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.
Little League® Grant Program Assists Local Leagues:
The Little League® Grant Program offers opportunities for all chartered leagues to apply for a league enhancement grant. Additionally, grants to support the Challenger Division, Urban Initiative, and Softball Division are also available. All grants will be reviewed and processed by a committee made up of Little League employees and International Board members. A grant from Little League is an opportunity to improve the experience for children and families in your area.
New for 2016 – 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 the following platforms: Amazon, Apple, 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.
The Little League Rulebook App is no longer available and individuals should discontinue using the outdated app rulebooks.
Coming Soon! 2016 Little League® Magazine:
The 2016 edition of Little League® Magazine (Presented by Major League Baseball) will begin mailing later this spring. The newest issue – with Chicago Cubs standout Kris Bryant on the cover – is packed with great stories, colorful photos, games, and tips from the pros in both baseball and softball. Little League International is asking League Presidents or team managers to distribute one magazine to each member of their team. During the chartering process, leagues were able to opt-in to having the magazines shipped directly to the League President. For leagues that did not select this option, magazines will be sent directly to team managers. As in previous years, the magazine is free – yet another benefit of belonging to the world’s largest and most respected youth sports organization.
Little League® Patches and the Essentials Catalog:
Show your Little League® pride! Order your regular-season patches through the Official Little League Online store. The 2016 Little League Essentials Supply Catalog and Buyers Guide is now available. Check out the exclusive discounts inside!
New Bat Standard Coming for 2018 Season:
USA Baseball will assume the responsibility for testing bats to be used in Little League® play beginning with the 2018 season. Little League-approved bats may be used through December 31, 2017, and the current bat regulations are in effect until then. The moratorium prohibiting the use of 2 ¼ inch composite barrel bats remains in place. Bats approved using the new USA Baseball bat standard are expected to be available through various sports equipment retail outlets by September 2017.
New for 2016 – Electronic ASAP Plan Submission:
Through the Little League® Data Center, any local league or district can choose to upload its 2016 ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) safety plan; and access and update its Facility Survey (ASAP Requirement #8). Email submissions will not be accepted, however, leagues and districts may still mail their safety plans to Little League International. Here’s how to submit an ASAP plan electronically.
Age Determination Date:
The new Little League® Age Determination Date is scheduled to be in effect for the 2018 season. To help explain the impeding change, Little League has provide leagues with guidance and details in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Age Determination Date.