Indiana District 8: District News
Umpire from District 8 Selected to Umpire at the Junior World Series
Congratulations go out to Bob Thomas, Umpire in Chief at Eagle Creek Little League. Bob was selected as one of the umpires to work the Junior World Series in Michigan. Bob will be one of the Central Region's assigned umpires to the World Series.
Bob has long umpired for District 8 and has previously worked state tournaments in 9-10, 10-11, Major, Intermediate, Junior, Senior and Big League. He worked the Major Boys Regional Tournament, the Junior Boys Regional Tournament and now will be doing his first World Series in Little League.
Bob has volunteered for Eaglel Creek Little League for over 20 years and this assignment is appropriate for someone who has dedicated themselves to the service of youth. Thanks for your service to your league, your distric, to the state and the Central Region.
I look forward to seeing Bob on ESPN.
Mark D. Commons, District Administrator
Tuesday, November 8
Important Dates for 2017
The Central Region has announced the dates of various meetings and classes.
On January 28th, 2017, there will be a League Officers Workshop. In this workshop there are 4 tracks, Player Agent, Finance and Accounting, Risk Management and Marketing and Sponsorship. Each of these tracks are important to a successful local league. Please have your corresponding office attend this year's workship. It will be held at theGarrison Hotel at Fort Harrison.
On February 28th, a Rules clinic will be held.
On March 3 & 4, an Umpire Clinic focusing on mechanics and rules will be held.
From April 18th thru April 23rd, the Umpire clinic will be held.
Safety First in the Preseason
Everybody is starting to think about baseball as registration, player evaluation and drafts are getting underway. Soon your coaches will start their practices or maybe some of your kids are doing winter workouts. Lets think about safety in our training.
Coaches be aware that bats are a significant weapon when used normally without adult supervision. Kids don't want to hurt kids but they also don't look around themselves to insure that they have sufficent clearance before they start swinging their bats. Little League has a game rule about no bats in the hands of players 12 and under except if the child is up to bat. This was the common sense solution to not allowing kids to swing bats unless there was a purpose and supervision.
Think before you start an activity which might involve a hazard to the kids.
Mark Commons, District Administrator