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Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Jan 10, 2016 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

When a league applies for its annual charter with Little League, it pledges to abide by all the rules and regulations of Little League. However, under special circumstances, it may become necessary to apply for a waiver. It is very important to remember that a league must not take any action contrary to Little League rules and regulations until receiving expressed, written permission through the Charter Committee waiver system. Waiver requests may be submitted only through the proper chain of command.

The following are waivers that may be obtained:

School Enrollment Waiver:  Players may ask to play in the local league within whose boundaries they attend school.  A School Enrollment Form must be submitted certifying the player goes to school within the league boundaries.   Players must submit enrollment proof dated prior to October 1, 2015 that they attend the school by official school records, i.e. report card, or certified enrollment record, or they can have the form filled out and signed by a school administrator.  

Form IId waiver is used when a player once resided OR WENT TO SCHOOL within the league boundaries and has now moved out of the boundaries. Three proofs of the old address/school documents must accompany the request.   

Form IVh is when a dedicated manager, coach or a member of the board (for at least two years) requests their player be allowed to play within the league. The service to the local league must be continuous, subject to agreement from the league within whose boundaries they currently reside.

These waivers are for the player’s/sibling’s career, however, if the player breaks service and does not play for a season or more they cannot return on the waiver. Approved players under these waivers will be allowed to play on tournament teams. 

There is also a Special ConsiderationWaiver Request Form which can be used for any other reasons when a player is requesting to play in a league in which they do not reside. This waiver is considered on a case-by-case basis and if approved, is valid for the duration of thier Little League career, it requires a certification by the league requesting the waiver, the league in which the player resides and a notarized statement by the parents acknowledging that the player is NOT eligible for selection to any tournament team. TOC are considered regular season games and players may participate in TOCs. A statement from the district administrator must accompany the request form.

Note: The parents and league can request that a Special Consideration Waiver be approved for both Regular Season and All-Stars. In order to be approved for All-Stars, the parents/league would need to articulate why it should be approved for both. Requests submitted before February have a better chance of being considered for approval. 

FROM THE LL WEBSITE: It is recommended that the league require some proof of residence or school attendance within the league’s boundaries at the time the player registers. Players and their parents/guardians are advised that a false statement of residence or school attendance may lead to ineligibility to play Little League Baseball or Softball. Under NO circumstances does ANY person have the authority to grant a waiver that allows a child to play in a local Little League program IN ANY DIVISION, when that child does not qualify under these residency requirements. Any league who accepts any player outside of their boundaries and fails to properly document compliance with the "Residence and/or School Attendance Player Eligibility Requirement" or obtain a waiver through the Charter Committee may result in the disqualification of a player, team or entire league from regular season and/or tournament play.

If the claim for residency or school attendance is challenged, the above materials must be submitted to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, with an affidavit of residency or school attendance from the parent(s) or guardian. Little League Baseball, Incorporated shall have the right to request additional documentation in support of the claim of residency or school attendance. The parent(s) or legal guardian will be required to provide said documentation to obtain eligibility. Little League Baseball, Incorporated shall decide the issue in its sole discretion, and that decision will be final and binding. Residency or school documents must illustrate that the residence or school attendance (as defined above) was inside the league’s boundaries throughout the regular season (as of June 15 of the year in question).

A league wishing to apply for a waiver of a rule or regulation must do so via the following method:

Possible first step in waiver process: Parent submits waiver request to the league requesting permission for their child to play at the league where they currently are not eligible to participate in. 

Step 1. The local league Board of Directors votes whether or not to request the waiver.

Step 2. If the local league Board of Directors votes to request the waiver, the President writes a letter, detailing the request, and submits the appropriate forms to the District Administrator.

Step 3. In the case of a player waiver, the League President from the league that is requesting a waiver must contact the league where the player currently resides and ask for their opinion of the waiver request. The request for an opinion should be done in writing or by email. 

Step 4. The request for waiver and all supporting documentation is then forwarded to the District Administrator.

Step 5. The District Administrator includes his/her written opinion, and forwards all documents to the Regional Director.

Step 6. The Regional Director will present the situation to the Charter Committee for action.

Step 7. The Charter Committee will inform the Regional Director of its decision, and the Regional Director will inform the District Administrator.

Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in Little League, and Little League has sought input from volunteers, parents, and coaches that has helped guide District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors to ultimately change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31.

Why the change?

In 2011, Little League conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, we learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program, established a Coach Pitch Program, and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help us achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball.

What’s the difference?

In 2014, Little League District Administrators initially voted to move the age determination date from April 30 to December 31, effective with the 2018 season. That was amended by District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors in August 2015, moving the date from December 31 to August 31.

For players born on or before August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The new age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31.

What’s the impact of this new change to my child?

If your child was born between January 1 and April 30, there has been no impact in any of the Age Determination Date changes.

If your child was born between May 1 and August 31, there is no change from the previous age change and implementation.

If your child was born between September 1 and December 31, he or she essentially reverts back to where they were from a League Age standpoint prior to the 2015 season, and, like those born between January 1 and April 30, there is no impact on them.

“After announcing the new age determination date for our baseball divisions in 2014, we have received important feedback from many volunteers and parents,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We continue to work with all our volunteers and our International Board of Directors toward the goal of making the Little League Baseball Division truly a 12 and under program, while also mitigating the impact to those currently participating in the Little League program.”

 Flash Back - LA Times 1986

A Tall Order : Steve DeAngelis Tries to Prove He's Big Enough for Majors

August 25, 1986MIKE DiGIOVANNA Times Staff Writer

Just when Steve DeAngelis thought he had overcome all the supposed obstacles to making the major leagues, it appears the Philadelphia Phillies will throw another roadblock in his path.

Despite starring at Temple City High School and Saddleback College, many baseball scouts thought DeAngelis, who is 5-foot, 9 1/2-inches, was too small to play pro ball.

They also thought the use of aluminum bats contributed to many of his statistics (nine home runs and 37 RBIs in his senior year of high school, 28 homers and 114 RBIs in two years of community college) and that he wouldn't be able to generate such power in the pros with a wood bat.

DeAngelis showed them.

In less than two professional seasons, the 22-year-old outfielder has risen from a reserve player at the Class-A level to a power hitter at the Triple-A level and now leads the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers in doubles (24) and home runs (14).

But when teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 24 to 40 next Monday, DeAngelis probably won't be among the players promoted to the Phillies--even though his performance may warrant a shot at the major leagues, and even though the organization would love to test him against some big-league pitching.

This time, DeAngelis, according to a Phillie executive, may simply fall victim to a prudent business decision.

If the Phillies called DeAngelis up, they would have to protect him over the winter so that no other team could select him in the major league draft. All three-year players--in the big leagues or the minors--who are not protected on the 40-man roster may be drafted by any major league club during the winter meetings for $50,000.

But because DeAngelis is a two-year player, the Phillies would not have to protect him if they kept him in Triple-A. By leaving him at Portland, the team can call up another three-year player to protect and still be assured of keeping DeAngelis, one of their top prospects, in their system.

For the Phillies, it would be a wise move, one that is based on experience. In 1980, the Phillies left George Bell--then a minor league player--unprotected, thinking no other teams would take him.

The Toronto Blue Jays did, and Bell becomes a star outfielder. This season he is among the American League leaders in home runs (27) and RBIs (91). "We learned our lesson a long time ago," said Hugh Alexander, player personnel adviser for the Phillies. "We thought about bringing Steve up on Sept. 1, but we might not for that very reason (the major league draft). If we had room, we'd bring him up to see how he'd do against big-league pitching."

That wasn't much consolation to DeAngelis.

"I think it stinks," he said by telephone from Las Vegas, where the Beavers were playing the Stars. "If a guy's ready to go up and play, they should bring him up."

Once DeAngelis had a moment to consider the factors, though--the team's point of view, the fact that he is just completing his second season in the pros and the month's rest he could use to help two dislocated fingers on his left hand heal--he cooled down considerably.

"I'm not gonna let that bother me," DeAngelis said. "It's only a month, anyway, and I'm in no rush. As long as I go to spring training next year, I'll be happy."

Few thought DeAngelis would even get this far. In his senior year at Temple City, the left-hander won the Rio Hondo League Triple Crown with a .551 average, 9 homers and 37 RBIs, but he didn't leave much of an impression on the scouts.

He wasn't even drafted.

"That was disappointing," DeAngelis said.

In his first year at Saddleback, he hit 11 homers to break current Montreal Expo Tim Wallach's school record. He also set school records for RBIs (50), hits (61) and runs (51), had seven triples and stole 17 bases in 18 attempts.

Again, DeAngelis wasn't drafted.

"That was a shocker," he said.

DeAngelis was finally selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the January, 1984 draft, but he chose to finish his career at Saddleback, where he set single-season records for homers (17), doubles (13) and RBIs (64) in 1984.

That spring, he weighed scholarship offers from about 25 schools against a signing offer from the Phillies, who drafted him in June, and elected to attend Oklahoma State.

He hit third, in front of Pete Incaviglia, for the Cowboys in the fall of 1984 but dropped out of school in March, 1985--before the regular season--to sign with the Phillies.

"I just didn't want to go to school no more," DeAngelis said. "I never liked school. The only reason I went to school was to play baseball."

DeAngelis knew from the moment he stepped onto a Little League field in Temple City that he wanted to play pro ball, and his incentive was boosted even further when he was snubbed by the pros after high school.

DeAngelis embarked on a weight training program at Saddleback that improved his strength and bulked up his arms and chest.

The end result was something of a left-handed Toy Cannon--a compact-model slugger.


 See information above about the Steve DeAngelis Hitting Clinics