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2017 Rulebooks

2017 Little League® Rules, Regulations, and Policies:

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

All District Administrators should have received an email regarding how to access the e-rules versions of the Little League® Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies publications that are an exclusive benefit for District Administrators. This resource is an effective way to be educated on all Little League rules, regulations, and policies.

Additionally, this year, eBook versions of the all three Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies (Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division®) will be available through the Apple, Amazon, and iTunes bookstores, at a cost of $4.99 per book. More information, including direct links to purchase these eBook versions, is available on LittleLeague.org. For anyone asking about electronic versions of the rulebooks, please direct them to this resource.

2017 ASAP Information:

Information and materials to facilitate the 2017 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) are currently available online at the Little League website. The submission deadline for districts to be considered for the league participation monetary incentive is Friday, March 10. The plans must be received and approved by this date to be considered for the District Incentive.

As your Safety Officers complete the 2017 ASAP plan, remind them that this year’s 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 awards program deadline for local league ASAP Plan submission is that they are postmarked by 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.

Second Charter Application Mailing:

A second charter application along with an insurance enrollment form have been mailed to the name and home address of the League President of record at Little League® International to all leagues that have not chartered. If a League President or other league officers have changed, and any league has not received its charter application and insurance enrollment form, is asked to contact Bonnie Wheeland, at: bwheeland@LittleLeague.org; or Penny Ulmer, at: pulmer@LittleLeague.org. District Administrators are urged to check the charter status of all their leagues at the League District Status Page.

Tee Ball Tuesdays

Tee Ball Tuesdays:

Little League® continues to encourage the participation at the program’s youngest division. Leagues are asked to consider chartering Tee Ball, and Little League has continued to enhance its training and educational offerings, including the introduction of Tee Ball Tuesdays. Leagues and volunteers are encouraged to submit their Tee Ball Tales, and share their best stories about the experiences of our youngest Little Leaguers®.

Tee Ball Chartering and Incentive:

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 are delivered as part of the league supplies.

Important Notes about State Laws for Background Checks and Concussions:

In the 2017 Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Rules, Regulations, and Policies there is language in “Regulation I (c) 9” that references background check state laws. Additional information on these new state laws is available on the Little League website. Per Little League® Regulation I (c) 8 and 9, a national check of the sex offender registries and criminal data base in all 50 states through First Advantage must be done on any individual (volunteer or hired worker) in the local league program who provides regular service and/or has repetitive access to players or teams. The regulation requires that all of the required persons annually submit a fully-completed “Little League Official Volunteer Application” to the local League President, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. For California, Delaware and Hawaii, Concussion state laws have changed and will specifically effect local Little League programs. For more information on each state, please go to the Concussion page on the LL website.

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.

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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.

Little League® Grant Program Assists Local Leagues:

The Little League® Grant Program offers opportunities for all chartered leagues to apply for a league enhancement grant. Additionally, grants to support the Challenger Division, Urban Initiative, and Softball Division are also available. All grants will be reviewed and processed by a committee made up of Little League employees and International Board members. Please share with your leagues.

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