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Babe Ruth League, Inc. advocates for the careful selection of your league's volunteers, especially those who make a direct impact on our young players, such as our managers and coaches.  We would like to inform you about the latest best practices that will assist your league as it recruits the most qualified adults to serve as managers, coaches, board members and any other volunteers associated with your league and its teams.

Please be advised that beginning with the 2014 season:

  • All leagues will be required to conduct background checks on 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, and
  • The local league will be required to conduct 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.

Babe Ruth League, Inc. has searched for a service that will help you institute an accurate, easy-to-use, and efficient process that will ensure a respectful approach to need to screen volunteers. It is called:
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First Advantage is an online volunteer screening service designed for the nonprofit industry. It offers affordable access to criminal records, identity verifications and other credentialing information with the results of these searches available within minutes. First Advantage provides innovative, cost effective, background check solutions that help provide a safe environment for the youth we serve. It also helps protect and promote the integrity and reputation of our leagues.

For further information or to join now, please visit the First Advantage Website or contact our dedicated Account Manager, Michael Hawthorne Jr. at Michael.Hawthorne@fadv.com or 678.710.7244. As a chartered member of Babe Ruth League, Inc., this service is available to you at discounted pricing.

To meet the minimum standard, the local league can access the free site of the U.S. Department of Justice at www.nsopr.gov. But keep in mind that searches done on the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry do not use a birth date or Social Security Number as search criteria, so any person with the same first and last name who is on the 50 states' individual state sex offender registry will show up in the search. When positive results are returned in these states with name-only searches through the sex offender registry search, the local league would be required to perform a more in-depth research to determine whether the results belong to the volunteer.

Babe Ruth League, Inc. is confident that leadership like yours helps to provide the safest program in which our youth can enjoy the great games of baseball and softball. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us via your respective region's toll-free number.

Who is First Advantage?

First Advantage provides businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations including youth serving sports organizations with technology, software, information and marketing services, to help manage economic and physical risks and to identify business opportunities.

First Advantage offers low-cost volunteer background screening to youth serving and other nonprofit organizations. Since 2002 First Advantage has screened more than 3.7 million potential employees or volunteers, identifying over 189,000 individuals with criminal convictions - including more than 2700 registered sex offenders. To learn more about First Advantage and how they serve nonprofits, please visit the First Advantage Website.

What are the benefits of the First Advantage & the Babe Ruth Partnership?

First Advantage has partnered with Babe Ruth to offer their members access to our premier nonprofit background screening services at deep discounts.

By signing up for background screening services with First Advantage, not only are you taking effective steps to protect your organization, but you are also gaining access to those services at rates up to 80% less than what other for profit organizations pay.

What services are available and how much does it cost?

Babe Ruth League Pricing Schedule

Package 1: National Criminal Package, includes:

-Social Security Number Verification
Matches information provided by the user (SSN, name, address) against millions of consumer credit files, public records, and utility company data contained in proprietary First Advantage databases and those of nationwide credit reporting agencies. Also returns other names and addresses associated with the input identifiers (SSN, name, address). The search will also confirm SSN is not part of the Social Security Administration DeathMaster Index.

-National Criminal File: Adjudicated

Searches more than 278 million criminal records across all 50 states on 100 million individuals, gathered from multiple criminal record repositories such as:
  • Department of Corrections (Prison, Parole, Release, Probation Files)
  • Administrative Office of Courts
  • Individual County Courts
  • Sex Offender Registries
  • State Specific Criminal Record Repositories
  • First Advantage Proprietary Criminal Record Data

Individual Screening Services

Identity Searches  
  Social Security Number Verification $0.50
Verification Services  
Education Verification (Per institution; additional fees may apply) $5.25
Employment Verification (3 attempts over 3 days; additional fees may apply) $5.25
Motor Vehicle-Driving Searches  
Motor Vehicle Check (Driving Record) (Access restricted in some states; requires state approval in certain states; additional fees may apply) $0.50
Credit Searches  
Credit Report (Employment) $1.40
Criminal Record Searches  
National Criminal Record File: Adjudicated $1.75
Watchlist Searches  
Global Sanction $1.35

* Nationwide searches Registries when screening volunteers include searches of the Sex Offender in 49 states with approval from First Advantage.

NOTE: 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 Babe Ruth League, Inc. minimum requirements for background checks. 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/.

**The above prices do not include additional out of pocket expenses for reference fees, 900 # charges, court fees, transcript fees, state registry fees, central repository fees, etc. Pricing is subject to change.

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