Wilson Youth Baseball
Teaching integrity, respect, and sportsmanship on the field and in the game of life

Background Checks for Coaches and Volunteers

Wilson Youth Baseball & Softball (along with permission from Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball) requires that all coaches and volunteers must obtain the following clearances:

  • Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP Criminal History)



  • Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (PA DHS Child Abuse)


All clearances can be sent to me, if you already have your clearances, great – send them to me and I will be happy to house them and track them.

Please email all copies to:

Safety Director-Evan Spohn

The subject line must read:

2018 clearances for (insert your full name)

Any omissions will result in the email being returned for corrections.

Once all information has been received and accepted, you will receive a reply of confirmation.

Additionally, New volunteers also need letter affirming that they lived in PA last 10 years, ID (copy of PDL – PA Driver’s License), SSN (Social Security #) and DOB (Date of Birth).

Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if the volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.

Coaches and volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI Clearance because they have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.

How much will the clearances cost?

Effective July 25, 2015, the PSP and Child Abuse clearance fee will be waived for anyone who is volunteering to work with children. The cost of the FBI Clearance for those who need it is $27 and is paid by the volunteer.

What is the renewal requirement for clearances?

All coaches and volunteers will be required to obtain clearances every 36 months. Volunteers are required to obtain updated clearances as follows: • Within 36 months of the date of the most recent certification; • By July 1, 2015 if their clearance is older than 36 months; or • By July 1, 2015 if they have not received a clearance because they previously were not required to obtain clearances.

How do I obtain my clearances?

The Child Abuse, PSP and FBI clearances can all be applied and paid for electronically. The FBI clearance also requires a fingerprint submission. All necessary instructions and links to apply for these clearances can be found at:


How often do I need to renew my clearances?

All volunteers will be required to obtain clearances every 60 months.