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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

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Local league Board of Directors have plenty of planning and priorities to attend to in advance of the holiday season. As your league readies to charter for the 2017 season, here is some information and other items to keep be aware of.

2017 Local League Resource Guide:

The 2017 Local League Resource Guide (formerly the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit) is on its way! Leagues will receive the Resource Guide based on the league officers’ information that has been confirmed for the 2017 season. For online access to the Resource Guide, visit the “League Officials” tab on the Little League University website: LittleLeagueU.org. The 2017 Local League Resource Guide is a comprehensive print publication that replaces the annual Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, and contains many of the same materials and information as in past seasons.

Grow the Game Program and Disaster Relief:

Grants, ranging in amounts up to $20,000 per grant, are available for general league enhancement and also the enrichment and development of local Little League Challenger Division® programs and Little League Softball® programs, along with grants for leagues enrolled in the Little League Urban Initiative. The Little League® Grow the Game Program can help you do just that. This program includes a $500,000 Disaster Relief Fund, which is dedicated to assisting local leagues that have been impacted by floods, tornados, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Now is the time of year to access what needs to be improved or repaired at your facility, and what your Board of Directors can do to make the Little League experience better.

Marketing Your League Now Will Pay off Later:

The business of Little League® is done well before the first pitch of the season. Using the Local League Resource Guide materials available on Little League University can provide insight and direction on how to approach this important part of local league operations. In the League Officials tab the Marketing Resources are available in a series of downloads.

Make Volunteer Recruitment Into a Pep Rally:

To convince a person to volunteer for the first time is best done by volunteers with experience, and who are eager to return for another season. Use of the Volunteer Recruitment Guide can offer additional approaches to get people excitement to give their time to your local league.

Use Little League® University as a Training Tool:

Fall is the time to plan training and education seminars for your league. You are invited and encouraged to use the content currently available in the League Officials tabs on the Little League University website to organize training, and promote information sharing with your league’s volunteers. If you wish to suggest a resource, or piece of information that is not currently found on LLU, please submit those ideas via e-mail to Chris Downs, at: cdowns@LittleLeague.org.