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Hello Northland Families,
We were targeting a return to play and teams posted this week, but due to the latest developments, we have still not been given the all-clear to move forward from the state, city or district.
We are working behind the scenes to ensure we have a clear and safe plan to return to play before we can think about moving forward.
Upcoming is a Little League central region meeting on Monday 5/18, based out of Indianapolis but being held virtually it will bring all the LL programs together from all of the central region states to continue drafting a return to play solution. We have very specific questions to address and have heard from a number of families with questions and concerns that will also be addressed at this meeting.
We are prepared to move forward, we have information ready to disseminate to the league once given the go-ahead. We are in a position right now where we would rather lag than lead and ensure that all bases are covered before making this decision.
From the board in the next coming days or weeks, you will receive communication ahead of any forward-moving steps. IF we are cleared to start preparing to play, we will do the following:
Deliver a message indicating baseball is cleared to start.
Deliver a message indicating teams have been posted.
Deliver a clear and detailed return to play direction.
Deliver waiver forms for all families to sign and return.
Deliver a message to coaches and managers on how to move forward with their team.
While all of the above is being communicated, know that the board will be feverishly working behind the scenes to secure fields, uniform orders, plans for play, scheduling umpires, field schedules, practice schedules and team schedules.
We hope to have news for a safe and healthy return to play to deliver to all families in the near future.
Northland Little League
We have expanded our boundaries to include Anoka and further north. New boundary map to come. With our boundaries continually expanding, you can go to littleleague.org to see if we are in your boundary.
Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions, as well as the Little League 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 2-5/8 inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at https://usabat.com/.
Minor/Major Divisions: It shall not be more than 33 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. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end. NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
Little League® is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers. Below are just a few examples …
Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division: The Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is created in 2012 creating nine divisions of play
Little League® Baseball and Softball is the first organized youth sports program in the world, and was founded in 1939 by Carl E. Stotz, a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. During the spring of 1939, a total of 30 players formed three teams, and Mr. Stotz along with a collection of volunteers from his neighborhood, embarked on the first season of Little League Baseball®. Today, millions of children — ages 4 to 16 — on six continents and scores of countries can attest that baseball, softball and Little League are synonymous.
Stay up-to-date on recent news and team scores throughout the season.
Stop by Dick's Sporting Goods if your looking for a new bat this year? They have an indoor cage where you can test bats before you buy.
Northland Little League Shopping Weekend!
March 28th & 29th 2020 at the Coon Rapids location.
More information to come!
At its annual fall meeting this November, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new updates to the Little League Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies that will take effect starting in the 2019 season.
Held every four years, the Little League International Congress is the largest gathering of Little League volunteers, where delegates chart the course for the future of the organization.