athletic organizations can now use Peopletrail, a leading provider of background screening services, at a discounted member rate to determine the eligibility of their staffs.

Peopletrail announced today that it has become the preferred screening services provider of The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the governing body of small, intercollegiate athletics programs.

This partnership between Peopletrail and The NAIA will help expand the use of background checks at NAIA member institutions. Peopletrail will also extend special pricing to screen sports officials and other NAIA staff.

“Peopletrail is a leader in the athletics industry and will be instrumental in providing the tools our institutions need for unbiased and customized screening programs,” said Jim Carr, president and CEO of NAIA.

Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail, is confident that this partnership will deliver an easy and precise safety solution for many athletic organizations across the country.

“We are excited to address a key issue of safety in sports, and that’s the character of the coaches themselves,” said Davis. “Knowing who is ready to work with the athletes is absolutely essential so we can put safety first in sports.”

To learn more visit https://www.peopletrail.com/naia

About NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. NAIA’s long-held mission is to promote the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through intercollegiate athletics. The Association offers equitable access and opportunities for participation in its 25 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail® is a leading provider of custom employment screening, criminal background checks, tenant screening, drug screening, ATS integration and corporate security solutions. Oracle Gold Partner. NAPBS accredited. Only Peopletrail® combines superior customer service through dedicated account managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results.

Read the original press release here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/02/prweb15236541.htm

 

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How You Can Build a Safer Youth Sports Program

Youth sports are a great way to develop life skills and build character.  A positive athletic experience can change the lives of children both on and off the field. However, an unprepared sports program can make a potentially unsafe situation worse.

The vulnerability of the participants in youth sports programs makes securing a safe environment a priority.

Are we doing all we can to improve the quality of athletic competition while keeping athletes safe? No matter your position or role, it is always appropriate to ensure that your sports league fosters a safe environment.

Here are some things to check for in an organization.

An Emergency Plan

A crisis can strike any place at any time. The first step to building a safer sports program is securing a plan for all potentially dangerous possibilities. Make sure that the sports organization has a written emergency plan in place.

The emergency plan explains what to do in unsafe conditions, outlines the responsibilities of staff, and details how and when to contact external support from emergency services. In addition, be sure to always point out how medical attention can be accessed in every situation.

This plan will likely cover a variety of topics and should be tailored to fit your organization’s individual needs.

Trained Coaches

Remember that coaches are responsible for more than just mentoring. In youth sports programs, coaches are often the first responders to a crisis. As such, they must be trained to react to an emergency.

While it is imperative for coaches and other volunteers to understand the rules, coaches must be able to show they possess good judgment when it comes to coaching decisions. A coach that is more concerned about statistics than the personal development of a player might not keep a player from injuring themselves.

Make sure that the coaches and any other adult interacting with players put the well-being and development of the players and the team first.

Sportsmanship

Coaches, teachers, and parents serve as role models when it comes to cultivating sportsmanlike behaviors in youth players. When players do not have a respect for the rules and the outcome, problems with bullying can lead to harmful conditions.

Sportsmanship issues are a clear indicator of potential problems. A recent survey of sports officiators from the National Association of Sports Officials sponsored by Peopletrail, revealed that sportsmanship is worst at youth levels. In fact, 54 percent of respondents reported that they have felt unsafe while officiating. Most of these respondents reported that the threats came from coaches and parents.

Coaches and other teachers bear the responsibility for improving sportsmanship. Resolve to take a stand against bad sportsmanship by being an example yourself.

A Screening Policy

News stories continue to capture the spotlight of sports officials with alarming criminal records. Yet, many of these sports officials still interact with young athletics because a background check was never conducted before they were placed in the position.

Confirm that the sports organization has a written screening policy. A written policy ensures that background checks are performed on all adults involved. Background checks are crucial to nurturing a valuable environment for children in sports. These vulnerable participants justify the protection and the peace of mind that a simple background check provides.

Sometimes, sports administrators may be reluctant to have a written policy as it makes them responsible to screen every adult who will interact with the players—a seemingly overwhelming task. Desperation for “warm bodies” can be a real problem for some youth sports programs, but it’s a problem you can be overcome with a good screening policy.

A good screening policy should include partnering with a professional, accredited background screening company—also known as Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs). Accredited companies efficiently use resources to get you the most accurate information in the shortest amount of time.

No matter the circumstance, always put safety first in sports by choosing an effective screening partner.

 

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Peopletrail Sponsors the Landmark NASO National Officiating Survey to Increase Safety in Sports

Unprecedented data collection from the NASO National Officiating Survey, sponsored by Peopletrail, provides a voice to the officiating industry and offers insight into the officials that make sports possible.

DRAPER, UT, Nov. 1, 2017 — In the spring of 2017, the largest survey ever conducted in the officiating industry was carried out by NASO, the National Association of Sports Officials and sponsored by Peopletrail.

With 17,487 respondents, the historic National Officiating Survey represents referees from all backgrounds and levels of sports nationwide. This historic survey collected a surprising amount of data and reveals extraordinary insight into who officials are and what they think.

Much of the data highlighted a need for increased safety. The survey showed 48 percent of male respondents and 45 percent of female respondents feared for their safety because of administrator, coach, player or spectator behavior. With 57 percent of respondents feeling sportsmanship is getting worse, there is a clear indication that action must be taken to improve.

New Solutions

With this newfound information, NASO hopes to improve all levels of officiating and positively impact national, state and local officiating associations. Barry Mano, President of NASO, believes that the results of this historic survey are the start of new solutions and improved safety for referees.

“Understanding who we are enables NASO to lead and guide with innovative strategies to increase our numbers at the entry level and retain our officials despite the challenges they face,” said Mano. “This survey is absolutely essential to make evidence-based decisions and focus efforts by NASO long-term.”

Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail hopes that this new data will lead to increased safety measures in sports. He believes that the results address a key issue involving safety in sports—the character of the officials themselves.

“Learning about referees show us what challenges exist that prevent officials from feeling safe at their job,” said Davis. “Getting to know the people behind the sports industry—whether through a survey or by screening their backgrounds—helps ensure that everyone enjoys the game.”

The results of the National Officiating Survey were officially unveiled to participating members at the Sports Officiating Summit 2017 in Louisville, KY. As of Thursday, Nov. 9, the data will be published and available to the public at www.naso.org/survey

Learn more about the survey results.

About NASO

NASO, the National Association of Sports Officials, is a non-profit organization devoted to protecting, educating and advocating for sports officials in all sports and all levels of competition. With more than 26,000 members, the organization serves as the leading source of officiating information, programs and services.

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail® is a leading provider of custom employment screening, criminal background checks, tenant screening, drug screening, ATS integration, & corporate security solutions.

Oracle Gold Partner. NAPBS accredited. Only Peopletrail® combines superior customer service through dedicated account managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results.

For more information visit www.peopletrail.com or call 1.888.223.6623.

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NASO National Officiating Survey [INFOGRAPHIC]

Last spring, Peopletrail sponsored NASO’s National Officiating Survey, the largest survey ever conducted in the officiating industry.  The results of this unprecedented data collection provide a voice to the referees and offer insight into the officials that make sports possible.

Here’s what we learned:

NASO National Officiating Survey

 

 

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Who are Referees? Learn more about the most influential results you need to know from the NASO National Officiating Survey. Download the Survey White Paper.

 

 

 

 

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is passionate about sports and, as a leading background screening provider, wants to aid in always ensuring a safe athletic experience.

Peopletrail’s Actionable Insight Screening (AIS) secures accurate comprehensive background check results. This process combines integrated technology and trained specialists to ensure swift turnaround-times and refined results. With human-filtered insights to increase precision and compliance, Peopletrail streamlines the screening process.

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Peopletrail Facilitates A Safer More Secure Environment For Recreation And School Athletic Programs

Recreation and school athletic programs across the country are feeling increased pressure to conduct thorough background checks on sports officials and keep children safe. Peopletrail, a trusted background check and screening service provider, is leading the facilitation of these background checks with its Actionable Insight Screening®and consulting services, and announces a ten-fold increase from the previous year in background checks for athletic program clients.

Recreation and school athletic programs across the country are realizing the necessity of conducting background checks on sports officials and adding layers of precaution to keep children safe. Much of this movement to secure a safer environment for schools and children was catapulted into action as a result of a December 21, 2014 Boston Globe article investigating Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and their decision at the time not to conduct background checks on the nearly 7,600 referees who are eligible to officiate in Massachusetts’s schools. Over the six months since the article, Peopletrail, a leading provider of background checks, screening and consulting services, has noted an increase in background checks for its athletic program clients of over 10 times from the previous year, and the number continues to increase.

The Globe article published an expose of a convicted child molester working as a high school basketball referee. The Globe investigation also found that a small number of referees on the MIAA’s published list of 7,600 certified athletic officials had serious criminal records, including sexual assaults against minors, illegal gun possession, and trafficking narcotics in a school zone. Since the report MIAA has joined a national trend with 27 other states that have already established guidelines requiring officials to pass background checks before they can referee high school games, and is on the path to securing a safer environment for the children involved with MIAA.

Peopletrail is leading the facilitation of these background checks with its Actionable Insight Screening® and consulting services. In May 2014, Peopletrail entered an agreement with ArbiterSports®, the established leader in athletic event management, which offers athletic assigners and leagues the ability to request background checks as part of their officiating eligibility process.

“Peopletrail has been a collaborative partner in helping our state develop a comprehensive plan to research and administer background checks for officials. Their professional service has supported both the state office and individuals as we implement this important program for the safety of students and the fair and equitable treatment of officials,” stated Richard L. Pearson, Associate Executive Director, MSSA & MIAA.

Peopletrail recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary and is one of the fastest growing and leading providers of background check and screening services in the industry. Growth that the company attributes in part to its commitment to the “human touch” and personalized care with every client and report it’s involved with.

“Peopletrail has been in tune with this heightened noise surrounding school athletic programs and providing solutions for these programs. As a father, this becomes more personal and it is imperative that we incorporate thorough layers of precaution to keep our schools and children safe. Peopletrail is committed to providing not only easy access and implementation of our background screening services, but also the added layer of the human touch, or rather the additional personalized scrubbing of every background check we process,” stated Wallace Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail. “By including our consulting services and adding the human touch to every report, Peopletrail increases the depth and accuracy of these reports. Unfortunately not all background checks are the same and many companies fail to provide this personalized investigation and care. Something that we at Peopletrail feel should never be overlooked, especially when the safety of our children is involved.”

More and more athletic programs are dedicating their resources and mandating that background checks be conducted on sports officials. Peopletrail’s background checks reports are comprehensive and the technology is easy to use and integrate.

“The seamless integration of the Peopletrail background check platform into our official’s registration process has not only increased the efficiency of this process for officials but allowed our staff to focus attention on other components of the registration process, as well as providing added layers of precaution to keep our children safe. I have been extremely impressed with the ease of use and comprehensive reporting that the system provides the OSAA,” stated Brad Garrett, Assistant Executive Director, Oregon School Activities Association.

“We have enjoyed the integration of background checks run through our ArbiterSports officials by Peopletrail. The interface and immediate feedback to our database makes the background check system seamless and effective,” stated Mark Dreibelbis, Associate Commissioner/Supervisor of Officials, NCHSAA.

“The services that Peopletrail provides the UHSAA have solidified an environment of safety and security for our member schools, fans and community in regards to the officials that we provide them. We are extremely happy with the thorough process and ease of use of their platforms,” stated Jeff J. Cluff, Assistant Director, Utah High School Activities Association.

Customers can learn more about Peopletrail and schedule a complimentary consultation by visiting the company’s website at Peopletrail.com or by calling the company directly at 866.223.6623

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is a leading provider of custom employment, tenant and drug screening solutions, criminal background checks, ATS integrations, and corporate security services.

As part of the accredited elite, only Peopletrail combines superior customer service through dedicated Account Managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results. Trusted and respected by government agencies and Fortune 500 to small up-and-coming businesses, Peopletrail provides actionable insight you trust.

 

 

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Changing Climate of Background Checks for Referees

Since Peopletrail’s integration with Arbiter Sports a referee management system used by organizations that staff referees nationwide, news buzz involving referees and background checks has especially sparked our interest.

In December 2014, the Boston Globe published a lengthy piece exposing the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) for not conducting background checks on their high school referees. They specifically outlined a case a man named Philip Paul, who had spent years in prison for sexually molesting a fifteen-year-old. Paul was registered as a level two sex offender but was a regular referee used by the MIAA.

At the time the article was written, Massachusetts did not legally require their referees to undergo a pre-employment background check. At the time, the only New England state that required referee background checks was Connecticut. The argument against screening officials seems to boil down to convenience as well as the necessity. Many people do not believe referees have enough unsupervised access with minor athletes to warrant background checks.

Following Boston Globe’s initial expose, the Globe followed up in February announcing that Massachusetts State Representative, Carole Fiola, initiated legislation resulting in Massachusetts becoming the 28th state to require background checks on referees. “Tom Lopes, executive director of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, said he expects every state one day to screen referees for criminal records.”

Consequently, the MIAA has started to develop a background screening policy expected to be implemented mid-2016. Peopletrail is excited to be involved in that process with the MIAA as part of our Arbiter Sports integration.

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ArbiterSports® and Peopletrail® Announce Systems Integration

Athletic assigners and leagues will now have the option of using Peopletrail to conduct background checks to determine the eligibility of their officiating staffs to work athletic contests.

SANDY, UtahMay 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ArbiterSports, the established leader in athletic event management, and Peopletrail, an accredited, leading provider of background check and screening services, today announced a systems integration that will offer athletic assigners and leagues the ability to request background checks as part of their officiating eligibility process. This new capability will help assigners and leagues gain trusted intelligence as part of scheduling and assigning officials for athletic contests.

“ArbiterSports is the industry-standard platform for registering and assigning officials,” said Jeff Triplette, President and CEO of ArbiterSports. “This Peopletrail integration will give assigners and leagues a convenient and legally compliant way to conduct background checks on officials should they require this service.”

ArbiterSports clients desiring background checks will be directed to Peopletrail via a web link to request the background check. Peopletrail will return results to the client; from there the client can determine if the person is approved for assignments and schedule them using the ArbiterSports system.

“We are pleased to be able to address a key issue of officiating, and that’s the character of the officials themselves,” said Wally Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail. “It’s one thing to be trained on the latest officiating rules. It’s another thing to be ready to work a game and to have a clear personal record.”

Current ArbiterSports customers will be able to start linking to Peopletrail through ArbiterWorks and ArbiterOne beginning in June 2014.

About ArbiterSports

ArbiterSports, the leading provider of game management solutions, helps athletic departments and sports leagues dramatically simplify the process of scheduling games, assigning officials and paying all participants. The complete product suite, which includes ArbiterOne, ArbiterGame, ArbiterPay, ArbiterWorks and Arbiter360, delivers unprecedented control and visibility over the entire game management process. ArbiterSports products are built on a powerful web-based system that allows secure access from anywhere and provides seamless integration and easy-to-add features. Sports associations, commissioners, athletic directors, assigners and game officials rely on ArbiterSports to do their jobs more effectively.  Visit arbitersports.com or call 1-800-576-2799 for more information.

About Peopletrail

Peopletrail is an accredited provider of Employment Screening, Criminal Background Checks, Tenant Screening, Drug Screening, ATS Integrations, and Corporate Security & Investigative Services. As part of the accredited elite, only Peopletrail combines superior customer service through dedicated account managers with efficient, state-of-the-art technology integration to deliver on-demand, accurate and timely consumer reporting results. Trusted and respected by government agencies and Fortune 500 to small businesses, Peopletrail provides actionable insight users can trust. Visit www.peopletrail.com or call 1-888-223-6623.