Important Rule Changes for 2014 Residency Requirement
November 27, 2013
As we enter into the 75th year of Little League, we want to advise you of several important changes to the rules and regulations that you’ll see in the 2014 Little League® Rulebooks. We hope that these changes help make your entire season a successful one, and we look forward to celebrating our Diamond Anniversary with you throughout the year.
Residency and School Attendance Eligibility
In an effort to accommodate for Little Leaguers to play with their classmates, and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located. To verify enrollment, parents will need to bring an official school document, such as a report card or school enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the school for the current academic year, dated before October 1, 2013. Read the full text of the new rule here.
“Little League is always looking for more ways to give all children the opportunity to have the best Little League experience possible,” said Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development. “This new rule will provide more flexibility for families to participate in the leagues that best fits their children.”
Last year, Little League National made some Composite bats illegal. Since then, some of those bats have been tested and approved by Little League. If you are planning on buying a bat this Holiday Season, please make sure the bat is on one of these lists. Just because the bat is printed with “Little League Approved”, does not mean it has been tested and approved. Do not take the word of the sales person in the store, only bats on these lists will be permitted to be used in practice and games.
Also, this list is updated by Little League every time they approve a new bat. As long as you check the updated list before you make your purchase, you will be safe.