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Important Little League® Data Center Update:

Little League International updated the Little League Data Center with simple digital solutions for the 2017 season. To access LittleLeague.org/DataCenter, the first time that you log in, you’ll use your District/League ID and the email address associated with your District Administrator or League President. After you log in, you will be prompted to create a password for your district/league. From that point on, you will use your District/League ID and that password to log in. When you create the password, please be sure to share it with any of your district’s or leagues’ officers that need access to the Data Center. Individuals needing support with LittleLeague.org/DataCenter are encourages to review the Frequently Asked Questions on LittleLeague.org. For additional support, please email support@LittleLeague.org or call 570-326-1921 ext. 2800.

Action Steps:

  • Be sure all of your leagues have registered for the new data center and include as an agenda item at your next district meeting.

  • Establish who on the district staff will have access and provide password.

Electronic ASAP Plan Submission:

Local leagues and districts are encouraged to complete the 2017 ASAP Plans and submitted electronically. If submitting a plan online, remember that for leagues and districts that have multiple charters (i.e. - American and National), a plan for each is required. The plan(s) must be submitted through the Little League Data Center, and e-mail submission will NOT be accepted. To assist you in providing the highest possible level of safety and injury prevention, a basic sample of an accepted ASAP plan is available. If you are uncertain about the status of you’re an ASAP plan, visit the Little League Data Center.

  • It is very important for those leagues that are operating more than one charter during the 2017 season to check the submission status of each charter. Input the state and two-digit District Code; or the League ID number and District number to gain access to the appropriate league information.

  • If your district or league intends to host any Little League International Tournament games above the district level, by Little League Tournament rule, the host league must have an approved ASAP plan. Also remember that ASAP plans help to reduce the possibility and severity of injuries in Little League.

  • For assistance, or answers on how to organize a safety plan, or to increase your district's participation in ASAP through hosting an ASAP meeting or a Little League University on the Road event, contact Jim Ferguson, Little League International's Assistant Director of Risk Management, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2212; or e-mail: jferguson@LittleLeague.org. DA’s should be verifying now who may be eligible to host tournaments based on approved plans.

District Safety Officers should be following up with leagues who have yet to submit or have items to be addressed.

2017 Little League® Awards Program:

It’s never too early to consider those who deserve recognition for the efforts on behalf of Little League®. The Little League Awards Program offers a variety of opportunity to highlight the special people in your league. Check out the awards program and consider who that deserving someone may be.

Action Step:

  • Every league or district has volunteers that go above and beyond, and now is the time to recognize them for their efforts. Take the time to submit nominees for these awards.

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Review of League Boundary Maps:

District Administrators are strongly encouraged to review the league boundary maps as soon as possible. Leagues in your district, with maps that have not been reviewed or have boundary overlaps, will be placed on tournament hold until all issues are resolved.

Action Step:

  • Reminder that these are the maps that leagues will need to use for tournament participation so they need to be reviewed as soon as possible.

Player Registration:

Little League Regulation IV (g) requires that player, manager, and coach data be supplied to Little League International annually. It is highly-recommended that data be supplied electronically through the Little League Data Center, using approved formats. By uploading the names and contact information for each player, manager, and coach in your league, you are providing Little League International with the accurate information it needs to communicate directly with the players, their families and each of your league’s volunteers throughout the year.

Action Step:

  • Remind the leagues that this is a requirement for tournament eligibility.

Little League® Year in Review:

The 2015-16 Little League® Year in Review is available for District Staff members to view online. This information will NOT be distributed to District Administrators in hard copy form. Included in the Year in Review are descriptions of the organization’s activities on and off the field, including a report on the financial activity, accounting and status from the past year.

Tournament Enrollment:

A second charter application along with an insurance enrollment form have been mailed to the name and home address of the League President of record at Little League® International to all leagues that had not yet chartered. If any leagues in your district have not submitted its charter application, it must do so before attempting to enroll in the 2017 Little League International Tournament. Information on Tournament enrollment is expected to be distributed later this month. If a League President or other league officers have changed, and any league has not received its charter application and insurance enrollment form, is asked to contact Bonnie Wheeland, at: bwheeland@LittleLeague.org; or Penny Ulmer, at: pulmer@LittleLeague.org. District Administrators are urged to check the charter status of all their leagues by visiting the Little League Data Center.

Action Step:

  • District Administrators should remind their leagues that in order to be eligible for tournament play the league must be charted in an age appropriate divisions for which it wishes to enter tournament teams, no later than June 1, 2017.

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2017 Little League® Tournament Supplies:

District officials and Tournament Directors are reminded to plan for submission of tournament supply orders. All tournament banners must be placed online. Little League® International suggests that banners be order by the following dates: District Tournament before May 1; Sectional Tournaments, before May 15; and State Tournaments before June 1.

Eligibility Waiver Deadline:

Even though the regular season has begun in many areas, be aware that all waiver requests involving player eligibility must be processed by the district and respective regional offices, and acted upon by the Little League® International Charter Committee in South Williamsport, no later than June 1, 2017 and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program.

Action Step:

  • Leagues need to understand that a waiver request submission must be processed by the Charter Committee at Little League International. No action can be taken until the Charter Committee reviews and responds.

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