Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and District Administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.
NEW TO 2017: Local Leagues Required to Conduct Background Checks on All Volunteers
Please remember to conduct national criminal background checks, in addition to a search of the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, for each volunteer with regular service to the league or repetitive access to children. Starting in 2017, Little League’s official regulations have been revised to state that all leagues in the United States are required to conduct background checks that utilize the First Advantage Screening Solutions program provided by Little League International, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. For those leagues that have satisfied this regulation in past seasons by utilizing First Advantage, there are not additional expectations, since the First Advantage background check currently meets that standard. For more information, including how to conduct the mandatory background checks, visit LittleLeague.org/ChildProtection.
Little League University Launches New Educational Videos
This February, Little League University began a series of free educational videos to assist local league volunteers during their day-to-day operations. The first video of the series helps local leagues better understand Establishing Player Eligibility in a Local League. Additional educational videos on background checks, new rule changes, and more will be available on LittleLeagueU.org throughout the course of the year.
Little League Establishes Bat Information Landing Page to Answer Questions
With the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard in 2018, Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. The landing page, found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.
Important Reminders for Local League Operations
Here are some of the important things that your league should be considering this month, and some resources from Little League University to help guide the way. For these tips, as well as additional information, be sure to check out the Little League Bulletin Board each month.
• Ensure Insurance information is confirmed and updated
• Work to meet all upcoming ASAP Safety Plan deadlines (D.A. - March 10; Local League - March 31)
• NEW FOR 2017: Remember to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers
• Purchase printed or eBook versions of the 2017 rulebooks
• Confirm player selection follows one of the three approved Little League Draft Methods
• Ensure new eligibility requirements are being met using Residency Eligibility Checklist
• Order official Little League patches for 2017 uniforms
• Start preparing finances for tax returns
Little League Looking For Parents, Coaches, and Volunteers to Share Their #TeeBallTales
Starting in December 2016, Little League launched a digital campaign known as #TeeBallTuesday that highlights the Fun, Fitness, and Fundamentals of the Little League® Tee Ball Program will help promote and educate Tee Ball coaches, parents, and volunteers. As part of the campaign, Little League is asking parents, coaches, and other volunteers to share their “Tee Ball Tales” by e-mailing their story to firstname.lastname@example.org and by using #TeeBallTales and #TeeBallTuesday on social media.