Access to Little League University Made Easier:
During the first year of Little League® University, thousands took advantage of the videos, documents, and articles available on LittleLeagueU.org. Looking forward, and to help all explore what this website has to offer, the sign-in portal has been removed. All of Little League’s training and educational resources are still free, and now just a click away. Come learn with us!
D.A. Action: Use the informational resources for District Staff members as a guide to best practices. Share this information among your District Administrators, and utilize these best practices to effectively operate your district.
D.A. Strategy: Continue to use Little League University as a training and education tool, when meeting with local league officials. If there is information that is not accounted for, or available, in the District Official or Local Official materials on Little League University, please e-mail Chris Downs, Director of Constituent Communications, at cdowns@LittleLeague.org.
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 send 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. Advise your local league officials to visit the First Advantage League Registration page when the local league(s) wishes 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: Questions regarding about background checks, the ASAP plan upload process, or the Data Center log-in procedure, are to be directed to Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 2212; or jferguson@LittleLeague.org.
- Game Site Selection for Tournament Play: If your district 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 must be implemented before the season starts in order to qualify as an approved plan for the current year.
D.A. Strategy: Figure out a local incentive for your leagues. Remember that tournaments or special games events should not be awarded to leagues without an ASAP plan.
- Please remind all of your leagues about the critical importance of being diligent and transparent in their accounting procedures and incorporating checks and balances to protect themselves from financial problems.
- Now is the time of year to begin completing background checks. The first 125 checks for each league have been paid for by Little League International at no charge to the league/district.
- Leagues are encouraged to complete first aid and CPR training prior to the start of their regular season.
- The most recent editions of the ASAP Newsletter are available online.
D.A. Strategy: Incorporate the four (4) items above in this month’s meeting and cover any questions or concerns. Set a timeline to accomplish these goals and ask league presidents to give you the name of the person who will be responsible for completing these tasks.