Little League® International Modifies Its Player Residency and School Attendance Eligibility Requirements
For a child to be a Little Leaguer®, eligibility must first be established by way of residency inside the boundaries of a local Little League®, or the location of the school where the child attends is located inside a local league’s boundaries that is approved by Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
Beginning with the 2017 season, the following changes will be implemented for the Residency and School Attendance Eligibility Requirements:
• A school issued report card or performance record will no longer be accepted to establish school attendance. Either the school enrollment form or an official/certified school enrollment record dated prior to October 1, 2016 can be used to establish school attendance for the 2017 season.
• The residence shall be established and supported by documents containing the full residence which includes parent(s) or guardian(s) name, street address, city, state and zip code information, dated or in force between February 1, 2016 (previous year) and February 1, 2017 (current year), from one or more documents from EACH of the three Groups outlined below:
1. Driver’s License (photo ID of parent(s) or guardian(s) with qualifying residence address)
2. School records (home address of player’s parents or guardians)
3. Vehicle records (i.e., registration, lease, etc.)
4. Employment records
5. Insurance documents (with residence address)
1. Welfare/child care records
2. Federal records (i.e., Federal Tax, Social Security, etc.)
3. State records
4. Local (municipal) records
5. Support payment records
6. Homeowner or tenant records
7. Military records
1. Voter’s Registration
2. Utility bills (i.e., - gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
3. Financial records (loan, credit, investments, etc.)
4. Medical records
5. Internet, cable, or satellite television records
NOTE: Example – Three documents from the same Group (utility bill, cable bill, and bank statement) constitute only ONE document.
Be aware that players who established “residence” or “school attendance” for regular season and/or tournament eligibility prior to the 2016-2017 season by using the Tournament Player Verification form, and who can produce the form with proper proofs and signatures from the first year that the Tournament Player Verification form was used for that player, will be grandfathered and will NOT need to complete a new Tournament Player Verification Form.
In preparation for the 2017 Little League International Tournament, local leagues are to be aware that tournament Eligibility Affidavit will this year require all tournament teams to complete and carry a Tournament Player Verification form for every rostered player.
Frequently Asked Questions: Residency and School Attendance Eligibility
1. My child is already registered for the 2017 season, is he/she grandfathered in, or do we need to provide new proofs of residency or school attendance?+
All players who participate in tournament play for the 2017, and do not have a previously reviewed/approved Tournament Player Verification form
will be required to submit residency documentation
that meets the new requirements.
2. Will a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of returning players without a Tournament Player Verification Form need to provide documentation from the three groups above, or is their eligibility to participate in the league for the regular season “grandfathered?”+
Parents or guardians will need to provide appropriate proofs of residence
and/or the Little League school enrollment form
as outlined above, regardless of a child’s previous participation in the league.
However, players who have a completed Tournament Player Verification form from a previous tournament season, along with the accompanying approved residency documentation, will be grandfathered to participate in the appropriate league using this form from a previous tournament season.
3. Why is Little League requiring its local leagues to collect a minimum of three specific forms of residency documents?+
While the 17 accepted residency
documents are the same as in past seasons, this change further enhances and refines the residency policy by assuring that local leagues or districts are determining a player’s place of residence by using documents from multiple origins.
4. Are leagues required to have a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) complete a Tournament Player Verification Form at registration?+
No. Only players participating in tournament play MUST
complete the Tournament Player Verification form
. Some leagues are finding it useful to have all players fill out the Tournament Player Verification Form at registration, but it is not required.
Parents or legal guardians may request to complete a Tournament Player Verification form at player registration or download the document, and present the completed form at registration. If a player is subsequently selected for participation on a tournament team at the completion of that league’s regular season, the completed form and accompanying residency documentation or Little League school enrollment form that was submitted during registration would satisfy this requirement for Tournament eligibility.
5. Why did Little League decide to remove a school-issued report card or performance record as a way to establish players’ eligibility based on school attendance?+
A: A school’s performance records rarely indicate if an individual changed schools during the academic year, and many schools do not issue a performance record dated prior to October 1, making it difficult for a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to produce a valid report card or performance record.
6. What documentation is acceptable to support school attendance?+
An official certified school enrollment form, or the Little League school enrollment form
. Either document must be completed by a School Administrator, Principal, or Vice Principal that lists the schools address as well as verification that the student has been enrolled and attending prior to October 1 of the current academic school year.
7. How do I obtain the official Little League School Enrollment form?+
The school enrollment form
is available on the forms and publications page at LittleLeague.org.
8. What documents is a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) expected to bring to a local league’s player registration?+
Documents that support residence or school enrollment per Little League rules and regulations.
Residence - The acceptable residency documents outlined in the new residency standard, along with the child’s original birth certificate. These documents must contain the full residence information which includes a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name, street address, city, state, and zip code information, dated, or in force, between February 1, 2016 ad February 1, 2017, from one or more documents from each of the three groups.
School Enrollment - An official certified school enrollment form, or the Little League school enrollment form. Either document must be completed by a School Administrator, Principal, or Vice Principal that lists the schools address as well as verification that the student has been enrolled and attending prior to October 1 of the current academic school year.
9. What is the document collection procedure for local leagues that conduct online registration?+
A: Leagues that offer online registration are expected to schedule a specific time when the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of online registrants must bring their documents to be verified. This meeting date also provides an opportunity for leagues to share league-related information and recruit volunteers for the coming season.
10. Are leagues required to photocopy/scan all residency/school attendance documents?+
11. How will parents know what documents will be needed to register their child?+
An explanation of the required registration Information is available at: LittleLeague.org/Residence
12. What should a league’s response be to a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who arrive at registration without the expected/appropriate documentation?+
A: Local League officials should make note of the request to register and ask the parents to return with the proper documentation at some point prior to the close of registration.
13. Will a returning player(s) who lives inside the local league’s boundaries be able to use school attendance documentation if the player(s) attends school inside the league’s boundaries?+
14. Does Little League prefer a local league use the residency documentation, or the school attendance documentation form when both are applicable for registering a player?+
A: Families are encouraged to use the registration method that meets the regulation, and is most convenient for them.
15. What is the information that a local league is looking for on the documents?+
A: Residency documents
must be dated, or in force, between February 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.
Documents supporting school enrollment form must be dated prior to October 1 of the current academic school year.
16. What if I no longer have the documentation from the first year my child was eligible using the Tournament Player Verification Form?+
You must follow the current residency
and school enrollment form
17. Will the modified residency requirements affect a volunteer’s ability to be approved as a coach, manager, or a member of the local league’s Board of Directors?+
A: No. Volunteers for a league do not have residency requirements.