Coaches and Parents,
The safety and well-being of all participants in our Little League® program is paramount. As adults, we want to ensure that the young people playing in the Little League program are able to grow up happy, healthy and, above all, safe. Whether they are our children, or the children of others, each of us has a responsibility to protect them.
In 2018, the "Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017" went into effect by the Federal Government. Generally referred to as the SafeSport law, this national law makes it a crime for an individual involved in a national governing body sports organization, including Little League, to ignore, or not report to law enforcement, any reason to suspect an act of child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours.
The requirements that are necessary to comply with SafeSport are included in the Child Protection Program Policy.
We are committed to adhering to all requirements of the SafeSport Act:
1) We will report all acts of Child Abuse, including sexual abuse involving a minor, to the proper authorities.
2) We have adopted a policy that prohibits retaliation on "good faith" reports of child abuse
3) All volunteers shall complete the Abuse Awareness training provided by USA Baseball and SafeSport
Per Little League International's Regulation 1(c) 8 & 9, as part of the Child Protection Program, we conduct background checks on all board members, managers, coaches, umpires, and other volunteers who have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.
If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact me, or Little League International directly at 570-326-1921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Golden Hill Little League