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.
Important Reminders for Local League Operations
As we begin getting ready for the 2018 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.
- Begin chartering online for 2018 season through the Data Center
- Understand what to plan for with the Operational Guide for Local Little League Programs
- Understand how to use Little League Trademarks as you prepare materials for next year
- Remember to schedule annual meetings and yearly Board Elections
- Enroll in insurance prior to end of 2017 to avoid break in coverage
- 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
- Remember to purchase Printed and eBook versions of the 2018 Rulebooks (available mid-December)
Little League International Rule and Regulation Changes Announced For 2018 Season
During their annual November meeting, the Little League International Board of Directors approved new rule and regulation changes to go into effect for the 2018 season. To assist with understanding all of the newly approved changes, Little League has also created a full breakdown of all of the rule and regulation changes, including clarification on each. This page, found at LittleLeague.org/Rules, will be updated frequently with any new rule and regulation changes.
Baseball Reminder: USABat Standard Goes Into Effect January 1
Effective January 1, 2018, non-wood and laminated baseball bats used in the Little League Baseball (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50/70) Division, and Junior League divisions, as well as the Little League Challenger Division, shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat - USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2-5/8 inches for these divisions of play. To help with the change, 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. Any additional questions regarding the USABat Standard can be sent to USABat@USABaseball.com.
Take Advantage of Local League Technology Solutions
Local Little League programs are encouraged to create a free customized website with online registration through DICK’S Team Sports HQ, powered by Blue Sombrero. Along with the ability to host online registration and payments, DICK’S Team Sports HQ provides time-saving features not available in any other league technology platform. To get started today, visit LittleLeague.org/TSHQ.
Remember to Specify When Chartering the Minor Division
In an effort to continue supporting the youngest levels of the Little League program, Little League International will begin collecting additional team information through the Little League Data Center for the Minor Division, with local leagues chartering Minor Division-Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch and Minor Division-Player Pitch programs starting with the 2018 season. Through gathering additional team information within the Minor Divisions, Little League will have the ability to understand which local leagues are offering each of the respective programs, and provide specific resources and guidance to help those local leagues, volunteers, and coaches provide their Little Leaguers® with the best possible experience.
D.A.s and A.D.A.s: Register Now for 2018 Little League International Congress
Registration through the Data Center is now open for the 27th Little League International Congress at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, La. 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. The voting agenda will be made available to D.A.s in early December. D.A.s and voting delegates are strongly encouraged to discuss this agenda with their leagues and gather their feedback on these important, potential changes to the Little League program. These agenda items will be discussed and ultimately voted on at Congress. District Administrators (D.A.) and Assistant District Administrators (A.D.A.) can learn everything they need to know about the 2018 Congress by visiting LittleLeague.org/Congress or by downloading the official Little League Congress app.