League Bulletin Board: News & Notes for the Quorum
Some leagues are still conducting player and volunteer registration, while others have moved on to tryouts and are getting ready to draft teams, and those in warmer climates are likely hitting the field. As your league tracks toward assembling rosters and the 2017 preseason continues, here is some information and other items to keep be aware of.
Second Charter Application Mailing:
If your league has not submitted a charter application for the 2017 season, expect to receive a charter application by mail. This mailing will made in the coming days to assure your league has the opportunity to be a part of the Little League® program for this season. The charter application was sent to the League President based on the current information for your league. If you have questions, please, contact your region office, or speak with a coordinator at Little League International (570-326-1921).
2017 Little League® Rules, Regulations, and Policies:
The 2017 Little League Rulebooks are now available for purchase through the Little League online store. The electronic rulebooks are available on Amazon and iTunes (Spanish versions coming soon). The changes and updates for 2017 are available for review at LittleLeague.org.
Tee Ball Chartering and Incentive:
To aid each league that would be chartering Tee Ball for the first time, Little League® International has developed several online resources and video drills that are available on Little League University, including the Little League Tee Ball Curriculum, the Parents Guide to Tee Ball, and the Tee Ball Quick Start Guide. As a reminder, each local league that charters Tee Ball will receive a printed copy of the Little League Tee Ball Curriculum for each team chartered. These booklets are delivered as part of the league supplies.
Tee Ball Tuesdays:
Little League® continues to encourage the participation at the program’s youngest division. Leagues are asked to consider chartering Tee Ball, and Little League has continued to enhance its training and educational offerings, including the introduction of Tee Ball Tuesdays. Leagues and volunteers are encouraged to submit their Tee Ball Tales, and share their best stories about the experiences of our youngest Little Leaguers®.
2017 ASAP Information:
Information and materials to facilitate the 2017 A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) are currently available online at the Little League website.
As your Safety Officers complete the 2017 ASAP plan, remind them that this year’s safety plans MUST be submitted to Little League International electronically through the Little League Data Center; or mailed to Little League International. No email submissions will be accepted. The deadline for local league ASAP Plan submission regarding eligibility for the awards program is March 31, 2017. Mailed plans are to be sent to: Little League® International (539 U.S. Route 15 Highway, Williamsport, Pa., 17701-0485) along with the 2017 Qualified Safety Program Registration form. The deadline for districts to complete the process regarding the district monetary incentive for early local league participation is Friday, March 10.
Annual Background Checks:
Starting in 2017, a local league within the United States must conduct a nationwide background check utilizing First Advantage or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and other criminal records. Visit the First Advantage League Registration page to change or update the authorization of the Board member responsible for using First Advantage to conduct the league’s required background checks. In order to make the change/update, the following information is required: league identification number, league name, User ID, user name and email address.
2017 Little League® Umpire Registry:
The Little League® Umpire Registry is open for the 2017 season. The Registry offers Little League umpires an informative way to stay on top of their game. By joining, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network that provides an opportunity to stay current with rules and regulations, and offer suggestions that will continually improve skills.
Umpires can access the latest information on rule interpretations, regulations updates, and more. Members have access to the Umpire Registry website that contains resources such as the Fair Ball newsletter, a bi-monthly electronic publication that contains articles on rule interpretations, mechanics, and news concerning umpires; the current year’s rules, regulations and polices eBook; the Rules Instruction Manual (RIM); and the Little League Umpire online presentation, and 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals. A series of webinars are also currently in development and are expected to be another unique feature of the Umpire Registry.