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D.A. Bulletin Newsletter

As the 2017 Little League® International Tournament turns into August, we thank, and congratulate, you for another fantastic tournament season! The fun and excitement enjoyed during the summer is not possible without the remarkable commitment made by you, and your district staff. The Little League International Tournament Committee, along with your regional staff, and the entire staff at Little League® International, appreciates your energy, effort, and support of our program.

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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.

Constitution Review:

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.

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The 2018 Local League Resource Guide Coming Soon:

This fall, your leagues will receive the 2018 edition of the Local League Resource Guide. As in past editions, the Resource Guide will provide a variety of valuable materials to help your leagues market to prospective players, families, and volunteers. This year, you can expect several of the resources to be related to materials presented and available on Little League University. This fall, expect the Resource Guide to be delivered to you and your League Presidents on record.

Please ask all of your leagues to confirm that each has updated its league officers after the conclusion of the annual Board of Directors election. In order to receive this important information, it is imperative that the current mailing address for your League Presidents and other League Officers be on file with Little League no later than September 30, 2017. Please encourage your leagues to update their information in the Little League Data Center today.

D.A. Strategy: Draft a District Plan for next season, starting with your current district participating numbers: Number of leagues, Total number of teams, etc. Then follow it by developing 2018 goals for the district — Increase the number of leagues offering, Tee Ball, Coach Pitch, softball, Challenger, etc. - Define what resources you need to accomplish you goal — Finally, establish a timeline for different tasks needed and assign district staff members that will be held responsible for executing these tasks.

2018 Little League® Chartering:

The 2018 season starts with chartering, which will begin in October 2017.

D.A. Action: Begin preparing your leagues for this process by notifying current League Presidents the chartering process. As plans are made to host annual meetings, elections are held, and new Board members assume their responsibilities, make sure the leagues become familiar with the chartering process.

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Fall Ball, Special Games, and Training/Development Seasons:

Offseason training and the recruitment of new players and volunteers is what the Fall Ball, Special games, and the Training and Development (TAD) seasons are all about. The structures of Fall Ball and TAD activities also provide an opportunity for children and parents to become familiar with the Little League® program, and the local leagues in your district. Special Games offer an opportunity for players and teams to travel for more games, meet and network with other leagues, and enjoy meeting new people. Please, encourage your leagues to see this time of year as an open invitation to first-time players and parents. By generating interest now, there is a greater potential for increased participation numbers for next season.

For volunteers who were not part of a league during the regular season and wish to volunteer during the Fall Ball and Training/Development seasons, background checks must be done prior to assuming said responsibilities with the league. Completed background checks are to be secured “under lock and key,” and for additional security the social security number may be “blacked out.” Criminal and Sex Offender Registry Search Tools are available to local Little Leagues from First Advantage. Note: As a reminder, First Advantage will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on Nov. 1 of each year.

D.A. Strategy: Please follow-up with all leagues to confirm that each has updated its league officers after the conclusion of the annual Board of Directors election.

Potential New Leagues:

District Administrators (D.A.s) and assistants (A.D.A.s) receiving inquiries from potential new leagues are asked to contact Dan Velte, Senior Director of League Development and Regional Operations, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2223; e-mail: dvelte@LittleLeague.org; or Sam Ranck, League Development Manager and Director of the Challenger Division, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2254; e-mail sranck@LittleLeague.org. When receiving inquiries, the League Finder is also a value tool to use when assessing areas being served by leagues in your district.

D.A. Action: When receiving an inquiry or a possible lead, contact Little League® International right away. Also, when Little League International receives an inquiry, they will forward it to the Regional Office, which in turn will ask you to reach out the contact person on the inquiry. The sooner this initial contact is made, the larger possibility of having that league charter with Little League.

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