We just wanted to give you guys an update on the softball opportunities in the area.
Registration for Spring softball season with Somerset Hills Little League is going to open shortly. Opening day is set to be the weekend after our spring break so April 14th weekend.
We are strongly encouraging all of you to register your girls early so that we can get an idea of how many teams we are going to have so we can get a jump start on planning the season.
This Winter we will have winter softball skills clinics at Epic Sports and Training Center in Stirling, NJ - Coach Rich Vacaro and his staff trainers will be running these sessions. They will start in January and will likely be on Sunday evenings. There will be 2 groups of girls Minors (10 U) and then Majors/Juniors (12/14U) eligible girls. Registration will be opened to SHLL participants.There will be more information to follow.
Spirit wear for Somerset Hills Little League will be available to purchase soon and would make great Christmas gifts, stay tuned for that link.. coming soon.
This year we're going to make some changes to the SHLL Instructional program .
Instructional softball 1st 2nd and 3rd graders who have preferably completed one year of T ball .Primary birth years are 2009 and 2010 . If your child is in 3rd grade but has a fall birthday so born in 2008 they have the option to spend one more season in an instructional program .
This year instructional games will have umpires and we will be following a coach pitch travel model for our games .We are hoping that this new format for games will increase the level of competition and allow the children to truly learn how to play softball. Developing an understanding of the game with a coach pitching moves the game along.
Minors (10 U) Primarily 4th and 5th graders with birthdays in 2008 or 2007 .This is a competitive interleague division which is solely kid pitch.
Majors (12U) primarily 6th and 7th graders whose birthdays are in 2006 or 2005 .
Juniors (14U) primarily 8th and 9th graders whose birthdays are 2004 or 2003 .
The exceptions to these rules are children who were born in the fall. Each level is largely grade based so if you are a 5th grader with a 2006 birthday you do have the option to play in the minors division with the majority of the other 5th graders for 1 more season. This is a little league exception in effort to keep all of the kids playing softball with their friends .Travel softball and other softball leagues are solely based on year of birth.
If there is any question in regards to what level a child should play softball it will be addressed on a case by case base. Please email Jodi Sebastian if you have concerns about your child's placement at
Any questions please reach out to Shawn Laverty, 201-650-6376
INTERMEDIATE (50/70) BASEBALL DIVISION
The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division was introduced in January, 2010, as a pilot program for 12- and 13-year-olds which utilizes a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths.
The division, which was new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 for players league-age 11-13 with postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).
Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.
The culmination of the International Tournament is the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International (https://goo.gl/HnaDQf)
If you are not familiar with the program, it is essentially a shopping period Modell's sets up that offers a 15% discount on all merchandise for all members and families part of our organization. They keep track of sales throughout the shopping period and once it ends, they total the sales . When at least $500 is spent, Modell’s donates 5% of the proceeds back to the SHLL league.
With the holidays around the corner, please note the valid dates - 11/23-12/31. With bats being a hot item this winter, it should benefit all the families out shopping this holiday season.
We wanted to pass along some information regarding a change in bat requirements for Little League Baseball. You may notice that many sports retailers are heavily discounting bats anticipating this change and want to prevent parents purchasing a bat that will be unusable in the spring.
Effective on January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® will adhere to the new USABat standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play (Junior League Baseball and below) will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity. Be aware that this new bat standard effects Little League Baseball only. There are no changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®.
Starting on January 1, 2018, all bats must be marked with the USABat label in order to be used in Little League Baseball® which are listed at the link below, question#8.
It is anticipated that bats meeting this new standard will be available in September of 2017. Please be careful when purchasing any new equipment for your son or daughter. More information can be found about bat and barrel specifications at: