Chartering for the 2017 Season:
Due to unforeseen circumstances in updating the Little League® Data Center for the 2017 season, the convenience of chartering leagues online is not available at this time. Completion and submission of a charter application and insurance enrollment form is the only method to charter and purchase insurance for 2017. These forms were included in the Local League Resource Guide mailed to the League Presidents in your district that Little League International currently has on file.
D.A. Action: If any of your leagues did not receive the Local League Resource Guide including the chartering information, please contact a past-League President. You are welcome to contact your regional office or Little League International, as well.
D.A. Strategy: Little League International is working hard to provide solutions to help support local league and district operations this year, and we will update everyone on our progress as soon as possible. We realize this impacts a broad-range of local league and district operations, and Little League is committed to answering your questions and providing guidance. If you have any questions, please feel free to email support@LittleLeague.org. Please continue to check LittleLeague.org for updates and the most recent information.
National Criminal Background Checks Now Mandatory:
New for the 2017 season, Little League Regulation I (c) 9 has been revised to state that all leagues in the United States are required to conduct background checks that utilize First Advantage Screening Solutions, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. 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.
D.A. Action: Each local league must also be aware of its state and local laws, which may require other separate and additional background check processes be completed before individuals would be permitted to assume local league volunteer responsibilities. Several states also require (by law) additional background check procedures be completed above those required by Little League International. At present, Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have such background check laws in place. Albeit mandatory, these laws DO NOT by themselves meet the Little League regulation, and leagues must comply to both the state and local laws AND Little League regulation requirements.
D.A. Strategy: Our best District Administrators plan for background checks sessions where league safety officers will gather in one room having several computers set up so that background checks are completed for all board members, coaches and umpires. This can be done in two sessions to complete all of them. You will be able to minimize risk of someone failing to comply with this crucial Little League requirement.