California District 18: Welcome

Thursday, October 19

With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018.

Friday, February 23
Minutes February 13, 2018


BOARD MEETING - February 13, 2018

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Tom Chavez, Mike Goodrich, ADAs. Hank Canale, Monica Arnot, Alhambra American, Noel Loya, Yelson Martinez, East Alhambra, Larry Lauria, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Alfredo Vamino, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelly, Heidi Pare, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Teddy Rodriguez, El Monte Eastern.

ABSENT: El Monte National, Los Angeles.

The meeting was called to order.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Milan handed out an updated list of due dates and meeting dates. Suggested Closing Date is June 2nd. TOCs begins June 4th, Softball All-Stars and District Senior Baseball All-Stars will begin June 16th and all other divisions of Baseball will begin June 23rd (dates based on the same amount of teams being entered as last season, and field availability). This year D-18 will host a ten-team 9-10-11 Baseball Regional Tournament at Temple City American Live Oak Park.

DISTRICT DINNER: The Dinner will be held Friday, April 6th at Northwoods Inn where it was held last year. More details will be forthcoming. Tom will coordinate the Dinner.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals. All leagues are chartered and insured on the LL data center. However, some leagues have only chartered one team in a division. The amount of teams chartered and insured need to match the rosters submitted exactly. Rosters are to be uploaded on the LL data center by March 15th. The last date to add or subtract teams from the charter and insurance is April 1st. Because all documents this year will be processed through LL headquarters data center, Milan will has no discretion to allow late filings.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL: Minor leagues (farm and player pitch divisions) are restricted to ages 7 through 11; and an 8 year old cannot play in T-ball. Coach pitch divisions can have 6 year olds on the team. If leagues want to put a 6 or 12 year old on a minor team, or an 8 year old in T-ball, it will have to be on an approved waiver. To obtain a waiver the league has to submit written justification to place these age players on a team, the request for the waiver must go before the Charter Committee in Williamsport. The waiver must be submitted with a letter from the parents. This waiver has to be approved before drafting the player to a team. If the player does not have an approved waiver, he is not covered by insurance.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Milan handed out the LL guidelines regarding Residency, where a player either resides in or attends a school within the League’s boundaries. If the player does not meet the residency requirement the following waivers may be applied for:

Form IId waiver is used when a player once resided OR WENT TO SCHOOL within the league boundaries and has now moved out of the boundaries. Three proofs of the old address/school documents must accompany the request.

Form IVh is when a dedicated manager, coach or member of the board for two years requests his player be allowed to play within the league. The service to the local league must be continuous, subject to agreement from the league within whose boundaries they currently reside. The signature of the President of the league in which the player resides must be obtained.

All II(d) and IV(h) waivers are for the player’s/sibling’s career, however, if the player breaks service and does not play for a season or more they cannot return on the waiver. Approved players under these waivers will be allowed to play on tournament teams. Once a waiver is approved it does not need to be submitted again, but retained by the league.

Following the meeting, on February 14th Milan emailed Presidents detailed instructions regarding Waivers of Rules and Regulations, and answers to frequently asked questions. He attached copies of the Waiver forms under IV(h), II(d) or II(a).

RESIDENCY WAIVER REQUEST: Milan also emailed detailed instructions regarding requests for Residency Waivers. These waivers must be submitted and approved by the LL Charter Committee before the start of the regular season. If approved the waiver is only valid for the current season only and the player is not eligible for all-stars. If the "parent" league will not release the player or the waiver is incomplete, the waiver request will most likely not go through. Milan has no discretion regarding the processing of these requests, it will all be processed and ruled on by western region and headquarters. If it is not approved the player MUST return to the parent league.

Also following the meeting, on February 14th Milan emailed Presidents the Residency Waiver Request form.

COMBINED PLAY AND INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Leagues that are combining to play in divisions together, i.e., players are drafted from both leagues to form teams, and leagues that will be interlocking need to complete the forms. This year they have to be submitted through the data center, they will not accept handwritten forms. Each president must go in the data center and fill out the form and sign it electronically. These forms cannot be backdated, and have to be uploaded and completed before the start of play, and it will be reviewed at the regional office level.

ASAP PLANS AND ROSTERS: All will be uploaded through the LL data center. Rosters are due before the start of play, both are due March 15th. Diane noted in Congress LL advised the ASAP plans should populate themselves from the prior season and then the leagues just need to insert updated information for the 2018 season. This should make it much more user friendly and less time consuming once a completed approved plan is in the league’s data file.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Leagues can continue to use First Advantage for background checks through the LL data center, they can do 125 free. LL has also started working with another company whereby leagues will be able to let people they want background checks on to go into the site and put in their own information, thereby limiting the league’s handling of their personal information. There is further information regarding this on the LL website under League Officials. Milan advised leagues this year not only should they run background checks on all volunteers, managers and coaches, and anyone who interacts with the players, they also need to run background checks on their umpires. Those using Phil’s umpires also need to run background checks on those umpires (it was noted there will be multiple checks on the same umpires from the different leagues).

2018 BAT RULES: Milan handed out detailed information regarding the new bat rule 1.10 for Baseball requiring all bats in the 2018 season to bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat performance standard. Leagues should review the list of bats approved on the website. Following the meeting, on February 15th, LL headquarters send out an email which was forwarded to everyone by Milan. It changed the bat regulations as follows:

Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch divisions are allowed to use approved T-ball bats certified last season as approved with the T-ball sticker.

Junior League, in addition to using USA bats, can also use bats previously approved and sticker certified as BBCOR.

LL CONGRESS: Milan, Diane and Tom (and Jane) attended the Congress in January. Diane and Milan reviewed the rules that were approved, Milan handed out copies of the rules showing the changes, and the rules were emailed to all presidents. Diane reported on vendor offers, the technology center information regarding the Blue Sombrero and Dick’s Team Sports Hqs sponsored LL services, such as help with setting up websites, on-line registration and payment through their secured portals, bulk equipment sales on line, etc. She passed around flyers from vendors who attended the Congress.

ELECTRONIC LEAGUE BOUNDARY MAPS: LL is still working on the mapping.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR BASEBALL: Diane polled the leagues for the number of teams.

Baseball and Softball Senior teams (as noted in new rules) now only have to play a 10-game season.

SOFTBALL: Mike will meet with presidents regarding softball after the meeting, regarding interlocks. Mike has already emailed information regarding the interlocks, which will include San Marino LL in majors and juniors, and Central Altadena LL teams.

Players can play on several teams during the regular season in the age group they qualify for, however in all-stars they can only play on one team in one division, and they must meet the 60% qualification to play on the all-star team. See Tournament Rules and Guidelines, Player Eligibility. Milan will talk more about this during the season. Leagues do not have to balance ages on all-star teams, it will be strictly on age. The regular season limit on 12 year old players on major division teams is eliminated (used to be 8 on a team).

2018 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: The following dates were given as openings:

Alhambra American - March 3 @ 10:30 a.m.

East Alhambra - March 10 @ 9:00 a.m.

El Monte National - Unknown

Northeast LA - will start with AA on 3-3

South El Monte - March 24 @ 9:00 a.m.

South Pasadena - March 9 @ 6:00 p.m. 65th year

Temple City American - March 3 @ 10:00 a.m.

Temple City National - February 23 @ 6:00 p.m.

El Monte Eastern - March 23 @ 6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles - March 3 @ 11 a.m.

OPEN DISCUSSION: The USA bats were further discussed, re their poor performance in batting cages.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be announced by Milan.

Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary

Friday, April 14
How District 18 Started

1952 - The first city to join Little League Baseball was South Pasadena National Little League.

1953 - California District 18 was established under the leadership of District Administrator Jim Hamilton. That year San Gabriel American, San Gabriel National, San Gabriel Eastern and Sunnyslope Little League established programs.

1954 - Was a big year as six more leagues including Temple City American and Temple City National joined District 18. In 1958 Roy Praisler took over as the District 18 Administrator.

I961 - Mr. Praisler decided he needed an assistant to help him with the operation of the fast growing District 18. He decided to appoint a young league president from Temple City National Little League to be the Assistant District 18 Administrator, that person was Al Millham. Al Millham held the position of Assistant District Administrator until 1966 when he was elected as the District Administrator for District 18, a position he held for 28 years.

At that time in 1966, the International Little League program had grown to include more than 1,600,000 players. In that same year a future District 18 Administrator, Milan Mrakich, was born in Temple City, California.

During Al Millhams administration, District 18 grew from having only Little League Baseball to include Junior, Senior and Big League Baseball as well as all divisions of softball.

1984 - Al Millham was elected for a three year term by his peers to the most prestigious honor of serving in the highest capacity a District Administrator can serve – as the representative of the Western Region on the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Two years later in 1986 there were more than 2.5 million Little Leaguers playing worldwide.

1994 - Al Millham retired as District 18 Administrator  and appointed long time assistant Milan Mrakich to become District 18 Administrator.

Today, within District 18 there are 12 Little Leagues representing over five thousand youngsters in all divisions of baseball and softball annually and throughout the world there are over three million children on six continents playing in the Little League program.

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