AGE REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED FOR BOYS!!! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DETERMINE YOUR PARTICIPANT'S AGE. GIRLS LITTLE LEAGUE AGE IS STILL THEIR AGE ON DECEMBER 31, 2014.
This has been brought about by Little League International. With the new age guidelines and cutoffs, your son potentially will lose a year of eligibility if their birth date is between the months of May to December and born in the year of 2006 and after.
So take for example: My son has a birth date of December 7, 2007. He was a 2nd year coach pitch player with a league age of 6. Now with the new age requirements, he is now a Little League age 8 and will technically be a 2nd year Rookies player.
If your son has a birth date of December 17, 2005. He is still under the old age cutoff of April 30, 2015. So that will make him a Little League age of 9 and will be a first year minor player.
WHAT IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR THE DIVISION OUTLINED BY LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL???
Please bring him or her to the waiver tryouts. The tryouts are for individuals that either want to waiver up OR down a division. If you would like your child to play another year of rookies versus going right into minors, PLEASE attend the tryout.
WHEN ARE THE TRYOUTS??
There are two optional dates to attend...
February 16th or 23rd from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Old Gym at the Pella High School
Please really look at what is best for your child and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesistate to contact me or someone from the board.
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:
Welcome to the upcoming season. We will be having another year of growing pains as the new facility is behind schedule and will not be complete until July 2015, so we will make the best of what we have for facility options. Registration will open on January 19, 2015. Registrations will be sent home through the schools the last week of January. We are always looking for volunteer coaches and you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-204-1368. We are excited for another great season to enjoy some baseball and softball!
Any rain out's will be listed here by 4:00pm. Green is field is ready to play,Blueis field conditions are ok, may need some raking and help, Redno practices or games are to be held.
Pella Corp Field
Swimming Pool Fields
Congratulations to our County Tournament Winners!!
Major Boys: 1st Place US Bank
Minor Boys: 1st Place ICE Technologies
2nd Place Percision Pulley, Inc
3rd Place Pepsi
4th Place Pella Car Care
Minor Girls: 3rd Place Storey Kenworthy
GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!
Softball Bat Changes - 2013 Rule Changes 1.10: The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches to small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed. **Summary and Implementation** - For the 2013 season, language was added requiring softball bats in all divisions of play to have a 1.20 BPF.
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PELLA LITTLE LEAGUE We are a chapter of Little League Baseball, a national non-profit organization founded in 1939 and headquartered in Williamsport, PA. Pella Little League's charter was established in 2004 with a board of 8 members. Each local chapter is governed by a national framework of rules and regulations, and elects a Board of volunteers to carry out its business. Pella Little League has local rules that are specific to our league but must not conflict with the national rules and regulations.
The goal of Little League Baseball and Softball is to provide a wholesome, healthy activity for children using the ball field as a classroom to instill discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. It offers programs for both softball and baseball starting off with Coach Pitch (formerly T-Ball).
To be eligible to play, your child must be of the proper League Age. The League age requirement is different for baseball and softball, and will be determined based on your child's age as of April 30, 2013 for baseball and December 31, 2012 for softball for the 2013 spring season.
The league is run by a Board of Directors which is staff entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for more volunteers. Get the best seat on the field and spend some quality time with your child; volunteer to be an umpire or coach today.
THE HISTORY OF LITTLE LEAGUE Little League baseball had its beginnings in 1938, when Carl E. Stotz of Williamsport, PA, formulated rules and playing field dimensions for a group of neighborhood boys.
The following year, the league was formally established with three teams, each sponsored by a local business, and a second league was added in 1940.
The idea spread rapidly after World War II. In 1947, Hammonton, NJ, established the first league outside of Pennsylvania, and the first National Little League Tournament (now known as the Little League World Series) was held.
Little League expanded to 94 leagues in 1948, 307 in 1949, 776 in 1951, more than 1,500 in 1952, and more than 3,300 in 1954. By 1955, there were teams in all 48 contiguous states, as well as in Canada.
Berlin, Germany, became the first European entry in the Little League World Series in 1960, when the final game was broadcast live on national television for the first time.
Little League was originally for boys, aged 9 through 12. The program has expanded considerably through the years. Senior League Baseball, for the 13 to 15 age group, was created in 1961, and Big League Baseball, for 16- to 18-year-olds, was added in 1968.
Because of a lawsuit rules were revised to allow participation by girls in 1974, and the Little League and Senior League softball programs were created for girls. A Big League softball program was added in 1980.
In the meantime, teams from Taiwan and Japan had won seven of eight Little League World Series, and in 1975 teams from outside the United States were banned from advancing beyond regional play. There was such an outcry about that move, though, that the ban was lifted after one year.
Currently, there are more than 3 million Little League Baseball players in more than 100 countries. The World Series format has been expanded to include 16 teams. As always, the World Series is played in Williamsport, where a second stadium has been built so that two games can be played simultaneously.
Although the focus is on the original Little League World Series, there are also seven other Little League championships, played in locations outside Williamsport.