Preparing for a District Meeting this evening and reviewing the 2017 Rule Updates. Unfortunately, Little League has a tendency to roll out some of these POE's (Points of Emphasis) without giving DA's a whole lot of insight or direction. Going back several years LL players were not allowed to participate in other programs during the Tournament, now they are allowed but it seems like there is a reverse trend as most WPort Teams are also travel teams. I also know that it seems many Little League programs have seemed to homogenize travel ball programs/teams into their Little League programs.
I guess we are starting to see The Hill looking to tighten up a bit but not sure how effective this will be. I have to imagine that its a bit of egg in the face of LL when ESPN talks about how the kids play together all year long as travel teams..
Divisions: All Baseball and Softball Divisions
Provides additional clarification regarding a local league’s limitations with non-Little League individuals, teams, events, and/or programs. (Page 28 in Baseball; 27-28 in Softball).
A local Little League is not permitted to sponsor, administer, underwrite, advertise, pay any fees, or otherwise support in any manner, any team or teams, any individual or group of individuals, for the purpose of participating in a non-Little League Baseball or Softball program, event or game. Any violation of this regulation by the local Little League may result in revocation of charter and/or suspension of tournament privileges. While Little League does not recommend or endorse participation in more than one baseball program, this does not prohibit an individual who plays in a chartered Little League, or a group of such individuals, from participation in a non-Little League program, event, or game, subject to the provisions of this Regulation, Regulation IV(a) Note 2, and the provisions of the Tournament Rules and Guidelines regarding “player participation in other programs;” however, such participation may not take place in uniforms by the local Little League, with equipment provided by the local Little League, or as a representative of the local Little League.