The backbone of Little League Baseball is the adult volunteer. One million strong, it is this corps of dedicated people who coach the teams, umpire the games, work in the concession stands, serve on the local board of directors, and serve at the District level. These people, who live in every U.S. state and 103 other countries, make Little League the largest and most respected youth sports organization on Earth.
However, we know that the greatest treasure we have is a child. As adults, we must ensure that these young people 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. They are our future, and an endless source of joy.
Starting with the 2003 season, Little League programs nationwide are required to annually conduct a background check of: Managers, Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams.
The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect children. Second, they maintain Little League as a relaxing environment from those who would seek to do harm. Third, they will help to protect individuals and leagues from possible loss of personal or league assets because of litigation.
Any and all volunteers to Gowanda Area Little League MUST fill out a Volunteer application. Please fill it out, along with providing a copy of a government identification (driver's license, passport, etc.) and hand it in at any board meeting prior to working with any players and/or teams. Forms may also be submitted at one of the player registration sessions.