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Minutes April 24 and May 15, 2018

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at May 24, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )


BOARD MEETING - April 24 & May 15, 2018

ATTENDANCE 5/15/18: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, ADAs Phil Di Prima, Umpire Coordinator, Mike Dorado, Tournament Director. Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Joe Morales, South El Monte, Melody Nightingale, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelly, Temple City American, Carolyn Scott, Temple City National, Cecy Perez, Los Angeles.

ABSENT: East Alhambra, El Monte National, El Monte Eastern.

The meeting was called to order.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals. El Monte Eastern has now filed rosters and is qualified at this point to enter tournaments. The following leagues owe TOC tournament fees which are the same as last year. Alhambra American, South El Monte, Northeast L.A., Los Angeles. Milan has sent leagues invoices. The fees pay for umpires, pins, 13,000 game balls, pennants, individual 1st and 2nd place TOC team awards. Invoices for all-star tournaments were mailed yesterday.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Milan handed out an updated list of due dates and meeting dates for tournaments. These dates are also on the D-18 Website. All TOC and all-star brackets are on the website. D-18 will host a 10-team 9-10-11 Baseball State Champion Tournament at Temple City American Live Oak Park.

Important Dates & Mandatory Meetings:

May 29 District tournament team Dodger Night (Time to meet at stadium TBA.)

June 4 Baseball TOC Managers/Coaches Mandatory Meeting

June 5 Softball TOC Managers/Coaches Mandatory Meeting

June 11 Baseball All-Star team Managers/Coaches Mandatory Meeting

June 15 Softball All-Star team Managers/Coaches Mandatory Meeting - SB CERTIFICATION

June 18 Baseball All-Star Certification

June 24 All-Star team Picture Day

TOURNAMENT ENROLLMENT: Tournament enrollment and background confirmation has to be done through the LL data center by the presidents. This is due before June 1st.

CERTIFICATION: Milan noted we will have over 80 teams to certify and with the small staff we presently have Presidents are encouraged to get their books together quickly. Mike and Diane will be available to certify books for leagues. Leagues should treat the Certification Nights as final checks for the books, NOT the certification for complete books.

TOURNAMENT COMBINATION REQUESTS: Milan confirmed leagues who have combined for tournaments listed as of 5/15 on the LL data center. Approval forms from the LL data center need to be printed out and put with all-star tournament books. Those are South El Monte softball teams combined with El Monte National and Eastern, Temple City American and National for junior and senior baseball teams, South El Monte and El Monte Eastern for junior baseball. If any other leagues are combined for all-stars this needs to be approved through the LL data center.

DISTRICT DINNER: The District Dinner was cancelled due to time constraints.

JUNIOR/SENIOR BASEBALL: The Senior schedule is being finalized, East Alhambra, Temple City National and South Pasadena have put together teams. Senior teams now only have to play a 10-game season, players need to play in 60% of the games to qualify to play all-stars. Milan will create an all-star bracket for this division. South Pasadena agrees to host Senior Section, approximately June 30 through July 5.

SOFTBALL: Mike is putting together a Senior division with teams from District 51, Lancaster, and District 19, Baldwin Park.

Players can play on several teams during the regular season in the age group they qualify for, however in all-stars they can only play on one team in one division, and they must meet the 60% qualification to play on the all-star team. See Tournament Rules and Guidelines, Player Eligibility.

TOURNAMENT DATES AND HOST LOCATIONS: Milan handed out an updated list of tournament dates and locations. A few locations are still needed. [After the meeting TC American secured the south fields to host minor softball TOC divisions.] Milan noted TOC teams are regular season teams and should not have any pool players during the tournaments. He created TOCs to give players who would never qualify for an all-star team, to have the experience of playing on a tournament team during TOCs.

Selection of all-star teams is up to the leagues. Each league has different ways of selection, some have players and managers vote, some have boards make selections, there are various ways to create the teams. At this time of year Milan gets numerous calls and texts from parents regarding all-star selection, and informs parents that this is a league matter and district does not get involved in the league’s process of selection.

DRAFT RULES FOR TOC AND ALL-STARS, ELIGIBILITY AFFIDAVITS: The Rule Differences sheets were reviewed, some changes will be made and they will be put up on the District website. Presidents should make sure managers and coaches download the rules, and the TOC Eligibility Affidavit that needs to be filled out for each team, signed by the President, Player-Agent and Manager.

The All-Star Rule Differences reflect the latest rules, some which DO NOT APPEAR in the LL Rule Books printed at the beginning of the season. Milan handed out hard copies of Tournament Rules to Presidents. He will scan these and email them to Presidents who should give them to all managers and coaches. Milan will not be able to make copies to pass out at the managers and coaches meeting, they will need to print out themselves. The All-Star Affidavit is also on the District website and the LL website.

MANDATORY PLAY RULE is one of the Rules changed from the book rule. This rule was changed to apply to regular season and leagues should have been using it all season, but may not have. [NOTE: It is the old tournament rule.] Basically the players are "married" to the same spot in the lineup and a starter and a substitute cannot be in the lineup at the same time. Mandatory Play during regular season and TOC is 6 consecutive outs and 1 at bat.

All-Star Tournament Rule re Mandatory Play (see page 139): If a team has 13 or more players in uniform at game time mandatory play is 1 at bat for each player, if less than 13 players mandatory play is 6 consecutive outs and 1 at bat. NEW section c sets penalties for failure to meet mandatory play rules.

Milan recommends teams all carry 14 players on a all-star team so they can meet the 13 player requirement, it is easier to bat one time than also get in the six outs. This was discussed with Presidents.

There are various other rule changes that will be reviewed and discussed at Mandatory Rules Meetings with managers and coaches. Presidents are to notify the managers and coaches of these meetings.

BAT RULES: Phil noted there are no lists of legal bats, basically all bats from Majors down have to use the USA bats. Juniors League, in addition to using USA bats, can also use bats previously approved marked BBCOR. Juniors and Seniors can only used 2 5/8 bats, 2 3/4 used in CIF are not permitted in Little League games.

DODGER DAY - TUESDAY, MAY 29: Milan needs a final ticket count from the leagues, he needs to finalize his ticket order on Friday and pick them up on Monday and pass them out to presidents. Once the count going on the field is finalized it cannot be changed. Players and coaches need to be in uniform to go on the field. Milan will send information regarding meeting at the Stadium including location and time. Each player/manager/coach must have a ticket to participate.

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion regarding tournaments.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m. This will be the last President’s meeting for this season.

Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary

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Sudden Passing of Matt Cooper

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Apr 23, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Temple City National Little League is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Matthew Cooper, a dedicated volunteer, outstanding coach and a valuable asset to our league. Matt has served as both a coach and manager in our league for many years in both the spring and fall seasons. He was committed to helping each player who showed an interest in becoming a better ball player. He has two of his children currently playing in our league in the Coast and Major divisions. His older son continues to follow in his fathers footsteps by coaching his younger brothers team. 

In the few days since Matt’s passing, several people have expressed the desire to contribute financially to the Cooper family.  While there is not one specific expense these funds will be used for, there are many unknowns in the months to come.  This GoFundMe is simply an avenue for making some of these donations possible.  The Cooper Family is very grateful for your generous donations.

The Memorial Service will be held First Baptist Temple City in the gymnasium at 6019 Baldwin Ave, Temple City on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm.

Our condolences go out to his wife, Michelle and the entire family.

Carolyn Scott - Temple City National League President 



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Determine League Age

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Mar 20, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child as of August 31 of the current year. The Age Determination Date for a Little League Softball player is the actual age of a child as of January 1 of the current year. These respective dates identify the “league age” as it relates to a player’s eligibility to participate in any of Little League’s divisions of play.

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Baseball Bat Rule Changes and Clarifications

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Mar 20, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

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

Important Note: These changes only affect baseball divisions and don’t affect any divisions of softball.