Manchester South Little League: Parents Place

Proof of Residency Changes from Little League
 
Little League International has issued a change in proof of residence, this is affective for the 2011 season. Below is part of the message from Little League. (dated Jan 20, 2011)
 
"Residence shall be established and supported by documents, date on or before February 1 of the current year, from THREE OR MORE of the following..." (below)
 
 Some have asked if the actual meaning is that the three residency documents must be dated between January 1 of the current year, and February 1 of the current year. The answer is no. The documents only need to be dated on or before February 1 of the current year. That means a document from, for example, July 3 of the previous year, would be acceptable, since it is dated on or before February 1 of the current year.
It is preferred that all proof of residency is turned in at the time of registration. To help speed up the registration process, please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate along with the original, and copies of THREE of the proof of residence. Proof of residence must come from THREE of the SEVENTEEN categories listed below. We will keep them on file through out the season. This proof of residence must be turned in no later than the first practice that your daughter attends.
A good example would be - Drivers License, Voters registration card, Vehicle Registration.  Items 1, 2, and 16.
 
Gas Bill, Electrical Bill, and Phone all come from item #10, thus only counts as 1 proof.
Please remember that the proof of residence must be dated February 1, 2012 or later.
Acceptable proof of Residence;    A PO Box address will NOT be acceptable, MUST be the home address.
 
1. Driver's license 10. Utility bills (gas, electric, water, phone, cell phone, sewer, waste disposal)
2. Voter's registration card 11. Financial records (loan, credit, investments, etc)
3. School records 12. Insurance documents
4. Welfare/child care records 13. Medical records
5. Federal records 14. Military records
6. State Records 15. Internet, cable or satellite records.
7. Local (municipal) records 16. Vehicle records (registration)
8. Support payments

17. Employment records

9. Homeowner or tenant records   
 
 Note items 10 and 15 Must be separate providers. (example. Fairpoint phone and Comcast internet/cable will count as two proof of residence.)

For a complete list of "Residence Eligibility Requirements" please click here or visit www.littleleague.org, click on "forms and publications" then open the document
Titled "Proof of Residency Requirements".
 


The Role of Parents in Little League
South Little League is an entirely volunteer organization. Our League depends on adults like you to organize and conduct every aspect. Besides serving as administrators, volunteer coaches and umpires, parents also help with field maintenance, fund-raising, concessions and numerous other special projects.

Your willingness to exchange time and effort for your child's benefit and enjoyment is very important to the functioning of South Little League. Cheering your daughter or son on from the stands is one important way to be involved, but we invite you to do even more by volunteering to help South.

Without a doubt, Little League is a family affair that gives parents and children a common ground for spending time together. Whether you are coaching the players, selling popcorn to the fans, or bringing snacks for the team after the game your family will enjoy being a part of South Little League. Most of all, your child will appreciate the benefits of your enthusiasm and involvement in his or her activities.


Bat Information for Parents



One of the common questions parents have is “What size bat should I get for my player?”
The answer will depend on his age, weight and height. In general, the bat should reach the players hip or lower and the player should be able to hold the bat out in front of him, parallel to the ground for 5 to 10 seconds.
 
What does -12 printed on the bat mean?
This is the weight of the bat minus the length. Example: Bat length 28 inches, weight is 16 ounces; 16 – 28 = -12
 
As players get older, the drop (weight minus length) should start to get smaller. High school players must use a bat drop of -3 (age 14-15), so it makes sense to have a player age 11 or 12 use a bat drop of -10 to -11. Younger players can use bigger drops. The chart below shows recommended targets

 

Age

League

Length

Weight

Drop (weight minus length)

4-5

Tee Ball 

24" to 26"

14-16 oz

-12 or -13

6-7

Coach Pitch

26" to 27"

14-17 oz

-12 or -14

7-8

Farm

27" to 29"

14-17 oz

-12 or -13

9-11

Minor

28" to 30"

15-19 oz

-10 or -12

10-12

Major

29" to 31"

17-30 oz

-10 or -12

 

What does BPF mean?
BPF is Bat Performance Factor in relation to a wooden bat.
Listed below are comments from the Little League website.
  • More than 10 years ago, the major manufacturers of non-wood bats reached an agreement with Little League to limit their bats to a “Bat Performance Factor” (BPF) of 1.15. ... The BPF is essentially a measure of a non-wood bat’s performance (how fast the ball exits the bat when hit) in relation to a standard wood bat’s rating of 1.00. A very good wood bat’s BPF is 1.15.
  • That means today’s best non-wood bats (usually made of aluminum) used in Little League perform statistically the same, in terms of how fast the ball exits the bat, as the best wood bats.
  • For the last 10 years, bat manufacturers have only been producing non-wood bats for play in Little League Baseball that do not exceed the 1.15 BPF. Most of these bats are already printed with the BPF of 1.15, but beginning in 2009, all bats used in Little League Baseball must be imprinted with the BPF of 1.15.
For all the info on Little League Bats, including the list of approved composite bats, check out Little League's Baseball Bat Resource Page


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Parent Code of Conduct
We, Manchester South Little League, have implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league. Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations
may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.

Preamble
The essential elements of character-building and ethics
in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship
and six core principles:
• Trustworthiness,
• Respect,
• Responsibility,
• Fairness,
• Caring, and
• Good Citizenship.

The highest potential of sports is achieved when
competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
14. I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.


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