Friday, July 6, 2012

LITTLE LEAGUE TRANSFER RULES


When something in your life is not going the way you want, you must make an adjustment. Whether it be a relationship that does not make you feel good about yourself or you find yourself striking out at the plate, you have to try something else. As many players have finished their Little League baseball season, there will be time for reflection. 


If the league for which you are geographically bound to participate in is not a good fit for your child, you do have options. But your child will have to make concessions. 


Albert Einstein defines insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This being said, if you don't like the result you are getting make an adjustment.


If you feel it is time to make some adjustments for your child, then listed below you will find some very needed information which was taken directly from http://www.littleleague.org/learn/rules/rulewaiver.htm


While there are no perfect solutions, sometimes only a little improvement is better than none at all. What will you be teaching your child by making a move like this? 

SPECIAL WAIVER REQUEST (SWR)


Little League's Charter Committee in Williamsport PA may grant a Special Waiver of any Rule or Regulation, including the Boundary Regulation(s).  An SWR is a Letter, written to the LLB Charter Committee, asking for a Waiver of a Specific Rule or Regulation

- SWRs MUST be approved by the Local League Board of Directors.
- SWRs MUST be put in writing and signed by the Local League President.
- If the SWR also concerns another League, that League President's comments must be included.
- If the SWR also concerns another District, that District Administrator's comments must be included.
- SWRs MUST be forwarded to the District Administrator (DA) for review & comment.
- The DA will forward the SWR to Little League for Approval or Denial by the LLB Charter Committee.

REGULAR SEASON ONLY RESIDENCY SPECIAL WAIVER REQUEST 
If you would like to ask Little League Charter Committee for a Residency (Boundary) Waiver for the current Regular Season Only ( NO ALL-STAR ELIGIBILITY ), there is a form to assist in that process.
LLB Approval with this form will PROHIBIT the Player from All-Star Tournament Eligibility and the player is therefore NOT ELIGIBLE to be selected on any All-Star Tournament team.



Regular Season Only - Residency Waiver Form > CLICK-HERE




Waivers of Rules and Regulations

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 temporary waiver of a rule or regulation.
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. A waiver request, while it may be supported by documents from the parent(s), may be submitted only through the proper chain of command.


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

  1. The local league Board of Directors votes whether or not to request the waiver.
  2. If the local league Board of Directors votes to request the waiver, the President writes a letter, detailing the request. Supporting documents should be attached, and forwarded to the District Administrator.
  3. The District Administrator includes his/her written opinion, and forwards all documents to the Regional Director.
  4. The Regional Director will present the situation to the Charter Committee for action.
  5. The Charter Committee will inform the Regional Director of its decision, and the Regional Director will inform the District Administrator.

A local Little League does not have the authority to waive such rights.
Only the Charter Committee in Williamsport has this authority.
If the Charter Committee votes to grant a waiver, the District Administrator will be informed in writing.
Waivers, if granted, are for the current season only.


Q - Can a child who does not have residence within a league’s boundaries play in that league for the regular season only, provided he/she is not eligible for Tournament Play (all stars)?

A - The local league may request a waiver, listing all circumstances that warrant such a waiver.
Only the Charter Committee in Williamsport can make the final decision.
If the Charter Committee votes to grant a waiver, the District Administrator will be informed in writing.
Waivers, if granted, are for the current season only.


Q - If a parent signs a notarized statement granting temporary custody of a child to a friend or other family member, can that friend or family member’s residence be used for registering a child to play in Little League?

A - The only acceptable documentation regarding a change of custody is court-ordered custody (a decree issued by a judge who has jurisdiction in the matter).


Q - Does the District Administrator have the authority to grant a waiver of a rule or regulation? Example: Could the District Administrator give permission for a local league to register players whose residence is outside the league’s boundaries?

A - Any waiver of a rule or regulation can only be made by the Charter Committee in Williamsport.
No other person or group has this authority.
If the Charter Committee votes to grant a waiver, the District Administrator will be informed in writing.
Waivers, if granted, are for the current season only.


Q - If the District Administrator is opposed to the request, does it mean it will fail?

A - All of the aspects of a waiver request are taken into account by the Charter Committee, and the opinion of one or more parties involved does not necessarily mean the request will be denied
A - A local Little League does not have the authority to waive such rights.
Only the Charter Committee in Williamsport has this authority.
If the Charter Committee votes to grant a waiver, the District Administrator will be informed in writing.
Waivers, if granted, are for the current season only.

Q - Can a child who does not have residence within a league’s boundaries play in that league for the regular season only, provided he/she is not eligible for Tournament Play (all stars)?

A - The local league may request a waiver, listing all circumstances that warrant such a waiver.
Only the Charter Committee in Williamsport can make the final decision.
If the Charter Committee votes to grant a waiver, the District Administrator will be informed in writing.
Waivers, if granted, are for the current season only.
Q - If a parent signs a notarized statement granting temporary custody of a child to a friend or other family member, can that friend or family member’s residence be used for registering a child to play in Little League?

A - The only acceptable documentation regarding a change of custody is court-ordered custody (a decree issued by a judge who has jurisdiction in the matter).



The rules and regulations are in place to help parents help their children. If your child plays the game to be on an All-Star team then this may not be the right adjustment but if your child plays the game for the love of it then have fun in the dirt on the other side.
While playing All-Stars can be fun, if the right kids are selected. Which most of the time they are not. Chances are you will pay $60 to $100 for uniforms that may have your son's name spelled correctly. You will take time off of work, so more money lost, travel to the practices and games more money spent. Food after the game more money. 
The bottom line is, youth sports can teach kids about life, are you are going to teach your child to make adjustments or stay in the same batters box and continue to strikeout?

7 comments:

  1. Once again, I hate to harp on this, but if things are bad you must take them head on! Running from a situation that is not right, is not the answer! A real lesson for the kids would be to face the reason of unhappiness and take a stance. Take it on, head to head. In life we are faced with many avenues that challenge us. Those that have the determination to take them on head to head, for the right reasons, are the one that are true leaders in life. Worrying about what can happen if you take the right steps and fail only create an environment of uncertainty. Even an attempt to change things, whether they become fail or not, will make things better. Better for your player, better for all players! Eliminating All Stars from you player may not seem a big deal to the parent but it is HUGE for the player, whether they state that or not.Lost opportunities of this for a player that desires this could possible take the love of the game away, creating uncertainty if they even want to continue. DO NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR CHILD'S DREAMS!!! Remember, what seem miniscule to us,may be very devastating to the what your kid really feels inside.

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  2. If a child plays the game to be on an All-star team, then maybe the child should find a sport that they have passion for not it's result. Love can not be replaced by a validation or inclusion.

    My child has never made an all star team so I'm not sure of the emotional importance. In youth scoccer it is the parents who play the game harder in the bleachers or in a dark ally than the kids anyway. The concept of the best of the best is fine but we all know the parents who wheel and deal are there for their specific needs. Yes their kids make all-stars but did they really. Their kids know who they are and how they end up there.

    My kids played local rec. soccer and had fun until they played 11u. The parents stared playing the political games so we went to travel. It's about choice and making the move that best fits your families needs, not just the childs.

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  3. I have played baseball although many years ago. I was selected to the All-star team again mind you in 1973. My town had one team and we thought we were "IT." My parents would not let me play on the team. I resented them for years but I got over it and went on to play division one baseball from 1980 to 1984 at Cal. It made me want to show everyone including my parents that I did have IT. I don't know the relevance or even how I ended up on this blog. Best of luck.

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  4. It is not about playing to make All Stars it is about earning something they should be entitled to. In the past I have seen those lose the opportunity that they had earned and to say it did matter is far from the truth.

    I agree 100% with your second paragraph.

    I also agree with the 3rd paragraph however, walking away from something that is WRONG where there are measures in place to rectify these issues, just doesn't sit with me well.

    I am sorry if I offended you, that was not my intent. I just feel there are other avenues to pursue in order to help the youth on our South County fields.

    Respectfully submitted,

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  5. We looked at it as a different opportunity. We ran to something and not away. My kids are now in high school and do not play baseball.

    You did not offend me. I know not specifically who you are but I know who you are and where you are in your life, again not specifically. But emotionally. From the time your kids started to play sports, you want what is best for them but are you willing to fight for it?

    I don't know what is wrong with your situation would you like to tell me and maybe I can tell you what I did? Other than fail half the time.

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  6. I have had a few parents ask me about what it takes to change leagues. I have provided the answer. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  7. What action can be taken if the problem exist with the local board of directors. How is one able to make a boundary request when the Board of Directors are the problem and most certainly will not approve or forward any such request to Williamsburg.
    thank you

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