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Spring 2015 Registration

November 1, 2014

Online registration is now open, and will remain so until January 5, at 11:59 PM.  You can access it HERE.

You do NOT need to have a Paypal account in order to utilize online registration, but you do need at least a credit or debit/credit card.  If you are registering with our league for the first time, you will need to provide us with a COPY of your child's birth certificate (this is a Little League requirement).  There is also an option to ask for a payment plan - please be specific as to what you are seeking, if you choose that option.

 

If online registration isn't your 'cup of tea' there will be several on-site "walk-in" opportunities - 

DONE - MONDAY, November 3, 3 -7 PM, @ SLE multi-use room, $130/player (sibling discounts available)
                                                  @ BCE (look for signs with location), $130/player (sibling discounts available)

DONE - WEDNESDAY, November 5, 5-7 PM, SLE Library

DONE - WEDNESDAY, November 19, 5-7 PM, SLE Library

WEDNESDAY, December 3, 5-7 PM, @ SLE library

WEDNESDAY, December 17, 5-7 PM, @ SLE library (this will be the last in-person, walk-in registration before skills evaluations in January, at which the time the cost of registration will increase to $150 per player, with sibling discounts available)

Payment at walk-in registration must be cash or check (credit cards can only be used with on-line registration).  You may ask about payment plan options at that time, if necessary.

 

If you have any questions regarding either form of registration, please feel free to contact our league Information Officer Sue Sutherlin (contact information on the 'Contact Info' page).

Santa Cruz Pony League

For players who have aged out of Little League and want to continue playing baseball, the next opportunity to play before high school is the Santa Cruz Pony League.  Many of our players have maintained their skills and excelled in Pony (see article below).  For more information, please go to http://www.santacruzponybaseball.com.  The Santa Cruz Pony League is always looking for adult volunteers to help keep the program going, too (nomination forms can be found on their website).  Expect to join many SLV parents there!

 

Rule Changes and Policies for Spring 2014

The SLVLL Board of Directors Approved the following Rule Changes and policies to be enacted for Spring 2014. 

1.  10 Year Olds and Majors:  All ten year-olds will be eligible to be drafted into the Majors Division in Spring 2014, with a cap of 2 per Majors division team.  The only exceptions will be the ten-year-old children of Minors  division Managers.  This replaces the policy of requiring parental consent to be drafted into Majors.  Why the change? First, it gets SLVLL closer to Little League International's guidelines for divisions, which actually allows for nine-year-olds to play in the Majors division.  Second, it helps make the decision about how many teams to field in Majors division (and thereby Minors,etc) much easier and flexible, with the ability to consider the best options for kids and the competitiveness of the divisions. Third, it helps with player replacement rules from Little League International, which require that replacement players(due to injury or attrition from Majors division) from Minors must have been eligible for the original draft.  Why a cap of 2 per team?  The board did not enact this policy with the idea of flooding Majors with ten-year-olds.  The Board understands that this policy may affect 11-year-olds hoping to be drafted into majors, and wants to keep all players at the most appropriate level for their skill level and experience. A cap helps ensure that a 10-year-old being placed in majors has the best chance at having an experience that benefits him/her self and his/her team.

2.  Player Movement (during season):  If player movement is needed due to injury or attrition, it will be handled by the Player Agent.  A player "called up" must be made available to the higher division.  An exception is made for the children of managers in the Minors divisions and below. The league does not want its most vital volunteers losing their own son/daughter in the middle of their season. This gets SLVLL closer to Little League International rules of consent.  Prior to this year, parents could refuse such a request, which is fundamentally against LL Inernational rules.  This made it very difficult and placed young players between parent, coach, and two teams with a decision. FYI: the Majors division rosters must stay at a minimum of twelve to qualify for post-season Tournament of Champions participation.  Most player movement stops at the Minors division, where there are not roster-size restrictions and where there is a continuous batting order. Minors managers, coaches, and players need to know before the season starts that player movement is a possibilty.

3.  Consequences for failure to try-out or refusal to try-out:  loss of post-season "all star" eligibility, placement in previous division.  Again, this puts SLVLL closer in line with Little League International.  Little League International guidelines require that players who are required to tryout and fail to do so can no longer be candidates for the league.  Previously the SLVLL consequence for not trying out (ages 7 and up) were only that the player would be left in his/her previous division of play.  SLVLL will have two tryout dates in January, and players 7 and up are only required to attend ONE of them.  If a player isn't available for the scheduled tryouts (vacations, injury, illness, etc), parents can still contact the Player Agent for the league and schedule a private tryout, a private evaluation, or any other method of making their child available for the draft.  SLVLL wants every player 7 and up to try out and to try his/her best.

4.  Manager Selection Process:  Interview; Board Discussion; Selection Committee. The manager selection process begins in November/December with interested parents submitting their name to be considered and submitting a 2014 Volunteer Form and a copy of his/her current, valid drivers license, if one is not already on file (other forms of picture ID are acceptable, if someone does not have a drivers license).  A Manger Selection Committee (of 3-5 board members) will be appointed by the President.  This commtte will interview potential managers, ask the board for feedback, and choose the mangers for each division. SLVLL thinks this process will cut down on conflicts of interest in voting members and streamline the process.  A similar process will be used to choose each age-group's All Star managers.

5.  Slash Hits with Fake Bunts Minors and Below:  SLVLL and its umpires will call a batter out who first fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing on a pitch.  This is a safety risk for corner infielders, who can race in to cover a bunt and then face a line drive.  This rule only affects Minors, because there is no bunting or fake bunting allowed in AA division and below.  SLVLL did not enact this rule for Majors division, where players have more experience and are taught to defend against such swings.

6. Tee Ball adults on the field:  the rule will limit the number of adults on the field (fair or foul, offense and defense combined) to six.  This reflects SLVLL's limited liability in its current insurance configuration.  There are times of injury or a behavior problem when another adult is needed, but during game play the limit will be six.

7.  Tee Ball and Buckshort: Tee Ball may have a "buckshort" or extra infielder, making six total infielders.  This player is expected to play over second base.

8. The mechanics of the draft:  an official procedure document on the process of the SLVLL draft has been approved. It will be posted and available to the public soon.

   

 

 

Stay Informed! Register Your Email!

A Note from Your Webmaster ~
If you want the most up-to-date information from SLV Little League, you are encouraged to register your email address with our website! 
 
 
Even though you may have shared your email address when you registered your child to play in our league, I do not take it upon myself to subscribe anyone to our mailing list.  You are responsible for doing that.  It's very easy to do, and only takes a minute or two.  It's also easy to unsubscribe, using a link at the end of every email that comes from this site.  By having your email address registered with the SLVLL site, you will receive informative emails regarding upcoming events, registration opportunities, field closures, etc.  I try my best to not inundate your mailbox with too many emails, and your address is not shared with anybody.
 
Please click on this link and add your email address to our list to receive important announcements and occasional update information throughout the year. The website will be a useful resource for finding out what you need to know. Check it out often!
 

Check Out the Archive Section


Past and previous articles now have a home! Look for the Archive of Past Reports link in the menu to the left. As news quickly fades to the back burner, articles of interest can still be found pickled and preserved in this nostalgic area of our website.


Questions, suggestions, feedback?? Send email to:  slvllwebmaster@yahoo.com
 

Upcoming Events

Thursday,  Nov 27
Thanksgiving
Wednesday,  Dec 3
Walk-in Registration for Spring 2015 - SLE 5:00pm San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School LIBRARY
SLVLL Board Meeting 7:00pm San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School LIBRARY
Monday,  Dec 15
Manager Interviews 6:00pm To Be Determined
Tuesday,  Dec 16
Hannukah begins 4:55pm
Manager Interviews 6:00pm To Be Determined
Wednesday,  Dec 17
Walk-in Registration for Spring 2015 - SLE 5:00pm San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School LIBRARY
SLVLL Board Meeting 7:00pm San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School LIBRARY
Saturday,  Dec 20
Winter Break
Sunday,  Dec 21
Winter Break
Monday,  Dec 22
Winter Break
Tuesday,  Dec 23
Winter Break
Wednesday,  Dec 24
Winter Break
Hannukah ends 4:55pm

For a complete calendar listing, click here!



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