2014 Charter and Marketing Toolkit: This completely new packet of resources includes not only a league charter application and insurance information, but also valuable tools and resources to help your leagues market to prospective players and volunteers as well as streamline registration. The new Chartering and Marketing Toolkit will be mailed soon and features a specially-designed 75th Anniversary Toolkit created to help your leagues celebrate Little League’s diamond anniversary. Please, be sure to encourage your leagues to update their league officers to ensure the toolkit is received by the current League President.
ASAP Reminders: 1. A 15th item has been added to the ASAP program. League Player Registration Data or Player Roster Data and Coach and Manager Data can currently be completed through the Little League Data Center. Completion of this information is a mandatory requirement for an ASAP plan to be approved in 2014. 2. For those leagues that did not submit an ASAP plan in 2013, please, plan to do so for the 2014 season. Information on the 2014 A Safety Awareness Plan will be available in the coming weeks at: LittleLeague.org. Changes will be implemented for 2014, and the new Volunteer Application is currently online. 3. Leagues need to prepare, finalize and submit their plans. Little League International recommends that leagues submit their 2014 ASAP plans on or before Jan. 1, 2014. 4. The League President or a designee are responsible for assuring that each coach or manager participates in first aid and fundamental training once every three years.
Leagues on Hold: Using the Little League Data Center, District Staff members are encouraged to review if there are any leagues in their districts on hold. Follow up by checking the type of hold, and assist by guiding the league to the proper department at Little League International.
Background Checks: Each local league or district’s first 125 free background checks, paid for by Little League® International and provided through First Advantage, will re-set as of Nov. 1, 2013. As a reminder, the information collected through the First Advantage background checks should be kept in a secure location and remain confidential. When using First Advantage for background checks, Social Security numbers are required. You must enter Social Security numbers into the data base. Once the check is completed, you can then redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.
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Meetings with Leagues: District Administrators and their assistants should be scheduling at least one meeting with each league in the district this fall. These meetings can help to prevent problems around election time, and can help lay the groundwork for a successful season in 2014. A second meeting later in the fall can be used to help share some of the best ideas that come out of the first meeting, so all the leagues in the district can learn what works best. This is also an ideal time of year to assess each league’s intention to charter in 2014.
ASAP Incentives: All safety plans must be submitted WITH the Qualified Safety Plan Registration form. A safety plan WILL NOT be shown as "received" without the form stating who is submitting it, and what league(s) the safety plan covers. All safety plan materials must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2014 to be eligible for the cash award and to be eligible for the awards contest. Leagues working toward the district incentive must have all requirements submitted and approved to Little League International by March 14, 2014.
The Parent Connection: Little League® has created The Parent Connection, a monthly e-newsletter designed to educate parents. Little League believes more informed parents create better run leagues, which results in kids having more fun. Each newsletter will contain important information such as the latest rules, registration info, fitness and safety tips, and equipment advice. The Parent Connection will enhance the communication efforts of D.A.’s and League Presidents, and will serve to complement the great work done by both groups.
You can read our first issue here. We encourage D.A.’s and league presidents to sign-up to receive The Parent Connection.
D.A. Training Series: Little League® Baseball and Softball thanks the forty-two first-year volunteer D.A.s from around the world who spent two days (Oct. 11-12) meeting with Little League International staff members and conversing with fellow district volunteers regarding the best ways to efficiently oversee and operate their leagues. The seminars were recorded and will be available online soon.
This District Staff Bulletin is sent monthly to District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators via e-mail.
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