Yes they are a little league program. From what I see they have blended a little bit of the Cal Ripkin ruling into this league which again is "lame" to mix league rules.
I they are a Chartered Little League they can't "mix in" Cal Ripking rules with LL Rules. If they want to do something different from what the LL Rules and Regulations say they need an Approved Waiver from Williamsport.
That said, if no one says anything/complains then who's going to know !!!
OK, for LL, the allowed age breakdowns is as follows:
Tee-Ball: ages 5 - 7
most limit it to 5 - 6)
a league may allow 4 year olds to play Tee-Ball
Minors: ages 7 - 11
6 year olds who have played a year of Tee-Ball are allowed to move up to Machine Pitch or Coach Pitch Minors but NOT to Player Pitch Minors
12 year olds can play Minors with a Waiver
When it comes to Minors, your league can "split them up" anyway they want.
Many have a 7-8 Machine/Coach Pitch (A)
a 9-10 Player Pitch (AA)
and a 10-11 Player Pitch (AAA)
Majors: ages 9 - 12
you can limit Majors to 10 - 12 or 11-12
apparentlly now we are going to have a meeting this weekend to vote to remove stealing now
That's not uncommon in lower minors (non-competitive) where the kids are just learning) but is not very common in the upper (competitive) division of minors.
"WHICH "WITCH" are you referring to?"
You know the area they just move to where the kids are throwing from the top of the moundwitch...Salem Massachusetts.
Hope you are using one of them handsfree phone if your driving...
BZ will lite you up, like the 4th of July.
+There might be more divided up minor teams had they not stacked the AAA and Major teams.
We have 7,8,9 and 10 year olds all in one division+
OK, so what exactly are the age groups/divisions in the league for:
LL doesn't have All Stars for 7-8
Not true !!!
LL (Williamsport) does not have an "Official 7-8 Tournament" like they do for 9-10, 10-11, Jrs, Srs and BL but that does NOT mean that Districts can't get approval to have a "Special Games" Tournament for their 7-8 "All Star Teams".
T Ball 5,6,and 7
Farm 6,7,and 8
AA 7,8,9 and 10
AAA 8,9,10 and 11
Major 9,10,11 and 12
I dont understand why there are so many different ages in one division....oh wait I know, so they can stack the teams in the higher division. If you think about it must be pretty sad when most of your friends get picked up in the higher league but you can't play with them anymore cause your not at their playing level. I guess the league doesn't look at it like that...
You sound like this is some sort of conspiracy, and you are getting the short end of the stick, some how.
How are teams chosen, in your renegade league?
So, run for election to the Board of Directors at the next Annual Meeting. Get other like-minded people to do the same thing.
Get involved. Make a difference.
Merrimack Valley Umpires Association Board of Directors - http://www.mvua.org
I dont understand why there are so many different ages in one division
The age breakdowns in your league "are allowed" by LL.
Even so, I've never like "4 Year" divisions (eg: 8-11 or 9-12), too much variance at those ages.
That said, if they properly use "skill level" as the deciding factor for the divisions I guess it could work.
I've known some "very good" 9 year olds that could compete with some 11s/12s but even then I, personally, would have a hard time putting a 9 year old in majors with 11 and 12 year olds (unless it was a small league and they needed the 9 year old to fill out a team roster).
So now that this has got off topic I still wonder if there any leagues out there that allow a 7,8 year old division (other than the one I've been a part of for the last 25 years) throw from 41 feet?
I still wonder if there any leagues out there that allow a 7,8 year old division (other than the one I've been a part of for the last 25 years) throw from 41 feet?
41 feet is not a "common" distance for a mound. National organizations (LL, PONY, CR, Dixie, ...) all specify the pitching distance for the various age groups.
I do not know of any organization that has a 41 foot mound.