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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

With the new Little League year quickly approaching, there is plenty that you will need to be aware of, so here is a list of items to keep in mind.

2016 Little League® Rulebooks to Be Available in eBook Format: Starting in 2016, Little League Official Rulebooks will now be available in eBook format. Individual eBooks for Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® will be available early in the new year on the following platforms: Amazon, Apple, Google, and Barnes and Noble. The new eBook format will feature each program’s complete rules, along with search functionality and a new lower price of $4.99 per book.

Note: The Little League Rulebook App will no longer be available and individuals should discontinue using the outdated app rulebooks. Stay tuned to LittleLeague.org for when the new Little League eRulebooks will be available in your mobile bookstore.

2016 World Series Dates Announced: The 2016 World Series dates for all nine Little League® World Series were approved by the Little League International Board of Directors during its November meeting. Also during the meeting two new field directors began their four-year terms.

2016 ASAP Information: The 2016 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 Districts to complete the process regarding the District monetary incentive for early local league participation is Friday, March 11. The deadline for local leagues not participating in the District incentive is April 1, 2016.

2016 Little League Calendar: The Little League® Event Calendar provides local leagues with dates and times for a wide assortment of events scheduled in your area. Updated regularly, the calendar highlights Little League Road Show dates, educational opportunities that are being offered at the regional centers, and other meetings being to be held in your state or region.

2016 Regional Roundtables: District Administrators (D.A.s) and Assistant District Administrators (A.D.A.s) are invited to attend the two-day Regional Roundtable meetings set to begin early next year. The Regional Roundtable meetings are conducted by members of the Little League Regional Staff and International Staff. D.A.s, or the approved alternate, will discuss and consider agenda topics that were assembled from a survey that was to be shared with local leagues by the District Administrator or District Staff. If your Board has not been approached by your D.A., or a member of the District Staff regarding the Roundtable agenda, you are strongly encouraged to reach out your D.A.

Background Checks/Insurance Claims: If requested to do so by the local league, all local league volunteers must provide their Social Security Number when completing their 2016 Little League® volunteer application. If an individual volunteered last year in a local league, and the league used First Advantage for their background checks, a returning volunteer application can be used as all social security numbers and dates of birth are already in their system for these individuals. Please understand that this sensitive information is partially redacted from view and it is not necessary to be re-entered. An individual’s Social Security Number is required for all first-time background checks conducted through First Advantage, and is also required for all 2016 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. Be sure to review the state laws on background checks for leagues.

2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit is available now: The 2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit has been mailed to all local leagues. This season, the local league chartering process will be completed entirely online, so there is no league-specific charter application included in this year’s Toolkit. If a league in your district has not received the 2016 edition of the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, log on to the Little League Data Center to confirm that all of your league officer information has been updated. Additionally, verify the league is not on hold, which will prevent them from Chartering.

The Chartering and Marketing Toolkit and its online companion site, LittleLeagueToolkit.org, is a resource that all members of a local league Board of Directors should review.

Update to the Implementation of Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date: The Little League International Board of Directors has approved an adjustment to the Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date.

Chartering Leagues for the 2016 Season: The chartering process for the 2016 season is being completed exclusively online. Advise all of the leagues in your district to visit the Little League Data Center and charter now in order to receive 10 additional rulebooks for free. To take advantage of the early charter incentive, your league must charter prior to January 1, 2016.