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Tuesday, February 21
Welcome to the Southern California District 31 website

The District 31 website is being updated with new information and features, so check back often.
Scroll down the page to see upcoming District events.

For comments or additions to this Web Site, please contact District Administrator Larry Burch at or Webmaster Bud Mathews at

To find the point-of-contact for your League, click the menu item on the left for more info.

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Tuesday, March 4
Clarification of Regulation VI

DATE: February 25, 2014

TO: All Field Personnel

FROM: Patrick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development

SUBJECT: Clarification of Regulation VI

In the 2014 Official Regulations and Playing Rules, Regulation VI Note 3 Exception from the 2013 Official Regulations and Playing Rules was inadvertently eliminated.

The note references the exception for games that are suspended with less than one (1) inning completed.

To clarify: The 2013 Official Regulations and Playing Rules Regulation VI Note 3 Exception remains in effect for 2014. In the event that the first inning is not completed, all records including pitching records, batting records, etc. shall be disregarded.

Tuesday, October 15
Little League Launches The Parent Connection

Little League® is excited to debut The Parent Connection newsletter! In this issue, and all the others to follow each month, you’ll find important information and tips to make the Little League experience a great one for you and your Little Leaguer®. We believe informed parents create successful local leagues, which results in kids having fun. While we will produce content specifically geared for parents, guardians and families, The Parent Connection will be a useful tool for anyone interested in or involved with Little League. So, please encourage your friends and fellow parents to sign up.

No matter if you are a new Little League parent, or have been around the diamond with us before, we would like to thank you for your trust in us to provide fun competition, and learning experiences for your kids both on and off the field. We’ve been providing those experiences for nearly 75 years, and we could not have done it without devoted parents like you. And, as the world’s largest youth sports organization, we’ve seen our share of success, but that does not mean we don’t recognize the need for improvement. Each newsletter will include a feedback button. We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas on where we hit homeruns, and where we strikeout.

While many may view Little League as a sports organization, we are, at our core, a teaching organization that just happens to include baseball and softball. The lessons your kids learn at their local leagues carry through their lives, and help them become upstanding adults. In essence, Little League complements the inspiring work you, as parents, do, and the messages you want your children to hear – messages similar to what’s in the Little League Pledge... I will play fair, and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best.

Little League gives kids the chance to meet new pals, but we also provide friendship-building opportunities for parents, grandparents and other relatives, as well. Little League brings people and communities together. Look around at any local Little League game. You’ll see people of all races and creeds, from different economic classes, engaging with one another. We’re excited for you to take part in that experience, and we encourage you to volunteer at your local league, whether it be on the field, in the concession stand or as Team Mom.

While you continue to do an amazing job at supporting your kids and their involvement in Little League, The Parent Connection newsletter exists to support you. We look forward to getting to know you better, so we can provide the very best experiences for everyone involved in the Little League family.

Click on the header of this article to link to the October issue of The Parent Connection newsletter.

Thursday, December 26
District 31 Umpire selected for Junior League Baseball Western Region tournament

Congratulations are in order for District 31 Staff Umpire, Dave Walker, on his selection as an umpire at the Western Region Junior League Baseball Tournament in Vancouver, Washington for 2014.

The tournament is a step before the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Michigan and is the championship for the West and NorthWest representative of the western United States.

The dates of the Junior League Baseball Western Regional are August 1 - 6.

Dave hails from Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League and was a former Umpire-in-Chief there.  He continues to call games at leagues within District 31.

Click on the header above to be linked to the Junior League Western Regional tournament game schedule, results, information and map.

Wednesday, December 18
New Western Region Umpire Coordinator Named

Mark Bernstein, a Little League volunteer umpire since 1976, has been named the new Western Region Umpire Coordinator. Bernstein, who hails from District 31 in Southern California, enthusiastically said, "?It is my hope that I, with the assistance of an incredible group of dedicated volunteer instructors, a supportive Western Region staff and the staff at Williamsport, can continue to improve the quality of volunteer umpiring throughout the Western Region.?"

Bernstein has served in California District 31 from 1996-2010, and has served as an instructor on the Western Region level for several years. Bernstein is completing his third consecutive two-year term as the president of the Western Regional Little League Umpire Alumni Association, a non-profit association that he helped form. Mark has umpired in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, PA; 2002 Senior Baseball World Series in Bangor, ME; 2000 European Regional Baseball Tournament in Kutno, Poland; 1999 Western Regional Baseball Tournament in San Bernardino, CA; and the 1995 Junior Baseball Regional Tournament in Sacramento, CA.

What keeps Bernstein going as a Little League volunteer after so many years? "I believe that I am making a difference. Each time I umpire or teach or work with young people, I am striving to teach those core values, through Little League, that will hopefully make each of these individual?s better adults and, ultimately, leaders of the future. It is a responsibility I take seriously",? he said.

Tuesday, November 26
Larry Burch named to Little League® International Advisory Board

Congratulations are in order for our District Administrator (CA-31), Larry Burch, for being named to the Little League® International Advisory Board.

The Little League® International Advisory Board provides counsel and recommendations to Little League Senior Management.

The input, perspective and opinion of the members of the Advisory Board is sought on current aspects of the Little League program and proposed new initiatives, all for the purpose of maintaining Little League Baseball and Softball as the world’s leader in youth sports. Each member of the Advisory Board is appointed by Little League President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen D. Keener to a three-year term. The Advisory Board convenes twice a year, once by conference call and once in person.

Little League considers the input of the Advisory Board as vital in providing an effective program to ensure that all participants, parents and volunteers have a rewarding and enriching Little League experience. The Advisory Board consists of current and former district administrators and assistant district administrators as well as other local league volunteers whose many years of experience at the district and local levels of Little League operations is highly valued by Little League International.  

A list of the current members of the Little League International Advisory Board is below.

Name                  	                 Region      	State or Country    Term Expires
Dave Wetmore                     	Western     	California             	2014
Phil Rizzo                            	Central       	Illinois         	2014
Lenny Ricchiuti                    	Eastern      	New York        	2014
Fred Lorentsen                    	Southeastern 	Florida          	2014
John Berardi                         	Eastern      	Massachusetts   	2015
Kevin Hladik                        	Central       	Iowa            	2015
Bruce Campbell                    	Canada      	Ottawa          	2015
Jeremy Haley                      	Southeastern 	Georgia         	2016
Larry Burch                         	Western     	California       	2016
Mike Farrell                         	Southwestern 	Texas            	2016
Elmora Aventurin-Pantophlet      	Latin America 	St. Maarten     	2016
Francisco Guerra                  	Southwestern 	New Mexico      	2016 

Monday, September 23
District 31 Administrative Staff adds new members

On September 21st, it was announced that two new members were being added to the District 31 Administrative Staff.

Welcome and congratulations are in order for:

Connie Hunt, a former President of Rancho Bernardo Little League


Kim McGraw, a former President of Escondido American Little League  

Monday, September 23
New District 31 Staff Umpire announced

A new District 31 Staff Umpire was announced on September 21st, 2013.

Congratulations are in order for:

Ryan Walker of Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League

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