The following is a list of questions a typical league might ask while preparing for the International Tournament. If you have additional questions regarding tournament play, please contact your District Administrator. Please visit our Rules and Regulations Page to review any regulation or rule revisions for the 2018 regular season and tournament rules.
1. With Team Eligibility Affidavits now available on-line, how does a DA know if the league actually submitted the required paperwork and payment to be allowed to participate in the Tournament prior to the DA signing the affidavit?
A. Prior to or during the review and sign-off of the Tournament Team Eligibility Affidavit, the DA needs to verify that the team/league is “eligible” for Tournament play by checking the information in the LL Data Center – LittleLeague.org/DataCenter.
2. How exactly is the “school exception” documented/calculated towards the 60 percent participation requirement?
A: Registered Little League players who are on the rosters of local school teams are given an exemption from participating in their Little League regular season games that are played while the player is a member of the school team. Many schools do not allow their players to participate in other programs while the school season is in progress. As such, the local league is allowed to only count those games played before and/or after completion of the school schedule towards the required participation percentage. This exception does not eliminate the requirement for teams to schedule and play a 12-game (Senior League: 10-game) schedule against other Little League teams within their respective division prior to the start of Tournament.
For Example: A player registers at the start of the season to play Junior Baseball but prior to the start of local league play the player is placed on the roster of the high school Junior Varsity (JV) team. The JV team practices/plays through May 31. To be eligible for the Tournament team the player would need to play in 60 percent of the team’s scheduled games between June 1 and the start of Tournament within the District. However, if the player does not register until after the school season is over, the “school exemption” does not apply. The exemption only applies to the Little League games missed because of school play “while the player was a member” of a Little League team.
NOTE: As specified above, a player must be a registered player of the local Little League during his/her participation on the school baseball/softball team in order to take advantage of the “school exception.” The Tournament Committee in Williamsport will consider a request for a waiver of this requirement.
To request a waiver, the local league Board of Directors would be requesting to make a player eligible for selection to a Tournament team when such player failed to register for the league before he/she had a chance to meet the 60 percent requirement.
The request may only be submitted if the player:
- Was a member of the school team; and,
- Would otherwise have been able to take advantage of the “school exception” if he/she had registered in the league on time.
3. Are players who missed regular season games due to illness or injury given any kind of “exemption” towards the 60 percent participation requirement?
A: The local league Board of Directors may waive the requirement for registered Little League players to participate in 60 percent of their teams’ Little League regular season games for illness or injury. However, for such a waiver to be granted, a physician’s note must be obtained that documents the time frame from which the player was prohibited from participation in games/practices and the note must also state that the player has been released for full participation as a player on the Tournament team. A copy of the note/justification must accompany the team to all Tournament levels.
4. What is the minimum number of players that is required on a team affidavit?
A: Little League encourages all local leagues to carry the maximum number of players allowed in order to give as many players as possible the opportunity to participate and experience the International Tournament. The minimum number of players on a tournament affidavit is twelve. EXCEPTION: If a team has less than twelve players listed on their affidavit, justification must be provided by the league and approved by that league’s District Administrator signified by his/her approval signature on the Affidavit.
5. Do games played as a Pool Player during the season count towards a player’s 60 percent participation requirement?
A: No. The only games that count towards the 60 percent participation requirement for a player are the games he/she played with his/her regular season team (or teams if dual-rostered). The Tournament Affidavit documentation requires that the number of games played by each team be listed and that the number of games played by the player while playing for his/her team be recorded. The 60 percent participation level is based on these two numbers. If a dual-rostered player has 60 percent participation in two divisions, they may only be selected to one Tournament team.
Exception: Intermediate 50/70, Junior, and Senior League may count some Special Games against Little League teams towards their Tournament Participation requirement. Please reference Regulation IX and Tournament Player Eligibility for details.
6. For Regulation II(d) and IV(h) waivers, what addresses are we required to verify or certify?
A: The League President must verify and document the eligibility of a child who is claimed under Regulation II(d) or IV(h) by producing documentation proving that the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian previously lived or the player previously attended school in the league’s boundaries during the specific dates required for eligibility. For a Regulation IV(h) waiver, the League President will be required to document that the parent(s) or legal guardian lived in the boundaries and was a board member, manager, or coach for the two years or more when they lived in the boundaries, and has remained so since that time without breaking service. For a Regulation II(d) waiver, the League President will be required to document that the parent(s) or legal guardian lived in the boundaries or the player attended school physically located within the league’s boundary while the participant was a rostered player in the league, then moved out of the boundaries, changed schools, or the boundaries changed, but the participant has maintained a rostered position in the league since that time.
7. What type of map (required to be carried by the Tournament team manager) is acceptable? Can it be hand-drawn? Does it have to show streets, highways, etc.?
A: The team manager must obtain the league boundary map, signed and dated by the District Administrator and the League President, prior to the start of the tournament. The map must show the actual, approved boundaries on file at the Region office of the local Little League and may be hand drawn and must use physical structures (such as a road), or a geographic feature (such as a river) to determine boundaries. A team without an approved map is subject to protest. To assist local leagues with this process, an electronic affidavit and mapping system has been developed that will plot players on the leagues boundary map based on residency or school attendance.
8. What forms or documents are required to be carried by the manager with the team while playing in Tournament games?
A: Beginning for the 2017 season, a completed affidavit with all required signatures, eligibility waivers for participants otherwise ineligible, Tournament Player Verification Form for every player with supporting eligibility documents – one form of residency documentation from each of the three Groups (all which must be dated or in force between February 1st of the previous year and February 1st of the current year) OR one proof of attendance at a school within league boundaries (proof of attendance must be dated prior to October 1 of the current school year), and a league boundary map depicting the same boundaries on file at the Regional Center. NOTE: Players who established “residence” or “school attendance” for regular season and/or tournament prior to the 2017-2018 season using the Player Verification Form, and can produce the form with proper proofs and signatures, will be grandfathered and will NOT need to complete a new Player Verification Form. It is strongly recommended that managers also carry Medical Release forms for every player.
9. May an opposing team request to see documentation for another team?
A: No. Each team must carry proper documentation such as copies used for residency/school documentation under Regulation II and league boundary maps, but this information should only be made available to the Tournament Director in the case of a protest, at the direction of the Tournament Committee.
10. Our Little League 10-12-year-old team is losing a player right after the third game of the Tournament. This player will not be back for any more Tournament games. Who can authorize the replacement player and what documentation do we have to produce to get the replacement player on the team’s Affidavit?
A: The District Administrator or Tournament Director can authorize the addition of the replacement player to the team’s Affidavit. The league is required to produce:
- An original birth certificate that meets the current criteria;
- Tournament Player Verification form with supporting eligibility documents – three forms of proof that meet residency requirement or one proof of school attendance within league boundaries;
- The league’s boundary map, annotated with residence/school attendance location of the new player, and;
- Verification by the league president that the player participated in at least 60 percent of the regular season games in the Major Division by the start of Tournament in their respective District.