Little League International Hosts Training Program for New Volunteer District Administrators
A two-day educational program designed to provide information and training for new District Administrators was recently held at Little League International.
The District Administrator (DA), a volunteer position, is a liaison between Little League International and the local leagues. Little League Baseball and Softball has 649 DAs worldwide with 507 of those in the United States. A District Administrator is elected to a three-year term by a vote of the local leagues in the district. Districts are usually composed of between 8 and 20 leagues.
A total of 25 District Administrators attended the New District Administrator Training. Collectively, the group represented 15 states and five international districts.
“The role of the District Administrator is important to the smooth operation of our local leagues and encompasses many different areas,” Nick Caringi, Little League’s Senior Director of Operations and Education, said. “Our DAs need to know Little League policies and regulations, in addition to having good judgment and common sense to provide counsel and assistance to local leagues. This educational program will give each of the new DAs the foundation needed to successfully begin their tenure as a District Administrator.”
The DA also needs to have a knowledge of the social, geographic and community factors within the district that will help in assisting, not only the leagues, but Little League Baseball and Softball. Some of the other duties of the DA include scheduling meetings within the district, nominating umpires for upper level tournaments, conducting tournaments and working with Regional Headquarters personnel.
Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, welcomes a group of 25 volunteer District Administrators visiting Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa., for a series of training seminars. Little League International created and assumed all travel and lodging costs for the two-day introductory meetings designed to educate and inform first-year district administrators.
The topics of education and training addressed the expectations and role of the DA, structuring the district, communications and media guidelines, the role of Little League sponsors, and how to use the Little League Data Center. The training session also covered topics such as district insurance, the Child Protection Program, the importance of local leagues participating in ASAP (A Safety Awareness Plan), the DA’s role in league development and retention, and forms and processes.
Transportation and expenses for each of the District Administrators attending the educational program was provided by Little League. Funding for this important training comes from the International Tournament fees paid by local leagues.
2011 New District Administrator Training
- Ginger Barrett, Texas District 13, Belleville, Texas
- Kim Betzsold, Washington District 12, Richland, Wash.
- Bill Bunten, New Mexico District 6, Carlsbad, N.M.
- Mike Burton, Massachusetts District 1, Pittsfield, Mass.
- Fred Cantor, New York District 17, Fishkill, N.Y.
- Devon Corrigan,Virginia District 5, Richmond, Va.
- John Donaldson,Virginia District 9, Alexandria, Va.
- Joseph Flintosh, Pennsylvania District 20, Bethlehem Township, Pa.
- Carlton Jones, Illinois District 12, Chicago, Ill.
- Kat Kelly, Colorado District 3, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
- Glenn Landry, South Carolina District 3, Irmo, S.C.
- Joseph Liberatore, Florida District 5, Seminole, Fla.
- Jim McGehrin, New Jersey District 15, Glassboro, N.J.
- John Miller, Illinois District 19, Rochelle, Ill.
- Rod Moore, Denmark, Beder, Denmark
- Stevelyn Parris, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
- Edward Reynoso, California District 34, Exeter, Calif.
- Juan Rivera, Puerto Rico, Yauco, Puerto Rico
- Jamye Royal, Texas District 29, Three Rivers, Texas
- Gijs Selderijk, Netherlands, Nieuwegein, Netherlands
- Stephen Smith, California District 11, Auburn, Calif.
- Carl Thompson, Arizona District 5, Tucson, Ariz.
- Franzisco Lucio Tippmann, Germany Bad Nauheim, Germany
- Mike Valenti, South Carolina District 7, Greenville, S.C.
- Robert Wheeler, Oklahoma District 1, Tulsa, Okla.
The 25 first-year Little League District Administrators who participated in an education seminar at Little League International took time from their training sessions for a photo. Seated (left to right): Franzisco Lucio Tippmann, Kat Kelly, Kim Betzsold, Jamye Royal, Ginger Barrett, Fred Cantor, Carl Thompson , Bill Bunten, John Miller. Middle row (l to r): Paul Flanagan (Little League International Board of Directors Member and West Virginia DA), John Donaldson, Mike Burton, Stephen Smith, Stevelyn Parris, Joseph Liberatore, Mike Valenti, Devon Corrigan, Edward Reynoso. Back row (l to r): Patrick W. Wilson (Little League Vice President of Operations), Glenn Landry, Robert Wheeler, Jim McGehrin, Joseph Flintosh, Rod Moore, Gijs Selderijk, Carlton Jones, and Juan Rivera.