NJ District 3 Little League: District News

New Little League Tee Ball Program Designed to Promote Activity, Fun and Fitness, While Teaching Fundamentals

Children as young as four years of age are eligible to play Little League, beginning with Tee Ball. Little League International has created a new program for Tee Ball-age players (ages 4-6); and their parents or guardians, that is specifically designed to provide a foundation and introduction to baseball and softball that is grounded in fundamentals, fitness and having fun.

Registration for the NEW Tee Ball program at the Little League Coaches Resource Center (CRC) is free and available Here.



Bat Resourse Page

Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. Click Here to find the latest bat information, including the current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

 

 



Important Rule Changes for the 2014 Little League Season

As we enter into the 75th year of Little League, here are several important changes to the rules and regulations that you'll see in the 2014 Little League Rulebooks.

 



Concussion Information Provided for Little League Volunteers

In an effort to provide all Little League personnel with the most current information on concussions, the youth baseball organization has created an informational page on its website that also includes links to training information and ways to recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion. for more information CLICK HERE.

 



Little League Guidelines on Reporting Abuse

This information is being provided to local Little Leagues and Districts as a guide to whether and when to report child abuse and neglect.

Background of Little League’s Child Protection Program

For more than a decade, Little League has led the way among youth sports organizations in assisting local leagues to keep child sex offenders out of the program.

Little League remains the only national youth baseball/softball program to mandate a check of the applicable sex offender registry. Additionally, Little League provides each local Little League with 125 free checks of a national criminal database. More information on that program can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/programs/childprotection.htm

But background checks themselves can only weed out those who have already been convicted of crimes. That is why Little League also provides advice – based on information from the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – on identifying a potential child sex offender. For more info, download the Parents Guide to Child Protection (PDF).  Read More...

 



Monday, August 15

Youth Baseball Pitching Study Shows Overuse is Primary Cause of Arm Injuries

A five-year study found that the primary cause of arm injuries in youth baseball players was overuse; no increased risk of arm injury was due to breaking pitches, Read More

 

 



A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP)
Dear League Presidents and League Officials:

 

Little League's A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) creates an opportunity to provide the children and adults in your leagues with a safer place to play, and to help reduce the possibility and severity of injuries in the league. For more than 16 years, local leagues have made their activities, facilities and equipment safer through ASAP.

 

The committed efforts of Little League volunteers throughout the United States have produced extraordinary results in the area of safety and injury prevention. In 2010, 86 percent of all Little Leagues in the United States voluntarily operated a safety plan.

 

Now is time for you to assign a District Safety Officer, and begin the process of completing 2011 safety plans for submission to Little League International.

 

To assist you in providing the highest possible level of safety and injury prevention, a basic sample of an accepted ASAP plan is available here:  ASAP Basic Plan Sample.

 

More information on ASAP is available here:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/programs/asap.htm

 

 

Remember, if a local league does not submit an ASAP plan that is approved by Little League International, and an injury occurs to one of your league's players or volunteers, subsequent legal proceedings may require your league to explain why no formal safety plan was implemented.

 

If your district intends to host any Little League International Tournament games above the district level, by Little League Tournament rule, the host league must have an approved ASAP plan. Also remember that ASAP plans must be implemented before the season starts in order to qualify as an approved plan for the current year, and to help reduce the possibility and severity of injuries in the league.

 

For assistance, or answers on how to organize a safety plan, contact Jim Ferguson, Little League International's Assistant Director of Risk Management, at: 570-326-1921, ext. 212; or e-mail: jferguson@LittleLeague.org.

 

Sincerely,

Little League International
P.O. Box 3485
539 US Route 15 Hwy
Williamsport, PA  17701-0485

Phone: 570-326-1921

Fax: 570-326-1074

 

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Little League International Unveils Free On-Line Resource Center Website for Coaches and Managers

 

Little League International recognizes and appreciates the challenges that come with being a Little League manager or coach, so it has developed a free on-line coaching resource that Little League managers and coaches can turn to for reference, education, or to stay current with the latest drills and coaching techniques.

The Little League Coach Resource Center, located on the World Wide Web at: http://www.littleleaguecoach.org/, is a free service created by Little League International in cooperation with Cramer Digital Marketing and Event Solutions in Norwood, Mass.
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Here are some other categories on the site:

  • Season Planning
  • Parental involvement
  • Rules of the Game
  • Teaching the skills
  • Drills and Activities
  • Planning a Practice
  • Safety and conditioning
  • Managing on Game day

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    Background Checks Conducted Through LexisNexis Once Again Meet Little League International's Background Check Regulation
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    As of 8 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time on Feb. 14, 2012, background checks conducted through LexisNexis once again meet Little League International's background check regulation (Regulation I [c] [8] and [9]).

    In November 2011, Little League International informed its local leagues that because of recent changes in several states' positions regarding availability of sex offender registry information, checks conducted exclusively through LexisNexis did not satisfy the regulation.

    As always, local Little Leagues and districts in the U.S. are required to, at a minimum, perform a check that covers the Sex Offender Registries of all U.S. states/territories, for certain personnel in the league, as noted in the regulations. Again, LexisNexis satisfies Little League International's background check regulation (Regulation I [c] [8] and [9]). To access LexisNexis, click here.

    As a currently-chartered league, Little League International provides the first 125 background checks conducted through LexisNexis free, with each additional check costing $1 per check.

     

    Many local leagues have already begun play and many others will open their seasons soon, so let this e-mail also serve as a reminder of those volunteers that require a background check be completed in compliance with Little League Regulation I [c] [8] and [9].

     

    Below are samples of positions your league may have to conduct background checks on if active in your league per Regulation I [c] [8] and [9]:

     

    -        Managers

    -        Coaches

    -        Practice Coaches

    -        Board Members

    -        Umpires

    -        Misc. positions

    • Equipment Manager
    • Field maintenance
    • Scorekeeper
    • Announcer
    • General volunteer
    • Concession worker
    • Team Parent


    Thursday, December 16
    The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit (previously called the Coaches Registry)
    To: Coaches, Managers and League Presidents

    The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit (previously called the Coaches Registry) was created in 2007, to help managers and coaches improve their knowledge and learn how to be more effective in their many roles as a coach.

    Currently, the Coaches Toolkit provides separate packets for Little League Baseball and Little League Softball, which include sport-specific training DVDs and other materials that will help both the novice and experienced coach.

    "We believe that many managers and coaches, regardless of their experience level or the level of the players they are coaching, would appreciate having ready access to additional resources that help them do a better job," Nick Caringi, Senior Director of Operations and Education at Little League International, said. "The materials available through the Coaches Toolkit will help improve coaching skills, make the games of baseball and softball more fun for players, and improve the overall effectiveness of the league."

    The baseball package includes videos from the Play Ball! Series, which features tips from Major League Baseball players and managers. The Softball series offers Michele Smith's newly-published training and practice guide along with a skills and fundamentals DVD.

    In addition to instructional information, the Toolkit provides coaches with the latest Little League rulebook, a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) handbook with helpful tips on how to be a better coach, and "What's the Score" explaining how to score a game and a scorebook. Also, members have the ability to download the latest version of the Electronic Rulebook. The E-Rules section of the Little League web site also has video explaining frequently misinterpreted rules.

    For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit, or to purchase your Coaches Toolkit package, visit: www.littleleague.org/managersandcoaches/coachestoolkit.htm.

    Sincerely,
    Little League International

     

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