Whitney Little League(WLL) is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all participants. In that light, WLL is making every effort to comply with the California Concussion Law passed in 2017: This law is found in the California Health Safety Code under the section referencing "Adolescent Health" (Cal Health and Safety Code - 124235)
Under this law, all athletes participating on a team and their parents/guardians are required to have a Concussion Information Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is signed by both the athlete and their parent/guardian (Download the English Version | Download the Spanish Version). Also, managers, coaches, umpires and league/district personnel are required to complete a concussion awareness training through the CDC's Heads Up program.
It has been the direction of the league president, no team manager is to conduct a practice or team activity until the concussion awareness program has been completed and the certificate of completion has been submitted to the Coach Coordinator or League Safety Officer. Further, any umpire affilaited with WLL is also required to complete the concussion awareness program and submit the certificate of completion to the Umpire In Chief (UIC), League Safety Officer prior to umpiring a scheduled league game. Lastly, any registerd player will not be allowed to participate in league activities until a signed medical waiver and the above described Concussion Information sheet has been signed by the player and guardian.
California Health & Saety Code 124235, also requires an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in an athletic activity to be immediately removed from the athletic activity for the remainder of the day, and shall not be permitted to return to any athletic activity until he or she is evaluated by a licensed health care provider who proovides written clearance to return to athletic activity. If the licensed health care provider determines that the athlete sustained a concussion or other head injury, the athlete shall also complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than seven days in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.
Little League International and all local little league programs must adhere to the following requirements from the SafeSport Act:
Pursuant to Section 18900 of the California Business & Professions Code: This serves as written notification to any parent or guardian of a youth participating in Whitney Little League(WLL) that WLL conducts a state & federal criminal background checks thru JDP Risk Mitigation on all regsitered volunteers of WLL. JDP Risk Mitigation, is affilaited with Little League International (LLI). Additioanl information regarding this topic can be found at Little League International's Child Protection Page.
The safety and well-being of all participants in the Little League® program is paramount. As adults, we want to ensure that the young people playing in the Little League program 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. All local Little Leagues are required to conduct background checks on managers, coaches, board of directors members, umpires and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular services to the league and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams. As such, LLI requires all volunteers at local little leagues to complete Background check. If you are a Manager, Coach, Umpire, or League Volunteer, with WLL, you will recieve an email from JDP Risk Mitigation for you to complete a background check application. If you are having difficulty with the application, please review the Little League Online Back Ground Check walk thu video.
Further, it’s important to remember that volunteer appointments are for one year only, and that every year, all individuals volunteering at the local level must submit either a Volunteer Application or Returning Volunteer Application and go through the background check process, annually.