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Local League Background Check Information

Little League International requires all leagues and districts in the United States to conduct background checks that utilize JDP Background Screening, or another provider that is comparable to JDP in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. For those leagues that have satisfied this regulation in past seasons by utilizing JDP, there are no additional expectations, since the JDP background check currently meets that standard. The JDP National Criminal File database that contains more than 450 million records, including criminal and sex offender registry records covering 50 states and the District of Columbia, meets the current regulation requirement. Leagues are not required to use the JDP website, but may also use alternate resources. However, the alternate resources must equal or exceed the services provided by JDP.

NOTE: A local league or district official is strongly encouraged to check additional criminal records that may provide more information regarding the criminal case of individuals whose crimes do not require that they be listed on a sex offender registry. For example, convictions for assault, battery, theft or drug offenses would not result in a report on the sex offender registry. Details can be found at JDP.

Important information about 125 free background checks through JDP Background Screening


Before You Begin

Before beginning the background 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 and is not limited to just coaches.

Important Questions

  1. 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.
  2. How many managers/coaches do we have per team – 2 or 3?
  3. How many additional people are helping at practices as “practice coaches”?
  4. How many umpires are being checked?
  5. How many board members?
  6. How many parent(s) are assisting teams in various capacities?
  7. Do we have other positions in the league like equipment manager, field maintenance, scorekeeper, and/or announcer?
  8. Who 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.

Documents Needed for Background Checks

To begin conducting background checks, the league needs in its possession a fully completed official “Little League Volunteer Application” along with a copy of a government-issued photo ID, usually a driver’s license, for the league to verify that the information on his/her volunteer application is correct, i.e. spelling of name, address, date of birth, etc. When using JDP for background checks, Social Security numbers are required. You must enter these numbers into the database and then you can redact (blacked out or concealed) the social security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.


A league can utilize the JDP QuickApp, which allows league officials conducting the background checks to send a link to potential volunteers to fill out the Little League Volunteer Application online or Little League Returning Volunteer Application. 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 potential 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.

New for 2019, a league volunteer can fill out the Little League Returning Volunteer Application, which like the old paper version still requires certain information to complete a background check but not repetitive information from previous years.

Note: Leagues must still verify the volunteer’s application with a government-issued photo ID.

JDP Background Check Process

There are three background check upload options through JDP:

  1. Manually entering the individual background checks into the JDP Database;
  2. Completing a batch upload, which allows multiple background checks to be uploaded into the JDP Database through a CSV formatted file;
  3. JDP QuickApp, that allows volunteers to complete their own volunteer application and a background

Note: As a reminder, JDP will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on Oct. 1st of each year.

Note: The cost of additional background checks through JDP will cost $.95 per check.

View JDP support videos to help a league or district conduct background checks.

Background Check Review

Once a background check has been conducted on a potential volunteer, the designated league official must sign into the JDP Platform to review the results of the background check. If there is a charge on the potential volunteer, which will be indicated by a red flag on the JDP Platform, the local league must first determine if this charge is permitted by Little League Regulation or present this information to either the League president or local board to determine if this individual is fit to participate in any manner in the league.

As per Little League Regulation 1(c)9: “No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner whose background check reveals a conviction, guilty plea, no contest pleas, or admission to any crime involving or against a minor or minors.”

New for 2019, Leagues are required to contact the Security Manager at Little League International if a potential volunteer appears on the National Sex Offender Registry prior to the volunteer being appointed. This information can be found under Little League Regulation I (c) (9) in the Little League 2019 Rulebook.

The local league must also still verify the volunteer’s application with a government-issued photo ID. Which allows the league official to verify the information on the volunteer application is correct like name, DOB and address. 

Note: A letter or email, which includes a copy of the completed background screening report & Summary of Rights, will be sent to every volunteer where a criminal record from the public records database is reported to your local Little League. A toll-free number is listed on the letter if the volunteer decides to dispute the information reported.

Minimum Background Check

Little League International requires all leagues and districts in the United States to conduct background checks that utilize JDP Background Screening, or another provider that is comparable to JDP in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. Leagues and districts are welcome to use an outside background check provider that meets or exceeds the standards of Little League.

Note: County and State court checks do not meet the standards of Little League Baseball. If any questions about minimum requirements, please contact Little League International at 570-326-1921 or Little League Support.

First Advantage Customer Service

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.

First Advantage Website