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2018 Little League Age Chart
by posted 08/23/2017


Little League Baseball® to Begin Utilization of August 31 Age Determination Date for the 2018 Season; Children Born Between May 1 and August 31, 2005 to be Grandfathered as 12-Year-Olds For 2018 Season

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Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in Little League, and Little League has sought input from volunteers, parents, and coaches that has helped guide District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors to ultimately change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31.

Update:
At the fall 2015 meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors, it was approved to grandfather the four months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005, for the 2018 season, so that no child will lose their 12-year-old season of Little League Baseball.

Why the change? In 2011, Little League conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, we learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program, established a Coach Pitch Program, and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help us achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball.

What’s the difference? In 2014, Little League District Administrators initially voted to move the age determination date from April 30 to December 31, effective with the 2018 season. That was amended by District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors in August 2015, moving the date from December 31 to August 31. Effective November 2015, the implementation plan has been amended, grandfathering the four-months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season.

For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31.

“Having a meaningful Little League experience is an important milestone for millions of children around the world,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “As we continue to work with our volunteers and the International Board of Directors, we believe this solution allows us to accomplish our goal of making the Little League Baseball Division truly a 12 and under program, while ensuring that all children get the opportunity to fully enjoy their 12-year-old year in Little League.”


 

2017 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 4
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 5
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 6
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 7
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 8
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 9
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 10
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 11
        2005 2005 2005 2005         11
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 12
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 13
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 14
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 15
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 16

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2017.

 


 

2018 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 4
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 5
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 6
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 7
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 8
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 9
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 10
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 11
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 12
        2005 2005 2005 2005         12
2005 2005 2005 2005         2004 2004 2004 2004 13
2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 14
2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 15
2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 16

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2018.

 


 

2019 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2014 2014 4
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 5
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 6
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 7
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 8
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 9
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 10
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 11
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 12
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 13
2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 14
2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 15
2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 16

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2019.

 

 
 
 
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Check out the New Bat Regulation for 2018 Season
by posted 08/09/2017


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Little League® International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, that includes the latest bat information, current Little League Baseball® rules and regulations governing bats, and a series of frequently asked questions.

As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

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Baseball Bat Resource Page
by posted 03/22/2016


Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. Click here to find the latest bat information, including the 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.

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

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New League Boundaries Effective March 4, 2015
by posted 03/10/2015


 

Effective March 4, 2015

 

Approved by Chartering Committee, Little League International

 

Anderson County Little League has been approved to include the Western Franklin County. Players residing in Western Franklin County are now eligible for post season play in Little League Baseball.  

 

Below is a still photo from Google Earth showing the new area for the Anderson County Kentucky Little League Charter, District 3. The border for the 2015 charter is outlined in white.  This border includes all of Anderson County Kentucky and a Portion of Western Franklin County, Kentucky including the land from Franklin's most western, county border, east to the Kentucky River and Franklin's most northern border to the southern border of Anderson County.

 

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Why Little League?
by posted 02/04/2015

Why Little League?

To understand Little League is to appreciate why Little League is a cornerstone of different and diverse communities throughout the world.

Parents believe in Little League because they expect a fair opportunity for their child to play baseball or softball and have fun with friends.

The mission of the Little League program is not to develop exceptional ball players. In the guise of the game, the essence of Little League teaches children how to accept success and deal with failure, while learning about sportsmanship, competition and accountability.

Moms and dads can look to Little League as a vehicle to expose their children to new experiences, and allow them to build a broad foundation with compassion and respect for others as its cornerstones.

Little League would not be the largest youth sports organization in the world without parents trusting the ideals of Little League and themselves being willing to contribute as volunteers.

Whether supporting your child by getting him or her to practice and games, or volunteering as a coach, umpire, board member, or in other volunteer capacity, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends give of themselves and lead by example.

This is a call to action, and one that will serve your children now, while preparing them for the challenges that lie ahead of them as they live their lives.

Remember, Little League is about perspective, not wins and losses, because today’s Little Leaguers are tomorrow’s leaders.

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R.O.O.T.S "Honoring the Game"
by posted 11/21/2014


In all of the online courses and live, group workshops that Positive Coaching Alliance presents nationwide for youth and high school sports leaders, coaches, parents and student-athletes, we explain the concept of “Honoring the Game.” To help us remember exactly what that means, we will talk about respecting ROOTS. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of our sport that we must respect.

One important thing we will work on all season is Honoring the Game. To help us remember exactly what that means, we will talk about respecting ROOTS. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of our sport that we must respect.

R stands for Rules. Rules keep the game fair. I want you to play by the rules, even when you think you won’t get caught if you break them.

O is for Opponents. Without opponents, we could have no game. A good opponent pushes us to do our best, so we should be grateful for our opponents. I promise that I will show respect for opposing coaches and teams, and I expect you to do the same.

O is for Officials. Respecting officials can be the most difficult part of Honoring the Game. Officials have a very hard job, keeping the game safe and fair for both teams. Officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!) and sometimes they will make calls that are not in our favor, but I want you to show respect for officials, and I promise that I will, too.

T is for Teammates. A big part of playing our sport is being part of a team. Later in life you will often be part of a team, and it is important to learn to work together. When you are on a team, your words and actions – before, during and after practices and games – reflect not only on you, but also on your teammates and coaches. So treat them as you would want them to treat you. I want you to encourage and support each other on and off the playing field.

S is for Self. Some people only Honor the Game when their opponents do, but I want us to Honor the Game no matter what the other team or its fans do. We set our own internal standards, and we live up to them no matter what.

If you do these five things, you are Honoring the Game. You and your teammates will get the most out of your season, and you will help advance the great traditions of the sport.

 

For more PCA Tools for Coaches, visit: www.littleleague.org/pca.htm

Download the PCA Sample Script for Honoring the Game PDF

 

 

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Get the App for our League
by posted 11/20/2014

Mobile Apps

For Coaches and Admins

 
  • Add games and practices to team schedules.
  • Open and close facilities immediately. When closed, an optional notice can be sent to all affected members.
  • Communicate with your teams. Send emails and text messages from your mobile device to each of your rosters.
  • Access roster information and player contact details.
  • View RSVPs for upcoming events to see if all of your players can make it to the big game.
  • Enter game results and track stats in real-time.
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For Parents and Players

 
  • View your team's schedule to track practice and game changes.
  • View league and club news to keep up-to-date with new events.
  • Get directions to facilities and see nearby amenities like coffee shops and pizza.
  • View pictures uploaded to your club's website.
  • Access contact information for coaches and team managers.
  • Check game results and scores, as well as team stats.
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2013 ACHS Coaches Clinic Notes
by posted 03/07/2013


Rotational Hitting Drills
 
Three Core Movements
 
 1.  Hips lead the hands.
 2.  Match the swing plane to the pitch plane.
 3.  Staying inside the baseball
 
“Effortless power vs. Powerless effort”
 
Torque—two forces acting on an object in opposite directions
 
Torque—Root of all bat speed, quickness, and power
 
1.  TORQUE DRILL
            a.  Standing straight up—stride out with front leg (front foot 45-60 degrees)
                 approximately the length of a bat
            b.  Bat attached to the rear shoulder (not on top)
            c.  Hands should be in and armpit level
            d.  Tuck rear elbow into rib cage (slot)
            e.  Lead forearm is parallel to the ground
            f.  Front leg is straight and rigid
            g.  Turn upper torso and get lead shoulder toward pitcher
            h.  Torque (rotate upper body and turn lead shoulder in and down)
 
(Hands follow rotating body around stationary axis.)
 
2.  TORQUE “SHORT 3
            a.  Once torqued, rotate arms, shoulders, and hands and upper body as a
                 UNIT
            b.  Arms and hands do not separate from body
            c.  Slot rear elbow
            d.  Front elbow leads up—rear shoulder dips
            e.  Upper torso slightly tilts rearward
            f.  Rotate approximately 12” and stop
 
3.  Torque “Long 3”
            a.  Once torqued,  rotate arms, shoulders, and hands and upper body as a UNIT
            b.  Arms and hands do not separate from body
            c.  Slot rear elbow
            d.  Front elbow leads up—rear shoulder dips
            e.  Upper torso slightly tilts rearward
            f.  Rotate to the contact position and stop
                        1.  front knee must be rigid
                        2.  hitter must be behind the ball at contact (except on pitches on outer 1/3
                             plate)
                        3.  extent of rearward tilt is determined by type of hitter
                        4.  palm up/palm down at contact
                        5.  hands and arms disconnect from body just prior to extension
                        6.  hitter extends through the ball before the Power “V”
 
4.  Torque Dry Cut
 
5.  1-2-3 Drill
            ONE
            a.  From stance position
            b.  Stride 2-4”
            c.  Open stride foot to 45 degrees
            d.  Land on ball of foot, slight weight forward, heal up
            e.  As stride goes forward, torque upper torso
 
            TWO ”  (Coach Point:  Get in front of the player and hold his/her lead forearm.  Let him/her feel the hands staying back as the hips begin at heel drop)
            a.  Heal drop
            b.  Rear shoulder dip
            c.  Lead elbow begins to work up
            d.  Rear heal “POPS” and begins very slight rotation (Hips Lead the Hands)
            e.  Upper torso remains torqued (This is the Universal Launch Position)
 
            THREE
            a.  Swing or Short 3 or Long 3
 
6.  1-3 Drill
 
            ONE—SWING
            ONE—Short 3/Long 3
7.  Enforcer Drill
            a.  Not a “contact zone” drill
            b.  Purely to overemphasize the “Hands inside the ball” and rotating “around” an
                 axis
            c.  Stand around 12-16” from net or fence from torque position and swing w/out
                 hitting net
 
8.  From Torque position –Extension Holds
            a.  On the tee (make sure to follow through the path of the ball as long as possible.)
                        1.  Vary your contact point in/out, up/down
            b.  From torque position—short toss and hold Power V (make sure to follow through the path)
                        {you can do this at 50% first, then work your way up to 90% or so)
9.  Knee top hand drill—extension hold (make sure to have top hand “under” at contact and “under” at
                        Power V
 
ACHS Baseball
Practice Schedule Template

 
10 Minutes each
Keep quick pace
Move quickly—what you don’t do great revisit the next practice
Conditioning should take place within the practice if ran correctly.
Additional Conditioning if necessary
 
 
1.  Team warm-up and stretch  (organized activity that is consistent—get minds right—silent)
2.  Base Running—10 minutes per day, every day
3.  Throwing—(options:  knee, long toss, quick hands, bands, etc)
 
4.  Position Drill work
Catchers:                       Infielders:                     Outfielders:
 
5.  Team Defense (example)
          a.  Rocket Relay
          b.  Pop-up Communication
          c.  Bunt Defense
          d.  Picks and Rundowns
          e.  1st and 3rd offense/defense
          f.  Live ground balls, 8 minute drill, double fungo, timed                        double plays, Rocket double plays w/BP, etc
 
6.  Batting Practice:  45 min.  Chart it.  Organize it. Hitting with purpose. 
 
7.  Dirt Ball Reads:  Be aggressive on both sides of the ball


Rotational Hitting Notes

 
“Effortless Power versus Powerless Effort”               ……..  This is the ACHS goal!
 
“Torque is the root of all bat speed, bat quickness, and power in hitting.”
 
“Swing level to the ball, not level to the ground.”
 
“Hands follow the rotating body around a stationary axis.”
 
 
Core Movements
 
 1.  Hips lead the hands
 
 2.  Match the swing plane to the pitch plane
 
 3.  Stay “inside” the ball
 
 
5 Absolutes of Rotational Hitting
 
 1.  Dynamic Balance
 2.  Stationary axis of rotation
 3.  Torque Position
 4.  Body tilt/ shoulder dip
 5.  Bat lag
 
 
DYNAMIC BALANCE
                        a. Transition fluently from one hitting sequence to the next
                        b. Maintained from stride and throughout
 
ROTATING AROUND THE AXIS
                        a. Once stride has taken place and heel drops, the axis should remain stationary
 
TORQUE
a. Separation of upper and lower torsos
                        b. Big muscles pull the small muscles through the hitting zone
                        c. “Effortless power vs. powerless effort
 
BODY TILT/SHOULDER DIP
                        a. Allows the hitter
 
  • To match swing plane to pitch plane
  • To keep weight back
  • To stay “behind” the ball
 
b. Hinging the knee allows for backward tilt
                        c. Rear shoulder dips immediately when swing is launched
                        d. Front elbow is determined by pitch location (low on high pitch high on low pitch)
                        e. Rear elbow must tuck into rib cage
 
BAT LAG
                        a. Hands are last body part to the “fire.”
                        b. Bat head must become horizontal to down as the swing is launched.
                        c. Hands follow rotating body around its axis
 
“A hitter’s personal style is always subject to scrutiny and change.  This is not true for a hitter’s universal technique.  Once it is mastered, it should not change.”
 
7 Swing Sequences
 
 1.  Stance
 2.  Stride
 3.  Torque/Launch
 4.  Approach
 5.  Contact
6.  Power V
7.  Follow through
 
 
1.  STANCE
                        a. Comfortable and tension free
                        b. Weight on balls of feet (60/40 or 50/50)
                        c. Legs slightly flexed
                        d. Front shoulder at pitcher
 
 2.  STRIDE
                        a. Matter of style not technique
                        b. Establishes the axis of rotation
                        c. Must re-establish the “balance point.”
                        d. Stride to ball of foot (2-4”)
                        e. Front toe opens to approximately 45 degrees
                        f. Get to universal launch position (top hand at approximately armpit)
                        g. Must land on ball of stride foot while the hands are still rotating rearward
                        h. Ok to have a little weight shift to front foot as long as balance is re-established.
** If too much weight is kept back, it’s nearly impossible to explode your lower half and get full rotation on back foot.
           
 3.  TORQUE/LAUNCH
                        a. Heel drop gets hitter into torque position
                        b. Dynamic balance
                        c. Hinging rear knee
                        d. Slight body tilt
                        e. Slot rear elbow down and in (into rib cage)
                        f. Lead elbow works up and adjusts to pitch
                        g. Rear shoulder dips
 
 4.  APPROACH
                        a. Top hand quickly works underneath
                        b. Bat must flatten out as the swing is launched
                        c. Bat lag
                        d. Rear tilt
                        e. Hands & arms stay connected. Should not separate until extending front of hitter’s body
                        f. Hands and arms work in a circular path & follow a rotating body around a stationary axis 
                        g. Hitter’s weight stabilizes on inside of back thigh
                        h. Plane of swing must be on its slight upslope approximately 4” in front of lead knee
                        i. Both elbows should remain flexed until extension through the ball
 
5.  CONTACT
                        a. Front knee must be rigid
                        b. Hitter must be behind the ball at contact (except on pitches on outer 1/3 of plate)
                        c. Extent of rearward tilt is determined by type of hitter
                        d. Palm up/palm down at contact
                        e. Hands and arms disconnect from body just prior to extension
                        f. Hitter extends through the ball before the Power “V”
 
6.  POWER “V”
                        a. Arms fully extend out front toward the pitcher into V position
                        b. Angle of V determined by pitch location
 
7.  FOLLOW THROUGH          
                        a. Should be at shoulder level
                        b. Pitch location will determine if slightly lower or higher than lead shoulder

 
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Welcome to ACLL's home on the web!
by posted 01/14/2013

Ladies  & Gentlemen,

Greetings from Anderson County Little League.
Although it certainly doesn’t feel like baseball weather outside, the board members of ACLL are in full baseball mode, gearing up for the spring season. We are working diligently to ensure we are prepared to provide the most fun, and exciting baseball possible, for every child involved.

 Each year we strive to make improvements, in order to provide a better product. Last summer, we installed new lights on both fields. Next, it is my pleasure to announce the roll out of our new website, and on-line registration process. Through this website, and online registration, we will be able to improve communication in many ways through email and/or text messaging. Schedule updates, practice times, rain-outs, team standings, and much more will be available and sent to you at a much more rapid pace.  Please visit our website www.aclittleleague.com and click “Registration”. You will be asked to obtain a password through your email, once you obtain your password from your email, you will be able to log in and register as players and coaches.

Registration on-line is now open, and will continue through February 2. We will be at Emma B. Ward and Turner Elementary on Saturday 1/19 & Saturday 1/26. Please visit these locations between 9:00 – 2:00 to receive important information pertaining to the spring season.

We look forward to seeing you on the ball field soon, and remember… it’s all about the kids!
 
Sincerely,
Wayne White
President, Anderson County Little League

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