Tournament Enrollment: It is important to confirm that all leagues entered into your District Tournament have enrolled in tournament play through the Little League Data Center. All leagues that have not enrolled in tournament play are not eligible to participate in any level of the Little League International Tournament.
Little League® International Tournament Verification: New for 2017:
The Tournament Verification form must be completed and accompany each player on the tournament affidavit. Previous International Tournament forms can be used.
D.A. Strategy: Coordinate a meeting with local league officials in your district and include this training item in the agenda.
Each District Administrator should have finalized tournament schedules prior to the start of the tournament or June 1 - (whichever comes first). Schedules for each level (District, Section, Division, State, and Regional) must utilize Little League® International-approved single-elimination brackets, double-elimination brackets, or pool play format with a pool play tie-breaker format. Note the change to the tie breaker method in 2017. All other tournament formats must be approved by the Little League International Tournament Committee. Review the Little League International Tournament checklist for more details.
D.A. Strategy: Download the Little League Approved Double-Elimination Brackets Book.
It is important to confirm that all leagues hosting tournament games at the section level and above have an approved ASAP Plan for the current season. Also, be diligent in your preparation, and assist all hosts sites in their efforts to be ready for games, beginning with the District Tournament.
Make sure each league is compliant with Little League’s background check regulations before you sign any tournament documents. New 2017 regulations mandate using First Advantage for national criminal background checks unless your league uses a criminal records provider that is comparable to First Advantage with a minimum of 281 million records. Also be aware of any additional requirements within your state or a state in which your leagues may advance.
The regulations require background checks be done on additional practice coaches, umpires, board members, team parents who help with various duties, and any other person, volunteer, or hired workers, who provide regular service and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with players, or teams. With all of these additional individuals who must be checked, above the one manager and two coaches, Little League International estimates that each league should be conducting an average of six (6) checks per team.
For all of your updated Tournament Resources visit the Little League International Tournament Toolkit. Some of the resources you will find include updated tournament rules, baseball and softball affidavits, player verification requirements and a tournament FAQ.
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