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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

With the teams practicing, Opening Days taking place, and regular-seasons beginning there is plenty that you will need to be aware of, so here is a list of items to keep in mind.

Review League Boundary Maps:

League Officials are strongly encouraged to ensure that their District Administrator has reviewed the league boundary maps, and if not, is planning on doing so as soon as possible. Leagues with maps that have not been reviewed or have boundary overlaps, will be placed on tournament hold until all issues are resolved, and are encouraged to contact their regional office.

Uploading Player Registration Information:

Even though the deadline for uploading player registration information has passed, your league is still strongly encouraged to submit regular-season player registration/roster information and coach/manager data through the Little League® Data Center, in order to satisfy Regulation IV (g). Remember, by receiving this information earlier in the year, Little League has the ability to better connect with your 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.

Little League® eRulebooks:

Little League Official Rulebooks are available in eBook format. Individual eBooks for Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® are currently available on iTunes. All of the rulebooks are also available on the following platforms: Amazon, Google, and Barnes and Noble. The new eBook format features each program’s complete rules, along with search functionality and a new lower price of $4.99 per book. The direct links to these rulebooks are available on LittleLeague.org.

2016 Little League® Tournament Enrollment is Now Open:

Tournament enrollment is now open for the 2016 Little League International Tournament. To enroll your league in tournament, visit the Little League Data Center.

2016 Little League® Tournament Supplies:

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ASAP Requirements Reminder:

In 2015, 86 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 1, 2016 and prior to said player participating in the local Little League program.