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.
Relive the Magic of the 2017 Little League World Series
This year, ABC and the ESPN Family of Networks broadcasted a total of 140 Little League World Series games, including all 32 games during the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport. Now that the champion has been crowned at the 2017 LLBWS, it’s time to relive the magic of Championship Weekend in Williamsport on Videos.LittleLeague.org where you can watch the full versions of the U.S. Championship, International Championship, and the Little League Baseball World Series Championship. Be sure to also read about all seven Little League World Series champions who were crowned the best in the world this summer.
#ThisIsLittleLeague Shares Heartwarming Stories from Around the Nation
Over the last two months, Little League launched a series of video features and other content focused on #ThisIsLittleLeague across each of its’ official web platforms, Videos.LittleLeague.org and LittleLeague.org, that shares the deeper meaning of what the Little League program is all about. From heartfelt features surrounding the Little League World Series and Regional Tournaments, to local league stories from around the United States, #ThisIsLittleLeague provides fans an inside look at how the Little League program impacts all of its members, from parents and players to league officials and administrators. Join together in the conversation by using #ThisIsLittleLeague on social media to share your heartwarming moments with us as we tell the story of what the Little League experience is all about.
Important Reminders for Local League Operations
Now that the Little League World Series has ended, it’s time to look forward to next season. Little League has put together a list of things that local leagues 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 visit LittleLeagueU.org and continue to check out the Little League Bulletin Board in the Little League Notebook each month.
- Understand what to plan for with the Operational Guide for Local Little League Programs
- DEADLINE: September 15 – Submit Tournament Mileage Forms
- DEADLINE: September 30 – Update Your League Officer List Online
- Starting October 1, leagues can begin chartering online for 2018 season
- Review local league constitutions and bylaws
- Start preparation for annual local league elections
- Understand how to use Little League Trademarks as you prepare materials for next year
- Begin budgeting for 2018 insurance costs to avoid a lapse in coverage
- Utilize Fall Ball Season for recruiting, training, and improving mechanics
- Review these financial tips to ensure fiscal awareness, accountability, and transparency for your league/district
- Use this Volunteer Recruitment Worksheet to help retain volunteers for next season
USA Baseball Launches USABat.com to Provide Answers for 2018 Bat Standard
With the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard quickly approaching on January 1, 2018, USA Baseball has launched a new website (USABat.com) that provides a detailed list of approved bats under the new standard, as well as some additional FAQs to help understand the change. Any additional questions regarding the USABat Standard can be sent to USABat@USABaseball.com.
Find New Ways to Promote Little League Registration and Increase Awareness
It’s never too early to starting thinking about your next Little League season, and what better time than to get a jump on registration for the next year. There are plenty of fun ways to promote your local Little League, and share the variety of reasons why being a part of the program can be an influential part of a child’s life.
All Little League Volunteers Can Prepare for 2018 Little League International Congress
With only four months away until the Opening Ceremonies of the 27th Little League International Congress at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, La., Little League is looking forward to bringing volunteers from around the world together from January 19-22, 2018. Local league volunteers are encouraged to talk to their District Administrators about agenda items that they would like to see voted on at Congress. District Administrators have until September 30 to submit those agenda items, and D.A.s are encouraged to check their email for more information. Held every four years, the Little League International Congress is the largest gathering of Little League volunteers, where delegates chart the course for the future of the organization. Volunteers gather to participate in large-scale discussions and voting on rules and regulations, take part in educational sessions, interact with exhibitors and fellow attendees, and experience local culture. District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators can learn everything they need to know about the 2018 Congress by visiting LittleLeague.org/Congress.