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Poway American Little League Opening Day
Saturday, March 12

Join your fellow teammates and friends for a day of family fun and festivities! Come early for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, enjoy a T-Ball game prior to the Opening Ceremonies and burn some energy in the bounce house and obstacle course! Plus, one lucky player will win a family four-pack to a San Diego Padres game (no purchase necessary). Please note: team pictures will be the following week.

Opening Day Schedule:

• 8 am – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast; Tickets $5; Sold Day Of

• 8:15 am – Bouncy House and Obstacle Course Open

• 8:30 am – Catch our T-Ball players on Fields 1 & 2

• 9:30 am – Players arrive for Opening Ceremonies

• 10 am – Opening Ceremonies & PALL Parade of Teams Kickoff

• 12 pm – Play Ball!!

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The City Poway has been very supportive in our effort to try and renovate the fields at Tierra Bonita. Please see below information regarding a benefit concert the City is holding to honor a great hero of Poway, Tony Gwynn.

The City of Poway is pleased to announce a benefit concert event to support the building of the Tony Gwynn Memorial in Poway. The concert will take place at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on April 1, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. This concert will kick off the City’s fundraising efforts for the memorial.

Entertainment includes Tony Gwynn’s longtime Padres teammate Tim Flannery with his band the Lunatic Fringe; Richie McDonald of Lonestar; Steve Vaus; Glen Erath; Eve Selis; and, Back to the Garden. San Diego media personality Mark Larson will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The evening will also feature guest appearances by San Diego sports stars such as Shawne Merriman and others to be announced soon.

The evening will not only include great music, but also memories of Poway’s Hometown Hero – Tony Gwynn. In addition, there will be a live auction of unique Tony Gwynn memorabilia, and the opportunity to be recognized as a sponsor on the memorial’s donor wall. The evening will conclude with the unveiling of the selected memorial design. All proceeds will go directly to fund the project. Tickets, which range in price from $60 to $100, will go on sale February 10, 2016, starting at 12:00 p.m. at: powaycenter.com. Don’t miss the opportunity to honor this great man! For more information, please call (858) 668-4585.

Donations may also be made at: https://www.crowdrise.com/tonygwynn

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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

November 13, 2015

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.”

*Welcome to the new Poway American Little League website. Here’s where you can post and find everything from schedules and scores to photos and important updates from the league and your team. It should make it easier to know what’s going with the league and your team. So check it out and let us know if you have any questions or feedback pallinformmation@gmail.com. As the new season gets closer important league updates will be posted.

If you don’t already have it you can download the mobile friendly TeamPages app. Once your child is placed on a team you can view game schedules and receive important text updates from your coaches and other team parents. Each team will be allowed to customize their own team page.

Go to http://www.teampages.com/team_tour to learn more about some of the features that will be available on our new website.

We look forward to having a great 2016 Spring Season.

Thanks for your support.

PALL Board of Directors

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September 9, 2015

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.

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.

For players born on or before August 31, 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 on or after September 1, 2005: The new 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.

What’s the impact of this new change to my child?

If your child was born between January 1 and April 30, there has been no impact in any of the Age Determination Date changes.

If your child was born between May 1 and August 31, there is no change from the previous age change and implementation.

If your child was born between September 1 and December 31, he or she essentially reverts back to where they were from a League Age standpoint prior to the 2015 season, and, like those born between January 1 and April 30, there is no impact on them.

“After announcing the new age determination date for our baseball divisions in 2014, we have received important feedback from many volunteers and parents,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We continue to work with all our volunteers and our International Board of Directors toward the goal of making the Little League Baseball Division truly a 12 and under program, while also mitigating the impact to those currently participating in the Little League program.”

Link to Little League article

2016 League Age Chart