Each local Little League determines the actual geographic boundaries of the area from within which it shall select players. These boundaries must be described in detail and shown on a map and dated when making application for a Little League ch arter. Players will be eligible to play with that league only if they reside within the boundaries provided to and approved by Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
A player will be deemed to reside within the league boundaries if:
A. His/her parents are living together and are residing within such league boundaries, OR;
B. Either of the player’s parents (or his/her court-appointed legal guardian) reside within such boundaries. It is unacceptable if a parent moves into a league’s boundaries for the purpose of qualifying for tournament play. As detailed later in these rules, the penalty for violation of this rule may, in Little League Baseball, Incorporated’s discretion, result in the disqualification of a player, team or entire league from regular season and/or tournament play.
“Residence,” “reside” and “residing” refers to a place of bona fide continuous habitation. A place of residence once established shall not be considered changed unless the parents, parent or guardian makes a bona fide change of residence.
Residence shall be established and supported by documents, dated or in force between February 1 (previous year) and February 1 ( current year), from THREE OR MORE of the following categories to determine residency of such parent(s) or guardian:
1. Driver’s License
2. Voter’s Registration
3. School records
4. Welfare/child care records
5. Federal records
6. State records
7. Local (municipal) records
8. Support payment records
9. Homeowner or tenant records
10. Utility bills (i.e., gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal) 11. Financial (loan, credit, investments, etc.) records 12. Insurance documents 13. Medical records 14. Military records 15. Internet, cable or satellite records 16. Vehicle records 17. Employment records
Note: Example – Three utility bills (three items from No. 10 above) constitute only ONE document.
Any documents submitted as proof of residence mush show customary usage or consumption to demonstrate bona fide continuous habitation as determined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated in its discretion. It is recommended that the league require some proof of residence within the league’s boundaries at the time the player registers. Players and their parents/guardians are advised that a false statement of residence may lead to ineligibility to play Little League Baseball or
Softball. Under NO circumstances does ANY person have the authority to grant a waiver that allows a child to play in a local Little League program IN ANY DIVISION, when that child does not qualify under these residency requirements.
If the claim for residency is challenged, three of the above materials must be submitted to Little League Baseball, Incorporated, with an affidavit of residency from the parent(s) or guardian. Little League Baseball, Incorporated shall decide the issue, in its sole discretion,
and that decision will final and binding. Residency documents must illustrate that the residence (as defined above) was inside the league’s boundaries throughout the regular season (as of June 15 of the year in question).
In the case of a Regulation II(d) Waiver Form, or a Regulation IV(h) Waiver Form, the proof of residence for the FORMER residence of the parent(s) that was within the current league’s boundaries must be obtained. This proof of residence for the former residence must be supported by the same documentation as noted above.
Tournament Requirement for Non-Citizens: A participant who is not
a citizen of the country in which he/she wishes to play, but meets residency requirements as defined by Little League, may participate in that country if:
his/her visa allows that participant to remain in that coun try for a period of at least one year, or;
the prevailing laws allow that participant to remain in that country for at least one year, or;
the participant has an established bona fide residence in that country for at least two years prior to the start of the regular season.
Exceptions can only be made by action of the Charter Committee in Williamsport. Any request for a waiver pertaining to the eligibility of a player must be submitted in writing, by the president of the local Little League through the district administrator, to their respective Regional Director not later than the date prescribed in Regulation IV (j). Requests submitted after that date will not be considered.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PROOF OF BIRTH DATE
1. Original proof of age document, if issued by federal, state or provin- cial registrars of vital statistics in the country in which the Little Leaguer is participating.
2. If country of participation differs from the country of proof of age document, original proof-of-age document issued by federal, state or provincial registrars of vital statistics, or local offices thereof, are accept- able proof of age, provided the document was filed, recorded, regis- tered or issued within one (1) year of the birth of the child.
3. An original document issued by federal, state or provincial registrars of vital statistics, or local offices thereof, listing the date of birth, with reference to the location and issue date of the original birth certificate, is acceptable.
(The original birth certificate referenced must have been filed, recorded, registered or issued within one (1) year of the birth of the child.) Also issued by these agencies are photocopies of the certificate of live birth with the certification also photocopied, including the signature, and include the seal impressed thereon. Such documents are acceptable without “live” signatures, provided the original filed, recorded, regis- tered or issued date of the birth certificate was within one (1) year of
the date of birth.
4. For children born abroad of a parent or parents who are U.S. citizens, any official government document issued by a U. S. federal agency or service, is acceptable. For military dependents, Department of Defense identification cards and military hospital certificates are acceptable. These must be originals, not copies, and must refer to a filing, recording, registration, or issue date that is within one (1) year of the birth of the child.
5. A “Statement in Lieu of Acceptable Proof of Birth” issued by a District Administrator is acceptable.
NOT ACCEPTABLE AS SOLE PROOF OF BIRTH: Baptismal Certificate; Cer- tificate of Blessing; Certificate of Dedication; Certificate of Circumcision, etc.; Hospital Certificate; photocopied records; passports.
NOTE: Little League International has authorized the Regional Directors for Latin America, Europe (including Middle East and Africa), and Asia/ Pacific, to adopt a policy that excludes No. 1 above. Local Little Leagues and districts in those regions will be informed of the regional policy.
HOW TO OBTAIN ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS PROVING DATE OF BIRTH
Certified copy-of-birth records may be obtained from the Registrar of Vital Statistics of each state, province or local office where the child was born. For U.S.-born persons, addresses of these offices or bureaus, fees required, and other pertinent information are supplied by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (National Center for Health Statistics). A database listing the method for obtaining birth records from any U.S. state or territory is available at the following Inter- net address: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm Individual states may also have on-line instructions on how to obtain “rush” birth records. To find out a state’s latest policies regarding birth records, go to the Internet site listed below and type “birth records” into the search field, designate the appropriate state, then click on “SUBMIT.” http://www.firstgov.gov/
Persons in the U.S. who need a copy of a non-U.S. birth record should contact the Embassy or the nearest Consulate of the country in which the birth occurred. Addresses and telephone numbers for these offices are listed in the U.S. Department of State Publication 7846, “Foreign Consular Offices in the United States,” which is available in many local libraries. Copies of this publication may also be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. Such proof-of-birth records must meet the criteria for acceptable proof listed above.
HOW TO OBTAIN A “STATEMENT IN LIEU OF ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF BIRTH”
When an “Acceptable Proof of Birth” as described previously is not available, then the appropriate number of items in EACH of these FOUR groups are required so that the participant may obtain a “Statement in Lieu of Acceptable Proof of Birth,” which is required for such a partici- pant to be eligible for regular season or tournament play:
Group 1 – Any one (1) of the following, provided the date of birth is listed: a naturalization document issued by the United States Depart- ment of Justice; photocopy of birth certificate; original birth certificate or government record of birth if not containing a filing, recording, regis- tration, or issue date within one (1) year of the date of birth; passport;
Group 2 – Any two (2) of the following, provided the date of birth is listed: Baptismal Certificate; Certificate of Blessing; Certificate of Dedica- tion; Certificate of Circumcision; or any other religious-related certifi- cate; Hospital Certificate; School Record (must be dated, and date of issue must be at least two years prior to current season); Social Security document; Welfare Department document; adoption record. Any item in this group must be an original document, not a copy;
Group 3 – Any two (2) of the following: A written, signed and notarized statement from...
... the doctor who delivered the child;
... a hospital administrator where the child was delivered;
... the principal or headmaster of the school the child attends;
... a Social Worker with personal knowledge of the child’s date of birth; ... a Priest, Rabbi, Minister, Mullah, or other titled religious figure with personal knowledge of the child’s date of birth;
... the child’s pediatrician or family doctor.
NOTE: In each statement in Group 3, the writer must describe his/her responsibilities or his/ her relationship to the child, and must attest to his/her personal knowledge that the child was born on the date claimed;
Group 4 – A written, signed and notarized statement from one or both parents, or the legal guardian (as appointed by a court of jurisdiction), attesting to the date of birth claimed.
The league president will forward the above documentation to the District Administrator (or, if the team is traveling, the Tournament Director). If in the opinion of the District Administrator, such evidence is satisfactory, a “Statement In Lieu of Acceptable Proof of Birth” will be issued. This statement will be considered to be acceptable proof of age from that point forward, throughout the child’s Little League experi- ence, provided all the information submitted is accurate. (Note:
If the District Administrator is unable to review the documents, they may be submitted to the appropriate Regional Headquarters.)
NOTE: Situations where players use the name of an adopting family
or the name of the family with whom they live, but whose births are recorded under the surname of the natural father or mother, will be handled as follows: The president of the league will obtain from the par- ents or guardian a document that qualifies under Proof-of-Age Require- ments, as well as a copy of the adoption papers (if the player has been legally adopted. If the player was not adopted, a notarized statement from the mother and/or father or legal guardian (as appointed
by a court of jurisdiction), saying that the player living under one or the other of their surnames is the same player for whom the birth certifi- cate was issued) is also required.
These documents will be submitted to the District Administrator. If the documents are found to be acceptable, a “Statement in Lieu of Accept- able Proof of Birth” will be issued and all original documents returned. The information submitted will be kept confidential.