SLL Baseball - Player Evaluations Saturday, March 3, 2018
Our player evaluations will take place on Saturday, March 3rd at the Masters School. Below is more information.
When and where are the player evaluations?
Evaluations will be held at the Masters School from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Players will be assigned an arrival time based on their last name. These times will be posted the week of 2/26. Please arrive as close to this arrival time as possible to help us keep things running as smoothly as possible. Players should expect to be at the evaluations for about 30-45 minutes.
What should players bring?
Players should bring a glove and should wear sneakers; no cleats will be permitted. It is recommended that players bring their bats if they have them. We will have a small supply on hand.
Who attends evaluations?
Player evaluations are only for players ages 9 - 12. Evaluations are important so that managers can become familiar with players and can balance teams as much as possible. Evaluations are mandatory for the following players:
· Any 9-year old who wants to be considered for AAA. Any 9-year old who does not attend evaluations will automatically be placed in AA.
· Any 11-year old who wants to be considered for Majors. Any 11-year old who does not attend evaluations will automatically be placed in AAA.
All other players are encouraged to attend evaluations but they are not mandatory. Players must be registered for SLL in order to attend evaluations. Please go to the SLL website to register online (www.simsburylittleleague.com)
Is there a make-up date?
If a player is unable to attend the evaluations on March 3rd, they can attend the make-up evaluations on Monday, March 5th at 6:00 PM at the Squadron Line School.
All questions should be directed to our Player Agent, Joanne Russell (
Announcing Simsbury Little League Winter Baseball Clinics
Winter baseball clinics are open to any SLL baseball player registered for MajorsorAAAdivisions (must be registered for 2018 spring season). The goal of the clinics is to prepare participants for the upcoming season.
CPR and AED training offered by Simsbury Little League
Simsbury Little League is again offering CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to all managers, coaches and parents of registered players. Participants will earn 2 year certification through the American Red Cross upon course completion. All fees are covered by the league, so take advantage of this great opportunity.
When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 (6:30-8:30 PM)
Location: Freemason's Hall - 991 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury
Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
The Online Registration System for our Spring 2018 Baseball and Softball seasons are now open.
Baseball registration is open to boys and girls ages 5 through 12. The registration fees for T-ball and Farm A are $120 and the remaining divisions are $165. To determine what "Little League Age" your child is, please use this age chart: Baseball Age Chart. To view information about our baseball 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
Player evaluations for baseball (ages 9-12) will be on Saturday, 3/3 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. For T-ball and Farm A, the registration deadline is March 10.
Softball registration is open to girls age 5-13. The registration fees for T-ball and Farm A are $120 and the remaining divisions are $165. To determine what "Little League Age" your child is, please use this age chart: Softball Age Chart. To view information about our softball divisions, click on the Fastpitch Softball tab at the top of the SLL website. If you are unsure where your child should be placed please contact our Softball VP Liz Martinez (
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.
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 2017 spring season then you can fill out the RETURNINGvolunteer application.
Click HERE to see if you are on the approved listing from 2017. ***
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.
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 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 06070
If you're considering a new baseball bat for your player, please make sure the bat has the new "USABat" stamp on it.
All bats used in Little League (and other youth baseball leagues nationwide) will need to carry the "USABat" stamp as of January 1st, meaning all the bats that the players have been using prior to this point will become 'non-compliant' at the end of this 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 in 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) is 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.
1) Everyone in Little League baseball who has his/her own bat will need a new one for 2018.
2) Baseball bats that meet the new requirement became available as of Sept 1, 2017.
New Youth Baseball Bat Standard (2018)
Youth baseball bats that have been in use 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.
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 (Williamsport, PA) 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 was done with the goal of making Little League younger. And, by making the cutoff date August 31, it makes 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.
Players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005 will use the April 30 age determination date for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
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.
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.