Providing players the opportunity to participate in the local league where the school they attend is physically located has allowed children to enjoy the Little League® experience with their friends and classmates. This school year provides many challenges in education that impact how families can identify the appropriate league based on school attendance and provide the approved verification to establish a player’s eligibility based on school attendance.
Little League International hopes that all children are able to have a Little League experience. Below is guidance on how to utilize the school attendance option as families and school districts utilize remote, in-person, and hybrid learning opportunities. Leagues and families are encouraged to work with their District Administrator and appropriate Region Office on their specific circumstances.
A player who participated with the league in 2019 and met the residency/school eligibility requirements but moved or changed schools outside of the league boundary in 2020 and did not participate with the league.
These players may be claimed under regulation II(d) with proper supporting documentation even if they did not participate or register in 2020 with the league.
A player who registered at a league for the first time in 2020 but no games were played and has since moved to a residence or school outside of the league’s boundaries
These players may be claimed under regulation II(d) with proper supporting documentation.
Our local school system is conducting remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. What documentation should I use to verify eligibility?
Little League-issued school attendance/enrollment forms once initially completed and submitted are valid until school enrollment changes. Any player with a proper attendance/enrollment form from 2020 or before and no enrollment changes have taken place, regardless of how classes are being conducted, the attendance/enrollment form is permissible.
If a player’s enrollment changed to a school with a new physical address, regardless how classes are being conducted, that is located in a different Little League program’s boundary, the player would be able to participate in their previous league based II(d) or the new league with a new attendance/enrollment form.
In the event a school district has gone under larger restructuring due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a family or league needs additional guidance on what league a player is eligible to participate in based on school attendance, please work through your District Administrator and appropriate Region Office for guidance.
NOTE: A player may also use an official/certified School enrollment record from the player’s school dated prior to October 1, 2019 with the player’s name and physical location of the school printed on the record.
A family has elected remote learning for their child(ren) for 2020-21 and they have not played with our league before but would attend school in our league’s boundary in a traditional school year.
Players will be required to provide enrollment documentation from the school district noting that they are enrolled within the school district and have elected remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Any player who previously participated in the league while meeting the residency/school eligibility requirements may continue to participate under a claim of Regulation II(d).
A family has elected to utilize an online-only cyber school/homeschool option for their child(ren) for 2020-21 and they have not played with our league before.
By their nature, cyber schools do not have a permanent location where students could attend in-person classes. Because of this, while these institutions do have administrative addresses, they are not able to be used to establish eligibility for Little League participation. Families utilizing cyber schools are able to use their bona fide home residence to establish residency, or any player who previously participated in the league while meeting the residency/school eligibility requirements may continue to participate under a claim of Regulation II(d).