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Chartering 2017

Chartering for the 2017 Season:

Due to unforeseen circumstances in updating the Little League® Data Center for the 2017 season, the convenience of chartering leagues online is not available at this time. Completion and submission of a charter application and insurance enrollment form is the only method to charter and purchase insurance for 2017. These forms were included in the Local League Resource Guide mailed to the League Presidents in your district that Little League International currently has on file.

D.A. Action: If any of your leagues did not receive the Local League Resource Guide including the chartering information, please contact a past-League President. You are welcome to contact your regional office or Little League International, as well.

D.A. Strategy: Little League International is working hard to provide solutions to help support local league and district operations this year, and we will update everyone on our progress as soon as possible. We realize this impacts a broad-range of local league and district operations, and Little League is committed to answering your questions and providing guidance. If you have any questions, please feel free to email support@LittleLeague.org. Please continue to check LittleLeague.org for updates and the most recent information.

National Criminal Background Checks Now Mandatory:

New for the 2017 season, Little League Regulation I (c) 9 has been revised to state that all leagues in the United States are required to conduct background checks that utilize First Advantage Screening Solutions, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. For those leagues that have satisfied this regulation in past seasons by utilizing First Advantage, there are not additional expectations, since the First Advantage background check currently meets that standard.

D.A. Action: Each local league must also be aware of its state and local laws, which may require other separate and additional background check processes be completed before individuals would be permitted to assume local league volunteer responsibilities. Several states also require (by law) additional background check procedures be completed above those required by Little League International. At present, Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have such background check laws in place. Albeit mandatory, these laws DO NOT by themselves meet the Little League regulation, and leagues must comply to both the state and local laws AND Little League regulation requirements.

D.A. Strategy: Our best District Administrators plan for background checks sessions where league safety officers will gather in one room having several computers set up so that background checks are completed for all board members, coaches and umpires. This can be done in two sessions to complete all of them. You will be able to minimize risk of someone failing to comply with this crucial Little League requirement.

2018 Bat Standards

New Youth Baseball Bat Standard to Take Effect in 2018:

The USA Baseball youth baseball bat standard will be in effect as of January 1, 2018. Note that all Little League-approved baseball bats, and the corresponding regulations governing them will remain in place for the 2017 regular season and tournament season. Information on the current regulations, and the pending change is available on the bat information page on LittleLeague.org.

D.A. Action: Remind all of your leagues that there is information currently available online regarding the new bat standard, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions specific to the 2018 season.

Tax Exempt Status Reminder:

It is the local league’s responsibility to submit a federal tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Any non-profit organization that does not file the proper 990 Form with the IRS for three consecutive years automatically loses its federal tax exemption resulting in the organization's income becoming taxable and contributors being unable to report their contributions as tax deductions. This year's filing deadline is February 15, 2017. Please include the League I.D. Number and Employer Identification Number (E.I.N.) on the tax return along with the correct name and address of the current League President. Each separately chartered league, even if operated by the same board, is required to have its own E.I.N. and file a separate return. Forms and instructions are available on the IRS website at IRS.gov. The address where the tax return should be filed is: Internal Revenue Service Center -- Ogden, Utah 84201-0027

It is also the responsibility of each league to furnish Little League Baseball® Incorporated with a copy of your league's annual financial report. This is a requirement of any league enrolled under the Little League Federal Group Tax Exemption and 501(c)(3) organizational status. There is a sample financial statement in the Little League resource guide and on the Little League website, at: LittleLeague.org/Accounting. Please be sure your League I.D. Number is noted on the financial statement. If you haven't already done so, please forward a copy of your league's financial statement via email to bbassett@LittleLeague.org or mail to:

Little League Baseball, Incorporated
539 U.S. Highway 15
P. O. Box 3485
Williamsport, PA 17701-0485

D.A. Action: Explain to all of your leagues with gross receipts in excess of $50,000 but less than $200,000, and IRS Form 990-EZ with Schedule A should be filed with the IRS. For Little Leagues with gross receipts in excess of $200,000, Form 990 with Schedule A should be filed. Leagues with gross receipts less than $50,000 must file an e-Postcard (Form 990-N) to retain tax exempt status. Please note the IRS can impose a penalty of $20 a day, up to a maximum of $10,000 when a return is filed late unless there is a reasonable cause for delay. If there have been any changes to the E.I.N. assigned to a local league, please forward written notification to Little League Baseball Incorporated so we may update our records to assure compliance with the IRS regulations and assure your league is recognized under the group exemption. Please be sure to check with your state and file the appropriate state forms as well if required. If you need additional information, contact Becky Bassett at 570-326-1921 ext. 2228 or at bbassett@LittleLeague.org.

ASAP Information

2017 ASAP Information:

The 2017 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) materials are currently available online at LittleLeague.org. The deadline for Districts to complete the process regarding the District monetary incentive for early local league participation is Friday, March 10. The deadline for local leagues not participating in the District incentive is March 31, 2017. ASAP Plans for the 2017 season can be submitted through the Little League Data Center.

D.A. Action: Create a labeling system where your district can visually share with parents if a league is safety compliant. For example, if a league has submitted an ASAP plan, and meets all requirements, they may get a specific sticker or decal to be placed at their facilities. The more enhanced measures they provide, the higher the level of safety decal (sticker) they get. These ranks or levels could also be posted on the league’s website to market and advertise their safety level.

Umpire Registry

2017 Little League® Umpire Registry:

The Little League Umpire Registry will open on January 3, 2017 for the upcoming season. The Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network that provides an opportunity to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills.

Umpires can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more. As a member, you will have access to the Umpire Registry website that contains resources such as the Fairball newsletter, a bi-monthly electronic publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires; the current year’s rules, regulations and polices eBook; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); The Little League Umpire online presentation, and 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals, along with direct access to articles, videos and quizzes available on Little League University.

As in years past, Little League will provide two free Umpire Registry registrations to each District. Expect to receive an email will in the coming few weeks, which will contain the necessary information to access these free registrations. Please watch for this important email, and pass the codes along to the Umpire-In-Chief in each of your leagues.

D.A. Action: Please inform your League Presidents of this important resource and encourage your officials to make use of this training and education venue.

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