DA Bulletin - February
District Staff Bulletin - February 2013
National Background Checks: Per Little League Regulation I (c) 8 and 9, a national check of the sex offender registries in all 50 states must be done on each volunteer with "repetitive access" to children. By using Lexis Nexis, the regulation requirement is met, and leagues also have access to an annual database of 270 million individual criminal records.
Background checks are required for:
- Practice Coaches
- Board Members
- Misc. positions
- Equipment manager
- Field maintenance
- General volunteer
- Concession worker
- Team Parent
Chartering and Marketing Toolkit: With many leagues currently registering players and beginning to play games, this is the time to direct leagues to the new Chartering and Marketing Toolkit Resource Page on the Little League website. The resource page provides leagues with information on how to enhance the experience for families, and provides input for board members throughout the season.
2013 ASAP Information: The players and volunteers in your league or district are our greatest asset, and Little League International stresses the importance of updating or developing a safety awareness plan. To assist you in providing the highest possible level of safety and injury prevention, a basic sample of an accepted ASAP plan is available here.
Registration Information: Districts should strongly encourage local leagues to submit regular season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League Data Center by April 1, 2013 in accordance with the impending ASAP regulation that will be mandatory for the 2014 season.
Free Webinar - Marketing Tips for Your Leagues: The league marketing webinar is now available to watch on demand! The presentation is filled with tips for your leagues on content creation, website optimization, email marketing, social media, and online/offline advertising. Click here to download the webinar or forward the link to your leagues.
Little League Coach and Umpire Resource Centers: Information and training items are continually being updated to the Little League Coach Resource Center. To 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.
Coaches Toolkit: The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit provides separate packages for Little League Baseball and Little League Softball, which include sport-specific training manuals, videos and other materials that will help both the novice and experienced coach.
Add Your League or District to GameChanger: Little League International has chosen GameChanger as its licensed partner for scorekeeping, stats, and live game updates. Last year 5,500 Little League teams relied on GameChanger for an enhanced team experience. GameChanger is completely free for leagues, tournaments, and coaches/teams. Click here to find out how GameChanger can enhance your league or tournament.
Concussions: Many states have enacted laws designed to prevent concussions and protect the health and safety of young athletes. Little League International has compiled a summary of all currently existing and proposed state laws regarding concussions in youth athletes. Some state laws are only applicable to school-sponsored athletics or to activities taking place on school-owned property. Other laws are applicable to all youth sports organizations, whether affiliated or not with a school district. It is strongly recommended that local leagues consult with legal counsel in its jurisdiction to determine the applicability of state laws regarding concussions to its program. Not every state has adopted concussion laws, and not every state's concussion law is applicable to a LLB program. Nevertheless, in keeping with its focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of children, Little League International strongly encourages all leagues and teams to not only comply with any applicable state laws, but also, to review the information and training materials on concussions which are available free of charge on the Centers For Disease Control website.
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