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Tournament Enrollment Deadline:

Enrollment for the 2016 Little League® International Tournament for your leagues and for districts submitting district teams is now open through the Little League Data Center. The enrollment deadline is June 15. This year’s tournament supplies, including the 2016 Eligibility Affidavits, are available exclusively online through the Little League International Tournament Toolkit. Little League will no longer be mailing paper versions of these tournament supplies. Please inform your leagues of this important change.


Little League Affidavits Tutorial

New for 2016, there are three ways to complete the 2016 Eligibility Affidavits:

(1) Automated affidavits can be prepared using the new League Finder. A step-by-step tutorial has been created to provide the necessary instructions. This new resource automatically plots players on league boundary maps and creates a completed, ready-to-print affidavit, which only requires the appropriate signatures.

Little League is strongly encouraging all to use this system. As you’re reviewing the affidavits this year, please familiarize yourself with the entire affidavit process, so that you’ll be able to answer questions from your leagues.

(2) Eligibility Affidavit(s) are available on LittleLeagueToolkit.org. These versions allow you to both fill out the affidavit online and print the completed form, or

(3) Print a blank Eligibility Affidavit and complete it by hand. Note that the baseball affidavit and the softball affidavit are two separate documents.

All leagues participating in tournament play must enroll by June 15. For more information on tournament enrollment, visit the Little League International Tournament Toolkit website. Remind all leagues NOT chartering tournament teams that they must indicate their intentions through on the tournament enrollment form.

D.A. Action: Continue working to resolve ALL overlaps among leagues in your district and neighboring districts, if applicable. Option 1 (online automated affidavits) will not be available to your leagues if there is anything pending to be resolved.

D.A. Action: Collect league records in your district files. Contact your leagues to determine which part of the overlapping areas belong to the respective league. Contact your regional office to get assistance on resolving map overlaps.

D.A. Goal: Set a specific performance objective this year by motivating yourself and your staff to complete the map review process in order to show your dedication and service to your leagues. Remember, it’s an “all or nothing” approach — either all your leagues have this option or none do.

D.A. Strategy: Become familiar with LittleLeagueToolkit.org and call for a meeting with all of your local league officials to review its tournament content in its entirety.


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Tournament Schedules:

Each District Administrator must finalize tournament schedules prior to the start of the tournament or June 15 (whichever comes first). Schedules for each level (District, Section, Division, State, and Regional) must utilize Little League® International-approved single-elimination brackets, double-elimination brackets, or pool play format with a pool play tie-breaker format. All other tournament formats must be approved by the Little League International Tournament Committee. Review the Little League International Tournament checklist for more details.

D.A. Action: Download the Little League Approved Double-Elimination Brackets Book.

Tournament Host:

It is important to confirm that all leagues hosting tournament games at the section level and above have an approved ASAP Plan for the current season.

Tournament Enrollment:

It is important to confirm that all leagues entered into your District Tournament have enrolled in tournament play on the Little League Data Center. All leagues that have not enrolled in tournament play are not eligible to participate in any level of the Little League International Tournament.

Tournament Toolkit:

For all of your updated Tournament Resources visit the Little League International Tournament Toolkit website. Some of the resources you will find include updated tournament rules, baseball and softball Affidavits, player verification requirements and a tournament FAQ.

Tournament Technology:

Thousands of Little League® Baseball and Softball teams rely on GameChanger for an enhanced team experience. Leagues, tournaments, and teams can use the award-winning GameChanger software for free. Learn more about the Little League® mobile device applications and how you can use them to score and stream live plays and stats or for all of your district tournament games.

Order Tournament Banners:

Local leagues and districts can order tournament banners and other tournament material today and save! Visit Little League’s online store, at: LittleLeagueStore.net.


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Little League Baseball® World Series Tickets:

Ticket request forms for the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series have been e-mailed and mailed. Please complete the form and return it to Pam Wright at Little League International by Monday, June 8. Please direct any questions to Pam Wright, at pwright@LittleLeague.org; or call 570-326-1921; extension 2222.


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


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