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WADSWORTH LITTLE LEAGUE BYLAWS - 2019

The Wadsworth Little League (WLL) Baseball Board of Directors approves the following Bylaws for the upcoming calendar year. The WLL Bylaws, also called local rules or ground rules, expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30 and must be reviewed annually before November 1 of each year. A change to any section of the Bylaws during the playing season requires a two-thirds vote of the WLL Board present an executive meeting.

Local Bylaws should be consistent with the most recent revision of “Little League Baseball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies” or Little League Rulebook. In the event of a conflict, the Little League Rulebook will supersede these local Bylaws.

Current members of the WLL Board of Directors are:

Member

Title

Mike Skunza

President

Steve Fleck

Vice President

Nick Workinger

Treasurer

Janine Samano

Secretary

Chad Setera

Player Agent

Matt Henderson

Umpire-In-Chief

Raechel Graham

Communications, Uniforms

Aaron Kincaid

Fundraising

Boone Triplett

Scheduling

Josh Arnold

Safety Director

TBD

Equipment Manager

Greg Biddulph

At-Large

Bert Smith

At-Large

Eric Busson

At-Large

Ryan Hogue

At-Large

 

Responsibilities are generally consistent with those outlined in the Little League Rulebook.

Regular WLL Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. A quorum of seven of Board members must be present to conduct business. Only WLL Board members may make motions or vote, but guests are invited to attend. Prospective new members must attend at least seven meetings over the course of twelve consecutive months and be recommended to the WLL President by an existing member of the WLL Board. Additions/changes to the Board will be made at the annual election meeting.

Annual Election meeting is held before the end of October. This is a separate WLL Board meeting apart from the regular monthly meeting.


1.0 GENERAL POLICIES

1.1 Objective. The objective of Wadsworth Little League (WLL) is to provide a positive baseball experience for all participants, with primary emphasis on fun and learning. Eligible participants will not be turned away except for unusual circumstances, such as past disciplinary issues.

1.2 Eligibility. The Little League Rulebook determines age and residency requirements. Age disclosure is necessary during the registration process. A map of league boundaries is maintained by WLL. Eligibility of players registered to participate in “All Star” tournament play must be confirmed through an established verification process outlined by the Little League Rulebook. General practice for WLL is to include school verification with sign-stamp.

1.3 Registration. Players and Managers/Coaches register to participate in WLL through the league website at www.wadsworthll.org. Information provided at that time includes, but not limited to name, birth date, contact information (address, phone, and email), uniform size, and any special medical conditions.

1.4 Financial Responsibilities. As a non-profit organization, the general philosophy of WLL is to operate as a responsible financial steward. Primary sources of income are registration fees and sponsorships. Expenses include insurance, umpire fees, and field rentals. Registration fees are not refunded unless a player has been injured for the remainder of the season or moves outside league boundaries. Refund amount in those instances is 50%. Players who have not paid registration fees are ineligible, but “sweat equity” arrangements can be made in special hardship cases. The WLL Board establishes registration fees at the annual meeting.

1.5 Insurance. WLL has insurance coverage per requirements of Little League International.

1.6 Fundraising. WLL actively seeks sponsorships from local businesses and conducts fundraising events.

1.7 Code of Conduct. All Managers/Coaches, parents, and players agree to the Code of Conduct posted online at the WLL website during registration.


2.0 CALENDAR

2.1 Definitions. The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. The baseball season is consistent with the calendar year.

2.2 Spring Baseball.

2.2.1 Registration for Spring Baseball is between December and February and will close no later than 50 days prior to the scheduled first game of the season. If roster spots are available (for example, 72 total slots for a six team league) after the close of registration, a waiting list will be maintained for late sign ups. When a league fills, registration will closed for that division.

2.2.2 Player Combine is conducted no later than three weeks after the registration period has concluded. It covers Minors, Majors, and Intermediate divisions only.

2.2.3 Coaches Meeting to review/draft rosters, rules, and schedules will be held no later than March 31. Each team must be represented by at least one Manager/Coach.

2.2.4 Practices on City fields usually begin around April 10; however, practices on non-City fields can occur prior so long as WLL has been informed of the location and has approved for insurance purposes.

2.2.5 Equipment, schedules, and rosters are to be distributed no later than 14 days before the first game.

2.2.6 Opening Day Ceremonies are typically held during the final weekend in April. There might be games that occur before the official Opening Day.

2.2.7 Season normally runs until the third weekend in June, followed by a league playoff. Playoffs are defined as intra-league post-season games involving typically but not limited to WLL teams only. Spring Baseball season must conclude before June 30.

2.2.8 No Spring Baseball games are scheduled during Memorial Day weekend (Friday thru Monday) or the day of the Wadsworth Blue Tip parade.

2.2.8 WLL teams sometimes play inter-league games against neighboring communities during the season.

2.3 Summer Baseball. Summer Baseball is for players selected to Little League (“All-Star”) post-season tournament teams at the district, region, and state level. (See 12.0)

2.4 Fall Baseball.

2.4.1 Registration for the Fall Baseball season is between May and July and will close no later than July 31. Waiting lists can also be maintained until rosters are full.

2.4.2 Holdover Managers/Coaches from the Spring Baseball season should already be familiar with the Bylaws, but any new coaches must meet with the league Commissioner.

2.4.3 There are no tryouts for Fall Baseball.

2.4.4 Equipment, schedules, and rosters are to be distributed no later than 14 days before the first game.

2.4.5 Season runs from the last weekend of August until mid-October, followed by a league playoff. Fall Baseball season must conclude before November 1.

2.4.6 No Fall Baseball games are scheduled during Labor Day weekend (Friday thru Monday) or on Friday nights.

2.4.7 WLL teams sometimes play inter-league games against neighboring communities during the season.

2.5 Winter Baseball. WLL offers clinics at a local indoor baseball facility for during January and February for Spring Baseball registrants who have already paid for the upcoming season. Emphasis is on fundamentals with stations for hitting, fielding, and throwing.


3.0 LEAGUES

3.1 Baseball Divisions. WLL can offer the following baseball divisions:

Division

Ages

Pitching Distance

Baseline Distance

Seasons

T-Ball

4, 5, 6

n/a

60’

Spring only

Coach Pitch

6, 7, 8

n/a

60’

Spring & Fall

Minors

8, 9, 10, 11

46’

60’

Spring & Fall

Majors

10. 11, 12

46’

60’

Spring & Fall

Intermediate (50/70)

11, 12, 13

50’

70’

Spring & Fall

Depending on age and total number of registrants, not every division will be sponsored every season. Coach Pitch may be further sub-divided, with a “kid pitch” option sometimes included. A separate “D-League” division (15U) is affiliated with WLL, but operates under its own set of rules and bylaws.

3.2 Age Requirements. Younger players sometimes play up in a higher division, especially for developmental purposes during Fall Baseball. Older players may also be held back for safety reasons. Such recommendations are made by the Player Agent and are approved by the WLL Board. While age is an important factor, league assignment should be based primarily on safety/player skill level.

3.3 Multiple League Players. Because some leagues having overlapping age groups, players will be eligible to play in both leagues in which the age requirement is met. This will come with additional costs and all eligibility requirements (games played, pitching, etc.) must be followed thru the LL Rule Book. These players can only be on one Little League “All-Star” team during Summer Baseball.

3.4 Exception. Minors players that have league age of 11-years old will not be allowed to pitch in the Minors league.


4.0 TEAMS

4.1 Team Formation. Teams in all divisions of WLL should be competitive. While equal parity is impossible to achieve, this should be the ultimate goal. “Loading” a team at any division of play within WLL is strictly forbidden by these Bylaws.

4.1.1 T-Ball and Coach Pitch. Player Agent assigns teams. There is no draft.

4.1.2 Minors through Intermediate. Managers/Coaches draft their teams. See 6.0.

4.2 Family Considerations. Siblings in the same division are to be placed on the same team. Children of the Manager and one Coach may also play on the same team.

4.3 Special Requests. Unless the WLL Board approves a true hardship case, special requests such as “commuting reasons” should not be justification for placing players on the same team.

4.4 Number of Teams. If possible, the number of teams within each division should be an even number for scheduling purposes. The goal of each league is to have six teams per division.

4.5 Rosters. Team roster size should not be below a minimum of ten or above a maximum of 13. A roster size of 12 players is the recommended ideal.

4.6 “Iron Man” Rule. Coach Pitch, Minors, and Majors will have a list of at least six players each to be considered as an “Iron Man”. These players can be “called-up” to the higher league for the purposes of giving that team enough players to start their scheduled game. Coaches must notify the Player Agent if an “Iron Man” is needed and the Player Agent will assist with calling up the player if the Manager/Coach requests.


5.0 MANAGERS AND COACHES

5.1 Application.

5.1.1 Registration. All prospective Managers and Coaches must follow the registration process.

5.1.2 Volunteer Form. All applicants must complete the Little League Volunteer Application form, stored on the website with all other important documentation and forms.

5.1.3 Background Check. All applicants must pass background checks.

5.2 Selection. The WLL Board approves all Managers and Coaches. Managers can select one assistant, but the Board reserves the right to assign Coaches. Extra assistants who volunteer as “helper Parents” are required to fill out the volunteer form and submit to a background check.

5.3 Training. Managers and Coaches must complete any mandatory safety training, such as First Aid or concussion recognition.

5.4 Responsibilities. Managers and Coaches are expected to place safety first, maintain a positive attitude, accept responsibility for the behavior of players and parents/guardians, teach baseball by emphasizing learning over winning, have faithful attendance, follow the Bylaws, communicate practice and game schedules, regularly inspect equipment, respect all umpiring decisions, rake fields and replace bases after games, report scores, and accept any verdict delivered by the WLL Board as final.

5.5 Discipline. Managers and Coaches are expected to follow the Code of Conduct. Certain actions can result in reprimand, suspension, or dismissal by the Board after a proper investigation. The following actions will not be tolerated by WLL:

·       Foul language

·       Yelling at and/or intimidating players or umpires

·       Following umpires off the field

·       Belittling others

·       Alcohol use before a practice or game

·       Willfully violating the Bylaws

·       Otherwise inappropriate behavior

·       No use of tobacco products on any field

In the event of a serious breach of conduct, the reporting Umpire shall inform the President and Umpire-in-Chief immediately following the game. In the event that the Umpire-in-Chief is the reporting Umpire, the incident shall be reported to the President and Safety Officer. An incident form (see website) shall be completed and submitted to the WLL Board within 24 hours to initiate an investigation.


6.0 PLAYER COMBINE (MINORS, MAJORS, INTERMEDIATE)

6.1 Evaluations. Combine is held no later than three weeks after final day of registration for Minors, Majors, and Intermediate divisions only. Players are evaluated by a select group of up to ten Player Evaluation Reps (PER) selected by the Player Agent. Each player is assessed on a 1 to 5 scale with the evaluations categories being as follows: running (timed), throwing (third base to first base), fielding (1–Grounders & 2–Fly Balls), soft toss batting, and pitching. Each category will involve five repetitions (excluding running, which is one) with two PERs assigned to each category, thus giving the player a possible total of 10 points per category and a total of 50 points maximum.

6.1.1 Identification of Player. Players are identified by a number and scores are compiled by the Player Agent.

6.2 Team Assignment. The combine result scores will be noted for each player prior to team assignment. Combine scores will be kept confidential, viewed only by the Player Agent and no more than two designees appointed by the WLL Board. Teams will be selected randomly by ranking combines scores then assigning teams from top score to bottom score in a blind serpentine order. Combine scores will be deleted after teams are assigned. Manager/Coaches’ players and siblings will be adjusted line-for-line after serpentine order has been completed.

6.3 Trades. Trades are not permitted.

6.4 Vacancies. Priority is given to teams with smaller roster sizes if any team reassignments occur during the season.

6.5 Fall Baseball. No more than four non-WLL Spring Baseball participants shall be assigned to a Fall Baseball team. The remaining players will be distributed evenly noting requests and physical addresses of the players, etc.

6.6 Notification. Rosters are distributed at the Coaches Meeting prior to the season.

6.7 Conflict of Interest. If a Player Agent or designee is assigned as a Manager or Coach in any league, the Player Agent cannot assign any players to any teams in said league.

6.8 Exemptions for T-Ball, Coach Pitch. There is no player combine process for T-Ball or Coach Pitch divisions. Teams are assigned by the Player Agent and/or Commissioner(s).


7.0 SCHEDULING

7.1 Requirements.

7.1.1. T-Ball and Coach Pitch leagues shall play a minimum 10-game schedule. Minors and higher division teams shall play a minimum of 12 games during Spring Baseball. These minimums are 8 and 10 games respectively for Fall Baseball. Recommended schedule lengths are 10-12 games for Coach Pitch, 12-14 games for Minors and Majors, and 14-16 games for Intermediate.

7.1.2 Teams should play a balanced round robin formatted schedule with an even number of home and away games when possible. For example, a league with eight teams could have a 14-game schedule with each team playing the other seven teams twice, once home and once away.

7.1.3. If inter-league games are scheduled, each WLL team shall play every other team from the other league(s) at least once.

7.1.4 Spring season typically runs seven to eight weeks, with each team normally playing two games per week. Fall season is shorter, usually about six weeks.

7.1.5 Coach Pitch and Minors teams cannot play doubleheaders. (Resumption of a suspended game is permitted in these divisions.) Doubleheaders are allowed in Intermediate.

7.2 Field Assignment.

7.2.1 League games are scheduled on fields appropriate to the dimensions for each division as shown:

Division

Primary Field

Secondary Field(s)

T-Ball

Friedt West

Friedt East

Coach Pitch

Parsons

Miller 1, Northside

Minors

Durling

Miller 1, Weatherstone 1

Majors

Weatherstone 1

Durling, Miller 1

Intermediate (50/70)

Weatherstone 1

Memorial, Valleyview Park

7.2.2 Practices are held on the same fields but other locations may be used if available such as Bird, Isham, Miller 2, Overlook (East and West), Valley View Elementary, or Weatherstone 2. These fields are traditionally used by other organizations such as softball, travel ball, adult rec leagues, church groups, and seniors.

7.3 Responsibilities.

7.3.1 Commissioners of individual leagues must submit a round robin schedule to the Scheduling Director within two weeks after the number of teams is known. Only matchups (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3, etc.) are necessary at this point. After the Scheduling Director has finalized the schedule, Commissioners will communicate schedules to Managers/Coaches at the Coaches Meeting or via email.

7.3.2 The Scheduling Director will coordinate dates and times with other organizations outside of WLL who use the City’s fields, assign fields and dates for games and practices, upload the schedules in the appropriate format onto the City of Wadsworth Parks Department calendar, and arrange for all pre-game field maintenance and preparation.

7.3.3 The City of Wadsworth Parks Department approves all WLL baseball scheduling.

7.4 Maintenance.

7.4.1 WLL must submit a formal request to the City for all baseball-related events then must receive approval before becoming official. Fields are owned by the City, not WLL. Fields are dragged and lined by the City Parks Department before each and every game.

7.4.2 WLL shares a responsibility for maintaining fields. After the last game of the day at any field, Managers and Coaches are expected to rake areas around home plate, pitching rubber, and bases. Soft tossing into fences at any time is prohibited. Coaches must also return breakaway bases to the field box and turn off the lights if playing at Memorial or Weatherstone. The City Parks Department will notify the Scheduling Director if fields are not being properly maintained, and this negligence will be reported to the Board for potential disciplinary action.

7.4.3 Field boxes are located at all fields used by WLL for games. Breakaway bases and rakes are in the field boxes. Team Managers will be issued a key/combination and are expected to lock the boxes after the last game.

7.5 Rescheduling. Games already set will not be moved after the schedule has been released. Managers are free to trade practice slots at their own discretion, but any field that has been reserved with the City must be occupied by a team at the specified date and time.

7.6 Makeup Games. The City makes a determination by 3:30 pm on weekdays whether or not fields are suitable for play. On weekends, the Safety Director makes this decision before 10:00 am. Cancellations are communicated by both “All Call” system and league-wide text blasts. In the event of rainouts, a good faith attempt to reschedule games will be made if fields are available. Higher priority on makeups will be given to teams that have had a greater number of games rained out.

7.7 Availability. Bandwidth on City fields is extremely limited, especially during Spring Baseball. Practices are generally double-parked as a result. If an open field slot is found, Managers are welcome to it on a first-come-first serve basis. Only one extra practice per week per team is permitted. Such requests must go through the Scheduling Director and be approved by the City. The Scheduling Director reserves the right to commandeer any available practice field reserved by WLL for a game(s) instead if that action is necessary to meet minimum scheduling requirements.

7.8 Playoff. An intra-league playoff is held after the conclusion of the regular season in all divisions except T-Ball. It is usually single elimination, but can be double elimination if the number of teams in a league is small and doubleheaders are permitted in that division. Participation by any non-WLL teams in this playoff must be approved by the Board. Teams are seeded by record (tie-breakers are winning percentage where ties are counted as one-half win, head-to-head record, run differential head-to-head, overall run differential, then coin flip) and placed into brackets, which are also approved by the WLL Board.

7.9 Awards. Trophies are presented to first place and runner-up teams after the conclusion of each championship game during an on-field ceremony.

7.10 Inter-league Play. WLL teams sometimes play inter-league games against neighboring communities during the season. Inter-league play is more common for Intermediate division.


8.0 SAFETY

WLL regards safety with the utmost importance. These rules must be followed:

·       Bases must be breakaway bases.

·       No on deck is allowed in T-Ball, Coach Pitch, or Minors divisions. In Majors, and Intermediate, on deck hitters shall occupy the circle behind the batter (third base side for right-handed hitters, first base side for lefties).

·       Catchers must be equipped with protective equipment, including throat guard and athletic cup.

·       Only WLL background approved adults can warm up pitchers between innings for a maximum of five (5) pitches.

·       Injuries must be reported to the Safety Officer within 24 hours by the Manager/Coach. Forms are provided online.

·       First Aid kits and cold packs are to be stored in field boxes.

·       If lightning is seen or thunder is heard in the vicinity, all field activities will cease for 30 minutes. Another lightning strike or sound of thunder resets the clock. Game is cancelled if still waiting 60 minutes after first indication of lightning or thunder.

·       Only WLL background approved adults are permitted in dugouts or playing area, and parents must seek the attention of a Manager/Coach to speak to their child during games.

·       Equipment must be inspected for wear and tear prior to each practice or game. Contact the Equipment Manager for replacement gear.

·       All batters, base runners, and youth base coaches must wear a batting helmet at all times.

·       One adult must be present in the dugout at all times.

·       Players, Managers/Coaches, or any other occupant of the dugout shall not stand in the open area during play.

·       Head-first sliding into the next base is prohibited in all leagues. Head-first sliding is permitted only when going back to the bag.

·       Zero tolerance for throwing equipment.

·       Metal spikes are only permitted in Intermediate and Senior League.

·       NO SHORTS by players at any time, practice included.


9.0 EQUIPMENT

9.1. Baseball Gear. The Equipment Manager maintains an inventory of all equipment stored in the shed at Weatherstone Field, including check in/check out records of equipment bags to teams. Equipment is the property of WLL and includes baseballs, bats, helmets, and catcher’s masks, mitts, chest protectors, and shin guards. The Equipment Manager issues equipment and each team’s Manager is responsible for returning it at the end of the season.

9.2 Field Boxes. Equipment Manager also coordinates the placement of field boxes at City fields used by WLL. Boxes commonly contain boxes of game balls, breakaway bases, rakes, and First Aid kits with cold packs. Boxes are usually placed in March and returned to the Weatherstone shed in November.

9.3 Uniforms. Ordering uniforms is the responsibility of a Uniform Coordinator. Sizes are entered upon registration. Uniforms consist of caps and jerseys, and should arrive before Opening Day. Jersey colors for teams within each league should be different. Uniforms should be comfortable and short-sleeved. Major and sometimes Minor League baseball team names are usually selected. Team names should be different, meaning there should not be “Indians” in all divisions as this creates confusion. Eye-catching touches such as camouflage trim or throwbacks uniforms are encouraged. Only two adult jerseys maximum are to be ordered for Managers/Coaches per team. At times sponsors names will be included on the shirts.


10.0 GAME RULES

10.1 General Rules.

10.1.1 Home team is on the third base side.

10.1.2 Home team provides one new game balls.

10.1.3 Teams in Coach Pitch division and up are required to have eight (8) players to start a game. If a Manager/Coach knows in advance that a team will be short the minimum number of eight players, an “Iron Man” replacement should be sought immediately from a list of players provided by the Player Agent. (NOTE: “Iron Man” rule does not apply to Coach Pitch.) Teams still falling short the minimum number of players to start a game are asked to “borrow” a player(s) from the other team. The game will be played as scheduled; however, the final score will be noted 1-0 in favor of the team that had enough players.

10.1.4 All players on the roster bat, whether playing in the field or not. Little League Rulebook states that every player must play on defense for at least six (6) consecutive outs, but Managers should try to exceed that minimum participation expectation for all players.

10.1.5 Stealing of Home Plate is prohibited in Minors division and below.

10.2 Recordkeeping.

10.2.1 Each team shall designate one scorekeeper, who keeps a hardcopy record. Hardcopy can be defined as scorebook or Game Changer App on mobile device.

10.2.2 Scorekeepers must verify game score and pitch counts between innings.

10.2.3 Home book is official in the event of a dispute over score or pitch counts.

10.2.4 Home team Manager is responsible for reporting score to Commissioner.

10.2.5 No recordkeeping is necessary in T-Ball division.

10.3 Innings.

10.3.1 T-Ball division games are three (3) or four (4) innings long. Both teams batting through their entire roster is an inning.

10.3.2 Coach Pitch division games are five (5) innings long. Three outs per team is one-half inning for Coach Pitch and all higher divisions.

10.3.2 Minors and Majors division games are six (6) innings long.

10.3.3 Intermediate and games are seven (7) innings long.

10.3.4 Extra innings are to be played if the game does not exceed time limit or curfew.

10.3.5 Shotgun Overtime. In the event a game is tied before the time limit is reached, the game will then go into Shotgun Overtime. Visiting team starts with runner on second base (This runner is the last out of the previous inning) and each batter in the inning starts with a 0-2 count. Team plays until three (3) outs are recorded. Home team then starts in the same manner. Game continues until one team leads after an inning and a winner is declared.

10.4 Game Pace. Every effort should be made to move games along promptly. Catchers for the upcoming equipment should already be geared up and if on base with two outs, a courtesy runner should be used. There should be no more than eight warm up pitches between innings. Managers and scorekeepers in all divisions need to ensure that players are aware of their position in the batting order. Obvious stalling tactics by a Manager leading in a game approaching time limit (repeated mound visits, excessive pitching changes) will not be tolerated.

10.5 Time Limits. Games begin when first pitch is delivered, and start time should be clearly communicated to both teams by the umpire. Innings begin when the last out is recorded in the bottom of the previous inning. The following times are the allotments for each league: T-Ball 1 hour and 15 minutes; Coach Pitch 1 hour and 30 minutes Minors & Majors 2 hours; Intermediate 2 hours and 15 minutes. Time limits apply only on school weeknights (Monday thru Thursday) or if another game has been scheduled next on the same field. Time limits do not apply to any WLL playoff games.

10.6 Curfew. No inning shall begin after 10:30 pm local time.

10.7 Suspended Games. In the event of weather or other stoppage like darkness, games are considered complete after 4 innings (or 3 1/2 if the home team is ahead) in Minors & Majors and 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if the home team is ahead) in Intermediate and Senior League. If the game has not been completed, it will be suspended and finished before the end of the regular season

10.8 Run Limits.

10.8.1 There is a 5-run per inning limit in Coach Pitch and Minors divisions, but the last inning is unlimited.

10.8.2. There are no per inning run limits in Majors and Intermediate.

10.9 Ten-Run Rule. A 10-run “mercy” rule is in effect for Minors and Majors after four (4) innings and Intermediate after five (5) innings. If this situation occurs, the trailing team concedes and the game is over.

10.10 Pitch Counts. Pitch count rules outlined in “Little League Baseball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Policies” are strictly enforced and are grounds for protest to the WLL Board. If the home scorebook record verifies that a rule has been broken, a first-time offender will be reprimanded up to and including a 1-game suspension. A second violation is considered willful and would invite permanent removal for the rest of the season.

10.11 Protests. Protests are to be made accordance with the Little League Rulebook by submitting to the President in writing within 24 hours. A pitch count violation is grounds for protest. A difference of opinion regarding the judgment of an umpire is not.


11.0 UMPIRES

11.1 Umpire in Chief responsibilities.

11.1.1 Recruit and retain Umpires for WLL.

11.1.2 Submit list of new Umpires to WLL President for approval.

11.1.3 Set up Umpire training classes and continuing training.

11.1.4 Evaluate WLL Umpires periodically in season.

11.1.5 Schedule WLL Umpires for all regular season and playoff games.

11.2 Umpire Selection.

11.2.1 Previous season Umpires may return for the following WLL season.

11.2.2 WLL will promote any need for additional Umpires in a manner that the league deems appropriate.

11.2.3 Once approved by the WLL President, Umpires age 18 or older much have a background check to be done by WLL.

11.3 Umpire Training.

11.3.1 Umpire in Chief will set up Umpire classes and training.

11.3.2 Training opportunities will be mandatory for all WLL Umpires

11.4 Umpire Placement. The term Experienced means an Umpire with full season being an Umpire who also completes off season training courses

11.4.1 New Umpires will be placed at the Minor league level and will work with an experienced Umpire.

11.4.2 New Umpires may be placed at the Major league level and will work with an experienced Umpire.

11.4.3 Experienced Umpires will be placed at the Majors and Intermediate Leagues.

11.4.4 One Umpire will be provided for Coach Pitch playoff games. This may be a Rookie Umpire or higher level of experience.

11.5 Umpire Scheduling.

11.5.1 The Umpire in Chief will schedule all WLL Umpires.

11.5.2 Two Umpires will be scheduled for all Intermediate League games.

11.5.3 Minimum of one umpire will be scheduled for all Minors and Majors games.

11.5.3.1 If Umpires are in training, two umpires may be scheduled for Minors and Majors games.

11.5.4 Umpire schedule will be done two weeks in advance of the game schedule and a copy of the schedule will be sent to the WLL President and Secretary.

11.6 Umpire Uniforms.

11.6.1 Each umpire is responsible for their own protective equipment.

11.6.1.1 These include:

Face mask

Chest Protector

Shin Guards

Protective Cup

11.6.2 Umpires in Intermediate League are to have the gray pants and navy blue shirt with hat and black shoes, the “Official Umpire Uniform”. Steel toes shoes are suggested.

11.7.3 Umpires in the Minors and Majors levels may wear gray pants and a navy blue T-shirt with a navy blue hat (no markings) black shoes (steel toed are suggested). These Umpires may also wear the official Umpire uniforms from Intermediate and Senior Leagues.

11.7.4 Each Umpire must have in their possession for each game, the following:

11.7.4.1 Count Clicker

11.7.4.2 Plate Brush


12.0 TOURNAMENTS

12.1 Little League “All Star” Teams

12.1.1 PLAYER Selection Process. In May of each season, the Player Agent will send a request to the Manager/Coach of each Minor, Major, and Intermediate division team requesting a list of players they would like to send to the LL “All-Star” tryouts. This will be four players from each team. Team will be selected before a coaching staff is established.

12.1.2 MANAGER Selection Process. In May of each season, the Player Agent will ask all Minors, Major, and Intermediate Managers if they want to coach the “All-Star” team. Of those that do, the WLL Board will select the coaching staff.

12.1.3 Travel and Accommodations. “All–Star” teams are responsible for their own travel and accommodations at tournaments located outside the WLL area.

12.2 Non-Little League Sanctioned Events

12.2.1 WLL may have tournament team(s) that competes as a non-sanctioned team in tournaments and against other teams during the time period: April 1 to June 15.

12.2.2 These tournament teams are not Little League “All-Star” teams.

12.2.3 Tournament team(s) are selected via invitation-only tryouts with the Manager/Coach of the tournament team(s).

12.2.4 Tournament Team(s) are funded by the Manager/Coaches of the team along with the players. WLL will only be needed to help funnel the players to this team.


13.0 COMMUNICATION

13.1 Website. WLL website is www.wadsworthll.org. Forms on the website include:

13.1.1 Code of Conduct

13.1.2 Volunteer Registration

13.1.3 Incident Reporting

13.1.4 Injury Report

Beginning in 2019, WLL will use Blue Sombrero.

13.2 Social Media. WLL maintains a Facebook account.

13.3 Mass Communications. WLL

13.3.1“All Call”. Primarily used to communicate that games/practices for a particular date have been cancelled.

13.3.2 Text Blasts. For brief reminders, such as approaching registration deadlines. Also for rainouts.

13.3.3 E-Mail. Reserved for more detailed communications. Official WLL e-mail address is: [email protected]

Field Status

Open Open

AC (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Durling (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Freidt (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Memorial (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Miller (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Overlook (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Parsons (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Valleyview Park (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)

Open Open

Weatherstone (06:02 AM | 06/21/19)