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Local League Background Check Information

NOTE: The JDP Background Screening National Criminal File database contains more than 450 million records which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Any local league or district official is strongly encouraged to check the criminal database for the state where the league, or district, operates to learn what criminal records JDP provides.

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

Some questions to ask before you begin:

  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. 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.

Did You Know?

Did you know that a check of a local police department state agencies does not meet the minimum requirement since it is not a national check? Did you know that the social security number requirement is mandatory at the discretion of the league and mandatory to use JDP Background Screening?

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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, in order 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 (black out or conceal) the social security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.

There is a new option available through JDP that allows board members conducting the background checks to send a link to their volunteers to fill out 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.

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 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 not additional expectations, since the JDP background check currently meets that standard. The JDP National Criminal File database that contains 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 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.

Little League International has contracted with JDP Background Screening to provide local leagues and districts with a special Internet site that allows members to instantly search a criminal records database of more than 450 million criminal records. This site provides searches of available criminal records from various repository sources and state-level sex offender registries. The fee for the first 125 searches per chartered league and district is free to the local league and district as the cost for these searches is being provided by Little League International. Any additional searches above 125 will cost the league and district a minimal cost.

The additional criminal records check may provide more information regarding the criminal records 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 to sex offender registry. Details can be found at JDP.

Information on how to utilize this benefit, as well as how to conduct background checks, can be found on the Child Protection Page.

The search conducted on JDP Background Screening limits the name-only search to 12 state sex offender registries while providing a far more thorough check that includes criminal records not found on an SOR, as well as utilizing the birth dates and Social Security Numbers entered which screens additional databases.

The following states have no DOB/YOB and would be considered name only: Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, & Wisconsin. To do this, please visit the individual state sites which are available through a link listed below and search for your candidate to retrieve more demographic information. This additional information will help you exclude records that do not belong to your candidate.

Important information about 125 free background checks through JDP Background Screening

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Using the JDP Background Screening Check System

  • Credit cards are only required after 100 background checks have been completed. The credit card will be “pinged” for each session.
  • JDP offers a “quick app” option for individual volunteers to complete their own volunteer application.
  • JDP Background Screening provides a toll-free number for after hours as well as extended hours during the Little League prime season. Photo Identification is now available for record matches on Sex Offender Registry

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

After using JDP Background Screening Check System

  • 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.

Future Enhancements

  • You will not have to enter a credit card until after the first 100 background checks which are paid for by Little League International. A representative from JDP will reach out to the league to gather payment and will follow-up with an email to the league official.

Minimum Background Check

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 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 not additional expectations, since the JDP background check currently meets that standard. The JDP National Criminal File database that contains 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 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.