ASAP Plans, Backgrounds Checks are to Be Completed Before Start of Season
It’s March, and in many places the 2013 Little League season has begun. Now is the time to do all you can to ensure the safety and well-being of your Little Leaguers. To assist in accomplishing your safety goals, here are some dates to keep in mind.
Safety Plan Deadline and Incentives
· April 1 is the final deadline for submitting your hardcopy ASAP safety plan to Little League International. As in years past, all safety plans must be submitted in hardcopy form, and must be postmarked by April 1 to meet the filing deadline. Electronic submissions are not accepted.
All leagues must conduct, at a minimum, a national search (all 50 states) that includes the Department of Justice’s nationwide sex offender registry.
Leagues must use the official Little League Volunteer Application – 2013 form completed by all volunteers who fit the requirements.
Anyone who provides regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams must fill out an official Little League Volunteer Application form as well as provide a government-issued photo identification card for ID verification.
Little League International currently provides each league 125 free criminal background checks per year, provided through LexisNexis. Check the Little League website for more on LexisNexis and the 125 free checks.
To assist you in providing the highest possible level of safety and injury prevention, a basic sample of an accepted ASAP plan is available here.
Remember, if a local league does not submit an ASAP plan that is approved by Little League International, and an injury occurs to one of your league’s players or volunteers, subsequent legal proceedings may require your league to explain why no formal safety plan was implemented.
If your district intends to host any Little League International Tournament games above the district level, by Little League Tournament rule, the host league must have an approved ASAP plan. Also remember that ASAP plans must be implemented before the season starts in order to qualify as an approved plan for the current year, and to help reduce the possibility and severity of injuries in the league.
For assistance, or answers on how to organize a safety plan, or to increase your district’s participation in ASAP through hosting an ASAP meeting or Little League Road Show, contact Jim Ferguson, Little League International’s Assistant Director of Risk Management, Safety, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2212; or e-mail: jferguson@LittleLeague.org.