California District 31: My Site News

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Thursday, March 1
Free Background Checks Available Exclusively Through JDP

Dear District Administrators and League Officials,

As of today (March 1, 2018), Little League® International will provide its local leagues and districts with 125 free background checks exclusively through J.D. Palatine (JDP).

The JDP system has access to more than 450 million records, and includes criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia. If a league or district wishes to continue to use First Advantage to satisfy Little League® Background Check regulation I (c) 8 and 9, it will cost $1.20 per check.

The JDP system also allows local or district board members responsible for conducting the background checks to send an electronic link to individual volunteers in order to complete the Little League Volunteer Application online. A league board member can enter the volunteer's information, name, and email address, on the JDP website by using the "Quick App" navigation. The Quick App allows the league volunteer to personally and securely complete the volunteer application, including the social security number. The Little League Volunteer Application is tied with the background check and can be viewed on the leagues JDP Portal. Leagues must still verify the volunteer's application with a government-issued photo ID.

Free online JDP tutorials are available to help local league and district officials become familiar with completion of the background check process, and offers user support (855-799-8753; littleleague@jdp.com). Other background check resources and information will also be available on the LittleLeague.org website's Child Protection page.

Little League's background check regulations will remain unchanged for the 2018 season, as JDP is comparable to First Advantage. However, expect the regulation to change prior to 2019. More information will be available on the new regulation following the 2018 season. If you have any additional questions, please contact Little League Support at support@LittleLeague.org.

Thank You, 

Patrick Wilson

Senior Vice President, Operations and Program Development

 



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Thursday, March 1
CDC Heads Up concussion website

Concussions in Youth Athletes

Fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws which address concussions and protect the health and safety of young athletes. Little League Baseball, Incorporated (LLB) has complied a summary of all currently existing state laws regarding concussions in youth athletes.

Some laws are only applicable to school-sponsored athletics or to activities taking place on school-owned property. Some laws are applicable to all youth sports organizations, whether affiliated or not with a school district. It is strongly recommended that local leagues consult with legal counsel in its jurisdiction to determine the applicability, if any, of state laws to its program regarding concussions.

In keeping with its focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of children, LLB requires all leagues and teams to comply with all applicable laws and recommends the review of the information and training materials on concussions which are available free of charge on the Centers for Disease Control website at: cdc.gov/headsup/

Click on the header above for more information.  Be sure to scroll down the page and select California to see our state's laws regarding concussions in youth sports.



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Friday, February 9
New Little League Background Check Provider

Little League® International has long been committed to the safety of its players, families, and volunteers, both on and off the field. To that end, all local Little League programs in the United States are required to conduct national criminal background checks, in addition to a search of the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, for each volunteer with regular service to the league or repetitive access to children.

For many years, Little League International has paid for the first 125 free background checks for each local league and district. Effective immediately, those 125 free checks will be available through a new provider, J.D. Palantine (JDP), which has access to more than 450 million records, which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Each league will continue to receive a total of 125 free background checks that are available through either JDP or First Advantage, or a combination of the two companies. Leagues and districts will only be able to utilize First Advantage for free background checks until March 1, 2018. Thereafter, all background checks conducted through First Advantage will cost $1.20 per check. Those Leagues and districts which have completed its required checks for the 2018 season through First Advantage do NOT need to submit new checks through JDP.

Visit JDP.com/LittleLeague to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions about JDP Background Checks:

1. Q: How can JDP help improve the background check process for Little League volunteers?

A: The JDP QuickApp solution allows leagues to simply upload basic information (name and email address) for volunteers to complete their own the background check. All personal information is secured inside the JDP environment with no other sensitive, personal information released or visible to any third party.

2. Q: Can a local league/district continue to submit background checks for its volunteers?

A: JDP provides multiple solutions for completing background checks, including batch uploads through the QuickApp, as well as a manual processes.

3. Q: Will a new electronic Little League Volunteer Application be made available to local leagues/districts?

A: Leagues/districts will be able to utilize an online Little League Volunteer Application through JDP, which will allow leagues to easily utilize the QuickApp function, while still providing league officers with important information for volunteer recruitment. Using the volunteer application hosted by JDP also alleviates a local league's responsibility to store new volunteer applications. The current Volunteer Application and Returning Volunteer Application will remain available for leagues to use for the JDP manual process, First Advantage, or other background check provider.

4. Q: Will every league/district have to use the JDP QuickApp to satisfy the background check regulation?

A: No. Little League's existing Volunteer Application and Returning Volunteer Application are still available for leagues who opt to use JDP's manual process, First Advantage or another provider.

5. Q: Can local league/district officers be able to see how many background checks have been completed?

A: League and district officers will have a dashboard available on the JDP website to ensure volunteers background checks are completed, as well as the status of those checks.

The Little League® Background Check regulation I (c) 8 and 9 is part of the Child Protection Program, and is in place to help local leagues and districts deter anyone who may wish to do harm to the participants and volunteers in our program. And leagues are reminded that in addition to Little League's background check regulations, all leagues are also required to fully comply with state and local laws.

Free online JDP tutorials are available to help local league and district officials become familiar with completion of the background check process and offers user support (855-799-8753; littleleague@jdp.com). Other background check resources and information will also be available on the LittleLeague.org website's Child Protection page.

Little League's background check regulations will remain unchanged for 2018 season, as JDP is comparable to First Advantage, however the regulation will change in 2019. More information will be available on the new regulation following the 2018 season.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Little League Support at support@LittleLeague.org.

Thank You,

Patrick Wilson

Senior Vice President, Operations and Program Development  



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Friday, January 26
Little League Congress
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District 31 Administrator, Roberta Moore, and District 31 Umpire-in-Chief, Dave Miller, recently returned from attending the 2018 Little League Congress in New Orleans. 

Many rules and regulations were updated for implementation for the 2018 season.  Check out the post regarding the changes on this website.

Regular Season & Tournament Rules

New Rules For 2018

Delegates to the 27th Little League International Congress, completed January 22nd in New Orleans, voted on 13 potential rules and regulation changes, with 11 of them voted in, approved by the Little League Board of Directors, and to be implemented for the 2018 season. Seven of these new rules and regulations go into effect with the start of our 2018 regular seasons, two will apply to tournament play, and one tournament rule (with a local league option for regular season) is still being finalized and we will expect a further update on that. One rule affects only softball programs.

Regular season rules which have been approved include:

• Allowing leagues to set their own minimum/maximum number of players of a single age in any division

• Pitchers are no longer allowed to pitch more than two consecutive days (even if under the 20-pitch limit for no days of rest)

• Games suspended in the first inning will now be resumed from where they stopped

• Minimum schedule for Seniors Division play is now just 10 games

• In 9-batter lineups, substitution rules will now follow tournament rules

• In addition to the current 10-run rule, a 15-run is available one inning earlier

• In Majors division and above, managers' mound visits are reduced by one from previous rule

Changes for tournament play include:

• League age 11 and 12-year-old players who participate in 60% of an Intermediate team's games are also eligible to play on a Majors tournament team

• Use of an ineligible player during tournament games will be grounds for that team's complete removal from the tournament A rule affecting the enforcement of mandatory play during tournament action is under further review, with an expectation of final decisions prior to the start of this year's tournaments.

For more complete descriptions of the rules approved, along with complete records of District Administrators' vote totals from Congress, click on the Handout below.  


Handout: 2018 Little League Congress Rule & Regulation Updates

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Tuesday, October 17
Changes to District 31 Staff

For the 2018 season there are some changes to the District 31 Staff.

Dave Miller is the new District Umpire-in-Chief.  Dave was the former assistant D31 UIC.  Dave's home league was Poway American, where he also served as UIC.

Gary Graupmann is still on the D31 Staff as a Rules Consultant. 

Don Wolever has retired from D31.