Notice on Background Checks for Little Leagues
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 350 million criminal records - instantly.
The First Advantage National Criminal File database contains more than 350 million records which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Please note, the Mississippi Sex Offender registry data is no longer included in the database. As a result of Mississippi sex offender registry records data no longer being included, the First Advantage National Criminal Record File no longer meets the Little League minimum requirements of the Little League Regulations. To meet the requirements, a separate Mississippi State Sex Offender registry search must be conducted. This can be done by accessing the state website http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov. Click here to see a list of the states covered.
In order to assist local leagues, Little League International has teamed up with First Advantage; to provide 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 at a reduced cost of only $1 per search. Reminder: First Advantage will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on November 1st of each year.
Effective in 2007, the local league must conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data. A check conducted only in one state no longer meets the minimum requirements of the regulations.
If you have already registered, log in below. If you have not registered, use the registration link above. (Registration requires the use of the League ID Number, which is only available from the Local League President.)
Note: A letter, which includes a copy of the completed background screening report & Summary of Rights, will be sent to every volunteer where a criminal record from the public records database is reported to your local Little League. According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), you must obtain authorization from the applicant before performing a background check. Failure to comply with FCRA requirements imposes civil liability.
Sex offender registry data in a few states is obtained through a Name-Only-Search and uses no other identifiers such as date of birth and/or social security number. It is very important to notify all volunteers that if a criminal record is identified in any of these states that use Name-Only-Searches, that person will receive a report from First Advantage; showing that his/her name was identified on a criminal record. Please note, this may or may not be the person for whom the league is conducting a background check.
To review the states with Name-Only-Searches, please click on the Data Matrix link at the top of this page.