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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:

Group I

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)

Group II

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

Group III

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?+
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?”+
3. Why is Little League requiring its local leagues to collect a minimum of three specific forms of residency documents?+
4. Are leagues required to have a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) complete a Tournament Player Verification Form at registration?+
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?+
6. What documentation is acceptable to support school attendance?+
7. How do I obtain the official Little League School Enrollment form?+
8. What documents is a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) expected to bring to a local league’s player registration?+
9. What is the document collection procedure for local leagues that conduct online registration?+
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?+
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?+
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?+
15. What is the information that a local league is looking for on the documents?+
16. What if I no longer have the documentation from the first year my child was eligible using the Tournament Player Verification 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?+