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Bat Decertification

USA Baseball Decertifies An Easton Bat

On the chance that you may have purchased the below described bat for your child to use this season, here is important information from Little League Baseball:

The Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8 bat has been decertified by USA Baseball, and is no longer legal for use in Little League play. This action. affects only this one specific model, in this one specific size, and all other bats with the USA Baseball label are still legal for use.

Easton is offering refunds for anyone who purchased this bat, which at 30", is probably only used by kids in Intermediate or above. Here is the notice from Little League:

Dear Little League Parents and Volunteers,

Receiving a notice that a bat has been decertified, especially in the middle of the season, is challenging, inconvenient, and disappointing for everyone. On Thursday, May 3, USA Baseball informed Little League and other youth organizations about the decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8. We are committed to sharing that information with all of you as soon as we received it. According to the official notice from USA Baseball, "official compliance testing determined that the Ghost X 30/20 exceeds the performance limit set by the USABat Standard. Per the USA Baseball Youth Bat Performance Test Protocol as well as (USA Baseball's) contracts with Easton, these results constitute a non-compliant bat that must be decertified."

For any family or league that is impacted by USA Baseball's decertification of the Easton Ghost X 30/20 5/8, we strongly urge you to read Easton's release, which includes information about how to return your bat to receive a $500 voucher for Easton.com.

How Certification and Decertification Works

For the USABat Standard, bat manufacturers are required by USA Baseball to have their bats certified by following the protocols set out by the standard. Once a bat is certified, additional compliance testing is done to make sure that the bats remain complaint with that standard. Little League® International has no role in bat testing or compliance testing.

Once a bat that is currently in the marketplace and available for purchase fails to meet the performance standard, it is decertified, and pursuant to Rule 1.10, is an illegal bat.

What Little League® Parents and Volunteers Need to Know

Little League does not decide whether a bat meets, doesn't meet, or no longer meets the performance standard. Bats used for Little League play in all divisions must remain compliant to the applicable bat standards, as explained in the current year's rulebook (Rule 1.10).

Through LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, as well as Little League's social media and email efforts, we are committed to sharing any information about the decertification of bats as soon as possible, so that all our families and volunteers know which bats are permitted and which bats that may have already been sold are no longer approved for play.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and we strongly encourage you to visit LittleLeague.org/BatInfo for complete information about how bat standards impact all divisions of Little League and resources on which bats are approved for Little League use. For all information pertaining to the USABat Standard, visit USABat.com.

For those parents and leagues who purchased the Easton Ghost X, 30" -10 USA Baseball bat (model #'s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model), we, again, encourage you to read Easton's release and contact them as soon as possible at 1-844-531-7079, or ghostreturn@easton.com, to return your bat and receive your $500 electronic voucher.

Sincerely,
Patrick W. Wilson
Senior Vice President, Little League Baseball and Softball



Regular Season & Tournament Rules

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New Rules For 2018

Delegates to the 27th Little League International Congress, completed January 22nd in New Orleans, voted on 13 potential rules and regulation changes, with 11 of them voted in, approved by the Little League Board of Directors, and to be implemented for the 2018 season.

Seven of these new rules and regulations go into effect with the start of our 2018 regular seasons, two will apply to tournament play, and one tournament rule (with a local league option for regular season) is still being finalized and we will expect a further update on that. One rule affects only softball programs.

Regular season rules which have been approved include:
• Allowing leagues to set their own minimum/maximum number of players of a single age in any division
• Pitchers are no longer allowed to pitch more than two consecutive days (even if under the 20-pitch limit for no days of rest)
• Games suspended in the first inning will now be resumed from where they stopped
• Minimum schedule for Seniors Division play is now just 10 games
• In 9-batter lineups, substitution rules will now follow tournament rules
• In addition to the current 10-run rule, a 15-run is available one inning earlier
• In Majors division and above, managers' mound visits are reduced by one from previous rule

Changes for tournament play include:
• League age 11 and 12-year-old players who participate in 60% of an Intermediate team's games are also eligible to play on a Majors tournament team
• Use of an ineligible player during tournament games will be grounds for that team's complete removal from the tournament

A rule affecting the enforcement of manadatory play during tournament action is under further review, with an expectation of final decisions prior to the start of this year's tournaments.

For more complete descriptions of of the rules approved, along with complete records of District Administrators' vote totals from Congress, click on the Handout below.

 


Handout: 2018 Rule Changes

Want to join District Staff?

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Ever wonder how things get done? If you do, then you might just be the person we are looking for. We are always looking for volunteers who love and believe in Little League Baseball. As you should know, things don't just happen, it takes hours and hours of hard work from volunteers. Our staff oversees 11 local leagues with more than 4000 Little League players. The players need your help; they can't do it without all of the adult volunteers. We are serious about our role in the Little League organization and have a good time while supporting what we believe in. If you are interested in joining, please let us know. Send an email to llapage@san.rr.com and let us know what you are interested in. Play Ball!

 

 



Friday, May 13
Little League Pledge????

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Yes, the Little League pledge - In touring our local leagues there are still several that do not recite the pledge...  Question is why not?  I have yet to see the Junior Division say the pledge before the game.  Please - Remind our children why they are playing baseball and the expectations we have for them.  Sure we want them to have fun, but win or lose ....  They should know the pledge!  When the tournaments start and we do say the pledge before each of those games, it is embarrassing for some that they do not know the words to the Little League Pledge .....  Please have all your teams reciting the pledge before their games....Thank you



Challenger Division – The Best Part of Little League!

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Come See A Challenger Game Soon!

The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is a program for mentally and physically disabled youth to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. The program is available to any special needs child between the ages of 5-18, or who is in an ongoing high school program up to the age of 22.

More than the skills of baseball are learned through the experience. The value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

The philosophy of the Little League Challenger Division is to provide the framework so that every Little League program may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in the community. Challenger Division participants learn not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also how it feels to be just like other children pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements.

Currently, District 32 has Challenger Division teams in four of its leagues (Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, Peninsula and University City), with hopes to expand the program to all of the other leagues in our District as well.

 



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Little League Updates Age Determination Date

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Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the Little League Baseball Age Determination Date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in Little League, and the Little League International Board of Directors has now decided to change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division to August 31.

In 2014, Little League District Administrators initially voted to move the age determination date from April 30 to December 31, effective with the 2018 season. That was amended by the Little League International Board of Directors in August 2015, moving the date from December 31 to August 31.

HERE IS HOW THIS IMPACTS YOUR PLAYERS:

For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

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 4 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.

To see a complete chart of ages for the 2016 season, please go to this link: http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/September-December/llb-age-determination-date.htm

 



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