Friday, February 16, 2018

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Bat Regulations

Here are a couple of useful links for those making bat purchases for the upcoming season:

2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart
Minors & Majors
2017                                                                                       2018
BPF 1.15 marking/ 2 ¼” barrel maximum                                USA Baseball marking
                                                                                                2 5/8” barrel maximum

Intermediate (50/70) & Junior
2017                                                                                       2018
1) 2 ¼" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15                   USA Baseball marking
2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)                  2 5/8” barrel maximum
3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp                         NO BBCOR ALLOWED

Senior
2017                                                                                       2018
ALL bats must be BBCOR                                                         ALL bats must be BBCOR

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Rule 1.10 - Baseball

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).
Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

Tee Ball:

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

 

 

 

Minor/Major Divisions:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.
NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Senior League:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Rule 1.10 - Softball

The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
An illegal or altered bat must be removed.




In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.
NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.


NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.PENALTY - See Rule - 6.06(d).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sign Up Deadline is EARLY This Year

Please sign up as soon as possible for the 2018 season. It's easy to do, and signing up early helps us plan coaches, schedules, etc. The deadline is March 3, and the price goes up by $25 after that deadline.

Click here to read all the details and to sign up.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sign Up for the 2018 Season

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about Southern Little League baseball and softball.

Here's what you need to know. Please take the time to read this information thoroughly. Please note that the deadline for signing up is earlier this year.
  • Age Eligibility: Please use Little League's age calculator to determine your child's official league age. It's important that you do this and that you get your child's league age correct. Please don't just assume you know this. Please take the time to use the age calculator.
    • Here are the divisions we offer: age eligibility and divisions
    • Please note: We can only allow 6-year-olds to play coach-pitch baseball or softball if they have already played T-ball elsewhere. (Note: We do not offer T-ball at Southern.)
  • Cost: $150 ($100 for softball) per player before the deadline. $175 after the deadline based on availability. (No player will be denied based on inability to pay. Please come to one of the in-person sign-up sessions for details on financial assistance.)
  • How to sign up: Please sign up online (click here). If you are unable to sign up online, you may sign up at one of our in-person sign-up sessions at Blimpie next to Breton Village Mall (click here). The cost is the same either way. You cannot sign up by mail.
  • Geographical boundary eligibility: See our official league boundaries here. Your child must reside or attend school within these boundaries or have played in Southern last year to be eligible.
  • Tryouts: After signing up, players in certain situations MUST attend their player evaluation (aka "tryout") session. Click here for details.
  • Umpiring: Anyone 13 years old or older who is reliable and passionate about baseball can earn some extra cash umpiring at Southern. Sign-ups for umpiring will be held after tryouts at 2:30 on Saturday, March 24, in the East Grand Rapids High School gym. Training will take place at a later date.
  • Volunteering: Southern depends on volunteers for a wide variety of roles. You'll have a chance to fill out volunteer information when you sign-up. Learn more here.
  • Important dates:
    • In-person sign-up sessions: Saturdays, Feb 10 & Feb 17, 11a-1p
    • Sign-up deadline: Saturday, March 3
    • Player evaluation/tryout day: Saturday, March 24
    • Practices begin: Monday, April 9 or later (depends on coach)
    • Clean-up day: Saturday, April 14, 9am to noon
    • Coach and Team Parent meeting: Wednesday, April 11, 8pm
    • Games begin: Friday, April 20
    • Family day: Saturday, June 9 (volunteers needed)
  • Our website: We make all our weather and schedule announcements and we keep all our schedules, results, standings and other information here on our website. Make sure to stay on top of all the latest news by signing up for automatic email updates here. It really is the simplest way to make sure you don't miss an important announcement. You can also follow all our announcements by liking us on Facebook here.
  • Questions? Call Mark Norton at 954-0504. Make your message only your name and clearly state your phone number twice.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Save the Date!

Saturday, February 24 is the date of Southern's Lead-off Party.


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