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WAIVERS OF RULES & REGULATIONS
 
LittleLeague.org - Waivers Page
 

Types of Waivers

Every child MUST play at the Local League in which Boundary they live, unless they have an APPROVED WAIVER from Little League Baseball Inc in Williamsport PA.  Your District Administrator, District Staff, Local League President or Board of Directors Members, Coaches, Managers can NOT grant waivers of any kind.  If you have been told they can, you have been misled.  Only Williamsport can grant such a waiver.

TYPES OF WAIVERS :

  1. REGULATION II(d) WAIVER
     
    The Parents / Guardian of the Player must have lived in the Local League's boundary while the Player was registered and playing (at least 1/2 season) at the Local League.  If due to a residential move or league boundary change, the Parents / Guardian no longer live in the boundary of the Local League, the Player may be Approved to continue playing at their former park with a waiver.  Siblings of Players who are Approved to play under Regulation II(d) may also qualify to play at the Local League.
     
    3 Valid Proofs of Residency from the last season in which the player resided within the Local League boundary are required for this waiver request.
     
    For more information, please contact Little League or your District Staff.
    FORM:  For a copy of the Regulation II(d) Waiver Form > CLICK-HERE
     
     
  2. REGULATION IV(h) WAIVER
     
    This waiver is similar to a II(d) Waiver in that the Parents / Guardian must have previously lived in the Local League's boundary and be able to produce 3 Proofs of Residency of such.  The Parent / Guardian must have continued Volunteer Service to the Local League in the capacity of a Board Member or Coach in order to qualify for this waiver.
     
    For more information, please contact Little League or your District Staff.
    FORM:  For a copy of the Regulation IV(h) Waiver Form > CLICK-HERE
     
     
  3. 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 6 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.
    FORM:  Regular Season Only - Residency Waiver Form > CLICK-HERE
     
     
  4. REGULATION V(a) 12 YEAR OLD WAIVER
     
    Players who are League Age 12 MUST play in the Little League Major Division.  In order for a League Age 12 Player to play down in the Minor Division, a Waiver MUST be approved by the Local League, the Parent / Guardian, and the District Administrator.
     
    For more information, please contact Little League or your District Staff.
    FORM:  For a copy of the Regulation V(a) Waiver Form > CLICK-HERE
     

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW, AND ON THE LITTLE LEAGUE WEBSITE VIA THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING WAIVERS, PLEASE CONTACT LITTLE LEAGUE OR YOUR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR.
 


Proof of Residency Requirements

Little League requires that every child registered be able to provide 3 Valid Proofs of Residency.  When a Regulation II(d) or a IV(h) Waiver is requested, 3 Valid Proofs of Residency are requird to accompany the waiver request from the last season in which the player resided within the Local League's boundary.

FORM:  For a list of Little League's Valid Proof of Residency Requirements > 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q - Can a local Little League waive its rights to a player who lives within its boundaries, allowing that player to participate in another Little League program?

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).


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


 
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