I. Playing the Game
A. Little League International rules prevail in all instances and local bylaws serve to amplify or further define; any local bylaw found to be contraindicated by Little League International is void and severed of the remainder of the local bylaws herein.
B. Local Rules that apply in the conduct of Playing the Game:
1. No intentional walks.
2. If a batter’s intent is to bunt, he cannot pull back to wing away; it is an automatic out.
3. Brewster Little League Major League requires a continuous eleven player (full squad) batting order. Coaches are allowed free defensive substitutions provided each player plays a minimum of 6 defensive outs in a game.
4. There will be no batter “on deck”.
5. Each player must play a minimum of two innings and come to bat at least once during the course of a game. If, due to an error, a player fails to come to bat in a game, then that player must play in a field position in the entire next game. The following penalties for managers failing to comply with this rule are:
1st Offense: Letter from the league President
2nd Offense: One game suspension
3rd Offense: Expulsion
6. There is a ‘slaughter rule’ that specifies that at the end of the fifth inning (or at the end of four and a half if the home team is leading), the game is ruled complete if one team has a 12 run lead. Teams may continue to play at the discretion of coaches and umpires. In either case, the game becomes an official complete game if/when the above rule applies.
7. A courtesy runner is allowed if the catcher is a runner and there are two outs. This runner must be chosen from players not currently in the lineup.
1. Once removed from the game due to an injury, a player is out for the entire game. An accident report must be filled out by the manager and submitted to the league within 24 hours. In order for the player to resume playing in future games and practices, written permission must be received from the parent or guardian, if no medical attention was required. If medical attention was necessary, a medical release is required prior to resuming participation in any practices or games.
2. SHORT TERM. Minor League players can be brought up to a Major League team on a temporary basis to fill in for injured or absent players. This must not interfere with the Minor League team; in addition, clear, open communication of these movements between the Major and Minor Head Coaches, the player and parents, and the Player Agent MUST be observed.
3. LONG TERM. If it is deemed necessary that a team needs to call up a Minor League player on a full time basis, any player movement must be made only via the Player Agent. The Player Agent will determine which player moves up, and will communicate closely with both Head Coaches, Player, and Parents. At the end of the season, the player called up will not automatically return to that major team. Instead, he/she will go into the draft for the following year, able to join whichever team selects him/her.
B. Code of Conduct
1. To maintain order it is necessary for the manager to enforce of the Code of Conduct. This discipline is expected to be reasonable and consistent. Some form of progressive discipline is preferred and it must not vary according to talent level of the players, or in any other way be disparately applied.
2. If benching a player for disciplinary reasons, the manager should notify the scorer and the opposing manager prior to the game, or in the event that such disciplinary need arises during the playing of a game, between the next changeup.
3. If it becomes necessary to remove a child from a team, the manager must consult with the league President, Vice-President and Player Agent prior to enacting the removal.
C. Request for changes of roster assignment
1. All requests from returning Major League players to be changed onto a new team roster shall be considered by the full board of directors and decided upon based on the nature and severity of the complaint, hardship or personal issue from which the request arises, on the overall distribution of ages on teams within the Majors, and the overall best interests of the Brewster Regional Little League program. Any permission to move the player will be granted based upon the authority of these League officials; requests to move onto specific rosters may not be honored if evaluation of the request criteria indicates a more appropriate placement.
2. All requests from new Major League players, coming up from the Minors program, to be changed from the drafted team roster shall be considered by the full board of directors and decided upon based on the nature and severity of the complaint, hardship or personal issue from which the request arises, on the overall distribution of ages on teams within the Majors, and the overall best interests of the Brewster Regional Little League program. If the officials require more input, the previous Minors coach may be consulted. Any permission to move the player will be granted based upon the authority of these League officials; requests to move onto specific rosters may not be honored if evaluation of the request criteria indicates a more appropriate placement.
3. All requests from Minor League players to be changed from their assigned roster shall be considered by the full board of directors and decided upon based on the nature and severity of the complaint, hardship or personal issue from which the request arises, on the overall distribution of ages on teams within the Minors, and the overall best interests of the Brewster Regional Little League program. If the officials require more input, the previous Minors coach may be consulted. Any permission to move the player will be granted based upon the authority of these League officials; requests to move onto specific rosters may not be honored if evaluation of the request criteria indicates a more appropriate placement.
D. ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
1. Minor League players must be at least 9 years of age and have participated in pre-season rated evaluations to be considered eligible for a Major League call up.
2. Any player in the Minor League who did not participate in the pre-season rated evaluation is not available for a Major League call up until the player has participated in a minimum of two weeks in the Minor League game schedule.
3. Any player who refuses a draft reassignment or call up to the Major League must participate in the Minor League for the balance of the season, but is eligible to participate in the following years’ evaluation and draft process.
III. MANAGERS AND COACHES
A. All Major League managers are subject to yearly approval. Major League managers are to list two coaches for league approval. These coaches are the coaches of record for the season in the dug out. If one coach is not able to make the game, the manager’s choice for a substitute volunteer must be approved by league officials before the game.
B. Equipment and uniforms – Managers are responsible for ensuring that the equipment and uniforms that are issued to their team are properly cared for and turned back in to the league at the end of the season. No child will receive trophies or awards at the end of the season of their uniforms have not been returned.
1. In addition to pre-season practices, each manager is expected to hold at least two hours of practice per week, and to duly notify the players on the roster of the scheduled dates, times and locations of all practices.
2. Managers are expected to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the scheduled beginning of practice time to be on-site when players arrive, and to become acquainted with the appropriate parents, guardians and other responsible adults typically dropping off and picking up players from practices or games.
3. The manager must stay on-site until every player has been picked up by the recognized, appropriate responsible adults associated with that child.
4. Managers are to maintain a file for their roster, available at every practice and game, containing copies of the players’ original registration forms and other contact information, medical release forms, and filed safety plans.
5. In the event that there is an emergency concerning a player or no adult arriving to pick up a child within a reasonable wait after the specified end time of a practice, or probable end time of a game, the manager will make every effort to utilize the filed information to reach a responsible party of behalf of that child, before resorting to calling emergency personnel. Where medical necessity requires that emergency personnel are the first contacts to be made on behalf of a child, the manager will continue making efforts to reach a responsible party.
6. No team is to practice more than three times per week during the regular season.
7. Any coaches designated by the manager to conduct practices or games in the manager’s absence will be duly notified of the responsibilities of these provisions, and be supplied use of the roster file.
D. Postponement and Make Up Games
1. In the event of inclement weather, Little League Rules state that both managers must agree to play or not to play a scheduled game. This decision can only be made within two hours before the start of the scheduled game. The decision, if the managers can not agree or are not available, will be made by the President of the Vice-President of the league.
2. As soon as it is learned that a game will not be played, it is the HOME teams’ manager’s responsibility to notify the league President or Vice –President, Umpires, Scorers, and snack concession volunteers. It is the manager’s responsibility to notify the players timely to avoid unnecessary travel.
3. Any cancelled games must be made up within 2 weeks of the cancellation.
4. No games will be cancelled except for weather or other serious emergency. Personal scheduling reasons are NOT valid for cancelling a game or changing the season schedule.
E. Special Events and Activities – managers are to keep their team apprised of and promote participation in any league special event or activity.
F. Parental Involvement – Mangers are to encourage parental involvement in all league activities.
G. On-Field Location – Managers are reminded that only the manager and assistant coaches are allowed to coach from outside of the dug out, and must stay within the designated coaches’ box in the front of the dug out. The manager must ask permission from the umpire to leave the box to speak with a player or umpire.
H. Only players, umpires, and coaches are allowed in the dugout or on the field of play. Family members and friends of players are encouraged to come and watch the games; however, they are NOT to enter the dugout or field of play.
IV. Grievances and Appeals
A. Grievances between players, or from parents, or other conflicts should be calmly discussed with the team manager at an appropriate time, and without interruption to a game in play or causing distraction at a practice. Where this fails resolution, parties may seek audience with the President, Vice-President, Player Agent, and Executive Secretary (at minimum, as the Executive Committee, to preside over any appeals) and any other Directors (such as Safety Officer where complaint involves issues of safety) as deemed applicable by the President.
1. Process of redressing grievances or seeking an appeal with the Executive Committee will not be abused with the airing of minor annoyances, inconveniences, or as opportunity to ‘second guess’ batting order, fielding positions or rotations employed, as long as such follow the general provisions of the Little League International regulations and the local league bylaws.
B. Where a complainant remains dissatisfied with the resolution of a genuine issue of conflict after reasonable attempts at grievance solution with the team manager and after seeking an appeal with the Executive Committee, the aggrieved may petition the full Board of Directors to issue a final decision.
1. The Board of Directors will request a written explanation of the complainant’s grievance and requested relief, a written summary of attempted conflict solution from the team manager, and a written assessment of conflict solution offered by the Executive Committee upon appeal. The Board will consider whether there is any further due cause for action on the complaint, and notify all parties in writing of the final decision.
V: Draft Rules / Player Selection:
Major League Draft:
(Approved unanimously, 1.24.07; amended 03/06/2015)
Brewster Little League Constitution
ARTICLE I – NAME
This organization shall be known as the Brewster Regional Little League, hereinafter referred to as “Local League,” with all sections contained herein applying equally to the American League and National League divisions of the Local League, as apportioned according to regional population statistics.
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVE
The objective of the Local League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.
To achieve this objective, the Local League will provide a supervised program under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
All Directors, Officers and Members shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of prime importance, and operate under the Board of Directors’ agreed upon Mission Statement: to offer Lower Cape children a higher level of baseball play, founded in providing skills development in the Minor League teams and advancing strategy and competitive tactics in the Major Leagues, while promoting sportsmanship, a team attitude, and supporting of personal game knowledge, skills and abilities growth for all.
In accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, the Local League shall operate exclusively as a non-profit educational organization providing a supervised program of competitive baseball and softball games. No part of the net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and which does not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Eligibility. Any person sincerely interested in active participation to further the objective of this Local League may apply to become a Member.
Classes. There shall be the following classes of Members:
(a) Player Members. Any player candidate meeting the requirements of Little League Regulation IV shall be eligible to compete for participation. Player Members shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of the Local League.
(b) Regular Members. Any adult person actively interested in furthering the objectives of the Local League may become a Regular Member upon league registration and payment of dues as hereinafter provided. Regular Members may be issued a card numbered in sequential order annually. The secretary shall maintain the roll of membership to qualify membership for public Board of Directors meeting attendance.
Only Board of Directors in good standing are eligible to vote at General Membership Meetings. All Officers, Board Members, Committee Members, Managers, Coaches, Volunteer Umpires and other elected or appointed officials must be active Regular Members in good standing.
Note: Regular Members of the league automatically include all current Managers, Coaches, Volunteer Umpires, Board Members, Officers of the Board and any other person who is recognized by the Board as a volunteer in the Local League, including those volunteers with the following titles: Team parent / coordinator, Event or Fundraising sub-committee coordinator. (List is neither exhaustive nor conclusive).
(c) Honorary Members (Optional). Any person may be elected as Honorary Member by the unanimous vote of all Directors present at any duly held meeting of the Board of Directors but shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of the Local League.
(d) Sustaining Members (Optional). Any person not a Regular Member who makes financial or other contribution to the Local League may by a majority vote of the Board of Directors become a Sustaining Member, but such person shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of the Local League.
(e) As used hereinafter, the word “Member” shall mean a Regular Member unless otherwise stated.
(a) Members, whether Regular or Player, shall not be required to be affiliated with another organization or group to qualify as members of the Local League.
(b) Regular Members should not be actively engaged in the promotion and/or operation of any other baseball/softball program.
Suspension or Termination. Membership may be terminated by resignation or action of the Board of Directors as follows.
(a) The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote of those present at any duly constituted Board meeting, shall have the authority to discipline or suspend or terminate the membership of any Member of any class, including managers and coaches, when the conduct of such person is considered detrimental to the best interests of the Local League and/or Little League Baseball, Incorporated. The Member involved shall be notified of such meeting, informed of the general nature of the charges and given an opportunity to appear at the meeting to answer such charges.
(b) The Board of Directors shall, in case of a Player Member, give notice to the manager of the team for which the player is a Player Member. Said manager shall appear, in the capacity of an adviser, with the player before the Board of Directors or a duly appointed committee of the Board of Directors. The player’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may also be present. The Board of Directors shall have full power to suspend or revoke such player’s right to future participation by two-thirds vote of those present at any duly constituted meeting (quorum is required).
ARTICLE IV – DUES FOR REGULAR MEMBERS (NOT PLAYERS)
Dues for Regular Members may be fixed at such amounts as the Board of Directors shall determine for a particular fiscal year (deemed not applicable).
ARTICLE V – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Definition. A General Membership Meeting is any meeting of the membership of the league (including Special General Membership Meetings, Section 7). A minimum of one per year (Annual Meeting, see Section 6) is required.
Notice of Meeting. Notice of each General Membership Meeting shall be delivered personally, electronically or by mail to each Member at the last recorded address at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting, setting forth the place, time and purpose of the meeting. In lieu of the above methods, notice may be given in such form as may be authorized by the Members, from time to time, at a regularly convened General Membership Meeting.
Quorum. At any General Membership Meeting, the presence in person of one third (33.3 percent) of the members (as defined in Article III – Membership) shall be necessary to constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present, not business shall be conducted.
Voting. Only Board of Directors shall be entitled to make motions and vote at General Membership Meetings. However, the Board of Directors may invite, admit and recognize guests for presentations or comments during General Membership Meetings. (Those eligible to take part at meetings of the Board of Directors are described in Article VI, Section 4.)
Absentee Ballot. For the expressed purpose of accommodating a Director in good standing who cannot be in attendance at the Annual Meeting, or any General Membership Meeting at which new Board members will be elected, an absentee ballot may be requested and obtained from the Secretary of the League by any individual who is a member, as defined in Article III – Membership. The absentee ballot shall be properly completed, signed and returned in a sealed envelope to the Secretary prior to the date of the election.
The Secretary shall present all absentee ballots to the Election Chairman (appointed at the meeting) on the date of the meeting, prior to the voting portion of the election process.
Annual Meeting of the Members. The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Local League shall be held in September, with time, date and location to be announced by the Board of Directors, each year for the purpose of electing new Members, electing the Board of Directors, receiving reports, reviewing the Constitution, appointing committees, and for the transaction of such business as may properly come before the meeting.
(a) The Membership shall receive at the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Local League a report, verified by the President and Treasurer, or by a majority of the Directors, showing:
(1) The condition of the Local League, to be presented by the President or his/her designate;
(2) A general summary of funds received and expended by the local league for the previous year, the amount of funds currently in possession of the local league, and the name of the financial institution in which such funds are maintained;
(3) The whole amount of real and personal property owned by the Local League, where located, and where and how invested;
(4) For the year immediately preceding, the amount and nature of the property acquired, with the date of the report and the manner of the acquisition, the amount applied, appropriated or expended, and the purposes, objects or persons to or for which such applications, appropriations or expenditures have been made;
(5) The names of the persons who have been admitted to regular membership in the Local League during such year. This report shall be filed with the records of the Local League and entered in the minutes of the proceedings of the Annual Meeting. A copy of such report shall be forwarded to Little League International.
(b) At the Annual Meeting, the Members shall determine the number of Directors to be elected for the ensuing year and shall elect such number of Directors. The number of Directors elected shall be not less than six (6).
(c) After the Board of Directors is elected, the Board shall meet to elect the officers. After the election, the Board of Directors shall assume the performance of its duties effective immediately. The Board’s term of office shall continue until its successors are elected and qualified under this section.
(d) The Officers of the Board of Directors shall include, at a minimum, the President, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary, one or more Player Agents and a Safety Officer. The Board shall also include a minimum of one manager and one volunteer umpire.
Only volunteer umpires may be elected to the Board.
Special General Membership Meetings. Special General Membership Meetings of the Members may be called by the Board of Directors or by the Secretary or President at their discretion. Upon the written request of twenty (25) Members, the President or Secretary shall call a Special General Membership Meeting to consider the subject specified in the request.
No business other than that specified in the notice of the meeting shall be transacted at any Special General Membership Meeting.
Such Special General Membership Meeting shall be scheduled to take place not less than
thirty (30) days after the request is received by the President or Secretary.
Rules of Order for General Membership Meetings. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all General Membership Meetings, except where same conflicts with this Constitution of the Local League.
ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Authority. The management of the property and affairs of the Local League shall be vested in the Board of Directors.
Increase in number. The number of Board of Directors so fixed at the Annual Meeting may be increased at any General Membership Meeting or Special Meeting of the Members. If the number is increased, the additional Directors may be elected at the meeting at which the increase is voted, or at any subsequent General Membership Meeting. All elections of additional Directors shall be by majority vote of the Board of Directors present or represented by a properly executed and signed absentee ballot filed with the Secretary prior to the election meeting.
Vacancies. If any vacancy occurs in the Board of Directors, by death, resignation or otherwise, it may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors at any regular Board meeting or at any Special Board Meeting called for that purpose.
Board Meetings, Notice and Quorum. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately following the Annual Meeting and on such days thereafter as shall be determined by the Board.
(a) The President or the Secretary may, whenever they deem it advisable, issue a call for a Special Board Meeting. In the case of Special Board Meetings, such notice shall include the purpose of the meeting and no matters not so stated may be acted upon at the meeting.
(b) Notice of each Board meeting shall be given by the Secretary personally, electronically or by mail to each Director at least two (2) days before the time appointed for the meeting to the last recorded address of each Director.
(c) Six (6) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If a quorum is not present, no business shall be conducted.
(d) Only members of the Board of Directors may make motions and vote at meetings of the Board of Directors. However, the Board of Directors may invite, admit and recognize guests for presentations or comments during Board meetings.
Duties and Powers. The Board of Directors shall have the power to appoint such standing committees as it shall determine appropriate and to delegate such powers to them as the Board shall deem advisable and which it may properly delegate.
The Board may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its meetings and the management of the Local League as it may deem proper, provided such rules and regulations do not conflict with this Constitution.
The Board shall have the power by a two-thirds vote of those present at any regular Board or Special Board Meeting to discipline, suspend or remove any Director or Officer or Committee Member of the Local League in accordance with the procedure set forth in Article III, Section 4 (a,b).
Rules of Order for Board Meetings. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all Board of Directors meetings, except where same conflicts with this Constitution of the Local League.
ARTICLE VII – DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE BOARD
Appointments. The Board of Directors may appoint such other officers or agents as it may deem necessary or desirable, and may prescribe the powers and duties of each. Appointed officers or agents shall have no vote on actions taken by the Board of Directors unless such individuals have been elected to the Board by the membership or have been elected to fill a vacancy on the Board.
President. The President shall:
(a) Conduct the affairs of the Local League and execute the policies established by the Board of Directors.
(b) Present a report of the condition of the Local League at the Annual Meeting.
(c) Communicate to the Board of Directors such matters as deemed appropriate, and make such suggestions as may tend to promote the welfare of the Local League.
(d) Be responsible for the conduct of the Local League in strict conformity to the policies, principles, Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, as agreed to under the conditions of charter issued to the Local League by that organization.
(e) Designate in writing other officers, if necessary, to have power to make and execute for/and in the name of the Local League such contracts and leases they may receive and which have had prior approval of the Board.
(f) Investigate complaints, irregularities and conditions detrimental to the Local League and report thereon to the Board or Executive Committee as circumstances warrant.
(g) Prepare and submit an annual budget to the Board of Directors and be responsible for the proper execution thereof.
(h) With the assistance of the Player Agent, examine the application and support proof-of age documents of every player candidate and certify to residence and age eligibility before the player may be accepted for tryouts and selection.
Vice President. The Vice President shall:
(a) Perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President, provided he or she is authorized by the President or Board so to act. When so acting, the Vice President shall have all the powers of that office.
(b) Perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board of Directors or by the President.
Secretary. The Secretary shall:
(a) Be responsible for recording the activities of the Local League and maintain appropriate files, mailing lists and necessary records.
(b) Perform such duties as are herein specifically set forth, in addition to such other duties as are customarily incident to the office of Secretary or as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
(c) Maintain a list of all Regular, Sustaining and Honorary Members, Directors and committee members and give notice of all meetings of the Local League, the Board of Directors and Committees.
(d) Issue membership cards to Regular Members, if approved by the Board of Directors.
(e) Keep the minutes of the meetings of the Members, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and cause them to be recorded in a book kept for that purpose.
(f) Conduct all correspondence not otherwise specifically delegated in connection with said meeting and shall be responsible for carrying out all orders, votes and resolutions not otherwise committed.
(g) Notify Members, Directors, Officers and committee members of their election or appointment.
Treasurer. The Treasurer shall:
(a) Perform such duties as are herein set forth and such other duties as are customarily incident to the Office of Treasurer or may be assigned by the Board of Directors.
(b) Receive all monies and securities, and deposit same in a depository approved by the Board of Directors.
(c) Keep records for the receipt and disbursement of all monies and securities of the Local League, including the Auxiliary, approve all payments from allotted funds and draw checks therefore in agreement with policies established in advance of such actions by the Board of Directors. All disbursements by check must have dual signatures.
(d) Prepare an annual budget, under the direction of the President, for submission to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.
(e) Prepare an annual financial report, under the direction of the President, for submission to the Membership and Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting, and to Little League International.
Player Agent. The Player Agent shall:
(a) Record all player transactions and maintain an accurate and up-to-date record thereof.
(b) Receive and review applications for player candidates and assist the President in verifying residence and age eligibility.
(c) Conduct the tryouts, the player draft and all other player transaction or selection meetings.
(d) Prepare the Player Agent’s list.
(e) Prepare for the President’s signature and submission to Little League International, team rosters, including players’ claimed, and the tournament team eligibility affidavit.
(f) Notify Little League International of any subsequent player replacements or trades.
Safety Officer. The Safety Officer shall:
(a) Be responsible to create awareness, through education and information, of the opportunities to provide a safer environment for youngsters and all participants of Little League Baseball.
(b) Develop and implement a plan for increasing safety of activities, equipment and facilities through education, compliance and reporting.
NOTE: In order to implement a safety plan using education, compliance and reporting, the following suggestions may be utilized by the Safety Officer:
(1) Education – Should facilitate meetings and distribute information among participants including players, managers, coaches, umpires, league officials, parents, guardians and other volunteers.
(2) Compliance – Should promote safety compliance leadership by increasing awareness of the safety opportunities that arise from these responsibilities.
(3) Reporting – Define a process to assure that incidents are recorded, information is sent to league/district and national offices, and follow-up information on medical and other data is forwarded as available.
League Information Officer. The League Information Officer shall:
(a) Manage input to the league’s home page (site authorized by Little League International);
(b) Manage the online registration process and ensure that league rosters are maintained on the site;
(c) Assign administrative rights to league volunteers and teams;
(d) Ensure that league news and scores are updated on a regular basis;
(e) Collect, post and distribute important information on League activities including direct dissemination of fund-raising and sponsor activities to Little League International, district, public, league members and media;
(f) Serve as primary contact person for Little League and myteam.com regarding optimizing use of the Internet for league administration and for distributing information to league members and to Little League International.
Coaching Coordinator. The coaching coordinator shall:
(a) Represent coaches/managers in league;
(b) Present a coach/manager training budget to the board;
(c) Gain the support and funds necessary to implement a league-wide training program;
(d) Order and distribute training materials to players, coaches and managers;
(e) Coordinate mini-clinics as necessary;
(f) Serve as the contact person for Little League and its manager-coach education program for the league.
ARTICLE VIII – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Board of Directors may appoint an Executive Committee which shall consist of not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) Directors, one of whom shall be the President of the Local League.
The Executive Committee shall advise with and assist the Officers of the Local League in all matters concerning its interests and the management of its affairs, and shall have such other powers as may be delegated to it by the Board including adjudication of complaints, disputes and appeals, but in no event will the Executive Committee have authority over the Board of Directors.
At any meeting of the Executive Committee, a majority of the total number of members then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Committee.
ARTICLE IX – OTHER COMMITTEES
Nominating Committee. The Board of Directors may appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of three (3) Directors and other appointed Regular Members. The Committee shall investigate and consider eligible candidates and submit at the Annual Meeting a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee shall also submit for consideration by the Board of Directors a slate of Officers and Committee Members.
Membership Committee. The Board of Directors may appoint a Membership Committee consisting of three (3) Directors and other appointed Regular Members. The Committee shall receive the names of prospective Honorary, Sustaining and Regular Members, investigate for eligibility and recommend those qualified for election at the annual, regular or any special meeting of the Members or the
Board of Directors as the case may be.
Finance Committee. The Board of Directors may appoint a Finance Committee consisting of not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) Directors. The Treasurer shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee. The Committee shall investigate ways and means of financing the Local League including team sponsorships and submit recommendations.
It shall be responsible for taking up collections at games, if such collections are authorized by the Local League, and shall turn over said collections to the Treasurer immediately after each game.
Field Procurement Officer / Committee. The Board of Directors may appoint a Filed Procuremet Committee consisting of three (3) Directors and / or other Regular Members, to assist in the duties of the Filed Procurement Officer. The Committee shall investigate and recommend available, suitable sites and plans for development, including ways and means, the latter in cooperation with the Treasurer. The Officer or Committee shall be responsible for repair and improvement recommendations, other than normal maintenance, and supervise the performance of approved projects.
Grounds Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Grounds Committee which shall be responsible for the care and maintenance of the playing field(s), buildings and grounds. It shall operate under the direction of the Field Procurement Officer or Committee, and within the amount appropriated in the approved budget for that purpose.
Gear Procurement and Safety Officer / Playing Equipment Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Playing Equipment Committee which shall operate under the direction of the Gear Procurement and Safety Officer to secure bids on needed supplies and equipment and make recommendations for their purchase to the Board. The Officer or Committee shall be responsible for the proper issuance of such supplies and equipment and for the repair, cleaning and storage thereof at the close of the season.
Managers Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Managers Committee consisting of three (3) Directors.
The Committee shall interview and investigate prospective mangers and coaches, including those for the Minor League teams and recommend acceptable candidates to the President, for appointment and subsequent approval by the Board of Directors. It shall, during the playing season, observe the conduct of the managers and coaches and report its findings to the President of the Local League. It shall, at the request of the President or Board of Directors, investigate complaints concerning managers and coaches and make a report thereof to the President or Board of Directors as the case may be.
Umpire Chief / Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint an Umpire Committee under the direction of the Umpire Chief, consisting of three (3) Directors and other Regular Members. The Umpire Chief shall be chairman of any such Committee. The Committee shall recruit, interview and recommend to the President for appointment a staff of umpires, including a chief umpire and replacements. When appointed, the staff of umpires shall be under the personal direction of the Local League President, assisted by the Umpire Chief who shall train, observe and schedule the staff.
District Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a District Committee consisting of the Local League President as chairman and two (2) other Directors. The Committee shall assist the District Administrator in interleague district functions including the selection of members of the District Administrator’s Advisory Committee and the selection of tournament sites and area tournament directors.
Fundraising Officer / Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Fundraising Committee, under the direction of the Fundraising Officer, consisting of the Local League Treasurer, other Directors and other Regular Members. The Officer shall coordinate the activities of the Committee. It shall review and evaluate fundraising projects for raising money and disposition of profits, and make recommendations to the Board. The Board of Directors shall approve in advance all projects and actions of the Fundraising Committee.
Auditing Committee. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint an Auditing Committee consisting of three (3) Directors. The President, Treasurer or signatories of checks are not eligible. The Committee will review the Local League’s books and records annually prior to the Annual Meeting and attach a statement of its findings to the annual financial statement of the President and Treasurer; or may, if directed by the Board of Directors or Membership, secure the services of a Certified Public Accountant to accomplish such review.
Executive Officers of the Majors and Minor Leagues, / Committees. The Board of Directors may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Major and / or Minor League Committee consisting Directors and / or Regular Members, under the direction as appropriate of either the Executive Officer of the Major or the Minor League.. The Chairman of the Committee shall be the Executive Officer, and be responsible to the Local League President for the proper conduct of the Committee’s operation.
ARTICLE X – AFFILIATION
Charter. The Local League shall annually apply for a charter from Little League Baseball, Incorporated, and shall do all things necessary to obtain and maintain such charter. The Local League shall devote its entire energies to the activities authorized by such charter and it shall not be affiliated with any other program or organization or operate any other program.
Rules and Regulations. The Official Playing Rules and Regulations as published by Little League Baseball, Incorporated, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, shall be binding on this Local League.
Local Rules, Ground Rules and/or Bylaws. The local rules, ground rules and/or bylaws of this Local League shall be adopted by the Board of Directors at a meeting to be held not less than one month previous to the first scheduled game of the season, but shall in no way conflict with the Rules, Regulations and Policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, nor shall they conflict with this Constitution.
The local rules, ground rules and/or bylaws of this Local League shall expire at the end of each fiscal year, and are not considered part of this Constitution. (See Article XI, Section 7 for fiscal year of this league.)
ARTICLE XI – FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING
Authority. The Board of Directors shall decide all matters pertaining to the finances of the Local League and it shall place all income including Auxiliary funds, in a common league treasury, directing the expenditure of funds in such manner as will give no individual or team an advantage over those in competition with such individual or team.
Contributions. The Board shall not permit the contribution of funds or property to individual teams but shall solicit funds for the common treasury of the Local League, thereby to discourage favoritism among teams and to endeavor to equalize the benefits of the Local League.
Solicitations. The Board shall not permit the solicitation of funds in the name of Little League Baseball, Incorporated unless all of the funds so raised be placed in the Local League treasury.
Disbursement of Funds. The Board shall not permit the disbursement of Local League funds for other than the conduct of Little League activities in accordance with the rules, regulations and policies of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. All disbursements shall be made by check. All checks shall be signed by the Local League Treasurer and such other officer or officers or person or persons as the Board of Directors shall determine.
Compensation. No Director, Officer or Member of the Local League shall receive, directly or indirectly any salary, compensation or emolument from the Local League for services rendered as Director, Officer or Member.
Deposits. All monies received, including Auxiliary Funds, shall be deposited to the credit of the Local League in Seaman’s Bank, Eastham, MA.
Fiscal year. The fiscal year of the Local League shall begin on October 1 and shall end on September 30.
Distribution of Property upon Dissolution. Upon dissolution of the Local League and after all outstanding debts and claims have been satisfied, the Members shall direct the remaining property of the Local League to another Federally Incorporated entity which maintains the same objectives as set forth in Article II of this Constitution, which are or may be entitled to exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or any future corresponding provision.
ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended, repealed or altered in whole or in part by a majority vote at any duly organized meeting of the Members provided notice of the proposed change is included in the notice of such meeting.
Draft of all proposed amendments shall be submitted to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, for approval before implementation.