Now is the time when local leagues are planning for the coming season, and one of the most important milestones in that process is applying for a charter. All leagues, regardless of past affiliations, are required to re-charter each year.
The Charter and Insurance Applications have been mailed to all local Little Leagues. They were mailed to league presidents whose information is on file with Little League International. Online chartering is also available by logging on to the Little League Data Center using the league ID number.
It is important to note that the 2012 Charter, Insurance and optional Crime Insurance rates remain the same as 2011. Local leagues are encouraged to develop and have in place specific procedures for reviewing league accounts and paying for bills. More information on best financial practices is available here: Compensation For Services Provided to Local Leagues (Position Statement); and here: Tips from the Treasurer (2009 news article)
Of course, insurance, if purchased through Little League International, remains cost-effective because of Little League’s historic penchant for safety through the proven safety practice such as ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program).
Upon receipt of the Charter and Insurance Application, please review it for accuracy with regard to fees, rates, credits/debits and contact information. Additionally, please complete the application in its entirety, as a partially-competed application will only delay the process.
Accident and Liability Insurance are mandatory for all leagues. If a league elects not to purchase these insurances through Little League, it must provide acceptable proof of insurance from the local insurance provider.
By completing and returning the Charter and Insurance Application with the premium, prior to January 1, the league guarantees that its insurance does not lapse. It also means early delivery of rulebooks and league supplies. For a further assistance, check out our sample charter tutorial online.
A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League/2010-2011.htm
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