D.A. Bulletin - January
District Staff Bulletin - January 2013
2013 ASAP Information: Information and materials to facilitate the 2013 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) are currently available online at the Little League website.
- As safety officers complete the 2013 ASAP plan for their leagues, they are reminded that a copy of the plan must be mailed to Little League International (539 U.S. Route 15 Highway, Williamsport, Pa., 17701-0485) along with the 2013 qualified safety program form. Please, note the deadlines for submission (see link above). Electronic submission of plans will not be accepted.
- It is recommended that local leagues and districts reconcile and/or audit financial statements at various points throughout the year to limit the possibility of fraudulent activity.
- It is time to start completing background checks. The first 125 checks are free to each league/district.
- Leagues are encouraged to complete first aid and CPR training prior to the start of their regular season.
- The latest edition of the ASAP Newsletter is available here.
Chartering and Insurance Reminders: Please remind all local leagues that their 2012 Insurance coverage ended on 12/31/12. Submission of a 2013 charter application prior to the end of the year ensured that the league did not have a break in insurance coverage. It is important to note that without proper insurance coverage, the league and its officials will not be properly covered for any league activities. Liability and Accident Insurance will not be in force for the 2013 season until the league has chartered and paid their premiums in full.
2013 Little League Awards Program: Please consider nominating individuals from your district or local league for the 2013 Little League Awards Program. By recognizing Little League members, you help demonstrate the benefits and values of volunteerism, family and sportsmanship.
Accounting Procedures: Please remind all of your leagues about the importance of being diligent in their accounting procedures and incorporating checks and balances to protect themselves from financial problems.
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.
Consider the NEW Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division: Are your leagues losing players to other programs? It may be time to introduce the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division to your leagues. For more information on this new division, visit the Intermediate (50/70) Division Resource page.
Game Site selection for Tournament Play: If your district intends to host any Little League International Tournament games above the district level, by Little League Tournament rule, the host league must have an approved A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) plan. Also remember that ASAP plans must be implemented before the season starts in order to qualify as an approved plan for the current year.
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Teenage Divisions and Softball Special Games: Little League International has a series of guidelines to help districts and leagues organize, coordinate and operate special games involving Little League teams in all divisions of play. Softball Special Games guidelines can be found here.
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Little League Coach and Umpire Resource Centers: Free information and training items are continually being updated to the Little League Coach Resource Center. Umpires also have access to a similar free online training and education product available here.