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 Volume 22 - Issue No. 8
June 2005

 
This Month in Little League
Welcome to the sixth issue of the Little Leaguer e-newsletter for 2005! In this month’s issue, you’ll find out about a special event that took place at Little League International, plus information on the change in the league age determination date and much more. Also, be sure to check out the “Best Practices” section on the right side of the page, to see if someone you know has won a Little League Baseball World Series tee shirt and hat!
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Second Annual Urban Initiative Jamboree a Big Success
Ten teams from around the U.S. traveled to the home of the Little League Baseball World Series over Memorial Day Weekend in the second annual Little League Urban Initiative Jamboree. They played games, met new friends, received tips from Hall of Famer Dave Winfield…and best of all, they had lots of fun. Read all about it here.

Check out the Jamboree teams and photo galleries here.


Little League International Board of Directors Adopts Change in League Age Determination Date
The Little League International Board of Directors, governing body for the world’s largest organized youth sports program, has adopted a change the league age determination date for its players starting in the 2006 season. Check out the details here.
 

“Electronic” Rule Books Perfect for Tournament Sites
With the International Tournament only days away, local tournament directors can benefit greatly by having “electronic” rulebooks available on a laptop or PC at every tournament site. All the rulebooks are now available on a single CD, and the user can search for specific keywords or phrases, too! The CD is available now for authorized personnel from Little League International. Read all about it here.

TWO “Ask Little League” Sessions Scheduled for June
Pat Wilson (June 15), assistant director of the Little League International Tournament, and Mike Ludwikowski (June 29), athletic trainer for the Little League Baseball World Series, will answer questions live on-line this month. Click here for the details. Archives from previous sessions can be found here.

Four New Trustees Elected to Little League Foundation
Neil Austrian (former president of the NFL), Ann Meyers Drysdale (Basketball Hall of Famer), John Grisham (author, screenwriter), and Arte Moreno (owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), are the newest trustees of the Little League Foundation. See more info here.

District Administrator Uses Little League Ideals to Grow Programs
Joe Wendler has been Pennsylvania District 14 Administrator since 1997, and under his guidance the district has flourished, growing from 11 to 22 leagues. See how Mr. Wendler found success here.

Houston Selected as Site of 2007 International Congress
More than 1,500 Little League volunteers representing every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the globe will attend the 24th Little League International Congress in Houston. See the story here on how all volunteers have a say in helping to chart the course of the world’s largest organized youth sports program.

MLB’s Pitch, Hit & Run Competition Info Now Available
Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run provides boys and girls ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. There is also the opportunity to advance to the National finals at this year’s MLB All-Star game this July in Detroit. See the details here.

A Piece of Little League’s Past: First No-Hit Ball
Among the autographed baseballs included in the collection at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is one that was used in the first no-hit, no-run game in Little League history. Check it out here.

Little League Summer Camp: Some Openings Available
Little League Summer Camp is a great way to spend a week – for the most experienced player and the beginner. These camps always fill up, so get your reservation in soon. See all the info here.

Houston Chronicle:
Museum Exhibit Looks at Little League in Houston and Williamsport

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is exhibiting baseball artifacts from the several city teams that have made a trip to the granddaddy of youth sports events: the Little League Baseball World Series. The exhibit illustrates baseball's place in American art, history and culture.  Click here for more information.

Little League Museum Open House Recognizes National Little League Week
Little League International and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will open its doors to the public for free tours on Saturday, June 18, in recognition of National Little League Week. Check here for more details.

RE/MAX Now the Official Real Estate Partner of Little League
In an agreement announced May 26, global real estate franchisor, RE/MAX International has become the official real estate partner of Little League Baseball and Softball in the United States and Canada. See the details here.

Want to Save Those Memories From the 2005 Season?
For the first time, players, coaches, fans and families can all participate in creating a low-cost, personalized Little League MemoryBook. Check out the details on this fun and easy process here.

How to be Better Prepared for What’s Next
Check out the links below to see how to be better prepared for the 2005 season and beyond.
  Click here to download a free copy (PDF) of “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League
  Click here for information on the Little League Manager/Coach Education Program.

Do You Have a Great Little League Photo?
Are you a Little League volunteer? Do you have a great photo of some Little League activity? Would you like to share it with the world? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then you can enter your photo in the Little League photo contest! Check out the details here.

Attend a World Series this August!
A trip to one of the eight World Series tournaments operated by Little League Baseball and Softball is a must for any serious fan. Check out the latest information here on travel, hotels, parking and more for all eight tournaments.

Kids: Enter the NSTEP Slogan Contest!
Enter Oral Health America’s National Spit-Tobacco Education Program Slogan Contest, and you could win a trip to the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa. See the entry information here.

Mexico and Panama Add 30 New Leagues in May
Welcome to the eighty-four newly-chartered programs that joined the Little League family recently, including 19 from Mexico and 11 from Panama.. Click here for the story and a list of the leagues.  Chartering with Little League is easy! If you know of a non-Little League program that would be interested in more information on becoming a real Little League, click here.
Tips for Volunteers
  League Officer Tip of the Month
Are you up-to-date on the rules regarding dual participation? Check out the latest here

  Volunteer Umpires Tip of the Month
What’s the definition of a “play or attempted play?”  Find the exact answer here.

  Coach/Manager Tip of the Month
What do you tell a parent who is worried about their child throwing breaking pitches? Check out the advice here.

  ASAP Tip of the Month
With the summer heat just around the corner, here are a few timely reminders. Check out the very latest tips here.



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Did You Know?
The Little League Foundation has been around for 50 years, helping to keep Little Leaguers playing worldwide. Click here to read about these special people.
 
Best Practices:
Share Your Good Ideas With the Rest of Little League!
How does your league celebrate at the end of the season? Click here to find out how you might win a Little League Baseball World Series t-shirt and hat if your tip is selected. Click here to see the “Best Practices” tip from last month, and how Charley Aiken of Joplin (Mo.) North Little League, won a Little League Baseball World Series t-shirt and hat!
 

ASAP Safety Newsletters Now Available Online!
Every issue of the ASAP Safety Program Newsletter, from October 1998 to the present, is now available for viewing or download directly from Little League Online!  (see download instructions on the ASAP newsletter page).

 
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 Volume 22 - Issue No. 6
April 2005

 
This Month in Little League
Welcome to the first issue of the Little Leaguer e-newsletter for Spring 2005! In this month’s issue, you’ll find out that “electronic” rule books are available for the first time in Little League history, plus lots of info on Little Leaguers, volunteers and more. Also, be sure to check out the “Best Practices” section on the right side of the page, to see if someone you know has won a Little League Baseball World Series tee shirt and hat!
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“Electronic” Rule Books Now Available
Have you ever wished you could search for all the places that “infield fly,” or “mandatory play” appear in the rulebooks? Now you can, as well as any other keywords, with the Little League E-Rules CD. It’s available now from Little League International. Read all about it here.

Injury Prevention/Safety Highlight “Ask Little League” Session This Month!
Dr. Barry Goldberg (director of sports medicine at Yale University Health Services, chairman of the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee, and member of the Little League International Board of Directors), will answer questions live on-line on April 21. Click here for the details.
Archives from recent sessions can be found here.

Spotlight on Opening Day: Former First Lady Tosses First Pitch
Every Little League Opening Day is special. But it’s not every Opening Day that a Former First Lady throws the ceremonial first pitch! See the story and photos here.
 

Mike Mussina Foundation Helps Hurricane-Ravaged Leagues
Ravaged not once, not twice, but three times by devastating hurricanes in 2004, some Florida Little League programs are just now recovering. The Mike Mussina Foundation, Little League International, Little League Baseball World Series fans, and The John Deere Worldwide Commercial and Consumer Equipment Division helped make the recovery a little easier. See the story and photo here.

“Mickey” released on DVD
“Mickey,” much of which was filmed at Little League International, recently was released on DVD. The original screenplay was written by best-selling author John Grisham, who played Little League in Southhaven, Miss., in the 1960s. Click here for details on how to order the DVD. Order here before April 20, and you’ll also receive a 2004 Little League Baseball World Series logo baseball.

Two Massachusetts Little League Coaches Pass Half-Century Mark
Occasionally, Little League International hears from a league in which a coach or umpire has been volunteering for 50 years. But in Swampscott (Mass.) Little League, Andy Holmes and Al Duratti have combined for 100 years of experience. See their story here.

Little League Summer Camps are Filling Fast
It’s not too late to sign up for a Little League Summer Camp. With five locations to choose from, Little League Summer Camp is a great way to spend a week – for the most experienced player and the beginner. Get all the info here.

Little League/Ace “Helpful Hero” Contest Begins
Back for a second year, the Little League/Ace “Helpful Hero” Award can help your league recognize those who do mean so much to the children of your community. Get all the info here.

Little League Creates Urban Initiative Award
The Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented for the first time at the Little League Baseball World Series this August. Check out the info on the award here and learn about the award’s namesakes here.

Little Leaguer Organizes Donation of School Supplies to Beslan, Russia
It was one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in history last year, when many school children perished in Beslan, Russia. Little Leaguer Jesse Yancosek of Arroyo Grande, Calif., decided to do something about it. Read Jesse’s story here.

How to Stay on top of Things
Check out the links below to see how to be better prepared for what’s next in the 2005 season.

Here’s the Best Way to Honor the Best in Your League
Each year, national winners in the Little League Awards Program earn a trip to the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.. Will someone from your league or district earn a trip this year? Read all about the entry process here.

Southeastern Illinois District Keeps Growing
Working hand-in-hand with Little League International’s new league development department, Illinois District 17 Administrator Tim Ward added three new leagues to his district recently. To learn more about the new leagues and the league development program, check out the details here.

Enter the Little League Photo Contest!
Are you a Little League volunteer? Do you have a great photo of some Little League activity? Would you like to share it with the world? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then you can enter your photo in the Little League photo contest! Check out the details here.

First Names Drawn for Little League World Series Ticket Lottery
The first tickets for the championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series were drawn recently in the annual lottery. Check out the story here on the drawing, and how you can attend the World Series even if you don’t have a ticket.

Jordanian, Cambodian Leagues Among Newest for 2005 Season
A hearty welcome to the newly-chartered programs that joined the Little League family recently, including three from Jordan, and Little League’s first chartered program in Cambodia. Click here for a list of the leagues. Chartering with Little League is easy! If you know of a non-Little League program that would be interested in more information on becoming a real Little League, click here.
Around the Bases
  • Two Dedicated Little League Volunteers Pass Away
  • Springtime is the Right Time to Sign Up for Little League Summer Camp

Click here to read all about the above stories.

Tips for Volunteers
  League Officer Tip of the Month
It’s never too early, or too late, to recognize the volunteers of the community that make Little League possible. Check out the tips here.

  Volunteer Umpires Tip of the Month
Communication is a key to success in all we do, and umpiring is no different. Check out the info here.

  Coach/Manager Tip of the Month
Fundamentals play a big part in the training of the beginner as well as the very best players. Check out the advice here.

  ASAP Tip of the Month
Don’t wait until the last minute to send in those Safety Plans! Check out the very latest here.

This Month's
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Springtime Specials

"Mickey"
Getting Started
DVD

Hitter's Journal
 
Shop Our Store
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• Books & Videos
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Did You Know?Little League is the only sports organization with a Federal Charter of Incorporation, an honor granted by the U.S. Congress. Click here to find out more!
 
Best Practices:
Share Your Good Ideas With the Rest of Little League!
How does your league select the tournament (all-star) teams, and how well does your system work?  Click here to find out how you might win a Little League Baseball World Series t-shirt and hat if your tip is selected. Click here to see the “Best Practices” tip from last month, and how Stacy Lessmann of Houston won a Little League Baseball World Series t-shirt and hat!
 

ASAP Safety Newsletters Now Available Online!
Every issue of the ASAP Safety Program Newsletter, from October 1998 to the present, is now available for viewing or download directly from Little League Online!  (see download instructions on the ASAP newsletter page).

 
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