Information for Coaches

Coaches and Assistant Coaches

Each team will need one head coach and at least two assistant coaches.  Prior coaching experience, while helpful, is not necessary

We hold a coaches orientation session and coaching clinics before the season begins.  Further, support from experienced coaches and commissioners is available throughout the season.

Attending coaching clinics is essential for all coaches and assistant coaches. Each Head coach will receive a handbook of skills, drills and practice techniques.   However, no handbook can substitute for demonstration and instruction.   In order to help each child learn to the best of their abilities, we need to learn how to be good teachers.

If you are interested in being a coach or assistant coach you should indicate that on your child's registration form or email us at mtairybaseball@yahoo.com

A League Commissioner will contact you about clinics and coaching vacancies.

Background Checks

Pennsylvania law now requires many employees and adult volunteers who work around children to obtain criminal background and child abuse clearances.. For Mt. Airy Baseball this will apply to head coaches, assistant coaches, and umpires.  Background Checks for volunteers are free and easy to obtain. Clearances must be submitted to the Commissioner by March 1, 2016.

Who must have clearances?

Adults applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child care service, a school or a program, activity or service responsible for the child's welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children you will need certifications. Direct volunteer contact with children is defined as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children and routine interaction with children Under the Child Protective Services Law, certifications are good for 60 months.

What do I need?

All prospective volunteers must obtain the following certifications: 

  • Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP); and 
  • Child Abuse History certification from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse). 

A link to each of these can be found below.

Criminal Background Check:

https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse History Clearance Online: 

https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS


The criminal background check is very easy. For the Child Abuse History Clearance you must create a user name and password and then complete the form. Please list Mt. Airy Baseball as the organization name.

Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if

  • The position the volunteer is applying for is a paid position; and
  • The volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. 

How much does it cost?

For volunteers (coaches)

  • The PSP criminal history certification costs $0
  • The Child Abuse certification costs $0
  • The FBI federal criminal history certification costs$25.75 through DHS
  • The FBI federal criminal history certification costs $27 through PDE

For employees (umpires) having contact with children:

  • The PSP criminal history certification costs $8
  • The Child Abuse certification costs $8
  • The FBI federal criminal history certification costs $25.75 through the Department of Human Services (DHS)

If I have a criminal record, am I prohibited from volunteering?

Having a criminal conviction does not automatically bar you from coaching or umpiring.

The following is a list of crimes and child abuse findings that prohibit someone from employment or volunteering with children: 

  • Chapter 25 (relating to criminal homicide)
  • Section 2702 (relating to aggravated assault)
  • Section 2709 (relating to stalking)
  • Section 2901 (relating to kidnapping)
  • Section 2902 (relating to unlawful restraint)
  • Section 3121 (relating to rape)
  • Section 3122.1 (relating to statutory sexual assault)
  • Section 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse)
  • Section 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault)
  • Section 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault)
  • Section 3126 (relating to indecent assault)
  • Section 3127 (relating to indecent exposure)
  • Section 4302 (relating to incest)
  • Section 4303 (relating to concealing death of child)
  • Section 4304 (relating to endangering welfare of children)
  • Section 4305 (relating to dealing in infant children)
  • Section 5902(b) (relating to prostitution and related offenses)
  • Section 5903(c) (d) (relating to obscene and other sexual material and performances)
  • Section 6301 (relating to corruption of minors)
  • Section 6312 (relating to sexual abuse of children), or an equivalent crime under Federal law or the law of another state. 
  • A felony offense under Act 64-1972 (relating to the controlled substance, drug device and cosmetic act) committed within the past five years.
  • Named as a perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse within the past five years or have been convicted of any of the crimes listed above.

Who has access to the results of the clearances?

The results will be kept in the strictest confidence All decisions regarding assigning coaches will be made by the League Commissioner and the Board member responsible for the division in which the individual wishers to coach. No one else will have access to the information for purposes of assigning coaches.

The results of the Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance should be sent to the League Commissioner, no later than March 1:

Dan Winterstein

100 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119