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Thanks for a great Fall Season!
Registration for Spring Baseball and Softball
will open in December!
 
 
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Little League Bats - Changes On The Way! (2018)
11/15/2016
  New 2018 Baseball Bat Standard With the holidays upon...
Fall Season Wrapup
10/20/2016
Fall Baseball Season Wrap-Up THANKS to everyone who helped to...
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...
2016 Volunteer Applications - Check your status!
02/11/2016
2016 Volunteer Applications   All adults who are interested...
SLL - Communication Options
02/11/2016
Text and/or Email Reminders - Games & Practices   Did...
SLL Sponsorship Program - 2016
12/25/2015
Outfield Sign Banner Sponsorship Program   Simsbury Little...
Age Determination Date Has Changed
12/20/2015
The Age Determination Date Has Changed What You Need To Know For...
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships
12/13/2014
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships Each year Simsbury...
 
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
Fall Season Wrapup
Fall Baseball Season Wrap-Up

THANKS to everyone who helped to make our fall season such a success.  With 200 players in the baseball division, it was a busy season! 

A special thanks to . . .
 - Our managers who devoted so much time to teaching our kids baseball!
- Our players who gave us their best effort all season long!
- Our spectators for cheering on the kids!
- Our parents who shuttled the kids back and forth to all their games and practices!
- To Kane's for feeding everyone at the Snack Shack!
- To our umpires for their time and commitment to the game of baseball!
- To the Town of Simsbury for keeping our fields in beautiful shape!
- To the SLL Board of Directors for all their hard work in making the fall baseball season run so smoothly.







Congratulations to all the players and teams for an outstanding effort all season.

Our registration for the spring season will open in December.  Enjoy the winter and we look forward to seeing everyone back on the baseball fields next year!

SLL Board of Directors 


 

by posted 10/20/2016
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
2016 Volunteer Applications - Check your status!

2016 Volunteer Applications

 

All adults who are interested in volunteering for Simsbury Little League as a manager, coach or umpire are required to complete a background check. Only volunteers who have successfully completed their background check will be permitted on practice or game fields, including any parent or adult who wishes to help with field maintenance before games and practices.

 

Check Your Status!

** Note:  If you were approved for the 2015 spring season then you can fill out the RETURNING volunteer application.  

Click HERE to see if you are on the approved listing from 2015.  ***

 

Below are guidelines on who needs to fill out an application:

  • All managers or coaches over the age of 16 who interact with the players on a practice or game field including helping with field maintenance
  • All umpires over the age of 16 (note:  youth umpires between the ages of 12 and 15 are NOT required to complete a volunteer application
  • Team administrators do NOT need to complete a volunteer application

All approved volunteer applications from the spring season are valid for the full calendar year which includes both the spring and fall seasons.  Applicants should allow at least a few days for applications to be processed.  Some applications take longer than others, sometimes up to a week.

Questions?
All questions related to volunteer applications can be directed to Jill Schwarz, Director of Volunteer Applications: by email 
or additional contact information can be found on the board contacts page.

Approved Volunteer Listing
The list of approved volunteers will be posted on the Documents tab of the website in the Volunteer folder.

Volunteer Applications (Forms are found on the Documents Tab)
Follow the instructions below:   

  • If a volunteer is returning from 2015 and they are on the "Approved Volunteer Listing - 2015" (found on the Documents tab) then they should fill out the RETURNING Volunteer Application.  There is no need to provide SSN on this form.  A copy of your Driver's License is required.
  • If a volunteer is new to SLL then they should fill out the NEW Volunteer Application.  SSN is a required field;  your application cannot be processed without it.  A copy of your driver's license is required.
  • Print the application.  NO ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS sent via email will be accepted.
  • Complete all required fields.
  • Sign the application.
  • Please do NOT send Manager/Coach's Contracts with your application.
  • Include a legible copy of your driver license with ALL application.
  • Remit your application to the following address:

Simsbury Little League
c/o Jill Schwarz
PO Box 233
Simsbury, CT 0607


by posted 02/11/2016
SLL - Communication Options
Text and/or Email Reminders - Games & Practices
 
Did you know that you can receive email and/or text message reminders about upcoming games and practices for your child?  It is easy to sign up for these reminders by simply clicking on the "EDIT MY ACCOUNT" tab on the left menu.  Once you are logged in, click on your name and check the boxes for GAMES and PRACTICES to receive reminders.



If at any time, you decide you don't want these reminders just go back in and uncheck those boxes.

If you would like text message reminders, select your cell phone provider next to your cell phone number.

Click here to read full instructions on how to change your preferences.

by posted 02/11/2016
SLL Sponsorship Program - 2016

Outfield Sign Banner Sponsorship Program
 
Simsbury Little League is now accepting applications
for our 2016 banner program!!

 
 
Thank you for your sponsorship of Simsbury Little League. As a sponsor you are continuing the great tradition that is Simsbury Little League. Simsbury Little League has been teaching Simsbury youth the joy of little league baseball for over 61 years. The league is dependent on registration fees and donations from local businesses to continue to maintain, develop and care for the Little League program and complex. Introduced in 2004, the banner-advertising program provides an opportunity for local businesses to show their support for Simsbury Little League. The money raised with the banner-advertising program goes to improvements made to the fields used by SLL.
 
A banner sponsorship includes the following:
 
  • A 2x8 foot hard backed banner sign, using sponsor's logo, will be hung on the outfield fences of Memorial Park.
  • A sponsor add and/or coupon in our Spring Program Book.  This book includes the team rosters of all 50+ teams and congratulatory messages from parents.  The book will be distributed to over 600 families in the league. 
  • A rotating web banner located at the top of the home page for SLL’s website (www.simsburylittleleague.com).  The banner will include a link to sponsor's website when available. Our webpage is where all Little League families go to register and to keep informed about upcoming dates.  With over 600 families in our league we have quite a lot of website traffic recorded throughout the year!
 
The cost for the Banner Program is $500.
 
To purchase a Sponsorship please click HERE.  Payment can be made via credit card or by sending a check to the address below:

 
Simsbury Little League Sponsorship Program
PO Box 233, Simsbury CT 06070
Checks should be made out to:  Simsbury Little League


For information regarding the banner program, contact , our Sponsorship Director.

by posted 12/25/2015
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
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships

Tommy Tanski
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships


Each year Simsbury Little League offers four $1500 scholarships to current High School seniors.  These scholarships are offered to seniors who participated in either the baseball or softball Little League program here in Simsbury.  The scholarships are given in memory of Tommy Tanski, who was a Simsbury High School junior, and a former Little League player, but passed away in a car accident in 2011.  

Tommy Tanski played Little League from 1999-2005 and during that time played for two district All Star Teams. He also played for the Strikers soccer team and played soccer in High School.  Tommy was a tremendous teammate and understood that his contribution was more about the team than any one individual.  

For many, the time playing Simsbury Little League baseball or softball is something to be cherished for years to come.  It is when friendships are formed, character is built and memories are made. During the registration process, please consider donating towards this scholarship fund and helping SLL continue to provide them in memory of Tommy Tanski.

To make a direct donation to this fund, please click HERE.

Thank-you!
SLL Board of Directors


by posted 12/13/2014
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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