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2010 Edition 

A Brief History of VSLL......................................................3

VSLL Suntree Field Complex.................................................5

VSLL Viera Regional Park Field Complex.................................6

General Guidelines............................................................7

Little League Age Guidelines................................................8

Minors Rules...................................................................10

Entrance into the Majors....................................................12

Playing Time in the Competitive Divisions................................13

Pool Players.....................................................................16

Frequently Asked Questions..................................................17

VSLL Champions.................................................................23

 

A Brief History of VSLL

 

¨      Viera Suntree Little League began in 1997 with approximately 250 players and 4 fields on what was originally an undeveloped parcel of land next to Suntree Elementary School. 

¨      In 1999, the first of several Suntree field improvements occurred including the clearing of the main entrance which was where all of the new palm trees are now.  Dugouts and bleachers were also installed in that round of improvements.

¨      In January 1999, Jordan Blass, a 12 year old Majors player, was struck by a car and killed while riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of Suntree Elementary School. The Majors field was dedicated in his honor in the Spring of 1999. 

¨      In 2000, the team of Bob Kush and Bob Straub developed a plan to totally refurbish the fields at Suntree Elementary into what they are today.  Through funding provided by both Mercedes Homes and McDonald’s, the fields were cleared, irrigation and sod was installed, fencing was placed, additional electricity was added and the first set of lights were installed on Jordan Blass Field.  The total cost was approximately $125,000.  Two fields were named for Mercedes and McDonald’s during the opening of the 2001 season.

¨      The remaining field was named Rotary, in honor of the Viera Rotary and the Suntree Rotary.  Both organizations had raised several thousand dollars for our league through golf tournaments held in the League’s behalf.

¨      In the Fall of 2002, after many letters, meetings and a petition signing, the Brevard County Board of Commissioners agreed to install lights on the remaining three fields. 

¨      The concession stand/restroom facility was started in 2003 and completed in time for the opening of the Spring 2004 season.  The construction took almost a full year because of building requirements, delays and funding issues.  We learned a lesson in how difficult it is to build on property where specifications dictated by both the County and School Board must be met.  The facility cost $60,000 and was paid entirely by our Little League thanks to sponsors, Casino Night, concession profits, donations and reduced costs of Mercedes subcontractors and a partial reimbursement from the County.  The willingness of McDonald’s and Mercedes Homes to allow the league to essentially skip a year of debt repayment from the 2000-2001 field improvements was also very helpful.

¨      As of the end of 2004, both the Mercedes and the McDonald’s loans were repaid in full and the final light payment for Jordan Blass Field was made in January 2005.

¨      Prior to Fall 2005, Rotary Field was “skinned” and a full dirt infield was installed.  After Fall 2005, Mercedes Field was “skinned” and a true 90’ dirt diamond infield was installed.

¨      In January 2006, the foul ball netting was installed at the Suntree fields.

¨      In Spring 2007, Viera Regional Park opened for use by VSLL.

¨      VSLL’s Challenger division was begun in Spring 2007.

¨      VSLL captured it’s first (and second) All-Star State titles in Spring 2007.  9/10 Baseball and 9/10 Softball each won State championships.

¨      Kevin Trainor was named as Little League International’s Good Sport of the Year recipient in 2008.

¨      VSLL won a second consecutive 9/10 Softball All-State State Championship in Spring 2008.  It was VSLL’s third State title.

¨      VSLL hosted the Seniors Baseball All-Star Regional Tournament in August 2008 and again in August 2009.

¨      VSLL restructured the Minors baseball division into A, AA and AAA in Spring 2010.


 

 

VSLL Suntree Field Complex

 

  1. The VSLL complex consists of 4 fields; Rotary Field, McDonald’s Field, Jordan Blass Field and Mercedes Field.  The complex resides next to Suntree Elementary School on Jordan Blass Drive in Suntree.

 

  1. The complex is owned by the Brevard County School Board, maintained by Brevard Parks and operated by VSLL.

 

  1. Parents are asked to remember that because the VSLL fields exist on Brevard County school property, the following rules MUST be followed:
    1. No smoking is allowed in the VSLL complex.  This includes the parking lot.
    2. No alcohol is allowed in the VSLL complex.  This includes the parking lot.
    3. No pets are allowed in the VSLL complex.  This includes the parking lot.
    4. There can be absolutely no parking in front of the two chained entrances on either side of McDonald’s field.  These entrances are used by emergency vehicles, when necessary.  The VSLL complex has no handicapped parking areas.
    5. Trash must be picked up after every game or practice.

 

  1. VSLL schedules field usage times with the county prior to every season.  These times include practices, games, clinics and other special events.  Any use of the field other than scheduled VSLL activity is considered trespassing by the county.   It is important to understand that paying a registration fee to VSLL does not allow use of the field complex at times outside of VSLL scheduled activities.

 

  1. Even though foul ball netting has been installed at the Suntree fields, all spectators need to be alert at all times.  Foul balls routinely come off of each of the 4 fields and constant vigilance, especially with regards to young children, is absolutely necessary.

 


VSLL Viera Regional Park Field Complex

 

 

  1. The Viera Regional Park field complex consists of 7 fields: two 90’ baseball fields, 2 60’ (Little League) baseball fields, 2 60’ softball fields and a t-ball field.  The Park resides at the intersection of Lake Andrew Drive and Judge Fran Jameson Drive in Viera.

 

  1. The park is operated and maintained by Brevard Parks.  VSLL has first priority on the fields and we share the fields with Viera High School during their softball and baseball seasons.  The following rules must be followed:
    1. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas in the Viera Regional Park complex.
    2. No alcohol is allowed in the Viera Regional Park complex.  This includes the parking lot.
    3. No pets are allowed in the Viera Regional Park complex.  This includes the parking lot.
    4. Trash must be picked up after every game or practice.

 

  1. While VSLL does have priority with respect to field usage, it is important to realize that teams can not arbitrarily decide to practice in a non-scheduled time slot.  Over the past few years, there have been multiple instances of teams showing up on a Sunday to hold a VSLL practice and an outside, non-VSLL team was all ready on the field.  The non-VSLL team had booked the field through Brevard Parks but the VSLL manager assumed that he had first priority and asked the non-VSLL team to leave.  At the beginning of the season, VSLL creates a field usage schedule and all teams are expected to follow this schedule and only use practice slots allocated to VSLL.  If they attempt to use a field at a time not allocated to VSLL, they do NOT have priority on that field.

 

 

General Guidelines

 

 

  1. Parents are asked to inform managers whenever a player will be unable to attend a game.  Managers are required to come to the field prepared and finding out at the last minute that a player will not be available for a game makes the manager’s job more difficult.

 

  1. Remember that managers are volunteers who are there for the benefit of all players on the team, not just your son or daughter.

 

  1. Managers are asked to set a positive example for the players.  Parents should do the same.  This includes interaction with umpires, the opposing team and other parents.  Yelling at umpires is never justified in VSLL games and will not be tolerated.  VSLL maintains a zero-tolerance policy with regard to interaction with umpires.  Managers, coaches and parents whose behavior toward umpires is judged to be inappropriate will be subject to discipline as determined by the Board of Directors.  Penalties include ejection, suspension and removal.

 

  1. Baseball and softball are not substitutes for a babysitting service.  Parents are not allowed to simply drop off a player at the fields for a game or practice.  All children must be supervised at all times.  If a parent cannot remain at the field during a practice or game, they must inform the manager and provide a contact phone number.

 

  1. If a parent has a problem with a manager or coach, they should direct all questions and concerns to the appropriate division VP.  If necessary, the division VP will elevate the issue to the VSLL Board of Directors.

 

  1. If you, as a parent, are unhappy with any aspect of VSLL, please contact your manager or a board member.  Board meetings are held often and all opinions are welcome. 

 


 

Little League Age Guidelines

 

  1. Little League uses “league age” to assign ages to players to be used for division placement.  In baseball, “League age” is defined as player’s age as of April 30 of the year encompassing a playing season.  For example, for the Spring 2010 season, a player’s league age is his/her age as of April 30, 2010.  In softball, “League age” is defined as a player’s age as of December 31 of the year prior to a playing season.  For example, for the Spring 2010 season, a player’s age is her age as of December 31, 2009.

 

  1. The VSLL Standing Rules define the divisions and age requirements used by the league for player placement.

 

  1. Skill assessments are held for all players in the kid pitch division and higher.  Players who wish to play in a division other than the one dictated by their age must attend the assessment for both the desired division and the age-dictated division.

 

  1. While parents do have the ability to request division placement outside of the typical guidelines, VSLL has the right to place players in a division other than what the parent desires when talent level becomes an issue.  For example, if the parents of a league age 8 player desires that the player be placed in the kid pitch division, VSLL reserves the right to place the player in machine pitch if the player’s talent level does not support promotion to kid pitch.

 

  1. VSLL division structure

 

    1. Non-competitive divisions

                                         i.    4 year old t-ball (BBTB4) consists of players that are league age 4.  Players league age 5 can play BBTB4 by parental request.

                                       ii.    T-ball baseball (BBTB) consists of players that are league age 5 and 6.  Players league age 7 can play BBTB by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

                                     iii.    Minors Baseball

1.    “A” is essentially machine pitch baseball.  “A” consists of players that are league age 7 and 8.  Players who are league age 6 can play “A” by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

2.    “AA” is the first level of kid pitch baseball.  “AA” consists of players that are league age 9.  Players who are league age 7 and 8 can play “AA” by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

3.    “AAA” is the highest level of kid pitch baseball.  “AAA” consists of players that are league age 10.  Players who are league age 8, 9 and 11 can play “AAA” by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

                                      iv.    Minors Softball

1.    Machine pitch softball (SBMP) consists of players that are league age 7 and 8.  Players league age 6 and 9 can play SBMP by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

2.    Kid pitch softball (SBKP) consists of players that are league age 9 and 10.  Players league age 8 and 11 can play SBKP by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

    1. Competitive divisions

                                         i.    Majors baseball and softball (BBM, SBM) consists of players that are league age 11 and 12.  However, a player who is league age 11 is not guaranteed entry in the Majors.  Entry in the Majors division is competitive and based upon a preseason skill assessment.  Per Little League rules, all players that are league age 12 are required to play Majors, unless a waiver is obtained from Williamsport.  Players that are league age 10 are allowed to tryout for the Majors but are not guaranteed placement in the Majors.  In softball, players that are league age 9 are also allowed to tryout for the Majors.  All players that tryout for the Majors but are not drafted will be passed down to the kid pitch division.

                                       ii.    Juniors baseball and softball (BBJ, SBJ) consists of players that are league age 13 and 14.  There are no exceptions for other ages.

                                     iii.    Seniors baseball and softball (BBS, SBS) consists of players that are league age 15 and 16. Players league age 14 can play BBS or SBS by parental request and/or if talent dictates.

 


 

Minors Rules

 

Mission Statement

 

The Minor League is a place for players to learn, develop skills, and look forward to the opportunity to be selected or promoted to Major League teams.  It provides the basic training in fundamentals and places less emphasis on the competitive aspects of the game.

 

The Minor League provides a flow of trained, younger players to replace those who graduate each year from the Major League to the Junior League.  It also provides players to the Major League should a team lose a player during the season.

 

It is with this spirit that we as managers and coaches should approach practice time, game time, and the entire season.  Develop ALL of your players in ALL aspects of the game.

 

VSLL uses a combination of the rules outlined in the Little League rule book and the league’s own House Rules to dictate play in the Minors.  The VSLL House Rules are available in a separate document.  Minors managers are aware of these rules and are subject to disciplinary action if these rules are broken or abused.  Here are the highlights:

 

  1. Continuous Batting Order

A continuous batting order will include all players on the team roster present for the game.  Each player will be required to bat in his/her respective spot in the batting order.  If a player is injured, becomes ill, or must leave the game site after the start of the game, the team will skip over the player’s spot in the batting order without penalty.  If the injured, ill, or absent player returns they are simply inserted into their original spot in the batting order and the game continues.  Finally, if a player arrives late to a game, the manager will add the player to the end of the current lineup.

 

  1. Pitching

One of the main goals of the kid pitch division is to encourage the use and development of pitchers.  There is no limit on the number of pitchers that can be used during a game.

 

1.    AAA Baseball

 

·         All pitchers will have a 40 pitch limit per game, regardless of the pitcher’s age.  If a pitcher reaches the 40 pitch limit in the middle of an at-bat, he will be allowed to finish the batter.  If a pitcher throws more than 20 pitches in a game, in addition to the prescribed days of rest, he must have one game of rest.

 

2.   AA Baseball

 

·         All pitchers will have a 30 pitch limit per game, regardless of the pitcher’s age.  If a pitcher reaches the 30 pitch limit in the middle of an at-bat, he will be allowed to finish the batter.  If a pitcher throws more than 20 pitches in a game, in addition to the prescribed days of rest, he must have one game of rest.

 

3.   Kid Pitch Softball

 

·         No player shall pitch more than two innings in a game.  A player may pitch a maximum of four innings in a calendar week.  The maximum inning rule does not apply to outs recorded but rather applies to number of innings in which the pitcher participated.  If a pitcher faces a single batter in an inning, one inning will be counted toward the maximum inning rule.

 

  1. Player Positioning

·         Every player will play a minimum of two innings in the infield during the first four innings of every game.  This rule assumes that no team will have more than twelve players.  In the event a team has thirteen or more players, the division VP will work with the manager(s) to develop a workable player positioning strategy.  Pitchers and catchers are considered infielders for the purposes of this rule.

·         No player will play more than two innings at the same position per game, with the possible exception of pitcher (in AA and AAA baseball).

·         No player will spend more than one inning on the bench per game unless there is an extenuating circumstance such as injury or illness.

 

  1. Scoring

·         There will be a four run limit in all innings played.  All play will cease after either three outs occur or four runs score, which ever comes first.  The ten run rule does not apply.

 

  1. Standings
    • No wins/losses will be kept

Entrance into the Majors

 

          There are many misconceptions about how a player gains entry into the Majors division.  Entrance is based on a combination of age and talent level.  While the age guidelines dictate that players that are league age 11 and 12 are eligible to play Majors, players who are league age 10 (and 9 in softball) are eligible as well.  The following is meant to explain the process.  This applies for both baseball and softball.

 

  1. After the final registration, the Board of Directors takes the number of players who have registered for Majors and determines how many Majors teams will be fielded.
  2. The skill assessment is held.  The Safety Officer, Player Agent and Majors managers make safety determinations on every player at the assessment.  Any player that is determined to be a safety issue (talent level is not high enough to guarantee that the player would not be injured in the Majors) is then passed down to the Minors.
  3. The remaining players are placed into a draft pool.  Every Majors team must draft the same number of players.  Both baseball and softball typically build 12 player teams.
  4. Little League rules dictate that every player who is league age 12 must play in the Majors.  This rule guarantees that every capable player will play at least one season in the Majors.
  5. The draft is held.  Every player in the draft pool who is league age 12 must be drafted.  Managers use the scores from the skill assessment and any previous player knowledge to make selections.  If the draft pool is larger than the number of players necessary to fill the desired number of teams, then some players will not be drafted.  Any players that are not drafted are passed down to the Minors.

 

Players who play in the Minors are able to be promoted to the Majors after the draft if at any point in the season a Majors player can not continue to play (injury, moves away, etc).  When this situation happens, the VP of the kid pitch division and the Player Agent form a small pool of players that, in their opinion, are capable of being promoted to the Majors.  A skill assessment is held and all players in the promotion pool are invited.  The Player Agent, Kid Pitch VP, Majors VP, Safety Officer and the Majors manager who needs a player all attend.  A player is selected from the pool and is promoted to the Majors.  This situation typically occurs a number of times per season.

 

          It is important to realize that the most talented players are not always the players chosen to play in the Majors.  It is very possible that a number of the 10 and 11 year olds not drafted are more talented than some of the 12 year olds that must play Majors because of Little League rules.  Also at the draft, the manager is free to draft any player in the draft pool for any reason.  The goal is to build a competitive team and the manager is free to pursue this goal however they see fit.


 

Playing Time in the Competitive Divisions

 

 

Every season, VSLL receives complaints from some parents in the competitive divisions (Majors, Juniors, Seniors) about their child’s playing time.  The vast majority of these complaints come from parents new to the division who are unfamiliar with the rules and how the division operates.  This is meant to explain the rules and VSLL’s stance on playing time in the competitive divisions.

 

Little League defines Mandatory Play in Regulation IV, (i) of the rule book:

 

          Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.

 

In addition, managers are bound by the substitution rules defined in Rule 3.03:

 

          A player in the starting line-up who has been removed for a substitute may re-enter the game once, in any position in the batting order, provided:

          1.  his or her substitute has completed one time at bat and;

          2.  has played defensively for a minimum of six (6) consecutive outs;

          3.  pitching rule that varies by division and between baseball and softball

          4.  only a player in the starting line-up may re-enter the game;

          5.  a starter (S1), re-entering the game as a substitute for another starter (S2) must then fulfill all conditions of a substitute (once at bat and six defensive outs) before starter (S2) can re-enter the game.

 

VSLL follows the LL rule book in terms of Mandatory Play and substitution in the competitive divisions.  Unlike the Minors divisions, free substitution and a continuous batting order do not apply.  Mandatory Play does not apply in shortened games (10-run rule, rain, etc).

 

VSLL has made an effort over the years to limit the sizes of rosters in order to maximize playing time for all.  Rosters typically never exceed 12 players and every effort is made to keep the roster size even smaller.  However, there are instances where a roster size of 12, or even 13, are inevitable based on other circumstances.

 

The Majors division is Little League’s “showcase” division.  It is the division whose All-Stars you see play on ESPN in August.  The mission statement for our Minors divisions clearly states that the purpose of the Minors is to prepare all players for their eventual promotion to the Majors.  Majors is the division where the scoreboards are used for the first time, games are played to completion and where the players really get their first taste of competitive ball in a Little League setting.  Most players can’t wait to get to Majors. 

 

 

 

Juniors baseball is where players set foot on the 90’ diamond for the first time and is another destination where players can’t wait to arrive.

 

On the flip side, the Majors division is also where you typically see to widest variation in talent levels.  Our Majors divisions are full of players who are extremely talented, physically larger and stronger and possess a wealth of experience both from LL and travel ball.  At the same time, there are players whose talents and/or physical size simply do not match up against the group of players previously described.

 

Managers in the competitive divisions have a very difficult job.  They get pulled from all different angles.  They have players (and parents) that want to win the game.  They have players (and parents) that want to play.  Consider the case of Majors Baseball where the combination of the physical size of the players, bat technology and the size of the field all play a role in where a manager can safely position a player.  If a manager has 3 players that he/she does not feel comfortable with positioning in the infield because of how quickly plays develop, there is no choice but to place them in the outfield.  And if the manager has a roster of 12 players and must make substitutions to satisfy Mandatory Play, his/her options are limited.  Likewise, if a game turns out to be a low-scoring affair where a team only gets through the batting order 2 or 3 times, some players will leave the game with limited playing time.  There are more complexities including pitch count and pitcher availability that a manager must contend with.  Managers are encouraged to use the Special Pinch Runner (Rule 7.14) in an effort to give players not in the batting order more opportunity to participate in the game.

 

Over the years, many parents have had issues with playing time in the competitive divisions.  This problem is not local to VSLL either as every Little League fights the exact same issues.  It is understandable because every player in our league essentially has their own “agent” who also happens to be their parent(s).  What is an “agent’s” job?  Their job is to look out for the welfare and well-being of their client.  Some “agents” can be a little more vocal than others and the role of “agent” might cloud their objectivity, but they all essentially have the same goal.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

 

If a manager does not violate the Mandatory Play rule, there is little that a league can do to satisfy a parent’s concern over playing time.  As a league, we do not condone a manager giving a player the minimum playing time in every single game.  In fact, we would hope that over an entire season every manager gives each player ample opportunity to play.  Some managers preach “earning playing time” through practicing, sportsmanship and positive work ethic.  Some managers come up with complex “player rotations” in an effort to be fair in terms of playing time.  Each manager has his/her own style and VSLL makes no attempt to dictate managerial style.

 

The balance between competition and fairness (in terms of playing time) is a fine line that all managers walk and must deal with on every game day.  When a parent has an issue with their child’s playing time, they should bring the matter to the attention of the

 

 

manager in a private, civil setting.  If a parent does not get any satisfaction from that conversation, then bringing the issue to the board of VSLL is a welcome next step.  However, despite all of their best efforts, there will still be parents who are unhappy with their child’s playing time.

 

VSLL is a very progressive Little League.  Our league has experimented with many different rules, safety requirements and policies in an effort to make the Little League experience more enjoyable for all.  If you think that you have an idea that will make our league better, feel free to speak up.  Pass your idea to a board member or simply attend a board meeting.


 

Pool Players

 

Because of the fact that teams occasionally have difficulty fielding a full team for a regular season game, VSLL allows the use of pool players during the regular season and follows Regulation V(c) from the Little League rule book with minor exceptions.  Little League rules dictate that a Majors, Juniors or Seniors game can not be played if a team has less than 9 rostered players present.  The use of pool players offers an alternative to having to reschedule a game because of a player shortage.  Regulation V(c) reads …

 

A pool of players from existing regular season teams can be created with players that are willing to participate in extra games during the regular season when teams face a shortage of rostered players for a regular season game.

 

·         The league’s Player Agent will create and run the pool.  The league’s Player Agent will use the pool to assign players to teams that are short of players on a rotating basis.

·         Managers and/or coaches will not have the right to randomly pick and choose players from the pool.

·         Players used from the pool will not be allowed to pitch, except during the player’s own regular season scheduled game.

·         Pool players that are called and show up at the game site must play at least nine consecutive defensive outs and bat once.

·         Up to 3 pool players can be used in a game.  A minimum of 7 players from the team that is short players must be present in order for the game to be played.  The addition of pool players can not drive the number of players available for a team above 10.

·         Players from the Minors can not act as pool players for the Majors.

·         The rules for regular season pool players differ from the rules for postseason (County Tournament) pool players.

o   Postseason rules require pool players to play outfield and only bat in specific spots in the batting order.

 

VSLL has made the following modifications to Regulation V(c):

 

·         Team has 7 or 8 rostered players present:

o   All rostered players must play the entire game.  The pool player(s) must share playing time, if necessary.

·         Team has 9 rostered players present:

o   If a pool player is used as a 10th player, the pool player must be removed after fulfilling his/her mandatory play requirements.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

   1.Where can I get the latest information on VSLL?

 

Our league website is www.vierasuntreelittleleague.org.  You can also ask any board member.  The roster of board members is available on the website.

 

    2.How do I find out about rainouts?

 

VSLL maintains a field conditions hotline, 1-800-418-6817.  When excessive rain forces us to close the fields, the message on the hotline will be updated.

 

   3.How does VSLL operate?

 

The VSLL Board of Directors is composed entirely of volunteers whose sole purpose is to create a first-class little league for the children.  The Board meets monthly to discuss league issues and plan for the future.

 

   4.Where do the registration fees go?

 


¨      Electricity/Lights

¨      Uniforms

¨      Insurance

¨      Equipment

¨      Tournament costs

¨      Trophies

¨      Field Maintenance

¨      Other miscellaneous costs


 

Believe it or not, VSLL actually takes a loss on each player’s registration fee.  That loss is made up with revenue from the concession stand, sponsorships and fundraising.

 

   5.I live outside of the VSLL boundaries but really want my child to play in VSLL. Can I?

 

Contrary to popular belief, parents do NOT have a choice when it comes to which little league their child will play.  Every little league has boundaries defined that dictate where families can play.  Our boundaries are …

 

¨      North – A straight line from the county line to the west along the southern boundary of the Turtle Creek Golf Course development and the Ventana development to the east boundary of the Ventana development then north to Barnes Avenue.  East on the south side of Barnes Ave to US 1, then south on the west side of US 1 to Frumenti Place, then east on Frumenti Place to the Indian River.  Frumenti Place addresses are not in VSLL boundaries.

¨      East – The Indian River

¨      West – The Brevard County line

¨      South – From the Indian River, west on the north side of Central Blvd and Business Center Blvd to Wickham Rd.  Then north on Wickham Rd to the Northern border of the Pineda Crossing development, then a straight line from Wickham Rd along the northern border of Pineda Crossing to the County line to the west.

 

   6.Can I request that my child be placed on the same team as a friend?

 

VSLL is technically under no obligation to fulfill placement requests in any division.  Placement requests typically cannot be honored in the kid pitch, Majors, Juniors and Seniors divisions.  We will attempt to honor placement requests in machine pitch and in t-ball.  However, placement requests cannot be guaranteed.

An obvious exception to this is the placement of siblings.  If two or more siblings play in the same division, they will be placed on the same team.  If siblings have different last names, please indicate their sibling’s name on the registration form.

 

   7.Why did I have to fill out that volunteer form?

 

Little League requires that every adult that interacts with children on a baseball or softball field must complete a volunteer form.  This includes managers, coaches, umpires, board members, concession stand workers, team moms, helpers at practice, etc.  A parent is not even allowed to step onto a field without a volunteer form filled out.  All volunteer names are run through a database of known sex offenders.  All volunteer forms are destroyed after the background checks are completed.

 

   8.Why should I have to work in the concession stand?

 

The concession stand is one of the main sources of income for VSLL.  We try to keep it open every game weeknight and on Saturdays.  It is too much to ask for a select few volunteers to open, operate and close the stand every day.  We need help.  Every team is REQUIRED to supply a volunteer to work in the concession stand during their child’s game.  Yes, unfortunately you will miss part of your child’s game.  But it affects all volunteers the same.  The league and the concession stand cannot function without volunteers.

 

   9.I just don’t understand what “league age” means.  Can you explain it again?

 

 In baseball, “league age” is defined to be a player’s age as of April 30.  For the Spring 2010 season, a player’s league age is his or her age as of April 30, 2010. 

In softball, “league age” is defined to be a player’s age as of December 31.  For the Spring 2010 season, a player’s league age is her age as of December 31, 2009. 

However, Fall Ball uses the league age for the following Spring season.  So, for 2009 Fall Ball, a player’s league age is defined as his or her league age for the Spring 2010 season.

 

  10.When is registration?  Can I register late?  Can I get a refund if my child withdraws from the league?

 

VSLL holds in-person registration dates in December for the following Spring season.  The league is obligated to make room for every player that registers on any of these dates.  If you miss these registration dates, the league typically accepts late registrations only to fill open slots on established teams.  When all teams in a division are full, the late registrations for that division cease.  A late fee, in addition to the regular registration fee, is also charged.  Just because a player has played in VSLL in the past, the player is not guaranteed a spot the following season.  The player still must register on one of the established registration dates or use online registration.

Online registration was successfully used for the first time in Fall 2006 and has been used every season since.  Online registration will be available via a link from the league website.  The link will be active for a specified period of time.

With the advent of online registration, full refunds of registration fees can no longer be granted if a player withdraws.  The fees associated with online registration mean that VSLL would take a loss if a full refund was offered.  Partial refunds will be offered on a case by case basis and will be calculated based on a number of factors including method of registration, when the refund was requested (before or after the uniform order), etc.

Registration for Fall Ball typically occurs over two weekends in August.

 

  11.“My son/daughter was not picked to play in the Majors” or “My son/daughter was not picked to be on the All-Star team.”  “Why not?”

 

The Majors selection process was described in detail in a previous section.  The All-Star selection process is carried out using a process explicitly defined in the VSLL Operations Manual.  This process was put into place in Spring 2005.  The selection process is fair and comprehensive.  No single person has the final say in any All-Star selection decisions.

You can be sure that as long as there has been Little League baseball, there have been parents who were unhappy that their child was not selected to be on a team that the parents thought they should have been.  But before an unhappy parent makes a statement like “My child is better than that player” or “The process is political,” they need to remember that no process is perfect and no matter who was selected, someone would be left unhappy.

 

  12.I wanted my child to play in the AAA division but he was placed in AA.  What happened?

 

There are a lot of factors involved in which division a player is placed.  The player’s league age and the desires of the parents are obvious.  However, VSLL has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the players.  If a player desires to play in a certain division but his or her talent does not support placement in that division, VSLL has a responsibility to place that player in the appropriate division.  The VSLL Player Agent, the Safety Officer and the Division VPs make safety determinations at the skill assessments prior to every season.  Players whose talent level does not support placement in the desired division will be placed in an alternate division.

 

  13.What rules do we play by in VSLL?

 

In baseball, the Minors divisions (t-ball, machine pitch and kid pitch) play by a combination of rules that are dictated by both the Little League Playing Rules and the VSLL Minors Rules.  The VSLL Minors Rules were developed to essentially take the competition out of the Minors and give every player a chance to learn and play.  The parents of every baseball Minors player should read and be familiar with the Minors rules.

In baseball, the Majors, Juniors and Seniors divisions play by the rules defined in the Little League rulebook, with little or no modification.

The size of a few of our divisions necessitate the need for interleague games.  We don’t have enough teams to only play games against only VSLL opponents so we play games against teams from other leagues.  The rules are dictated by a combination of the Little League Playing Rules and a set of interleague rules developed by the District.

 

  14.Why do we start some weekday games at 5PM?  Why do we start some weekday games at 7PM?

 

Because of the size of our league, we are forced to optimize the usage of our fields.  That means that on weekdays, some fields will have 2 “usage slots,” one at 5PM and the other at 7PM.  All fields will be used all day on Saturday.

 

  15.What is the relationship between VSLL and travel ball?

 

A large number of VSLL players also play travel ball.  While Little League is a recreational league where competition during the regular season is not necessarily promoted, travel ball is competitive and typically is where the more talented and/or driven players participate to gain additional playing experience.

VSLL attempts to work with the managers of the local travel baseball teams to ensure that overuse injury does not become an issue for the players who have chosen to play travel ball and Little League.  VSLL will also, on occasion, work with the local travel teams to generate Little League schedules that minimize conflicts for the affected players.

It is extremely important to realize that playing travel ball does not guarantee VSLL All-Star selection.

 

  16.I have some free time on Sunday.  Can I take my child to the fields and just play some catch?

 

We all remember when we were kids and our parents would take us to the baseball field to play catch or for some batting practice.  However, we can’t do that on our Suntree fields.  As was explained earlier, all usage of the field complex must be scheduled with the county.  Any use of the Suntree fields other than scheduled VSLL activity is considered trespassing by the county.  Viera Regional Park is a different story.  Because that is an open park, as long as the fields are not in use by a VSLL team or by a team that has reserved the fields through Brevard Parks, anybody is free to use the fields.

 

  17.What is Fall Ball?

 

VSLL has a fall baseball league that is used primarily for instruction.  Registration is held in late summer and the season runs from the middle of September through Thanksgiving.

 

  18.What is the Sportsmanship Award?

 

Little League has a program called the Good Sport Award where each local little league nominates a single player from the league for the award.  Williamsport then selects the winner across all Little Leagues and gives the winner a free trip to the Little League World Series.

In 2005, VSLL implemented its own Sportsmanship program.  The program is limited to the kid pitch, Majors and Juniors divisions.  Near the end of the season, each team selects its own sportsmanship award winner.  From those winners, a division winner is selected.  From all of the division winners, a league-wide winner is selected.  The league-wide winner is submitted to Williamsport as our Good Sport Award winner.

Prizes are awarded to all sportsmanship winners.

 

VSLL’s past Sportsmanship Award winners:

 

2005   Zach Schwarz

2006   Seth Grantham

2007   Mary Dawson

2008   Kevin Trainor  (won the Little League Good Sport Award)

2009   Nicole Abato

 

  19.What is the Challenger division?

 

Little League established the Challenger division in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball.  The division services players ages 5-18.

VSLL fielded it’s first Challenger team in the Spring of 2007.  The Challenger team utilizes “buddies.”  Each Challenger player is paired up with a “buddy” who helps them hit, field and run the bases.  It is a great opportunity for all involved.

 

  20.I have a great idea on how to make something work better in VSLL.  What should I do?

 

You should contact a board member, attend an open board meeting or become a board member.  We can never have too many volunteers.

 

 

 

VSLL Champions

 

 

VSLL has fielded the following tournament winning teams:

 

2002 District 2 Majors Baseball County Tournament Champions

2002 District 2 Majors Baseball All-Star Champions

 

2004 District 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

 

2005 District 2 9-10 Baseball All-Star Champions

2005 District 2 11 Year Old Baseball All-Star Champions

 

2006 District 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2006 District 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2006 Section 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2006 District 2 10-11 Year Old Baseball All-Star Champions

 

2007 District 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2007 Section 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2007 Florida State 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2007 Section 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 9-10 Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 Section 2 9-10 Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 Florida State 9-10 Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 10-11 Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 Majors Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 Section 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

2007 District 2 Seniors Baseball All-Star Champions

 

 

 

 

2008 District 2 Majors Softball County Tournament Champions

2008 District 2 Seniors Softball County Tournament Champions

2008 District 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2008 Section 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2008 Florida State 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2008 District 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2008 Section 2 Majors Softball All-Star Champions

2008 Section 2 Juniors Softball All-Star Champions

2008 District 2 9-10 Baseball All-Star Champions

2008 District 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

2008 Section 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

 

2009 District 2 Majors Baseball County Tournament Champions

2009 District 2 Seniors Softball County Tournament Champions

2009 District 2 9-10 Softball All-Star Champions

2009 District 2 10-11 Baseball All-Star Champions

2009 District 2 Juniors Baseball All-Star Champions

 

 

 
 
 
 
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