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State Laws on Background Checks for Local Leagues

Little League Baseball, Incorporated (“LLB”) Regulations require that all chartered Little League programs conduct an annual background check on all persons that are required to complete a “Little League Official Volunteer Application”.  It is required that all of the following persons must annually submit a fully completed “Little League Official Volunteer Application” to the local league president prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the then current season:  managers, coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access, to or contact with, players or teams.

As of January 7, 2020, some state statutes mandate background checks of non-school associated activities for volunteers of youth sports and athletics.  Certain municipal ordinances and administrative regulations require background checks.

As of January 7, 2020, states with enacted background check requirements for volunteers of non-school associated activities of youth sports and athletics are:  Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Local leagues are required by LLB Regulations to determine the applicability of, and comply with, all federal, state, local and municipal laws and ordinances, and administrative rules and regulations regarding background checks including, but not limited to, requirements regarding sex offender registry checks, criminal history records or reports, fingerprinting, certifications, or other requirements associated with volunteers, coaches, participants and/or employees.  It is strongly recommended that local leagues consult with legal counsel in their own jurisdictions to determine the applicability, if any, of state and local requirements to their programs regarding background checks.  Failure to comply with all LLB requirements regarding background checks may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or a local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament committees.

For your reference, information regarding state requirements is available by clicking on the links provided below.  In addition, information regarding LLB’s Child Protection Program is available at:

Child Protection Program

The information that follows is current up to and including January 7, 2020.

State Laws on Background Checks

  • Nevada

    Nev. Rev. Stat. § 432A.710

    An entity that operates a “seasonal or temporary recreation program”  shall complete a background and personal history check for each staff member within three (3) days of the staff members hiring and once every 5 years thereafter. Additionally, programs must conduct a child abuse and neglect screening (“CANS”)  through the Statewide Central Registry for the Collection of Information Concerning the Abuse or Neglect of a Child by submitting a request to the Division of Child and Family Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    A “seasonal or temporary recreation program” is defined by Nev. Rev. Stat. § 432A.029 as a recreation program offered to children for a limited time or duration and includes, without limitation a baseball or other sports league.

    The national background checks required by Little League Regulations meet the requirements of a “background and personal history check.” However, leagues must request that the CANS check be performed by the Division of Child and Family Services by submitting a request form (see link to website where form can be obtained below).

    The Nevada statute can be viewed online at below by clicking “NRS 432A.710” on the left side.:

    https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-432A.html

    See also § 432A.029 for definition of “seasonal or temporary recreation program” at:

    https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-432A.html

    The CANS request form can be obtained online at below by clicking “Employer Request for Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry Information” at the bottom of the page.

    http://dcfs.nv.gov/Forms/CentralRegistry/