D.A. Bulletin - September
District Staff Bulletin - September 2013
Congratulations! The success and excitement enjoyed during the 2013 tournament season is a credit to the outstanding effort put forth by each district staff member. The tournament committee, along with the entire staff at Little League® International, acknowledges and appreciates your commitment to the Little League program.
UPDATE! Charter and Marketing Toolkit for 2014: Soon your leagues will receive the 2014 edition of the charter and marketing toolkit. This year’s packet of resources will include not only the league charter application specifically created for each league and related insurance information, but also valuable tools and resources to help your leagues market to prospective players and volunteers, and a special section highlighting activities and opportunities for local leagues to share in the celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary.
To ensure the Charter and Marketing Toolkit is received by the current League President, please follow-up with all of the leagues in your district to confirm that they have updated their League Officer information through the Little League Data Center.
Please ask all of your leagues to confirm that each has updated its league officers after the conclusion of the annual Board of Directors election. In order to receive this important information, it is imperative that the current mailing address for your League Presidents and other League Officers be on file with Little League no later than September 30, 2013. Please encourage your leagues to update their information in the Little League Data Center today.
Volunteering for Fall Ball and TAD Seasons: Annually, local leagues must conduct their own background checks on individuals expected to have repetitive access to the children in their home league. For volunteers who were not part of a league during the regular season and wish to volunteer during the fall ball and training/development seasons, background checks must be done prior to assuming said responsibilities with the league. Completed background checks are to be securely cataloged and each social security number is to be “blacked out.” Criminal and Sex Offender Registry Search Tools are available to local Little Leagues from First Advantage. The First Advantage National Criminal File database contains more than 350 million records which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Please note, the Mississippi Sex Offender registry data is no longer included in the database. As a result of Mississippi Sex Offender registry records data no longer being included, the First Advantage National Criminal Record File no longer meets the Little League minimum requirements of the Little League Regulations. To meet the requirements, a separate Mississippi State Sex Offender registry search must be conducted. This can be done by accessing the state website http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/. Click here to see a list of states covered. Note: As a reminder, First Advantage will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on Nov. 1 of each year.
ASAP Program Requirement No. 15: Local leagues may have to consider earlier registration dates in order the meet the ASAP requirement for players, coaches and managers information - ASAP Program Requirement 15. This requirement is mandatory, but does not mean that players, coaches and managers must be assigned to a roster. Making this change isn’t expected to affect your draft day, and it will help Little League collect this valuable information. This is a listing of players, coaches and managers in a given local league that is to be uploaded to the Little League Data Center. Fax or mailed copies of the information will not be accepted.
2013 Tournament Mileage Reporting: The deadline for submitting tournament mileage reports is Sept. 15. The form is available here.
Potential New Leagues: District Administrators and assistants receiving inquiries from potential new leagues are asked to contact Dan Velte, Director of League Development, at: 570-326-1921, ext 2223; e-mail: dvelte@LittleLeague.org; or Sam Ranck, League Development Manager and Director of the Challenger Division at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2254; e-mail sranck@LittleLeague.org; or Sara Thompson, Director of Softball Development at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2217; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New! Tee Ball Program: The new Little League Tee Ball program is a 10-week co-ed plan that features structured learning and physical activity, highlighted by one practice and one game per week. Over the course of the season, coaches and parents will engage in a series of lessons utilizing up to 40 fun and entertaining activities that include skills and drills. Visit the Coach Resource Center for great content on this topic. Please, follow up with leagues about this exciting program as preparations are made for the 2014 season.
Meetings with Leagues: District Administrators and 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 Little League’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary 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, and discuss plans for local and district-wide recognition of the program’s diamond anniversary season.
Training and Development: A schedule of training and education clinics will be posted on the Little League website (LittleLeague.org) later this fall. Additional listings will include the 2013-14 Little League Road Show series, Michele Smith Little League Softball coach’s clinics, and Baseball/Softball Factory dates. Contact your Regional office if you are interested in hosting an event.
This District Staff Bulletin is sent monthly to District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators via e-mail.