- LATE Registration still possible
- Contact Vikki McGarvey for Late Registration Details
- Majors and Triple A Divisions are CLOSED
- Sign-up for Tee, A, AA -- Rosters Will Be Announced Soon
- Sign-up and Tryout for Juniors and Seniors
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Junior / Senior tryouts canceled for Saturday, March 8th
March 5, 2014
Due to the field and weather conditions, we are canceling the Junior and Senior tryouts that were scheduled for this Saturday, March 8th. Stay tuned to the website for updates. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion and thanks for your understanding!
Great Training Opportunities at All Star Baseball Academy
Our friends at All Star Baseball Academy are here to help improve your player's skills and achieve personal goals. Located just minutes away, All Star Baseball Academy offers qualified coaches for personal and team lessons. Please contact their website below for more information:
Sponsor Packages Still Available
If you own a local business, one of the best values around for connecting with the community is being a Brandywine Little League Sponsor. BLL is one of the few leagues that names teams after sponsors, providing continuous exposure to the families and friends of nearly 700 kids in the league, whether it's on the uniforms, the standings on the website, or through conversations between players, parents, and coaches ("That was an awesome game between Sprint and Goorland"). By becoming a sponsor, you're also supporting our community and a league that relies on volunteers to create a safe, fun outlet for kids. If you are a local business please consider sponsoring a team. We still have sponsor opportunities at all levels except for the Majors division. Sponsor packages can be found on the website under "Handouts" on the column to the left. Please complete the forms and contact George Kountourzis if interested.
March 8 is BLL Appreciation Day at Dick's Sporting Goods. Get 20% Off!
On Saturday, March 8th, Dick’s Sporting Goods will hold a special Brandywine Little League Appreciation Day for all of our participating players, coaches and their family members. Check out the details here: BLL Appreciation Day 20% Off Coupon. All of our families will receive 20% off their purchase of baseball/softball products, baseball/softball apparel, baseball/softball cleats and coaching items! So join us for BLL Appreciation Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods as we gear up for the upcoming season!
Coupon from Dick's Sporting Goods
Late Registration Still Possible. Contact Vikki McGarvey, Player Agent
Brandywine Little League offers a baseball program for players of all levels of ability and experience, from 4 through 18 years of age. Parents must register their children, including those who played in BLL in 2013.
See the calendar for important dates including tryouts and field maintenance days leading up to Opening Day, April 12, 2014 (all dates are tentative; please continue to check the site for updates).
Registration is closed to all 12 & 11 year old players at this time. Late registrations are still being accepted for ages 4-10 who will play in the Tee Ball, A or AA Divisions, as well as 13-16 year olds in the Junior and Senior Divisions. Please contact Vikki McGarvey for registration arrangements (via e-mail link in Board of Director Listings). Big League players should contact Vikki McGarvey (contact via e-mail link in Board of Director Listings) to indicate interest and arrange for registration prior to the start of the Big League season.
All new players MUST bring three proofs of residence (see below) that the League will keep on file PLUS their ORIGINAL birth certificate, which will be returned to you. Players will not be registered and assigned to a team without these documents.
Unless notified by the Player Agent, returning players MUST bring ONE proof of residence if your address has not changed from what we have on record. If it has changed, you MUST bring copies of three proofs of residence.
Acceptable proof of residence forms include:
- Drivers license
- Voters registration
- School records
- Welfare/child care records
- Federal, state or local records
- Support payment records
- Homeowner or tenant records
- Utility bills (3 count as ONE -- gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
- Financial records (loan, credit, investment)
- Insurance documents
- Medical or military records
- Internet, cable or satellite records
- Vehicle records
New Rule for 2014:
In an effort to accommodate Little Leaguers playing with their classmates, and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League recently amended its resideency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located. To verify enrollment, parents will need to bring an official school document, such as a report card or school enrollment form, confirming enrollment in the school for the current academic year, dated before October 1, 2013. Schools within BLL boundaries include:
- Carrcroft Elementary
- Claymont Elementary
- Forwood Elementary
- Lancashire Elementary
- Lombardy Elementary
- Maple Lane Elementary
- Mt. Pleasant Elementary
- Talley Middle School
- Immaculate Heart of Mary
- St. Edmond's Academy
- Wilmington Montessori School
- Concord Presbyterian PreSchool
- Faith Presbyterian PreSchool
- St. David's PreSchool
- Archmere Academy
- Brandywine High School
- Mt. Pleasant High School
2014 Fee Schedule -- Fees Are Unchanged This Year
Tee-Ball -- $100 per player
A, AA, AAA, Majors -- $125 per player
Juniors/Seniors/Big League -- $200 per player
Raffle Cards -- $30 per family
If you miss our scheduled registration dates, please contact our league player agent Vikki McGarvey to coordinate a late sign-up. A $25 late fee, per family, will be charged for registrations after Jan. 30.
As part of the fee, each player will be provided with a hat and shirt. BLL supplies batting helmets but players are welcome to use their own, provided they are Little League approved. Players will need to bring a glove and Little League-approved bat though bat-sharing with teammates is acceptable (see Little League International website for the latest listing of approved bats). BLL recommends that kids wear cleats and "baseball" pants though neither is required. Wearing pants is a must, however!
If you have any questions regarding sign-ups or proof of residence, please contact Vikki McGarvey, player agent, at 477-1750 or email@example.com
In order for players in AAA, Majors, Juniors or Seniors to receive a full refund, the Player Agent must be alerted prior to the completion of that division's Tryouts of the player's desire to drop out of the league. No refund will be given to a player who has been issued a tryout number once the tryouts for the player's division have been completed. Players in divisions that do not require a tryout must alert the Player Agent prior to team roster assignments to receive a full refund. Once rosters have been assigned, but prior to Opening Day, refunds will be limited to 50% for Tee Ball, Single A and Double A divisions. Players in Tee Ball, Single A or Double A that resign from the league following Opening Day will not receive a refund.
Brandywine LL Boundaries
In order to play in Brandywine Little League you must live within the league boundaries. Click on "Boundary Map" to view boundaries. It is also suggested you use Google Maps to confirm your residence within our boundary territory. If you have questions regarding your address status within our boundaries, please contact Vikki McGarvey, Player Agent. A map of our territory will be available to check/confirm your status at all Registration sessions.
Please note, if your child played in Brandywine Little League LAST season (Spring 2013) and your family has since moved outside of the Brandywine Little League boundary -- but you wish to continue to play with BLL -- your child may do so. You must see Vikki McGarvey to be complete paperwork that must also be certified by the Little League District 2 Administrator.
Little League Age
In order to play in Brandywine Little League you must be of offical league age -- between 4 and 18 years old -- as defined by Little League Headquarters. The definition of league age for the 2014 season is: the player's age, in years, on April 30th, 2014.
Little League Age Calculator
Divisions are divided by age and ability and include Tee-Ball (4, 5 and first year 6 year olds), A Division (second year 6, 7 and 8 year olds) -- coaches pitch, AA Division (ages 8-10 year olds) -- players & coaches pitch, instructional, AAA Division (ages 8-11), players pitch, continuous batting order, drafted onto team after tryout, competitive, Majors (ages 10-12), drafted onto permanent team after tryout, very competitive, Juniors (ages 13-14), full-sized field, drafted after tryout, inter-league with Naamans and Wilmington, Seniors(ages 15-16), drafted onto team after tryout, interleague play, Big League (ages 17-18), play with Naamans and interleague with teams from Pennsylvania and Delaware.
T-Ball Ages 4-6 This division emphasizes fun and instruction. Familiarity with the field, defensive positions and the most basic fundamentals of fielding, throwing, catching and hitting are stressed. This division uses a continuous batting order, free substitutions, no scorebook, no playoffs and a 1-½ hour time limit per game. If possible, an effort is made to place friends on the same team in order to facilitate coaching duties and/or car-pooling and to make first-time players more comfortable in a team atmosphere. Single "A" Ages 6-7 This division emphasizes instruction rather than competition. Players will build upon the fundamentals learned in T-Ball and expand their knowledge with a beginning course in pitching and catching techniques on a slightly smaller than regulation field. This division uses a continuous batting order, free substitutions, no standings and no playoffs. Coaches do all pitching. Players are randomly assigned to teams; however, if possible, an effort will be made to place players together if it will help parents with coaching duties and/or car-pooling. Double "A" Ages 8-10 (7's can request to be placed in this division)This division's emphasis is on instruction in order to prepare players for competitive levels ahead. This division uses a continuous batting order and free substitutions. Kids pitch, but coaches will pitch after three walks in an inning. Players are assigned to teams that request to play in Double A or are not drafted to Triple A following tryouts. Requests for pairing players together generally cannot be accommodated. Triple "A" (Tryouts are complete and Teams have been Drafted) Ages 8-11 (12's can request to play at this level) This division emphasizes instruction in a competitive atmosphere. This division uses a continuous batting order and free substitutions. Standings are kept and end of season playoffs are held. Players are drafted onto these teams and requests for pairing players together cannot be accommodated. Under Little League Rules, 12-year-olds cannot pitch in this division. Majors (Tryouts are complete and Team Rosters Are Set) Ages 10-12 (9's can request to be considered for this division at Tryouts)This division emphasizes instruction in the finer points of the game in a very competitive atmosphere. Standings are kept and end-of-season playoffs are held. Players are drafted onto these teams and requests for pairing players together cannot be accommodated. Once drafted, players remain with their Majors team until they move up to Juniors. Juniors Ages 13-14 This division emphasizes instruction in the finer points of the game in a very competitive atmosphere helping players make the transition to the larger regulation-size field. Standings are kept and end-of-season playoffs are held. Players are drafted onto these teams and requests for pairing players together cannot be accommodated. BLL teams play an inter-league schedule against teams representing Naamans Little League and Wilmington LIttle League. Seniors Ages 15-16
This division emphasizes instruction in the finer points of the game in a very competitive atmosphere. Standings are kept and end-of-season playoffs are held. Players are drafted onto these teams and requests for pairing players together cannot be accommodated. BLL teams play an inter-league schedule against teams representing Naamans Little League and Wilmington Little League.
The Board of Brandywine Little League is very sensitive regarding how much we ask each family to pay to play in our League. In reality, the Registration fees paid for each player covers just over 40% of the cost to operate our League this season. To cover the balance, we ask every family to support our Fundraising efforts. The League has three primary forms of fund raising:
1. Raffle Cards. At Registration, each Family must purchase a packet of 30 Raffle cards for $30. These can be resold to family and friends. Your family name will be tracked and winning families are announced during Opening Day ceremonies.
2. Fundraiser Card Sales. Early in the season, each Player will be issued five cards valued at $5 each. We ask that these cards be sold or gifted to family and friends. $25 should be retuned to the player's manager. Area businesses sponsor these cards and savings easily exceed the $5 cost of the card, making it a great value. Unsold cards must be returned along with the proceeds of sold cards.
3. Tag Day. On the Saturday before Mother's Day in May, all (Tee-Ball through Majors) teams are asked to spend 90 minutes asking for donations to the League at business locations across north Wilmington. With more than 50 teams participating, we have been able to collect approximately $7,500 over the course of a single day.
In total, these fundraising efforts cover nearly 25% of our annual operating budget, so it is essential that everyone participate.
The remaining 35% of our League operating budget is from our Sponsors and Concession Stand revenue. We encourage you to support these businesses with your patronage. We also appreciate the time each family volunteers at our Concession stand during the season. Your support here is truly important to our success.
Congratulations Jumpy! New BLL President.
September 23, 2013
I want to personally congratulate and thank Bob Jump, or as he is better known in these parts, Jumpy, for assuming the mantel of President of Brandywine Little League for the 2014 season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as President, but after five years it is time to have a new perspective at the helm. Jumpy will bring loads of good ideas, tremendous dedication, and good humor to Brandywine Little League. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we can all be proud of what our league has accomplished and how it is woven into the fabric of our community. BLL offers baseball programming for kids ages 4 to 18 over 8 months of pre-, regular-, tournament- and fall ball- seasons. We do so at a tremendous value, because of the volunteer support we receive, the support of businesses in our community, and the support of our families and friends provide for our fund-raising initiatives. But it is also important to understand that our league has changed dramatically over the past five years. After both substantial initial and significant ongoing investment, we now manage and maintain two large baseball complexes. And, while we budget carefully, not every expense can be planned for. This season, for example, Waste Management discontinued providing the league with gratis waste removal service. Little did we know how valuable that service had been -- as our monthly bill went from zero to nearly $800 -- once environmental and fuel surchages were tacked on to basic weekly pick-up. This expense was not in our budget and we had to course correct as the year progressed to accommodate. We continue to do so. There's much Jumpy and the Board would like to do and want to do to continue to enhance the baseball experience for our players of all ages. As the league prepares for next season -- the Board is committed to greater budgetary transparency -- so you will better understand where your fees and the additional support you provide are being used. In return, I hope you will continue to support the league's fund-raising efforts when called upon to do so, and step up to volunteer, when asked to do so. It has been my pleasure to serve each of you and I wish you all well in the future.
At-Large Board Member/President Emeritus
Visit Our On-Line Training Center
Learning the fundamentals of baseball is really what Little League is all about. Our goal each and every season is to see kids at all levels progress. We typically see steady progress at all levels and parents (and coaches) are often amazed at the plays their kids are making by the end of the season compared to where they began in the spring. To help provide additional guidance for coaches and parents, Brandywine Little League has subscribed to an expanded on-line 24/7 Coaching Solution series that features an array of age appropriate coaching drills lead by Scott Bradley, the head coach of the Princeton Tigers and a former major leaguer. Coaches and parents are encouraged to take a look at this series, which is posted under our Training Center tab on the left of this home page. Once you get to the Training Center, you'll see seven different modules. You'll need to enter the password "brandywinell" and hit ENTER on the module you choose. This will launch the module and then you can scroll through the separate lessons. In addition to the video drills (each is about 90 seconds), there are written notes for each module that you can print and refer to when you are on the field with your team or child. We look forward to hearing what you think of this series. If you used this series last year -- check it out again -- as the material has been updated for 2013.
|Friday, Mar 7 |
|McCall Insurance @ Team meeting ||6:30pm ||BB Clubhouse |
|Saturday, Mar 8 |
|Campanella's Auto & Tire Center PRACTICE ||11:00am ||Batting Cage Dyer # 1 |
|Brooks Quality Home Improvement PRACTICE ||1:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Sunday, Mar 9 |
|Goorland Supply @ Team meeting ||12:00pm ||BB Clubhouse |
|Marini Family Christmas Trees @ Team meeting ||1:00pm ||BB Clubhouse |
|Overtime Tickets PRACTICE ||3:00pm ||Dyer1 |
|Tuesday, Mar 11 |
|Touch of Health Massage PRACTICE ||6:00pm ||Batting Cage - Seniors BB |
|Wednesday, Mar 12 |
|Brooks Quality Home Improvement PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Bechtel Park |
|Silverside Medical Aid Unit PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Friday, Mar 14 |
|Touch of Health Massage PRACTICE ||6:00pm ||Dyer2 |
|Saturday, Mar 15 |
|Brooks Quality Home Improvement PRACTICE ||1:00pm ||Bechtel Park |
|Brandywine Hearing Center PRACTICE ||1:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Touch of Health Massage PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Tuesday, Mar 18 |
|Touch of Health Massage PRACTICE ||6:00pm ||Bechtel Park |
|Wednesday, Mar 19 |
|Silverside Medical Aid Unit PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Bechtel Park |
|Brandywine Hearing Center PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Thursday, Mar 20 |
|Brooks Quality Home Improvement PRACTICE ||5:00pm ||Dyer Field #2 |
|Touch of Health Massage PRACTICE ||6:00pm ||Bechtel Park |
For a complete schedule listing, click here!
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