Wheelersburg Little League: Welcome

  CONGRATS TO THE 9-10 YEAR OLD GIRLS SOFTBALL STATE CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats to the 9-10 Year Old Girls Softball-District Champs 
Congrats to the 11-12 Year Old Girls Softball-District Champs
Congrats to the Wheelersburg High School Lady Pirate Softball Team.  STATE CHAMPS!!!!!!!!
Congrats to Ellie Ruby who won Long Jump at State Track Championship!!!!!!!! 
I have listed the ALL-STAR Team Members that I have been sent.
Asher Conley              Donavon Earhardt
Sean Bays                   Cody Evans
Luke Kuhns                  Drew Holland
Wyatt Jones               Clark Weller
Garrett Jones             Jonah Collier
Noah  Netter              Tristan Dunham
Gabe Campbell             Colton Schwamburger
Landon Shiltz              Cam Chamberlin
Mason Billiter              Alex Spangenburg
Jacob Blevins              Brody Hall
Andrew Tabor             Ryan Meeker
Brady Music                Kenyon Evans
Hunter Lawson            Ean Conn
Bryson Longfellow       Cameron Conn 
Here are a few quotes for Players and Parents to think about:
"In baseball as in life, all of the important things happen at home"  Unknown 
"It ain't nothin' til I call it"  Bill Klem, Umpire
"Talent might get you on the field, but its effort and attitude that will keep you there"  Ken Griffey Jr.
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way"  Babe Ruth
"Man, this is baseball, you gotta stop thinking!  Just have fun"  The Sandlot
"When baseball is no longer fun, its no longer a game"  Joe DiMaggio
"You don't need a ticket to see some of the best baseball in the world, you just need to drive one of the players to the game"   Unknown Little League Parent
Please Remember:
1)  These are kids
2)  This is a game
3)  Coaches are volunteers
4)  Umpires are human
5)  Your child does not play for the Reds
A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success! 

 Congrats to both Wheelersburg High School Baseball and Softball Teams as they continue to advance in the State Tournament!! 

 Volunteer forms can be printed off from the link at the bottom of this page.  Not only do you have to fill out the
Volunteer form, you have to have a copy of your Driver's License.  Your license can be copied at the signups.  All parents or adults who will be on the field or assisting the league must have a background check completed.  These are completed for the safety of our children!! 


GENE BENNETT is in the process of writing a book about his life with the Reds organization, as well as his affiliation with Wheelersburg Sports including his deep love of Wheelersburg Little League.  He remains a HUGE supporter of Wheelersburg Little League.  He is going to donate the proceeds of the sale of his book to Wheelersburg Little League.  He will initially have 1500 copies printed to be sold.  The books will cost $20.  He is going to have dates and times that he will sign his book.  NO COPIES OF THE BOOK WILL BE GIVEN AWAY FOR FREE!!!!!!  GENE TOLD THE WHEELERSBURG LITTLE LEAGUE BOARD THAT HE IS GOING TO BUY HIS OWN COPY OF THE BOOK (AS WELL AS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS).  The book is not completed at this time, but is suppose to be completed in the next couple of weeks and sent to be printed.  We will place "WHEN" and "WHERE" the book can be purchased on this internet site as well as the dates he will be present to sign his books.

A New Age Chart has been adopted by Little League International for the boys. Wheelersburg Little League Board has voted to adopt and follow the Little League International Boys Age Chart as printed. Unfortunately, it will affect some of your children. We will be able to explain it to you at the Wheelersburg Little League Signups.  I have attached a link to the Boys and Girls League Age Chart.  THE CHANGE ONLY AFFECTS THE BOYS.  THEY DID NOT CHANGE THE GIRLS AGE CHART.





THE FOLLOWING WAS COPIED DIRECTLY FROM:  www.littleleague.org website

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"As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.

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Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. In 2018 all players born prior to January 1, 2006 will begin utilizing December 31 as their age determination date. The majority of concerns will surround the fact that a 2015 league age nine (9) year old will be 10 in 2016, 11 in 2017, but in 2018 will effectively be league age 13 and will advance out of the major league division. All players represented within the chart below will all use the December 31 date beginning in the 2018 season.

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As stated, with this implementation strategy adjustment the impact on our players will be reduced, with the exception of a marginal impact on players currently participating in the very early stages of their Little League career. Furthermore, our continued focus on fun, fitness and fundamentals at the Tee Ball Division will assist local leagues as they look to provide a smooth transition to the Coach/Machine Pitch divisions of play while still developing a passion for the game as well as focusing on skill development.

Why did Little League make the change to the Age Determination Date:

After receiving requests from local leagues and districts to provide a better transition for younger players, Little League worked with its volunteers, the Little League Advisory Board, and the Little League International Board of Directors Operations Committee to create this plan.

As a result, the new age determination date has allowed our program to become younger and let players, parents, and leagues use the various age levels of the Little League Baseball divisions to ensure all Little Leaguers are playing in the division that suits his/her skill level the best. It also ensures that players who were league age 7 for the 2014 season and are now league age 9 for the 2015 season, and have the ability, to transition to the next division.

The original purpose of the new age determination date was to align Little League with the International Baseball Federation. As baseball works to be reinstated into the Olympics, aligning our efforts with the International Baseball Federation positions Little League for growth internationally and assists with baseballs efforts to become a global game.

On how local leagues should adjust current divisional structure based on the change:

The focus of younger divisions should be on skill development and by utilizing the flexibility provided by Little League to place kids in a division that suits their skill level, leagues should experience success. Leagues do not have to move 9-year-olds to the Little League/Major Division, and have the option to structure the division for 10-, 11-, and 12-year olds. "  (END OF LITTLE LEAGUE QUOTED INFORMATION WHICH WAS DIRECTLY COPIED ONTO THIS SITE)

As I can gather from the information recieved, Little League International DOES NOT WANT 13 YEAR OLD BOYS playing in the Major League Division and in the LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.  CHILDREN WHO WERE BORN MAY 1, 2005 THROUGH 1996 WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RULE CHANGE. Unfortunately, it will affect the BOYS WITH 2006 BIRTHDAY.  They will skip the second year of Pitching League Machine and be placed into the Minor League.  This means we will have an larger number of League Age 9 Players.  Wheelersburg Little League is still gathering more information on the new rule changes.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but it was brought to us by Little League International.

 Turn your IPhone or Droid into a FREE lightning detector:

Go to APP Store and type in Little League Weather Bug.   It is a free APP and will give you minute by minute lightning strikes around the nation.  It has a radar, 10 day forecast, hourly forecast, wind direction/speed, and in bottom left hand corner a lightning bolt will be shown and states "Spark".   Click on this button and it will scan the country for the closest lightning strikes.  It will rescan every 30 seconds to 1 minute looking for new lighting strikes around the nation.  It does not register Heat Lighting (At least the Heat lighting I saw on several different occasions was not registered).  It also has a safety indicator about lightning-The closest lightning strike will stay on the indicator for 30 minutes.


RAIN: If it begins to rain:

     1) Evaluate the strength of the rain. Is it a light drizzle or is it pouring?

    2) Determine the direction the storm is moving.

    3) Evaluate the playing field as it becomes more and more saturated.

     4) Stop Practice if the playing condition becomes unsafe--use COMMON SENSE! If playing a Game, consult with the other manager, umpire, and/or league official to formulate a decision.

LIGHTNING: The average lightning stroke is 5-6 miles long with up to 30 million volts at 100,000 amps flow in less than a tenth of a second. The average thunderstorm is 6-10 miles wide and moves at a rate of 25 miles per hour. Once the leading edge of a thunderstorm approaches to within 10 miles, you are at immediate risk due to the possibility of lightning strokes coming from the storm’s overhanging anvil cloud. This fact is the reason that many lightning deaths and injuries occur with clear skies overhead. On average, the thunder from a lightning stroke can only be heard over a distance of 3-4 miles, depending on terrain, humidity and background noise around you. By the time you can hear the thunder, the storm has already approached within 3-4 miles! The sudden cold wind that many people use to gauge the approach of a thunderstorm is the result of down drafts and usually extends less than 3 miles from the storm’s leading edge. By the time you feel the wind; the storm can be less than 3 miles away! The day of your game/practice, look at a weather report for possible severe weather predictions. Use your cell phone to intermittently check on possible approaching storms. If storms are going to be a factor with your game/practice, consult with other coaches, umpires, and/or league officials to determine the safest and most practical decision for the situation. Use the Weather application on your phone to track the FUTURE path of the storms. Give players and parents enough time to load their bat bags with bats, helmets, and gloves and get to their vehicles without running for safety. Don’t wait till the last minute, give players enough time to obtain these items and find their parents.

If you can HEAR, SEE, OR FEEL A SUDDEN THUNDERSTORM or Lightning Meter reads strike within 10 miles of the ball field:

     1) Suspend all games and practices immediately!!!

     2) Stay away from metal including fencing and bleachers.

     3) Do Not Hold onto Metal Bats!

     4) Have players walk (NOT RUN) to their parent’s or designated driver’s car and wait for the decision on whether or not to continue with the game/practice.

     5) Games/Practice can resume 30 minutes after the last Lightning Strike, as determined by Little League Officials and/or Concession Stand Operator with use of the lightning strike meter beyond 10 miles. Players may return to the field after the 30 minute wait and cleared by the above mentioned Officals!

    6) If games are suspended for SEVERE WEATHER DELEAY OR THE ENTIRE DAY, THE CONCESSION STAND WINDOWS WILL REMAIN CLOSED and the Managers will be notified and they will notify their players and player’s parents.

     7) When games are resumed after Weather Delays, the Managers and Umpires will decide if players need time to throw and get muscles ready again, repair the field to safe playing condition, and survey the field and mark new areas of safety concerns and decide “Dead Ball Areas” to protect players from getting hurt. Players will be instructed of these areas and to throw their hands in the air if a ball goes into the “Dead Ball Area” and not to pursue the ball into “Dead Ball Areas.” The player will be awarded an extra base decided on upon where the player was when the ball entered the “Dead Ball Area.”

      8) If a storm is viewed on a cell phone weather appt that are within 10 miles of the Little League Fields (this includes West Portsmouth, Ironton, and Rock Hill as boundary Lines) games will be suspended by either a League Official or the Concession Stand Operator.

9) If a lightning strike is detected by the lightning strike indicator and is within 20 miles of Wheelersburg Little League fields, the storm should be viewed and watched on the weather.com app on a League Officials Phone. The Futures Map on weather.com should give an approximate coarse, speed, and time of arrival of the storm’s path.

If the storm is going to be within a 10 mile radius of the Wheelersburg Little League Field’s, ALL GAMES WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED USING RULE #5 (located above).

The time will start from the time the storm is greater than 10 miles away.

Distance Calculator How Far Is It? Distance From: ( Wheelersburg, Ohio Populated Place) Distance To:

(West Portsmouth, Ohio Popluated Place) Distance: 9.6 Miles, 15.6 Kilometers, 8.3 Nautical Miles The units of measurement for geographic coordinates are degrees (°), minutes ('), and seconds ("). For more information see our Geography Glossary. Distance is calculated as air distance or "as the crow flies". Read more: Distance Calculator: How Far Is It? Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/calculate Strong>

All Managers, Coaches, and Volunteers who are on the field must take a State Approved Concussion Training Coarse every 3 years.  Please bring proof of completion to the Coach's Clinic or the Tryouts.  Below is 1-2 links to approved free concussion training coarses.  Print a couple of copies:  One for Little League this year, 2 more for the following years.  ALL CATCHERS MASKS MUST HAVE A DANGLING THROAT GUARD INCLUDING BUILT IN THROAT GUARDS!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELMETS MAY BE REMOVED FROM PLAY AND GAMES SUSPENDED WITHOUT PROPER EQUIPTMENT. LITTLE LEAGUE RULES!

No restrictions are placed on the use of sunglasses by Little League.  Only exception is with the Pitcher.  If a Pitcher is wearing mirrored sunglasses, the Umpire may require the Pitcher to remove his/her sunglasses if they cause distracting reflections of light toward the Batter or Umpire.

ALL MANAGERS AND COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A CONCUSSION CLASS-Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is required to create a concussion and head injury information sheet for participants in interscholastic activities and youth sports. The following link: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html  is a FREE online class from the CDC, that will fullfil the obligation.  To launch to coarse, click the light purple box on the right side of the screen that states "Launch the Training Coarse".  For more details about the concussion policy in Ohio, go to the following link:  www.healthyohioprogram.org/concussion.aspx    

1. Skills: Hitting…more attempts at the plate from a coach pitching. Five pitches will be given then player must hit from the tee. Running …EVERYONE RUNS! Infield hits advance one base only while hits into the outfield keep advancing until ball is returned to the infield at which point a timeout is called and runners return if not halfway to next base. BE FAIR AND DON’T TAKE THIS TOO FAR! THE COACH PITCHING NEEDS TO STAY ON TOP OF THIS! Fielding…infield hits go to first or attempt a force-out while outfield hits go to second base or cut-off.
2. Outs: We want the kids to begin learning the different forms of making an out when at bat. Therefore, we will start by calling force-outs and fly-outs. No tag-outs. * In addition, I strongly feel that no child at this age should be pulled off the field for making the out and returned to the dugout. Kids like to run and remember: EVERYONE RUNS! However, they will learn that a total of three outs results in changing hitting to fielding and vice versa.
3. Runs: We will not KEEP score, but we definitely want the kids to understand that the goal is to cross the plate and SCORE RUNS! No run limits. If three outs were not made then sides will change after batting through the lineup. There will be no running of “all bases” just because it is the “last batter”. Play stops when the last hitter completes his/her attempt. Therefore, we will need the managers to change the last hitter each inning so all kids get the chance to score!
4. Innings: The goal is 4 innings. The time limit is one hour and fifteen minutes. You may play more innings if you stay under the time limit. Remember to be fair with the kids’ number of at-bats if playing longer; may need to decrease number of pitches given.
5. Time: Practice time approximately one hour per week and game time one hour and fifteen minutes per week. This seems reasonable for six year old kids. Game times scheduled every hour and a half.
6. Mangers/Coaches: Hopefully three per team. When your team is at bat the goal would be to have one coach pitch, one in the dugout organizing the lineup/ helping with helmets, and one getting the child in position at the plate. When your team is fielding two coaches b/w infield and outfield behind second and shortstop while the third coach will serve as the catcher for the other team.
7. Roster: maximum of ten kids per team. Always try to keep five in the infield (one at pitcher’s mound). If playing a game with seven kids then must use four infielders and three outfielders. Must move the players around to different positions in the field and in the lineup. A draft day will be set by the VP within two weeks of the last signup date. Managers/Coaches keep their own kids while all other boys/girls are drafted by a fair and honorable system overseen by the VP.
8. Trash: Everyone’s responsibility! Or the last team to practice or last two teams to play.
10. Field: Games to be played on the challenger field. This is a shared field be courteous!
Jan. 27th, 2013: Submitted by Jeremy Kaltenbach




Hold on ALL Composite Bats in ALL BASEBALL LEAGUES with ONLY some exceptions.  Softball is not affected by this Ruling.   Located below in "BLUE" is a publication released by Little League International about use of Composite Bats by Little League Baseball.  Click on:  "Equipment & Merchandise" TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT COMPOSITE BATS AND INTERNET SITE FOR APPROVED BATS FOR ALL LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL DIVISIONS. This link will take you to the Little League internet page labeled "Equipment and Merchandise" page.  Scroll down and click on "Approved Composite Bats" for a list of approved bats OR "Latest Information on Composite Baseball Bats" for letter about rule changes for 2012.

FYI: No on-deck batters are allowed on the field until the 13-14 year old leagues and older per the Little League Rule Book (Softball and Baseball)!


Coach Estep has been approved to give batting instructions to BOYS 12 years old and YOUNGER.   NO AGE/GRADE RESTRICTION ON GIRLS.  If you are interested, contact Coach Estep at 740-285-2874.

  Please help keep our fields clean by putting your trash in the trash cans.  If a trash can is not available in an area where ones is needed, please go to the concession stand and let them know.  We will try to make all arrangements to keep our children/grand children playing in a clean environment.

If you wish to assist Your Child's Team, every person has to be cleared after filling out a Background Check form.  You have to be cleared before you are allowed to assist.  This includes being in the Dougout with the Kids.  This is for our children's protection.  This form can be printed from the Link below at the bottom of the page. 

Little League Forms (Some can be filled out and printed)

* Medical Release Form:  http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/asap/Medical_Release_Form.pdf

*Player Registration Form (place shirt size Y-youth A-adult and 2 numbers of your child's choice)

*Parent Volunteer Form  

 http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/VolunteerApplication16.pdf must be filled out if you would like to Manage, Coach, Umpire, and/or be on the field to assist Wheelersburg Little League.  A copy of your drivers license is needed for Background Check for the safety of our Children.

Returning Volunteer Form  (New for this year)   http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/Returning-VolunteerApp16.pdf