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Your Voice: Little League Registration, Little League University

Volume 3 | Issue 11 | December 2015 | Archive
Your Voice: Little League® Registration, Little League University
Last month, you answered a question about the Age Determination Date, how has that changed since then?

The Little League® International Board of Directors voted to “grandfather” the group of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005, as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season, using the Age Determination Date of April 30. In 2019, this group will begin to use August 31 as their age determination date.

All other children participating in all divisions of Little League Baseball® and the Little League Challenger Division® will follow the implementation plan established earlier this year.

For more information on the Age Determination Date changes, including age charts, visit LittleLeague.org.

I received an e-mail about Little League University, how can this help me as a parent?

The Little League University website (LittleLeagueU.org,) is a free educational resource that has a dedicated section just for parents. All you need to do is create an account with a valid e-mail address, or sign on using your Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn Account. Little League University is designed to connect visitors - including parents - to engaging training videos and informative how-to articles, designed to educate parents and volunteers on how to have a fun, successful Little League experience. Since most Little League parents are also dedicated volunteers, in addition to the section that has been developed just for parents, you can also access other content dedicated to help coaches, umpires, and league officials.

For questions, concerns, or comments about Little League University, please email us at LLU@LittleLeague.org.

What do I need to do to get ready for Little League registration this year?

Whether you’re new to the player registration process, or need a refresher, there are great resources from Little League’s The Parent Connection that you can refer to help you with a smooth registration – including the Parent Guide to Little League Registration, Questions to Ask Before Registration, and Questions to Ask During Registration.

When you're bringing your documentation to support your residency, make sure all those documents are dated or in effect between Feb. 1, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2016. If you’re using documents for school attendance, those must be dated before Oct. 1, 2015. Also, make sure you bring an original birth certificate or other proof of age document that has been issued by a federal, state, or provincial government in the country in which the Little Leaguer is participating, to verify your Little Leaguers’ ages.

Me, and a couple of the other moms, helped with our kids’ Tee Ball team last year, and I wanted to know how we can get more copies of the Tee Ball book?

For many years, Little League Tee Ball Program has welcomed the youngest Little Leaguers and their families into our program. Since developing the Tee Ball Program in 2013, thousands of parents, volunteers, and coaches have used this great resource to help provide children with a fun Tee Ball experience based on fitness and fundamentals. New this year, every league who charters Tee Ball will receive a printed copy of the Tee Ball curriculum. You will still be able to get the Tee Ball program on your computer, laptop, and smart phone, through LittleLeagueU.org, but your 2016 team will also have a copy in hand to reference.

My daughter is 13 this year, and my home league doesn’t currently offer teenage softball. What’s the best option for her to continue in the Little League program?

Little League has opportunities for children of all ages. The first step is to encourage your local league to charter either a Junior or Senior Division softball program. For only $10 per team, the girls in your community could then interleague with other Little Leagues in the District; and also consider organizing events using the Special Games guidelines. If any of these options are possible for the coming season, then promoting and operating a successful program is a real possibility. The first, best option is to speak with the local league’s Board of Directors and convince them to charter at least one team for 2016.
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The Parent Connection - December 2015 - Archive