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Child Protection Program

All local Little Leagues are required to conduct background checks on managers, coaches, board of directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. Individuals are also required to complete and submit a Little League Volunteer Application to their local league. Select from the links below to learn more about this vital aspect of Little League’s mission.

Local League Background Checks

Little League International requires all leagues in the United States to conduct background checks that utilize First Advantage Screening Solutions, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage.

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First Advantage Screening Solutions

Little League International has contracted with First Advantage to provide local leagues with a special Internet site that allows members to search a criminal records database of more than 281 million criminal records - instantly.

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Additional Resources
First Advantage Contact Info
Little League provides you with all the information to contact First Advantage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Little League answers your questions regarding the new regulations.
Volunteer Applications
New or returning volunteer applications must be completed yearly.
Birth Certificates
First Advantage offers service through its VitalChek program.
LLU: Parents Guide
Everything parents need to know about the child protection program.
Concussions in Youth Athletes
Little League requires all leagues and teams to comply with all applicable laws.
Information on Child Abuse
Fifty States have enacted laws which address mandatory reporting of child abuse.
Information on State Laws
Nine States have requirements on background checks for leagues.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Resources

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is a non—profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.

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