Background Check Info
Due to recent laws passed in the state of Pennsylvania, the process for obtaining the clearances required to coach in the BYA is as follows. The Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance are free. The FBI Fingerprint has a fee, but is only required if you have not lived in PA for 10 years.
- Criminal Background Check (https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp) - use the 'New Record Check (Volunteers Only)' link. Enter your personal information and print out a paper copy of your clearance certificate
- Child Abuse Clearances (https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home) - if you've applied for child abuse clearances in the past you can access your account and print your clearance certificate. If you haven't applied in the past, you must first create an account and print your clearance certificate after entering your personal information.
- FBI Fingerprint (https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm) - only required if you have not lived in PA for 10 years.
All coaches and assistant coaches in all BYA divisions are required to turn in their clearances to a league director or BYA board member prior to the start of the season. No exceptions.
These are Pennsylvania requirements for ALL volunteers who work with children. Our league fully supports the efforts to protect our players and their families.
Resources for Coaches
Coach-Pitch 12 Week Program - complete 12-week program for players ages 8 and under. Includes drills and practice plans for the entire season. This is the official guidebook of the BYA 8U program.
Tee-Ball 10 Week Program - complete 10-week program for players ages 3 - 6. Includes drills and practice plans for the entire season. This is the official guidebook of the BYA Rookie Baseball and Tee-Ball programs.
Coaching Youth Baseball (video) - downloadable video series demonstrating all aspects of youth baseball from warmups, infield/outfield, hitting, base-running, etc. (Warning: Large file size)
Coaching Tee-Ball (video) - downloadable video series including general information on how to be a successful coach of youth tee-ball players. Includes age-specific drills and practice plans.
Coaching Youth Sports (video) - downloadable video series including general information on how to be a successful coach of youth players. Includes information on running practices and injury prevention. (Warning: Large file size)