New Regional Round Tables Give Little League Volunteers a Voice in Rule Changes
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Little League International, in an effort to provide education and increase the opportunities for its grass-roots volunteers in the rules and regulation modification process, have put together a series of regional round tables that will begin in January.
A round table will be held in each of the five U.S. regions, beginning with the first meeting held in San Bernardino, Calif., for the Western Region. All District Administrators (DA) and Assistant District Administrators (ADA) in each of the five regions will be invited to attend the two-day event in their region.
The agenda for each regional round table, which will include both an educational component as well as a rules and regulation session, will be put together from a survey that will be completed by DAs and ADAs in that region. The survey will allow the Little League volunteers to submit a list of topics that they would like to see covered at the round table.
Traditionally, DAs and ADAs had input on rules and regulation modifications at Little League International Congress events held every three years since 1975. Recently, the Little League Board of Directors decided to move Congress to a quadrennial event, with the next International Congress to be held in 2014 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of Little League.
DAs and ADAs will now get a chance to participate in the interactive regional round tables every four years, giving them a voice and a forum every two years when combined with Congress events.
“These changes give our most valued volunteers the opportunity to have a voice in rule changes every other year, instead of every third year,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “It also gives us the opportunity to hold our largest event for volunteers during a special year in the history of the Little League program.”
The Little League International Congress is attended by more than 1,000 Little League volunteers.
The regional round tables will also provide a forum in which voting for International Board of Directors members could be conducted and provide a chance for Little League sponsors and licensees to exhibit their products.
The rules amendments from each regional round table will be compiled and put together in a format that will allow for electronic voting by the Little League “family” sometime in late March after the completion of the regional round table events.
The rules amendments that receive a favorable vote are then submitted to the International Board of Directors for approval.
The regional round table events will be conducted by members of the Little League Regional Staff and Little League International Staff.
2012 Little League International Regional Round Table Schedule
- Western Regional Round Table, San Bernardino, Calif.
Jan. 27-28, 2012 – Hilton San Bernardino
- Southeastern Regional Round Table, Charlotte, N.C.
Feb. 10-11, 2012 – Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
- Southwestern Regional Round Table, Arlington, Texas
Feb. 24-25, 2012 – Hilton Arlington
- Eastern Regional Round Table, Wilmington, Del.
March 2-3, 2012 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
- Central Regional Round Table, Indianapolis, Ind.
March 16-17, 2012 – Hilton Indianapolis North