Has there been a recent change in how "property players" are defined? Came up in discussion the other day, as LLI's website seems to differ from the Rule Book.
Under Duration of Title, the Rule Book previously stated: "Each player acquired shall, for the duration of their Major Little League career, be the property of the team and league or division making the acquisition, unless subsequently traded or released."
However, the LLI website includes the following:
Off-Season Release: Players in the Major Division and above may request to be released during the off-season, which must be approved by majority vote of the Board. If approved, release provides player to selected to another team in a division but not to move down a division.
This would appear to let players opt-off a team, with Board approval. Couldn't this cause issues in small leagues, with only a couple teams, that don't re-draft each year? Not a big fan of "property players" but giving players an opt-out provision doesn't seem to align with the Rule Book.