League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum
September 2015 Edition
Even though Little League season is nearing an end, 2016 will soon be here. There is plenty that you will need to know going into next season, so here is a list of items to keep in mind.
COMING SOON! Operating Manual Now Part of Little League® Rulebooks: The 2016 Little League Rulebooks will include information previously printed in the Little League Operating Manual. Local League officials will receive printed publications that will provide the current Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® rules and regulations. This year, for the first time, the rulebooks, in addition to the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit and LittleLeague.org, will serve as the resource for direction on the annual operation of a local league.
COMING SOON! 2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit: The 2016 Chartering and Marketing Toolkit will be delivered to the League President on file, so it is important that your league update its league officer information through the Little League Data Center. Once your elections are completed, make the updates to your league’s profile to assure that this year’s Toolkit, along with other Little League resources are properly received. The Toolkit is expected to be delivered by the end of October.
Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date to Move to Aug. 31 beginning in 2018: Click here to read more about this change.
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.
2016 Regional Roundtables: In the coming weeks, district staff members are expected to meet with you to share topics to be discussed at the 2016 Regional Roundtables to be held in January. 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. Please think of important topics that impact your league, and communicate those issues to your D.A.