Child Protection Program

The safety and well-being of all participants in the Little League® program is paramount. As adults, we want to ensure that the young people playing in the Little League program are able to grow up happy, healthy and, above all, safe. Whether they are our children, or the children of others, each of us has a responsibility to protect them.

In 1998, Little League International launched its Child Protection Program to educate local league volunteers, with the goal of creating local league programs where only those who have the best interests of children in mind are involved. Little League’s Child Protection Program was updated in 2018 to reflect the mandates set forth by the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Act of 2017,” which requires that all amateur sports organizations, which participate in an interstate or international amateur athletic competition and whose membership includes any adult who is in regular contact with an amateur athlete who is a minor, must report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to law enforcement.

All local Little Leagues are required to conduct background checks on managers, coaches, board of directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. Individuals are also required to complete and submit a Little League Volunteer Application to their local league. Select from the links below to learn more about this vital aspect of Little League’s mission.

Additional Resources

JDP Background Screening

Little League International has contracted with JDP Background Screening to provide local leagues with a special Internet site that allows members to search a criminal records database of more than 450 million criminal records.

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Local League Background Checks

Little League International requires all leagues in the United States to conduct background checks that utilize JDP Background Screening, or another provider that is comparable to JDP.

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State Specific Child Abuse Information

Because child abuse reporting laws vary from state to state, a Federal law was recently enacted which established a nationwide standard duty to report suspected child abuse.

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In Lieu of Birth Certificate Statement

This is a reminder that the following change to the standards and guidelines has been approved, and is designed to streamline the process of obtaining a Statement in Lieu of Acceptable Proof of Birth.

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