Winter: Background Checks Should be Underway or Complete
It is critical to remember that managers and coaches must not assume any duties until after a background check that meets Little League standards is completed and passed.
And it’s never been easier, now that Little League provides every league with 125 FREE national criminal background checks through LexisNexis. After that, it’s only $1 per check – a benefit only available to chartered local Little League programs. (Normally, the check would be approximately $20 each.)
The local Little League is 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 annually fill out the Little League Volunteer Application and provide a government-issued photo ID. Additionally, the league is required to conduct a background check on each of these individuals that meets Little League standards.
How does a local league decide what constitutes “regular service?”
Extensive information on that and other information on background checks, as part of Little League’s Child Protection Program, can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/Learn_More/programs/childprotection.htm
At this time of the year, most or all volunteer applications should have been distributed to most of the league’s volunteers/hired workers who fit the criteria of the regulations. Also, the background check committee appointed by the board of directors should have completed most of the checks. All background checks must be completed before individuals can assume their duties for the current year.
A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League
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