Little League International requires all leagues and districts in the United States to conduct an annual background check, including a nationwide criminal search and a search of the National Sex Offender Registry. Little League preferred provider, J.D Palatine, has a Criminal File database that contains more than 600 million records, including criminal and sex offender registry records covering 50 states and the District of Columbia, meeting the current Little League Regulation 1(c) 8 & 9 requirement.
Before you Begin
Before beginning the background check process, which must be completed annually on all new and returning individuals prior to the individual assuming his/her duties for the current season, a league needs to understand who needs to be checked and how the background check should be completed. It should be noted that all those individuals that meet the requirement of Regulation I(c) 8 need to be checked. It is not limited to just coaches.
- Are we doing all of the background checks that are required? It does not matter who was checked last year – background checks must be performed on an annual basis.
- How many managers/coaches do we have per team – 2 or 3?
- How many additional people are helping at practices as “practice coaches”?
- How many umpires are being checked?
- How many board members?
- How many parent(s) are assisting teams in various capacities?
- Do we have other positions in the league like equipment manager, field maintenance, scorekeeper, and/or announcer?
- Who else has repetitive access to the players?
Once you answer these questions you should come up with 5 to 6 people per team as an average number of people per league that require background checks.