The rain can delay us, but they can't stop us. After a disappointing weekend rainout and a Monday night that had to be rescheduled due to a flooded field. The AAA and Majors divisions completed their League Championship Tournament on Tuesday night. In the AAA division, Sam Balbas Painting pulled off a victory over a very strong Garibay CPA team, advancing them to the City Championship on Saturday at 4:00pm. The Majors saw Breakfast Lions win a very fun and competitive game over Round Table Pizza advancing them to the City Championship game on Saturday June 11th. The City Championship will feature a special pre-game ceremony celebrating 60 years of Little League in Madera starting at 7:00pm. Majors game time immediately following the special ceremony. We will have 10 of the players from the first year of Little League in 1960 present to throw out the first pitch. Please join us for a night of fun and always great baseball between the top teams from each of the leagues in town.
Congratulations to Evening Lions for winning the 2011 AA division tournament on Wednesday night at Town & Country Park. Both the Lions and Cedar Creek played a great game. But in the end the Evening Lions earned the chance to play for the City Championship next Friday June 10th at 6:00pm. We are hosting City Championships this year, so please join us and support our players. The AA division continues to be a great success, and this will only translate into a stronger total program as these players develop and continue to play the game as they grow and move into the higher divisions. Thank you to everyone that volunteered this season in the AA division. Have a great off season, and we'll look forward to seeing you all next season.
All Managers have not yet contacted the players they drafted or were assigned. The AA division Managers have not yet received their list of players. A meeting will be held later this week to get those Managers their lists of players so they may begin to call and make plans for practices. Please give these people time to make contact this week before you panic and worry about what happened. In the mean time. We are posting the list of all Teams and their respective Managers. Majors and AAA Managers phone numbers have been listed, with the exception of one team, that has yet to receive their player list. If you do not hear from the Manager of your players team by this weekend, you should call them to make sure there were no errors in the phone information they received from your registration form.
Please follow this link to the page with the 2011 Player Team information.
Little League International Discusses Composite Bat Moratorium
On Dec. 30, 2010, Little League International announced it had expanded its moratorium on the use of composite bats to all of its baseball divisions, including the Little League (Majors) division, effective immediately.
Because of the moratorium, several common questions have arisen. We have addressed the most common questions below with Patrick Wilson, Little League International’s Vice President of Operations.
The announcement regarding the moratorium is here:http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2010/Sep-Dec/CompositeBatMoratium.htm
If you have further questions, we encourage you to sign on to Little League’s Facebook page. At that page, over the past few days, Little League International staff has answered hundreds of questions regarding the moratorium. The Little League Facebook page is here:http://www.facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball
By definition, a moratorium is: An authorized delay or stopping of some specified activity. As applied by Little League International, the moratorium disallows the use of all baseball bats constructed with composite material in its barrel.
Information on the composite baseball bats that have received waivers for the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League can be found here:
A listing of licensed baseball bats approved for use in the Little League (Majors) Division and below can be found here: 2011 Approved Non-Wood Bat List (PDF) (This list was updated on Jan. 14, 2011.)
Wooden and aluminum metal/alloy bats are not subject to the moratorium. Bats that have only a metal or alloy barrel (and no other material, unless it is in the end cap of the bat), and if it meets the other standards (length, diameter, etc. for the respective division in which it is used) are not subject to the moratorium, regardless of the composition of the handle or the transition to the barrel.
“The moratorium is not the result of Little League changing its bat standards, or influenced by any relationships with bat manufacturers,” Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. “Rather, it became evident through scientific research, that some composite-barreled bats exceeded the current standard after a breaking-in process. Until that research was in hand there was no data to support an earlier decision. With that said, there are no other moratoriums contemplated at this moment.
“The decision to place the moratorium on composite bats in Little League’s baseball divisions is based on the fact that scientific research showed that composite-barreled bats may exceed the performance standard after being broken in.”
At present, no composite bats for the Little League (Majors) Division and below have received a waiver. If and when any models do receive a waiver, Little League International will inform its leagues of that decision. Check here for the current list of approved bats: 2011 Approved Non-Wood Bat List (PDF)
On Sept. 1, Little League International placed a moratorium on composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League. Subsequent to that moratorium, some composite bat models have received a waiver and may be used in those divisions.
“Once there was scientific research showing conclusively that the composite bats in teenage play - after a break-in process - exceeded the standards, the moratorium was imposed,” Mr. Wilson said. “That research only applied to the larger bats, like the ones used in high school.
“While to some it might seem that a similar idea would apply to a smaller barrel bat, that's not the way the science works,” Mr. Wilson said. “We needed to wait until there was conclusive scientific research on the smaller barrel bats. Within hours of receiving enough of that data to make a decision, Little League made it, and we let our constituents know about it.”
The moratorium on composite bats, which now applies to all baseball divisions of Little League, does not apply to any softball divisions of Little League.
Local Little Leagues were first informed of the ongoing research in September 2010.
“From the beginning, and throughout this process, we wanted to keep everyone informed,” Mr. Wilson said. “Our intent was to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats. There is a process through which manufacturers can submit individual models for a possible waiver if they wish to seek it. Going forward, we will let our leagues know which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any.”
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