California District 42 Little League: District News

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



Tuesday, August 30
Park View Welcome Home Rally




Park View Welcome Home Rally
 
Come on down to Park View on Thursday to welcome home the 2016 Little League World Series team. The fun begins at 5:30 PM.


Sunday, August 14
2016 Little League World Series



Congaratulations to Park View Little League for advancing to the 2016 Little League World Series. We thank you for the character and sportsmanship you displayed during your tournament run this season.

Park View was eliminated from Title contention after their loss to Tennessee on Tuesday.

Read Kevin Acee's story in the San Diego Union-Tribune here. 

 
  West Champions


Thursday, August 4
West Region Tournament



Congratulations to Park View Little League, the 2016 Little League West Region Champions.

Park View West Champs 

 

Park View LL from Chula Vista, Calif. Captures the Little League Baseball® West Regional Championship



Monday, August 1
Park View Pep Rally

 

Park View Pep Rally

 

Views from the Pep Rally can be found HERE



Saturday, July 30
Division III Tournaments



Congratulations to the Park View Little League All-Stars for winning the 2016 Division III title. 

To see action shots from the Championship Game, click HERE 


Handout: 2016 Division III Baseball Tournaments

Wednesday, July 20
SubDivision III South Tournaments

Monday, July 11
Section 7 Tournaments

Section 7 Tournaments

 

Congratulations to the EastLake 8-10s, the EastLake 9-11s and the Park View 10-12s for winning their Section 7 titles.

For action shots from the 8-10 Championship Game, click HERE 

  For action shots from the 9-11 Championship Game, click HERE 

  

The EastLake Junior League All-Stars were eliminated from the Section 7 Tournament as Lemon Grove held on to defeat them, 15 - 14. Congratulations EastLake on a great tournament season.


Handout: 2016 Section 7 Tournaments

Monday, June 20
District 42 Tournaments

Check the Handouts page for your copy of the brackets with the scores.

 

Congratulations to EastLake's 8-10 year-old, EastLake's 9-11 year-old, Park View's Little League and EastLake's Junior League teams for winning their District 42 Tournament Championships.

Click this link for more action photos from the Juniors Championship game. 


Handout: 2016 District 42 Tournaments

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.



Tuesday, June 9
Parent Confessions... My Kid Didn’t Make All-Stars... I Handled It Bad



Over the years, Little League® has received stories from parents throughout the world, reflecting on their influence, their behavior and how they handled themselves during the career of their Little Leaguer®. While a vast majority of our parents and guardians are extremely positive role models, we can all learn from select stories some have chosen to tell. 

My daughter was not the best player on the team, but she was good. Solid at the plate. Nice glove in the field. Other parents talked about how she hustled and how she started all the chants – “A cheerleader in the dugout,” one parent told me. I just smiled. While she had great spirit and a positive attitude, my daughter never wanted to be a cheerleader. All she talked about was softball. She worked hard at it, all through Little League, and improved so much. I figured with all her effort, and better than average skills, she’d make the All-Star team. She didn’t. We were both crushed – me more than her. 

The list of All-Stars was posted at the concession stand before our game. While she sat in the dugout, clearly upset, I walked around and found as many managers who voted for the All-Stars as I could. Read the Full Story 


Monday, June 13
2016 6U, 8U and Minors T.O.C. Champions Crowned

The 2016 T.O.C. championships have been decided. Please click on the headline, or check the Handouts page to get your updated copy of the brackets with scores of all the games.

Congratulations to Sweetwater Valley 6U, EastLake 8U, EastLake Minors and Park View Majors for winning the 2016 T.O.C. Championships!


Handout: 2016 Tournament Of Champions

Tuesday, June 7
2016 Majors T.O.C. Champions Crowned

Park View wins Major League Tournament of Champions.

Park View won the Majors T.O.C. over EastLake, 14 - 0.

Check the Handout, or click on the headline to view the bracket.

Results from Friday's Semi-final games:

EastLake - 2, Chula Vista American - 0

Park View - 6, Chula Vista National - 1


Handout: 2016 Tournament Of Champions

Monday, May 30
EastLake Yankees Win 2016 Junior League Championship

Congratulations to the EastLake Yankees!

The Yankees went undefeated this season, and swept through the playoffs to capture the 2016 Junior League Championship. Congratulations to the Yankees on a great season!

 EastLake Yankees



Monday, May 30
Padres Offer Ticket Discount to District 42

The San Diego Padres are offering discounts of up to 40% ...

The Kids of Summer

Every league should strive to have Managers and Coaches that inspire their players, such as Coach David Belisle. Check out his video below.

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Wednesday, June 1
District 42 World Series Teams

 

 



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) 

 



Thursday, February 11
Ground Rules/Local Rules for Local Leagues

What is the purpose of Local Rules?

Local Rules establish the league’s policies in certain areas where leeway is allowed by Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations and Policies. No league’s Local Rules can conflict with the published Rules, Regulations, Policies, or Principles of Little League Baseball without the expressed written permission from the Charter Committee in Williamsport. A league’s Local Rules, once approved by Western Regional Headquarters, should be distributed to all who are required to implement or uphold the policies or directives (i.e., managers, coaches, umpires, player agent(s), Board of Directors, etc.). They should also be made available upon request to any Member of the Local League. The Local Rules should be adopted by the Local League Board of Directors at least one month before the first game of the regular season.

What’s the difference between Local Rules and the Constitution?

The Local Rules are not considered part of the Constitution. They are two separate documents. The Local Rules are reviewed, revised (if necessary) and adopted annually by the Board of Directors. The Constitution governs the Local League operation from year to year and can only be amended by the Membership at a duly organized meeting as provided in article XII of the Model Constitution.

What should be in the Local rules? 

  1. Any field conditions not already covered by Little League Rules and Regulations, such as a telephone wire erected partially inside fair or foul territory.
  2. Any specifically optional Rules or Regulations, such as the 10-run rule (Rule 4.10 (e)) and any of the several noted optional rules in Minor League and Tee Ball.
  3. An optional rule limiting the number of visits a manager or coach may make to the mound per game to talk to his pitcher. (Rule 8.06 already covers the number of visits per inning).
  4. Local directives, such as requiring each manager to umpire in other divisions, require teams to clean their own dugouts after games, etc.
  5. The method of selection for the Tournament Teams in all Divisions.
  6. The draft method for all divisions, if different from the Operating Manual. (A detailed description of the Draft Method, if different from the Operating Manual, must be submitted in writing to Western Regional Headquarters, and the league must receive approval before the draft begins. This process requires about three weeks, so the method must be submitted to Headquarters at least one month before the draft).
  7. Duties of those persons or committees not specifically covered by the league’s Constitution, such as Concession Stand Coordinator, Hat Collection Coordinator, Fence Repair Committee, etc.
  8. The league’s policy on when a team may no longer call up a player from the Minor League (Regulation III (d) 2-note 1), and when a team must fill a vacancy.
  9. Non-baseball/softball related directives, i.e. no animals allowed on complex, no bike riding on complex, etc. 

What must not be in Local rules? 

  1. Any rule that alters supersedes or conflicts with published Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations, Policies, or Principles.
  2. Any rule already covered by a published rule, regulation or policy. Re-wording already published Little League Baseball Rules, Regulations, or Policies invites conflicting opinions on how the rules are to be interpreted and must be avoided.
  3. Rules that remove or replace authority granted to certain persons by the Little League Baseball Rules and Regulations.

 



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.



Saturday, October 4
Have you updated your League Officers?



The new fiscal year for Little League began on October 1st. All Leagues should have had their elections for their 2016 Boards of Directors. Don't forget to go to the Little League Data Center to update your League Officers.



Thursday, April 17
Safety Spotlight: Warm Up to Prevent Injuries



Warming Up

With Little League® practices in full swing around the nation, there are more baseball and softball gloves getting used right now than any other time of year. And in the early part of the season, it’s crucial to remember the importance of warming up, stretching and keeping young arms healthy. Click here to read more



Saturday, March 15
Your Voice



Since The Parent Connection was launched in October, we’ve been thrilled with how you have embraced this newsletter and we’ve received some wonderful feedback. As parents, grandparents and guardians of Little Leaguers, this is your newsletter and we encourage everyone to let us know what’s on your minds.
Click here to read more



How to Be a Sports Parent




Little League Coach and Umpire Resource Centers




Coaches Tool Kit




Saturday, October 5
Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Baseball?



We hear the horror stories about kids spending nearly every week of the year playing in one particular sport; about parents spending thousands of dollars so their child can play on an "elite" traveling team; about pitchers being used so much in non-Little League play that they require surgery that used to be reserved for Major League pitchers looking to extend their careers. How much is too much? Check out the essay by President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen D. Keener. This article was featured in the 2005 Little League World Series program. Read the entire article here...



Saturday, November 23
Put The Brakes On Travel Ball



Little League® is so much more than baseball and softball. At our core, we are a teaching organization dedicated to providing life-lessons that help parents guide their children as they transition from youth to young adult to adult. Click here to read more.



Saturday, March 15
The Dangers of Steroids and Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs



Here’s an eye opener for parents, the average age that a child starts taking dietary supplements is 10.8 years old, so they would likely still be playing in the Minor division of Little League®. Taylor Hooton, a former Little Leaguer®, was a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, Texas.
Click here to read more



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