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Annual League Responsibilities

7 Questions to Consider Prior to Conducting Background Checks

February 07, 2017

As a condition of service to the local Little League®, all 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, must complete and submit an official Little League Volunteer Application to the local League President.

Annual background screenings must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. Refusal to annually submit a fully-completed Little League Volunteer Application must result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from the local league.

Annual background screenings must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. Refusal to annually submit a fully-completed Little League Volunteer Application must result in the immediate dismissal of the individual from the local league. For those leagues that have not used First Advantage previously, first-time volunteers must use the Little League Volunteer Application, while returning volunteers can utilize the Little League Returning Volunteer Application.

In order to assist local leagues, Little League International, through an agreement with First Advantage, provides each chartered U.S. league with 125 FREE searches. Also, any additional searches above 125 that may be necessary for each league will be available for a nominal fee. It’s important to note that Little League’s regulations mandate using First Advantage or a comparable service to conduct full national criminal background checks on all volunteers with regular service and repetitive access. These checks must include the National Sex Offender Data, and be done in addition to any state or municipal laws and regulations.

Here are the questions that your Board of Directors should ask, as you prepare to conduct your league’s background checks for the year.


  1. Are we doing all of the background checks that are required?
    (Reminder: It does not matter who was checked last year – ALL 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. Are we checking all the umpires that will be working in our league, even those from an umpire association?

  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 concessions manager, equipment manager, field maintenance, scorekeeper, and/or announcer?


Once you answer these questions you should come up with five to six people per team as an average number of people per league that require background checks. For more information visit the First Advantage Background Check System, at: LittleLeague.org/background.


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