California District 18: 2017 District Minutes

Friday, September 23
2017 SEASON MINUTES

MINUTES
BOARD MEETING - September 13, 2016

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Connie Briseno, Mike Goodrich,  ADAs.  Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Guillermo Frias, Dolores Hesse, Ron Hesse, Noel Loya, East Alhambra, Joe Morales, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Northeast Los Angeles, Joe Payne, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelly and Shelley Scanlan, Temple City American, Tom Boecking, Temple City National, Miguel Ruelas, Los Angeles.  ABSENT: El Monte National, El Monte Eastern.

 At 7:10 Milan called the meeting to order.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals for last season. Some leagues have not paid headquarters All-Star enrollment fees from last year, and Becky from LL headquarters has been calling leagues.  LL will hold charters until fees are paid from 2016 season.  AA, EA, and LA need to complete this.  Fees are paid through the LL data center, and leagues have to certify they did background checks.  Check to make sure you paid for the correct amount of tournament teams you had. 

These fees are used to send teams to regional tournaments, and mileage for teams that travel more than 150 miles from their league to play.  There was a question as to how much it cost to send the TCN 8-10 team to the state championship in Lompoc.  Milan estimated it cost about $6,000 to feed and house the team, the league split the cost with District.  The costs just applied to the players and coaches and manager; parents and district staff had to fund their own travel.

LEAGUE ELECTIONS: Diane had previously sent out reminders to leagues regarding election procedures as outlined in the LL Operating Manual.  Leagues must hold elections if Presidential terms are finished.  In some leagues the term is two years.  Some leagues will be conducting elections at the end of September.  If new presidents are elected the league LL data center should be updated for a smooth transition, and Diane notified.  Milan will be sending out a President’s Information form in October, so that the District website can be updated. 

FALL BASEBALL: Milan discussed Fall Baseball, TCN is having a division for 13U 50/70 and will be interlocking with teams from other leagues and D-17.  

ELECTRONIC LEAGUE BOUNDARY MAPPING: The electronic mapping system used this year for All-Stars is mandatory for next season.  This was thoroughly discussed as there were glitches and/or mistakes on the mapping this year generated from LL headquarters which were fixed during certification.  However, Milan asked presidents to go on the LL website under League Finder and look up their league map and make sure it is correct.  In 2017 LL will plot all rosters with the league maps.  If existing players are out of boundaries because of a boundary change or correction, they can be put on a IId waiver.  This should be done ASAP, and any discrepancies reported to Milan by email.  He will follow up with headquarters. 

It is noted players who have previously been certified should be double-checked at all-stars to make sure their address is still within boundaries, if not, a IId waiver should be applied for and signed off on by Milan prior to certification this season.  The same will apply for school waivers, if the player has moved residence or to a new school out of league boundaries but was certified already on a school waiver inside the league boundaries, a IId should be applied for and signed off by Milan prior to certification.

Softball maps will be created for the District by Milan to eliminate applying for combined play forms.  This will be done for the El Monte leagues.

TOURNAMENT RECAP: Diane went over the tournament winners for 2016.  Diane announced District would like to create a new staff position for volunteers who will come on board at tournament time to be a Tournament Director.  They will shadow an ADA for their first season (if they have no tournament experience) and then run tournaments with District staff.  Presidents may want to do this, or board members from the leagues.  Please let Diane know of anyone who would be interested.

2017 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: Milan advised leagues to open earlier this year as they should close by June 3rd.  TOCs will start June 12 and All-stars will start June 24.  Milan would like to leave a little more time between completion of TOC and all-stars so teams can begin practice.

2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT HOSTS: Milan discussed travel to regional tournaments, i.e. Lompoc and Lancaster this last season.  He asked Presidents to consider hosting a regional tournament.  If anyone is interested they will need to commit by January, when the bidding is due at headquarters.  As always, leagues should have plenty of reliable help to make this commitment.

UPPER LEAGUE DIVISIONS: The Big League Division in baseball and softball has been discontinued.  The following age breaks will apply in the 2017 season:

Baseball Upper Divisions
Intermediate:  13U will be 11-13 year old players
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


Softball Upper Divisions
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


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.  Note: Regular season major teams can only have eight 12-year olds.

For the Intermediate baseball teams, leagues will need to adjust the pitching mound, which can be done solely by putting in a second pitching rubber without adjusting the current mound, so it can be used for both distances.  TCN has already modified their mound and will be offering to interlock with Intermediate teams in the District.  Glendora has also committed to an Intermediate Interlock with D-18.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR ELECTION: Diane announced nominations for the 4-year term of District Administrator is open.  Miguel Rueles nominated Milan Mrakich as District Administrator, second by Joe Morales.  There being no further nominations, the nominations were moved closed by Joe Morales and second by Hank Canale.  Milan was elected by all the Presidents unanimously!!

OPEN DISCUSSION: Milan handed out information regarding Bylaws, Local Rules and Ground Rules to be adopted each season by the leagues. 

BATS: Milan handed out an announcement by LL headquarters regarding bats for 2018 season when new standards will be adopted.  More detailed information is on the LittleLeague.org website.  Basically, parents should be advised to be cautious when purchasing new bats for 2017 in case they are eliminated in 2018.  Leagues are advised to post and disseminate this information during registration and practice.  

At 8:20 the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be announced by Milan, most likely in January.

 Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary  

 

 MINUTES
BOARD MEETING - January 18, 2017

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Tom Chavez, Connie Briseno, Dave Duarte,  ADAs, Phil DiPrima, Umpire ADA, Mike Dorado, Tournament Director.  Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Guillermo Frias, East Alhambra, Eddie Martinez, El Monte National, Joe Morales, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Melody Nightingale, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, Joe Payne, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelly, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Debbie Garcia, Milton Casas, El Monte Eastern, Miguel Ruelas, Los Angeles.

At 7:10 Milan called the meeting to order.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals, and announced he will be emailing the agenda materials each month, he will not be making copies any more for the meetings.  Presidents should print them out.  At the meeting East Alhambra, Northeast LA and Los Angeles had not received their charter and insurance.  Leagues were reminded they are not covered by insurance until the charter and insurance is in place, and cannot hold practice or tryouts.  Some leagues have begun to do background checks, which LL is requiring BEFORE leagues open, and that is reflected on the submittal list.

LITTLE LEAGUE FEES: Charter and Insurance: When leagues apply for the insurance, they should list all venues they may use for practice and games, most cities are now requiring proof of insurance before granting field permits.  Player Assessment fees are paid to D-18 and Milan will send bills to leagues for $25 per the number of chartered teams.  The District TOC fees are estimated to be $200 per team entered, All-Star fees are estimated to be $340 per team.  These fees are the same as last year and are used for umpires, pins and awards for the teams.  The LL International tournament fees paid directly to headquarters are paid through the data center, at that time a president must certify that background checks have been done and all fees are paid.  Last year it was $150 per team entered in all-stars.  This money is used for teams advancing to world series play to defray airfare and housing costs, and teams in post-season play who have to travel more than 150 miles from their league also receive $1 per mile one time for a round trip.  D-18's TCN 9-10 year old team qualified for mileage reimbursement last year.

2017 RULE CHANGES: Milan and Phil discussed (LL 2017 Rule Changes and Clarifications were emailed to Presidents) specific rule changes, some of which included:

School waivers now require the Player Verification form with proofs of residency.  Proofs must be dated between 2-1-2016 and 2-1-2017 only.  The categories of acceptable proofs were changed.  See pages 18-19 in Rule Book.

Allows leagues to roster players on two different teams in two different divisions.  See pages 24, 36-38 baseball, pages 24, pages 38-39 in softball Rule Books.

League presidents or board members other than player-agent is eligible to coach or manage an all-star team.  See page 25 in Rule Book.

Allows leagues the option to mandate batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box.  See page 92 baseball; page 89 softball Rule Books.  Phil noted this is a high school rule which keeps the pace of the game moving.  It is a league option but will be mandatory for tournament play.  If the batter is out of the box a strike will be called by the umpire.

Allows a defensive team to intentionally walk a batter in baseball minors and majors without throwing pitches, but the four pitches will be added to the pitch count.  See page 97 Rule Book.

Allows league the option to determine if stealing of signs should be regarded as unsportsmanlike behavior.  See page 115 baseball, page 110 softball Rule Book.

ELECTRONIC LEAGUE BOUNDARY MAPS: Milan explained the computer generated boundary map program, used last year for all-star certification by LL, is in litigation.  At this time is it not functional and consequently the Find My League website may not be correct.  Milan gave a color copy to each league of their boundary map, and asked for any corrections to be sent to him ASAP.  Once LL gets the new system up, he will make any corrections with headquarters.  This has to be completed before post season, so presidents are advised to look at the map carefully.

Leagues will not lose players if the boundaries are adjusted for this year.  Anyone out of boundary who was in boundary, will be covered under a IId waiver.  It is noted players who have previously been certified should be double-checked at all-stars to make sure their address is still within boundaries, if not, a IId waiver should be applied for and signed off on by Milan prior to certification this season.  The same will apply for school waivers, if the player has moved residence or to a new school out of league boundaries but was certified already on a school waiver inside the league boundaries, a IId should be applied for and approved by Milan.

PLAYER WAIVERS:   Leagues were advised to continue to register carefully.  Special waivers, IId and IVh waivers were explained and copies of the waivers were sent to Presidents.  Note all have been revised and the current forms are dated 2016.  Old forms will  not be accepted.  All player waivers need to be approved before players are drafted onto teams.

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.  Once the request is approved it is for the player’s/sibling’s career.

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 now resides must be obtained, BUT if the president does not agree it may be reviewed.

All 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.

Special Waivers or LL Residency Waiver Request Forms need to be filled out fully and also require a certification by the local league the player resides in.  Players on this waiver are NOT ELIGIBLE to be selected to all-star teams.  Leagues should make sure parents understand this.  It is stated on the form.

COMBINED PLAY REQUESTS: Combined play requests are due before drafts.  This is for leagues that are combining to play in divisions together, i.e., players are drafted from both leagues to form teams. If the forms are not dated prior to drafts (placing players on teams) most likely the players will not be eligible for all-star play.  The forms need to be approved by Milan and sent to Western Region for approval.  They must be signed by all presidents in the combined play. 

      
INTERLOCK REQUESTS:  Interlock requests are due before any games are played.  All softball Interlock forms will be done by Dave and Mike.

BLUE SOMBRERO: This is a new program LL is rolling out.  LL has severed ties with eteamz and renamed it’s website and data center link.  Phil reports in the early stages it seems this might be able to be used for interlock schedules.  More on this later.

2017 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: The following dates were given as openings:

Alhambra American - March 3 or 4
East Alhambra - To be decided
El Monte National - March 18
Northeast LA - To be decided
South El Monte - March 11 @ 9:00 a.m.
South Pasadena - March 10 @ 6:00 p.m. 65th year
Temple City American - March 4 @ 10:00 a.m.
Temple City National - February 24 6:00 p.m.
El Monte Eastern - March 17 tentative
Los Angeles - To be decided

SOFTBALL: Dave asked for softball numbers from the leagues ASAP so that he and Mike can facilitate interlock schedules.  Dave is working with the Alhambras to make softball one program, not an interlock.  There was discussion regarding the struggle of softball to field teams.  District will facilitate interlocks between Districts 17 and 16 with us. Leagues can also apply for a special games waiver, to play other teams in other programs.

2017 BASEBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT REVISED: LL has eliminated the sub-divisions and now the divisions will be 10-team tournaments with teams from San Diego to Santa Barbara playing in one tournament (no north/south divisions).

UPPER LEAGUE DIVISIONS:  The following age breaks will apply in the 2017 season: There will be no intermediate teams.

Baseball Upper Divisions
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


Softball Upper Divisions
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


As noted in new rules, 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.  Note: Regular season major teams can only have eight 12-year olds.

OPEN DISCUSSION: Milan handed out information regarding Bylaws, Local Rules and Ground Rules to be adopted each season by the leagues. 

DATES: Connie announced a date of March 10 for the District 18 dinner, however, this was later changed to Friday, March 31, 2017.  All leagues should close by June 3rd.  TOCs will begin on Saturday, June 10th. LL has not published World Series dates, as soon as they do Milan will work on dates for All-stars. 

At 8:45 the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be announced by Milan.

 Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary  

 MINUTES
BOARD MEETING - February 22, 2017

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, ADAs, Mike Dorado, Tournament Director.  Hank Canale, Mona Miller, Alhambra American, Noel Loya, East Alhambra, Joe Morales, Fernie Ortega, South El Monte, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelley, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Debbie Garcia, Milton Casas, El Monte Eastern, Miguel Ruelas, Los Angeles.

ABSENT:  El Monte National and Northeast Los Angeles,.

At 7:10 Milan called the meeting to order.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:    Milan went over the dates for events, leagues should plan to close by June 3rd.  TOC games will be scheduled for the full day the following Saturday, the 10th.  The dates for Section tournaments were also listed, softball will begin on 6/24, hardball on 7/8.  In baseball we will leave three days between close of District all-star tournaments and Section tournaments so pitchers have full eligibility going into Section.  Baseball has eliminated subdivisions and the Division tournaments will now have 10 teams from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals. All leagues now have charters and insurance in place.

2017 RULE CHANGES: Rule Changes were again discussed, including the rule which requires batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box.  See page 92 baseball; page 89 softball Rule Books.  This is a high school rule which keeps the pace of the game moving.  It is a league option but will be mandatory for tournament play.  If the batter is out of the box a strike will be called by the umpire.  The out of the box call will be a judgment call for the umpire, and there are exceptions noted, i,.e. slap or check swing, etc.

ELECTRONIC LEAGUE BOUNDARY MAPS: As Milan explained at the last meeting, LL is in litigation on the computer generated boundary map program used last year.  The maps handed out last meeting are on the District website, leagues are to advise Milan of any errors.  Leagues will not lose players if the boundaries are adjusted for this year.  Anyone out of boundary who was in boundary, will be covered under a IId waiver.  It is noted players who have previously been certified should be double-checked at all-stars to make sure their address is still within boundaries, if not, a IId waiver should be applied for and signed off on by Milan prior to certification this season.  The same will apply for school waivers, if the player has moved residence or changed to a new school out of league boundaries but was certified already on a school waiver inside the league boundaries, a IId should be applied for and approved by Milan.  Monterey Park will be putting together a program and join District 18, it will be a small program this season, mostly tball and minor teams, the older players elected to stay with the Pony program.  They will mostly recruit from the Montebello and City Terrace area not covered by a LL program.  Any overlap in boundaries will be ascertained and worked out.

PLAYER WAIVERS:   Special waivers, IId and IVh waivers were explained in the last meeting and copies of the waivers were sent to Presidents.  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.

COMBINED PLAY & INTERLOCK REQUESTS: Combined play requests are due before drafts.  The forms need to be approved by Milan and sent to Western Region for approval.  They must be signed by all presidents in the combined play.  Mike will handle softball and get the forms signed after the meeting.  Interlocks must be a balanced season, with all teams playing each other the same amount of times.  Interlocks can be with other districts, however, the other district must play all the teams.  If a league wants to play another district who cannot commit to a full season, special games can be requested.

Milan recommends on Combined Play forms the leagues check the box to combine for all-stars.  At a later time they can decide NOT to combine, and break into separate league teams should they choose to do so.  Leagues who combine do not have to be geographically next to each other, three leagues can combine to form one team.

DIISTRICT DINNER: The dinner is scheduled for Friday, March 31, 2017.  Milan polled the presidents regarding a location.  The Northwood Inn was a popular selection.

2017 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: The following dates were given as openings:
Alhambra American - March 11 @ 10:00 a.m.
East Alhambra - March 11 @ 9:00 a.m.
El Monte National - March 18
Northeast LA - To be decided
South El Monte - March 11 @ 9:00 a.m.
South Pasadena - March 10 @ 6:00 p.m. 65th year
Temple City American - March 4 @ 10:00 a.m.
Temple City National - February 24 6:00 p.m.
El Monte Eastern - March 24 @ 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles - March 11 @ 11:00 a.m.


SOFTBALL: Mike will be holding a meeting after the President’s meeting to finalize interlocks and combined play forms for the Alhambra and El Monte/South El Monte leagues.

UPPER LEAGUE DIVISIONS:  The following age breaks will apply in the 2017 season: There will be no intermediate teams. 

Baseball Upper Divisions
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


Softball Upper Divisions
Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players
Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players


As noted in new rules, 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.  Note: Regular season major teams can only have eight 12-year olds.

Presidents were polled for the number of junior teams they will field: LA (1), AA (1), EA (2), SP (3), EME (1), SEM (1), TNC (3), EMN (1).  Phil will be putting together the junior schedules and will be in contact with the leagues.  The juniors will start earlier than seniors, who will have to wait until after CIF is over, approximately May 15th.  Junior all-star teams can be ages 12-14.

PRESENTATION BY SMART & FINAL: Sylvia Berrios made a presentation and handed out materials regarding Smart & Final.  She can be reached at 323-895-8624 for further information.

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion regarding combined play, structuring teams and divisions with the new age chart for baseball.  Milan reminded leagues he had sent them information for grants and recommended that the leagues follow up on it, they are very generous with the grants.

At 8:15 the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be announced by Milan.

 Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary  

MINUTES
BOARD MEETING - April 25, 2017

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, Tom Chavez, ADAs,, Noel Loya, East Alhambra, Eddie Martinez, El Monte National, Joe Morales, South El Monte, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelley, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Miguel Ruelas, Los Angeles.

ABSENT:  Alhambra American, El Monte Eastern and Northeast Los Angeles,.

At 7:10 Milan called the meeting to order.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:    Milan handed out a calendar of events for the rest of the season.  Leagues should plan to close by June 3rd.  June 4th will be a D-18 Sports Memorabilia Auction at Northwoods Inn, time TBA, TOC team night will be at Dodger Stadium on June 5th, time TBA.  TOC games will be scheduled for the full day the following Saturday, the 10th.  The dates for All-star tournaments were also listed, softball will begin on 6/15, hardball on 6/23.  Dates for Mandatory coach and manager rules meetings will be announced.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals.  Some leagues are still not current on their required submittals, which affect their tournament eligibility.  Specifically, ASAP plans and rosters have not been submitted electronically to headquarters and approved by headquarters.  As of 4/30/17 the following leagues have not complied and are not eligible for tournament play: East Alhambra, El Monte National, South El Monte, Northeast Los Angeles, El Monte Eastern and Monterey Park.

PLAYER WAIVERS:   Special waivers have been submitted and approved as reflected on the Required Submittal list.  Approved players under these waivers will be allowed to play on tournament teams.  No more waivers can be submitted this season.

COMBINED PLAY & INTERLOCK REQUESTS: Combined play and Interlock forms were completed at the meeting (or the next day).

TOC ENTRIES AND ALL-STAR ENTRIES: Presidents were polled for their entries.  Milan will complete the list and send it out to presidents to look over.  When he creates the brackets, he does not want teams to drop out or Presidents ask to add teams.  The brackets will be finalized by the May 9th meeting.  Milan asked presidents to remit tournament fees ASAP so that he can get the trophies, pins, and banners ordered.

TOURNAMENT DATES & HOSTS:  Milan passed out a list of all tournament dates and locations for D-18 TOC and All-Stars.  Only leagues who have complied with required submittals will be allowed to host tournaments.  Lists of dates and locations for section, division, state, etc. were also passed out.  Milan reminded presidents TOCs are single elimination.

TOC RULES: Milan passed out a DRAFT of TOC rules.  The rules were discussed, and presidents were asked to go over the rules with their boards, and asked presidents for input on recommendations and/or concerns they or their board may express.  At the next meeting Milan will talk about all-star Rules and certification procedures.


JUNIOR BASEBALL & SOFTBALL: Mike went over some issues that have come up at baseball and softball junior games.  Managers need to fill out line-up cards with complete names, and scorebooks need to be kept.  These will be used to document that a player met the 60% play rule come tournament time.  Mike recently sent presidents ground rules for the junior teams.  District is seeing a lot of illegal baseball bats in the junior baseball division.  Rule 1.10 and 6.06(d) will be strictly enforced during tournaments.  (On 4/28 Milan sent an email out to all presidents giving rules and penalties for use of illegal bats.) 

It was also noted junior baseball teams are not bringing enough balls and have been borrowing balls from the host leagues.  Presidents were advised to make sure their teams have enough balls for interlock games.

Also review Rule 7.14, there is new highlighting in the book on this rule.  Some teams are not aware of the new rule.

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion regarding league policies.

At 8:15 the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be May 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Tournament draws will be done at that meeting.  All leagues should be represented.

 Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary    

MINUTES
BOARD MEETING - May 9, 2017

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, Phil DiPrima, Mike Dorado, ADAs, Hank Canale, Alhambra American,  Noel Loya and Yelsan Martinez, East Alhambra, Eddie Martinez, El Monte National, Larry Lauria, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelley, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Milton Casas, El Monte Eastern, Miguel Ruelas, Los Angeles.

ABSENT: None.

At 7:05 Milan called the meeting to order.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan believes, from the headquarter’s data center, that everyone is current with required submittals, and eligible to enter tournaments.  Northeast has some corrections to make on the ASAP plan.

PLAYER WAIVERS:   Waiver’s deadlines have passed, but Milan indicated to presidents when they start getting certification materials together if they discover players that should have had waivers to contact him for help.

COMBINED PLAY & INTERLOCK REQUESTS: Approved combined play and Interlock forms have been returned to presidents.  Copies of the forms need to be attached to the all-star books for the division of play/teams they relate to. 

TOC SCHEDULES: Milan passed out TOC schedules and asked presidents to review them for any problems, at this point they can still be adjusted if there are conflicts with host league curfews, or graduation dates for teams.  Discussion was had by some host leagues to change the two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday, to a full four-team game schedule on Saturday and keep Sunday open, Milan will make those changes where they will work.  Some announced locations will be changed as SEM was unable to host tournaments this year, and those tournaments need to be relocated to East Alhambra and South Pasadena.  Milan will finalize the schedules and post them by the end of the week.  Once they are posted no changes will be made.

ALL-STAR SCHEDULES: The presidents drew for placement in All-Star games.  Milan discussed the need for all host leagues to be ready to start games at 5:00 and 7:30 so that the games do not run into curfew times.  All-Star games need to be completed, and if they are not, they will need to be resumed the next day.  The games will need to be resumed at a 3:00 game time, which will make it difficult to field teams, and parents and league and tournament personnel will have to leave work early to resume games.  Umpires will be directed to keep the games moving, with two minutes between innings.  Minor teams can play with less than nine players, so if only six show up, the game will begin at published game time.  Once game schedules are approved by headquarters, they cannot be revised without headquarter’s approval.

TOURNAMENT DATES & HOSTS:  Milan again passed out a list of all tournament dates and locations for D-18 TOC and All-Stars, Section, and beyond.

TOC RULES: The baseball rules were finalized at the April meeting.  Mike discussed the softball rules for TOC.  Pitching, i.e. crow hops, etc. were discussed.

BASEBALL BATS: Milan discussed bats and the new requirements that will go into effect in 2018 season.  Presidents should be aware of this so that parents do not complain about not being able to use very expensive bats after this season.  No composite bats will be allowed.

Minors and Majors:
2017 BPF 1.15 marking, 2 1/4 barrel maximum. 
2018 USA baseball marking, 2 5/8 barrel maximum.

Juniors:
2017 BPF 1.15 marking, 2 1/4 barrel maximum.
2018 USA Baseball marking, 2 5/8 barrel maximum, No BBCOR Allowed.

Seniors: Remain the same, all bats must be BBCOR.

Presidents were advised many illegal bats were used during this season.  They will not be allowed at TOC or All-Stars and the penalty will be strictly enforced: See Rules 1.10 and 6.06(d), page 95 regular season rules and 131-132 tournament rules. Milan and Phil will be going to games and checking bats.  A magnetic sticker will be place on legal bats for the tournaments.  Bats will not be allowed to be used at tournaments until they have the sticker.  District will work with managers at the mandatory coach’s meetings to get bats approved with stickers.  Bats will still be inspected by the umpires at the game sites for any defects or illegal modifications, i.e. cracks, tape, etc.

Milan advised presidents to look at JustBats and playitagain websites; many bats which will not be used in 2018 are for sale at rock bottom prices, bats that formerly sold for hundreds of dollars, because of this changeover. 

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion regarding league policies.

At 8:00 the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be announced by Milan.  And meeting dates for coach’s mandatory meetings and certification will be announced soon.  Leagues should be thinking about getting their all-star books ready, such as locating their previously certified documents, etc.

 Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary    



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