The safety of all players, volunteers, and families within the Little League® program is the paramount concern for Little League International. As part of the Little League Child Protection Program, on October 1, 2018, the individual, annual background checks that are available to local Little League® programs was reset, so that all leagues can begin the process for the 2019 season to fulfill this important regulation.
The local league is required to have all board members, managers, coaches, and other volunteers or hired workers who provide regular service to the league and/or who have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams to consent to a background check. A local Little League must conduct a nationwide background check utilizing JDP or another provider that is comparable to JDP in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and other criminal records. Leagues must also adhere to all state and/or local laws.
Little League Baseball and Softball requires each league to sign an agreement on the charter application that commits the league to comply with Regulation I (b) and I (c) 8 & 9. Through JDP, the background check process is easier than ever, and protects personal information through JDP’s QuickApp process.
Use of the JDP QuickApp:
• The JDP QuickApp allows potential volunteers to complete their Little League Volunteer Application and background check in one step.
• If using the JDP QuickApp, a paper volunteer application is no longer necessary. The information is stored through JDP, eliminating the need for leagues to keep paper volunteer applications.
• A potential volunteer can complete their application on a secure site and a league official will no longer be able to view a SSN during the background check process.
• The only information that is necessary for the JDP QuickApp process is a potential volunteer’s first and last name and email address.
Background checks are to be completed annually for following volunteers:
• District Administrators
• District Staff
• Local League Board Members
• Practice Coaches/Volunteers
• Team Parents
• Anyone that has repetitive access to the players
• What is repetitive access?
Any role or position that provides an adult with multiple opportunities to create a relationship with a player. If your league can not determine if a position falls into the above category, it is always best to run a background check.
To fill out your Little League Background Application, please click on the following link:
Dear Little League Applicant:
You are receiving this letter because you have applied to be a volunteer or employee of Little League. JDP has been selected to verify the information you provided on your application. As part of the verification process, we provide information from various government agencies and sex offender registries. In most states, we alert Little League only when a criminal record matches at least two of a person’s personal identifiers, such as name and date of birth, or name and Social Security number. However, sex offender registries from several states list offenders by name and do not provide sufficient personal identifiers to help differentiate between two people with the same name. Little League is aware of the fact that these states do not provide any other personal identifiers and still requires JDP to report any match of an applicant’s name if it is associated with a criminal record, even when no other information is made available by government officials. Please find the report that was provided to Little League attached for your review. Little League is aware this record may not be yours, and they are committed to investigating the situation before approving or denying your application or concluding that the record belongs to you. Please be assured this information is confidential and will not be provided to anyone other than Little League. Little League understands that the government’s reporting of various records by name alone creates a burden on everyone involved. However, we believe that a thorough review process to while inconvenient, is a better alternative than the potential harm to a child. If you have any questions, the report provided to Little League is attached to this letter, please contact JDP’s Consumer Center at (844) 899-9424 . Our hours of operation for our Consumer Center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to4:30 p.m. Eastern time. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact your local Little League office. Please note, you will receive additional information from Little League should any further action be taken. Thank you for your patience with this process.