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DA Bulletin - March

District Staff Bulletin - March 2011

Composite Bat Moratorium: Information on the composite baseball bats that have received waivers of the moratorium for the Little League (Majors) Baseball Division and below can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/Jan-Apr/LLBBBatInfo-3-18-11.htm. If you have further questions, we encourage you to sign on to Little League's Facebook page. At that page, over the past several days, Little League International staff has answered hundreds of questions regarding the moratorium. The Little League Facebook page is here: www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball.

Chartering Follow-up: Confirm the charter status of all local Little Leagues by logging on to Little League Data Center: http://www.LittleLeague.org/DataCenter. Contact all leagues that have not chartered to date, or that are considering not chartering for 2011. Contact the League Development Department at Little League International for assistance with leagues that may not or will not charter.Direct any questions to Dan Velte, Director of League Development, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 223; or dvelte@LittleLeague.org.

Background Checks: All members of a local league's board of directors, managers, coaches and any other volunteer staff who will have "regular service and/or repetitive access" to players or teams are subject to background checks. This requirement is extended to all perspective coaches, including practice coaches and those under the age of 18. For umpires who officiate in multiple Little League programs, a background check must be done by each league in which the umpire officiates. Using LexisNexis affords each league 125 free background checks and a cost of $1 per check for any subsequent checks. For new leagues registering with LexisNexis, or leagues renewing their LexisNexis registration, be aware that it may take several days for the registration to be processed. More information is available here: http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/LexisNexisHomeSafeFlyer_2010.pdf. Please direct any questions to Jim Ferguson, Assistant Director of Risk Management, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 212; or jferguson@LittleLeague.org.

Softball Factory Clinics: Little League Softball and the Softball Factory, a newly created extension of the Baseball Factory, are partnering to hold a series of four clinics this spring for any interested Little League Softball players. More information is available here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/Jan-Apr/SBallFactorytoConductFourClinicsforLLSB.htm

Boundary Maps: Confirm all league boundary maps are current, accurate, and properly recorded for the 2011 season. A current and accurate map is one that is based on the boundaries as of April 23, 2007, or as noted on a map amended since that date. A league's map must be accepted by, and on file at, the Regional Headquarters to be considered "official."

A Safety Awareness (ASAP) Plans: For districts to receive incentives, ASAP plans must be received and approved by April 1, 2011. Districts with 86-to-100 percent of leagues submitting a qualified safety plan will earn a $350 credit to their district account. Districts achieving 70-to-85 percent participation will earn a $150 credit.

Continuing Affiliation and Non-Compliance: Coordinate with leagues that have not yet chartered for 2011. If information or educational materials are needed, contact the Little League International League Development Department for assistance. District Administrative staffs are advised to check the Little League Data Center to verify those leagues that have not chartered for this year as well as those that are currently listed on the non-compliant list. Access the Little League Data Center, at: http://www.LittleLeague.org/DataCenter.

Update League Profiles: To keep league information current, local leagues are encouraged to update their league profile. This can be done by logging on to the Little League Data Center, at: http://www.LittleLeague.org/DataCenter. It also is important to keep up to date on Little League news, valuable coaching tips, receive updates on rules and take advantage of special offers created exclusively for the Little League membership. All this information can be received electronically by joining Little League's mailing list, at: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/JoinMailingList.htm.

Player Eligibility Waiver Requests: All waiver requests involving player eligibility must be processed by the district and respective regional offices, and acted upon by the Little League International Charter Committee in South Williamsport, before said player may participate in the local league program.

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