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T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at May 1, 2019 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

District 18 Little Leagues Invited to Participate in 1st Annual Home Run Derby 

On the heels of T-Mobile becoming the Official Wireless Sponsor of Little League® International, the two have teamed up to announce the first-ever T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby. Starting today, leagues from around the country can begin conducting local qualifying competitions to identify the top youth long-ball hitters for both baseball and softball.

“Little League is proud to partner with T-Mobile, and we’re grateful for the strong support they have provided to our leagues in Puerto Rico, as we kick off this new partnership,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “For years, Little Leaguers have been captivated by MLB’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, watching amazing performances from the stars of the game, like from our own Little League Baseball World Series Champion, Todd Frazier. With the establishment of the T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby, our baseball and softball players will have the opportunity to hit long balls with their friends, bring excitement to Little League fields around the country, and perhaps end up in Williamsport during the Little League Baseball World Series for the championship. We’re looking forward to working with T-Mobile, as they help us support the big dreams of our millions of players around the world.”

Coming out of the qualifying competitions for local leagues, the top ten performers from each of the East and West Regional standings will face off in the Regional Finals at select Major League Baseball (MLB) parks in July. From there, the final eight baseball and final eight softball hitters will compete in the T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby championship in August in Williamsport, Pa. To extend its support, T-Mobile will provide baseballs, equipment bags, and ball buckets to all participating leagues.

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Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Nov 23, 2018 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - November 14, 2018

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, ADAs. Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Eddie Martinez, El Monte National, Chris Torres & Vincent Sandoval, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Joshua Kelly, Stacy MacMillan & Heidi Pure, Temple City American, Michael Mendoza & Billy Kobayashi, Temple City National, Miguel Ruelas & Cecy Perez, Los Angeles.

ABSENT: East Alhambra, El Monte Eastern.

 The meetings were called to order.

VENDOR: Vic Rivera gave a presentation for www.BSNSPORTS.com. He can be reached at 323-236-5365. He is local and will give personal service, he is a life time achievement award winner for D-18. His email is vrivera@bsnsports.com and he is offering discounts for leagues up to 40% off. He can give a 10-day turnaround during all-star time.

TOURNAMENT RECAP: Diane reported for baseball and Mike reported for softball of leagues who won district championships and section and the two teams who went to regionals for the district. TC American was thanked for hosting the state tournament for 8-11 year olds and praised for being so organized and having so many volunteers who helped with the tournament. Milan pointed out leagues should think about volunteering to host regionals and state tournaments, it would save our teams from driving to Lancaster, Mission Viejo, etc. as we did last year. Milan has to bid on the tournaments at a January Western Region meeting, so if anyone is interested they should advise him.

FALL BASEBALL & SOFTBALL: Mike reported things seem to be going fairly well and thanked Hank Canale for making up schedules.

DATA CENTER: Leagues by now should have reset their password and entered their email address. Presidents can assign data center "permissions" to other board members, i.e. ASAP officer, roster list coordinator, etc., to conduct the League’s business on line. Each person will have their own log in and password. District staff has the same permissions. All LL business will be conducted on line through the data center.

Diane verified that the roster list was correct and each president was asked to log into the D-18 website under sites and locations to make sure their information was correct, and that the link to the league’s website went to the current correct website (as some leagues have changed web providers).

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals list and dates. Leagues were reminded their insurance will expire 12-30-18 and they are not covered by 2019 insurance until the charter and insurance is in place, and should not hold practice or tryouts until that is done. Leagues were also reminded to list all practice fields on their insurance. Some cities require a copy of the insurance rider from the leagues.

Milan noted the Volunteer Application - 2019 has been revised. He handed out copies of the form dated 10-1-2018. This is the form that will be used this season. Some leagues using the Blue Sombrero website are having their volunteers go onto the website and input their information for the background check. Alhambra American and South Pasadena LLs indicated they are using this. There are two forms, one called "BASIC" and can be used by leagues using the JDP Quick App. The regular form asks for the volunteer’s social security number.

Milan discussed Bylaws, Local Rules and Ground Rules and handed out an explanation of same. Leagues need to update their Constitution if indicated on the LL data center 30 days before games begin. Copies should be available on the league’s website.

LITTLE LEAGUE FEES: Milan explained the 2019 LL fees: Charter and Insurance fees are set by the LL International Division; Player Assessment $35 per team is set by District and pays for District operating costs; District TOC and All-Star fees pay basically for umpire costs (it was discussed that some games may operate with only one umpire) and pins and banners ($100 each), and baseballs. This year Milan estimates the TOC fee will be $200 per team and All-Stars $350 per team which is the same as 2018. TOCs are single elimination and All-Stars double elimination. International Tournament Fees of $200 per team are paid directly to LL headquarters and are set by LL. This money is used for regional and world series teams, transportation costs, out of state travel costs, etc.

It was remarked upon by Milan that now that LL has moved the dates up that we may have to stop holding TOCs. Last year TOCs were still being played while Senior BB was playing district all-star games.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Milan will update the list for the next meeting. We will have a District Dinner this year and it is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019 at Northwoods Restaurant.

WESTERN REGION DA CONFERENCE: As noted above, the meeting is in January at LAX, and Milan will be bidding on regional and state tournaments if any league expresses interest in hosting.

2019 RULE & REGULATIONS: Milan is waiting for any update on any significant changes.

ELECTRONIC LEAGUE BOUNDARY MAPS: Milan explained the LL data mapping has another new vendor. Last year there were over 100+ errors on our maps and Milan hopes most were resolved. Of course they come to light during all-star certification when the map shows a player out of league boundaries. Leagues should double-check their maps on the LL data center and be aware of addresses when registering players. Leagues should check addresses on the the Find My League website, and report any conflicts/errors ASAP.

WAIVERS: Milan discussed waivers: IId, IVh and Residency Waivers. He also handed out and discussed the forms to be used. Following the meeting, Mike emailed instructions from the operating manual: Process to Obtain Waivers of Rules and Regulations. Waivers must be approved before players are placed on a team. Residency (used to be called Special Waiver) Waivers will be approved for regular season play only, and there is a statement where parents have to sign and have notarized that they understand the waiver is for "REGULAR SEASON PLAY ONLY."

2019 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: The following dates were given as openings:

Alhambra American - March 9 @ 10 a.m.

East Alhambra - No information

El Monte National - To be decided

Northeast LA - To be decided

South El Monte - March 9 @ 9 a.m.

South Pasadena - March 8 @ 6 p.m.

Temple City American - March 2 @ 10 a.m.

Temple City National - February 22 6 p.m.

El Monte Eastern - No information

Los Angeles - To be decided

COMBINED PLAY AND INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Leagues that are combining to play in divisions together, i.e., players are drafted from both leagues to form teams, and leagues that will be interlocking need to complete the forms and submit them through the data center. Each president must go in the data center and fill out the form and sign it electronically. These forms cannot be backdated, and have to be uploaded and completed before the start of play, and it will be reviewed at the regional office level. Forms need to be approved yearly before Opening Days.

UPPER LEAGUE DIVISIONS: The following age breaks will apply in the 2019 season (same as in 2018): There will be no intermediate teams.

Baseball Upper Divisions

Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players

Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players

Softball Upper Divisions

Juniors: 14U will be 12-14 year old players

Seniors: 16U will be 13-16 year old players

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. Milan will talk more about this during the season. Leagues do not have to balance ages on all-star teams, it will be strictly on age. CIF will end earlier than the traditional May 15th date, so returning players will be able to join LL teams sooner.

OPEN DISCUSSION: Milan handed out the 2019 Age charts. Milan noted NELA was awarded a prestigious Carl Stoltz Award this year at the Western Region tournament.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

The meeting was adjourned.

Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - December 18, 2018

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Tom Chavez, Mike Goodrich, Mike Dorado, ADAs. Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Chris & Josie Torres & Vincent Sandoval, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Northeast Los Angeles, Shelley Scanlan & Heidi Pure, Temple City American, Michael Mendoza, Temple City National, Miguel Ruelas & Ceci Perez, Los Angeles.

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

The meeting was called to order.

VENDORS: Jonathan Pridgeon (909-921-7957) from Pacific Fundraisers gave a presentation regarding popcorn (samples distributed) and other food items. He gives 40% back to the league, there are no minimums and turnaround time is very short. They will prepackage per team so the league doesn’t have to divide the orders.

Mark Poyar (562-761-0904) from Community Discount Card gave a presentation regarding the discount cards which sell for $10 and the league keeps 50% profit, plus higher profits if certain amounts are sold. The cards are customized with the league logo/name, and the vendors are recruited by the company and others can be included at the league’s request. Many of their customers require the players to purchase the cards at registration and then they can sell them or keep them, so the league does not have to collect money prior to sales. Informational packets were prepared for each league. The company also handles cookie dough fundraisers.

Tony Mendoza (323-695-9473) from Smart & Final gave a presentation and handed out informational materials regarding Smart & Final’s offers to leagues, i.e., league credit cards, sponsorships, donations and discount coupons.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals list and dates. Leagues were reminded their insurance will expire 12-31-18 and they are not covered by 2019 insurance until the charter and insurance is in place, and should not hold practice or tryouts until that is done. Leagues were also reminded to list all practice fields on their insurance. Some cities require a copy of the insurance rider from the leagues. Leagues should estimate the number of teams based on sign-ups and can add or delete teams until June 1, 2019. Most leagues have updated their data center for this season’s board members, but are encouraged to input all board members into the data center so they can receive LL updates/information specific to their position from headquarters.

LITTLE LEAGUE AND TRAVEL BALL POSITION: Milan previously (12-10-18) sent a detailed email regarding travel ball participation. Milan believes there are no violations that he is aware of in the District and that we meet the LL guidelines.

Milan discussed his conversations with Western Region, headquarters, and Steve Keener, the CEO of LL. The purpose of LL’s position on this matter is to support the LL programs. Leagues should make sure the LL patch is not on any uniforms worn to play travel ball games. Leagues should be aware that LL insurance does not cover any travel ball teams or players or coaches and managers playing non-LL tournaments (such as Babe Ruth, Park & Rec tournaments, etc.).

The biggest issues are: Do not pay or use League funds for travel ball teams to play in any tournaments, or any travel team costs whatsoever. Don’t share facilities with other programs, such as subletting your facilities. Facilities shared through school or city oversight do not qualify if the other program has approved facility use permits issued by property owners. Uniforms and EQUIPMENT purchased with LL funds should not be used by travel teams. Put a WALL between league funds and travel teams.   

Milan plans to send a further email regarding what you can and cannot do as they may come up. He believes there are no red flags at this time in the District.  

STATE TOURNAMENT HOSTS: Milan will be attending a January Western Region District Administrator’s meeting where hosts will be selected for divisionals. TCA hosted the 10-11 Southern California tournament last year and it was extremely successful. He encourages leagues to consider hosting a tournament like this. Last year TCA’s major baseball team advanced to this level of play and we had to drive to Aliso Viejo to play the games. Several softball teams were traveling out to Palmdale for divisionals, and LALL drove to Montana for games. If any leagues are interested they need to let Milan know.

2019 SEASON RULE AND REGULATION CHANGES: Milan handed out a copy of Rule changes and they were discussed. League’s attention is drawn to:

Regulation VI(a): Catcher/Pitcher rule;

TR 4.05(b) regarding coaches in the dugout at game time;

TR 14 regarding tie breakers.

The rules can be found at www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/rule-changes/.

As Milan noted last meeting, the Volunteer Application - 2019 has been revised. The new form is dated 10-1-2018. This is the form that will be used this season. Some leagues using the Blue Sombrero website are having their volunteers go onto the website and input their information for the background check. There are two forms, one called "BASIC" and can be used by leagues using the JDP Quick App. The regular form asks for the volunteer’s social security number.

2019 WAIVER PROCESSING: Milan discussed the procedures for IId, IVh and Residency Waivers. He also handed out and discussed the forms to be used. Following the meeting, Milan emailed Regulation II information:

(a) Each league shall determine actual boundaries of the area from WITHIN which it shall select players. Only those participants whose residence or the physical location of the school where they attend classes is within the boundaries of the league shall be eligible to participate. "Residence" and "school attendance," for the purposes of this regulation, are defined in "Residence and School Attendance Eligibility Requirements." NOTE: Any player who does not reside in or the school where they attend classes is not WITHIN the league’s boundaries must have an approved waiver issued by the Charter Committee at Little League International. All waiver requests to the Charter Committee must be submitted and approved in writing by the league president before the start of the league’s regular season or June 1, whichever occurs first. Requests must be submitted to the regional office through the District Administrator. Failure to properly document compliance with the "Residence and 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.

AGE CHARTS: Milan handed out copies of the 2019 age charts. Girls playing baseball still register with softball age charts.

COMBINED PLAY AND INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Leagues that are combining to play in divisions together, i.e., players are drafted from both leagues to form teams, and leagues that will be interlocking need to complete the forms and submit them through the data center. Each president must go in the data center and fill out the form and sign it electronically. These forms cannot be backdated, and have to be uploaded and completed before the start of play, and it will be reviewed at the regional office level. Forms need to be approved yearly before Opening Days. Mike will be tracking softball and Diane hardball.    

2019 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: The following dates were given as openings:  

Alhambra American - March 9 @ 10 a.m.

East Alhambra - No information

El Monte National - To be decided

Northeast LA - March 9 @ 11:00 tentative

South El Monte - March 9 @ 9 a.m.

 South Pasadena - March 8 @ 6 p.m.

Temple City American - March 2 @ 10 a.m.

Temple City National - February 22 6 p.m.

El Monte Eastern - No information

Los Angeles - March 9 @ 11:00 a.m. 20th year

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion.

The next meeting will be noticed by Milan.

The meeting was adjourned.

Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary

 

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - February 5, 2019

ATTENDANCE: Milan Mrakich, DA, Diane Bowen, Mike Goodrich, Mike Dorado, ADAs. Hank Canale, Alhambra American, Noel Loya & Yelsen Martinez, East Alhambra, Chris Torres & Vincent Sandoval, South El Monte, Sergio Villasenor, Northeast Los Angeles, Alberto Ocon, South Pasadena, Shelley Scanlan & Stacy MacMillan, Temple City American, Michael Mendoza, Temple City National, Debbie Garcia & Teddy Rodriguez, El Monte Eastern, Miguel Ruelas & Ceci Perez, Los Angeles.

ABSENT: El Monte National.

The meeting was called to order.

VENDORS: Tony Mendoza (323-695-9473) from Smart & Final gave a presentation at the December meeting, since then an open house at Smart & Final’s Duarte store has been scheduled for February 28th from 6:30-8:30 for Little League night and information regarding offers to leagues, i.e., league credit cards, sponsorships, donations and discount coupons.

Diane distributed to each president a sample package of Eye Black products. Local contact for leagues is Gabe Mebratu, 301-816-1980 x209, Gabe@EyeBlack.com. Products and prices can be viewed on their website.

REQUIRED SUBMITTALS: Milan went over the required submittals list and dates. Player assessments are now due. Leagues should be working on their ASAP plan and submitting it by March 1st.

DATA CENTER UPDATES: Several glitches have been fixed. Milan emailed to Presidents power points from the winter Western Region meeting.

2019 SEASON RULE AND REGULATION CHANGES: Milan once again went over the Rule changes and they were discussed. League’s attention is drawn to:

Regulation VI(a): Catcher/Pitcher rule;

TR 4.05(b) regarding coaches in the dugout at game time;

TR 14 regarding tie breakers.

The rules can be found at www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/rule-changes/.

2019 WAIVER PROCESSING: Milan discussed the procedures for IId, IVh and Residency Waivers. He also handed out and discussed the forms to be used. Following the meeting, Milan emailed detailed information:

(a) Each league shall determine actual boundaries of the area from WITHIN which it shall select players. Only those participants whose residence or the physical location of the school where they attend classes is within the boundaries of the league shall be eligible to participate. "Residence" and "school attendance," for the purposes of this regulation, are defined in "Residence and School Attendance Eligibility Requirements." NOTE: Any player who does not reside in or the school where they attend classes is not WITHIN the league’s boundaries must have an approved waiver issued by the Charter Committee at Little League International. All waiver requests to the Charter Committee must be submitted and approved in writing by the league president before the start of the league’s regular season or June 1, whichever occurs first. Requests must be submitted to the regional office through the District Administrator. Failure to properly document compliance with the "Residence and 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.

Milan reiterated that Leagues should verify at registration that the player lives within the league boundaries or has an approved waiver. When asking for a special waiver there must be a "justifiable" reason for the request and the home league of that player must sign off on the waiver. 95% of the time the home leagues does not sign off. This was discussed further and examples given regarding extenuating circumstances and hardship to qualify for a waiver.

COMBINED PLAY AND INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Leagues that are combining to play in divisions together, i.e., players are drafted from both leagues to form teams, and leagues that will be interlocking need to complete the forms and submit them through the data center. Each president must go in the data center and fill out the form and sign it electronically. Leagues must list the ages of the players on the forms. Only three leagues can combine in each division. These forms cannot be backdated, and have to be uploaded and completed before the start of play, and it will be reviewed at the regional office level. Forms need to be approved yearly before Opening Days. Mike will be tracking softball and Diane hardball. Milan handed out a list of the leagues who have completed the forms in the data center so far. If both leagues do not accept the interleague/combined play, the form will remain pending until both leagues have approved it.

All games in an interlock schedule have to be balanced, i.e. each team plays the same number of games with each team in the interlock.

DISTRICT DINNER: Diane explained the plans for a District Dinner since this will be the 50th Dinner and Milan’s 25th year as District Administrator. Presidents were polled for their opinion as to location and cost. It was the consensus that leagues wanted a dinner, that it be held at Northwoods Inn, and that the leagues will support it. Costs and menus were discussed with presidents agreeing to the dinner plans. Diane thereafter emailed an order form to the leagues. The Dinner will be held Friday, March 1, beginning at 6:00 p.m, dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

LEAGUES ARE ASKED TO INDICATE HOW MANY WILL ATTEND ASAP as District needs to confirm the minimum attendance with Northwoods and pay a deposit to book the room.

BASEBALL JUNIOR/SENIOR INTERLEAGUE PLAY: Diane will be coordinating the Interlock. Phil will be creating the schedule and will be supplying umpires for all junior games. Two umpires will be used each game. Diane polled the leagues as to how many teams they will have and field availability. Thereafter an email was sent for leagues to confirm. District hopes to have a schedule out to begin games on March 9th. Milan noted CIF will end earlier this year so high school players will be available earlier, leagues should take this into consideration when making up junior and senior teams.

SOFTBALL: Mike noted leagues may schedule games with San Marino as special games. He discussed how many teams leagues will have.

In baseball and softball, junior teams are 12-13-14 year olds; if 15 year olds are put on junior teams at the beginning of the season Milan will write special waivers. Teams must play a minimum of 10 games during the regular season to qualify to play tournaments. Players must play 60% of their season to qualify for tournament play.

DODGER DAY: Milan has scheduled a Dodger Day tentatively for May 6th. It is now very difficult to obtain a Little League night at Dodger Stadium just for one District and for the players to go onto the field prior to the game. Tickets will be the lowest price available. More information will be forthcoming.

ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT DATES: Milan passed out an updated Western Region Tournament Calendar. All leagues should Close by June 8th. TOCs will begin June 10th. A powerpoint on All About Tournament was emailed to presidents. Mandatory Play powerpoint was emailed to all presidents.

2019 REGULAR SEASON OPENING DAYS: Opening dates and times:

Alhambra American - March 9 @ 10:00 a.m.

East Alhambra - March 16 @ 9:00 a.m.

El Monte National - March 9 @ 10:00 a.m.

Northeast LA - March 16 @ 11:00 a.m.

South El Monte - March 9 @ 9 a.m.

South Pasadena - March 8 @ 6:00 p.m. 

Temple City American - March 2 @ 10:00 a.m.

Temple City National - February 22 6:00 p.m.

El Monte Eastern - March 15 @ 6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles - March 9 @ 11:00 a.m. 20th year

OPEN DISCUSSION: There was further discussion regarding umpires and time limits on games. There are no drop dead rules in LL.

The next meeting will be noticed by Milan.

At 8:20 p.m. the meeting was adjourned.

Diane Bowen, District 18 Secretary

 

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Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Jul 22, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

2018 NATIONAL AWARD WINNER – NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES LITTLE LEAGUE

 

 

When Carl E. Stotz organized the first Little League® season in 1938, he leaned on the Williamsport community for support. On June 6, 1939, the first Little League game was played, and the local businesses and residents played a significant role in the success of that first year. Today, Little League is the hallmark of more than 7,000 communities around the world. To recognize the importance of local Little League programs to the fabric of society in their hometowns, Little League has created the Carl E. Stotz Little League Community Award.

 

Little League International is truly honored to have the privilege of presenting this award to Sergio Villasenor and all of Northeast Los Angeles Little League.

  • What: Stotz Community Award
  • When: August, 5th before the 7:30pm game
  • Arrive: 6:30pm
  • Where: Little League West Region: 6707 Little League Dr. San Bernardino, CA 92407

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SENIOR SOFTBALL WESTERN REGIONAL

Posted by MILAN MRAKICH at Jul 21, 2018 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Los Angeles Little League captured the Southern California State Title with a 7-6 win over District 51 in dramatic fashion. In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, no one on base, Los Angeles was down 6-2. In what is arguably the greatest comeback in District 18 history, the team scored 5 runs to win the championship game. Los Angeles Little League now advances to the Western Regional Tournament in Missoula Montana. Please follow the team using the attached link.

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