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Review the 2017 Season Rule and Regulations Changes for Tournament:

Little League® International has implemented some changes to its tournament rules and regulations for the 2017 season and beyond. Take some time to review these adjustments that impact tournament play.

Action Steps:

  • Draft a summary of the changes to be implemented this year and conduct a training session with league officials in your district.


2017 Tournament Enrollment:

Local leagues and districts, chartered for the 2017 season, must log onto the Little League® Data Center to enroll in the 2017 Little League International Tournament. The Enroll in Tournament link is available ONLY to leagues and districts that are eligible for tournament participation. Leagues must confirm background checks were done. For leagues and districts which have already enrolled in the 2017 International Tournament and wish to update its tournament enrollment form, use the Change Tournament Enrollment option.

Coming Soon! All 2017 tournament resources will be available online through the Tournament Toolkit later this month.

Action Steps:

  • Become acquainted with the process. Be ready to answer any questions that may arise. Remind leagues the need to verify completion of the required background checks.

  • Once Little League International launches the 2017 Tournament Toolkit, call for a meeting to go over the online Tournament Toolkit.


2017 ASAP Information for Hosting Tournaments:

Tournament rules require that the host of a section, division, region, or World Series tournament have an approved A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) safety plan. ALL safety plans must be submitted with the Qualified Safety Plan Registration form. A league’s safety plan WILL NOT be shown as approved without the form stating who is submitting it, and where the 15 minimum requirements can be found in the league(s) plan. Also, check the Little League® Data Center to confirm the leagues that have completed all of the required background checks through the First Advantage background check tool. REMINDER: Little League International strongly recommends that district tournament sites have an approved ASAP plan as well.

Action Step:

  • Determine what your district’s policy will be with regard to this item, and communicate this information to all your leagues in a timely fashion.

  • Generate an ASAP report and share with all of your leagues in order to promote transparency. This should help your efforts in assigning tournament hosts.

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Little League® International Tournament Logo:

The 2017 Little League® International Tournament Logo is now available to local leagues and districts. Questions and permission regarding logo usage are to be directed to Eric Hill (570-326-1921; Ext. 2266) in the Little League International Licensing Department. Little League's registered marks, logos, names and characters can assist your league with drawing attention and interest from members of the community. However, it is important to remember that local leagues cannot enter into agreements allowing the usage of Little League’s name or trademarks without first consulting with Little League International.

Action Step:

  • Plan to contact Eric Hill to discuss the Little League Single Use Agreement associated with permission to provide any of Little League’s logos to any third party a local league or district may contract with for printing.

  • Place the requested logo in all your tournament literature and promotional fliers, posters, or banners. Maintain a standardized and professional image which will bring high quality and exposure to your event.

Tournament Banners:

Now is the time to order your tournament banners to ensure timely delivery. As in previous years, Little League® offers custom, championship, and mini-banners, as well as custom outdoor vinyl banners.

Action Step:

  • Also consider ordering banners as part of your district’s marketing plan. Banners can be used to promote your tournament(s) and other Little League-related events throughout your area.

Eligibility Waiver Deadline:

All waiver requests (for the league, team, player, manager, and/or coach) of any kind must be processed by the district and respective regional offices, and acted upon by the Little League® International Charter Committee in South Williamsport, Pa., no later than June 1, 2017, and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program. This includes Combine Teams and Interleague Play.

Action Step:

  • Submitting requests past the appropriate time greatly minimizes the likelihood of the request being approved. All submissions should be made with enough time to ensure leagues can provide good customer service to its parents and players.

Player and Coach/Manager Registration Information:

District Administrators and staff members are strongly encouraged to instruct their local leagues to submit regular-season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League® Data Center in accordance with the ASAP regulation requirement No. 14.

Action Step:

  • Remind all of your League Presidents to update the Little League® Data Center to have current player registration/roster information and coach/manager data prior to the start of the Tournament season.

  • Clear communication on the importance of keeping this information current will make management and operation of this year tournament easier, as well as providing reference for local officials in preparations for Board of Directors elections.

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2017 Little League® Awards Program:

June 1 is the deadline for nominations for the 2017 Little League® Awards Program. Information on the respective awards, nomination forms, and highlights of past recipients is available. Send your completed nomination forms directly to Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa. If you have any questions regarding the awards, please, e-mail Scott Rosenberg, Little League Director of Public Relations or call 570-326-1921; extension 2235.

Action Step:

  • Promote the benefit of recognition and appreciation for the volunteer efforts set forth by local league officials. Doing so, will aid in recruitment of future volunteers, while boosting the goodwill associated with supporting and participating in the Little League program.

2017 Little League Baseball® World Series Tickets:

All of the 2017 Little League Baseball® World Series D.A. Ticket requests must be submitted online. The deadline to submit your 2017 LLBWS Ticket request is Friday, June 16.

Action Step:

  • Please e-mail any questions to Pam Wright, Little League International Ticket Manager; or call 570-326-1921; extension 2222.

League Fees Paid by Credit Card:

All team revisions and fees for charter insurance are due no later than June 1, 2017. If a league wishes to pay by credit card, it is recommended that it do so through the Little League® Data Center. Otherwise, contact Little League International at: 570-326-1921, and ask for the Finance Department. A convenience fee will be added to the league’s balance for processing the card.

Action Step:

  • Stress fiscal and financial transparency. Also remind leagues of the importance of accurate accounting of league funds as the end of the regular season turns toward the postseason.

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