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 Volume 23 - Issue No. 5
February 2006

This Month in Little League
Welcome to the second issue of the Little Leaguer E-Newsletter for 2006! In this issue, you’ll find lots of information on the new Little League Pitch Count Pilot Program, a story about how a league in Connecticut is cleaning up (and learning great lessons along the way), that Little League Official Uniforms are now available for the first time, and a way for your league to recognize the best among your volunteers. There’s something for everyone in this issue!
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Pitch Count Pilot Program Resource Page Now on LL Website
The Little League Pitch Count Pilot Program resource page is now available for those leagues interested in the initiative. On that page, you’ll find an overview of the program, an informative Q and A session, an important endorsement, the text of the regulation itself, and how to register. Even more information will be added soon. Click here to see how your league can get involved.

Make Sure Your Volunteers are Recognized
Once again, through the generous support of AIG, the Little League Awards Program will recognize national winners in several categories of volunteers, and one player. Remember, the deadline is June 1. All the information, including the entry forms and background materials,
can be found here.

Little League Offering Official Uniforms for First Time
For the first time in its 67-year history, your local league can now buy Little League Baseball and Softball Official Uniforms. Uniforms are being offered to leagues in high quality, at great prices and with excellent delivery service through Little League International and our partners, XP Apparel. Click here to see how your league can get involved.

Connecticut Little League Team Pitches In, Cleans Up
A team in the Fairfield (Conn.) Little League spent time cleaning up debris from their Melville Park field after games, a project they call "Respect the Field." Click here for the story, reprinted by permission from The Fairfield Minuteman newspaper.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Comes Through Again for Little Leagues
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, has awarded millions of dollars to deserving Little League programs in recent years. This year is no exception, as leagues in Pennsylvania and Nicaragua have benefited. Could your league qualify? See the full story

Little League E-Rules CD Includes Video for First Time
For the second year, the Little League Baseball and Softball Rules are available in an electronic form. But this year, the Little League E-Rules CD comes with video! Click here for all the details!

Little League Sponsors Summit Held in San Diego
Sponsors have been a part of Little League at the national and local level for more than 55 years, helping to defray the costs that might otherwise be passed on to parents. Recently, at the Little League Sponsors Summit, many topics of discussion focused on how national sponsors can help local Little League programs. Check out the details here.

Russell Athletic Renews as Sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball
Russell Athletic, the Official Uniform of the Little League Baseball World Series as well as the Official Coaches Apparel for the Little League Baseball World Series, recently renewed its longstanding sponsorship.
Read all about it here.

Openings Still Available for Inaugural Challenger World Jamboree
The first Challenger Little League Baseball World Jamboree, set for May 11-14, 2006 at the Azalea Little League Complex in Norfolk, Va., promises to be a highlight of the year. Hosted by Virginia District 8, there’s still room for YOUR Challenger team. Read all about this fantastic event

Myth or Fact? Chief Umpire Answers the Questions
Baseball and softball, perhaps unlike any other sports, are full of assumptions that certain “rules” are really rules. Nobody knows exactly how they started, but Little League’s umpire consultant helps to debunk some of the most common ones. Check them out here.

Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith to Conduct Series of Little League Softball Clinics
Little League is once again teaming up with USA Softball Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith for a series of clinics sponsored by Musco Sports Lighting, the official sports lighting system of Little League. Find all the details here.

Little League Road Show Trains Thousands
Little League’s popular “Year in the Life of Hometown Little League” presentation is still available at many locations. Is there a Road Show coming to a town near you? Check out the details here.  Also, see an open letter from the Eastern Region staff to the Road Show hosts in New York City here.

Free Publication Available On-Line
Published for each of the past 11 years, “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League” has been helping league administrations become better prepared for what’s next in their local Little League. Anyone can download a free copy of the publication by clicking on the link below, and it can be shared with every administrator in the league. Just click here to receive your free (PDF) copy of, “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League.”

A Piece of Little League’s Past: Museum Namesake
So who was Peter J. McGovern, and why is the Little League Museum named for him? His leadership of the Little League International Board of Directors shaped Little League’s future and is still being felt. Read all about the Mr. McGovern’s long service to Little League here.

Twenty-Seven New Leagues Chartered Recently
Welcome to the 27 newly-chartered programs that joined the Little League family recently, including those from Puerto Rico, China, and Russia. Click here for the story and a list of the leagues.  Chartering with Little League is easy! If you know of a non-Little League program that would be interested in more information on becoming a real Little League, click here.

Tips for Volunteers
  League Officer Tip of the Month
Are your league’s player selection procedures fair? Click here for some great tips. 

  Marketing/Licensing Tip of the Month
Are you getting the most out of sponsorships in your league? Check out the advice here.

  ASAP Tip of the Month
There might be snow on the ground in cooler climes, but this is a great time of year to get your ASAP plan in. Click here for great tips.

  Volunteer Umpires Tip of the Month
Obstruction is always a little tricky. Click here for great tips on this call.

  Coach/Manager Tip of the Month
Coaches and managers now have their very own electronic newsletter. You can check out the first issue here

This Month's
Featured Merchandise

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new items here

Did You Know?
Did you know there is a select group of famous actors who played Little League when they were kids? Among them is Academy-Award winning actor/director Kevin Costner. For the complete list,
click here!

ASAP Safety Newsletters Now Available Online!
Every issue of the ASAP Safety Program Newsletter, from October 1998 to the present, is now available for viewing or download directly from Little League Online!  (see download instructions on the
ASAP newsletter page).


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