On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the San Lorenzo Valley Little League Board of Directors will host its Annual General Membership Meeting at the SLE Library (NOT the High School Staff Room) at 7 PM. As we strive to improve our service to all our participants, we welcome you to attend the meeting; we encourage you to submit any ideas, suggestions, or constructive criticism to League President Larry Ebright via email in advance of the meeting. Your volunteer board will make every effort to adopt those ideas that will result in the betterment of our league, and the experience of all of our players.
Per the rules of Little League International, we will also be sharing the “State of the League” in terms of financial stability and accountability, and reviewing capital improvements the league has made towards the SLVHS Majors and Pony fields.
We will be holding elections to fill different board positions, including the Executive Board:
*Player Agent (NEW this year - dividing roles between 2 people - one would be AA/Minors/Majors Player Agent and one would be T-ball/A-ball Player Agent)
The following year-to-year positions in our league are also up for renewal:
*NEW position - Training Officer
*Snack Shack Coordinator
*All Division Rep Positions—Majors, Minors, AA, A-Ball and T-Ball
*Head Scorekeeper/ (NEW)Rules Chairman
*League Information Officer
There are some other duties that need to be handled throughout the year that do not necessitate being a board member. If you want to help, but don’t want to feel obligated to attend every board meeting, these may be the perfect option for you:
*Team Parent Coordinator
*SJ/SF Giants//Oakland A's Coordinator
We thank you for your continued support of San Lorenzo Valley Little League, and look forward to an exciting season of Fall Ball and the return of regular season ball in the spring.
Follow Former SLVLL Stars in the Pony -13's Super Regional!
Former SLVLL Stars Trent Walker and Mark Carling help lead the Santa Cruz Pony 13s all stars to their third tournament! They left Thursday Morning and begin play on Friday! Follow this link to see how they are dong and if you wish to donate to help with their travel expenses. http://santacruzpony13.wordpress.com/
Volunteers Made our 8/9 Tournament a Fantastic Event
Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make our 8/9 Local Tournament a huge success. From the field prep, the snack shack, and up in the booth, the folks who came showed what a great Valley we have and how we love our kids and the game of baseball. We will look to host tournaments in the future thanks to the hard work put in this year. Thanks also to the families and teams of all of District 39, who were hungry, positive, and cleanly. The atmosphere every night was enthusiastic and so positive for the players. We look forward to hosting you all again some time!
All Star Season Ends for SLV
The 8/9 All-Stars fall 14-12 to Aptos in the semifinals and their season is over. Aptos moves on to face Watsonville in the 8/9 championship in Pajaro. You can follow the championship bracket of the 8/9 tournament HERE.
The 9/10 All-Star team is defeated by Scotts Valley 15-14 in the semifinals. The 9/10 All-Star Championship bracket can be seen HERE.
Congratulations to all of our teams and families for battling and representing the valley spirit across the district.
Follow Our Champions!
7/8s: 6/19: 7/8's lose 10-0 in championship round to Cap/Soquel, and their season is over. Six trips to Watsonville was more than any other team, as they fought to get out of the loser's bracket and did it. Keep an eye on this age group as they grow up! Great job coach Jeff G. and Coach Morgan S. The boys, the coaches, and the fans represented the best of the valley.
6/18: 7/8s eliminate Scotts Valley, final score 9-4. They are throwing strikes and have a shot to win it all. Championship round starts tonight (Thursday) and they must beat Capiitola/Soquel Thursday to stay alive, and Friday to get the banner. Good luck boys! 5pm in Watsonville
6/16: 7/8s defeat Aptos 13-7! With only three teams left in the tournament, the SLV team waits for the loser of Scotts Valley/Cap-Soquel. SLV will play on Wednesday 6/18 5 pm @ Watsonville
6/14--7/8's rebound with hits and lights-out pitching to beat Watsonville 11-6. They next play Aptos on 6/16, 5 pm @ Watsonville
6/13 7/8s fall to Scotts Valley 8-2. Next they can stay alive vs. Watsonville American Sunday 6/14 @ 1pm
6/97/8's Win Thriller 13-12 over Santa Cruz National. Down 12-2, the SLV kids roared back; Cody bloops game winner walk-off single in the 6th! 7/8's next play Scotts Valley Friday 5 pm at Watsonville
For a copy of the 7/8 All Stars Bracket, Click HERE
6/16: Rockies fall to Santa Cruz American 12-8 and their remarkable post-season run is over. Congrats to coach Jeff and the Rockies on a fantastic turnaround to their season, their SLV tournament win, and their great representation in TOC's!
6/14: Despite Owen Andrews's Huge day, the Rockies fall 12-5 to Scotts Valley; however, they are still alive and within striking distance of a banner...come on down to Harvey West to root them on 6/16 (Monday) 6 pm
6/12: Seamus, Rockies Roll to 12-3 win over Santa Cruz American! Their winner's bracket run continues Saturday 6/14 vs. Scotts Valley, Noon @ Harvey West!
6/11: Rockies Defeat Pajaro 8-4! They stay in the Winner's bracket and will next play Thursday 6/12 at 7:30 pm @ Harvey West
Congratulations to the AA Red Sox, who won their end-of-season tournament with another shutout, 3-0 over the Angels.
Congratulations to the players who will represent the San Lorenzo Valley Little League in this season’s All-Star tournaments, which will begin June 21st (except the 7/8 Tournament team, which began June 8th)
8/9 Year Old All-Star Team
Manager – Mark Edgemon
Coaches – TBA
Damian Aguilar - Minors Giants
Max Baxter - Minors Tigers
Wyatt Berridge - Minors Athletics
Billy Bowers - AA Angels
Ben Calden - AA Athletics
Nathan Davison - Minors Tigers
Cash Ebright - Minors Red Sox
Quinn Edgemon - Minors Giants
Erika Kindred - Minors Tigers
Sandy Monowitz - Minors Giants
Shelby Monowitz - Minors Giants
Luke Sherrick - Minors Blue Jays
9/10 Year Old All-Star Team
Manager – Russell Gross
Coaches – TBA
Cooper Austin - Majors Rockies
Tyler Cambron - Minors Blue Jays
Matthew Carney - Majors Rockies
Cody Coleman - Minors Giants
Alex Crandall - Minors Red Sox
Brody Cusimano - Minors Blue Jays
Ryan Hodge - Minors Red Sox
Jaden Hunter - Minors Red Sox
Michael Kelly - Minors Blue Jays
Jackson Kueny - Minors Athletics
Robbie Matajcich - Minors Tigers
Josh Purtscher - Minors Athletics
Noah Wyman - Minors Tigers
10/11 Year Old All-Star Team
Manager – Mike Olmsted
Coaches – TBA
Brodie Brownlee - Majors Rockies
Noah Cole - Majors Dodgers
Casey Crouch - Majors Braves
Andrew Gudnason - Majors Rockies
Marco Nell - Majors Dodgers
Reid Olmsted - Majors Dodgers
Ryan Oropeza - Majors Braves
Jackson Parmenter - Majors Braves
Aden Rich - Majors Braves
Ethan Slaven - Majors Braves
Riley Van Wickle - Majors Rockies
11/12 Year Old All-Star Team
Manager - Jeff Kindred
Coaches – TBA
Owen Andrews - Majors Rockies
Clay Brown - Majors Dodgers
Aidan Callahan - Majors Dodgers
Trevor Cambron - Majors Rockies
Christian Carney - Majors Dodgers
RJ Kindred - Majors Rockies
Chris Markey - Majors Rockies
Seamus McMillan - Majors Rockies
Terry Mirande - Majors Braves
Shay Monowitz - Majors Dodgers
Isaac Wallace-Menge - Majors Dodgers
GOOD LUCK . . . AND GO SLV ! ! !
2014 7/8-year old Tournament Team
Congratulations to the following players,
who have been selected to the
7/8-year old Tournament Team!
Nick Frey - AA Giants
Kai Groleau - AA Red Sox
Charlie Hammer - AA Angels
Malakhi Higbee - AA Brewers
Cody Houston - AA Red Sox
Nathan Kueny - AA Giants
Wyatt McCabe -AA Athletics
Devin Merchant - AA Red Sox
Jaden Moyer - AA Brewers
Joshua Rudrow - AA Giants
Connor Scarborough - AA Red Sox
Carson Seeger - AA Angels
Jaden Shabry - AA Brewers
Regular season AA manager Jeff Groleau will be overseeing this team with assistant coaches Eric Hammer and Morgan Scarborough.
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.
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