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D.A. Bulletin - November

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Little League® University Website Launched: As liaisons with your local leagues, your District Staff is critical to the growth and success of the Little League® program in your area. The primary consideration must always be the best interest of the local league. In carrying forward the roles and responsibilities of the District Administrator (D.A.), and Assistant District Administrator (A.D.A.), the individuals assuming these volunteer positions must be knowledgeable of, and support, the principles adopted by the Little League International Board of Directors. Little League University is being developed to inform and educate its constituents. D.A.s and A.D.A.s will have a private, dedicated portal on the Little League University website, and through this free resource, have the means to become thoroughly acquainted with the Little League policies, rules and regulations. Effective D.A.s and A.D.A s must have the capacity for good judgement and common sense to provide counsel to the leagues in their district. Little League University is being designed to provide such support.

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2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit: The 2016 Little League® Chartering and Marketing Toolkit is ready to go! District Administrators will receive an advanced copy of this year’s Toolkit by early November. Leagues will receive the Toolkit after its league officers are updated or confirmed for the 2016 season through the Little League Data Center. For the online companion site to the Toolkit and additional resources, visit LittleLeagueToolkit.org. Note that this season the local league chartering process will be completed entirely online, so there will not be a league-specific charter application or an Operating Manual included in this year’s Toolkit.

D.A. Action: To ensure delivery to the appropriate members in your local leagues, log on to the Little League Data Center to confirm that the League President information has been updated for all leagues in your district.

D.A. Action: Send notice of a special district meeting that includes your League Presidents and other league officials to go over the Toolkit. The Chartering and Marketing Toolkit is a resource that all members of your District Staff should review.

Online Chartering and Free Rulebooks for Leagues that Charter Early: Chartering for the 2016 season will be done exclusively online through the Little League Data Center, so there is no reason for local leagues to wait to charter. District Staffs are encouraged to express the convenience and benefit of chartering early. Please, remind your leagues that by doing so prior to January 1, 2016, each league will receive 10 free Rulebooks in addition to the one per team received annually. The ONLY way for leagues to renew their charters is online through the Little League Data Center.

D.A. Action: Call each one of your league presidents to ensure they have their login information to the Data Center. Also, send notification to your leagues that Chartering will be done exclusively online.

D.A. Action: Review any holds on your leagues’ charter that may stop them from completing this process. Contact the regional office or headquarters (depending on the type of hold) to inquire on the actions to be taken to remove any holds. Communicate this information in writing to the respective League President.

2016 Regional Roundtables: District Administrators (D.A.s) and Assistant District Administrators (A.D.A.s) are invited to attend the two-day Regional Roundtable meetings set to begin early next year. The agenda for each Regional Roundtable, which will include educational sessions, as well as rules and regulations discussions, will be assembled from the Regional Roundtable Agenda Survey to be completed by D.A.s and A.D.A.s in your region. The survey must be completed by December 1, 2015, to be considered in the development of the Regional Roundtable Agenda. The Regional Roundtable meetings are conducted by members of the Little League Regional Staff and International Staff. D.A.s, or the approved alternate, will receive reimbursement for two night’s hotel accommodations, a $200 travel stipend to help offset other travel-related costs, and complimentary tickets to the Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. If you are unable to attend the Regional Roundtable, please designate an alternate from your staff as your District’s representative. The District Administrator must contact Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, requesting the respective individual be recognized as the designated alternate. Regional Roundtable lodging information is currently available.

D.A. Action: Complete and submit the Regional Roundtable Agenda Survey by December 1.

D.A. Strategy: Plan to attend the Regional Roundtable scheduled for your region, and make the necessary arrangements; or request to send an alternate as your representative.

The Little League® Tee Ball and Coach Pitch Program are Great Tools for Recruiting Coaches: The free, 10-week Little League® Tee Ball Program is designed to provide a great experience to participants by focusing on fun, fitness, and fundamentals. The program also gives a first-year or returning Tee Ball coach everything needed to conduct a successful season. The Coach Pitch Program continues the Little League experience into the next level of the program. Included in both of these free programs are detailed practice plans, basic drills and activities designed for Tee Ball players 4-to-6 years old; and Coach Pitch players 7-to-9 years old. Practice schedules and timings, SKLZ Fun-damentals videos demonstrating skills and drills covered in the programs, and Positive Coaching Alliance tips for each week of the program. Districts are encouraged to share this program with all leagues and encourage them to implement it for 2016.

D.A. Action: Click on the two following links Little League® Tee Ball Program | Coach Pitch Program in order to download the information and share with all your leagues.

D.A. Strategy: Identify leagues in your district that are struggling to bring in new players. Ask from your league presidents to introduce a pilot program in Tee Ball and Coach Pitch divisions where the entire division plays their season utilizing the curriculum for each division.

D.A. Action: Before the season begins, ask your league presidents to allow you and a member of your district staff to have a meeting during the registration period, with parents in these divisions. You will then have an opportunity to present the programs to them on an informative basis.

Little League® Newsletters and the Google Translator: Each month, the Little League® Communications Department produces electronic newsletters for District Administrators, coaches and managers, local league officials, and parents. Every other month, a newsletter is delivered to umpires who are members of the Little League Umpire Registry; and several times during the year, Little League’s Risk Management Department partners with Musco Lighting Company to print and deliver the ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) newsletter. The monthly and ASAP newsletters are available on the Little League website. To receive any, or all, of the newsletter just sign up. The Google translator feature on the top of the LittleLeague.org home page lets anyone enjoy the newsletters in a variety of languages.

D.A. Action: Require that, at minimum, each of your League Presidents’ sign up for the newsletters. Communication with league officials is essential to Little League success.

D.A. Strategy: For communities in your district that predominantly speak a language other than English, assign a person on your staff or create a special position for a person to establish a proper communication channel to share the already translated newsletters with them.

D.A. Action: Visit the LittleLeague.org D.A. Bulletins archive page to share information on your district website.

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

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