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
Reminder: Big League registration closes soon! Register today.
It’s hard to believe that Opening day is only 59 days away when you look out your window and see the mountains of snow, but it’s true. So here are a few updates to keep everyone up to date on the 2015 season:
1. Big league registration closed March 1st. If you have a player age 13-16 please be sure to register them by this Sunday!
2. Tryouts for Major / Minor leagues (10-12 year olds) were done in early February. There were several players that could not attend tryouts, so we will be inviting them to the evaluation session schedule for March 7th for the 8 & 9 year olds. Details on that session will be sent out shortly.
3. Team selections: the draft for Major / Minor league teams will be done as soon as all of the 10-12 year olds have had the chance to tryout. We expect to have teams selected by mid to late March. If you want to learn about the draft process, you can read section 2 of the local rules on our website here.
4. T-ball: we continue to try and get the word out to the youngest players and their families about our T-ball program (ages 5-6). Registration will continue to be open through March. If you know young families in town that may not be aware of LLL, and therefore don't receive our emails, please send them to our website to learn more or have them reach out to one of the BOD members.
We wanted to send you a quick update on the upcoming tryout process. Due to the number of players, limited space and time available at local facilities we are going to have to split the tryouts into two different dates and locations.
1st TRYOUT (10, 11 and 12 year old players) @ Rams Athletic Complex Feb 7th
This will be for all players of little league age 10, 11 and 12 for this upcoming spring season. However, if your child played in the Major Division last spring you are not required to attend this tryout. The tryout date will be on FEBRUARY 7th from 2:15 pm through 5pm at the Rams Athletic Complex in North Reading. Additionally, we are breaking the tryout into 3 sessions by age so please be on the lookout for a second email that will be sent on the time you need to report for the tryout.
2nd TRYOUT (9 and 8 year old players) @ Lynnfield High School on March 7th
This will be for all players of little league age 9 and 8 year old players looking to tryout for the Farm division for this upcoming spring season. The tryout date will be on March 7th from 2pm through 5pm at the Lynnfield High School. Additionally, we are breaking the tryout into 3 sessions by age so please be on the lookout for a second email that will be sent on the time you need to report for the tryout.
If you have any questions please reach out to me at
or Bob Tashjian
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.
Registration is available to all Lynnfield residents. In order to allow the league time to prepare for tryouts and the start of the season, please note the following deadlines for registration:
T-Ball (5&6 Year Old): registration closes March 22nd.
Little League (7-12 Year Old): registration closes Jan 27th.
Big League (13-16 Year Old): registration closes March 1st.
All players attending tryouts must be registered. Anyone that shows up for a tryout that is not registered will not be allowed to tryout, as they will not be covered by the League’s Insurance Policy. Our goal is to allow every child to play baseball this season, but due to Little League regulations on the number of players per team, we cannot guarantee that players registered after these dates will be assigned to a team.
The 2015 fee structure as approved by the LLL board of directors:
Player’s League Age
5-6 Year Old
7-12 Year Old
13-16 Year Old
In order to create parity in the team selection process and comply with Little League guidelines, all registered players league age 9 thru 12 MUST attend tryouts for evaluation purposes. The dates, time and location of the 2015 tryouts will be announced separately.
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.