California District 42 Little League: District News

Wednesday, April 27
Padres to Offer a Series of Summer Baseball Camps

New in 2016, the San Diego Padres will offer a series of summer baseball camps throughout the San Diego area. Padres Baseball Camps are open to boys and girls ages 5-12 and will be offered Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Camp tuition is $525 and net proceeds from the camp benefit the Padres Foundation and support the club's youth baseball and softball outreach efforts.

Camp Highlights:

  • Official Padres Baseball Camp uniform
  • Meet & greet with a current or former Padres player or coach
  • Autographed photo of a current or former Padres player or coach
  • Two (2) tickets to the camp reunion hosted at a Padres regular season game in August or September

For more information and to enroll, please visit padres.com/playball. To speak with a member of the Padres Baseball Camps staff, please call (619) 213 - 1600 or email  info@padrescamp.com.

2016 SCHEDULE

Dates  Location  Camp Site 
 June 13 - 17  Poway  Twin Peaks Middle School
 June 20 - 24  Rancho Bernardo  4S Ranch Sports Park
 June 27 - July 1  Coronado  Coronado Tidelands Park
 July 18 - 22  Scripps Ranch  Hourglass Community Park
 July 25 - 29  Point Loma  Bill Cleator Community Park
 August 1 - 5  Carlsbad  Stagecoach Community Park
 August 8 - 12  Del Mar  Ashley Falls Fields (across from Cathedral Catholic)


Sunday, April 17
Updates and Changes to Little League® Rules and Regulations for the 2016 and 2017 Regular and Tournament Season Play

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 IMMEDIATELY FOR THE 2016 SEASON:

All Division of Baseball and Softball:

Summary:
Beginning with the 2016 tournament season, League Presidents may be eligible to be selected by local league Board of Directors as tournament team manager or coach with written approval from their respective District Administrator. In the event that a District Administrator does not approve the selection, the League President may request the District Administrator determination be reviewed by the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee through the appropriate Regional Office.

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(b) and Tournament Manager and Coaches

Softball Junior, Senior, and Big League:

Summary:
This allows players within the Junior, Senior, and Big League Softball divisions to be replaced on the pitcher's plate and return to pitch, even if removed from the game, providing they meet the substitution, charged conference, and mandatory play rule(s).

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation VI(c), Playing Rule 3.03, and Tournament Rule 10

 

All Divisions of Baseball and Softball:

Summary:
This change allows leagues to release their tournament teams and begin holding tryouts or practices by tournament teams starting on June 1. Teams shall not be released until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members has been established. Previously, leagues could announce their teams on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of their tournament. The Little League group accident insurance underwritten by an AIG member company for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 1. In the event that a tournament would start prior to June 14, a league must obtain a waiver from the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee to announce its tournament team and begin to hold tryouts or practice prior to the new date of June 1. 

All leagues are strongly encouraged to continue to provide regular season and special game opportunities for their players after June 1. 

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Release of Names 

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Team Practice 

Baseball and Softball 9/10-, 10/11-, 11/12-Year-Old Divisions:

Summary:
This change expands the tournament opportunities, making these three tournaments open to a three-year range of players, and provides leagues additional flexibility in their player selection. The new age structure will create the 8/9/10-Year-Old Division; 9/10/11-Year-Old Division; and 10/11/12-Year-Old Division.

Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Player Eligibility 

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.

 



Saturday, December 26
Free Tee Ball Resources for Every Chartered Team

Tee Ball

Little League is excited to announce a new resource to help you grow participation in your community. For the 2016 season, Little League will be providing a free printed copy of its 10-week Tee Ball Curriculum to every chartered Tee Ball team. The Little League Tee Ball Curriculum aims to improve player acquisition and retention by providing coaches with everything they need to teach the fundamentals of the game in a fun, active environment and includes:

  • 10 detailed practice plans focused on fun, fitness, and fundamentals
  • Over 40 drills and activities to be used during practices
  • Tips for creating an exciting and engaging game play environment
  • Sample schedules
  • Everything a first time coach needs to have a successful coaching experience

Copies of the curriculum will be included with your league's 2016 league supplies. Additionally, charter online prior to December 31 and also receive an additional 10 rulebooks free of charge!



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.



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 


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



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



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.



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