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Fall Baseball and Softball Appreciation Weekend - Aug 27 and 28
08/11/2016
    We're only a few weeks away from the...
Fall Baseball - Player Evaluations
08/11/2016
  Baseball - Player Evaluations Monday, 8/29 @6 PM Memorial...
Tommy Tanski Fund
07/16/2016
"No Bad Team" 100% Royalties to Tommy Tanski Fund Simsbury...
Fall Baseball Registration OPEN
07/05/2016
  Fall Baseball - Registration Open   Registration...
New Youth Bat Standard Coming
07/01/2016
  2018 USA Bat Baseball Bat Standard Thinking about purchasing...
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...
 
Fall Baseball and Softball Appreciation Weekend - Aug 27 and 28

 

 

We're only a few weeks away from the start of school (gasp!) and the fall sports season.  Dick's Sporting Goods recognizes the continued growth and popularity of fall baseball and would like to extend a savings opportunity to the SLL baseball community by offering up a Fall Baseball Appreciation Weekend at the end of this month. 

 

Similar to the popular spring event at Dick's, SLL fall baseball members can save 20% off their purchase as we gear up for the season.  Using the attached flyer/coupon, the 20% is valid off your entire purchase – so it may come in handy for back to school as well!


by posted 08/11/2016
Fall Baseball - Player Evaluations
 
Baseball - Player Evaluations
Monday, 8/29 @6 PM
Memorial Park - Field 2



Thank-you to all the players who have signed up for our Fall Baseball program.  We are in the process of finalizing our list of managers and will be forming teams the week of August 29th.  In order to balance the teams we would like to collect as much information about our players as possible. 
 
Who attends evaluations?
If your child played for SLL in the spring 2016 season, they do not need to come to the evaluations.  We have evaluations from their spring manager which will help provide us feedback on their baseball abilities.  If your child is from out-of-town, or is new to SLL then they should attend evaluations.  Even if your child played for us last fall but not in the spring, they should attend these evaluations.

When & Where?
Monday, 8/29
6:00 PM (baseball age 9)
6:30 PM (baseball age 10 & 11)
Memorial Park - Field 2
(raindate will be Tuesday, 8/30 @6 PM)
In the event of rain, please check the website for cancelation details.  

Player Ages 9-11 Only
Players who are baseball age 7 & 8 and will be playing in the Juniors division should not attend evaluations. 
Only players who are baseball age 9-11 (as of 4/30/16) should attend these evaluations. 


What if my child cannot attend?
These evaluations are not mandatory so in the event that you are unable to attend, your child will still be placed on a team.  Please email our Fall Ball Director to let him know that your child will not be at the evaluations.

Does my child need to be registered?
In order to attend the evaluations, your child must be registered for fall ball. 
Use the "Register Online" tab to the left to completed the registration.

Questions?
For questions, please contact our Fall Ball Director, Michael Mascaro

by posted 08/11/2016
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
Fall Baseball Registration OPEN
 
Fall Baseball - Registration Open
 

Registration for Fall Baseball is now open.  
 
 
To register, use the "Register Online" tab on the left side of our website.

For more information on our fall program, please click HERE.

Our fall program is for players who are baseball age 7-11. 
To determine your child's baseball age please use the age chart found on our Documents tab. 
Our fall program is open to players from Simsbury as well as surrounding towns.
 
Below is a brief description of the divisions and the expected practice/game schedules.
 

Juniors Division  (ages 7-8)
This division is designed for the players who played baseball in the spring and will be playing AA next spring. 
Saturday game @ 9:30 AM
Sunday game @ 12:30 PM
Practice: 1 day/week (day varies by Team)

Mid Majors Division  (ages 9-10)
This division is designed for the AA player who is moving up to AAA and the AAA player looking to improve their skills.
Thursday game @6:00 PM
Saturday game @2:30 PM
Sunday game @3:00 PM
Practice:  Monday or Tuesday (day varies by team)

Seniors Division (ages 10-11)
This division is designed for the players who are moving up to Majors or who played Majors in the spring.
Wednesday game @ 6:00PM
Friday game @ 6:00 PM
Saturday game @ 12:00 PM
Practice:  Sunday
 
 
Babe Ruth Baeball (age 12)
Players who are age 12 should register for Babe Ruth Baseball (http://simsburybaseball.org).
Simsbury Babe Ruth provides a developmental program in the fall season to help acclimate players to the larger field as well as various aspects of the game (leading off base, pitcher's pick-off moves, etc.) 
This is a separate organization from Simsbury Little League
and registration information is available on the Babe Ruth website.
 

SLL Season - Start Dates
Games will begin the week of 9/5
 
 
Refund Policy
No refunds will be issued once teams have been formed.
Exceptions to this policy may be requested of the Vice President
for special circumstances such as medical injury.
Please note that choosing not to play, or moving to another program
do not, in the view of SLL, qualify for a refund.

 


by posted 07/05/2016
New Youth Bat Standard Coming

 

2018 USA Bat Baseball Bat Standard

Thinking about purchasing a new bat for your player?

He or she will be grateful, but you might want to keep in mind that it will likely have limited life in 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.  In other words, beginning in 2018, all bats used in Little League will need a "USABat" stamp on it.

 

Key Facts For The 2018 Bat Standard

  • All current youth baseball bats will continue to be 'legal' in Little League through December 31, 2017
  • Baseball 1.15 BPF bats will not be grandfathered in for the 2018 season
  • The goal of USA Baseball (youth baseball's national governing body) is striving to make youth bats perform like wood. 
  • There will be no limit to how light a bat can be (no drop weight limit), which should be helpful to younger players. Baseballs likely won't be hit quite as far, but the larger diameter should make the ball easier to hit for many players.
  • New, approved YBBCOR 2 5/8" barrels will be legal in Little League and Babe Ruth, among other organizations in 2018
  • USA Baseball says the change is being made for the “integrity of the game”, and not “safety” reasons.
  • USSSA, which governs most travel ball teams, is not affected by the change to the USABat Standard and has no current plans to make a change to its bat standard.
  • For more information, click here to visit the USA Baseball website

 


by posted 07/01/2016
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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