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.
Important Reminders for Local League Operations
With the 2018 season now upon us, Little League has put together a list of things that local leagues 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 visit LittleLeagueU.org and continue to check out the Little League Bulletin Board in the Little League Notebook each month.
- Make sure your league has officially chartered online for the 2018 season
- Plan out your year by creating a Local League Calendar
- Understand what to plan for with the Operational Guide for Local Little League Programs
- Understand how to use Little League Trademarks as you prepare materials for next year
- Remember to schedule annual meetings and yearly Board Elections
- Review these financial tips to ensure fiscal awareness, accountability, and transparency for your league/district
- Use this Volunteer Recruitment Worksheet to help retain volunteers for next season
- Remember to purchase Printed and eBook versions of the 2018 Rulebooks
- Ensure your local league has received its 2018 Little League Resource Guide
- Begin initial preparation for Tryouts and Opening Day
ASAP Plans to be Submitted Electronically through Data Center
In a continued effort to provide local leagues with more efficient processes using technology solutions, Little League International has created an updated, streamline process to submit A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) Plans for approval through the Little League Data Center. League Presidents and Safety Officers, as well as District Administrators and Assistant District Administrators, will now be able to follow a step-by-step process to easily update and submit their plans. Any league or district who previously submitted electronic ASAP Plans will have their information automatically entered into the process to make updates quicker and easier.
Little League International Rule and Regulation Changes Announced For 2018 Season
During their annual November meeting, the Little League International Board of Directors approved new rule and regulation changes to go into effect for the 2018 season. To assist with understanding all of the newly approved changes, Little League has also created a full breakdown of all of the rule and regulation changes, including clarification on each. This page, found at LittleLeague.org/Rules, will be updated frequently with any new rule and regulation changes.
Baseball Reminder: USABat Standard Now In Effect
Effective January 1, 2018, non-wood and laminated baseball bats used in the Little League Baseball (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50/70) Division, and Junior League divisions, as well as the Little League Challenger Division, shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat - USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2-5/8 inches for these divisions of play. To help with the change, USA Baseball has launched a new website (USABat.com) that provides a detailed list of approved bats under the new standard, as well as some additional FAQs. Any additional questions regarding the USABat Standard can be sent to USABat@USABaseball.com.
USABat Kit Grants Available for Leagues in Need
In an effort to assist local Little League® programs in the adoption of the new USABat Standard, Little League International, through the Little League Grow the Game Grant Program and with additional support from DICK’S Sporting Goods, will be granting a limited number of USABat Standard “bat kits” from Easton Sports to local leagues in need. Starting December 15, local leagues that are chartered for the 2018 season and in good standing with Little League International will be eligible to apply for the Bat Grant program by visiting LittleLeague.org/BatGrant.
Tee Ball Programs Will Receive 25 Free USABat Tee Ball Stickers
In an effort to help support local leagues throughout this adoption of the new USABat Standard for Little League Baseball®, Little League International is providing local leagues who have chartered a Tee Ball program in 2018 with 25 free USA Baseball Tee Ball Stickers that can be used in their Tee Ball programs.
Take Advantage of Local League Technology Solutions
Local Little League programs are encouraged to create a free customized website with online registration through DICK’S Team Sports HQ, powered by Blue Sombrero. Along with the ability to host online registration and payments, DICK’S Team Sports HQ provides time-saving features not available in any other league technology platform. To get started today, visit LittleLeague.org/TSHQ.
CHARTERING REMINDER: Remember to Specify When Chartering the Minor Division
In an effort to continue supporting the youngest levels of the Little League program, Little League International will begin collecting additional team information through the Little League Data Center for the Minor Division, with local leagues chartering Minor Division-Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch and Minor Division-Player Pitch programs starting with the 2018 season. Through gathering additional team information within the Minor Divisions, Little League will have the ability to understand which local leagues are offering each of the respective programs, and provide specific resources and guidance to help those local leagues, volunteers, and coaches provide their Little Leaguers® with the best possible experience.
2018 Little League International Congress: January 19-22
Held every four years, the Little League International Congress is the largest gathering of Little League volunteers, where delegates chart the course for the future of the organization. Volunteers gather to participate in large-scale discussions and voting on rules and regulations, take part in educational sessions, interact with exhibitors and fellow attendees, and experience local culture. District Administrators (D.A.) and Assistant District Administrators (A.D.A.) can learn everything they need to know about the 2018 Congress by visiting LittleLeague.org/Congress or by downloading the official Little League Congress app at LittleLeague.org/CongressApp.