District Administrator's Role
In the early 1950s, Little League expanded to unprecedented proportions. Over the next few years, Little League Headquarters proceeded to divide the total number of leagues into districts, each with an administrative director drawn from its own ranks. In 1956 the Board of Directors authorized a plan in which local leagues would elect volunteer leaders within each district to create a link in the line of volunteer service.
To assist the District Administrator and to draw on the District Administrator’s experience and knowledge of the field, Little League conceived the International Congress. District Administrators become delegates to the Congress once every three years and have an opportunity to review the Rules, the events of the previous years and to name eight of their members for election to the Board of Directors.
The role of the District Administrator increases each year, creating greater need for trained, qualified personnel at all levels. The Little League volunteer leader of tomorrow must, of necessity, personify those standards of leadership, understanding and resourcefulness, which are implicit in the basic concept of Little League.
The District Administrator in Little League Baseball is a volunteer who, by reason of qualifications and experience, is elected by the leagues of the district. Elections are conducted once every three years unless a vacancy creates the need for an interim election.
A District Administrator should be a former league President and a resident of the district, but this is not required. The candidate should also have sufficient free time, apart from a business or profession, to devote to Little League and the local leagues in the district. When elected, the District Administrator should attend a Little League Workshop during the first year in office.
In accepting the responsibilities of leadership, the District Administrator’s primary consideration must always be gauged towards the best interests of Little League Baseball. In carrying forward all duties the District Administrator should be aware at all times that he or she is the representative of the local leagues to Little League Headquarters.
The District Administrator must be knowledgeable of and support the principles of the program as adopted by the Board of Directors of Little League Baseball. The District Administrator should be thoroughly acquainted with policies, rules and regulations, and must have the capacity for good judgment and common sense to provide counsel and assistance to local leagues. An intimate knowledge of the social, geographic and community factors of the district will not only assist the leagues effectively, but provide valuable and necessary information to Little League Headquarters for use in shaping the future course of the program.
The role of the District Administrator is, basically, one of effective liaison between Little League Headquarters and the local leagues. Personal contact with the officers and other personnel of the leagues within the district is important. Experience gained over the past several years indicates that monthly district meetings are desirable.
Timing of such meetings is important. Generally, at a minimum, they should be conducted: (a) prior to the local league organizational sessions in September, (b) before the Congress, (c) prior to the tournament and (d) following the end of the playing season.
Such are most helpful if properly planned and programmed. Group discussions allow the opportunity to learn more about the affairs of the leagues. Little League Headquarters is always interested in learning about the subject material and discussions taking place at these meetings, so the District Administrator should make regular reports to Headquarters concerning them.
Authority is vested in the District Administrator to form a district organization, call meetings, conduct district tournaments at sites selected by the District Administrator, and delegate responsibilities as may be prudent and essential to the requirements of all leagues. Little League Headquarters invariably seeks the counsel and judgment of the District Administrator in matters relative to local leagues. Decisions in these areas are coordinated by Headquarters after checking with its field personnel.
A District Administrator does NOT have the authority to alter, suspend or otherwise change any rule, regulation or policy of Little League Baseball. This authority is vested solely in the Little League Baseball Charter Committee in Williamsport, Pa.
There are many ways in which the District Administrator can apply experience and know-how in assistance to the local leagues. Generally the District Administrator sees to it that leagues are acquainted with the latest information and techniques of the program; rules and regulations, and other facts of league operation which may provide better understanding and interpretation.
The District Administrator is also responsible for nominating umpires (those who volunteer their time to local Little Leagues within the district) for upper level tournaments. Most umpires who reach the pinnacle of youth sports officiating (one of the World Series of Little League Baseball or Softball) have been volunteering their time to local Little League’s for a decade or more.
Umpire Evaluation Form (PDF) - Evaluation Form, World Series/Regional Umpire Assignment Policy and Tournament Umpire Request Form (all contained in one document).