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D.A. Bulletin - July

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Little League® on Television: In late July and through the month of August, 135 Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® tournament games are scheduled to be televised on ABC, the ESPN family of networks, and the Longhorn Network.

The complete World Series television schedule and the day-by-day Little League Baseball World Series viewing schedule are available at LLBWS.org.

We hope you can visit one or more of these venues to see the games in person. If not, we invite you to enjoy the games on television or through the WatchESPN app and the Little League World Series website.

D.A. 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 2015 season, call attention to the Little League International tournament games televised by the ESPN family of networks.

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2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit: For the 2016 season, the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit will be delivered to current League Presidents on file, so it is important that you encourage the leagues in your district to update their league officer information through the Little League Data Center.

D.A. Action: 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.

2015 Tournament Mileage Reporting: The deadline for submitting tournament mileage reports is Sept. 15. The form is available on the Tournament Toolkit.

Potential New Leagues: District Administrators (D.A.s) and assistants (A.D.A.s) receiving inquiries from potential new leagues are asked to contact Sam Ranck, League Development Manager and Director of the Challenger Division, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2254; e-mail sranck@LittleLeague.org and/or have the league submit an online request for chartering information at: LittleLeague.org/affiliate.

D.A. Action: When receiving an inquiry or a possible lead, immediately contact Little League International (LLI) in Williamsport, Pa. Also, when LLI receives an inquiry, they will forward it to the Regional Office, which in turn will ask you to reach out to the contact person on the inquiry. The sooner this initial contact is made, the greater the possibility is of securing a new league.

Lightning Safety: As thousands of tournament games are being played across the country, D.A.s and Tournament Directors are reminded to follow all of the Lightning Safety Guidelines found in Appendix A of the 2015 Little League Rulebook. Lightning casualties can occur at any time of the year but are most frequent in the late spring and summer thunderstorm season. Annually, about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in the United States. From 1971 to 2000, lightning killed an average of 73 people each year in the United States and injured hundreds more.

Global Connection Touch Table: Local Leagues can be a part of the World of Little League® through the Global Connections Touch Table. For the first time, any local Little League in the world will have a direct connection to the Little League Museum -- thanks to the Global Connections Touch Table. Uploading pictures and information about a local league takes only a few minutes through a basic eteamz website.

End-of-Year Evaluations: As we approach the end of another exciting Little League® season, this is a great time to encourage your leagues to hold an end-of-year meeting with parents or distribute a survey to obtain valuable feedback about their experience during the year. This information will be valuable as they look to improve their league for future years.

D.A. Action: Ask leagues to share these ideas at your next district meeting, and discuss as a group how to improve.

District Evaluation: As District Administrators, you are responsible for the success and development of Little League in your area. A great way to begin is to evaluate your leagues at the end of the Little League season. Only then will you be able to establish the district’s goals for next season. Whether it is league retention, growth in the total number of teams in your district, Tee Ball teams, Softball Divisions, or others, it is crucially important to constantly measure your progress and share all this information with the leagues and your district staff.

D.A. Strategy: Draft a District Plan for next season, starting with your current district participation numbers: Number of leagues, Total number of teams, etc. Then follow up by developing 2016 goals for the district such as: Increase the number of leagues offering softball, etc. Define what resources are needed to accomplish you goal. And lastly, establish a timeline for different tasks needed, and assign district staff members to be responsible for executing these tasks.

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

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