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The Sandwich Baseball Association coach must be a leader. All must recognize that they hold a position of trust and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative period of a child’s development.

It is required that the coach have understanding, patience and the capacity to work with children. The coach should be able to inspire respect. Above all else, coaches must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental and emotional development of young people.

While an adult with training and background in the game is a desirable candidate for a coach it is not a requirement of the Sandwich Baseball Association. The heart of SBA is what happens between the adult coach and player.

Children of Youth Baseball age are strongly influenced by adults whose ideals and aspirations are similar to their own. The coach and player share a common interest in the game, a desire to excel, and determination to win. Children often idolize their coaches, not because the adult is the most successful coach or mentor, but because the coach are a sources of inspiration.

All coaches will be required to complete a background check through Sterling Volunteers before being allowed to coach a team. This requirement is in place to help protect the children playing in the Sandwich Baseball Association and will be completed before the start of each season. SBA Coaches are also required to be CPR/AED certified before the start of the season.

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Background Checks

Why do we do background Checks?

As an organization that serves children and youth we have the obligation to exercise “due diligence” with regards to protecting our members, especially the children. By performing background checks on our volunteer coaches our organization is: 

-Putting up a safeguard at the “doorway” of the organization that will, in most cases, scare off sexual predators.
-Offering peace of mind to parents when choosing our  program, by letting them know our league is being pro-active in trying to protect the children.

What States does an investigation cover? 
A Sterling Volunteers investigation covers all 50 States.   

What are the criteria for receiving your certification?

    •  No felonies.
    •  No violent, theft, or drug related misdemeanors.
    •  No sex crimes found, ever.**
    •  No crimes against children found, ever.**
    •  No pending or looming legal action found which may result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction.
    •  Have a United States Government issued identification card.
    •  Current, accurate personal photograph.

How do I complete the background check?

Once you've been contacted by the Game Ops Director about your coaching position you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers to complete your background check.

As a parent how can I verify a Coaches background check?

Please speak with the President of the Association.

How do I view the associations Child Abuse/Molestation Risk Management Program?

By following this link to the must current document:

Coach Training

Each season we host Coaches clinics to help our volunteer Coaches develop their skillets as a coach. We've also partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to help ensure our Coaches have the tools needed to have a positive impact on their team. Below are some Coaching resources that we believe may be useful to you as Coach.

Sandwich Baseball Association

PO Box 358 
Sandwich, Illinois 60548
Email : [email protected]
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