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Little League Spring Registration - Now Open!
12/16/2016
SLL Community: The Online Registration System for our Spring 2017 Baseball...
Little League Bats - Changes On The Way! (2018)
11/15/2016
  New 2018 Baseball Bat Standard With the holidays upon...
Tommy Tanski Fund
07/16/2016
"No Bad Team" 100% Royalties to Tommy Tanski Fund Simsbury...
SLL & Youth Umpires
05/18/2016
Simsbury Little League Youth Umpires Simsbury Little League's...
Age Determination Date Has Changed
12/20/2015
The Age Determination Date Has Changed What You Need To Know For...
 
Little League Spring Registration - Now Open!

SLL Community:

The Online Registration System for our Spring 2017 Baseball season is now open.

Baseball registration is open to boys and girls ages 5 through 12.  The registration fees for T-ball and Farm A are $110 and the remaining divisions are $155.  

Age Charts:  To determine what "Little League Age" your child is, please use the appropriate age charts below:

Baseball Age Chart

Softball Age Chart


To view information about our baseball or softball divisions, click on the tabs at the top of the SLL website.  There are detailed descriptions about our various divisions.  If you are unsure where your child should be placed please contact our registrar for baseball (windischfamily ) or softball, Trish Witkin .

To register, click HERE or use the "Register Online" button on the left side of the SLL website.  Payment must be made at the time of registration.  Unpaid registrations will be immediately deleted from the system.  Payments may be made using either Visa or Mastercard.  No checks or cash will be accepted.

Player evaluations for baseball (ages 9-12) will be on Saturday, 3/4 at the Masters School.  Evaluations are used to help balance the teams.  Players must be registered to be considered for the AAA and Majors drafts.  Please register early to ensure a spot for your player.  

 

SLL Board of Directors


by posted 12/16/2016
Little League Bats - Changes On The Way! (2018)

 

New 2018 Baseball Bat Standard

With the holidays upon us, are you thinking about purchasing a new baseball bat for your player?

While it makes a great gift, you may want to keep in mind that the bats that are currently available have a limited remaining lifespan in youth baseball, as they will become 'non-compliant' in about a year.

College baseball was first to make the change, then the high school level followed suit (2011).  Now, there is a new wood-like performance standard for bats coming to youth baseball. This is not a change being enacted by Simbury Little League, but rather a new nationwide standard for youth baseball.  Little League International (along with AAU, Pony, Cal Ripken, Dixie, etc) will be implementing USA Baseball's new bat standard as of January 1, 2018 and thus, beginning in 2018, all bats used in Little League will need to have a "USABat" stamp on it. There are currently no bats on the market that carry that stamp.

Bottom Line:

1) Everyone in Little League baseball who has his/her own bat will need a new one beginning in 2018.

2) Baseball bats that meet the new requirement will go on sale beginning in the Fall of 2017.

 

New Youth Baseball Bat Standard (2018)

Key Facts

  • All current youth baseball bats will continue to be 'legal' in Little League through December 31, 2017
  • Baseball 1.15 BPF bats (current youth bats) will not be grandfathered in for the 2018 season
  • Wooden youth bats will be not be affected by the change in 2018
  • The goal of USA Baseball (youth baseball's governing body) is to make youth bats perform like wood.
  • There will be no limit to how light the new bats bat can be (there will be no drop weight limit), which should prove helpful for some younger players. Baseballs likely won't be hit quite as far off the new bats, but the larger diameter barrels should be helpful for players in terms of making contact.
  • New, approved YBBCOR 2 5/8" barrels will be 'legal' in Little League (among other organizations) beginning in 2018
  • USA Baseball has said the change is not being made for safety reasons, but rather for the integrity of the game.
  • TRAVEL PLAYERS: Many travel teams fall under USSSA, which is a separate entity from USA Baseball (which governs Little League). USSSA is not affected by the change to the USABat Standard and USSSA has no current plans to make a change. However, any travel player who also plays Little League Baseball would, beginning in 2018, need to make sure he/she uses a bat that meets the USABat Standard when playing in Little League.
  • SOFTBALL PLAYERS: The 2018 change currently affects baseball bats only. Little League Softball bats are governed by a separate standard.
  • For more information, click here to visit the USA Baseball website

 


by posted 11/15/2016
Tommy Tanski Fund

"No Bad Team"

100% Royalties to Tommy Tanski Fund

Simsbury resident and former SLL and Babe Ruth baseball coach, Craig Ahrens recently published “No Bad Team," a business fable for managers and players in business and in sports.  Craig has graciously offered to give 100% of the Royalties through September 1st to the Tommy Tanski Fund. 

 

"No Bad Team"

This book is a refreshing reminder of the multi-faceted rewards that come from focusing on teamwork and the fundamentals. If you want to dramatically improve as an individual, or you want to raise the bar for a group of any kind and any size, embracing teamwork and the fundamentals are key. This easy-to-read book will tell you how to get everyone involved and energized. Your willingness to focus on teamwork and the fundamentals and engage others will create positive change in you and those around you. You’ll look forward to every day, and reap the benefits of your endeavors.

 

Tommy Tanski Fund

Simsbury Little League is honored each year to provide four scholarships to Simsbury High School students who participated in Simsbury Little League's baseball, softball and umpire programs.  These scholarships are given in honor of Tommy Tanski who played Little League from 1999-2005, and during that time played for two district All Star Teams. He also played for the Simsbury Strikers soccer team. Tommy was a tremendous person and teammate. He understood at an early age that his contribution was more about the team than about himself. He died in a car accident in 2011 at the age of 17. 

 

Amazon

 

       "No Bad Team" can be purchased on Amazon.  Click HERE for more information.

 


by posted 07/16/2016
SLL & Youth Umpires

Simsbury Little League

Youth Umpires

Simsbury Little League's baseball and softball games are generally umpired by youth umpires.  We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to all our families the expectations we have regarding interactions with umpires. Regardless of the umpire’s age the SLL policy is that all judgment calls stand and managers, coaches and spectators are not to argue or attempt to influence these calls.  This includes any sort of gestures or sounds of disagreement.  Simply put, please support letting the umpires umpire.

All umpires will make mistakes regardless of their skill level and experience.  With 80+ umpires in the program it is an on-going task to keep up with training needs.  Please remember that our youth umpires are trying their best and are generally out there without anyone cheering them on in the stands or giving them those words of encouragement when mistakes are made.  They too are developing their game and we as a league have adopted a zero-tolerance policy to make sure there is an appropriate atmosphere for everyone involved in games at Memorial Fields.

In 2012, our League President at the time, Tom Benneche, wrote a letter to the SLL Community entitled "They Are All Our Kids!".  Below is a link to this letter as it embodies SLL's expectations regarding youth umpires.  

They Are All Our Kids! 
(May 15, 2012)


 
 

Below is a summary of our expectations and policies regarding our umpires:


The only adult who may approach a youth umpire with a question is the manager of the team.


No assistant coaches may have a discussion with a youth umpire during the game.


No one should “coach” the umpire during the game or give them “friendly tips”.  This includes coaches and/or spectators.


Assistant coaches and managers may not guide or influence judgment calls.  

Coaches and spectators should not yell out “strike” or “ball” before the umpire even has a chance to make their call.  Please let the umpires call the game without any assistance.


Thank-you in advance for adhering to our policies and remembering that

the youth Umpires Are Our Kids!

 

 

 

 


by posted 05/18/2016
Age Determination Date Has Changed

The Age Determination Date Has Changed

What You Need To Know

For Baseball Divisions Only

 

In April 2014, Little League International amended the age determination date from April 1st to December 31st.  Since that time there has been much feedback regarding this change.  In August 2015, the age determination date was again amended and was moved to August 31.

Effective as of November 13, 2015, a new implementation plan has been established, grandfathering children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season, using the April 30 age determination date. This four-month group of individuals will begin utilizing the new, August 31 age determination date beginning with the 2019 season.  All other children participating in Little League Baseball will continue to follow the implementation strategy established in August 2015.

 

Why the change?

In 2011, Little League International conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, they learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.  This change will make the Majors Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing Majors Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division.

 

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 5 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Age
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 5
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 6
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 7
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 8
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 9
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 10


Players born prior to April 30, 2005 will use the April 30 age determination date for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005 will use the April 30 age determination date for the 2016, 2017, 2018 seasons. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Age
        2005 2005 2005 2005         10
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 11
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 12

 


by posted 12/20/2015
Attorney Ritson's Home Run Rpt
Thanks to Attorney Ritson for purchasing ice cream for any team that had a home run during the spring season!  
 
 
 
 
 
Click HERE to submit a Home Run (submissions will only be accepted from managers or coaches)
 
Thanks Attorney Ritson for your support of Simsbury Little League!!
 
Thank you Attilio's!

Thanks to ATTILIO'S for rewarding SLL pitchers who 'Strike-Out-The-Side' with a free pizza.

 

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