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Saturday, November 19
Dedicated Volunteer Umpire Jim Bahr Passes Away

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Our close friend Jim Bahr (Steve Loa's father) passed away November 16, 2016.

Jim was a long time little league volunteer umpire for all of us at California District 42 and Luckie Waller Little League. Jim loved the Little League program. Jim loved the players unconditionally.

We were extremely happy to see Jim and Steve in Williamsport, PA to see Park View Little League play in the World Series back in 2009. They drove non-stop across the United States because they wanted to be there in person watching our Little League team make history and win the World Championship.

Jim would always volunteer to umpire our games during our CA District 42 All-Stars and TOC tournaments. He will be sorely missed by all and his devotion to the Little League Community will not be forgotten.



Wednesday, November 2
Important Reminders for Local League Operations

While many leagues are just putting the finishing touches on their 2016 seasons, November is an important month to make sure your league is ready for the next season. Here are some of the important things that your league should be considering this month, and some resources from Little League University to help guide the way. 

  • Chartering (Details will be e-mailed directly to District Administrators and League Officials)
  • Updating League Officers
  • Securing Sponsors
  • Planning Registrations
  • Preparing Local League Bylaws
  • Volunteer Recruitment

 



Monday, October 31
2017 Regional Clinics



Player Agent Seminar: There will not be a Player Agent Seminar this year.

 Chief Umpire Clinic (Train the Trainer): (December 9-11, 2016) This two part clinic is open to all members of local leagues and Districts (not only UICs) and is designed to provide information and tools on how to train your volunteers to train any level of Little League umpire. The clinic also includes a full day dedicated to the Recruiting, Retaining and Rewarding of your volunteer umpires at the local and District level. Course includes training materials, dormitory style housing and all meals. The clinic begins promptly on Friday at 7pm after a 6pm dinner provided by the Region. Cost $85.00

Registration Link - UIC

Training Instruction Clinics: (Rules I: January 20-22, 2017) (Rules II: January 28-29, 2017)

Rules Session I: A comprehensive Power Point presentation open to anyone who desires more knowledge of Little League Rules and Regulations. Managers, Coaches, Umpires, Local League Officials and District Officials are encouraged to attend. Friday evening and part of Saturday (if necessary) will focus reviewing regulations. The following day will focus on Rules for both Baseball and Softball. Course includes training materials, dormitory style housing and all meals. No gear necessary. The clinic will begin promptly at 7:oo pm after a 6:00 pm dinner provided by the region. The course will end at approximately 2:00 pm on Sunday Cost $70.00

Rules Session II: A combination of Power Point Presentation and real game scenarios for the slightly more advanced Little League volunteer umpire. Saturday will be spent on comprehensive rules review for both baseball and softball. Sunday will be an interactive discussion about real game situations. Course includes training materials, dormitory style housing and all meals. The clinic begins promptly on Saturday at 8:00 am after a 7:00 am breakfast provided by the region. The course will end at approximately 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Registration Link - Instruction Clinic IInstruction Clinic II

Umpire Mechanics Clinic: (January 27-29, 2017)

This clinic will emphasize the on field experience and umpiring philosophy for local league as well as District umpires. Base and plate mechanics will be taught with an eye towards attendees learning new skills, removing some of the rust as the season approaches and bringing training information back to the leagues and Districts. This clinic begins promptly at 7pm on Friday after a 6pm dinner provided by the Region.

Registration Link - Mechanics Clinic

Scorekeeper Workshop: (February 4, 2017)

A one day training session for anyone interested in the tools and information necessary to keep score at any Little League level for baseball or softball.

Registration Link - Scorekeepers

Weeklong Umpire Academy (February 11-17, 2017)

This Academy is designed for the volunteer Little League Umpire. It is a week of classroom and on the field training that delves into rule knowledge, mechanics, umpiring philosophy and game management. Includes training materials, dormitory style housing and all meals. Umpire gear is required (a very limited supply of equipment to borrow is available). Students are strongly urged to dress as an umpire during all sessions. This Academy begins promptly on Saturday at 7pm after a 6pm dinner provided by the Region. Dorm assignments for students will begin at 5:00pm.

 Registration Link - Umpire Academy US



Friday, July 8
New USA Baseball Bat Standard Starting in 2018



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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. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved.

Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.

Click here to read the full release from USA Baseball.



Sunday, April 17
Rules Updates

Throughout the winter of 2016, Little League® International held meetings with District Administrators, Assistant District Administrators, and other volunteers at each of our nine regions throughout the world. At each of these meetings, updates and changes to Little League Rules and Regulations were discussed, and at the conclusion of the meetings, these potential new rule and regulations were amended to reflect the direct input from the attendees at these meetings.

The amended agenda was then distributed to District Administrators to vote on whether or not Little League should adopt these new rules and regulations. In total, 463 District Administrators voted on these 10 items, which were then discussed, along with implementation strategies, at the annual spring meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors.

The full voting results can be found on LittleLeague.org.

ITEMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THE 2017 SEASON:

Baseball and Softball Major, Intermediate (50/70), Junior, Senior, and Big League:

Summary:
This change provides participants at these levels of play the ability to participate in two divisions, provided they qualify under age requirements, Residency/School Attendance Eligibility Requirements, programs, and divisions of play. A player may only be selected to one Tournament team, and must meet tournament eligibility requirements for that specific division.

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(a) and IV(c) 

 



Friday, November 13
Can you explain the new Little League Baseball® Age Determination date, and why the change was made?



Little League® International always welcomes feedback from every one of our 7,000-plus leagues. We feel that the only way to provide the best experience for Little Leaguers® and their parents is to hear from and listen to our valuable volunteers and participants in communities worldwide.

Little League conducted a very detailed participation research project. That research showed that parents, players, and volunteers want to see Little League® become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Our volunteer District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors carefully considered the results of the research, and ultimately changed the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31. This change will ensure that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division.



Friday, November 13
Can you tell me more about the new bat standard, and how it will affect my Little Leaguer®?



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.



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