Little League® International has long been committed to the safety of its players, families, and volunteers, both on and off the field. To that end, all local Little League programs in the United States are required to conduct national criminal background checks, in addition to a search of the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, for each volunteer with regular service to the league or repetitive access to children.
For many years, Little League International has paid for the first 125 free background checks for each local league and district. Effective immediately, those 125 free checks will be available through a new provider, J.D. Palatine (JDP), which has access to more than 450 million records, which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The JDP system also allows board members conducting the background checks to send a link to their volunteers to complete the Little League Volunteer Application online. A league board member can enter the volunteer’s information, name and email address, on the JDP website under “Quick App.” This will allow the league volunteer to complete their own volunteer application, including the social security number. The Little League Volunteer Application is tied with the background check and can be viewed on the leagues JDP Portal. Leagues must still verify the volunteer’s application with a government-issued photo ID.
Each league will continue to receive a total of 125 free background checks that are available through either JDP or First Advantage, or a combination of the two companies. Leagues and districts will only be able to utilize First Advantage for free background checks until March 1, 2018. Thereafter, all background checks conducted through First Advantage will cost $1.20 per check. Those Leagues and districts which have completed its required checks for the 2018 season through First Advantage do NOT need to submit new checks through JDP.
The Little League® Background Check regulation I (c) 8 and 9 is part of the Child Protection Program, and is in place to help local leagues and districts deter anyone who may wish to do harm to the participants and volunteers in our program. And leagues are reminded that in addition to Little League’s background check regulations, all leagues are also required to fully comply with state and local laws.
Free online JDP tutorials are now available to help local league and district officials become familiar with completion of the background check process and offers user support (855-799-8753; firstname.lastname@example.org). Other background check resources and information are available on the LittleLeague.org Child Protection page.
Little League’s background check regulations will remain unchanged for 2018 season, as JDP is comparable to First Advantage, however the regulation will change in 2019. More information will be available on the new regulation following the 2018 season.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Little League Support at support@LittleLeague.org.