Benicia Little League: BLL News

Friday, October 15
Moratorium on Composite Bats for Junior, Senior, and Big League Divisions

October 3, 2010 update

Little League has published a list of composite bats approved for Big, Senior, and Junior League this coming 2011 season. All others are prohibited.

For more details, see Then, go to Learn More | Equipment & Merchandise | Approved Composite Bats.

The bats below meet the following criteria-Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) and the Accelerated Break In (ABI) Procedure.

The approved bats include the following

DeMarini CF4 (-3) CFB10 31", 32", 33", 34"

DeMarini CF4 (-3_ CFB11 31", 32", 33", 34"

Vendetta C6 (-3) VCB10 31", 32", 33", 34"

Vendetta C6 (-3) VCB11 31", 32", 33", 34"

Combat BACK AB1 31", 32", 33"

Combat B2AB1 31", 32", 33", 34"

Combat B1AB2 31", 32", 33", 34"

Combat B1AB2-R 31", 32", 33", 34"

September 1, 2010

FROM: Patrick W. Wilson,

Vice President of Operations, Little League International

A moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League was enacted on Aug. 27, 2010, by the Little League International Board of Directors, effective immediately.

The moratorium shall be in effect until further notice by Little League International. The moratorium covers all games and practices only in the three divisions referenced above. It closely follows a similar moratorium approved in July 2010 by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), based on a recommendation from its Baseball Rules Committee.

The NFHS Board enacted a rule to prohibit the use of composite bats until they can produce consistent compliance with the standards through the life of the bat. Waivers of the moratorium may be considered by Little League International in certain circumstances.

For 2011, a manufacturer may apply for a waiver of the moratorium for a particular model of composite bat if all of the requirements for a waiver, as established by Little League International, are satisfied. Composite bats that are certified by an approved independent testing laboratory as meeting the current Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR), and the Accelerated Break-In (ABI) procedure, will be eligible for the waiver in 2011. Little League International will provide a list of bat models, if any, that receive waivers of the moratorium.

Not covered under the Little League moratorium are wood bats, metal bats, or bats that have composite materials in the handle only.  A composite bat is one that has a metal shell, but a woven composite of fibers on the inside of the barrel portion of the bat.  Currently, the moratorium on composite bats does not apply to the Little League Baseball (Majors) Division and below, nor does it apply to any division of softball.  Little League International, in consultation with independent experts, anticipates being able to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats in the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, prior to the start of the 2011 season.



Patrick W. Wilson

Vice President of Operations

Sunday, October 3
Election Results

On Tuesday, September 14, 2010, the regular members of Benicia Little League met to elect the board of directors for the upcoming season. The results of the voting are as follows:

1. James Bishop

2. Gale DeMartini

3. Padraig O'Connor

4. Rich Payne

5. Aron Rosenfield

6. Ken Sinclair

7. John Van Blake

8. Jon Wood

9. Al Zielstorff

Thursday, April 29
Pizza Party winners from Hit-a-thon Announced

President John Van Blake has announced the winners of the Team Pizza Party as determined by their fundraising success during this year's Hit-a-thon.  Those winners are:

  1. Challenger Dodgers managed by Rick Lauziere
  2. Tball Rockies managed by Robin Tan
  3. Farms Red Sox managed by Steve Pickett
  4. Farms Padres managed by Rich Grigas
  5. Minor B Cardinals managed by Gene Alameda,
  6. Minor B Dodgers managed by Mike Mealey. 

Thanks to you all.

Friday, January 22
Division Procedures posted

In the previous season, the Board received survey comments from various people who were confused about the various rules pertaining to divisional play and which differ from one division to another.  These people requested more information about these rules and procedures which are unique to each division. 

Where do these procedures come from?  For the most part, they have evolved over the years as a result of what works and what doesn't.  These guidelines do NOT come from Little League International but, instead, are a form of best practices that the board develops from input from a variety of sources including players, coaches, managers, umpires, and families. 

First, at a desginated public board meeting prior to the beginning of each season, the board solicits comments from the public for guidance in developing the divisional procedures for the upcoming season.

Second, after that public comment period, the vice-president of Little League, currently Marc Rose, then starts with the procedures from the immediately past season and incorporates the public comments into a draft for the board's review.

Third, during the board's review of the proposed procedures, the merits of the procedures and debated (often hotly contested) and the board then votes on what goes and what stays for that season.

Fourth, as the season approaches and divisional managers are selected, the managers and the board have orientation sessions for the various divisions during which the procedures are reviewed word for word.  The purpose of this session is to familirize the managers with the procedures and how they will impact their responsibilities for the season.  At the conclusion of these meetings, the managers affirm that they understand the procedures and agree to abide by such as witnessed by their signature on the copy which is then retained by the league's president for that season.

As you will see by reviewing the procedures, they can be both ambiguous and detailed.  Historically, the baord has found due to the nature of the game, it cannot anticipate every possible situation.  Therefore, the need for flexibility.  On the other hand, other sitatuions call for explicit guidance.  The overall goal of these procedures is to provide a wholesome, fun and even educational experience for the players.  Once the procedures are enacted for a given season, they are typically inviolate for the remainder of that season.  After the season, the board starts the cycle over again for the next year.

Please see the "Forms" section of this site if you wish to download and review the procedures for any particular division. 



2009 Rulebook
Friday, November 6
2010 Rules and Regulations Changes
Below is a synopsis of the significant changes to the Rules and Regulations for 2010 in the divisions noted, as of this date.

The exact wording of the Rules and Regulations noted will be provided in the coming weeks. It is expected that rule books will be available soon as well.

(Note: Unless noted otherwise, these changes apply to all divisions)


Regulation I (c) 8 - Note 1: Added a sentence stating that if a league elects to operate a Tee Ball baseball program only, it must use the league age determination date that is noted in the regulation. (Baseball only.)

Regulation IV (a) - Junior League: Added language making it clear that when a 12-year-old player is found to be ineligible under this regulation, that player and/or his/her team are subject to removal from the International Tournament by action of the Tournament Committee.

Regulation VI - Note 4: Added language making it clear that a resumed game or contest decided by forfeit does not constitute a "game" for the purpose of this regulation, unless one completed inning was played before the game ended or the game was forfeited.

Regulation XIV (e): Added language making it clear that alcohol is prohibited at the game site.


Rule 1.10: Added language making it clear that any bat that has been altered must be removed from play.

Rule 1.11 (h): Added language making it acceptable for Junior, Senior and Big League players to wear metal spikes or cleats. (Added for softball only. This rule already applies to these divisions in baseball.)

Rule 1.11 (k): Added language making it clear that casts may not be worn by players and umpires during the game, and that persons wearing casts, including managers and coaches, must remain in the dugout during the game.

Rule 1.14: Standardized the limits on the size of fielders' gloves.

Rule 2.00 Definition of Pitch: Added language making it clear that a balk or illegal pitch, whether or not a pitch is actually delivered to a batter, counts as a pitch in determining the pitch count for that pitcher. (Baseball only.)

Rule 3.03 - No. 6: Added language making it clear defensive substitutions must be made while the team is on defense, and offensive substitutions must be made at the time the offensive player has her/his turn at bat or is on base. (Also added to Rule 3.03 for Big League.)

Rule 5.07, Minor League: Added language providing that the five-run rule may be suspended in the last half inning for either team, by option of the local league.


Responsibility and Chain of Command: Added language making it clear that the Tournament Committee may impose penalties it deems appropriate, or may take action to correct a situation, regardless of the source of information.

Conditions of Tournament Play - Protests - C. Use of an ineligible player: Added language making it clear that any violation of Regulations may result in a team having an ineligible player.


Appendix A: Added Lightning Safety Guidelines.

Appendix D: Added Bat Modifications and Alterations Policy.


Various Regulations, Regular Season Rules, and Tournament Rules: The deadline for submitting forms that deal with Tournament Eligibility - i.e., regular season player roster forms, Regulation II (d) and Regulation IV (h) forms, waiver requests, chartering, fee payments, combined teams and interleague play forms, etc. - is June 8, 2010.

Adults and Minors in Positions of Authority: Changes were made to Rule 2.00, Rule 4.1, Rule 9.01, Rule 9.03, Rule 9.04, and the Tournament Rules and Guidelines, making it clear that Minors may serve as coach or umpire under specific and limited circumstances as noted in each rule. (Summary: A coach who is 16 or 17 may only serve as a coach if the adult manager and another adult coach are appointed. A person who is not an adult may serve in a game as an umpire, including as plate umpire, provided one or more other adults are also umpires for that game. However, that non-adult umpire cannot be designated as umpire-in-chief for that game. The umpire-in-chief is not required to be the plate umpire.)

Sunday, November 8
BHS Panther Stadium project
Benicia High School is updating its baseball complex.  If you would like to contribute to this project, please go to the Forms area of this site and download the brochure with details.

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Thomas Dalby showing good form
Tuesday, November 17
11-13-09 Tournament pitching rule changes enacted by LL Intl for 2010 season

On Friday, 11-13-09, the Little League International Board of Directors voted to change both the regular season and tournament pitching rules to bring the 2 different rule sets more closely into alignment.  The text of these 2 changes can be found in 2 PDF files at the following addresses.