Virginia District 5 Little League: Welcome
Welcome to the internet home of Virginia's District 5 Little League. This page has been set up to keep you informed about upcoming District 5 events, as well as the latest results from this years tournament play.
Keep checking back for all the latest news from District 5.
As the tournament season has ended and Leagues are registering for the Fall Ball season, there is another very important event for all Leagues during the next few months. It is time for the General Membership Meetings!! During these meetings, the health of the League will be discussed, changes to the Constitution may be proposed, but the most important item is the election of the Board of Directors. It's so important for everyone involved in the League (parents, friends, umpires, etc) to take a minute to think about being more involved. Involvment doesn't always mean as a Board member because there are so many other areas, or committees, where volunteers are needed. If you have time and enjoy being at the fields and making the Leagues better for the kids, then chat with a board member, or attend an informational meeting to discuss what you can volunteer to do to help your League!!
As we get closer to tournament season, here's a quick refresher on the new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that took effect with the 2017 season. On this page you'll find a full breakdown of all the changes to the rules and regulations, including a summary of each and where it is located in the Little League Rulebooks.
Click on the link above to check out all the changes to make sure you're up to speed for the tournaments!
Thursday, March 30
Little League Establishes Bat Information Landing Page to Answer Questions
Effective January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.
With the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard in 2018, Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. The landing page, found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.
USA Baseball Bat Standard: Frequently Asked Questions
2017 Season Bat Lists:
Full Printable List of 2 1/4 Baseball Bats - For quick reference on the field, with composites included (printable PDF format)
Visual List - 2 1/4 Baseball - List of lecensed, approved composite-barrel baseball bats for Majors and below
Mobile List - Licensed 2 1/4 baseball bats, for convenient and scalable display on smart phones, tablets and other internet-enabled portable digital devices.
Decertified Bats - Failed NCAA BBCOR. Testing and Failed Performance Compliance Testing (2 1/4 inch barrel bats only).
Note: Softball Bats
The composite moratorium only applies to baseball bats with 2 1/4 inch barrels. It DOES NOT apply to any divisions of Little League Softball. Also, there is no list of approved softball bats. In softball, the bat only needs to meet the specifications of Rule 1.10 for a softball bat.
2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart
Minors & Majors:
2017: BPF 1.15 marking/ 2 ¼” barrel maximum
2018: USA Baseball marking 2 5/8” barrel maximum
Intermediate (50/70) & Junior:
1) 2 ¼" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp
2018: USA Baseball marking 2 5/8” barrel maximum NO BBCOR ALLOWED
2017 ALL bats must be BBCOR
2018 ALL bats must be BBCOR
Wednesday, March 22
It is important for all Little League® volunteers and parents to be familiar with the most up-to-date version of Little League’s Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies. These rulebooks, published in the fall for all divisions of Little League Baseball®, Little League Softball®, and the Little League Challenger Division® provide the structure and support for local leagues and Districts to provide a meaningful Little League experience for all children in their community. Click on the link above to access resources including Rules and Regulations updates, Background checks, Residency Requirements (new for 2017), Bat Information, Pitching Rules, Waivers of Rules, and more.
Monday, March 6
NEW TO 2017: Local Leagues Required to Conduct Background Checks on All Volunteers
Please remember to conduct national criminal background checks, in addition to a search of the Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, for each volunteer with regular service to the league or repetitive access to children. Starting in 2017, Little League’s official regulations have been revised to state that all leagues in the United States are required to conduct background checks that utilize the First Advantage Screening Solutions program provided by Little League International, or another provider that is comparable to First Advantage in accessing background check records for sex offender registry data and criminal records. For those leagues that have satisfied this regulation in past seasons by utilizing First Advantage, there are not additional expectations, since the First Advantage background check currently meets that standard. For more information, including how to conduct the mandatory background checks, visit LittleLeague.org/ChildProtection.
Little League University Launches New Educational Videos
This February, Little League University began a series of free educational videos to assist local league volunteers during their day-to-day operations. The first video of the series helps local leagues better understand Establishing Player Eligibility in a Local League. Additional educational videos on background checks, new rule changes, and more will be available on LittleLeagueU.org throughout the course of the year.
Wednesday, February 1
We're growing! Two of our local leagues have expanded their boundaries starting with the 2017 season! Chesterfield Little League's Softball boundaries now include all of Amelia County, and Powhatan Little League's Baseball boundaries now include all of Amelia County.