League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum
With your local league elections completed, and the new Little League® year ahead, there is plenty that you will need to be aware of, so here is a list of items to keep in mind.
Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date to Move to Aug. 31 beginning in 2018: Click here to read more about this change.
2016 Regional Roundtables: In the coming weeks, District Staff Members are expected to meet with you to share topics to be discussed at the upcoming Regional Roundtables to be held from January to March 2016. These specific regional meetings are bi-annual, and are held a locations in each of Little League’s nine regions. Following a similar format as the roundtables conducted at an International Congress, these discussions focus on proposed adjustments to Little League’s rules and regulations. Ask questions, and provide feedback to your District Staff members, so that they can act as your voice, and on your behalf during these influential discussions.
Little League® to Adopt New USA Baseball Bat Standard: Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. Click here to read the full release from USA Baseball. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, were encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information.
Background Checks: The first 125 free First Advantage background checks available to local leagues and districts, paid for by Little League® International, will re-set as of Nov. 1, 2015. 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 and must be entered into the data base. Once the check is completed, you can and should redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.
2016 Little League® Baseball and Softball Tournament Umpire Request Form: By Nov. 1, District Administrators are asked to submit the Umpire Request Form on behalf of the umpires they are nominating for placement in 2016 Regional and World Series Tournaments. This form is to be provided to the respective Regional Center. League officials are encouraged to consider volunteer umpires who provide regular service to the local league, and make those recommendations to the District Staff. Nominations are not a service, merit, or longevity awards. All umpires should be considered based on competency, application and understanding of Little League’s rules and regulations, and demeanor on and off the field.
Updating League Officers: Having accurate local league officer information on file is vital to the overall success of the Little League® program. This data allows Little League the ability to communicate directly with league officials and share valuable updates and materials in season, and throughout the year. In turn, this network of contacts allows all levels of the Little League program to effectively share resources in order to provide a better experience for players, families and volunteers. Please update your league officers for the 2016 season by logging on to the Little League Data Center.