To be eligible to coach American Legion Baseball in Minnesota, coaches must complete a background check, Child Safety Training, and Concussion Training.
Background Check - Completed annually
Child Safety Training - Completed every 2 years
Concussion Training - Completed every 3 years
The background check and trainings are free to all coaches/managers.
Any questions about the requirements can be directed at Minnesota Legion Baseball Director, Randy Schaub (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Minnesota Legion Baseball requires ALL coaches and managers to complete an annual background check in accordance with the National Rules of American Legion Baseball.
We have set up a direct link for all Minnesota Coaches and Managers. You can access the link by clicking HERE.
All Legion Managers, Coaches and Team Volunteer Staff must undergo Background Screening, before beginning any 2018 Season Activities.
Beginning with the 2013 season, the National American Legion made it mandatory that all team Managers, Coaches, Assistant Coaches -- and other volunteer staff who meet certain criteria -- must undergo annual background screening, prior to engaging in any meetings, events, practices or games that involve youth participants.
To ensure consistency and protect confidentiality, all screening must be conducted by one designated vendor ("Protect Youth Sports"); if an individual has previously undergone background screening through/for another organization, those results may not be substituted. The cost of each individual's background screen will be billed to, and paid by, Minnesota American Legion Baseball. Those who do not complete it -- or who fail the screening -- are ineligible to particiapte.
For reference, the background screening policy can be found HERE.
Child Safety Training
MANDATORY FOR 2020 Season and Beyond
As part of the education and training requirements of Public Law (2018), each staff member must complete the abuse awareness course either through Protect Youth Sports or USA Baseball. Both are free. Minnesota encourages the use of Protect Youth Sports as it is automatically sent and tracked via the background checks. However, USA Baseball Pure Baseball certificates will be accepted. Other abuse trainings will be accepted on an individual basis. Certificate of Completion is mandatory for the 2021 season. Abuse Awareness Training Video links:
- PROTECT YOUTH SPORTS (https://baseball.legion.org/background)
- USA BASEBALL PURE BASEBALL (https://www.sportdev.org/USAB/USAB/Store/Shop_Course.aspx) - Select "Abuse Awareness for Adults"
After you complete your background check, you will be notified as to which trainings you need to complete, if any. Please allow at least 48 hours for this notification to be sent.
In 2011, the State of Minnesota passed a new law, requiring, among other things, that ALL youth athletic coaches and officials receive training on concussions. For American Legion Baseball in Minnesota, the training is free, available on-line, and takes about 45 minutes to complete.
Click here for a one-page policy handout for Legion Team Managers on the law's requirements. Teams must plan accordingly, so that ALL coaches (head and assistant) are properly trained before the start of any tryouts, practices, games. Coaches who do not submit proof of training are NOT eligible to coach Legion Baseball. In addition, all those who umpire Legion games must have completed training, or they are personally in violation of the law.
Once completed, training is valid for three (3) years, after which, training must be completed again -- and a new certificate of completion must be submitted. Minnesota State High School League concussion certificates are acceptable as well. Send a screenshot of your MSHSL dashboard to Brandon.
Please Email your certificate to Brandon Raymo (email@example.com) to be recorded.
Free online concussion courses can be found at the following:
Updated: November 12, 2020