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2017 ASAP Information:

Information and materials to facilitate the 2017 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) are currently available online at the Little League website.

As Safety Officers complete the 2017 ASAP plan for their leagues, they are reminded that all safety plans MUST be submitted to Little League International electronically through the Little League Data Center; or mailed to Little League International. No email submissions will be accepted. The deadline for local league ASAP Plan submission is March 31, 2017. Mailed plans are to be sent to: Little League® International (539 U.S. Route 15 Highway, Williamsport, Pa., 17701-0485) along with the 2017 Qualified Safety Program Registration form. The deadline for Districts to complete the process regarding the District monetary incentive for early local league participation is Friday, March 10.

Annual Background Checks: Starting in 2017, a local league within the United States must conduct a nationwide background check utilizing First Advantage or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and other criminal records. Visit the First Advantage League Registration page to change or update the authorization of the Board member responsible for using First Advantage to conduct the league’s required background checks. In order to make the change/update, the following information is required: league identification number, league name, User ID, user name and email address.

D.A. Action: Download the accepted ASAP sample and distribute to your leagues. Copy the link and upload it to your district’s website. (Note: create a district website)

D.A. Action: Ask your District Information officer to assign a separate page or tab on your district website to exclusively contain safety information. (Note: create a district website)

Access to League and District Status Information:

As Little League® International continues to develop online solutions to service its leagues, a status information dashboard has been launched to provide access to background checks, ASAP Plan submission, player/coach data, and charter updates. This dashboard simply asks you to identify the state and district you wish to search, and information is provided in spreadsheet form. Be sure to access the current information by logging into the Little League Data Center and clicking on the 2017 status information dashboard at the top of the page.

D.A. Strategy: Coordinate a league administration district training session this month with player agents and league information officers, and ask your District Information Officer (Note: you should have an Information Officer) to address the Status Page and how to access it.

Tee Ball Chartering and Incentive:

District staff members are asked to speak promote and highlight the benefits of local leagues chartering Tee Ball. To aid each league that would be chartering Tee Ball for the first time, Little League® International has developed several online resources and video drills that are available on Little League University, including the Little League Tee Ball Curriculum, the Parents Guide to Tee Ball, and the Tee Ball Quick Start Guide. As a reminder, each local league that charters Tee Ball will receive a printed copy of the Little League Tee Ball Curriculum for each team chartered. These booklets will be delivered as part of the league supplies.

Rules & Regulations

2017 Little League® Rules, Regulations, and Policies:

The 2017 Little League Rulebooks are now available for purchase through the Little League online store. The electronic rulebooks are available on Amazon and iTunes. The changes and updates for 2017 are available for review at LittleLeague.org.

2017 Little League® Umpire Registry:

The Little League® Umpire Registry is open for the 2017 season. The Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network that provides an opportunity to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills.

Umpires can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more. Members have access to the Umpire Registry website that contains resources such as the Fair Ball newsletter, a bi-monthly electronic publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires; the current year’s rules, regulations and polices eBook; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); and the Little League Umpire online presentation, and 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals. A series of webinars are also currently in development and are expected to be another unique feature of the Umpire Registry.

Technology Applications Update:

The GameChanger scoring application is now available on the Android operating system, joining the current version available for use on Apple products. The Little League weatherbug.com mobile application will be discontinued at the end of February 2017.

Resource Guide Updated

Update! 2017 Little League Resource Guide:

New information has been added to the 2017 Little League Resource Guide. The updated and revised materials are currently available on the Little League University (LLU) website, and include the latest details on chartering, player eligibility and background checks. The new pages are also being packaged with each delivery of local league supplies.

D.A. Action: Note the pages that contain the updated information, and share the LLU link with your leagues.

Tax Exempt Status Reminder:

It is the local league’s responsibility to submit a federal tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Any non-profit organization that does not file the proper 990 Form with the IRS for three consecutive years automatically loses its federal tax exemption resulting in the organization's income becoming taxable and contributors being unable to report their contributions as tax deductions. This year's filing deadline is February 15, 2017. Please include the League I.D. Number and Employer Identification Number (E.I.N.) on the tax return along with the correct name and address of the current League President. Each separately chartered league, even if operated by the same board, is required to have its own E.I.N. and file a separate return. Forms and instructions are available on the IRS website at www.IRS.gov. The address where the tax return should be filed is: Internal Revenue Service Center -- Ogden, Utah 84201-0027.

It is also the responsibility of each league to furnish Little League Baseball® Incorporated with a copy of your league's annual financial report. This is a requirement of any league enrolled under the Little League Federal Group Tax Exemption and 501(c)(3) organizational status. There is a sample financial statement in the Little League resource guide and on the Little League website. Please be sure your League I.D. Number is noted on the financial statement. If you haven't already done so, please forward a copy of your league's financial statement via email (bbassett@LittleLeague.org) or mail to:

Little League Baseball, Incorporated
539 U.S. Highway 15
P. O. Box 3485
Williamsport, PA 17701-0485

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