Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Please Sign Up NOW

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.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lead Off Party is TONIGHT!

Yes, you can buy tickets at the door!
 

Annual Fundraiser
for Southern Little League

2018 Lead Off Party

Saturday
February 24th
2018

newly renovated
Applause Event Center
(behind Pietro's)
7:00 11:00 PM

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
Our deepest gratitude is extended to those
who have generously donated to
Southern Little League 2018 Lead Off Party

Applause
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Hungry Howie’s
Mick DeKorver
Larry Ike, Diamonds
Harry Berrios
Wenger’s Bowling Alley
Blimpie
Jeff Hoppman
Fox Motors
Kate Foy
Patterson Ice Center
Grand Rapids Christians High School
East Grand Rapids Schools
EGR Baseball
Coach Longo & EGR Varsity Football
Holwerda-Snoap Sporting Goods
Catholic Central Varsity Football
Catholic Central HS Athletic Department
Grand Rapids Christians High School
Tobi Beale, Meghan Hislop, The James Salon
Coach Peter Stuursma & Hope College
Alto Gas
Mike Knuble
Smitter Pest Control
Buy Bats.com
Brad Ditmar
Founders Brewing
Metal Tech
Roof Melt
Scott & Natalie Bernecker and Family
Sean Cox Law, PLLC
Welch Allyn
Detroit Pistons
Mark & Allison White
Great Wolf Lodge
Air Time of Grand Rapids
Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen
Michirondack, Jason Nagher
Newaygo General Store
NOCO
Jose Babushka’s
Rose’s
Derby Station
Wolfgang’s
Manna Cafe
The Green Well
Bistro Bella Vita
Restaurant Partners
Foremost Graphics Group

 

• Cash Bar and Hors d'oeuvres

• $60 per couple / $35 per person
• RSVP and buy your tickets in advance via the
website: www.southernll.org or send checks payable to:
Southern Little League
Grand Rapids 49506

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Buy Your Tickets Now for the Feb 24 Lead-Off Party



Purchase Tickets Now
 
 
- OR -

Make a Donation Now

 

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

____________________________________________________________

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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Baseball Seniors Standings

  • These standings are up to date to include all the scores that have been phoned in and appear on the schedule page. If you see a discrepancy in the standings, first check the schedule page to see if scores are missing. If scores are missing on the schedule page, contact your coach, NOT the webmaster.
  • Click here to view the standings on their own page.
  • Click here to download these standings as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Juniors Standings

  • These standings are up to date to include all the scores that have been phoned in and appear on the schedule page. If you see a discrepancy in the standings, first check the schedule page to see if scores are missing. If scores are missing on the schedule page, contact your coach, NOT the webmaster.
  • Click here to view the standings on their own page.
  • Click here to download these standings as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Majors Standings

  • These standings are up to date to include all the scores that have been phoned in and appear on the schedule page. If you see a discrepancy in the standings, first check the schedule page to see if scores are missing. If scores are missing on the schedule page, contact your coach, NOT the webmaster.
  • Click here to view the standings on their own page.
  • Click here to download these standings as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Minors Standings

  • These standings are up to date to include all the scores that have been phoned in and appear on the schedule page. If you see a discrepancy in the standings, first check the schedule page to see if scores are missing. If scores are missing on the schedule page, contact your coach, NOT the webmaster.
  • Click here to view the standings on their own page.
  • Click here to download these standings as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball 78ers Roster

These are the team rosters for the Baseball 78ers League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Baseball Minors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Baseball Minors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball Majors Schedule

  • League Director: Joe Sarnicola
    email: joesarnicola "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • We generally do NOT make weather announcements about away games. Please contact your coach for cancellation updates on away fields.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.
  • Maps to fields can be found here.

2018 Softball Minors Schedule

  • League Director: Joe Sarnicola
    email: joesarnicola "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • We generally do NOT make weather announcements about away games. Please contact your coach for cancellation updates on away fields.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.
  • Maps to fields can be found here.

2018 Softball 78ers Schedule

  • League Director: Joe Sarnicola
    email: joesarnicola "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • We generally do NOT make weather announcements about away games. Please contact your coach for cancellation updates on away fields.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.
  • Maps to fields can be found here.

2018 Baseball 78ers Schedule

  • League Director: Matt Bertke
    email: mbertke "at" coverys.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
  • We do not record final scores or keep standings in this league.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun.
  • Due to lack of field space, no rained out games will be made up unless one team has an unusual number of rainouts.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Minors Schedule

  • League Director: Ethan Rohen
    email: erohen "at" rivercitymech.com (replace "at" with @)
    phone: 262-5603
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
  • If you see a discrepancy in the scores or missing scores, please contact your coach, NOT the webmaster. Games without a score in this schedule will not be included in the standings.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun. A coin flip will determine home field that day. Family Day games will not count in the standings.
  • Due to lack of field space, no rained out games will be made up unless one team has an unusual number of rainouts.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Majors Schedule

  • League Director: Jamie Billo
    email: jamiebillo "at" hotmail.com (replace "at" with @)
    phone: 617-0616
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
  • If you see a discrepancy in the scores or missing scores, please contact your coach, NOT the webmaster. Games without a score in this schedule will not be included in the standings.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun. A coin flip will determine home field that day. Family Day games will not count in the standings.
  • Team tournaments start June 19. Please plan your family vacation after July 2 so you can participate in team tournaments.
  • National all-star tournament starts July 5.
  • Due to lack of field space, no rained out games will be made up unless one team has an unusual number of rainouts.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Juniors Schedule

  • League Director:
    email: mcwhite "at" bcpwq.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
  • If you see a discrepancy in the scores or missing scores, please contact your coach, NOT the webmaster. Games without a score in this schedule will not be included in the standings.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun. A coin flip will determine home field that day. Family Day games will not count in the standings.
  • Due to lack of field space, no rained out games will be made up unless one team has an unusual number of rainouts.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Seniors Schedule

  • League Director: Rob Henkey
    email: rob "at" metaltechbuildings.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • Home team will occupy the 3rd base dugout.
  • If you see a discrepancy in the scores or missing scores, please contact your coach, NOT the webmaster. Games without a score in this schedule will not be included in the standings.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Due to lack of field space, no rained out games will be made up unless one team has an unusual number of rainouts.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.

2018 Baseball Seniors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Baseball Seniors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball Juniors Schedule

  • League Director: Joe Sarnicola
    email: joesarnicola "at" gmail.com (replace "at" with @)
  • Please remember to sign up for email updates. That way you won't miss any schedule changes or weather updates.
  • We generally do NOT make weather announcements about away games. Please contact your coach for cancellation updates on away fields.
  • Changes made after April 15 to the original schedule will be announced via email and marked on the schedule with a C in the C column. Rescheduled rain-outs are denoted by an R in that column.
  • Family Day is Sat-9-Jun.
  • Click here to view this schedule on its own page.
  • Click here to download this schedule as a PDF you can print.
  • Maps to fields can be found here.

2018 Baseball Majors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Baseball Majors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Baseball Juniors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Baseball Juniors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball 78ers Roster

These are the team rosters for the Softball 78ers (coach pitch) League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball Minors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Softball Minors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball Majors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Softball Majors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

2018 Softball Juniors Roster

These are the team rosters for the Softball Juniors League. If you see any misspellings or other discrepancies, please email the webmaster. You can also download this document as a PDF or CSV (to open with Excel).

League All-Star Coaching and Player Selection Bylaws

Family Day All-Stars – Minor and Major Divisions – Each team’s players will vote for either two or three players from their team to represent at the Family Day All-Star games. As long as team numbers stay at 12 or below each team will select 3 players. The players selected will automatically be nominated for the National tournament(All-Star) at the end of the season. These players are not automatically a participant on the National Tournament team however they are nominated to be voted on by the managers at a later date.
Family Day All-Star Coaches – The first and second place managers will be the head coach of the respective teams. We encourage all head coaches to join the team on the field and participate.
Teams will be divided 1st, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th on one side and 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th on the other side. In the case of 12 teams the 11th place team will go to one side and the 12th place team will go to the other side.
All players will play equal time or as close to it as possible. No player may pitch more than one inning. No extra innings will occur if the game is tied at completion. This is a showcase game and a tie would be great.
National Tournament Team selection – Commonly called Traveling All-Stars
Southern Little League is divided in to two geographical areas described in the boundary section on the website and managed by Little League Baseball Inc. These boundaries are strict. Each team will carry 13 players on their roster with the exception of Senior League which will carry up to 16 players.
Divisions – Minors - 9 and 10-year-old – Southern East and Southern West – In some cases 8 year olds.
                    11 year old – Southern East and Southern West – In some cases 10 year olds.
                        Majors – 11 and 12 year olds – Southern East and Southern West.
                        Juniors – 13 and 14 Year olds – Southern East/West combined.
                        Seniors – 15 and 16 year olds – Southern East/West combined

For Minors and Majors the Family Day All Stars are automatically nominated to the ballot and will be properly divided by East and West. The managers of each team will be asked if they want to nominate any additional players. The Junior League/Senior League coaches will nominate players from their team to the ballot. Once all nominations are in and ballots are sorted by East and West a meeting will be held. Each manager (coach if manager cannot attend) will have a couple of minutes to talk about his/her players and describe the players strengths etc. After that process each manager will vote for 13 players. When the ballots are tallied the top 13 vote getters will be elected to the National Tournament Team. If after the initial vote there are ties so that we cannot get to 13 the All-Star manager will sit with the directors to break the tie and finalize the roster. If the director has a son/daughter in consideration he/she will recuse themselves and another director will sit in.
Note: 10 year olds in the Major division will automatically be placed on the Minor ballot.
11 year old division – At the conclusion of the Major division selection the 11 year olds who were not elected to the Major All Star team will automatically be placed on the 11 year old ballot. The managers will be asked to nominate additional 11 year olds. The managers will then follow the same voting process to select the two 11 year old teams. NOTE: There are times with the 11 year old teams where we have to make calls to secure enough players for two teams. We will be flexible if that is the case and work with the team manager and coaches to finalize the teams. We are not allowed to combine East and West in any division Majors and below. We have already applied for and been turned down for a waiver.
In Senior League because there is no mandatory play in the National Tournament they will select 16 players. The final 3 to 4 players will be selected by the manager and directors and will most likely be pitchers and catchers. The committee will be responsible for selecting this team.
Notes: In the case of a player not being able to play for any reason the manager along with the directors will replace that player with any player in the respective division. We do ask each regular season manager to try to get a commitment from those nominated. Each All-Star player will be asked to pay an additional fee. The fee for 2018 will be $60. This fee helps to cover uniforms, umpires, balls, and tournament fees.

Selection of team Managers and coaches – The first place Manager will be given the first chance to be the manager of the All Star team. If there is a tie the directors will vote to break that tie. We will then go down the list in order of finish until all managers are selected. Coaches for the All Star teams will then be selected. The manager will have his/her choice of selecting one of his/hers regular season coaches and another manager from another team. If we have gone thru the list of managers and are still short any managers we will then go thru the list of assistant coaches in the same order as noted above.

Senior League Baseball – Due to the short season and players still playing High School Ball the manager and coaches of the Tournament team will be selected by the committee. In Senior League the committee along with the tournament manager will finalize the selection of the players.



2018 Standings

If you know of any errors, please email the webmaster. Links without highlighting are not available yet. Stay tuned.
No standings are kept for the following leagues:
  • Baseball 78ers
  • Baseball Big League
  • Softball 78ers
  • Softball Minors
  • Softball Majors
  • Softball Juniors
  • Softball Seniors

2018 Schedules

These are the schedules for the current season. If you know of any schedule changes or errors, please email the webmaster. Schedules without highlighting are not available yet. Stay tuned.

2018 Rosters

Parents, please verify that your child appears in the roster for the appropriate league.

Every year we have a few random clerical errors, so if you don't see your child in the appropriate league, please look through the other leagues before contacting the webmaster. If you don't see your child on any of these rosters, or if there's a typo in your child's name, don't worry. It's usually a simple thing to sort out. Contact the webmaster, and we'll get you squared away.

Also keep in mind that these rosters are continuously updated. You won't receive an email each time we update the rosters, but these links will always take you to the very latest updates.

Summer 2018
Fall 2017

We assign players to teams based on age for Fall Ball. Fall Ball is a league for the players to get extra games in so they get more experience for next season. It is much less competitive than the regular season. Even though it is called Minors, Majors, Juniors, etc. we divide the players up by age. Over the past few years we have found this system works much better with the limited amount of teams in Fall Ball.