DA Bulletin - March
District Staff Bulletin – March 2012
Regional Roundtables:In an effort to provide additional education and increase the opportunities for input from its grass-roots volunteers in the rules and regulation modification process, Little League International has coordinated a series of regional round tables that began in January. To date, four of the five round tables have been held with the final event – the Central Region Round Table - scheduled for March 16-17 in Indianapolis.
All District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators in each of the five regions are invited to attend the two-day event in their region.
- Online registration is available for those wishing to register early. For more information click here.
- In preparation for the Round Tables, you are encouraged to review the agenda with your league presidents. The agenda can be found here.
National Background Checks: Background checks conducted through LexisNexis as of 8 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time on Feb. 14, 2012, once again meet Little League International’s background check regulation (Regulation I [c]  and ). As always, local Little Leagues and districts in the U.S. are required to, at a minimum, perform a check that covers the Sex Offender Registries of all U.S. states/territories, for certain personnel in the league, as noted in the regulations. Again, LexisNexis meets and exceeds Little League International’s background check regulation (Regulation I [c]  and ). To access LexisNexis, click here.
- 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. Please direct any questions to Jim Ferguson, Assistant Director of Risk Management, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 212; or jferguson@LittleLeague.org.
2014 Little League International Congress: The 26th Little League International Congress will convene one week earlier than originally announced in order to avoid a scheduling conflict. The Congress will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., April 4-7, 2014,
2012 Little League Awards Program: June 1 is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 Little League Awards Program. Information on the respective awards, nomination forms for the awards and highlights of past recipients are available here. Send your completed nomination forms directly to Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa. If you have any questions regarding the awards, please, contact Scott Rosenberg, Little League International’s Director of Public Relations, at: srosenberg@LittleLeague.org; or 570-326-1921, ext. 235.
2012 ASAP Information: All safety plan materials must be postmarked no later than April 13, 2012 to win the cash award and enter the awards contest. Leagues working toward the District Incentive must have all requirements received and approved at Little League International by March 13, 2012.
ALL safety plans must be submitted WITH the Qualified Safety Plan Registration form. Your safety plan WILL NOT be shown as received or approved without the form stating who is submitting it, and where the 13 minimum requirements can be found in the league(s) plan.
Mobile Rulebook Applications: The Little League Rulebooks Apps are now available for the 2012 season. Digital downloads of the Little League Baseball, Softball, and Challenger Rulebooks are accessible through Apple iTunes and Android Marketplace e-commerce sites. Click here.
Chartering Follow-up: Confirm the charter status of all local Little Leagues by logging on to the Little League Data Center. Contact all leagues that have not chartered to date, or that are considering not chartering for 2012. 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.
Little League Coach and Umpire Resource Centers: Information and training items are continually being updated to the Little League Coach Resource Center. For access this free online product, click here. For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit, or to purchase your Coaches Toolkit package, click here.
Umpires also have access to a similar free online training and education product available here.
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