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League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum

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The next Little League® season begins with the election of a new Board of Directors. As last year’s Board concludes business and the next Board takes its seats, here is some information and other items to keep be aware of.

Annual Membership Meeting:

October is the time that local leagues host their annual membership meeting. Little League University offers direction on how to notify members, review annual meeting items, and organize the components of this important meeting.

New Director of Umpire Development:

Tom Rawlings of Camp Hill, Pa., has assumed the responsibilities of Director of Umpire Development for Little League® International. Mr. Rawlings is a veteran Little League volunteer and has man years of experience as a senior instructor at the annual Little League umpire clinics and School.

The Little League® President’s Resource Guide:

This fall, your league will receive the Little League President’s Resource Guide, which replaces the Chartering and Marketing Toolkit. As in past Toolkit, league officials will be provided with a variety of valuable materials to help market to prospective players, families, and volunteers. This year, you can expect several of the resources to be related to materials presented and available on Little League University. This fall, expect the President’s Resource Guide to be delivered to the League President of record on the Little League Data Center.

Please be sure to update your league officers via the Little League Data Center after the conclusion of the annual Board of Directors election. In order to receive this important information, it is imperative that the current mailing address for your 2017 League President and other League Officers be on file with Little League no later than September 30, 2016.

2017 Little League® Chartering:

The 2016 season was the first where all Little League charters were completed and submitted online. The success was overwhelming, and with the feedback and refinement of the process expected to improve the experience for 2017, any community wishing to charter with Little League® Baseball and Softball, is invited to do so via the Little League Data Center. To begin the chartering process, a league logs into the Little League Data Center, and enter its league’s ID Number. A charter application has been specifically created for each league, along with the related insurance information. All of the charter and insurance fees may also be processed online.

Fall Ball and Training/Development Seasons:

Offseason training and the recruitment of new players and volunteers is what the Fall Ball and the Training and Development (TAD) seasons are all about. The structures of Fall Ball and TAD activities also provide an opportunity for children and parents to become familiar with the Little League® program, and the local leagues in your district. Please, use this time of year to invite first-time players and parents to experience your league. By generating interest now, there is a greater potential for increased participation numbers for next season.

For volunteers who were not part of a league during the regular season and wish to volunteer during the Fall Ball and Training/Development seasons, background checks must be done prior to assuming said responsibilities with the league. Completed background checks are to be secured “under lock and key,” and for additional security the social security number may be “blacked out.” Criminal and Sex Offender Registry Search Tools are available to local Little Leagues from First Advantage. Note: As a reminder, First Advantage will reset your 125 free criminal background checks on Nov. 1 of each year.

Learn More about Little League® University:

Since the launch of Little League® University nearly a year ago, Little League International has been developing and expanding the resources available on its training and education website. District Administrators and staff, players, coaches, umpires, league officials, and parents all have visited Little League® University (LLU) and found it to be rich with information and materials designed to improve the Little League experience. You and your staff have a dedicated portal of information that can be viewed for FREE by simply registering with an e-mail address.

As league meetings and training sessions are planned, you are strongly encouraged to review the articles, videos, and documents currently available on LLU, and use them to their fullest when discussing player retention, registration, and participation; or when preparing a presentation to potential new leagues and volunteers. The ever-growing catalog of training and educational items are developed to service our vast and assorted range of constituents. Visit LittleLeagueU.org to learn more! Little League University can be searched by Google; as well as the search function available when logged into the LLU website.