The Board of Directors of Weston Little League will hold its annual general membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12th @ 7:00PM
All are welcome to attend. During this meeting, The out-going board will present the state of Weston Little League finances, registration for the past year and expected trends for the upcoming year. All Regular Members in good standing will then be asked to vote on two items: 1) The number of seats on the upcoming board and 2) the individuals who will fill those seats.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but wish to vote, please email "firstname.lastname@example.org" to request an absentee ballot. Those ballots will be sent electronically one week prior to the meeting.
The Board of Directors for Weston Little League has approved changes to our National League division for the upcoming 2017 Spring season. National League has historically been mainly for League Age 11 & 12 year old players. Starting in 2017, the National League will transition to a Little League International "Intermediate" format, also known as 50/70. For those unfamiliar with either term, it means that the base bath distance will increase from 60' to 70' and pitchers will now throw from 50' away, rather than 46'.
Some of the key factors behind this decision were:
1) Enhancing the player's experience. The larger infield comes with expanded rules, including leading, pick-offs, balks, and more strategic running and defensive plays. More fun!
2) Creating a bridge between 60' and 90' baseball. In the past, most players who graduate from Little League must make a jump from 60' base paths to full 90' diamonds in middle school or club baseball. For 13 year old players, this is a jump many are not quite ready for physically and it detracts from their enjoyment of the game. The new "Intermediate" format allows League age 13's to continue to play baseball with Weston Little League. They get exposure to the new rules and strategy on a manageable field size.
3) Enhanced Payer Safety. Between the newer composite bats, proliferation of private coaching, and general size increase of the average 12 year old, batted balls are coming through the infield with almost no time to react for defensive players. Moving the bases back 10' will provide extra time to react, including the pitcher.
4) Keeping pace with the regional league changes. - 2016 was the last year that the Bay State and Jimmy Fund summer leagues offered 60' diamond play for 12 year olds. (Jimmy Fund actually adopted 70' this past summer) Many neighboring towns have either already adopted 70' play or are doing so this coming year.
We realize this change will create a lot of questions about how your individual players may be affected. As such, we have planned two "Open House" nights over the next few weeks to answer your questions. On Tuesday 9/20 and Tues 9/27, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Weston Rec. Center, will hold open Q&A sessions for any parent who would like to learn more about the upcoming changes. Any email question received will be compiled and answers to the same general questions will be provided during the first meeting. The Q&A's will then be posted on our website between the two informational meetings.
The Board is excited about these changes and the chance to enhance the baseball experience for our players. We encourage everyone to participate in the Q&A's to alleviate any concerns you have.
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