Virginia District 5 Little League: Welcome

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Welcome to the internet home of Virginia's District 5 Little League. This page has been set up to keep you informed about upcoming District 5 events, as well as the latest results from this years tournament play.
Keep checking back for all the latest news from District 5.




Bull Durham
Thursday, April 2
Ashland Little League Hosts Family Night with Bull Durham

What's everyone's favorite baseball movie? If it's Bull Durham, Ashland Little League has a great evening planned for you!!! Ashland Little League is hosting a showing of Bull Durham at the re-opened Ashland Theatre on April 25th, starting at 6:30 pm. Center of the Universe Brewing will be on site with refreshments and the movie starts at 8 pm. This will be Ashland's first annual event to raise money for the league. It would be great to see any of you there! You can purchase tickets online at http://ashlandtheatreva.org/ at the cost of $10.00, refreshments will be $5 with light snacks and pizza available as well.

Come on out and enjoy a great evening!!




Friday, April 10
Grow the Game Grant Program for 2015

Little League® is excited to announce the creation of the Grow the Game Grant Program for 2015. As a part of this program, there has been $150,000 allocated for grants to promote the enhancement and development of the Little League Challenger Program. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $20,000.

I would encourage your league to review the grant program and application
here and consider applying for a grant if there is a project or initiative that your league would like to complete to enhance your Challenger Program. Grant funds can be used for items such as improving accessibility, complex improvements to benefit the Challenger Program, costs associated with starting a Challenger Program, etc.




Wednesday, February 25
Tee Ball Division

In 2013, Little League® created a new program for Tee Ball players (ages 4-6) that is specifically designed to provide a foundation and introduction to baseball and softball that is grounded in fun, fitness and fundamentals.

The Little League® Tee Ball program is a 10-week plan that features structured learning highlighted by one practice and one game per week. Over the course of the season, coaches and parents will engage in a series of lessons utilizing up to 40 activities that include skills, drills and plenty of physical activity.

A great resource for a first-time or veteran coach, Little League’s Tee Ball program includes:

  • Detailed practice plans for each week of the 10-week program
  • Quick practice plans for each week of the 10-week program
  • Activity Guides explaining each drill and activity in detail
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Tips for each week of the program
  • SKLZ FUN-damentals videos focusing on teaching basic Tee Ball skills

To access the Little League® Tee Ball program and other great Tee Ball Resources, visit the links below:


 



Monday, February 2
INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW AGE DETERMINATION DATE

At the Little League® International Congress in April 2014, District Administrators and other delegates from local Little Leagues around the world voted to change the Age Determination Date for all levels of Little League Baseball to December 31 starting with the 2018 season. After receiving requests from local leagues and districts to provide a better transition for younger players, Little League worked with its volunteers, the Little League Advisory Board, and the Little League International Board of Directors Operations Committee to create a transition plan for players turning ages 4 to 9 during calendar year 2015, having the new, December 31, age determination date go into effect immediately.

To read the most recent statement from Little League on the New Age Determination Date, click here.

For all information on the New Age Determination Date, click here.




Monday, January 19
Images of Little Leaguers on Internet Websites

As the new season rolls in and leagues are updating websites with new information, it's important to make sure websites follow Little League policies.  These policies are put in place to help League administrators protect Little League players.  In addition to following the policy regarding images on websites, it is also important to remember to be diligent on the website as well as at the ball field to ensure player information/identity is protected.

League officials should remind team parents that first and last name combinations should never be used; for example, teams should never have first and last name on player uniforms (first name/number on hat, last name/number on jersey).  Team banners should not use first names or pictures of the players in a way that would allow someone to identify a player by his/her first and last name.  Children are much more apt to stop to listen to or follow a stranger who calls them by their first name.  Let's not make it easier for predators to get close to the players!

The following policy is in regard to the use of images of Little League Baseball or Softball player (from any division) on internet web sites.  It is important to know, however, that local, state, provincial or national laws take precendence over this policy if there is a conflict.

Photographs and/or video of any children must not be posted on a Chartered local Little League's web site without receiving written permission from the child's parent or guardian.  Photos on a web site owned or operated by a chartered local Little League must adhere to the standards for Little Leaguers appearing in the media at: Media Appearance. 

It is Little League policy that the addresses or other contact information for children in the local league must never be placed on any internet web site.

If a local Little League web site operator wishes to post the names of players, as on a roster, this is permitted provided the parent or guardian of the player(s) named have agreed to it in writing.  This applies to any posting on the website - even lists such as "Over the Fence Club," "Perfect Game, or any other type of player achievement list. 

Violation of the policies in this document may result in action by the Charter Committee in Williamsport, including, but not limited to, suspension or revocation of the local Little League's charter.



Thursday, November 20
Age Determination Date Clarification

FOR BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY

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.

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.

To view the age determination charts, click here.




Monday, November 17
Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of Your League

Volunteers are the heart and soul of your league. Without their time and effort, Little League® just couldn't exist. It takes hard work to keep volunteers coming back, but with these helpful tips, you can ease the process and focus on having a successful and fun season in your league.
ACTIVE Network has put together a FREE pre-recorded webinar, Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of Your League.  The webinar will walk you through the entire Volunteer Cycle and provide tips and tricks at every step in the process.  You'll get details on:
  • How to increase volunteer sign ups
  • How to utilize registration as a recruiting tool for volunteers
  • Management of their time and expectations, making them want to come back every season
VOLUNTEERS ARE CRUCIAL TO YOUR LEAGUE. KNOWING HOW TO RECRUIT, MANAGE AND RETAIN THEM IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS!

Watch Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of Your League now.  Click
here to view the webinar.



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