May a local Little League program, chartered for the current season, organize, and host a meeting whereby league officials and coaches are required to attend for the purpose of completing abuse awareness training? What is suggested for those volunteers required to attend abuse awareness training, but unable to attend the meeting?

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As we continue to adapt the Little League Child Protection Program and the new requirement in 2024 for all league personnel to complete Abuse Awareness Training, we feel it is important to be flexible in how local leagues are delivering this training to their volunteers and to encourage full participation in this very important initiative.

As most leagues and/or districts offer annual trainings for First Aid/CPR/AED and Baseball/Softball skills/fundamentals as part of their ASAP program for their league volunteers, it would be acceptable to complete the Abuse Awareness Training in this group setting as well, provided the league is accurately tracking and documenting which of their volunteers have participated in the training by having them sign-in and acknowledge their completion. This participation tracking is necessary since they will not receive any type of individual certificate for completing the training/education.

Leagues can also require their volunteers unable to complete the group training to do so individually and provide their certificate upon completion and before assuming any volunteer role for the current season.