Residence Eligibility Requirements

keystone-articleEach 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 charter. 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:

  1. His/her parents are living together and are residing within such league boundaries, OR;
  2. 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 on or before February 1 of the 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) constituteonly 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:

  1. his/her visa allows that participant to remain in that country for a period of at least one year, or;
  2. the prevailing laws allow that participant to remain in that country for at least one year, or;
  3. 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.

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