Update to Proposed National League Changes - 10-13-16
***Update to Proposed National League Changes - 10/13/16
The Board of Directors for WLL wanted to update everyone on its plans for the National League division for the upcoming 2017 season.
Last month, the Board announced that it had approved a move to transition the National League to a Little League International “Intermediate” format (also known as 50/70), which would have allowed League age 13 year olds to play National League ball. The Board saw – and continues to see – a number of positives in offering this new and enhanced baseball experience to its players. However, after reviewing the matter further, and soliciting/receiving feedback from a number of parents, the Board decided to table this transition and maintain the standard (46/60’) format for the National League that currently exists at Burchard Park and the satellite fields around town.
With all of that said, the Board strongly believes that offering a 50/70 diamond experience to our 11/12 year old players will be fun and engaging. Further, it will help those players who enjoy summer ball, as both the Bay State and Jimmy Fund leagues for this age group will be playing on 70’ diamonds moving forward. So with this in mind – and with a renewed focus on instruction and player development – the National League will be offering a dedicated weekly practice next Spring (day of the week TBD) at Burchard in which it will have coaches teach our players the new rules and strategy involved, as well as give them the experience of playing on the larger diamond. This dovetails nicely with the Board’s decision to reduce the number of weekly National League games from 3 to 2.
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