Massachusetts District 3 Little League : Welcome


District 3 is looking to start a Big League softball program. Since this will be a District run program, girls from any league in the District are eligible. The ages for Big League are 14 - 18 (age as of December 31, 2014). Games will start at the end of April and there is the possibility of Inter-league games against District 4 and District 5. If you have a player that is interested, please have them contact either the DA Gretchen Haibon at massd3ll@gmail.com, or Tracy Black at tracyblk1464@gmail.com.
 
 

  The Little League Board of Directors has voted to start implementing the new age determination date starting in 2015. FOR BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY In April, 2014 the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®. To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system. Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation. 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 Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure. Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the remainder of their Little League career. To see the new age determination dates and age chart for baseball go to, www.littleleague.org/learn/rules/rulechanges.htm
  Jimmy Fund fund raising returns -District 3 has raised  $35,826.88! 
Awesome job and a HUGE thank you to all of the players, parents, managers and coaches for all of their hard work raising money for the Jimmy Fund!
Congratulations to the following top fundraisers from each division going to the Boston Red Sox Sunday September 7th.  Tickets will be mailed directly to the team managers.
Rookies - North Leominster - $2650
Open - North Leominster - $4068.78
Sinclair - North Leominster - $4832.75
Softball - Winchendon -  $3689.41
The Second Highest Fundraisers in each Division will be sent a 20 pack of tickets to attend a Lowell Spinners game of their choice
Rookies - Winchendon - $2290
Open - Leominster American - $2803
Sinclair - Leominster National - $2535
Softball - Chuck Stone  
The top Individual Fundraiser is Evan McCarthy - Leominster National Sinclair team - $1391 .  Evan will receive a baseball autographed by A.J. Pierzynski, a Jimmy Fund baseball Jersey, two tickets to the Red Sox game on Sunday September 7th, and will participate in the on field check presentation before the game. The second highest Individual Fundraiser is Joseph LeBlanc - North Leominster Open team $835.  Joseph will receive a $50 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods.  
Missing returns - Chuck Stone 9/10's  
 

Congratulations to the following Jimmy Fund Champions:
Chuck Stone - 2014 Softball Champions
Winchendon - 2014 Rookies Champions
Winchendon - 2014 Open Champions
Quabbin - 2014 Sinclair Champions
 

   
Congratulations to all of our District Champions
Major Baseball - Leominster National
Major Softball - Chuck Stone
Junior baseball - Winchendon
Senior baseball - Orange
Big League baseball - District team

Are you managing or coaching a T- Ball team this season?  Do you have a child who plays T-Ball?  Little League International has created a new program for Tee Ball-age players (ages 4-6); and their parents or guardians, that is specifically designed to provide a foundation and introduction to baseball and softball that is grounded in fundamentals, fitness and having fun. The new Little League Tee Ball program is a 10-week co-ed plan and resource that features structured learning, highlighted by one practice and one game per week. Over the course of the season, coaches and parents will engage in a series of lessons utilizing up to 40 activities that include skills, drills and plenty of physical activity. Jennifer Rodgers, an educator with a background in physical education and a coach in Williamsport, Pa., worked in conjunction with Little League International on the development of the practice plans. In addition to contributions from the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Baseball Factory, SKLZ, a preferred training partner of Little League Baseball and Softball, has provided video presentations of basic Tee Ball skills; see “SKLZ FUN-damentals,” on the Coaches Resource Center (CRC). Registration for the Little League Coaches Resource Center is free and available here. New registrants, and those previously registered with the CRC, have access to the all of the Tee Ball materials. The entire program, complete with explanations, descriptions and instructions, can be downloaded. Also available for download are illustrated practice plans. These “Quick Plans” provide coaches and parents the freedom to take the lessons with them on to the field.


Important reminders:  

Background checks are mandatory for all volunteers who have repetitive contact with players.  Little league offers 125 FREE nationwide background checks through Lexisnexis.  If your league does not already use this great service, sign up today.  It is FREE!

 

 

 


 

Little League Chartering & Marketing Toolkit

Little League International has developed a  Local League Chartering and Marketing Tool Kit to assist local leagues in preparation for the upcoming season. A new, related website has also been launched.



15th Item Added to the ASAP Program

League Player Registration Data or Player Roster Data and Coach and Manager Data can be completed through the Little League Data Center. Completion of this information is a mandatory requirement for an approved ASAP plan in 2014.



Little League's LexisNexis Background Checks

Little League's 125 free background checks, provided through LexisNexis, will re-set as of Nov. 1, 2014. Each check done after a league's 125th check will cost $1 each. The information collected through LexisNexis should be kept, and remain, confidential.


 

The Power Of Little League

Check out  a video Little League has produced showing the effect of Little League Baseball has not only in the United States, but all all over the world.

Link to video  



District 3 LL is now on Facebook, check out our page here 

 

 

 

Other info:

The Little League Baseball and Softball Coaches Toolkit (previously called the Coaches Registry) was created in 2007, to help managers and coaches improve their knowledge and learn how to be more effective in their many roles as a coach. In addition to instructional information, the Toolkit provides coaches with the latest Little League rulebook, a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) handbook with helpful tips on how to be a better coach, and "What's the Score" explaining how to score a game and a scorebook. Also, members have the ability to download the latest version of the Electronic Rulebook. The E-Rules section of the Little League web site also has video explaining frequently misinterpreted rules. For more information on the Little League Coaches Toolkit, or to purchase your Coaches Toolkit package, visit:The Coaches Toolkit

 



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