District Administrators Must Qualify for Re-Election
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 23, 2007) – One of the actions taken by the
Little League International Board of Directors at the 24th Little
League International Congress in Houston was to ratify guidelines
for district administrators seeking re-election.
“The success of the Little League program relies heavily on an
engaged and active District Administrator,” Stephen D. Keener,
president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and
Softball, said. “Because the position is so vital, our concern is
that some leagues may not receive adequate and full service from
their district administrators. This lack of service and leadership
can result in dissatisfied leagues and communities.”
As the liaison between the local league program and Little League
International and its regional centers, the district administrator
(DA) provides service and guidance to local leagues. Each district
holds an election for its district administrator once every three
years. One-third of the districts worldwide hold such elections each
year, with each local Little League program in the district
receiving one vote.
Beginning in 2008, to be eligible for re-election, a district
- Must have documented participation in a district
administrator training session at a Regional Center, Little
League Road Show, or a yet-to-be developed on-line DA
- Must have participation of 50 percent or more of the
district’s leagues in ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program).
- Must have a district safety officer on file at Little
League International.Must be a member in good standing with
the state association (if applicable where a state
- Must not be affiliated with another youth baseball or
- Must have filed an annual district financial report with
Little League International and distribute the report to all
local leagues within the district.
- Must be in financial good standing with Little League
- Must have signed and updated maps for all leagues within
The following qualifications are recommended for the election of
a district administrator:
- The candidate should have served in a local Little
League, preferably as a league president or an assistant
district administrator. Experience should include
exposure to all facets of the local Little League
- The candidate should be a resident of the district
- The candidate must have sufficient time to devote
towards the position.
Additionally, these are the expectations of every district
- To have a minimum of four meetings annually with
his/her leagues in the district.
- To have an identifiable staff available to assist in
servicing the leagues of the district.
- To distribute and review educational materials to
aid in the development of local league programs.
- To assist in adding additional divisions or teams to
their constituent leagues.
- To serve as the liaison between his/her constituent
leagues and Little League International.
- To possess thorough knowledge of the Little League
program through related education, skills and
- To be available to serve constituent leagues, even
in the off-season.
- To report financial matters to his/her constituent
leagues as well as provide a financial statement for
review to his/her constituent leagues and to Little
League International for filing.
- To be prepared, organized and punctual for all
meetings, briefings and district events.
- To handle unavoidable pressures and perform
- To provide leadership and inspiration to constituent
- To be willing to help others and assist in problem
solving as needed.
The new criteria adopted by the International Board of Directors,
recommended by the Operations Committee of the Little League
International Board of Directors, district administrators, and the
2006 International Advisory Board, replaces the District
Administrator Evaluation Program.