Volunteer coaches, practice assistants and scorekeepers will need to obtain BOTH the Little League background checks and the PA Child Protective Services Law clearances. ("Child abuse"/Childline).
New for 2017 ALL volunteers must complete the volunteer application, provide a copy of your Child Abuse clearance that is not older than 36 months, and if you have NOT lived in PA continuously for the past 10 years, volunteer must also submit a completed FBI-Fingerprint clearance which can usually be secured at UPS/MailBoxes, etc. stores.
1. Little League Clearances are obtained by submitting to HLL the downloadable 2017 Little League Volunteer application posted below. New from Little League International, ALL volunteers must resubmit an application each year which must now include full names (F/M/L), date of birth and complete SS#. HLL and LL International will securely retain your information through First Advantage and any returning coaches/volunteers next year will be able to submit the "returning volunteer" application going forward from 2018.
2. ALL HLL Coaches must complete one of the three Positive Coaching Alliance web-based/eLearning sessions and provide certificate to their respective Commissioner. All voaches must attend at least one of the two Coaches "Clinics" listed on the HLL Calendar. Parents or other Adult family members may volunteer by noting your interest on the player registration form and filling out all associated information.
3. Instruction for obtaining clearances under the PA Child Protective Services Law is included in the DHS link below. To be exempted from fees, you will need to indicate that you are a VOLUNTEER. You should designate the Organization as Hershey Little League (phone 717-228-7836).
Once you have obtained your Child abuse clearances and completed the 2017 LL Volunteer application, please make copies and deliver these to your respective commissioner, or to Myron McCurdy at 795 Brook Drive. Hershey, PA 17033 717-877-6300. Please make sure that all documents are delivered in a sealed envelope with your name and primary league/level where you would be coaching in 2017.
Twice a year, in January and June, Little League® provides updates to the state statutes affecting player safety throughout the program. The current information about concussions, child abuse reporting and state background check laws is available on LittleLeague.org.
Also, Little League has released new information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with regards to concussions, and a microsite that leagues can add to their own websites for up-to-date information.
In keeping with its focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of children, LLB requires all leagues and teams to comply with all applicable laws and recommends they review the information and training materials on concussions which are available free of charge on the Centers For Disease Control website at: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/
The Pennsylvania law is found at 24 P.S. Section 5321 through 24 P.S. Section 5323 of the Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes of the education title. (24 P.S. §§ 5321- 5323) and is entitled the Safety in Youth Sports Act. The statute defines athletic activity to include interscholastic athletics, an athletic contest or competition sponsored by or associated with a school entity, school sponsored or associated noncompetitive cheerleading and practices, and scrimmages for all the aforementioned activities. Each year, a student participating in an athletic activity must have a parent/guardian sign acknowledgement of receipt of concussion information before the student may participate in the activity. The law requires any student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from participation at that time and is not allowed to resume participation until evaluated by a medical professional and given written clearance. The law also requires that coaches receive concussion training once each school year. The sponsors of youth athletic activities not addressed by this act (Hershey Little League) are encouraged to follow the guidance set forth in the act.
The HLL Website contains various links and resources for Parents, Coaches, players and other members designed to educate all in the proper recognition and response to any players in HLL who is suspected of having a concussion. Further information can be obtained by contacting HLL’s Safety Officer, Dr. Christopher DeFlicth. Any player suspected of sustaining a concussion during HLL activity must be reported immediately to Dr. DeFlitch.