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COMING SOON! Launch of NEW Little League® Data Center:

Little League International has continued to work to enhance the Little League Data Center with new technology, which will including online chartering and insurance enrollment for the 2018 season. Additionally, Little League has worked closely with DICK’S Team Sports HQ to develop solutions for local leagues and districts that will enhance communications and ease the administrative burden on local leagues. These solutions, including chartering and insurance enrollment will launch, at: LittleLeague.org/DataCenter on Monday, October 16. New technology solutions to help volunteers administer their local Little League programs will continue to roll out throughout the year, including online solutions for player and volunteer registration information, which, for leagues using Blue Sombrero, that information will be automatically sent to Little League International, fulfilling Regulation IV(g) and ASAP Requirement 14.

D.A. Strategy: District Administrators have the ability to log into the Little League Data Center and update information on behalf of the local League President. A 2018 League Presidents Resource Guide will NOT be sent to a league until confirmation has been received by Little League International that all league officers have been updated. Follow-up and confirm that all leagues have held their annual election and have updated league officers on the Data Center. Be on the lookout for emails about the launch of the new Data Center in the near future.

COMING SOON! 2018 Local League Resource Guide:

All District Administrators will receive a copy of the 2018 Local League Resource Guide before each league’s Resource Guide is placed in the mail. This comprehensive print publication replaces the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, and contains many of the same materials and information as in past seasons.

Expect the Local League Resource Guide to be delivered to you toward the end of October.

D.A. Strategy: Log on to the Little League Data Center to ensure that all of your leagues have updated their league officers. The 2018 League President Resource Guide is a valuable resource for local league Board of Directors and confirming that leagues have updated this information will allow the current board members to receive this valuable information. Also, use the content currently available in the District Administrator and League Officials tabs on the Little League University website to organize training and information sharing amongst district staff and the leagues in your district.

Background Checks:

The first 125 free First Advantage background checks available to local leagues and districts, paid for by Little League® International, will re-set as of Nov. 1, 2017. As a reminder, the information collected through the First Advantage background checks should be kept in a secure location and remain confidential. When using First Advantage for background checks, Social Security numbers are required. You must enter Social Security numbers into the data base. Once the check is completed, you can then redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.

D.A. Action: Remind your leagues of the importance of completing background checks. As new board members take over, direct them to the resource page on the Little League Website to learn more about how to take advantage of the FREE background checks provided by Little League. Leagues are advised to retain background information for two years after any volunteer ends his or her service to the league.

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USA Baseball’s USABat Standard in Effect for 2018 Season:

Little League Baseball® has adopted the USABat baseball bat standard that will take effect on January 1, 2018. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, but will not be permitted for any Little League practices or games beginning January 1, 2018, and the current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. The new bats are permitted for use during the 2017 Fall Ball season.

D.A. Strategy: Although this change will not take place until 2018, know is the time to remind your leagues of the change so they are aware of updates that can be shared with members of their leagues. Use the USABat Approved Bat List to educate and inform leagues about bats that are currently available for purchase at retail outlets like Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Year-End Audits:

Before the Board of Directors is elected for the coming season, it is prudent to remind your leagues to conduct a thorough financial audit. Recommend, using an independent certified public accounting agency to audit the league or district finances.

D.A. Strategy: Using the Little League Operation Guide a league or district can set a schedule to complete such tasks as an annual financial. For the process of organizing an audit, and other best practices review the season-end financial tips for local Little League® volunteers available on Little League University.

Retaining Leagues for 2018 Season:

During the next month, District Administrators and their assistants are strongly encouraged to schedule at least one meeting with each league in the district to discuss retention strategies and the league’s intention to charter for the 2018 season. This meeting can help to lay the groundwork for a successful season in 2018. Please, remind your leagues that if any league charters by Dec. 31, 2017, it will receive an additional 10 free rulebooks.

D.A. Strategy: The fall months are the perfect time to visit with leagues to discuss any concerns they may have and work with leagues which may be considering a break in affiliation. This provides the District Administrator plenty of time to work with the league to address concerns and position all leagues for success heading into the 2018 season.

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Review Boundary Maps and Using League Finder:

Once a new Board of Directors is seated, it is important to confirm the league’s boundary map is current and accurate. The accuracy of the boundary map is critical to information available through the Little League Finder tool.

D.A. Strategy: Including review of the boundary maps and confirming the information listing for local leagues is part of the annual league calendar of events that leagues and districts are encouraged to create.

2018 Little League® Baseball and Softball Tournament Umpire Request Form:

By Nov. 1, District Administrators are asked to submit the 2018 Tournament Umpire Request Form on behalf of the umpires they are nominating for placement in 2017 Regional and World Series tournaments. This form is to be provided to the respective Regional Center.

D.A. Action: The nomination of an umpire for a Regional or World Series Tournament should NOT be considered as a years-of-service award. From you evaluation, and in concert with the assessment of your district’s Umpire-In-Chief, forward your nomination(s) for the individual(s) who you believe have achieved the level of competence to which they deserve this consideration.

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