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Tuesday, December 16
Kia Riley Named New Assistant Director of the Little League® Western Regional Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.

from Brian McClintock, Director of Media Relations (click on header above to go to the article's webpage)

December 2, 2014

Stephen D. Keener, Little League® President and CEO, announced today the addition of Kia Riley as Assistant Director for the Little League Western Regional Headquarters in San Bernardino, Calif.

“Kia’s experience in youth sports and business bring a diverse and impressive set of skills and talents to our Western Regional Headquarters,” said Mr. Keener. “We look forward to having her on board, and know that our volunteers and leagues in the Western Region will benefit from her expertise.”

A graduate of the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., Ms. Riley grew up in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. From 2003 to 2004, she attended Mt. San Antonio College, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. A youth sports coach and mentor, Ms. Riley previously worked as an account clerk and budget assistant for the City of Chino in Calif., and prior to that, she was a Youth Sports and After-School Specialist with the city.

In her new position with Little League, Ms. Riley will assist Region Director Dave Bonham and Assistant Director Brian Pickering with the operation of the region headquarters. Mr. Bonham was named the Western Region Director in June 2014, after serving as the Western Region Assistant Director. Ms. Riley will work with the Western Region staff and assist local leagues throughout the region to enhance operations, while developing and implementing training programs. Ms. Riley will also assist in the operation of tournaments, including the annual West Region Little League Softball® Tournament and the Northwest and West Region Little League Baseball® Tournaments.

“I am extremely excited about joining the Little League team,” said Ms. Riley. “The organization’s commitment to youth sports aligns with my passion for the positive development of young people, both on the field and off.”

Ms. Riley resides in Ontario, Calif., and grew up playing Little League at Creekside Ranch Little League in Ontario, Calif.

The Little League Western Region Headquarters Complex includes Al Houghton Stadium, a Little League Division size field that is used for the regional tournaments. The Western Region Headquarters serves 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). In the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, 10 future champions advanced from the Western Region, most recently in 2011 with Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., the last U.S. team to win the World Series. Hosted in the Western Region, at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, Ore., eight Little League Softball World Series Champions have come from the Western Region during its 41-year history.

Tuesday, December 9
Baseball Age Chart updated and FAQ link


An explanation of the New Age Determination date (FAQ) is available by clicking here.

In April, 2014 the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®. To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system. Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation.

As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.


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Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the remainder of their Little League career.  


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As stated, with this implementation strategy adjustment the impact on our players will be reduced, with the exception of a marginal impact on players currently participating in the very early stages of their Little League career. Furthermore, our continued focus on fun, fitness and fundamentals at the Tee Ball Division will assist local leagues as they look to provide a smooth transition to the Coach/Machine Pitch divisions of play while still developing a passion for the game as well as focusing on skill development.

This change ensures that no player will lose a year of participation in the Little League Majors Division that culminates with the annual Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.  

Friday, October 31
2015 Little League Chartering and Marketing Toolkit

The 2015 Little League® Chartering and Marketing Toolkit is ready to go! Highlighting this year's packet of resources is a customized local league charter and insurance information section, a marketing plan focused on league and player development section, along with valuable tools and resources to help streamline registration. Expect the Toolkit to be delivered to you toward the end of October, and check out the online resources available at

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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Thursday, November 6
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.

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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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