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Photo Day: April 27
04/06/2019
Simsbury Little League Photo Day Saturday (4/27)     Photo...
Volunteer background checks-- NEW PROCEDURE THIS YEAR
03/23/2019
Simsbury Little League Volunteer Requirements & Information   All...
Trojan Summer Baseball Camp
03/18/2019
  At the Trojan Baseball Camp, each player will experience...
SLL Challenger Division - Registration is OPEN
03/06/2019
Challenger Division Simsbury Little League's Challenger Division...
2019 Family Fun Day at Dunkin Donuts Park
01/19/2019
Deadline to purchase tickets for SLL family day with the Yard Goats...
Spring Season - Dates to Remember
01/15/2019
Planning for the spring season is well underway.  Here...
SLL Sponsorship Program - 2018
03/07/2018
Outfield Sign Banner Sponsorship Program   Simsbury Little...
SLL - Communication Options
03/07/2018
Text and/or Email Reminders - Games & Practices   Did...
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships
01/22/2017
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships Each year Simsbury...
SLL & Youth Umpires
05/18/2016
Simsbury Little League Youth Umpires Simsbury Little League's...
 
Photo Day: April 27
Simsbury Little League Photo Day
Saturday (4/27)
 
 
Photo Day is coming, Saturday April 27th!
 
We will continue our tradition of Moto Photo Little League Picture day on Saturday, April 27th, on the grounds of Central School. New this year is "View Before You Buy" purchasing options. There is no longer a need to fill out paperwork, or submit payment in advance. Once your child's photo is taken an email link with his or her's photos will be emailed to you for review and purchasing options. Also new this year, direct shipping of photos to your home address! A schedule of team photo time slots will be posted soon, if there are any questions please feel free to contact Ben Heaton, League Administrator at bheaton@gmail.com.
 
This photo program is a fund raiser for our league that has generated over $30,000.  We appreciate all of your support!  Since this is a fund raiser, we do ask that you please refrain from taking any photos (group or individual) while the photographers are working hard to make this year's fund raising event a successful one. 
 
If the weather cooperates, photos will take place on the Central School Field. If needed, a rain location will be announced.
 

The schedule will be posted here when it's available. was put together so teams can have their photos taken as close to game time as possible.  Please arrive roughly 10 minutes early so we can keep the day moving as smoothly as possible. 

 

Questions?
MotoPhoto can be contacted directly at (860) 470-7939 or www.avonmotophoto.com for team conflicts with the schedule, questions about photo packages, options or photo retakes.

 

Thank you for your support!

SLL Board of Directors


by posted 04/06/2019
Volunteer background checks-- NEW PROCEDURE THIS YEAR
Simsbury Little League
Volunteer Requirements & Information

 


All adults who are interested in volunteering for Simsbury Little League as a manager, coach or umpire are required to complete a background check. This is a Williamsport Little League mandate. Only volunteers who have successfully completed their background check annually will be permitted on practice or game fields, including any parent or adult who wishes to help with field maintenance before games and practices. New this year: Volunteer applications are completed online. More details below.

 

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.

Please read below the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who fail to comply with this volunteer policy.
 

Volunteer Application Process -- NEW ONLINE APPLICATIONS PROCESS

If you would like to volunteer please email Jill Schwarz, Director of Volunteer Applications, at  .  Jill will email you a link to complete your background check using our preferred vendor.  Please specify in your email if you are a returning or new volunteer.


Questions?
All questions related to volunteer applications can be directed to Jill Schwarz by email 
simsburybackgroundcheck@gmail.com or additional contact information can be found on the board contacts page.

Tentative Schedule
January 1st:  Volunteer application processing begins for the spring season.
March/April:  The listing of approved volunteers will be posted on the SLL website under Documents;  it will be updated every few days until the deadline date
March 31:  Deadline for all applications to be submitted for spring season.
September 1:  Deadline for the fall season.

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

Suspension Policy
Below is the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who do not comply with Simsbury Little League's volunteer application policy. 


Manager Non-Compliance
A manager who allows anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved by the SLL Board of Directors to participate and interact with SLL players on a practice or game field by will be suspended. Suspensions are as follows:

Pre-Season Suspensions are enforced after application deadline has passed and all applications have been processed: Manager is suspended immediately plus two practices

In-Season Suspensions:

  • 1st offense: Manager is suspended immediately, current game plus 2 games
  • 2nd offense: Manager suspended immediately, current game plus 5 games
  • 3rd offense: Manager suspended for the duration of the season

Parent Non-Compliance
Anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved as a coach by SLL Board of Directors who participates and interacts with SLL players by coaching on a practice or game field is suspended for the entire season and must apply for reinstatement the following year.


by posted 03/23/2019
Trojan Summer Baseball Camp

 

At the Trojan Baseball Camp, each player will experience hands-on instruction. We concentrate on the game's fundamentals as well as the values of hard work, persistence, preparation, teamwork and sportsmanship. We offer professional and individualized instruction at every position. All campers will be kept within their own age and ability bracket. Games are played daily at each level.

 

Session 1: June 17-20 (Camp will run Monday-Thursday)

Session 2: August 12-15 (Camp will run Monday-Thursday)

 

Both camps ages 6-12. $176. Sign up a sibling and they can come for only $137.50 (each subsequent registration from the same family)! (To get this discount you MUST call the Recreation Department to register.) Both camps will be held at Simsbury High School.

 

A supplement to the Trojan Baseball Camp, for players who have an interest in pitching. Special instruction, proper pitching mechanics, wind-up, stretch, long tossing, different pitches and grips, pick off moves, fielding from pitchers position and arm strengthening are the focus of the week. 8:15-8:55am prior to the camp, $55 per week. 

 

Session 1: June 17-20 8:15 - 8:55

Session 2: August 12-15 8:15 - 8:55

 

Click here for more information


by posted 03/18/2019
SLL Challenger Division - Registration is OPEN

Challenger Division

Simsbury Little League's Challenger Division is designed for players ages 5-18 with special needs.  Below is more detailed information about this program.
 

  • Practices start in late April with practices on Sunday afternoon lasting for one hour.  
  • Games are generally on Saturdays although sometimes a week night game is scheduled.  
  • Games are 2 innings long, and every player bats each inning. 
  • Players hit coach pitched balls or off a tee. 
  • Buddy's in the field assist the players when needed.  
  • Players are encouraged to participate, but never pressured.
  • A typical season is generally 10 games.  
  • Simsbury plays Challenger teams from other area towns, with half the games on the road.
  • There are no residency or school requirements to play in the Challenger Division.  Players from both Simsbury and neighboring towns are welcome to join the Challenger Division.
  • To register, use the "Register Online" tab on the left side of our website.


If you have questions about your child's eligibility, or the league, please contact Brian Austin  daustin28@cox.net .


by posted 03/06/2019
2019 Family Fun Day at Dunkin Donuts Park

Deadline to purchase tickets for SLL family day with the Yard Goats extended to Sunday, April 14.

Don't miss this opportunity!  SLL players get to go on the field with Yard Goats players before the game for a skills clinic.

 

Sunday, April 28th 2019

Little Leaguers will have the opportunity to go on the field before the game and do drills with Yard Goats players!
 
Clinic: 9am to 11am
Gates will open at 8:30am
 
Game Start: 1:05pm
Gates Open to public: 11:30am
 
 
After the clinic is over you may stay in the gates, until the game begins. Please have ticket ready apon arrival. 
 
No Cleats will be allowed on field, please wear gym shoes. Be sure to dress appropriately with weather. 
Please bring own glove, bats will be provided. 
 
If you would like anything signed during autographs be sure to bring that with you. 
 
Ticket Order Deadline: Sunday, April 14th.  Parking is an additional fee day of game.
 
Please contact Scott Beaulieu for more information - scott.j.beaulieu@gmail.com
 
 

by posted 01/19/2019
Spring Season - Dates to Remember

Planning for the spring season is well underway.  Here are some important dates, we will update this post as soon as we have more information. 

 

Simsbury Little League

Spring Season 2019  

“Season At A Glance”

 

Online Registration Opens

January 2019

 

Registration Deadlines

Baseball deadlines: The registration deadline for AAA and Majors is February 25.
For T-ball, Farm A and Farm AA, the registration deadline is March 11.

Softball deadlines: The registration deadline for Minors AAA, Majors and Juniors is February 25.
For T-ball, Farm A and Farm AA, the registration deadline is March 11.

 

Baseball – Coaches Clinics

TBD

 

Baseball Evaluations

(Players age 9 and above only)

Saturday, 3/2

Masters School:  8 am-12 pm

More details will be posted soon. Players do not need to be available for the entire session.

There is no Make-Up Date, so if you want to be evaluated to play up, you must make this date.

 

Softball Evaluations

Sunday, 3/3

Masters School:  11:30-2:30 PM

There is no Make-Up Date, so if you want to be evaluated to play up, you must make this date.

 

D6 Umpire Clinic

Rookies Required / Encouraged all Other Levels

Saturday, March 16 (check-in 12:00 - 1:00, followed by clinic from 1:00 - 5:00 pm)

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center, Canton

 

 

Umpire Clinic – All Returning Umpires

All umpires must attend one of these classroom clinics. 

  • Session #1 Saturday March 9th (9-10:15am) 
  • Session #2 Tuesday April 2nd (7-8:15pm)

@Freemason’s Hall

 

** Registration Closing Dates **

Baseball:  AAA/Majors 2/25

Softball:  AAA/Majors/Juniors:  2/25

All Other Divisions:  3/11 (or earlier if the teams are full)

 

Drafts

Baseball Majors:  Tuesday, 3/12

Baseball Minors AAA:  Wednesday, 3/13

Softball:  TBD

 

Baseball & Softball - Managers Meeting

All managers are required to attend!

Saturday, 3/23 (8:30 – 11:30 AM) @Simsbury High School

 

Volunteer Applications Are Due

March 31

(Applications can be found on the SLL website under the Volunteer tab)

 

Spring Field Clean-Up

TBD

 

Practice Starts

TBD (Town of Simsbury will give us the date)

 

Opening Day

Baseball:  TBD

Softball:  TBD

 

Moto Photo Team Picture Day

Saturday, April 27

 

Memorial Day Parade

Simsbury Little League teams will march in the parade.  More details to follow.

 

End of Season

Baseball:  TBD

Softball:  TBD 


by posted 01/15/2019
SLL Sponsorship Program - 2018

Outfield Sign Banner Sponsorship Program
 
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.

by posted 03/07/2018
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 03/07/2018
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 01/22/2017
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
Attorney Ritson's Home Run Rpt
 
 
 
 
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!!
 
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