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California District 31
Larry Burch
P.O. Box 301023
Escondido, California
Thursday, May 14
District 31 Meeting for May





  May 21, 2015

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Bridgepoint Education Building

13480 Evening Creek Drive

First Floor – Leadership Room

San Diego, CA 92128



Drawing for the All Star Tournament


All Star Saturday


  • Directions:
  • From Interstate 15:
  • Exit Ted Williams Parkway (Hwy 56) and head East
  • then exit onto Sabre Springs Parkway and head South (right)
  • Turn right onto Evening Creek Drive (light), building is on the left-hand side


Tuesday, April 28
Tournament Enrollment is only available via Little League website

Whether your teams have been playing for weeks, or are just now getting on the field, Tournament Season will be here before you know it.

That time is a valuable commodity to Board members and league officials, so, this year, for the first time, Little League® International has taken tournament enrollment exclusively online. No longer will local leagues be receiving a Tournament Enrollment Form through standard mail.

Melding convenience and technology, if a local league wishes to be part of the 2015 Little League International Tournament it will do so through the Enrollment Form available on the Little League International Tournament Toolkit website. The Tournament Toolkit website provides volunteers with a one-stop online resource for planning and organizing their tournament season.

“The goal is always to make the Little League experience better for everyone and that begins with convenience,” said Dan Velte, Little League Director of League Development. “As a result of the positive feedback we received from the online Chartering and Marketing Toolkit, and the large number of leagues utilizing the Little League Data Center, it just makes sense to conduct tournament enrollment online. The goal is to provide the most convenient way possible for leagues to enroll their teams in the tournament.”

Located on the 2015 Little League International Chartering and Marketing Toolkit website, the Little League® International Tournament Toolkit provides local leagues with the ability to enroll teams in this year’s postseason, review tournament responsibilities and dates, use the electronic calendar to schedule games, watch tournament-specific video presentations, and better understand tournament rules and regulations.

“The Tournament Toolkit provides and organizes the Little League resources that our volunteers need during the busy tournament season,” said Mr. Velte.

The 2015 Little League International Tournament Toolkit launched on Monday, April 20, and is currently available to view.

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Thursday, March 5
District 31 is Celebrating the Retirement of our DA, Larry Burch

California District 31 is celebrating the retirement of our longstanding District Administrator, Mr. Larry Burch.

Larry has been a Little League volunteer for over 40 years, serving as District Administrator for California District 31 for the past 20 years. He will be stepping down in his role as District Administrator in October 2015. Retired from his position as Regional Manager for a large shipping company, Mr. Burch served in the United States Army, proudly and admirably during tours in Vietnam.

Larry was recently honored with selection by Mr. Stephen Keener, CEO of Little Baseball and Softball, to the Little League International Advisory Board as one of two Western Region representatives. The Advisory Board consists of current and former Little League representatives whose many years of experience within the program are coveted by Little League International to help review and promote policy changes.

For many years, Mr. Burch volunteered at the Western Region Baseball Tournament in San Bernardino, California. As the “radio voice” of the Western Region, Larry announced numerous tournament games for radio stations throughout the Western Region bringing the games into the homes of many who could not travel to the tournament site. Larry also was the Committee Chairperson for Media Relations responsible for the partnership with ESPN as well as all print media seeking to cover the tournament. With his silky voice and great disposition Larry was also called upon to act as the Master of Ceremonies at many Western Regional events.

In his 40+ years as a Little League volunteer, Mr. Burch has served the communities and children that comprise District 31 admirably. His main objective was to make certain that every child had the opportunity to play the game safely and on a level playing field. He has had a positive affect on the lives of tens of thousands of children.

We thank Larry for his many years of service to Little League Baseball and Softball and also thank his wife, Ingrid, who for so many years has shared her husband with the communities within District 31. We will miss his leadership, his integrity, his balance and knowledge. He can be proud in knowing that he has made a huge difference in the lives of many and has left his mark on this wonderful program.

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Friday, March 13
Is Sideline Behavior Affecting the Little League Experience in Your League?

As a parent, you want the best possible experience for your Little Leaguer®. But sometimes emotions run high - for you, your child, coaches and umpires - which may mean a bad experience. Knowingly or not, you as the parent may be negatively influencing your child's experience. You as the parent have more control over the quality of your child's experience than you may realize.

Little League is pleased to offer to all Little League® parents a free online learning opportunity from Positive Coaching Alliance. Featuring video-based sports-parenting tips from Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member and Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa, the Little League Second-Goal Parent Quick Course provides a great foundation to start off the Little League season.

The interactive 30-minute course provides specific tips and tools that help you help your children get the most out of their Little League experience, letting players and coaches pursue the goal of winning, while you as a parent focus on a second, more important goal, ensuring your kids get all the valuable life lessons that baseball and softball uniquely offer.

To get started on the best season of your Little League life, take the course now.

By clicking on the link you can take the free quick Parent course; or the discounted coaches course. 

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a long-time national partner of Little League, is a national non-profit organization committed to developing Better Athletes, Better People through youth and high school sports.  

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Wednesday, February 25
Little League Grow the Game Grant Program

One of Little League International's promises to local leagues is to consistently reinvest into the program, and offer valuable give-backs to local leagues. Examples include free resources like the Notebook newsletter and the Coaches Resource Center, and lowering annual charter fees, the most recent reduction going from $16 to $10 per league. We also offer 125 free background checks for local leagues to use for its volunteers, and travel assistance to select tournaments.

In 2015, we're launching our newest give-back! The Little League Grant Program is an exciting and easy opportunity for you to grow your league, and we encourage all leagues to consider applying for these beneficial grants that could greatly assist your operations while providing an even more positive experience for your local Little Leaguers and community. In an effort to not just grow your league, but Grow the Game as well, Little League has made various, impactful funds available to leagues in need. Grants can range from several thousand dollars up to $20,000 per grant.

Grants are available for general league enhancement, enhancement/development of the Challenger program, enhancement/development of the Softball program and to leagues enrolled in the Little League Urban Initiative.

The time to apply is now. Please click for the Grant Application and other important materials, which include information on how to apply, and what grants your league may be eligible for. In the application, it's important that you detail your Project Description of how the funds will be used, and how those funds would benefit and grow your local Little League program.

Please note, to receive assistance through The Little League Grant Program, leagues must be chartered and in good standing with Little League International.

We want to help your league grow and we want to Grow the Game. Those are the overall goals of the Little League Grant Program. If selected to receive a grant, we will assist you throughout the entire process, and communicate your success for other leagues to learn from so many others can benefit from your efforts and our support.

As always, we appreciate you being part of the Little League family, and hope you can take advantage of The Little League Grant Program, and the impactful funds available.

Tuesday, February 24
Little League unveils new training series dedicated to the Minor Division Baseball Coach Pitch Program

The Little League® Coach Pitch Program was created to provide volunteer managers and coaches in the Little League Minor Baseball Division with the appropriate direction to organize and efficiently operate practices throughout the season.

This 12-week program focuses on the fundamentals of baseball, and is designed to build a solid foundation for becoming a successful ballplayer, including the “emotional fuel tank,” as described by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The program assumes that the volunteers who have accepted the responsibility of coaching children in this age group have a limited background in baseball and the leadership and teaching acumen that is inherent with coaching Little Leaguers® at this level of the program.

Each week’s lesson offers extensive review, while continuing to tout the importance of team-building and chemistry. Coaches can use the opportunities provided in this program to engage with the children on your team and grow their self-worth. It's important for coaches to remember that Little League is a fun activity that has as its prime objective nurturing and growing well-rounded and productive people, not developing elite ballplayers.

A great resource for a first-time or veteran coach, Little League’s Coach Pitch program includes:

  • Detailed practice plans for each week of the 12-week program
  • Quick practice plans for each week of the 12-week program
  • Detailed diagrams explaining each drill and activity
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Tips for each week of the program
Click on the header above to link to the Little League webpage for more info and to request a copy of the program

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Thursday, April 2
Little League® Tee Ball Program

The Little League® Tee Ball Program: The free, 10-week Little League® Tee Ball Program is designed to provide a well-rounded experience to participants by focusing on fun, fitness and fundamentals. The program also gives a first-year or returning Tee Ball coach everything needed to conduct a successful season. Included in the free program are detailed practice plans, basic drills and activities designed for players 4-to-6 years old, practice schedules and timings, SKLZ Fun-damentals videos demonstrating skills and drills covered in the program, and Positive Coaching Alliance tips for each week of the program.


Here is a direct link to the Little League Tee Ball Program Guide.

Tuesday, December 9
Pitch Smart Program

For 75 years, Little League® has strived to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. Little League would like to congratulate Major League Baseball and USA Baseball for the launch of their new Pitch Smart campaign, as we continue to work together to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children.

The Pitch Smart program is a collaborative effort to encourage youth baseball pitchers to adhere to strict pitch count limits with mandatory day's rest. The program follows the same guidelines that Little League established in 2006 to protect young arms. Both Little League's pitch count regulations and the Pitch Smart program directly benefited from the insight and expertise of Dr. James Andrews, notable orthopedic surgeon and a member of Little League International Board of Directors, and his colleague, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, also of the American Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Andrews recently wrote about the importance of putting the baseball glove down for Little League's The Parent Connection.

"The issue of arm safety is something we take very seriously here at Little League," said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. "We are thrilled to see the launch of the Pitch Smart campaign, and Little League looks forward to continuing to work with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to enhance the safety of the sport for all its young participants."

After several years of research, Little League launched its pitch count program in 2006. With limits set for different amounts of pitches for different age groups, Little League has been diligent in protecting young arms since establishing strict pitching rules based on Dr. Andrews' research. With many baseball players participating in Little League and other youth baseball programs, it is important for parents and coaches to use the Pitch Smart campaign and the Little League pitch count program to ensure young pitching arms stay safe.

Little League strongly encourages all Little League volunteers, parents, and officials to review and share it with others. 

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Thursday, November 6
Little League® Newsletters

Little League® Newsletters and the Google Translator: Each month, the Little League® Communications Department produces electronic newsletters for District Administrators, coaches and managers, local league officials, and parents. Every other month, a newsletter is delivered to umpires who are members of the Little League Umpire Registry; and several times during the year, Little League's Risk Management Department partners with Musco Lighting Company to print and deliver the ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) newsletter. The monthly and ASAP newsletters are available on the Little League website. To receive any, or all, of the newsletters just sign up. The Google translator feature on the top of the home page lets anyone enjoy the newsletters in a variety of languages.

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Wednesday, October 15
District 31 Administrative Staff adds new members

Welcome and congratulations are in order for four new members added to the District 31 Administrative Staff:

Linda Bernstein is welcomed back in her role as Secretary for District 31,


Don Wolever of Rancho Bernardo Little League and currently a member of the District 31 Umpire Staff.

Gary Graupmann of Rancho Bernardo Little League will be the new District Umpire-in-Chief.

Dave Miller of Poway American Little League will be the Assistant Umpire-in-Chief.


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Sunday, September 21
New District 31 Staff Umpires announced

New District 31 Staff Umpires were announced on September 20th, 2014.

Congratulations are in order for:

Stephen Brinsfield of 4S Ranch Little League


Doug Means of Del Mar American Little League

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