SLL Summer Baseball
Simsbury Little League is offering several summer baseball options for our players ages 9 and above. We will be forming District 6 (D6) All Star teams for the 9/10, 11 and 12-year old age group. We will also be forming several Farmington Tournament Teams. In order to be considered for the summer teams, players are required to register online indicating that they are interested and that they meet the eligibility requirements. No payment is required for this initial registration.
Registering online does not mean your player will automatically make the D6 team or Farmington Tournament team. It only means that your player is eligible and you want your child to be considered. Our summer teams are only for players 9 and above and players must have played during our spring season. To register use the "Register Online" link on our website or click HERE.
Farmington Summer Teams
Simsbury Little League will be putting together teams in the Farmington Summer Tournament. Player availability will determine how many teams we enter into the tournament. This tournament will begin around July 6 and go on for most of the month of July. It is very well run and the level of baseball is very competitive - Parents and kids who have participated in this tournament over the years have enjoyed and benefited from their involvement. Teams play 3 or 4 nights per week against competition from the Farmington Valley area. The competition can range from small town non D6 all star teams to non-Little League travel all star teams. The baseball is excellent and the facilities in Farmington are one of the few in the state to rival Memorial Park. For more info on the tournament please visit www.fybl.org. There will be more information to come as Farmington Little League provides more details. The cost for this tournament is generally around $125.
D6 All Star Teams
Being selected to one of the D6 All Star teams is a great honor that requires significant player and parent commitment. Below is information regarding the criteria for being a D6 All Star player and the selection process that Simsbury Little League follows to put together the All Star teams. The cost for District 6 All-Star teams is still being determined. It will be somewhere around $165 per player.
Note: If a player cannot fulfill the eligibility or availability requirements for the D6 teams, they can opt to play in the Farmington Summer Tournament which has more flexibility regarding summer camp and vacation schedules.
Eligibility – The player needs to be age appropriate for the team he is chosen to participate on. The player must have played 60% of his team’s regular season games. The player must be a Simsbury resident as of 2/1 or attend a school in Simsbury.
Availability – The players selected are expected to participate in all practices and games of the D6 tournament. There will be 5-7 practices per week starting in June with tournament schedules starting as early as June 23rd. You can expect tournament dates to last through the second week of July and possibly into August if a team is successful in advancing. It is expected that players will be available during the All Star practices & tournament times so please consider this commitment seriously as it is a family decision. Any conflicts need to be listed as part of the registration process.
D6 Team Criteria
District 6 Tournament to start on or about June 23rd
State Tournaments starts upon completion of District Tournaments SLL Criteria: Must have played in AAA division and be baseball age 9 or 10
District 6 Tournament to start on or about July 5th
State Tournaments starts upon completion of District Tournaments SLL Criteria: Must have played in Majors division and be baseball age 11; If roster spots cannot be filled by Majors players, then AAA 11-year olds will be considered.
District 6 Tournament to start on or about June 23rd
State Tournaments starts upon completion of District Tournaments SLL Criteria: Must have played in Majors division and be baseball age 12
D6 Team Selection Process
Simsbury Little League uses a selection process that combines player and manager voting. Below is the process that will be followed:
Every player in the Majors Division votes for four (4) players from their own team for the Majors D6 team. They will also select four (4) players from their own team for the 11-year old team.
Every player in the AAA Division votes for four (4) players from their own team for the 9/10 team.
The voting process will be administered by an independent board member with no managers and/or coaches involvement.
The top player from each team (and each age group) will automatically be selected for a D6 All Star Team if they registered online, and are on a team that has a player among the first 12 draft slots for their respective age group. If the top voted player registered but is not on a team that meets this criteria they are placed on the Manager residual ballot for consideration.
The names of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest vote tally will also be included on the residual ballot for the respective D6 all-star teams to the extent they registered.
The managers will vote the balance of the D6 All Star team from the residual ballot for the respective D6 All Star teams.
Note: More detailed descriptions of the player/manager voting process can be found in our Local Rules on the documents tab of our website.
D6 All Star Team - Playing Time Expectations
It is an honor to be selected to an All-Star team. This truly means that your child is recognized as the best of the best – by coaches and peers – amongst their peer group. Having said that, the All-Star teams will prioritize team success and advancement. This may mean that your son or daughter plays the minimum amount of innings in the field and/or at-bats during games, even though they have attended all of the mandatory practices. This may be challenging for you or your child to reconcile – considering they are the in the top 12 or 13 for their age group – and they were probably one of, if not the best player on their team during the regular season. Only you know how you or your child will react to this situation. Please only register for All-Star consideration if you fully understand this.
Simsbury Little League will be marching again this year in the Simsbury MemorialDayParadeon Monday, May 28. All baseball/softball teams, managers and coaches are encouraged to march:
Players should wear uniforms, but no cleats.
No bats allowed.
Parade Step-off is at 1:30. Players should be dropped off by 1:00 on Owens Brook Blvd off of Hopmeadow St. near the Simsbury Bank.
SLL will organize by division: TBall-->Farm A-->Farm AA-->AAA-->Majors. Gather up the hill on Owens Brook. Follow the order of march signs for Simsbury Little League. We are position 29.
Bring water and wear sunscreen!
Throwing of candy is NOT allowed.
Have your child carry your cell phone number, or make sure the adult marching with your child has it. Keep your phone on in the event we need to contact you during/after the parade.
The parade will conclude with a ceremony at the Simsbury Veterans Memorial (adjacent to the Simsbury Public Library). Please coordinate with your manager/coach to establish a meeting place for you to pick up your child's team (perhaps across the street in the Fitzgeralds/CVS parking lot).
Please coordinate with your teams and make sure there's an adult present for each team. Work with your manager to designate a pick up spot at the conclusion of the parade. The end of the parade route tends to get very congested, so it may be wise to choose another nearby location.
Simsbury Little League is now accepting applications
for our 2018 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 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.
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.
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.