West Madison Little League (WMLL) encourages participation of all children, and acknowledges that some participants may require a modification of WMLL or Little League International (LLI) rules due to the participant claiming rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In such instances, WMLL will afford participants with a disability as defined by the ADA the opportunity to request modifications of the rules in accordance with LLI policy & procedures.
The parent(s)/guardian(s) of an individual with a disability, the individual’s team coach, or the individual’s legal representative may request a waiver to or modification of the Rules for the individual with the disability utilizing the procedure for such request as outlined below. WMLL & LLI will adhere to the Rules until a waiver for the participant is submitted and approved in accordance with this procedure. WMLL’s Baseball or Softball Operations Committee will consider requests for a waiver to or modification of WMLL rules; while Little League International’s Charter and/or the Tournament Committee will consider requests for a waiver to or modification of LLI rules (the “Committee” & the “Rules” in both cases).
Length of Waiver Requested
The Committee will consider a waiver request submitted by the participant in the season in which the waiver was received by the Committee. Unless otherwise requested by the participant, the Committee will consider and grant a modification of the Rules for only the season in which the waiver was received. If a participant requests a waiver be approved for longer than a single season, the Committee, in its sole discretion, may extend the waiver request beyond the season in which the request was received, including for the duration of a participant’s LLI eligibility. If any waiver is approved by the Committee to extend beyond the season in which received, then the Committee shall identify the length and terms of such approval in the letter resolving the waiver request.
Materials Required for Committee’s Consideration
In order to initiate review by the Committee, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the participant, the participant’s team coach, or the participant’s legal representative, must deliver a written request for a waiver to WMLL’s Board President. The participant’s waiver request shall include, at a minimum:
Once the waiver materials are assembled on behalf of the participant, the request will be evaluated as follows:
Guidelines for Review
In order for the modification of a Rule to be approved, the Committee must first determine that the participant is disabled as defined under the ADA. Accordingly, the Committee is entitled to know that the participant has a covered disability for which a modification of the Rules is requested, and the information identified in Section B of procedure for inclusion with the waiver proposal is necessary to properly evaluate any such request.
The Committee will not grant a waiver when the requested accommodation is unreasonable under the circumstances, provides an unfair competitive advantage for the participant requesting the modification of the Rules, presents a threat to other participants or coaches, or alters the essential nature of the game. The Committee may consult with the participant, his or her representatives, coaches, and local league officials as part of considering the modification of the Rule.
Permitted Time for Committee’s Decision
Any participant seeking a waiver request under this ADA waiver procedure should submit the request within a reasonable time after registering for participation in his/her local league. In the event the participant becomes disabled and claims rights under the ADA during the season, then the participant shall submit a waiver request outlined in this procedure within a reasonable period of time.
A request shall not be considered fully submitted unless it contains all of the contents. The Committee will strive to render a decision on all waiver requests within a reasonable amount of time, and all such decisions should be rendered no later than three (3) weeks after the request is fully submitted and received by the Committee, unless testing of equipment is directed by the Committee. If the waiver request concerns equipment or apparatus and the Committee directs testing of the equipment, then a review of the waiver request will involve testing the equipment or apparatus to ensure compliance with LLI’s performance standards. Accordingly, the timeline for review of such an equipment waiver request will be dependent upon the requisite testing period. No equipment may be utilized by a participant unless the equipment complies with LLI’s Rules or until the Committee approves the requested waiver for use of equipment.
If you have questions about the Participant Disability Policy, please contact WMLL President Jerry Schmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.