League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum
December 2014 Edition
Thanks for All of the Support During Little League’s 75th Anniversary: The days are winding down on Little League’s Diamond Anniversary year. A heartfelt “Thank you!” goes out to all of our leagues that supported our celebration throughout 2014. As we look toward 2015, we ask that you discontinue usage of any 75th Anniversary messaging and references. Check your website, signage, and all printed materials to make sure you are no longer using any materials with the 75th Anniversary logo or slogans. Thanks again for being a part of our wonderful year-long celebration!
UPDATE! Volunteer Eligibility -- State Laws and Disqualifying Offenses: As of August 1, 2014, very few state statutes mandate background checks for non-school associated activities involving youth sports and athletics. However, certain municipal ordinances and administrative regulations require background checks. Local leagues shall be required to determine the applicability of, and comply with, all state, local and municipal laws, administrative rules and regulations and municipal ordinances regarding background checks including, but not limited to, sex offender registry checks, criminal history records or reports, fingerprinting, certifications or other requirements associated with volunteers, coaches, participants and/or employees. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league's charter by action of the Charter or Tournament committee in Williamsport, Pa.
Local leagues must be aware of the impact and legal ramifications of these crimes when conducting the required annual Little League background checks. Using the statutes in the state of Florida as an example, crimes related to burglary (Section 810.02); theft, robbery or related crimes, if the offense is a felony (Chapter 812); and felonious fraudulent sale of a controlled substance (Section 817.563) will exclude a person from participating in a volunteer organization such as Little League®.
There are many other crimes that would automatically exclude volunteer participation in Florida, as well as in other states. Additional information regarding state laws on background checks for leagues is available online at the Little League website. Little League strongly encourages leagues operating in Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania to review this material, and suggests that each local league review its state laws regarding service to volunteer organizations.
Playing PED-Free – Stand Against Substance Abuse: More than 1.5 million youth athletes admit to using anabolic steroids, with some starting as young as 11 and 12 years of age. The Taylor Hooton Foundation has built resources for Little League® coaches and parents to help educate them on the dangers of anabolic steroid use. Their free online training seminar opens eyes about the use of these steroids, while sharing how to recognize signs of dangerous substance abuse in your home and on your team. Learn more about the dangers of APEDs.
2015 World Series Dates Announced: The 2015 World Series dates for all nine Little League® World Series tournaments were approved by the Little League International Board of Director during its November meeting. Also during the meeting three new field directors began their four-year terms.
Chartering Your League for the 2015 Season: The 2015 league chartering applications have been mailed as part of this year’s Chartering and Marketing Toolkit. Those leagues wishing to use the online option to charter may do so. Be sure to charter your league by December 31 to to receive 10 FREE Rulebooks in addition to the allotment of 1 FREE Rulebook per team that all leagues receive. More information on chartering is available online. Please, contact Dan Velte (dvelte@LittleLeague.org; or 570-326-1921; ext. 2223) with any questions.
Background Checks/Insurance Claims: If requested to do so by a local league, all local league volunteers must provide their Social Security Number when completing their 2015 Little League® volunteer application, which is available online. If an individual has volunteered previously in a local league, a returning volunteer application can be used. An individual’s Social Security Number is required for all background checks conducted through First Advantage, and is also required for all 2015 insurance claims, according to federal law. Regardless of whether the claimant is a child or adult, his/her Social Security Number will be required for processing. For more information on background checks watch a brief video presentation here.
2015 ASAP Information: The 2015 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) materials are currently available online at LittleLeague.org. Please, review the information on the League Player Registration Data or Player Roster Data and Coach and Manager Data through the Little League® Data Center per Regulation IVg. The deadline for all leagues to complete this process is April 1, 2015. Local leagues and districts can now review their ASAP plans on file for the past three years by logging on to the Little League® Data Center.