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Our state association requires officials to complete a thee-part background check in order to officiate.

 

Our summer ball association has instituted a similar policy.

 

My question is how many of your state and summer associations require similar checks.

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The only organization that I have umpired in that has ever required a background check is Little League. Never needed one for Pony, AAU, USSSA, HS or any of the other off-season ball I have done. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Just for clarification, PIAA has required it of officials who became certified after 2007.  It is a once and done process.

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The Virginia High School League makes you sign an affidavit that states you were never charged or convicted of a felony, nor charged with a crime against a minor.  

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Both WA and OR high school associations do a cursory background check. Mainly to make sure you have not commited a crime against a minor. Also WA will not allow you to work HS games if you have a felony conviction.

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Michigan does .....  MHSAA

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my background is nobody's business

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Sounds like PIAA is pretty stringent (comparatively).  How about summer ball associations? Any requirements?

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Other than fingerprints for LL, I haven't had to go through any. 

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Little League is my primary business, and they are very strict about the background checks… Every umpire, coach, board member, and volunteer, even the ones who are 13 years old, must provide a state issued photo ID (school ID's are accepted for those under 18) as well as a bunch of background information.

 

There cannot be any contact with children through practices, scrimmages, etc. until the background check is on file. 

 

MHSAA does them also I believe

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Richvee - LL doesn't require fingerprints. If you had to supply them it was a local request.

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Richvee - LL doesn't require fingerprints. If you had to supply them it was a local request.

I guess it's our district's request then. I need to have them on file for my state optician's license anyway, so it's no big deal. 

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I believe in Maine we have to sign a form for HS saying that we have no felonies - our local HS board really pays attention to that kind of stuff as well - small board - word travels fast. We do have connections for checks if needed. Schools are clamping down on this, and I think all sports (school) in Maine have some sort of requirement.

 

The only other one I have is LL for summer ball - Each league has a contact for background checks, I am think that LL has this set up? I think there is a place that they get so many 'free' background checks done each year.

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Just for clarification, PIAA has required it of officials who became certified after 2007.  It is a once and done process.

Yes, the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) is very strict on obtaining these checks. I think it is for the best of all parties.  You know who you are dealing with once these checks are completed.  These checks consist of FBI background and fingerprint checks, state child abuse background check, and state police criminal background check. True, it is not a fool proof system, but it gives you a little piece of mind knowing that the officials are subject to this.

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Richvee - LL doesn't require fingerprints. If you had to supply them it was a local request.

I think Rich Vee's reputation preceded him

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We are supposed to have copies of our documents with us at the field. It made me feel awkward. Some schools want copies, others are satisfied to verify through the PIAA website. I got into the habit of emailing AD's before the game to see if I could email them scans of the documents ahead of time. So far they have all been accommodating. The school then keeps them on file.

Our summer ball association has adopted a similar background check procedure. Since many summer games are played on school fields, it made sense from a liability perspective.

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Just for clarification, PIAA has required it of officials who became certified after 2007.  It is a once and done process.

Yes, the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) is very strict on obtaining these checks. I think it is for the best of all parties.  You know who you are dealing with once these checks are completed.  These checks consist of FBI background and fingerprint checks, state child abuse background check, and state police criminal background check. True, it is not a fool proof system, but it gives you a little piece of mind knowing that the officials are subject to this.

 

Yes, PIAA is quite stringent on these checks due to the 2008 Pittsburgh Post gazette investigative article by Bill Moushey that revealed an embarrassing number of former and active PIAA officials who had convictions for a multitude of offenses......  child abuse,gun crimes, drug offenses, assaults, animal abuse, fraud, various forms of theft, crimes of falsity, drunken driving and auto accidents that caused deaths.

 

As a proud long-term PIAA official, I'm glad they cleaned the PIAA out of those officials.....I support the background check program.....

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LL is for each league you serve, too. At least I know one year I did 5.  I also have the PA State Police run me every year to supply the PIAA.  10 bucks on line.

LL is free, or it has been for me at many leagues. No fingerprints in my history.

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Just for clarification, PIAA has required it of officials who became certified after 2007.  It is a once and done process.

Yes, the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) is very strict on obtaining these checks. I think it is for the best of all parties.  You know who you are dealing with once these checks are completed.  These checks consist of FBI background and fingerprint checks, state child abuse background check, and state police criminal background check. True, it is not a fool proof system, but it gives you a little piece of mind knowing that the officials are subject to this.

 

Yes, PIAA is quite stringent on these checks due to the 2008 Pittsburgh Post gazette investigative article by Bill Moushey that revealed an embarrassing number of former and active PIAA officials who had convictions for a multitude of offenses......  child abuse,gun crimes, drug offenses, assaults, animal abuse, fraud, various forms of theft, crimes of falsity, drunken driving and auto accidents that caused deaths.

 

As a proud long-term PIAA official, I'm glad they cleaned the PIAA out of those officials.....I support the background check program.....

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/2008/09/14/Many-with-criminal-pasts-found-on-PIAA-s-roster-of-sports-referees/stories/200809140223#ixzz2nherb0X7

I have no qualms with submitting to a background check. The only question I ever had was why the PIAA never phased it in for officials who registered before 2007.

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Florida has gone to a universal system. It used to be you had to get checked at each county you worked in. This is at the HS level.

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No background checks here. The closest I've come is when a LL I was going to work for thought I was going to coach. That was fixed very quickly. Larry Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2

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No background checks here. The closest I've come is when a LL I was going to work for thought I was going to coach. That was fixed very quickly.

Larry

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LL requires ANYONE with "repetitive contact" with the players to have a background check. It isn't just about coaches. If they excused you they are applying the requirement incorrectly.

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No background checks here. The closest I've come is when a LL I was going to work for thought I was going to coach. That was fixed very quickly.

Larry

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LL requires ANYONE with "repetitive contact" with the players to have a background check. It isn't just about coaches. If they excused you they are applying the requirement incorrectly.

I believe LL requires only a check of the national sex offender database. They greatly recommend a background check though.

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No background checks here. The closest I've come is when a LL I was going to work for thought I was going to coach. That was fixed very quickly.

Larry

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LL requires ANYONE with "repetitive contact" with the players to have a background check. It isn't just about coaches. If they excused you they are applying the requirement incorrectly.

I believe LL requires only a check of the national sex offender database. They greatly recommend a background check though.

 

 

LL requires the use of First Advantage(formally LexisNexis).

 

They require background checks.

 

Not "greatly recommend"

 

Require.

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Right, the background check is required.  Little League International dictates that certain offenses disqualify a candidate, but the local league may choose to use other information they receive to make their decision.

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