League Bulletin Board: News and Notes for the Quorum
March 2015 Edition
New, FREE Little League ® Coach Pitch and Tee Ball Programs: The Little League® Tee Ball and Little League Coach Pitch programs are where children learn to love the game, make new friends, and have fun on the field. These FREE programs are currently available online for leagues and parents to download. The Tee Ball program is in its third year, and the 12-week Coach Pitch program is new this season.
ASAP Plan Deadline is April 1 for Local Leagues: ASAP plans MUST be received or postmarked on, or before, April 1. Any leagues that want to host tournaments above the district level (Section, State, Division, Region, or World Series) must have an ASAP plan that Little League International approves prior to the D.A. or Tournament Director assigning host leagues and fields. Leagues can still submit plans for consideration after the April 1 deadline; however, they will not be eligible for the awards program. All 15 requirements must be met including submitting coaches, managers, and player registration data electronically through the Little League Data Center. Click here for more information.
Important Notes About New State Laws and Background Checks: In the 2015 Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Rulebooks, language has been added to “Regulation I (c) 9” that is specific to the need for local leagues to review and understand the laws of their state governing background checks. Additional information on these new state laws is available on the Little League website. Per Little League® Regulation I (c) 8 and 9, a national check of the sex offender registries in all 50 states must be done on any individual in the local league program who provides regular service and/or have repetitive access to players or teams. Beginning this year, the regulation requires that all of the following persons annually submit a fully-completed “Little League Official Volunteer Application” to the local League President, prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season.
Background checks are required for the following positions: managers, coaches, practice coaches, Board of Director members, umpires and others, including equipment manager, field maintenance staff, scorekeeper(s), announcer(s), general volunteers, concession workers and team parents. There may be other positions within a league or district that provide regular service and/or have repetitive access to players or teams that meet these criteria. The Little League Official Volunteer Application must be maintained by the League President for a minimum of the duration of the applicant’s service to the league for that year. By using First Advantage, leagues have access to an annual database of 350 million individual criminal records. The first 125 background checks conducted by each of its leagues are paid for by Little League International. The cost after the first 125 checks is only $1 per check.
2015 Little League® Awards Program: Please consider nominating individuals from your district or a local league for the 2015 Little League® Awards Program. By recognizing Little League members, you help demonstrate the benefits and values of volunteerism, family and sportsmanship. The nomination form for each individual award is available on Little League Awards Recognition Page.
Important Resources for the Managers and Coaches: With seasons getting underway in most of our leagues, it’s a great time to remind you about the online resources and tools available. Managers and coaches can take advantage of the Coaches Resource Center and materials from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Softball coaches are encouraged to check out the recently developed Softball Excellence Coaching Courses for Little League Softball®.