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D.A. Bulletin - March

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Little League® Grant Program Introduced: It is important that we continue to find ways to reinvest into our program. With that in mind, the Little League® Grant Program has been expanded to include opportunities for all chartered leagues to apply for a league enhancement grant. Additionally, grants to support the Challenger Division, Urban Initiative, and Softball Division are also available. All grants will be reviewed and processed by a committee made up of Little League employees and International Board members. Please share with your leagues.

New, FREE Little League ® Coach Pitch and Tee Ball Programs: The Little League® Tee Ball and Little League Coach Pitch programs are where children learn to love the game, make new friends, and have fun on the field. These FREE programs are currently available online for leagues and parents to download. The Tee Ball program is in its third year, and the 12-week Coach Pitch program is new this season.

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ASAP Plan Deadline is March 13 for D.A.s: ASAP plans MUST be received and approved on or before March 13 to receive the district incentive. Any leagues that want to host tournaments above the district level (Section, State, Division, Region, or World Series) must have an ASAP plan that Little League International approves prior to the D.A. or Tournament Director assigning host leagues and fields. Leagues can still submit plans for consideration after the April 1 deadline; however, they will not be eligible for the 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.

Important Notes About New State Laws and Background Checks: In the 2015 Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Rulebooks, language has been added to “Regulation I (c) 9” that is specific to the need for local leagues to review and understand the laws of their state governing background checks. Additional information on these new state laws is available on the Little League website. Per Little League® Regulation I (c) 8 and 9, a national check of the sex offender registries in all 50 states must be done on any individual in the local league program who provides regular service and/or have repetitive access to players or teams. The regulation requires that all of the following persons annually submit a fully-completed “Little League Official Volunteer Application” to the local League President, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season.

Background checks are required for the following positions: managers, coaches, practice coaches, Board of Director members, umpires and others, including equipment manager, field maintenance staff, scorekeeper(s), announcer(s), general volunteers, concession workers and team parents. There may be other positions within a league or district that provide regular service and/or have repetitive access to players or teams that meet these criteria. The Little League Official Volunteer Application must be maintained by the League President for a minimum of the duration of the applicant’s service to the league for that year. By using First Advantage, leagues have access to an annual database of 350 million individual criminal records. Little League International pays for the first 125 background checks conducted by each of its leagues. The cost after the first 125 checks is only $1 per check.

2015 Little League® Awards Program: Please consider nominating individuals from your district or a local league for the 2015 Little League® Awards Program. By recognizing Little League members, you help demonstrate the benefits and values of volunteerism, family and sportsmanship. The nomination form for each individual award is available on the Awards Recognition page.

Important Resources for the Managers and Coaches in Your District: With seasons getting underway in most of our leagues, it’s a great time to remind your leagues about the online resources and tools available for their volunteers. Managers and coaches can take advantage of the Coaches Resource Center and materials from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Softball coaches are encouraged to check out the recently developed Softball Excellence Coaching Courses for Little League Softball®.

Make sure League Presidents in your district know about GameChanger: Thousands of Little League® Baseball and Softball teams relied on GameChanger for an enhanced team experience last year. Leagues, tournaments, and teams can use the award-winning GameChanger software for free. Click here.

New Little League® Rulebook Apps For 2015: 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 and provide users with Little League rules at their fingertips. Click here for more info and to download today!

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


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