Throughout the world, District Administrators and their staffs invest limitless hours, travel endless miles and diligently labor to bring all the benefits of Little League’s programs to neighborhoods and communities of all sizes and locals. Through the efforts and experiences of these highly-motivated volunteers many successes have been achieved. This series of stories highlights district achievements from each of the five regions in the United States, and offers ideas and insights for “Best Practices” that may be applied in your district.
- Diverse State Population Prompts DAs in Georgia to Forge Association Aimed at Cultivating New Leagues, Growing ParticipationSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Feb. 15, 2011) – Nearly 10 million people live in the state of Georgia, and during the spring and summer of 2010, nearly 28,000 children played Little League. Charged with taking the program to areas of the state where there is no Little League, and broaden the opportunities for all of their existing leagues, each of Georgia’s 10 volunteer District Administrators are crisscrossing the state in support of a coordinated, collaborative information and recruitment campaign.
- Expanding the Little League Program, Retaining Players Is a Safe Bet If District Administrators Are Willing to ‘Go All In’ to Support their LeaguesSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., (Feb. 15, 2011) – Shannon Walker was elected as Ohio District 8 Administrator in 2008 following the passing of Michael Hackett, and in just two years has been at the forefront of a tremendous Little League expansion that has seen her district grow from 14 to 21 leagues, with two more new leagues expected to charter this year.
- Creating Opportunity: Administrative Staff in New York District 4 Appeals to Communities Needs to Charter Leagues in Rural, Metropolitan AreasSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., (Feb. 15, 2011) – Little League volunteer Ken Liesegang is in his second year as the New York District 4 Administrator. Since his election, he and the District 4 staff have generated new interest in Little League by actively promoting the program and by emphasizing Little League's “everyone plays” message.
- One Step at a Time: Louisiana District 3 Administrator Michael Marler Highlights the Freedom of Operating Local Little LeaguesSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (Feb. 15, 2011) – Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest youth sports organization in the world in part because nearly 7,500 leagues have built programs that are customized for their communities and neighborhoods. Michael Marler, Louisiana District 3 Administrator, has found that the rural areas served by Little League in his district respect the program’s rules and regulations, while enjoying the autonomy to make their league, their own.
- Transition Game: Little League Develops District-Wide 50-70 Program to Ease the Move Up to Standard-Size Baseball FieldsSOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., (Feb. 15, 2011) – In its efforts to keep children playing baseball into the teenage divisions of Little League Baseball, Little League International is in the second year of a pilot program designed to ease the transition of Major Division players from the 60-foot Little League diamond to the standard 90-foot diamond.