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Little League International Adds Criminal History Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 1/5/2017   |   Tags:   criminal background check  sport  youth-organization  youth-sport

Little League International, the organization behind Little League Baseball and Softball programs around the world, has instituted a new background check rule for United States programs. Under the new rule, all affiliated U.S. leagues will be required to run criminal background screenings on their volunteers.

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