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|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.)
|Some date changes: Fall Ball Kick-Off is Sunday, Aug 27. First intraleague game is Sunday, Sep 10. Eight Sundays of intraleague games. Fall Ball Brawl (closing games) will be Sunday, Nov. 5.|
We are at capacity. Registration is closed. Registrations currently in the mail will be put on the waitlist as they are received. Letters mailed on Saturday (8/5) will arrive in our post office box on Wednesday. To be placed on the waitlist, registrations must be submitted. We do not accept waitlist requests without the registration form and payment. Anyone placed on the waitlist will be notified by email. It will take us a week, possibly more, to make team assignments. Until then, we will not know which division waitlist your players will be on.
This year we will have only Monta Loma to play on and can field 6 teams -- two in
Teams will also practice on Saturdays. All games are played on Sundays with teams from other leagues in District 44. Games are scheduled by the District Fall Ball Coordinator and the schedule is released about a week before the first district games. MVLL will have an Opening Day of MV vs MV games, currently planned for the Sunday
As in previous years, there are no in-person registration events for Fall Baseball. Registrations are accepted using the U.S. Mail. Acceptable forms of payment are check or money order. No PayPal. No cash is accepted since there are no in-person events. Postmark dates are used to determine the order in which registrations are received.
We encourage prospective team managers and coaches to let Mike Reelfs know they are interested by July 31. Also, we are expanding umpiring opportunities for the Majors and Minors Fall Baseball games. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you desire to umpire. Experienced MVLL players who will be in the 2018 Juniors Division or Babe Ruth League are encouraged to apply.
Flyer describing the program: [PDF]
Fall Ball is for ages 7 to 11. Baseball age is defined using the 2017 Little League Age Chart.
The Registration Form [PDF] can be filled in using an Acrobat-compliant application then printed for mailing. Remember to include a check or money order in the mailing.
Mail the completed registration form with payment (made out to MVLL) to:
PO Box 614
Mountain View CA 94042
Last day to register is
Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Registration will likely end earlier because we can have only 6 teams this year. Notices will be posted on the website as waitlists for each division are created.