Mercer Island Little League: Baseball News

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Coast - Congratulations Padres!

AAA - Congratulations Giants!

AA - Congratulations A's!



2016 League Age JEPG

For the second season in a row Little League Incorporated changed the League Age (LA) determination date for baseball.  Historically Little League League Age for baseball, sluggers and T-Ball was determined by the child’s age as of April 30th of the given season.  Last year, it was December 31st.  The new League Age determination date is August 31st.  Relative to last year’s League Age change, here is the summary of the changes…

  1. If your child was born before September 1st, 2005 your child will continue to use Little League’s old LA determination date until they age out of Little League.  If your child was born after September 1st, 2005 they will use the new LA determination date until they age out of Little League.
  2. If your child was born between September 1st and December 31st (of 2006 and any year since then) your child “repeats” a League Age year.  Example:  If your child was born in October of 2007, last season your child was League Age 8 and this year they are League age 8 again.
  3. If your child was born between May 1st and August 31st (of 2006 and any year since then) they progressed from the 2014 season to the 2015 season “normally.”  Example:  If your child was born in July of 2007, last season they were League Age 8.  This season your child is League Age 9.

As mentioned earlier, this is the second year in a row that Little League has changed the age determination date.  As with last year, we are unsure what the effect on MILL will be.  The MIBGC and MILL board have discussed the change, but will be adapting as the season progresses.  In any event, to confirm your child’s baseball league age, consult Little League’s League Age chart at the top of this note.

The change should not change the registration process that much.  You are encouraged to register your child for the next level in their progression (listed below).  Of course if your child is repeating a year due to the change, your decision is a little more complicated.  You will have to decide which league is the most appropriate decision for your child.  There are division descriptions on the baseball page of the MILL website.  The MIBCG will also help you any way it can.  Please don’t hesitate to email or call.  Thank you.

Athletic Director Matt Williams: 206.436.1950 or mnwilliams@positiveplace.org

Athletic Director Becky Shaddle: 206.436.1943 or bshaddle@positiveplace.org

 



Wednesday, February 10

The Majors baseball draft was held on Tuesday, February 9th.  The results of the draft are below.

Coast and AAA teams will be released following the MILL Player Pitch coaches meeting on Saturday, February 27th.

 

Angels   Brewers
Manager: Brad Brotherton   Manager: Mike Gilroy
Brandon Abulhosn   Hannah Dickinson
Marques Abulhosn   Brady Gilroy
Chaz Brotherton   Tyler Gilroy
Gunnar Gudmundsson   McLean Hopkins
Dylan Handler   Evan Lamin
Evan Handler   Derek Nordale
Erik Larson   Andrew Ott
Jett Mai   William Pellerin
Niklaus Runge   Camden Rowland
Luke Sandmaier   Fenway Rowland
Colin Shea   Jakob Schulz
Spencer Smith   Matthew Williamson
             
Cardinals   Cubs
Manager: John Carpenter   Manager: Curt Varney
Praket Akshantala   Alex Espinoza
John Carpenter III   Nicholas Fuchs
Jack Dilworth   Christopher Givan
Jacob Grosof   Drice Hellal
Jenson Hart   Max Hoeke
Ashwin Honnawarkar   Kenny Mark
Calvin Little   William Norden
Christopher Mock   Connor Pettigrew
Edgar Nakamura   Jeffrey Stedman
Luke Reid   Dane Steiner
Jarrett Sato   Jack Varney
Chase Shavey   Ethan Yang
             
Royals   Yankees
Manager: Jeff Otte   Manager: Glenn McCrary
Brandon Bienstock   Governor Aufranc
Alexander Castleman   Thien Anh Bull
Jack Durner   Nicholas Chatalas
Ethan Evans   James Gumbs
Nathan Fukuda   Tye Iverson
Harry Gollin   Aaron Levin
Alex Henderson   Jacob Loeffler
Evan Otte   Ryan McCrary
Halen Otte   James Peterson
Conor Shewey   Matthew Plambeck
Tate Wisenteiner   Jack Snyder
Steven Xing   William Thomas


Saturday, February 27
2016 Coast Teams
Astros   Diamondbacks
Manager: Bohn Crain   Manager: Glenn Dierkes
Neal Baron   Micah Bartle
Jack Buchan   Austin Cupic
Maxwell Clark   Stephen Dierkes
Will Crain   Devon Hubbell
Shane Deguchi   Ryan Jacobson
Colin Harlan   Griffin King
Kristoffer Holtan   Sam Leahy
Ansel Leveque   Matthew Pangallo
Brandon Patacsil   Nathan Pellerin
Devon Ringer   Cole Rowe
Quinn Shavey   Mason Szylko
Jayden Wang   Cole Thomas
         
Dodgers   Padres
Manager: Brad Newcomer   Manager: Randy Riffle
Claude Cobbs   Brian Bilanski Jr.
Grayson Conder   Sam Cadicamo
Sam LeClercq   Brandon Fukano
Justin Lee   Luca Galvin
Caley Newcomer   Geoffrey Goffman
Henry Newcomer   Carter Gribble
Julian Peters   Tyler Jones
Andy Roedel   Spencer Kornblum
Gavin Shea   Ajay Manhas
Benjamin Viafore   Baker Riffle
Will Watson   Jasper Wilfrid
Tyler Williamson   Andy Yang
         
Pirates   Red Sox
Manager: Spike McBride   Manager: Rick Marcou
Ryan Boyle   Jack Beebe
Lucas Fujii   Cade Daggett
Samuel Hill   Sam Dilworth
Coy Hounsell   Parker Doucette
Cohen Kolbe   John Hense
Connor Lamb   Owen Kennedy
Luke McBride   Nolan Knievel
Noah Perlman   Hayden Leddy
Lee Rousso   Damon Marcou
Baird Sirianni   William McDonald
Julian Vining   Charles Seneker
Cutter Werdel   Mason Ward


Saturday, February 27
2016 AAA Teams
Giants   Mariners
Eric Hansen   Kevin Chou
Otto Ahonen   Connor Campbell
John Campbell   Nicholas Chou
Jack Dalton   Chase Culala
Mason Dudycha   Alexander Dickstein
David Dunbabin   Logan Jewett
Matthew Hansen   Gabriel Lopez
Owen Hasenoehrl   Mateo Mar
Tilden Hsu   Anthony O'Donnell
Michael McDonald   Bendeck Peterson
Zachary Nakano   Ryan Rockfeld
Sebastian Pong   Aaron Roedel
Elliot Sato   John Trethewey
     
Phillies   Rays
Rajesh Honnawarkar   Bruce Mar
Jackson Agee   Jaxon Aufranc
Eric Fernandes   Daniel Bahner
Graham Givan   Jordan Benitez
Aman Honnawarkar   Austin Brooks
Logan Hsu   Charlie Chatalas
James Mangold   Jalani Kaetel
Alec Martin   Lucas Lessard
Blake Ogata   Ethan Mar
Jake Shleifer   Hudson Mar
Kalden Short   Dane Niederman
Matthew Walzer   Drew Robine
Chloe Yang   Trey Thompson
     
Rockies   Tigers
Chris Kline   Cullen Davidson
Tyler Affolter   Payton Blosch
Jack Besecker   Tristan Cruzen
Garrett Bruns   Caden Davidson
Charles Crump   Ronan Hagedorn
Ian Donner   Harrison Hudson
Rhett Hounsell   Benjamin Katz
Jackson Kline   Brandon Leavitt
William Leddy   Samuel Paddor
Lillian Loeffler   Thomas Plambeck
Russell Nguyen   Cooper Sandwith
Max Oster   Sean Snyder
Brandon Wolfe   Radik Wilenski
     
White Sox    
Ty Harper    
Sebastian Foss    
Quinn Harper    
Nathan Holan    
Reese Knievel    
Cole Krawiec    
Davis LeClercq    
Matthew Lee    
Ted Matheson    
Charles May    
Joseph McCormack    
Braden Riffle    
Henry Thomas    




Field Closures?

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Big Diamond Baseball (13 and Older)

Seniors

Seniors is a level of Little League for 13-16 year olds.  Seniors baseball plays on a full size baseball diamond (60’6’’ pitching rubber, 90’ bases).  As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars.  13-14 year-olds are eligible for Seniors baseball, but players are encouraged to participate in either Intermediate or Juniors.

 

Juniors

Juniors is a level of Little League for 13-14 year olds.   Like Seniors, basepaths are 90’ and the pitching distance is 60’6’’.  As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars.  The only real difference with Seniors is the age of the players.  13 year olds are eligible for Juniors, but are encouraged to participate in Intermediate if possible.

 

Intermediate

Intermediate is Little League’s newest level.  It is to be used as a stepping stone between the traditional Little League Diamond and a full size diamond used in Juniors and Seniors.  Basepaths are 70’ and pitchers throw from 50 feet.  It is for League Age 13 year olds (11 and 12 year-olds are eligible but MILL encourages 11s and 12s to play in Majors or Coast).

 

**Notes about Seniors, Juniors and Intermediate:  Mercer Island teams interlock their schedule with other teams in our District.  Half of the games will be played on Mercer Island and the other half off Island.  Game days also vary.  There is not a set schedule like there is in our Player Pitch baseball leagues.

 

Additionally, it is not guaranteed that we will have enough players to field teams at all levels.  If we are unable to field our own team, there is the option to combine with other leagues.  Those decisions won’t be made until late February or early March.

 


 Majors Baseball 10-12 Yrs. Old - $250  (Player Pitch)
This is the most advanced and competitive division of Little League, which will include all League Age 12 year-olds, strong 11 year-olds and outstanding 10 year-olds.  Majors focuses on advanced skill development and preparation for all-stars and higher level play beyond age 12.  Players will be drafted onto Majors teams based on ability.  Majors teams will practice twice a week, and play one Wednesday and one Saturday game.

 Coast Baseball 9-11 Yrs. Old - $250  (Player Pitch)
Coast is intermediate player pitch baseball, primarily for 10 and 11 year-old players, as well as a few highly skilled 9 year-olds.  Coast teams will practice twice a week, and play one Thursday game and one Saturday game.


“AAA” Baseball 8-10 Yrs. Old - $250  (Player Pitch)
“AAA” Baseball is entry-level player pitch baseball, for 9 and 10 year-old players, as well as a few highly skilled 8 year-olds. In the first part of the season, there will be no stealing allowed and coaches will assist with pitching as needed (i.e. finish pitching to a batter after ball four) in order to keep the games moving by reducing walks. AAA teams will practice twice a week, and play one Tuesday game and one Saturday game.

 

Show Your Stuff (SYS) – Sunday, January 31st.

SYS is a mandatory event in which each player registered for Player Pitch baseball (Majors, Coast and AAA) will be evaluated on their hitting and pitching skills.  There is a makeup session on Saturday, February 6th (Time TBD) for those who cannot make January 31st.

 

The evaluation (in conjunction with the previous season coach’s evaluation) will be used to place each player in the appropriate division and to evenly distribute talent among all teams within a division.  That means not all players will advance a division each year.  It also means that some League Age 9 year-olds will not be selected to AAA if we believe AA is the more appropriate division for them.

   

“AA” Baseball 8-9 Yrs. Old - $200
“AA” Baseball is advanced machine/coach pitch baseball intended for most 8 year olds, some highly skilled 7 year olds and some 9 year olds who need a little more development before moving on to Player Pitch. Limited pitching by players will be introduced in the second half of the season. AA teams will have one weeknight practice per week, one game on Monday, one game on Saturday, and an end-of-season league tournament.


“A” Baseball 7 Yrs. Old - $180

“A” Baseball is intermediate machine/coach pitch baseball intended for 7 year olds who have already played a year of Sluggers, 6 year olds in 1st grade and 8 year olds seeking more development before AA. “A” teams will have one weeknight practice per week, and one Monday game and one Saturday game.

 

 


   

FAQ:

My 8 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play up at the AAA level?

-All interested 8 year-olds must contact the MIBGC at least two weeks prior to SYS.  The MIBGC and MILL VP’s will review each player and decide if the player can participate in SYS.  However, an invitation to SYS is not a guaranteed spot on AAA.  If the player receives high enough scores AND there is room in AAA, the player may be placed in AAA.  If an 8 year-old is invited to SYS, he/she must attend Show Your Stuff to be placed on a AAA team.


 My 9 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play in Majors?

-No.  MILL prohibits any player from playing up more than three years.  E.g, 9’s can’t play in Majors.  8’s can’t play in Coast, 7’s can’t play in AAA.


 My son was in Coast last season as a 10 year-old.  How come he didn’t move up to Majors this year as an 11 year-old?

-For Majors, the coaches do a live draft of their team.  They select 12 players from all eligible players.  There are some players that are guaranteed places in Majors.  They are (1) League Age 12 year-olds. (2) League Age 11 year-olds in Sixth Grade (who played Coast last season) and (3) Players who played Majors the previous year.  The rest of the remaining players are drafted by the coaches from the pool of eligible players.


 How do I figure out my son’s League Age?

-Baseball League Age is determined by your child’s date of birth.  For those players born before September 1, 2005, the age determination date is April 30, 2016.  For those born after September 1, 2005, the age determination date is August 31st, 2016.  For example, if your son turns 9 on August 31, he is League Age 10.  If your son turns 10 on September 1, he is League Age 9.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Please review the Little League Age Chart on the MILL website to confirm your child’s League Age.  Softball has a different League Age cutoff.


 My league age 9 year-old did not get selected to AAA.  How come?

 -At Show Your Stuff, we evaluate over 200 players in order to place them in the division that is most appropriate for them.   We want your child to succeed.  If your child was not placed in AAA we believe that AA was the most appropriate division for them.


My child is playing Player Pitch, can I request a buddy or a practice time?

-No.  We do not accept buddy requests or practice time requests for Player Pitch Baseball.  We do not even consider school when making teams.  Our main priority is to create balanced teams.  More information about team formation is below.

 


 

League Age

Age Appropriate Level

 
 

16

Seniors

 

15

Seniors

 

14

Juniors

 

13

Intermediate

 

12

Majors

 

11

Coast

 

10

AAA or Coast

 

9

AAA

 

8

AA

 

7

A

 

6

Sluggers

 

5

T-Ball

 

4

T-Ball

 


*League age 10 year olds get split fairly evenly between Coast and AAA.

 

This chart is a general guideline of progression through Little League baseball.  Some players will experience a different path.  Players are encouraged to stick with their appropriate age unless a different level is recommended to them (typically in player pitch baseball, ages 9-12).


 

 

 



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