District 4

Child Protection Program

All local Little Leagues are required to conduct background checks on 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.

Individuals are required to complete and submit a Little League Volunteer Application to their local league.

Each year, Little League International provides each local league located within the United States 125 free criminal background checks administered through First Advantage. Additional background checks through First Advantage are $1 each. The 125 free background checks are reset on November 1 of each year.

Little League Regulations:

Regulation I (c) 8:

  • Requires that all of the following persons have annually submitted a fully completed "Little League Offical Volunteer Application" to the local league president, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season: managers, coaches, Board of Directors members, and any other person, volunteers, or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.
  • The "Little League Official Volunteer Application" must be maintained by the president of the local league Board of Directors for all persons named above, for a minimum of at least two years after the volunteer is no longer in the league. When it comes time to dispose of these records, they should be destroyed as they contain sensitive information.
  • Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league's charter by action of the Charter or Tournament committees in Williamsport.

Regulation I (c) 9:

  • Conduct an annual background check on all persons that are required to complete a "Little League Official Volunteer Application" prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season.
  • A local league within the United States must conduct a nationwide background check utilizing First Advantage or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and othr criminal records.
  • 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.
  • Local leagues shall be required to determine the applicability of, and comply with, all State, local, and municipal laws, administrative rules and regulations, and municipal ordinances regarding background checks including, but not limited to, sex offender registry checks, criminal history records or reports, fingerprinting, certifications, or other requirements associated with volunteers, coaches, participants, and/or employees.

New for 2017:

  • Nationwide background checks must include criminal records in addition to the sex offender registry data
  • Leagues must use First Advantage, or a comparable provider, when completing their background checks (currently there are no other providers that have as complete a background check as First Advantage, thus leagues must use First Advantage for their background checks)

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