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Clinics are complete

Posted by Coleman Mathews at Feb 27, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Check back in October when clinic information is provided for next season.

Little League® International has long been committed to the safety of its players, families, and volunteers, both on and off the field. To that end, all local Little League programs in the United States are required to conduct national criminal background checks, in addition to a search of the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, for each volunteer with regular service to the league or repetitive access to children.

For many years, Little League International has paid for the first 125 free background checks for each local league and district. Effective immediately, those 125 free checks will be available through a new provider, J.D. Palantine (JDP), which has access to more than 450 million records, which include criminal records and sex offender registry records across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Each league will continue to receive a total of 125 free background checks that are available through either JDP or First Advantage, or a combination of the two companies. Leagues and districts will only be able to utilize First Advantage for free background checks until March 1, 2018. Thereafter, all background checks conducted through First Advantage will cost $1.20 per check. Those Leagues and districts which have completed its required checks for the 2018 season through First Advantage do NOT need to submit new checks through JDP.

Visit JDP.com/LittleLeague to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions about JDP Background Checks:

1. Q: How can JDP help improve the background check process for Little League volunteers?

A: The JDP QuickApp solution allows leagues to simply upload basic information (name and email address) for volunteers to complete their own the background check. All personal information is secured inside the JDP environment with no other sensitive, personal information released or visible to any third party.

2. Q: Can a local league/district continue to submit background checks for its volunteers?

A: JDP provides multiple solutions for completing background checks, including batch uploads through the QuickApp, as well as a manual processes.

3. Q: Will a new electronic Little League Volunteer Application be made available to local leagues/districts?

A: Leagues/districts will be able to utilize an online Little League Volunteer Application through JDP, which will allow leagues to easily utilize the QuickApp function, while still providing league officers with important information for volunteer recruitment. Using the volunteer application hosted by JDP also alleviates a local league's responsibility to store new volunteer applications. The current Volunteer Application and Returning Volunteer Application will remain available for leagues to use for the JDP manual process, First Advantage, or other background check provider.

4. Q: Will every league/district have to use the JDP QuickApp to satisfy the background check regulation?

A: No. Little League's existing Volunteer Application and Returning Volunteer Application are still available for leagues who opt to use JDP's manual process, First Advantage or another provider.

5. Q: Can local league/district officers be able to see how many background checks have been completed?

A: League and district officers will have a dashboard available on the JDP website to ensure volunteers background checks are completed, as well as the status of those checks.

The Little League® Background Check regulation I (c) 8 and 9 is part of the Child Protection Program, and is in place to help local leagues and districts deter anyone who may wish to do harm to the participants and volunteers in our program. And leagues are reminded that in addition to Little League's background check regulations, all leagues are also required to fully comply with state and local laws.

Free online JDP tutorials are available to help local league and district officials become familiar with completion of the background check process and offers user support (855-799-8753; littleleague@jdp.com). Other background check resources and information will also be available on the LittleLeague.org website's Child Protection page.

Little League's background check regulations will remain unchanged for 2018 season, as JDP is comparable to First Advantage, however the regulation will change in 2019. More information will be available on the new regulation following the 2018 season.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Little League Support at support@LittleLeague.org.

Thank You,

Patrick Wilson

Senior Vice President, Operations and Program Development  

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Congratulations are in order for District 31 Staff Umpire, Jonas Jackson, on his selection as an umpire at the Little  League (Majors) Softball Western Regional in San Bernardino, California for 2018.

The dates of the Little League Softball Western Regional are July 21st to July 26th.

Jonas hails from Escondido National Little League, where he continues to call games, as well as at other leagues within District 31.

Click on the header above to link to the Little League Softball Western Regional game schedule and results once the tournamet begins; as well as information about the tournament.

 

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Little League Congress 2018

Posted by Coleman Mathews at Jan 25, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

District 31 Administrator, Roberta Moore, and District 31 Umpire-in-Chief, Dave Miller, recently returned from attending the 2018 Little League Congress in New Orleans. 

Many rules and regulations were updated for implementation for the 2018 season.  Check out the post regarding the changes on this website.

Regular Season & Tournament Rules

New Rules For 2018

Delegates to the 27th Little League International Congress, completed January 22nd in New Orleans, voted on 13 potential rules and regulation changes, with 11 of them voted in, approved by the Little League Board of Directors, and to be implemented for the 2018 season. Seven of these new rules and regulations go into effect with the start of our 2018 regular seasons, two will apply to tournament play, and one tournament rule (with a local league option for regular season) is still being finalized and we will expect a further update on that. One rule affects only softball programs.

Regular season rules which have been approved include:

• Allowing leagues to set their own minimum/maximum number of players of a single age in any division

• Pitchers are no longer allowed to pitch more than two consecutive days (even if under the 20-pitch limit for no days of rest)

• Games suspended in the first inning will now be resumed from where they stopped

• Minimum schedule for Seniors Division play is now just 10 games

• In 9-batter lineups, substitution rules will now follow tournament rules

• In addition to the current 10-run rule, a 15-run is available one inning earlier

• In Majors division and above, managers' mound visits are reduced by one from previous rule

Changes for tournament play include:

• League age 11 and 12-year-old players who participate in 60% of an Intermediate team's games are also eligible to play on a Majors tournament team

• Use of an ineligible player during tournament games will be grounds for that team's complete removal from the tournament A rule affecting the enforcement of mandatory play during tournament action is under further review, with an expectation of final decisions prior to the start of this year's tournaments.

For more complete descriptions of the rules approved, along with complete records of District Administrators' vote totals from Congress, click on the Handout below.  

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2018 LITTLE LEAGUE® INTERNATIONAL

CONGRESS AGENDA RESULTS

Approved by the Little League International Board of Directors for 2018 Implementation

REGULATIONS

ITEM 2

Affects: Regulation III(c) – THE TEAMS and Operating Policies Local League Draft Methods – Major Divisions of Baseball

(c) Little League (Major) Division: Local league must establish the age structure for the Little League (Major) Division. It is recommended that the local Little League set a maximum and/or minimum number of participants of a particular league age. For Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League, it is recommended that the local Little League set a maximum and/or minimum number of participants of a particular league age. (Example: If the league has all 15- and 16-year-olds in its Senior League Division, it may have a local rule that states that each team must carry between four and eight players of league age 16.)

METHODS FOR EXISTING LEAGUES

     It is recommended that managers not select more than eight players in a given age group. The team roster may be comprised of players of league age 9, 10, 11, and 12 unless modified by the local league according to options established by Little League. The local league may opt to allow only 10, 11, and 12, or 11- and 12-year-olds, to try out for the Major Division.

Synopsis: This eliminates the maximum of eight (8) – 12-year-olds on a Major Division team.

Year of Implementation 2018

 


ITEM 3

Affects: Regulation VI(d) - PITCHERS – All Divisions of Baseball

(d) Pitchers league age 14 and under must adhere to the following rest requirements:

• If a player pitches 66 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 51-65 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 36-50 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 21-35 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 1-20 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

NOTE: Under no circumstances shall a player pitch in three (3) consecutive days.

EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: (1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; or (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Pitchers league age 15-16 must adhere to the following rest requirements:

• If a player pitches 76 or more pitches in a day, four (4) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 61-75 pitches in a day, three (3) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 46-60 pitches in a day, two (2) calendar days of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 31-45 pitches in a day, one (1) calendar day of rest must be observed.

• If a player pitches 1-30 pitches in a day, no (0) calendar day of rest is required.

NOTE: Under no circumstances shall a player pitch in three (3) consecutive days.

EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: (1) that batter reaches base; (2) that batter is retired; or (3) the third out is made to complete the half-inning or the game. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed or the game is completed before delivering a pitch to another batter.

Synopsis: This restricts a player from pitching in three consecutive days in Regular Season and Tournament.

Item 3 Year Of Implementation  2018

 


ITEM 4

Affects: Regulation VI NOTE 3 - PITCHERS and Rule 4.10(d) – All Divisions of Baseball

Regulation VI NOTE 3:

3. In suspended games resumed on another day, the pitchers of record at the time the game was halted may continue to pitch to the extent of their eligibility for that day, provided said pitcher has observed the required days of rest. In the event that the first inning is not completed, all records, including pitching records, batting records, etc., shall be retained.

4.10

(d) If a game is called before it has become a regulation game, it shall be resumed exactly where it left off. NOTE: In the event that the first inning is not completed, all records, including pitching, shall be counted.

Synopsis: All suspended games will be resumed exactly where they were left off. Regular Season pitching will be governed by Regulation VI. Tournament pitching will be governed by Tournament Rule 4.

Item 4 Year Of Implementation 2018

 


ITEM 5

Affects: Regulation VII(a) – SCHEDULES and Tournament League Eligibility (2) – Senior Divisions of Baseball

Regulation VII:

(a) The schedule of games for the regular season shall be prepared by the Board of Directors of the league and must provide for not less than twelve (12) games [Senior Division: Ten (10) games)] per team per regular season against other Little League teams within their respective division, exclusive of playoff and tournament games. Tee Ball: It is recommended that no more than twelve (12) games be scheduled per team per season.

League Eligibility:

(2) The league must have scheduled and played, at a minimum, a 12-game [Senior League: Ten (10-game)] (per team) regular season, exclusive of playoffs and tournament games, for each division, or age appropriate division, entering tournament prior to the first game in their respective tournament. See Reg. VII. NOTE: For Junior Tournament eligibility, Senior League players must have played in a minimum of 8 games.

Synopsis: This allows a Board of Directors to only schedule 10-game Regular Season schedule Senior Baseball and Softball teams. For Senior Division Tournament eligibility, a team must play a 10-game Regular Season schedule.

Item 5 Year Of Implementation 2018

 


PLAYING RULES

ITEM 6

Affects: Rule 3.03 – All Divisions of Baseball

3.03 -A player in the starting line-up who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game, in the SAME position in the batting order, provided:

(a) his or her substitute has completed one time at bat and;

(b) has played defensively for a minimum of six (6) consecutive outs;

(c) pitchers once removed from the mound may not return as pitchers; Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior: A pitcher remaining in the game, but moving to a different position, can return as a pitcher any time in the remainder of the game, but only once per game.

NOTE: A player who has met the mandatory play requirements, and is a pitcher at the time she/he is removed, may be removed for a substitute batter and re-enter the game as a pitcher once, provided the pitcher was not physically replaced on the mound.

EXAMPLE: Player A is a starter and not a pitcher, Player B substitutes into the game for player A. Both players have met mandatory play by completing one (1) time at bat and six (6) consecutive defensive outs and both occupy the same spot in the batting order. In the fifth inning player A becomes a pitcher and is scheduled to bat in the sixth inning, but player B bats for player A. Both players have met mandatory play requirements and player A was not physically replaced on the mound as a pitcher, therefore, player A can return to pitch the sixth inning.

(d) A starter and her/his substitute must not be in the line-up at the same time, except as provided in 3.03 Note 3. Once mandatory play is met, starter and substitute can enter/re-enter for each other as desired.

(e) Defensive substitutions must be made while the team is on defense. Offensive substitutions must be made at the time the offensive player has her/his turn at bat or is on base.

NOTE 1: A substitute may not be removed from the game prior to completion of his/her mandatory play requirements.

NOTE 2: When two or more substitute players of the defensive team enter the game at the same time, the manager shall, immediately before they take their positions as fielders, designate to the Umpire-in-Chief such players’ positions in the team’s batting order and the Umpire-in-Chief shall notify the official scorer. The Umpire-in-Chief shall have authority to designate the substitutes’ places in the batting order, if this information is not immediately provided.

NOTE 3: If during a game either team is unable to place nine (9) players on the field due to illness, injury, ejection, or inability to make a legal substitution, the opposing manager shall select a player previously used in the line-up to re-enter the game, but only if use of all eligible players has exhausted the roster. A player ejected from the game is not eligible for re-entry.

Synopsis: This would revise the substitution rule for all divisions of play.

Item 6 Year Of Implementation  2018

 


ITEM 7

Affects: Rule 4.10(e) and Tournament Rule 12 - Regulation Game – All Divisions of Baseball

4.10:

(e) If after three (3) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: four innings], two and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: three and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of fifteen (15) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. If after four (4) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: five innings], three and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: four and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent.

NOTE: (1) If the visiting team has a lead of fifteen (15) or ten (10) runs or more respectively, the home team must bat in its half of the inning. (2) The local league may adopt the option of not utilizing this rule.

12. RUN RULE: If at the end of three (3) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: four innings], two and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: three and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of fifteen (15) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. If after four (4) innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League: five innings], three and one-half innings [Intermediate (50-70) Division/ Junior/Senior League: four and one-half innings] if the home team is ahead, one team has a lead of ten (10) runs or more, the manager of the team with the least runs shall concede the victory to the opponent. NOTE: If the visiting team has a lead of fifteen (15) or ten (10) runs or more respectively, the home team must bat in its half of the inning.

Synopsis: This allows a local league to implement a 15-run rule after three (four innings for Intermediate (50-70) Division/Junior/Senior League). This would be mandatory during the International Tournament.


ITEM 8

AFFECTS: Rule 8.06(a) and (b) – Major Division and above of Baseball and Softball

8.06 -This rule, which applies to each pitcher who enters a game, governs the visits of the manager or coach to the pitcher at the mound.

(a) A manager or coach may come out twice in one inning to visit with the pitcher, but the second time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher. Example: If a manager visits Pitcher A once in the first inning, then makes a pitching change in the same inning, Pitcher B would be allowed one visit in that inning before being removed on the second visit.

(b) A manager or coach may come out two times in one game to visit with the pitcher, but the third time out, the player must be removed as a pitcher. Example: If a manager visits Pitcher A twice in the first three innings, then makes a pitching change in the fourth inning, Pitcher B would be allowed two visits in that game before being removed on the third visit, subject to the limits in (a) above.

Synopsis: This reduces the number of visits to a pitcher to twice in one inning or three times in a game for the Major Division and above for Baseball.

Item 8 Year Of Implementation 2018

 


TOURNAMENT RULES & GUIDELINES

ITEM 9

Affects: Player Eligibility – Little League (10-12) and Intermediate (50-70) Divisions of Baseball

Little League (Major) Division - Any player League Age 10, 11, or 12, with amateur status, who has participated as an eligible player in 60 percent (60%) of the regular season games by the start of Tournament Play in their respective District, with the exception of the school baseball season, on a:

1. Little League Baseball (Major) Division team, or;

2. Intermediate (50-70) Division Team.

Synopsis: This allows players league age 11 and 12, who participated in 60% of their respective Intermediate (50-70) Division Regular Season games to be eligible for selection to the Little League Baseball (Major) Division tournament team. Special Games at the Intermediate (50-70) Baseball Division will NOT count towards Tournament eligibility.

Item 9 Year Of Implementation 2018

 


ITEM 11

Affects: Tournament Protests – The Use of an Ineligible Player – All Divisions of Baseball

The use of an ineligible player.

Ineligibility under this rule applies to league age, residence or school attendance (as defined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated), participation in other programs, or participation as an eligible player for sixty (60%) percent of the regular season in the proper division, or violation of Regulation I-XVII.

1. If the facts establishing or verifying the ineligibility of a player become known to a complainant, Tournament Official, or Tournament Director after the ineligible player participated in a game during the International Tournament, that team shall be disqualified and removed from the International Tournament, subject to any of the following conditions:

(a) A protest is lodged by the manager or coach with the Umpire-in-Chief, who shall consult with the Tournament Director or District Administrator. The Tournament Director or District Administrator must contact the Regional Director (or his/her appointed agent), who shall contact the Tournament Committee for a decision. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.

(b) The Tournament Director, District Administrator, or Tournament Official become aware of the circumstances by any means, they must contact the Regional Director (or his/her appointed agent), who shall contact the Tournament Committee for a decision. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.

Synopsis: This would disqualify and remove any team from the Little League International Tournament who is found to have used an ineligible player during a game.

Item 11 Year Of Implementation 2018

 


ITEM 12

Affects: Tournament Rule 9 –Mandatory Play – 8-10, 9-11, 10-12, Intermediate (50-70), and Junior Baseball Divisions

9. MANDATORY PLAY: 8- to 10-Year-Old Division, 9- to 11-Year-Old Division, Little League, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League: If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of one (1) at bat. If a tournament team has twelve (12) or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.

a. At the conclusion of the third inning (Intermediate (50-70) Baseball/Junior Divisions: fourth inning), and prior to the start of play in the top of the fourth inning (Intermediate (50-70) Baseball/Junior Divisions: fifth inning), the umpire-in-chief in consultation with the official scorekeeper shall notify both managers that all players who have not completed their mandatory play requirement must be inserted into the line-up. The manager shall insert any player who has not met the mandatory play requirement into the line-up in a position that will allow mandatory minimum play to be satisfied absent a shortened game. Managers are solely responsible for fulfilling the mandatory play requirements.

b. There is no exception to this rule unless the game is shortened for any reason. NOTE: A game is not considered shortened if the home team does not complete the offensive half of the sixth or seventh inning (or any extra inning) due to winning the game.

c. Failure to meet the mandatory play requirements in this rule is a basis for protest. If one or more players on a roster do not meet this requirement, and if protested or brought to the Tournament Committee’s attention, it shall result (by action of the Tournament Committee) in the removal of the team’s manager, without replacement, for the remainder of the International Tournament. Additional penalties (up to and including forfeiture of a game and/or disqualification of the teamor additional coaches from further tournament participation) may be imposed if, in the opinion of the Tournament Committee:

1. a manager or coach takes any action that results in making a travesty of the game, causing players to intentionally perform poorly for the purpose of extending or shortening a game, or;

2. a team fails to meet the requirements of this rule more than once during the International Tournament, which begins with District play and ends at the World Series level (State level for 8- to 10- and 9- to 11-Year-Old Divisions), or;

3. a manager willfully and knowingly disregards the requirements of this rule. A manager or coach suspended for any reason is not permitted to be at the game site and must not take any part in the game(s), nor have any communications whatsoever with any persons at the game site. This includes pregame and postgame activities. Violation may result, by action of the Tournament Committee, in further suspension; forfeiture of a game; and/or disqualification of the team, managers, or coaches from further tournament participation.

d. For the purposes of this rule, “six (6) consecutive defensive outs” is defined as: A player enters the field in one of the nine defensive positions when his/her team is on defense and occupies such position while six consecutive outs are made; “bat at least one (1) time” is defined as: A player enters the batter’s box with no count and completes that time at bat by being retired or by reaching base safely.

Synopsis: This mandates a manager insert any player who has not met mandatory play in the top of the fourth inning for Tournament in the applicable divisions. A local league could adopt this rule for Regular Season.

Item 12 After thorough discussion in the Roundtable and amendment process, the consensus of the Delegates, the Little League International Board of Directors, and the Little League International Tournament Committee is that Little League International needs to provide a structure that remains consistent with the spirit of Little League’s mandatory play rule. This item has been referred to the Tournament Committee for further review and due diligence in order to appropriately enhance the mandatory play rule for the benefit of all tournament participants in 2018. 

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