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3) What are the Little League rule's regarding bats? (Baseball and Softball rules are listed)
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Fall Ball

    19Who are the contacts for Fall Ball?
    20What towns are participating?
    21What about scheduling, anything different from regular season?
    22What is the time frame for the season?
    23What happens if we have a rain out?
    24What are the age levels?
    25What is the competitive Levels?
    26Is the website being used for Fall Ball?
​    27What are the rules for Fall Ball?

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Bay Bombers Travel Team


    28) What are the division ages?
    29) How many games are played?
    30) Will my child get playing time?
    31) Why does my child have to play house?
    32) How much travel is required?
    33) Does my child have to play travel in order to make All-Star teams?



 



1) What kind of uniform does IRLL provide?
For TBall baseball; Team shirt, socks and baseball cap.  For Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Baseball; Team shirt and baseball cap.
For softball teams; Team shirt and cap/visor.

Uniforms will be distributed by the coaches.
A personal baseball glove or mitt is required to play baseball.  Baseball pants or some kind of sport pant and sneakers or rubber cleats are recommended. Shorts and metal spiked shoes are NOT permitted. Coaches will have bats, balls, bases, catcher gear for the team to share.
Little League publishes bat specification in its rule book each year.  Below is what has been printined in the 2013 verison.

BASEBALL

Little League (Majors) and below:

It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less;

EXCEPTION: For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. View the list of approved and licensed composite bats.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League

It shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. All composite barrel bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Senior/Big League:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-Iong bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

SOFTBALL
 

There is no moratorium on any type of bat in any level of Little League Softball. Below is the text of Softball Rule 1.10. It provides the specifications for bats in each of the various divisions of softball.

Rule 1.10

The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.

The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.
NOTE 2: The bat may carry the mark “Little League Tee Ball.”
NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that can¬not pass through the approved Little League bat ring must be removed from play. The 2 ¼ inch bat ring must be used for bats in all softball divisions. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.



A general guideline organized by division, age, and length follows.
Division
League Age Range
Length of Bat
TBALL
5 to 6
26”
Rookie
7 to 8
28”
Minor
9 to 10
30”
Major
11 to 12
32” (maximum 33”)
Junior
13 to 14
34”
Senior
15 to 16
36”

 

Days of the week that the various division teams practice and play are listed on Table 1.0, Division/league age/days of play. Exact times will be published on practice and game schedules. In general, we start most week day games at 6:30pm. Junior and Senior games may start at a different time depending on schedules. Coaches will expect players to come earlier to warm up. In general, Saturday games the younger divisions will play in the morning starting at 9am with older division kids playing later in the day. Specific times will be released on the game schedule and may vary from Saturday to Saturday.

***Note about Girls Senior Soft Ball.  The girls will play on Sundays through May so it doesn't conflict with School Softball and also they play various days including Saturdays through June *****


Table 1.0, Division/league age/days of play
Baseball Divisions
Child age on         April 30, 2013
Days of play
Softball Divisions
Child age on December 31, 2012
Days of play
T-Ball
5 to 6
Mon-Wed-Sat
T-Ball
5 to 7
Tue-Thr-Sat
Rookie
7 to 8
Tue-Thr-Sat
 
 
 
Minors
9 to 10
Tue-Thr-Sat
Minors
8 to 10
Mon-Wed-Sat
Majors
11 to 12
Mon-Wed-Sat
Majors
11 to 12
Tue-Thr-Sat
Juniors
13 to 14
Mon-Wed-Sat
 
 
 
Senior
15 to 16
Tue-Thr-Sat *see note above *
Senior
13 to 16
Various
 
 








 
 
 
We work to coordinate with the other spring sports as much as possible. At the Junior and Senior High School level we coordinate with the school schedule so kids can play baseball/softball both at school and with IRLL.
Beyond school baseball and softball, there are several recreational sports offered for youth in the spring schedule conflict is unavoidable.   We do ask that you consider your and your child’s expected schedule BEFORE registering.
Contact your coach as soon as you know of an absence. This allows the coach to plan the line up accordingly and in some cases reschedule a game. An occasional absence is understandable but we ask that parents and kids plan on making most of the practices and games.
Our coaches strive to see that everyone plays a fair amount and at least two innings in the infield per game. For many teams there will be some players on the bench during a given inning. Players are encouraged to try all positions but coaches will work with kids given their situation and interest level. The emphasis is making baseball a fun, positive, and safe experience for your son or daughter.
To pay for uniforms, equipment, insurance, umpires and administration this includes website, banking, printing, and cell phone fee. IRLL Baseball is a non for profit organization run entirely by volunteers.
TBall and Rookies practices and games will be in or around Irondequoit. Minor and Major divisions may play neighboring Little League organizations such as Eastside.   Junior and Senior baseball and softball teams travel to other towns in Monroe county
No. IRLL baseball does not own or rent any of the fields that we play on. We are guests on all the fields that we play on which include fields from East and West Irondequoit School districts, area churches, organization and the Town of Irondequoit.
This is an optional, opportunity for your child to participate in some fun drills and short games in order to warm up for the season. The optional, indoor spring training is held for five weekend days for about an hour each time at an indoor facility in Irondequoit.   It is a great way to get a jump start on the season but is strictly OPTIONAL and an additional fee is required.
Teams will about two weeks practice before games start. This depends upon the weather. Many divisions will have practices scheduled during the season as well. A practice schedule will be available around the first practice. Practice nights will be as advertised and the same weekdays as games plus Saturdays. Team practices will be the same week nights as games.

 
Baseball Divisions
Child age on         April 30, 2014
Days of play
Softball Divisions
Child age on December 31, 2013
Days of play
T-Ball
5 to 6
Mon-Wed-Sat
T-Ball
5 to 7
Tue-Thr-Sat
Rookie
7 to 8
Tue-Thr-Sat
 
 
 
Minors
9 to 10
Tue-Thr-Sat
Minors
8 to 10
Mon-Wed-Sat
Majors
11 to 12
Mon-Wed-Sat
Majors
11 to 12
Tue-Thr-Sat
Juniors
13 to 14
Mon-Wed-Sat
 
 
 
Senior
15 to 16
Tue-Thr-Sat *see note above *
Senior
13 to 16
Various












 

 

 

 

13) What happens if it rains?

Coaches or IRLL administrators will contact you by phone when games are rained out in advance of game time whenever possible. In some cases the game will be called at the field. Often games are called after heavy rains because the fields are flooded or too muddy to play on.
Please check the website for local rules (by division), Parent/Guardian responsibilities, and other information. Feel free to email , or stop by walk in registration.
Not necessarily.   Our boundary includes the following zip codes; 14617, 14609, 14622, 14621, covering the Town of Irondequoit and some of the city of Rochester north of Norton Street. Any kids who have a residence within the boundary are eligible to play. Kids residing outside our boundary can play with a waiver from Little League which can be arranged by our league President.
Each year coaches from Boys Minor and Major divisions invite players to participate in tournament teams that play a series of games after the regular season during the month of July. There are a limited number of slots on these teams and participation is optional and involves an additional fee. All Star information will be announced in June.
All of our coaches are volunteers and usually parents of the players on the team. We strive to have one head coach and two assistants per team. Head coaches usually provide the team administration as well as the instruction and encouragement. Coaches receive training from IRLL and other sources and comply with Little League’s Child Protection Program.
Sign up on the registration page under coach.  We always need help and rely on generous volunteers and sponsors.

19Who are the contacts for Fall Ball?
-Fall Ball Coordinator
- Majors Commissioner
- Minors Commissioner​
Click on any of thier names to send an email to them.


20What towns are participating?
Fairport, Pittsford, and Victor â€‹

21What about scheduling, anything different from regular season?
  • Season duration – Start Saturday September 7th, End October 26th
  • Any odd number of teams will require buys
  • First Schedule open for comments immediately following August  19th registration deadline
  • “Final schedule” to be made available week of September 1st​

22What is the time frame for the season?
  • Town specific registrations targeted to close August 19th.  Each town have their own representative responsible for managing their own signups)  For Irondequoit we will do this through the IRLL Website for player and Coach Registration
  • New Coaches are required to undergo background check
  • Team formation by August 26th 
  • First Schedule to be formed and open for comments immediately following August 30th deadline
  • Season starts with first games on Saturday September 7th
  • Season ends on Saturday October 26th (8 week season)​
  23What happens if we have a rain out?
  • Saturday game schedule defaults to Sunday at same time if rainout
  • Town specific rainout policies to be established and posted on District 4 League Athletics website​ (we are connected to them so you will get your cancellations from IRLL
24What are the age levels?
  • Intent to allow kids to play up to level they would in Spring 2014, skill dependent and age as of 4/30/2014
  • 8U Coach/Machine Pitch – primarily 7 and 8 year olds, house only
  • Minor League “10U” 46-60 (2014 LL ages 9, 10, 11)
  • Major/Intermediate “12U” 46-60 and/or 50-70 (2014 LL ages 11, 12, 13)
  • 15U 60/90​

 25What is the competitive Levels?
  • There will be a Travel bracket vs. house bracket
  • No standings, no playoffs, no trophies; considered as light, fun, developmental in nature
  • Providing opportunity for kids to play at the level they would in the Spring of 2014 to introduce new skills/additional practice into fall baseball; however this is not required depending on individual skill level/readiness​

26Is the website being used for Fall Ball?
  • Of Course

27What are the rules for Fall Ball?
  • No umpires at 8U level
  • Each home and visiting teams expected to provide baseballs
  • General Little League rules apply
  • Negotiated rules or additional home team rules to be agreed by coaches prior to the game
  • Consider rule adjustments for stealing, bunting, etc. based on skill levels of teams, coaches decide
  • Pitching: 2 inning max or 40 pitches per week to promote increasing numbers of kids pitching
  • Everyone to play 3 innings minimum
  • 5 run limits per inning, unlimited last inning
  • 6 inning games, home team field usage time constraints for game duration may apply
  • 8U pitching at coach discretion, max 6 machine pitches, no umpires
  • 10U include 5 run limit, unlimited last inning, 6 innings game 4 outfielders are allowed
  • 12U include 5 run limit, unlimited last inning, 6 inning game​

28)  What are the division ages?
  • Travel Divisions for District 4 Little League Travel Baseball
    10U (Ages 8-9-10)
    12U 46/60 (Ages 10-11-12)
    12U 50/70 (Ages 10-11-12)
    13U 50/70 (Ages 11-12-13)
    *Player age is determined by player’s age on April 30 of the upcoming season.

     
29) How many games are played?
  • The travel regular season starting in April is 10-12 games, plus playoffs.  Travel players in 2013 played roughly 40 games which included travel, house and tournament play between April and August.
30)  Will my child get playing time?
  • Little League rules require every player to play at least 6 consecutive outs in the field per game and bat in the normal lineup.  IRLL strongly encourages coaches to go above and beyond the minimum.  Players are not guaranteed minimum innings in the infield as in the house program.
31)  Why does my child have to play house?
  • Little League requires all players must play in a house program in order to be eligible for LL tournament play.  This is based on the philosophy that baseball is a game to be played with against friends in the community.  Little League also recognizes that travel programs and baseball facilities would not be possible without a solid house program.  Little League requires a 60% participation rate in house games to be eligible.  Also, any player that plays for a school baseball team does not have to attend LL games or practices during the school season and it will not count against the 60% requirement.  This rule affects players in grades 7 and above.  
32) How much travel is required?
  • District 4 Travel currently includes teams all around Monroe County including Webster, Victor, Fairport, Brighton, Pittsford and Penfield on the east side. Gates and Greece are on the west side, and Rush-Henrietta to the south.
33) Does my child have to play travel in order to make all-star teams?
  • Players are not required play on travel teams in order to make all-star teams in accordance with Little League standards.