League Bulletin Board: News and Notes for the Quorum
April 2015 Edition
New! Mobile-Friendly Tee Ball Guide: The Little League® Tee Ball Program Guide is available online and can be downloaded. This step-by-step resource was designed for volunteer coaches with little experience with organizing and operating practices.
Coming Soon! Russell Athletic Introduces Custom Little League® Uniform Program: Russell Athletic, the official uniform provider of Little League®, now offers a convenient online ordering option for local leagues to easily customize and order high-quality regular-season and tournament uniforms with the official Keystone patch already applied. Take advantage of the Little League Russell Athletic Uniform Builder and get free shipping!
New! Little League Magazine: The 2015 edition of Little League® Magazine (Presented by Major League Baseball) will begin mailing later this spring. The newest issue – with Cincinnati Reds’ Third Baseman Todd Frazier on the cover – is packed with great stories, colorful photos, games, and tips from the pros in both baseball and softball. Little League International is asking team managers to distribute one magazine to each member of their team. As in previous years, the magazine is free – yet another benefit of belonging to the world’s largest and most respected youth sports organization.
Preparing to Coach Your Fun and Engaged Little League® Team: As you get into the new season, think about what learnings you can apply from last year? What should you be looking to improve on? What tools and practice drills did you use last year that saved you time and made your life easier? From planning practices to reviewing the stats after the game, coaching a Little League® team can seem like a full-time job. GameChanger is here to help make sure you’re prepared.
Player Registration and Coach/Manager Information: In order to satisfy Regulation IV (g), local leagues MUST submit regular-season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League® Data Center even if the April 1 deadline was missed. Remember, by receiving this information earlier in the year, Little League has the ability to better connect with volunteers and Little League families. This critical information also allows us to distribute timely information and announcements to all local league officials and parents during the current season of play.
Valuable Mobile Resource: Little League® Rulebooks are available for download on tablets and mobile devices for the 2015 season. Digital downloads of the Little League Baseball, Softball, and Challenger Rulebooks are accessible through Apple iTunes and the Android Marketplace. Click here for more info and to download today!
ASAP Requirements Reminder: In 2014, 87 percent of all local Little League® programs participated in ASAP. To expand educational opportunities for your leagues and avoid serious liability due to their noncompliance, Little League offers these reminders:
- At least one regular-season coach from each team must annually attend fundamental coaching and first-aid training. Also each manager or coach must attend a coaching and first-aid training every three years to be eligible to manage or coach.
- Little League® regulations require that all managers, coaches and practice coaches complete an annual volunteer application. The League President is responsible for annually nominating managers and coaches who are then approved by the Board. If an individual is placed in a position to assist at practice without having been subject to these requirements, then the league is exposed to a serious liability situation. These same expectations include any other volunteers who may have regular service or repetitive access and/or contact with the team.
- League officials, managers, coach and umpires are strongly encouraged to review the concussion laws in their state on the Little League website and also review the Center for Disease Control (CDC) information and take the concussion training on the CDC site. The same groups of volunteers also should review the child abuse information on the Little League website to familiarize themselves.
Eligibility Waiver Deadline: Even though the regular season has begun in many areas, be aware that all waiver requests involving player eligibility must be processed by the district and respective regional offices, and acted upon by the Little League® International Charter Committee in South Williamsport, no later than June 3, 2015 and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program.
2015 Little League® Tournament Supplies: Order all your tournament supplies today from the Little League Store, and save on shipping!