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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dave Ruotolo, Former Little League International Board Member, Connecticut District 4 Administrator

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dave Ruotolo, Former Little League International Board Member, Connecticut District 4 Administrator

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dave Ruotolo, Former Little League International Board Member, Connecticut District 4 Administrator

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Little League International mourns the passing of David Ruotolo, Connecticut District 4 Administrator and a former member of the Little League International Board of Directors.

Mr. Ruotolo was nominated and elected to the Little League International Board of Directors in 2007, and served as the Eastern Region’s representative until 2011.

“Not only have we lost a great friend and outstanding director, but we have lost a tremendous asset to the Little League program,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Dave provided us with a wealth of knowledge and experience that cannot easily be replaced. We will miss him, and we extend our condolences to his wife, Kathy and the entire Ruotolo family at this difficult time.”

Elected as Connecticut District 4 Administrator (DA) in September of 1991, Mr. Ruotolo served in that capacity for 23 years. As district staff member, he attended six Little League International (LLI) Congresses, and, in 2010, received his 20-year service pin at the 25th LLI Congress in Lexington, Ky.

In 1994, he was an original contributor to the development of Little League Baseball and Softball’s A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP); and helped to introduce the ASAP program to delegates attending the Little League International Congress in Reno, Nev.

Mr. Ruotolo was a member of the Little League Presidents Advisory Committee (1995-98); and in 1998 became a member of the Eastern Region’s Advisory Committee.

Working tirelessly in support of the Little League Softball program, Mr. Ruotolo volunteered as tournament director at the district and state levels, and was a member of the Little League International Softball Advisory Committee.

A native of East Haven, Conn., Mr. Ruotolo moved to West Haven, Conn., and began his service to West Haven Little League as a team manager in 1971. He would later serve on West Haven Little League’s board of directors, at different times holding the positions of Player Agent, Vice President, and was elected as League President on two occasions. He proceeded to the district level, volunteering as an Assistant District Administrator for Connecticut District 4’s 14 leagues, prior to his election as District Administrator.

“Dave was a proud supporter of the mission of Little League,” Mr. Keener said. “His belief that Little League’s role was to help develop children into tomorrow’s leaders became a passion. An advocate for softball, he was driven to help all children benefit from their experiences on and off the field … We will miss him.”

The among the “career highlights” for Mr. Ruotolo were the Orange (Conn.) Little League from Connecticut District 4 representing the Eastern Region in the 2005 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore. Also, he had the unique honor of watching his daughter, Jocelyn, manage the Connecticut State Tournament "host team" to the Eastern Region Championship, and an appearance in  the 2012 Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash.

Mr. Ruotolo, a veteran of the United States Navy (1962-69), left high school to join the service, and later received his GED while on active duty. He received an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration in 1994, from South Central Community College. Following time in the trucking industry, he owned a screen printing and embroidery business.

Mr. Ruotolo is survived by his wife, and daughters Stephanie, Jennifer and Jocelyn.