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Things to Know From Little League®: April 2017

Things to Know From Little League®: April 2017

Each month, Little League® International is providing a quick look at important information and events for the month ahead. We invite you to review and share with your colleagues and friends. Another great resource for keeping up to date on Little League’s latest training and educational efforts is Little League University. Designed for volunteers, league and District Administrators, coaches, and parents, this free website is a wonderful portal for experiencing and learning about the Little League.

Data Center Update

As more and more leagues get ready to hit the field this Little League season, Little League International has developed a series of digital solutions to help you with your district and/or league operations over the next few months. On March 21, Little League updated LittleLeague.org/DataCenter, which provides districts and leagues simple solutions to:

• Change Chartered Teams/Insurance

• Confirm Background Check Completion

• Download Official Logos

• Manage Officers

• Submit Background Checks

• Upload Registration Data

• View District Status Report

• Pay Outstanding Balances Online or via Mail

Little League will continue to update this website for the 2017 tournament season, where, at a future date, leagues/districts will be able to enroll in tournament, change tournament teams, and apply for tournament mileage reimbursement. Individuals needing support with LittleLeague.org/DataCenter are encourage to email support@LittleLeague.org or call 570-326-1921 ext. 2800.

Little League University Launches Educational Videos

This February, Little League University began a series of free educational videos to assist local league volunteers during their day-to-day operations. Along with currently published videos on establishing player eligibility and conducting background checks, additional videos on how to combine teams, and a breakdown tutorial on the new rules effecting intentional walks and keeping one foot in the batter’s box will be available over the next two months.

 

Award Nominations Now Open

Each year Little League International recognizes individuals for their commitment to, and participation in, the Little League program. Now is the time to start thinking about recognizing individuals from your District or local league by nominating them for the Little League awards program. To nominate for the Little League awards program, visit LittleLeague.org/Awards, fill out the respective form, and send your completed nominations directly to Little League International in Williamsport for Volunteer of the Year, Softball Volunteer of the Year, Good Sport of the Year, Challenger, Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year, and Mom of the Year. For your nominees to be considered for International recognition, please submit their information by June 1. If you have any questions regarding these Awards please contact Scott Rosenberg, Little League International Director of Public Relations at srosenberg@LittleLeague.org.

Important Reminders for Local League Operations

Here are some of the important things that your league should be considering this month, and some resources from Little League University to help guide the way. For these tips, as well as additional information, be sure to check out the Little League Bulletin Board each month.

• Plan opening day ceremonies

• Purchase printed or eBook versions of the 2017 rulebooks and review with all coaches, managers, and umpires

• Confirm player selection follows one of the three approved Little League Draft Methods

• Order official Little League patches for 2017 uniforms

• Finalize league finances for tax returns

Begin budgeting for post-season/tournament costs

• Start planning for any mid-season or end-of-season special games

• Open the discussion to organize postseason opportunities like Second Season

Little League Magazine Distribution

It’s that time of year again! This April, more than one million Little Leaguers will be receiving Little League Magazine in the mail. In coordination with Major League Baseball since 1997, the magazine has been published once a year and is filled with stories and photos of Major Leaguers who played Little League when they were children, playing tips from the pros, stories about current Little Leaguers, details from the Little League Baseball and Softball World Series, games, puzzles and more. There is no subscription available to obtain the Little League magazine. About one million Little Leaguers whose leagues have submitted rosters to Little League International will receive it by mail, and everyone will be able to access the new issue at LittleLeagueMagazine.org.

Little League Established Bat Information Landing Page to Answer Questions

With the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard in 2018, Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. The landing page, found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

2017 Little League Baseball and Softball Days Scheduled Across the Nation

In 2006, Little League International introduced the Softball Day initiative to help promote Little League Softball, the college softball experience, and the game in general. It is on this day that softball players of all ages will get to experience exceptional softball, support the local college or university athletics, discover positive role models, and create their own goals. Little League International coordinates 25-30 Little League Softball Days across the country every year and many more are organized by local leagues and district administrators with programs at all levels (high school, NJCAA, NAIA, NCAA). If you would like to organize a Little League Softball Day with your local college or university, email Sara Thompson at sthompson@LittleLeague.org.

Little League Looking For Parents, Coaches, and Volunteers to Share Their #TeeBallTales

Starting in December 2016, Little League launched a digital campaign known as #TeeBallTuesday that highlights the Fun, Fitness, and Fundamentals of the Little League Tee Ball Program will help promote and educate Tee Ball coaches, parents, and volunteers. As part of the campaign, Little League is asking parents, coaches, and other volunteers to share their “Tee Ball Tales” by e-mailing their story to media@littleleague.org and by using #TeeBallTales and #TeeBallTuesday on social media.