If your league or teams is interested in using Internet Social Media to video stream local league, regular-season games through a team’s or league’s dedicated social media page such as Facebook, Little League® International does not require the league or team to seek formal permission in the form of written documentation.
However, it is required that at least two days prior to the game being played, the team or league intending to stream the game through its social media page notify its league members, the League President of the other league if it is an interleague situation, the managers and coaches for both teams participating in the game, the families of all of the players, the players themselves, the umpires, and anyone else who may be associated with the game who has the possibility that they/he/she may be seen as part of the streamed game. Also, if the field facility where the game is to be played is not owned by the host league, the property owner is to be notified in advance of the game being played. Be sure to survey the condition of the field prior to the game to assure there are no safety concerns.
Also, the placement of the device streaming the game CANNOT be located inside the facility’s fence or on the field of play, create a safety risk to any of the game’s participants, distract players or coaches, obstruct the view of persons attending the game, or be placed in either dugout.
It is preferred that the participating teams have signed (current year) form release and waiver (formerly model release) in hand prior to the game being streamed. The current form release and waiver form is available on the LittleLeague.org Forms and Publications page. These signed releases are to be delivered to your league’s division coordinator or vice president and kept on file for as long as the video is available for public display.
If the game, once completed, is to be downloaded and shared to a league website, or a third-party website such as YouTube, that decision is to be disclosed to all parties involved in the game prior to the game being played. The video recording of the game (if involving two chartered/official Little League teams or approved special games agreement) remains the property of Little League Baseball, Incorporated and CANNOT be sold, gifted to, or shared with, any team or league sponsor for commercial or promotional purposes. Little League Baseball, Incorporated also reserves the right to request that the team and/or league provide all, or part, of the native video for the purpose of review, promotion, training, or education.
The video of the game CANNOT be used as a local league fundraiser, distributed as a gift to any individual or corporate entity, or displayed publicly where admission is charged.
Lastly, once the decision is made to stream the game, and all participating parties are notified, if even one individual objects to their image/likeness being included in the stream, then it is Little League International’s recommendation that the game not be streamed.
Public notice of live video streaming is available. Download the signage provided below.