NOTE: First Advantage does not provide service for RI and MA so we (State Commissioners) have looked into other alternatives. One being “Protect Youth Sports”. Contact person is Bruce Sprowl at 877-319-5587 ext 286. They are a full service background screening company that performs National Background Checks. They have the ability to set up an online account at no cost to league. They will provide a web link to league’s account. Coaches and volunteers fill out paper forms and data is entered manually. Reports are deposited into league’s account at a cost of $8 per coach.
Background Checks (All Divisions of Babe Ruth League, Inc.) – Effective with the 2015 season, a volunteer who successfully passes a nationwide background check; this background check will be valid for a three-year period. For example, a volunteer who successfully passed a background check in 2014; this background check will be good through the 2016 season, and the next background check for this volunteer would not be required until the 2017 season. A volunteer who successfully passes a background check during the 2015; the background check is good through the 2017 season.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why is Babe Ruth League requiring leagues to conduct background checks?
It has become the standard among youth organizations to require volunteers working with children to complete a background check. The purpose of the required background check is to deter individuals who should not be working with young athletes from applying to volunteer. Additionally, it serves to identify any unsuitable criminal history of those individuals who do apply as a volunteer. Babe Ruth League, Inc. cares about the protection of your players and feels confident that through your leadership as League President, as well as that of your local league's Board of Directors, we can achieve our goal of making Babe Ruth League, Inc. the safest program in which our youth can enjoy the great games of baseball and softball.
2) Who is required to complete the background check?
All managers and coaches, as well as any other persons and volunteers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams are required to complete the background check.
3) What type of offenses should the local league screen for when conducting a background check?
Local leagues are conducting annually a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data. (A check conducted only in one state will not meet the minimum requirements of these regulations.) An individual who has been convicted or plead guilty to charges involving or against a minor, no matter when the offense occurred, must not permitted to work or volunteer.
4) Who in the local league should be responsible for processing the background check information?
Babe Ruth League, Inc. recommends the local league's Board of Directors appoint the League President and two other individuals to handle background checks. These individuals may or may not be members of the local league's Board. For example, the Board of Directors may choose to appoint individuals who have professional experience with conducting and processing background checks, such as law enforcement officers or individuals with a legal background.