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As the new season rolls in and leagues are updating websites with new information, it's important to make sure websites follow Little League policies. These policies are put in place to help League administrators protect Little League players. In addition to the following policy, it is also important to remember to be diligent on the website as well as at the ballfields to ensure player information/identity is protected.
League officials should remind team parents that the first and last name combinations should never be used; for example, teams should never have first and last name on player uniforms (first name/number on hat, last name/number on jersey). Team banners should not use first names or pictures of the players in a way that would allow someone to identify a player by his/her first and last name. Children are much more apt to stop to listen to a stranger or follow a stranger who calls them by their first name. Let's not make it easier for predators to get close to the players!
The following policy is in regard to the use of images of Little League Baseball or Softball players (from any division) on internet web sites. It is important to know, however, that local, state, provincial or national laws take precedence over this policy if there is a conflict.
Photographs and/or video of any children must not be posted on a Chartered local Little League’s web site without receiving written permission from the child’s parent or guardian. Photos on a web site owned or operated by a chartered local Little League must adhere to the standards for Little Leaguers appearing in the media at: Media Appearance - Proper.pdf
It is Little League policy that the addresses or other contact information for children in the local league must never be placed on any internet web site.
If a local Little League web site operator wishes to post the names of players, as on a roster, this is permitted provided the parent or guardian of the player(s) named have agreed to it in writing. This applies to any posting on the website - even lists such as "Over the Fence Club," "Perfect Game," or any other type of player achievement list.
Violation of the policies in this document may result in action by the Charter Committee in Williamsport, including, but not limited to, suspension or revocation of the local Little League’s charter.
FOR BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY
In April, 2014 the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®. To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system. Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation.
As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.
Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the remainder of their Little League career.
To view the age determination charts, click here.
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The following guidance is given to local leagues that elect to offer a second
season for Training and Development (TAD):
Guide to Operating a Little League® Second Season: Summer and Fall Ball Programs
Training and Development (TAD)
(Program options for children within your league's boundaries)
Informal League Play TAD Concept (Sandlot Season)
The informal league play TAD concept is designed for those leagues that strictly want to play extra games with little additional structured instruction. The concept is as follows:
- Determine the number of volunteers needed
- Determine number of players needed to form teams
- Inform players during the regular season of the Fall Ball availability
- Determine length of Fall schedule
- If more than one team and not interleague playing, determine draft method. ( Re-draft method preferred )
- Determine if participation awards are needed.
- Alternate managers and coaches between teams so players are exposed to varying leadership / teaching methods.
- Identify players who are "natural leaders" and utilize them as mentors for younger / more inexperienced players.
Did you know...
- there is no additional charter fee to operate a Training and Development season.
- There is no additional general liability or accident insurance fee to operate a Training and Development season (as long as coverage was already acquired for the same divisions under the group plans available through Little League Internatibnal in South Williamsport, Pa.)
- there is no minimum number of players needed to operate a Training and Development season.
- League age 12-year-olds may move up to the Junior/Senior Division or stay in the major division for the Training and Development season?
District 5 Staff and the Presidents of each League meet monthly. Below are the minutes for each meeting (posted after approved):