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D.A. Bulletin Newsletter
New Data Center

COMING SOON! Launch of NEW Little League® Data Center:

Little League’s Data Center is the repository for all local league and district information. A new data center is in development and is expected to launch in the coming weeks. This new online tool will feature a single log-in functionality, meaning any District or Local League Official who has already registered with Little League University will be able to use the same log-in information to access the Data Center. More information is be forthcoming.

D.A. Strategy: District Administrators have the ability to update league president information on the Data Center for local leagues. A League Presidents Resource Guide will NOT be sent to a league until confirmation has been received by Little League International that all league officers have been updated. Follow-up and confirm that all leagues have held their annual election and have updated league officers on the Little League Data Center. Be on the lookout for emails about the launch of the new Data Center in the near future.

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COMING SOON! 2017 Local League Resource Guide:

All District Administrators will receive a copy of the 2017 Local League Resource Guide before each league’s Resource Guide is placed in the mail. This comprehensive print publication replaces the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, and contains many of the same materials and information as in past seasons.

Expect the Local League Resource Guide to be delivered to you toward the end of October.

D.A. Strategy: Log on to the Little League Data Center to ensure that all of your leagues have updated their league officers. The 2017 League Presidents Resource Guide is a valuable resource for local league Board of Directors and confirming that leagues have updated this information will allow the current board members to receive this valuable information. Also, use the content currently available in the District Administrator and League Officials tabs on the Little League University website to organize training and information sharing amongst district staff and the leagues in your district.

Updating League Officers:

Having accurate local league officer information on file is vital to the overall success of the Little League program. This information allows Little League the ability to provide local leagues with valuable updates and information in season that will allow them to provide a better experience for players, families and volunteers. Please remind your leagues to update their league officers by logging on to the Little League Data Center.

New DA Training

2016 First-Year District Administrator Training Series:

Little League® International welcomed nearly 40 first-year volunteer D.A.s from around the world to the fifth annual New D.A. Training Series, Oct. 7-8. The group of newly-elected D.A.s met with Little League International staff members and conversing with fellow district volunteers regarding the best ways to efficiently oversee and operate their leagues.

Background Checks:

The first 125 free First Advantage background checks available to local leagues and districts, paid for by Little League® International, will re-set as of Nov. 1, 2016. As a reminder, the information collected through the First Advantage background checks should be kept in a secure location and remain confidential. When using First Advantage for background checks, Social Security numbers are required. You must enter Social Security numbers into the data base. Once the check is completed, you can then redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.

D.A. Strategy: Remind your leagues of the importance of completing background checks. As new board members take over, direct them to the resource page on the Little League Website to learn more about how to take advantage of the FREE background checks provided by Little League.

Retaining Leagues for 2017 Season:

During the next month, District Administrators and their assistants are strongly encouraged to schedule at least one meeting with each league in the district to discuss the league’s intention to charter for the 2017 season. This meeting can help to lay the groundwork for a successful season in 2017. Please, remind your leagues that if any league charters by Dec. 31, 2016, it will receive an additional 10 free rulebooks.

D.A. Strategy: The Fall months are the perfect time to visit with leagues to discuss any concerns they may have. This provides the District Administrator plenty of time to work with the league to improve concerns and position all leagues for success heading into the 2017 season.

New Bat Standard

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. Strategy: Although this change will not take place until 2018, this is a great time to notify your leagues of the change so they are aware of updates that can be shared with members of their leagues.

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