Little League® Dominates ESPN’s Summertime Airwaves:
With 140 Little League Baseball and Softball tournament games scheduled to be televised live on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, and WATCH ESPN, including all 32 games of the 2017 Little League Baseball® World Series and all the championship games from the six other World Series tournaments. The Longhorn Network is scheduled to televise at total of 17 games from the Little League Baseball and Little League Softball® Southwest Region Tournaments in Waco, Texas. Also this year, the semifinals of the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series will be available on ESPN3, while Canada’s Little League Baseball regional tournament will be televised on the CBC Sports Channel. A listing of all tournament televised games is available on the LLWS Daily Calendar. Coverage is subject to change. Learn more about the schedules of all the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series. For all updates on the Little League World Series tournaments, and events, go to LLBWS.org and follow #LLWS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
D.A. Strategy: As the season comes to a close, take time to assess which leagues are not offering divisions of softball, teenage baseball, and the Little League Challenger Division®. In an effort to increase interest in offering these divisions for the 2018 season, call attention to the Little League International tournament games on television, which can be used to help encourage new leagues to affiliate or current leagues to expand their offerings.
2017 Tournament Mileage Reporting:
The deadline for submitting tournament mileage reports is Sept. 15. Please advise your local leagues of this form and the process for submission.
D.A. Action: Notify all of your leagues of the mileage deadline. This is a great time to remind them that mileage reports that are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Financial Transparency and Self-Audit:
September 30 is the end of Little League’s fiscal year. It is important that each league and district establish or assemble an audit committee to review finances for the year.
D.A. Action: There are financial tips on the Little League University website that are designed to help local league and district officials follow a process that accounts for all of the transactions for the fiscal year.
As the current Board of Directors for your leagues closes out this year’s term, encourage the members to note any Constitutional adjustments they feel are necessary for the incoming Board to consider. The league constitution and bylaws can only be adjusted by way of vote, so it is important that any updates or changes be considered among the first pieces of business that the newly-seated Board is tasked with.
D.A. Action: Work with the current Board to review and answer any procedural questions or provide direction on how to resolve issues that can be crafted into language that the constitution or bylaws will address going forward.