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D.A. Bulletin - April


New! 2015 Little League® International Tournament Enrollment Only Available Online: All Leagues choosing to participate in the 2015 Little League® International Tournament MUST enroll online via the Little League® Data Center. Leagues which need assistance or an access code for the Data Center are asked to e-mail accesscode@LittleLeague.org. District Administrators are strongly encouraged to notify leagues about this change.

New! Electronic Tee Ball Guide: The Little League® Tee Ball Program Guide is available online and can be downloaded. This step-by-step resource was designed for volunteer coaches with little or no experience with organizing and operating practices. Please, share the information with the leagues in your district.

Little League® Year in Review: The 2013-14 Little League® Year in Review is available for District Staff members to view online. This information will NOT be distributed to District Administrators in hard copy form. Within the Year in Review are descriptions of the organization’s activities on and off the field, including a report on the financial activity, accounting and status from the past year.

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Player Registration: In order to satisfy Regulation IV (g), encourage local leagues to submit regular-season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League® Data Center even if the April 1 deadline was missed. Remember, by receiving this information earlier in the year, Little League has the ability to better connect with volunteers and Little League families. This critical information also allows us to distribute timely information and announcements to all local league officials and parents during the current season of play.

District Marketing Plan: Among the resources provided at LittleLeagueToolkit.org are materials to be used in the creation and development of a plan for marketing your district. Utilizing these resources can help to generate interest in your local leagues and draw in more volunteers, generate sponsorship opportunities and entice other youth baseball program to consider Little League for the 2016 season.

Interleague Play and Combined Teams: The forms used to apply for approval of interleague play and combined teams have been revised. You are strongly encouraged to review the variety of 2015 forms available on the LittleLeague.org Forms and Publications page.

Equip Your Leagues with a Valuable Mobile Resource: Little League Rulebooks are available for download on tablets and mobile devices for the 2015 season. Digital downloads of the Little League Baseball, Softball, and Challenger Rulebooks are accessible through Apple iTunes and the Android Marketplace. Click here for more info and to download today!

District Administrator Elections: Any D.A. who is up for election in June 2015 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 2014, 87 percent of all local Little League® programs participated in ASAP. To expand educational opportunities for your leagues and avoid serious liability due to their non-compliance, Little League offers these reminders:
  • 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.

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 3, 2015 and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program.

2015 Little League® Tournament Supplies: Order all your tournament supplies today from the Little League Store, and save on shipping!

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

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