News and Announcements
This clinic will focus on pitcher and cather positions fundamentals for 8-12 YO and on throwing, fielding and base running for our 4-7 YO players.. Our clinic will use the latest teaching practices to develop strong baseball fundamentals for players ages 4 to 12 of all skill levels. This clinic is ideal for players who will be joining or returning to MVLL this season.
- Players will be able to begin their 2018 spring training and will have fun practicing and learning baseball with a great group of kids and coaches
- Coaches (returning and new coaches) will learn how to teach baseball skills alongside their peers and will help our players accelerate their baseball development
- Parents will learn more about how to practice with your player at home and discover how to add value at your player's practices using tips on baseball fundamentals
(Note 1 - Coaches, players, and parents should arrive 10 minutes before start of time block.)
(Note 2 - Coaches and parents should bring their baseball gloves.)
- 9 AM - Coaches and interested parents arrive for set-up
- 9:30 AM - Coaches meeting and training plan
- 10 - 11 AM (arrive by 9:50 AM): 4 to 7 year-olds (baseball age).
Throwing and fielding basics.
- 11:30 - 1 PM (arrive by 11:20 AM): 8 to 12 year-olds (baseball age).
Throwing, infield plays, and outfield plays.
- Baseball glove
- Cleats (non-metal) or athletic shoes
- Baseball pants or sweatpants
- Baseball cap
- Protective cup (boys)
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard are implemented.
Bats having the USA Baseball Bat marking are now available for purchase from retailers.
Tee Ball bats will not be manufactured with a logo. MVLL will inspect Tee Ball bats used in the league and affix a sticker. Watch for our bat certification event announcements.
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.
T-Ball Bats -
Starting on January 1, 2018, all Tee Ball bats in the Little League Baseball Tee Ball program must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program for use with approved Tee Ball baseballs for Little League play. [DO NOT purchase stickers. MVLL will have bat inspection events to affix stickers before the start of 2018 season practices and games.]
Rookie, Farm, Minors, and Majors Bats -
2018: USA Baseball marking, 2-5/8 inch barrel maximum
Juniors Bats -
1) 2-1/4 inch alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2-5/8 inch alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2-5/8 inch composite barrel with BBCOR stamp
USA Baseball marking,
2 5/8” barrel maximum, and
NO BBCOR ALLOWED
|NOTICE - New bat rules beginning Jan 1, 2018 [Click Here]
The new rules provide wood-like performance on non-wood bats.
Look for the USA Baseball licensing trademark on approved bats.
The following is the new rule in effect.
Rule 1.10 - Baseball
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).
Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League divisions, and Challenger division shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2? inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
Tee Ball: Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.
Minor/Major Divisions: It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2? inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League: It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2? inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.
NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
[Senior League and Challenger Division bat requirements can be read on the Little League website.]
In all divisions, a non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.
NOTE 1: Whiffle ball type bats are permissible in all Challenger Divisions.
NOTE 2: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
NOTE 3: Tee Ball bats maybe used in the Challenger Divisions. Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26” and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.
NOTE 4: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2?-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2?.
NOTE 5: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.
Captain Ryan Bernacchi is a native of Los Altos, California and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1992, where he lettered in water polo and swimming. He attended the University of California, San Diego, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1996, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.
Captain Bernacchi joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and 600 carrier-arrested landings, and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), NAS Fallon, Nevada. After graduating, he joined the TOPGUN staff as an instructor pilot and served as the Navy and Marine Corps subject matter expert in GPS guided weapons. Ryan served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, one Individual Air Medal with Combat "V" (three Strike Flight), four Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat "V," and numerous unit, campaign, and service awards.
The Captain very recently received his promotion on September 5, 2017. Congratulations, Captain! His extensive biography can be found here.
Our Captain knows a thing or two about teamwork. In his words, "Our mission is to represent the Pride and Professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps, and to inspire a Culture of Excellence and Service to Country. Blue Angels have been proudly performing this mission since 1946. This year marks our 71st season and once again, our Team of 130 Sailors and Marines have trained incredibly hard and are privileged to showcase our teamwork and precision as we travel throughout this great country. The men and women who comprise the Blue Angels bring the technical expertise and experience they gained serving the Navy and Marine Corps fleet, and proudly represent the same values, skill, and dedication of those serving around the globe."
Please make the effort to join us, bring along a friend, your family, your young ones to hear Captain Ryan Bernacchi, our "local-kid-does-good", talk about what it really takes to make, nurture, and be a part of one of our nation's greatest teams. (RSVP link is below.)