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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

October 2014 Edition

Background Checks: The first 125 free First Advantage background checks available to local leagues and districts, paid for by Little League® International, will reset as of Nov. 1, 2014. 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 database. Once the check is completed, you are encouraged to redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.

Recruiting Tee Ball Coaches: Recruiting first-time coaches is a crucial task for every Little League® program. Ensuring these individuals have a meaningful first experience and continue to volunteer is essential to the future success of your League.

For the first-year coach, planning a practice, working with young players, and teaching basic baseball skills can be a daunting task. Little League recently introduced a 10-week Tee Ball program that is a great tool in coach recruitment. The Little League Tee Ball program gives your league everything you need to set your first-year coaches up for success. The program includes:

  • 10 detailed practice plans focused on fun, fitness and fundamentals
  • Basic drills and activities designed to keep 4-6 year olds engaged and involved in practices and games
  • Sample practice schedules and timings
  • SKLZ FUN-damentals videos demonstrating skills and drills in the program
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) tips for each week of the program

The Little League Tee Ball program is available free of charge to all chartered Little Leagues. Leagues are encouraged to download and review the program. When recruiting Tee Ball coaches for the 2015 season, be sure to let them know that your league can provide them everything they need to successfully coach a Tee Ball team!

New Little League® Event Calendar: Little League® has launched a new online event calendar that offers monthly listings of Regional and Little League International-related meetings, training sessions and other specific events. Information for the calendar is provided by the staff at your respective Regional Centers and Little League International.

New Board Positions to Consider: Each local league structures its Board of Directors to service the operational needs of the local league. Two positions to consider for your league are Volunteer Coordinator and Umpire-in-Chief. The Volunteer Coordinator is charged with recruiting new volunteers in the operation of the league. This individual would serve as the liaison between the Board and any volunteers wishing to get involved. The league Umpire-in-Chief would oversee the training regimen and recruitment of volunteer umpires, work with division coordinators to schedule umpires and represent the league at district-wide umpire meetings and clinics.

2015 Little League® Baseball and Softball Tournament Umpire Request Form: By Nov. 1, 2014, District Administrators are asked to submit the Umpire Request Form on behalf of the umpires they are nominating for placement in 2015 Regional and World Series tournaments. If you wish to nominate a volunteer umpire from your league, please contact your D.A.

Little League® photo Contest: To enter the 2014 Little League® Photo Contest follow three simple steps. All entries are due by Nov. 7, 2014.