To all Little League parents...this is meant to be a section of the site specifically for your aid and benefit. Please let me know if you have any ideas, suggestions or information you would like me to share in this space.
2017 League Age Chart
Of course you know how old your child is, but do you know what your child's "league age" is? This will be especially important when it's time for tryouts, when the session is divided into groups by "league age."
- Find your child's birth month at the top of the chart.
- Follow that column down until you reach your child's birth year.
- Follow the row to the far right to determine your child's league age.
Little League Bat Resource Page (***UPDATED 07/26/17***)
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding bats - do NOT purchase a bat for your child until you have researched carefully. Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented.
Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
Everything you ever needed to know about bats and Little League can be found HERE at the Little League Bat Resource Page. (*** This information is current as of 07/26/17)
Accident Report Form and Other Information
2017 Volunteer Form Available
All individuals volunteering in any capacity
(manager, coach, team parent, scorekeepers, snack shack helpers, umpires, etc.)
must complete and submit a 2017 volunteer form ASAP.
2017 forms will be valid through the 2017 Fall Ball season.
ALL volunteers will need to fill out new volunteer forms for the 2017 Spring Season.
UPDATE: Little League International now requires us to run background checks through First Advantage. In order to complete that check, we MUST have your COMPLETE social security number; please include it on the form (I will white it out after I have run your name). It is also necessary for me to have a copy of your current drivers license or government-issued picture ID - I have to enter your full name, as it appears on that ID, including your middle name (if you have one).
Your help in this is GREATLY appreciated!
If you wish to volunteer, please click on the link above to view and print the 2017 Volunteer form. I think the form can be filled out online, BUT you still have to print it out and get it turned in. Filling it out online does NOT magically transfer it to me - I need a hard copy to keep on file - PRINT IT OUT.
- VERY IMPORTANT NOTE - if you fill the form out online, use the "Print" icon.
Do NOT use the download function - it downloads a BLANK form.
Once teams have been formed and your child has been placed, you can submit this form to your team's manager as well. In this case, however, sooner is always better! It saves much needed time when it is close to Opening Day (your manager can check with Information Officer Sue Sutherlin to confirm that you have a form on file). If you have children on more than one team, you only need to submit ONE volunteer form!
A copy of your driver's license is also required. If you have provided one in the past, AND your license hasn't expired since the copy was provided, you shouldn't need to provide another one (but sometimes things happen, and a current copy is inadvertently shredded - sorry 'bout that). If your license expired in 2016, the copy has been purged (shredded or burned in my woodburning stove).
Completed forms can be mailed to:
SLV Little League
ATTN: Sue Sutherlin
PO Box 1208
Felton, CA 95018
** What is "League Age"? UPDATED (AGAIN!) **
This is a question that often comes up, and is frequently a cause of confusion.
It is a standard set by Little League International, to which we as a local league must adhere when determining who is eligible to play.
Since the 2006 playing season, "League age" had been the age your child will be on or before April 30 of the year in which your child wishes to play. Prior to that, the determining date was June 30.
If it wasn't already confusing enough, Little League International decided in 2014 to change the eligibility date for determining league age from April 30 of the year in which the season starts to December 31 of the year in which the season starts. The implementation process was like this - for any child born ON or AFTER January 1, 2006, the new standard of December 31 applied immediately. The age your child turned in 2015 was your child's "league" age. For children born BEFORE January 1, 2006, the old date of April 30 of the season in which the child will be playing will apply for the next two seasons (2016, 2017). In 2018, the December 31 date would apply for ALL players (at least that was the plan).
HOWEVER, Little League International has backed away from the December 31 date, after much input from leagues all around the country and world, and the new date of determination will be August 31. For a more detailed discussion, please refer to this article on the Little League International web site.
This change is expected to be finalized for the 2018 season. Most players will be unaffected by the implementation of the newest determination date. A few players will have the interesting situation of being the same league age two years in a row.
Please be aware that it is taking our board some time to wrap our heads around this change and the many implications, and we will do our best to keep the best interests of your kids uppermost in all decisions.
Parent / Coach / Volunteer Code of Conduct
You will be receiving the SLV Little League Parent / Volunteer Code of Conduct to sign and return to your manager or team parent. Please take a moment to read this agreement, and feel free to print out a copy for yourself.
All About Post-Season Play - TOCs and All-Stars
Post-season play has two general facets. TOCs (or Tournament of Champions) is for the division champion in the Majors and Minors division. Those teams will go on to play against teams in other leagues in District 39, hoping to bring home a division champion banner (the 2010 Majors White Sox, under manager Tom Jameson, did just that!). TOC competition begins June 9 (according to brackets from D39 site), and a team continues either until it has lost 3 games, or (if continuing to win!) to the end, which would be June 20. Majors TOCs will be hosted by Santa Cruz Little League. Minors TOCs will be hosted by Pajaro Valley AND San Juan Aromas Little Leagues.
The other part of post-season play is ALL-STARS competition. Here is some important information regarding this aspect of post-season play -
WHO is eligible? (PLAYERS) Any child who has played during the regular season and played at least 60% of his/her team's games is eligible to play in post-season competition. HOWEVER, we can only send one team per age level, and only 11-14 players will be selected for each team. (MANAGERS/COACHES) Only active, rostered managers and coaches from the current season are eligible to manage and coach All-Star teams. Those who are interested must make their desire known to the board. They submit to an interview process, and the board votes on who will manage the teams. Once teams have been formed, each manager then selects who will coach alongside him; only those who served as a rostered manager or coach during the regular season may be selected as an All-Star coach. While many dads/coaches may assist during team practices, Little League International rules restrict the coach(es) on the field to the coach(es) named on the roster (they also have restrictions on how many coaches may appear on the post-season roster).
HOW are the players selected? In all but the 11/12 year old team, managers nominate players to be considered for All-Stars and submit those names to the player agent. For the 11/12 year-old team, the players themselves vote six players to the team via a ballot provided by the player agent (which contains ALL eligible players in the age group), and managers make nominations to be considered as well, which will ultimately make up the rest of the team. There is then a draft process, during which each team is drafted from nominated players (the six players voted by their team mates are automatically on the team; the rest of the team is drafted/voted on by the division managers, and IF more than 12 players are selected, the All-Star team manager may choose the last player). Per Little League International restrictions, the 11/12 All-Star team roster cannot be revealed until 12:01 AM on June 15.
For the 11/12 year-old team, the commitment can be longer. A winning team, like 2010's 11/12 year-olds, can have practices and games from mid to late July as a team progresses from district to sectional competition. If a team wins sectionals, it continues on to division and then on to regional competition, and possibly even on to the Little League World Series. The 11/12 team is the ONLY team that has the possibility of continuing as far as the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which begins in August (this year, it will be the 15th).
** It is VERY important that players who are nominated be able to make the time commitment to the team. At the very least, it is a 3 week commitment - to daily practices up until the tournament begins, and then games that can go on for close to two weeks (mid-July).
Please consider your family's needs and plans for the summer, and determine if your child should be eligible for nomination to All-Stars. If you know your child will NOT be able to participate (due to family vacation plans, for example), please let your manager know ahead of time not to nominate your child for All-Stars. It is not fair to the team to have a player who has been selected who ultimately is not able to participate, or to another child who might have been drafted to the team and would have been able to take part. The process does not allow for alternates.
WHEN? All-Stars for the 7/8 team will begin on June 9th (how long a team is involved depend on how well it does). All-Stars (for all other teams) will run from June 22-July 6 (how long a team is involved in a tournament will depend on how well it does).
WHERE? All-Stars will be hosted by the following: 7/8 year-olds - Capitola/Soquel Little League; 8/9 year-olds - Watsonville American Little League ; 9/10 year-olds - Pajaro Valley Little League; 10/11 year-olds - Scotts Valley Little League; 11/12 year-olds - Santa Cruz Little League (links to brackets will be provided when the D39 website has them available).
Article About the All-Star Experience
Honoring the Game - "Second Goal" Parenting Method #3
I thought you might appreciate this link to an article on the Little League International web site, regarding how we as parents can do our part to keep the game fun and positive.