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State Laws on Background Checks for Local Leagues

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Little League Baseball, Incorporated (“LLB”) requires 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 24, 2024, some state statutes mandate background checks for volunteers of  organizations that provide sports instruction, athletic and recreational services to children.  Certain municipal ordinances and administrative regulations also require background checks.

As of January 24, 2024, the eleven (11) states with background check laws for volunteers of non-school associated activities including youth sports and athletics are:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Local leagues are required by LLB 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 Tournament and/or Charter 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 24, 2024.

State Laws on Background Checks