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Richmond Little League Update - May 21
05/21/2020
Dear RLL Community: We hope you and your families continue to...
Richmond Little League Update - Apr 14
04/14/2020
Dear RLL Community, We hope all of our players and families are...
Little League Bat Policy
01/01/2019
Baseball Bats - Rule 1.10 The bat must be a baseball bat which...
 
Richmond Little League Update - May 21

Dear RLL Community:

We hope you and your families continue to hang in there during this difficult spring. You are no doubt dealing with a host of challenging issues now as there continue to be plenty of unanswered questions in our daily lives. The RLL Board has met virtually two times since our last communication back in mid-April and continue to press forward with various potential return to play scenarios for our different age divisions. Our hope remains  to be able to provide some fun and beneficial playing opportunities for our kids over the summer, if it can be done safely with the appropriate guidance from Little League International along with state/city governmental authorities.  

We value input from our member families so we plan to send a survey sometime next week to all those who originally signed up for the spring season. The survey responses will be taken into consideration as we  work through the return to play scenarios.  Please take a moment  to fill it out once it hits your inbox. There are still plenty of moving parts and we understand that many families are still unsure of their summer plans and comfort with the idea of team sports, but your input at this stage will help direct our efforts. Our board will meet again the first week of June to review the survey responses and to continue to discuss any updates we have been given by Little League International and state/city governmental authorities. We hope then to be able to offer more detailed information about what Little League might look like in the summer and into the fall.

In the meantime, please enjoy the extra time with your family and know that we are working to provide your children with a fun, recreational opportunity if it can be done  in accordance with the appropriate guidance provided to our board.

Sincerely, The Richmond Little League Board


by RLL Board posted 05/21/2020
Richmond Little League Update - Apr 14

Dear RLL Community,

We hope all of our players and families are staying healthy and safe in these difficult times. We wanted to provide an update to the league coming off of a board meeting  late last week. Little League International has not had any major new updates since they recommended all leagues suspend play until May 11th. LLI sent an open letter to parents and that link is attached below if you have not seen it yet. We anticipate further updates from LLI and will share them promptly. Here, we are under a shelter in place order until June 10th and all City of Richmond fields and parks remain closed, which obviously impacts all of our locations (JBC, Byrd Park & Maymont). As a result, we are in a holding pattern and our season remains suspended.

The news flow changes constantly and it is impossible to predict what will happen next, but the RLL Board continues to hold out hope that we can potentially have a modified season starting as soon as allowed. Our options are dependent upon guidance from LLI, local government/health officials, the CDC, etc. Safety is of paramount concern to us all and it will be the main driving force in the decision. Baseball and Softball can hopefully be important vehicles for helping children return to more normalized activities and RLL would like to help facilitate that process if it can be done safely. We fully recognize that there are many unanswered questions now and we hope to know more over the coming weeks. All the other local little leagues in District 5 are also holding out hope for a season so we remain consistent with our peers.

We promised that we would address the topic of refunds and we remain committed to being as fair as possible to all of our families. The board has not finalized a refund policy given the various scenarios that are still up in the air and we ask that families stick with us for the time being, if possible. That being said, we know that some families might need their registration fee back quickly and for those families we will work with you directly and anonymously on starting that process this week, if requested. Please email Dyke Jones at for help on a refund.

Fortunately, RLL entered the 2020 season in a sound financial position, but like all years many expenses and capital expenditures took place prior to the start of the season (field improvements, upgraded batting cages, new fencing, to name a few).  We have done everything possible to minimize our current expenses, including the renegotiation of our landscaping contract. Player registration fees and the generosity of our sponsors are the two driving forces that allow RLL to operate effectively. We take great pride in the condition of our facilities and want to continue to be able to maintain and improve them for our kids well into the future. Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding and please reach out to Dyke Jones or any board member you know if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Please stay healthy and safe and we look forward to seeing everyone on the other side whenever we get through this.

Respectfully, The Richmond Little League Board of Directors


by Richmond Little League Board posted 04/14/2020
Little League Bat Policy

Baseball Bats - Rule 1.10

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Bats meeting the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) standard may also be used in the Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League divisions.

With the implementation of the new USA Baseball Bat Standard in 2018, Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. The landing page, found at LittleLeague.org/BatInfo, includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

USA Baseball Bat Standard: Frequently Asked Questions

Baseball Division Bats:

 

Minors / Machine Pitch:  USA Baseball marking, 2 5/8” barrel maximum

 

Intermediate (50/70) / Juniors:  USA Baseball marking, 2 5/8” barrel maximum or BBCOR

Seniors:  ALL bats must be BBCOR

 

Softball Bats - Rule 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 League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) 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 from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.


posted 01/01/2019
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