Use Little League® University as a Training Tool
Fall is the time to plan training and education seminars for your leagues. You are invited and encouraged to use the content currently available in the District Admin/A.D.A tab on the Little League University website to organize training, and promote information sharing with local league officials. If you wish to suggest a resource, or piece of information that is not currently found on LLU, please submit those ideas via e-mail to Chris Downs, at: cdowns@LittleLeague.org.
D.A. Action: Budgets, transparency, and fiscal responsibility are critical for financial viability of a league or district. Visit the District Administrator Training Presentations and focus your attention on the Knowing Your District’s Finances presentation in order to download the information and discuss with all your leagues. During your next District meeting, use this information to reinforce the importance of financial oversight and responsibility.
Little League® to Adopt New USA Baseball Bat Standard:
Little League Baseball® is adopting a new bat standard that will take effect on January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League®, are being encouraged to adopt this new standard, which was developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, but will not be permitted for any Little League practices or games beginning January 1, 2018, and the current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved.
D.A. Action: Be sure to remind your leagues that the new bat standard is coming for 2018, and that the current bat rules remain in place for the current season. Any bat approved for 2017, will not be permitted to be used in 2018, even if the bat was purchased new with the coming calendar year.
Plan Training Using the Little League® Calendar
Each month, Little League® International lists upcoming training and education clinics on is electronic calendar available online at LittleLeague.org. Other information and events of note for the month can be reviewed by visiting the LittleLeague.org home page and clicking on “Things to Know.”
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; 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: Upload the content of these newsletters in your district website. Arrange the information by topics so your league officials and other volunteers or parents can easily access the information.