The Little League® Background Check regulation I (c) 8 and 9 is part of the Child Protection Program, and is in place to help local leagues and districts deter anyone who may wish to do harm to the participants and volunteers in our program.
To further strengthen this protection, Little League’s official regulations have been revised for 2017 to reflect that all leagues in the United States are required to conduct national background checks that utilize the First Advantage Screening Solutions provided by Little League International, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing national background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records.
Complete information about the updated background check regulation – I (c) 8 and 9 – including resources for local league volunteers, is available at LittleLeague.org, on the Child Protection Program page.
Be aware that background checks which are done by, or required by, landlords or property owners do not satisfy the regulation. Also, other city, county, or state background checks do not meet the regulation. It is mandatory that the local league do its own background checks on all the required individual such as, but not limited to, team managers, coaches, additional practice coaches, board members, umpires, or other volunteer, or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. For those leagues that have satisfied this regulation in past seasons by utilizing First Advantage, there are not additional expectations, since the First Advantage background check currently meets that standard.
The Little League Data Center provides a running count (see “Important Data Center Update” below), and estimated total, on the number of background checks that each league is expected to complete, and that have been completed, for the current season.
Each local league must also be aware of its state laws, which may require other separate and additional background check processes be completed before individuals would be permitted to assume local league volunteer responsibilities.
No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner whose background check reveals a conviction, guilty plea, no contest plea, or admission to any crime involving or against a minor or minors. All local leagues must take into consideration criminal records when making the determination whether the individual is unfit to participate in any manner in the league.
In addition to the background checks, all individuals wishing to volunteer with a local league must submit a volunteer application annually, and all volunteer appointments are subject to the approval of the local league’s Board of Directors.
Please continue to check LittleLeague.org for other important updates to the 2017 Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies.
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