We hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well and you are having a fantastic week. We apologize in advance for the longer than normal email...but we have alot to cover.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we send out this email as the first step towards returning to play baseball and softball at Richmond Little League. The RLL Board of Directors has spent the last six weeks discussing our return to play strategy and we feel we have a set of well developed guidelines that we want to share with you.
This email will act as the first of three steps that will occur over the next week or so that will hopefully put us in a position to begin practices the week of July 13th for our Machine Pitch, Minors & 50/70 divisions. Softball and T-Ball will start later in August and additional information will be relayed to those families directly from the commissioners of those divisions.
Attached are the "Return to Play Guidelines" that have been created and approved by our Board of Directors. We encourage you to thoroughly go over these rules as we'll be following them as we start practice.
These rules were gleaned from a variety of sources including Little League International's return to play guidelines, the City of Richmond/State of Virginia guidelines, other league's published guidelines and ideas brought forth by our own board that are specific to RLL.
Over the next two days, families in 50/70 Baseball and Minors Baseball will receive an email directly from the manager who drafted your player back in February. Families in Softball, T-ball & Machine Pitch baseball will receive an email directly from the commissioners of those divisions. All those emails will contain the exact same copy of the attached return to play document along with the request that you tell him/her of your plans for the upcoming season. We will not need the return to play responses for T-ball and Softball till a later date as those teams will not form until August.
Essentially, that email will be asking which category your player will fall in this season...
Category 1-- We are in for the season! Keep us posted on what is next.
Category 2--We are going to sit out this season, however, we would like our registration to become a taxable donation to Richmond Little League.
Allow us a quick note about this category--each season, part of the registration fee goes to capital projects. This season, we were able to replace a significant amount of chain link fences around a few of our fields as well as purchase a tractor for field maintenance. We also made improvements to our batting cages and installed two new soft toss cages in the off season. Our members will get the benefit of these improvements for years to come.
Category 3--We are going to sit out this season and would like our money refunded in full.
For families in 50/70 and Minors baseball please respond to your managers email by June 29th if possible. We would like for Machine Pitch Baseball families to please respond to the email they get from their commissioner by June 29th as well. We are hoping to have teams at these 3 divisions formed early the week of July 6th so providing us responses by June 29th will allow time to allocate players to teams. If you don't receive his/her email within 48 hours of this correspondence, please email Robby Robinson at
. For families in Softball and T-Ball you will receive division specific emails from your commissioners, but you will not need to tell them of your playing intentions yet since those divisions will not start till August.
A few other random notes as you make your decision...
--For the divisions that start practice in mid-July (50/70, Machine Pitch & Minors) we hope to begin playing one to two regular season games a week from the end of July through Labor Day. The next several weeks of September will be allocated for the playoffs and our goal is to finish the season by late September. The exact details for softball and T-ball are still being determined, but we are shooting to start in August and more information will follow from those commissioners on season length, etc. All these dates are subject to change should we receive information that causes us to rethink how we are approaching the season.
--Right now, we do not have any plans for an RLL Fall Ball league. We are looking to replicate our normal Mar--Jun season with a July--Sept season.
--We know that many will have a vacation week or two during the months of July and August. Please don't let that keep you from playing with us this summer. If you are going to miss a significant amount of time (more than two weeks) & you'd still like to play, please let your manager or commissioner know that.
--If you have friends who didn't register in the spring but are craving an activity in the summer and this could be their only option...have them email Robby Robinson, our registrar, at
for information about joining the league this summer.
--We are going to do our best to keep originally formed teams in Minors & 50/70 together as they were originally slotted. Based on the number of returnees this may not be possible. There's a chance that your player may find themselves on a new team with a different coach than they were originally slotted in February. Considering the circumstances, we ask for some grace if this occurs.
--We are sure some of you may have questions so for specific questions regarding your particular division, please email your commissioner directly.
Autumn Harbour (Softball) -
Lynnie Brugh (50/70 Baseball) -
Carey Bliley (Minors Baseball) -
Robby Peay or Matt Warren (Machine Pitch Baseball)
Ryan Jones or Ja Jones (T-ball)
Whew! That's it. As we said, there's alot of information there. If you take anything from this email please read the "Return to Play" guidelines and please reach out to us with any questions.
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 2â… 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 thenew 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.
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.