As a condition of service to the league, all managers, coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players or teams, must complete and submit an official “Little League Volunteer Application” to the local league president. Annual background screenings must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. Refusal to annually submit a fully completed “Little League Volunteer Application” must result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from the local league. For those leagues that have not used First Advantage previously, first time volunteers must use the “ Little League Volunteer Application”, while returning volunteers can utilize the “Little League Returning Volunteer Application”.

In order to assist local leagues, Little League International has teamed up with First Advantage; to provide each chartered U.S. league with 125 FREE searches. Also, any additional searches above 125 that may be necessary for each league will be available for a nominal fee.


PRIOR TO CONDUCTING BACKGROUND CHECKS:

  1. Are we doing all of the background checks that are required?
    REMEMBER : It does not matter who was checked last year – they must be performed on an annual basis.
  2. How many managers/coaches do we have per team - 2 or 3?
  3. How many additional people are helping at practices as “practice coaches”?
  4. Are we checking all the umpires that will be working in our league, even those from an umpire association?
  5. How many board members?
  6. How many parent(s) are assisting teams in various capacities?
  7. Do we have other positions in the league like equipment manager, field maintenance, scorekeeper, and/or announcer?

Once you answer these questions you should come up with 5 to 6 people per team as an average number of people per league that require background checks. For more information about the First Advantage Background Check System, visit LittleLeague.org/Background

BACKGROUND CHECK FAQ'S:

Q: WHAT DO WE, AS A LEAGUE, HAVE TO DO TO COMPLY SO THAT WE CAN BE CHARTERED FOR THE NEXT SEASON?

A. The local league has been required to have all board members, managers, coaches, and other volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or who have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams fill out the official Little League® Volunteer Application. Additionally the league has been and is required to conduct a background check on each of these individuals. The local league has been required to conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data as opposed to conducting statewide sex offense registry search. Little League Baseball and Softball will require each league to sign an agreement on the charter application that they will comply with Regulation I (b) and I(c) 8 & 9. The leagues are also required to sign a statement on the tournament enrollment form verifying that the process under the regulation has been completed and implemented. Failure to sign the agreement on the charter application will result in the league not being chartered and failure to fulfill the requirement of the regulations will result in the league’s status being referred to the Charter/Tournament committee for action to revoke the league’s charter and all privileges.

Please Remember: Additional background checks may be required to be completed to comply with State and/or local laws/statutes.


Q: WHAT TYPE OF BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED BY THE REGULATIONS?

A. The local league must annually conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data. Information on running a more thorough background check through First Advantage that contains not only crimes that appear on a sex offender registry, but other crimes of a sexual and nonsexual nature can be obtained at LittleLeague.org/ChildProtection. The first 125 checks through First Advantage are paid for by Little League International and are free to each chartered Little League. If additional checks are necessary, they will cost the league a minimal amount per background check conducted.


Q: WHAT IF OFFENSES INVOLVING OR AGAINST MINORS ARE PENDING PRIOR TO OR AFTER APPOINTMENT TO A POSITION IN THE LOCAL LEAGUE?

A. We suggest the individual not be appointed or should be suspended from his/her current position pending the outcome of the charges.


Q: WHAT TYPE OF OFFENSES ARE WE SCREENING FOR WHEN WE CONDUCT A BACKGROUND CHECK?

A. Local leagues are conducting a search of the nationwide sex offender registry for anyone who has committed sexual offenses involving minors. An individual who has been convicted or plead guilty to charges involving or against a minor, no matter when the offense occurred, must not be permitted to work or volunteer.


Q: WHO IN THE LOCAL LEAGUE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO PROCESS THE BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION?

A. Little League Baseball and Softball recommends the board of directors appoint the local league president and two other individuals to handle the background checks. These individuals may be from the board or individuals outside the board. For instance, the board of directors may appoint individuals who have significant professional background in this area, such as law enforcement officers or individuals with a legal background. Remember to never let those assigned for this process to also do the background checks on themselves.


Q: WHAT WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF A VOLUNTEER UNDER THESE REGULATIONS?

A. Any background check that reveals a conviction of any crime involving or against a minor must result in immediate termination from the league. Additionally, volunteers who refuse to submit a fully completed Little League Volunteer Application, along with a government issued photo ID, must be immediately terminated or eliminated from consideration for any position. This includes individuals with many years of service to your league.


Q: WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TO ASSIST THIS PROCESS?

A. The current Little League official Volunteer application is online at LittleLeague.org/VolApp. Information on running a more thorough background check through First Advantage that contains not only crimes that appear on a sex offender registry, but other crimes of a sexual and nonsexual nature can be found on the Little League website at LittleLeague.org/ChildProtectionProgram,. The first 125 checks conducted through First Advantage are paid for by Little League International and are free to each chartered little league. If additional checks are needed, they will cost the league only $1.00 per background conducted.


Q: WHERE SHOULD THESE RECORDS BE MAINTAINED AND FOR HOW LONG?

A. The local league president shall retain each volunteer application, background check information, and any other documents obtained on file for the current year of service of that individual. After the local league has completed operation for the current season, the league president shall dispose of the records unless the league has taken action, the person is no longer active in the league for two years or made a decision based upon the information contained in the records subject to local and state laws.


Q: DOES THIS INITIATIVE ALSO APPLY TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ASSIST THE MANAGER AND COACHES AT PRACTICES OR GAMES?

A. Yes. Any individual who provides regular service to the league and/or who has repetitive access to or contact with players or teams must fill out the Volunteer Application, provide a copy of a government issued photo ID, and go through the background check process.


Q: WHEN SHOULD LOCAL LEAGUES BEGIN TO CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON VOLUNTEERS AND HIRED WORKERS?

A. In accordance with Little League Regulation I(c) (8 & 9), local leagues must conduct background checks on all volunteers and hired workers prior to the applicant assuming his or her duties for the season. Background checks must be completed on all individuals who are required to complete the official “Little League Volunteer Application” and who provide a regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players and teams. This includes, but is not limited to, managers, coaches, Board of Director members and other persons or hired workers.


Q: OUR LEAGUE IS REQUIRED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER (CITY, TOWN, MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY, ETC.) WHERE WE PLAY OUR GAMES AND PRACTICES TO CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS APPROVED BY THEM ON ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND/ OR HIRED WORKERS BEFORE WE CAN USE THEIR FIELDS. ARE THESE CHECKS ACCEPTABLE AND DO THEY MEET LITTLE LEAGUE’S MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF REGULATION I (C) 8 AND 9?

A. No. Most checks required by these entities are local or state only checks which do not meet the Little League requirements. Also, the local league is responsible for conducting and reviewing the background check data and making their own personnel decisions per the regulations. Although the property owner has the right to determine who uses their facility, any decision they make as a property owner may or may not meet the Little League Regulations. Little League regulations require the league to annually conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data to be completed on all Board Members, managers, coaches and other volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or who have repetitive access to players or teams.


Q: SHOULD OUR LEAGUE WAIT UNTIL THE ENTIRE SCREENING PROCESS HAS BEEN COMPLETED TO SUBMIT OUR CHARTER APPLICATION AND INSURANCE ENROLLMENT FORM?

A.No. The appropriate league officers must sign the statement on the form agreeing to adhere to the new regulations requiring the use of the new volunteer application and background screening process as outlined in Regulations I(b) and I(c) 8 & 9. Once this section is completed the balance of the charter application can be completed and submitted to Little League Baseball and Softball.


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