2017 RLL Lifetime Players were recognized by Marty Conn and Boyd Bullock as part of Opening Day festivities. Lifetime players received RLL pins recognized for playing at RLL every year from Tee Ball through Majors 50/70. As part of the ceremony, RLL baseball teams and first two softball teams were introduced. Flying Squirrels GM Todd "Parney" Parnell threw out the first pitch.
Lifetime Players recognized: Ashton Applewhite, Scott Butterfield, Julius Conn, John Davis, Cole Didato, John Garbett, Daniel Johnsrud, Charlie Knighton, Slate Lambert, Quinton Levy, Henry Mayer, Grayson Ramsey, Thomson Meyre, John Miles, Cameron Paoloni, Will Polaski, Ryan Porter, Julian Raffenot, Grayson Ramsey, Will Shepard, Jack Sisk, Aaron Smith, Grant Smith, Samuel Sneddon, JD Stemhagen, Fran Turner, Zachary Verdi
Intermediate (50/70) Division (primarily 12s and 11s, some 13s) and Juniors (primarily 14s and 13s)
RLL adheres to Little League's established policy for its 50/70 baseball and Juniors divisions. Basically, large barrel bats are legal, provided they comply with all Little League rules (only aluminum or wood bats, or composite barrel bats that are BBCOR certified). Small barrel bats are also legal provided they meet all Little League standards and do NOT contain composite materials in the barrel (bat head).
As stated by Little League rule 1.10: It shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite barrel bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) (-3) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Another important note from Little League:
Q-11: Can a bat with a 2 1/4 inch barrel be used in Junior League Baseball and Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division?
A: Yes, but not all 2 1/4 inch bats can be used. If a bat’s barrel has no composite materials in it, it may be used in the Junior League Baseball and the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Divisions, provided it is labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less, and meets the standards for length, handle diameter, etc. But if the bat has composite materials in the barrel, a 2 1/4-inch barrel MAY NOT be used; only a 2 5/8-inch BBCOR bat may be used.
A COMPOSITE-barreled bat with a 2 1/4-inch barrel cannot be used in the Junior League Baseball or Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Divisions, since there are no 2 1/4-inch bats that meet BBCOR standards. If the bat to be used in the Junior League Baseball or Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Divisions has a barrel that is made of wood, or metal (alloy, aluminum, etc.), then it only needs to meet the standards for Junior League Baseball bats in Rule 1.10, and it can have a barrel that is less than 2 5/8-inch in diameter.
Little League to Adopt New USA Baseball Bat Standard Starting with 2018 Season
Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then.
Please do not park on the residents' sides of the streets near the fields. You may park on the field sides of these streets, and are encouraged to use the designated parking area on the corner of Sheppard and Grant. Please also inform your friends and extended family members of this policy. We appreciate your help in following these guidelines as we do our best to be good neighbors.