As we kick off the 2015 season, we thought we would share a great concept from the Positive Coaching Alliance called the Triple Impact Competitor. Please encourage your Little League player to read with you...
1. Improving Yourself...
Here are a few ways you can work to improve yourself:
Focus not just on winning but on mastering baseball by tending to the “ELM” Tree of Mastery, where “ELM” stands for Effort, Learning and bouncing back from Mistakes.
Put forth your best Effort in every practice and game.
Learn by studying your sport, seeking advice from coaches, parents and teammates and watching others perform.
Bounce back from Mistakes by understanding mistakes are OK, that they are how we learn and improve and that mistakes mean nothing more than that you are trying things that you do not already know how to do.
2. Improving Your Team...
Here are a few ways you can work to improve your teammates:
Fill the “Emotional Tanks” of your teammates. They have “emotional tanks” just as cars have gas tanks: an empty tank can take us nowhere, but a full tank can take us anywhere. So fill your teammates’ tanks with plenty of truthful, specific praise about how well they are playing or even just how hard they are trying.
Use a “Buddy System.” Find the teammate at each practice or game who needs a little extra lift and make sure you fill his or her emotional tank.
If you can help some of your teammates improve their skills, ask them if they are open to some advice. If they say “no,” respect that, and let them know your offer stands if they ever change their minds. If they say “yes,” then demonstrate the proper technique, but be sure they know you are only trying to help and not trying to seem better than they are.
3. Improving The Game...
Here are a few ways you can work to improve the game as a whole:
Get to the “ROOTS” of a positive baseball, where “ROOTS” stands for respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.
Compete by the Rules, even when it's possible to break them without getting caught, because victory without honor has no value.
Remember that without a worthy Opponent, we would have no game, that a worthy Opponent is a person, who like me, is out for fun, challenge and improvement.
Treat Officials (umpires) respectfully, because it important that they can properly enforce the rules.
Hold your Teammates in the highest esteem, because without them you are alone, and as a teammate you represent something larger than yourself, so you will never do anything to embarrass your team.
Show Self-respect by living up to your own personal standards even if those around you do not.
Registration for the annual Lynnfield Little League April Vacation Clinic is now open. The clinic be held on the new baseball field at the high school, and will run from 1:00pm-4:00pm on the following days:
Monday April 20th
Wednesday April 22nd
Friday April 24th
Cost is $20 per day or $50 for all 3 days. (If you choose not to attend all 3 days please pay per day on site)
The clinic will be run by Lynnfield HS varsity baseball Coach O'Brien and his players.
Registration for clinics will be done on-line or you can pay on site for the days you attend (cash and check will be accepted on site). Please register at Lynnfield Little League; www.lynnfieldlittleleague.com/registration
Please save the date of August 31, 2015 at Four Oaks Country Club, with a start time of 1:30PM (registration at 12:30PM). We have a fun filled day and night planned for all! You do not play golf, that’s ok, come by at 6:00pm for our cocktail hour followed by dinner, raffles and more…
For those of you interested, please complete the registration form and send to Anthony Martinho, 17 Temple Rd., Lynnfield, MA 01940.
If you have any questions, please fee free to contact Anthony Martinho by phone at 978-455-0054 Ext. 202 or email
with any questions or concerns.
There were several rule changes made by Little League International regarding various baseball equipment and apparel. To save everyone from purchasing something that can no longer be used during the 2015 season, we have summarized the key changes for 2015 below.
Undershirt sleeves: Rule 1.11 restricts white and gray exposed pitcher’s undershirt sleeves.
Batting helmets: Rule 1.16 requires helmets to have non-glare surfaces.
Bats: there were no specific changes to the rules, however, bat manufacturers continue to make bats that are not legal to use in Little League so it is recommended that you confirm eligibility. The official rule states that a bat can be no longer than 33" in length, nor more than two and one-quarter (2 1/4) inches in diameter. Most approved bats will have a logo on the bat stating it is Little League Authorized. If you are not sure, you can find more details and a list of bats on the Little League International website. http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm
Lynnfield Little League 2015 Manager / Coach Registration
Today the registration for LLL Managers and Coaches for the 2015 season is opened. Anyone interested in Managing or coaching within the Lynnfield program should complete the on-line registration at http://www.lynnfieldlittleleague.com/Registration.
The Lynnfield Little League Board will review all applicants and vote for the managers in each of the divisions. Once Managers and teams are selected the Manager will be able to select the coaches who have completed and submitted the required CORI application to the Board. The CORI form can be found on the Document section under the LLL Home tab.
* Please note: All Manager and Coaching Applicants MUST complete a Volunteer/CORI Application. Lynnfield Little League will not be able to consider you for any position without a completed CORI form.
On November 19, 2014, Lynnfield Little League Board of Directors approved the following age based division of play for the 2015 spring season. Lynnfield Little League will be using a modified version of Little League International's age based rule for division of play. The age based division of play will incorporate the new Little League International age chart which will continue to use an April 30th cutoff for players age 9 and above, however below league age 9 Little League age is now defined as December 31st. See Little League International Age Chart in the Document Section.
League Age for the upcoming season:
Sr. Big Diamond
Please note: Although you may see an overlap of ages in different divisions, your child will be placed in the appropriate division decided by the Board of Directors and Coaches based on the child's ability to play within that division.
In order to create parity in the team selection process, all players League Age 9 thru 12 MUST attend tryouts for evaluation purposes.
Sr. Big Diamond Division will hold their player selection process. All 15 & 16 Year old players will be placed in Big Diamond Division.
Big Diamond Division will hold their player selection process. All 13 & 14 Year old players will be placed in the Senior League Division.
Major League Division will hold their player selection process. At this draft, all League Age 12 year olds will automatically make the Major League as this is a rule from Little League International. The Managers will then fill out their rosters with any 10 or 11 year old that they select. **Please note that any player who played in the Majors last season will automatically be placed in the Majors for the upcoming season. Once this draft is completed......
.....The Minor League Division will hold their player selection process. Any 10 & 11 year old that did not get selected for the Majors will automatically be selected to a team in the Minor League through a player selection process. Any 9 year old that is capable of playing in the Minors will be selected to round out the rosters spots. (Let's say the League needs 72 kids in order to have 6 teams of 12 players per team. Let's also assume there are only 65 players who are league age 10 & 11. This means the Minor League Division needs 7 more players to get to 72 kids. Provided that the Board of Directors and Coaches feel as though seven 9-year old players are capable of playing in the minors, then those seven kids would be selected to a Minor League Team to fill out the roster spots). Once this draft is completed......
......The Farm League Division will hold their player selection process. Any 9 year old that did not make the Minor League Division, will automatically be placed in the Farm League Division. Any 8 year old that that is capable of playing in the Farm League will be selected to round out the rosters spots as described in the Minor League section. Once this draft is completed.....
.....The Pony League Division will hold their player selection process. Any 8 year old that did not make the Farm League Division will automatically be placed in the Pony League Division along with all league age 7-Year Olds.
Tee Ball Division will hold their player selection process. All league age 5 & 6 year old players will be placed into the Tee Ball Division.
To use the sport of baseball to help all the young players develop positive character traits and values that will aid success in the rest of their lives. Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.
Pledge beyond our mission
Lynnfield Little League aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience, in which every athlete:
• Is coached using the 3 principles of Little League's Double-Goal Coach model:
1. Redefining ‘winner’
2. Filling emotional tanks
3. Honoring the game
(These principles are explained in the "Hey Coach" section, click the tab).
• Has fun playing the game.
• Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance.
• Learns "life lessons" that have value beyond the playing field.
• Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player.
Lynnfield Little League recognizes coaches most directly make this possible, so they will be provided with the tools to succeed as Little League Double-Goal Coaches. We are committed to creating a culture in which coaches, parents, fans, umpires and athletes work together to achieve this goal.
"Associate with those who help you believe in yourself. "
~ Brooks Robinson
Founded in 1939; granted Federal Charter July 16, 1964, by unanimous act of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as Public Law 88-378, 88th Congress H.R. 9234, and amended December 26, 1974, Public Law 93-551, 93rd Congress, H.R. 8864. Little League is tax exempt.