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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

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Congratulations to all newly-elected local league Board members! The 2017 Little League® year is officially here, and as you prepare for your first Board of Directors meeting, here is some information and other items to keep be aware of.

COMING SOON! 2017 Local League Resource Guide:

The 2017 Local League Resource Guide is comprehensive print publication that replaces the annual Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, and contains many of the same materials and information as in past seasons. Expect the Local League Resource Guide to be delivered to you in November. Log on to the Little League Data Center to ensure that all of your league officers have been updated. A League Presidents Resource Guide will NOT be sent to a league until confirmation has been received by Little League International that all league officers have been updated. Also new this year, Little League University will feature additional tools to supplement the League Resource Guide, replacing LittleLeagueToolkit.org.

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.

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, 2016. 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. You must enter Social Security numbers into the data base. Once the check is completed, you can then redact (black out or conceal) the Social Security number and/or other personal information from the paper copy for added protection.

ASAP National Safety Winner Recognized:

Horseheads (N.Y.) Little League is the winner of the 2016 ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) National Safety Award. League President Tony Bellamy, and Safety Officer Linda Miller, accepted the honor during an event that was held during the Little League Baseball® World Series. Read their story in the October issue of the ASAP Newsletter.

Little League® to Adopt New USA Baseball Bat Standard:

Little League Baseball® will be adopting a new bat standard that will take effect on January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League®, are being encouraged to adopt this new standard, which was developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, but will not be permitted for any Little League practices or games beginning January 1, 2018, and the 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.