Little League® Dominates ESPN’s Summertime Airwaves: All 32 games of the 2015 Little League® Baseball World Series are scheduled to be televised live on the ESPN family of Networks and ABC. In addition, more than 100 Little League Baseball and Softball tournament games are set to be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and WATCH ESPN, including all the championship games from the eight other World Series tournaments. The Longhorn Network will also televise 12 games from the Little League Baseball Southwest Region Tournament, and the Little League Softball® Southwest Region Championship Game. A listing of all tournament games is available on the LLWS Daily Calendar. Coverage is subject to change. Learn more about the schedules of all the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series. For all updates on the Little League World Series tournaments, and events, go to LLBWS.org and follow #LLWS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
D.A. Staff Strategy: As the season comes to a close, take time to assess which leagues are not offering divisions of softball, teenage baseball, and the Little League Challenger Division®. In an effort to increase interest in offering these divisions for the 2016 season, call attention to the Little League International tournament games on television.
2015 Tournament Mileage Reporting: The deadline for submitting tournament mileage reports is Sept. 15, 2015. The form is available here.
D.A. Staff Action: Notify all of your leagues of this year's mileage deadline. Now is the time to remind them that mileage reports that are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
2016 Little League® Chartering to Be Done Exclusively Online: Beginning with the 2016 season, any community wishing to charter with Little League® Baseball and Softball, will do so via the Little League Data Center. By logging into the Little League Data Center, and using your league’s ID Number, the chartering process will remain virtually the same as in past seasons. A charter application has been specifically created for each league, along with the related insurance information. All of the charter and insurance fees may also be processed online.
D.A. Staff Action: Ask leagues to notify you if they are having trouble logging on to the Data Center to complete the online charter. Explain that help will be available from Little League International, if needed.
The 2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit Is Coming: This fall, your leagues will receive the 2016 edition of the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit. Noticeably absent from this year’s packet of resources is the annual league charter application. Chartering for the 2016 season will done exclusively online through the Little League Data Center. The Toolkit will provide a variety of other valuable materials to help your leagues market to prospective players, families and volunteers. Expect the toolkit to be delivered to you and your League Presidents on record this fall.
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, 2015. Please encourage your leagues to update their information in the Little League Data Center today.
D.A. Staff Strategy: Draft a District Plan for next season starting with your current district participating numbers: Number of leagues, Total number of teams, etc. Then follow it by developing goals for the district in 2016 — Increase the number of leagues offering softball, etc. — Define what resources are needed to accomplish you goal — Finally, establish a timeline for various tasks, and assign district staff members that will be held responsible for executing those tasks.
Fall Ball and Training/Development Seasons: Offseason training and the recruitment of new players and volunteers is what the Fall Ball and the Training and Development (TAD) seasons are all about. The structure of Fall Ball and TAD activities also provides an opportunity for children and parents to become familiar with the Little League program and the local leagues in your district. Please, encourage your leagues to see this time of year as an open invitation to first-time players and parents. By generating interest now, there is a greater potential for increased participation numbers for next season.
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 secured “under lock and key,” and for additional security the social security number may be “blacked out.” Criminal and Sex Offender Registry Search Tools are available to local Little Leagues from First Advantage. Note: As a reminder, First Advantage will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on Nov. 1 of each year.
D.A. Staff Strategy: Please follow-up with all leagues to confirm that each has updated its league officers after the conclusion of the annual Board of Directors election.
Potential New Leagues District Administrators (D.A.s) and assistants (A.D.A.s) 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; Sam Ranck, League Development Manager and Director of the Challenger Division, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2254; e-mail: sranck@LittleLeague.org; or April Meehleder, League Development Assistant Manager, at 570-326-1921, ext. 2328; e-mail: ameehleder@LittleLeague.org.
D.A. Staff Action: When receiving an inquiry or a possible lead, contact Little League International Headquarters right away. Also, when Little League International receives and inquiry, they will forward to the Regional Office, which in turn will ask you to reach out the contact person on the inquiry. The sooner this initial contact is made, the larger possibility of having that league charter with Little League.
This District Administrator Bulletin is sent monthly to District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators via e-mail.
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