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    "Applicant" or "Adult Applicant"- Any individual over the age of 18 seeking affiliation with the NISL or NISL-affiliated leagues as a coach, assistant coach, team trainer, team manager, employees of the NISL, or any other position that has or will have direct or indirect contact or influence on a youth player.
    "Youth Player" or "Player" - Any NISL player registered for the current season with an affiliated NISL league.
    "Felony" - All crimes, whether felony or misdemeanor, involving minors, violence, weapons, drugs, alcohol, anabolic steroids, or of a sexual nature


    Every Adult Applicant shall be required to apply for Membership in the NISL using the online application system. As part of the application process, the applicant shall submit the requested personal information and affirmatively authorize the NISL to submit said personal information to an appropriate background check service. Additionally, a similar background check shall be performed at every annual renewal period. Each Applicant shall be subject to and responsible for any processing fee. The NISL shall appoint a Risk Management Committee (hereinafter referred to as "RMC") consisting of not more than 4 individuals. The NISL reserves the right to appoint new members or discontinue the membership of anyone on the RMC with or without notice and for any reason it deems appropriate.


    Upon receiving an application for admission to the NISL, a standard background check shall be ordered and reviewed. All background checks that reveal any prior criminal activity shall be forwarded to the RMC. Upon further review, the RMC will render a decision recommending or denying admission to the NISL. The RMC also has authority to obtain more information on questionable or serious offenses and/or convictions based on the findings disclosed by any criminal history background check(s).
    Upon reviewing the results of any background checks conducted, the criminal activities listed below, in whole or in part, may cause the Risk Management Applicant to be immediately disqualified from participation with the NISL, all NISL-related activities and events, and all NISL-affiliated league activities and events. The RMC and the NISL reserve the right to contact the applicant regarding his or her criminal history in an attempt to gather more information.

    The NISL and the RMC have the right at any time to add additional offenses and/or convictions to the list as outlined under the definition of a "felony" (refer to I. Definitions).

    The RMC analyzes criminal activities produced from criminal history background check(s) with an incident date between the application date and ten (10) years previous to the application date. The RMC also reserves the right to request information about, review and analyze incidents that date back further than ten (10) years, or to review a background check of a broader scope, if deemed necessary. The RMC also reserves the right to perform criminal history background check(s) of greater scope on any NISL Member at any time during the term of membership.


    Written notification shall be sent by the RMC to every Adult Applicant who has been disqualified, and to his or her local organization, along with instructions on how to appeal the decision. The disqualified individual has ten (10) business days from the date of the notice of disqualification to submit a written appeal to the NISL. If written notification of the appeal from the disqualified Adult Applicant is not received by the NISL Office within ten (10) days then the disqualification will be final and the Adult Applicant will lose all rights to appeal the decision and forfeit his or her eligibility to participate with the NISL and its affiliates. The Applicant may re-apply after one (1) year.


    Any Adult Applicant who has been denied participation in the NISL has the right to appeal the initial decision. To file an appeal, an individual must complete the written Notice of Appeal that is available online and submit it along with all supporting documentation to the NISL at the following address:
    545 Consumers Ave., Palatine, IL 60074
    ATTN: Membership Appeals.

    If the written Notice of Appeal is not received by the NISL Office within ten (10) business days from the date of the denial letter, the Applicant forfeits his or her eligibility for an appeal. The Applicant may re-apply for membership in 1 year.

    The appeal will be reviewed by the Directors of the NISL. A letter informing the Applicant of the final decision will be sent no later than ten (10) days after receiving the original appeal. The decision made by the NISL is final and will take effect immediately following the notification to the Applicant.

01/21/2007 Registration Process Explained - NISL
  • Click on "Inital Login".
  • Complete Questions
  • If you are a Director of Coaches, Select "Coach"
  • If you are an Administrator for Director of Coaches and NOT a Coach, Select "Adm Only"
  • If neither applies, leave response as "No"
  • Click "Submit"
  • Complete the Coach Registration Form.
  • You may upload a picture later. But will not receive a coaching pass until done.
  • You can save your information without clicking the signature box approving a background check but you will not be able to continue in the system until checked.
  • When complete you will receive an invoice via email.
  • Once your check is received, a background check will be done.
  • Your name will appear on the member list once a clear background check is received.

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