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D.A. Bulletin - April

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International Congress Recap: Thank you for attending and participating in the 26th Little League® International Congress in Minneapolis! It was a successful event with many great memories, highlighted by several of your fellow volunteers being recognized with awards. Also, as result of the votes cast, there were 14 items approved for inclusion in Little League’s rules and regulations. Here are the voting results and rule changes.

District Administrator Elections: Any D.A. who is up for election in June 2014 is reminded to follow the proper procedures to file for re-election and also is asked to contact his/her local leagues to inform them that an election will be held. The D.A. election schedule by district is available on the Little League® website.

ASAP Requirements Reminder: In 2013, 87 percent of all of local Little League® programs participated in ASAP. To expand educational opportunities for your leagues and avoid serious liability due to their noncompliance, Little League offers these reminders:

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  • At least one regular-season coach from each team must annually attend fundamental coaching and first-aid training. Also each manager or coach must attend a coaching and first-aid training every three years to be eligible to manage or coach.

  • Little League regulations require that all managers, coaches and practice coaches complete an annual volunteer application. The League President is responsible for annually nominating managers and coaches who are then approved by the Board. If an individual is placed in a position to assist at practice without having been subject to these requirements, then the league is exposed to a serious liability situation. These same expectations include any other volunteers who may have regular service or repetitive access and or contact with the team.

  • League officials, managers, coach and umpires are strongly encouraged to review the concussion laws in their state on the Little League website and also review the Center for Disease Control (CDC) information and take the concussion training on the CDC site. The same groups of volunteers also should review the child abuse information on the Little League website to familiarize themselves.

WeatherBug Creates Little League App: Little League® Baseball and Softball and WeatherBug, the brand millions trust to Know Before™ severe weather strikes, has launched Little League WeatherBug, a new mobile weather app providing coaches, managers, parents, family and friends of Little League with real-time weather, severe weather alerts, and personalized lightning detection to help stay safer during practice and games this season.

Little League WeatherBug is available for download on both Google Play and the iTunes App Store for free. Watch this new short video about lightning and weather safety to see the app in action.

2014 Little League Magazine: The free, annual Little League® Magazine produced by Major League Baseball has been delivered to local leagues throughout the United States. Each team manager from the 2013 season or the League President has received a delivery of this year’s edition. The theme for the 2014 publication is the celebration of Little League’s 75th Anniversary. Later this month, an online version of the magazine will be available on the Little League website.

Eligibility Waiver Deadline: Even though the regular season has begun in many areas, be aware that all waiver requests involving player eligibility must be processed by the district and respective regional offices, and acted upon by the Little League® International Charter Committee in South Williamsport, no later than June 4, 2014 and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program.

All waiver requests (for the league, team, player, manager, and/or coach) of any kind must be submitted and approved no later than June 4, 2014. All regular season team rosters must be submitted to Little League International in accordance with the requirements outlined in Regulation IV (g), no later than June 4, 2014.

Leagues can still submit ASAP plans for consideration. Plans submitted after April 1 are NOT be eligible for the ASAP Awards program. All 15 requirements must be met, including submitting coaches, managers, and player registration data electronically through the Little League® Data Center. Click here for more information.

Registration Information and Charter Review: Districts should strongly encourage local leagues to submit regular-season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League® Data Center. As the local Little League programs in your district start to play games, it’s a good time to log on to the Little League Data Center to confirm their charter status. Contact all of the leagues that have not chartered to date, or that are considering not chartering for 2015. 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 and Affiliation, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2223; or dvelte@LittleLeague.org.

Sam’s Club® Joins Little League® as a Corporate Partner: Sam’s Club® has teamed up with Little League® to become the Official Warehouse Club Store of Little League Baseball and Softball. This partnership will allow local leagues to stock up their concession stands with all the ballpark favorites. Concession managers, take note of some key food safety tips to keep operations running smoothly throughout the Little League® season. Here are some helpful tips for your leagues’ concession stands.

Lance® Snacks Announces All-Star Snack Mix: Lance®, the Official Cracker Sandwich of Little League®, is excited to introduce the All-Star Snack Mix™, a perfect snacking combination from Cape Cod® Kettle Chips and Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels. The All-Star Snack Mix, a homerun for concession stands, will be available at over 500 Sam’s Club stores in late April. Each variety pack retails for $13.88 and contains 46 single serve units, perfect for concession selling or team snacks. The mix includes 24 packs of cracker sandwiches, 8 packs of kettle chips, 8 packs of mini pretzels, and 6 packs of sunflower seeds.

Just in time for the season, look for the All Star Snack Mix at your local Sam’s Club soon!

This District Staff Bulletin is sent monthly to District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators via e-mail.


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