Elmer Little League: News & Announcements
NEW PLAYING RULES FOR 2018 - These Rules ARE NOT in the Rule Book
The Little League® International Board of Directors and Little League International Tournament Committee approved the voting results of the 2018 Little League International Congress Delegates. The results will bring 11 changes to the Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and Little League Challenger Division® programs with the goal of enhancing the Little League experience for all participants.
Many of the changes focus making Little League games more fun and exciting for all participants, while also providing more opportunities for children and flexibility for local leagues.
Some of the key changes are Mandatory Play, Substitutions, Coaches Vists to a Pitcher. and the Run Rule
UPDATE to the New Bat Information for the 2018 Season
Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com. Important Note:
These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.
2018 RULE CHANGES & CLARIFICATIONS
Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2018 season. On this page, you will find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.
*Please note that all rule and regulation changes and clarifications are reflected in the 2018 Little League Rulebooks. The information provided below is strictly a summary of the changes.
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/
Little League Requires Background Checks
Monday, September 15
Hits and Runs, Bumps and Bruises
Dear Little League Friends:
For more than a half-century, Little League International has maintained extensive records on injuries in Little League games and practices. These records have been used over the years to monitor trends and, when necessary, to effect positive changes in the Rules and Regulations.
In many cases, these changes have eventually been adopted in other youth baseball and softball programs, as well as professional baseball. It is just one of the many aspects of Little League that sets us apart from all other youth baseball and softball programs.
For the first time, Little League International has produced a comprehensive report on the history of Little League's efforts and accomplishments regarding the wellbeing of its participants and volunteers. This white paper entitled "Hits and Runs, Bumps and Bruises: Health, Safety and Injury Prevention are the Keystone of Little League" provides an extensive review of advancements in these areas.
We invite you to review this important document, produced by the Little League International Communications Division. The white paper can be found at the Little League International web site by clicking on the link to the PDF below, or by pasting it into your web browser:
What Parents Need To Know
Parent Orientation Program
· Becoming a Little League VolunteerParents Guide
· Little League Mom of the Year Award
· Parent/Volunteer Pledge
· A Few Things You Should Know
· Volunteer Opportunities
Welcome to “Second-Goal” Parenting
Little League Baseball is the largest volunteer organization in the world. Elmer LL cannot function without volunteer support from our community. If you can volunteer your time (even 1 hour) you will help make our league a great place for our children to play baseball and softball. You might even have some fun doing it! Send the league an email at email@example.com.
How Do I Become A Volunteer? Parents, take a minute to fill out the volunteer form while registering your child. If you are not a parent and would like to volunteer, take a minute to fill out the form while visiting your local registration location. The volunteer application form an be found here.
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LITTLE LEAGUE® INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES EDUCATION AND TRAINING WEBSITE: LITTLE LEAGUE UNIVERSITY
Little League® Baseball and Softball has launched the online destination of its new training and education platform, Little League University. LittleLeagueU.org is designed to transform the way volunteers, league and district administrators, coaches, and parents experience learning about the Little League program. Read more . . .