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SCARSDALE LITTLE LEAGUE DESCRIPTION

Scarsdale Little League currently is the largest youth athletic program in the Village of Scarsdale, with more than 1,000 children in grades K – 8 participating in the league’s Spring, Summer and Fall programs and its recently introduced “Winter Workout” program for players in 3rd – 8th grades.
 
The league is administered by a 15-member board of directors composed entirely of parent volunteers.  The full board and its various committees meet throughout the year and spend, collectively, thousands of hours each year designing and administering the league’s various divisions and developmental programs.  Each year, the board invites parent volunteers to manage the league’s many teams and to serve as coordinators responsible for all teams in a particular grade or division.  The board also retains a limited number of professional coaches each season to manage a number of more competitive travel teams organized by the league for the 10U-14U players.
 
The league has a broad mission, which includes serving all school-aged children in K - 8th grade who wish to play baseball and whose skills and focus range from the recreational level through the competitive travel level, where Scarsdale teams play teams of similar skill from other towns in Westchester and other nearby areas.  The league’s goal is to continually improve these programs through analysis of our successes and areas requiring improvement each season, with particular reliance on feedback from grade coordinators, coaches and parents.  However, if there is a common goal that motivates all board members and parent volunteers, it is the desire to promote the development of baseball skills, emotional growth through a team baseball experience and, ultimately, a love of baseball itself.

LEAGUE STRUCTURE

K - 3rd Grade Leagues 


Currently, the league’s Spring program, which is its primary season, is organized into single-grade leagues from K - 3rd grade.  Teams in the earlier grades (K – 3rd grade) begin by hitting off a tee and graduate to progressively more challenging pitching by parent coaches and the introduction, in 3rd grade, of limited pitching by players.  The distance between bases is 60 feet with the pitcher's mound 46 feet from home plate.

Kindergarten:  T ball
Players placed randomly on teams following registration.  Teams are organized by elementary school.
 
1st Grade:  Coach Pitch
Players placed randomly on teams following registration.  Teams are organized by elementary school.
 
2nd Grade:  Coach Pitch
Players placed randomly on teams following registration.  Teams are organized by elementary school.  After season ends, players will be rated by their coaches and those ratings used in the following year's team placement to promote balanced teams. 

3rd Grade:  Coach/Kid Pitch
Players placed randomly on teams following registration.   After season ends, players will be rated by their coaches and those ratings used in the next year's team placement to promote balanced teams.  Teams are mixed and balanced across the five elementary schools. It has been extremely rare historically; however, there is the possibility that a "baseball" age 9-year old 3rd grader who took part in the Fall Evaluations and received very high marks could be invited to play in the Pacific or Atlantic leagues.


Atlantic and Pacific Leagues

For 4th - 8th grades, SLL forms teams by age rather than by grade in order to conform with the rules of Little League International, the governing entity with which SLL is affiliated.  An age-based structure has been demonstrated to be a more successful construct for skill development, competition and safety.‚Äč  Please see the "Baseball" Age Determination section at the bottom of this page.

Players with "baseball" ages of 9-12 are organized into two leagues known as the Atlantic and Pacific Leagues.  The distance between bases is 60 feet with the pitcher's mound 46 feet from home plate. 

Pacific League includes all players of "baseball" ages 9 through 11 who either did not attend the Fall Evaluations or are not invited to play Atlantic. It is very rare for a 9-year old to play in Pacific. Year after year, our Pacific League receives top marks for a great baseball experience. 

Atlantic League includes players of "baseball" ages 9 through 12 (those who attended the Fall Evaluations and are invited). Please note that all those of “baseball” age 12 are to play in Atlantic (including 7th graders). Since SLL moved to an age-based system, Atlantic has mainly been made up of players with "baseball" ages of 11 and 12. It is rare for a "baseball" ages of 9 and 10 to play in Atlantic.

All players with "baseball" ages of 9-12 who wish to play in the more competitive Atlantic League and/or on a travel team MUST be evaluated in the Fall by third-party, independent evaluators (currently, from the Hardball NY organization) and will be assigned to an appropriate league based on their evaluation results.  All evaluations for players of these ages have been extended to two (2) dates in the Fall each year to make sure that all players receive a thorough evaluation and that a single evaluation result does not determine placement.  In addition, evaluations are conducted by an independent, third-party evaluator.  

Travel teams for "baseball" ages of 10-12 each will consist of between 12-14 players selected based on evaluation results.  All travel players in the with "baseball" ages of 10-12 MUST play on an Atlantic League or Pacific League team in addition to their travel team. 


Junior League   ***PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL NOT BE JUNIOR LEAGUE IN 2018***

Players with "baseball" ages of 13 and 14 are assigned to the Junior League.  This is an exciting league since it represents the culmination of Scarsdale Little League baseball. Junior League will use the field dimensions of 75-feet bases and 52-feet pitching mound.  In addition, Junior League will play with (and teach) full leading and stealing, the balk rule and the checking of base runners.  Our intent is to help players develop and refine the skills necessary to transition to true baseball rules -- essentially as played in Major League Baseball, except that Junior League field dimensions are slightly smaller those in MLB (90/60) and Junior League games typically run for 6 innings, rather than 9 innings.

We will also field travel teams for players with "baseball" ages of 13-14.  Each travel team will consist of 12-14 players.  All travel players in these grades are encouraged, but not required, to participate on a Junior League team as well.  All players with "baseball" ages of 13 and 14 who wish to be considered for the 13U and 14U travel programs MUST atttend the Fall evaluations designated by the league’s Board.

Travel


We expect Scarsdale Little League's travel program will field age-based teams at the 10U (i.e. 10 and under), 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U levels, all of which will be entered in age-based Westchester County travel leagues (WBA, GHVBL D20) whose member teams are primarily from Southern Westchester.  Assignments to Scarsdale travel teams will occur after evaluations end and will be based on player birth dates and evaluation results.  Please note that for the Spring 2018 travel season, WBA and GHVBL will be using a cut-off date for ages of April 30 rather than the August 31 date employed by Little League International and Scarsdale Little League.

Travel teams require a higher level of commitment than teams in our 'in-house' leagues.  Those who accept a spot on a travel team are expected to attend practices and games.  Those who have regular conflicts with travel practices or games should consult the league before registering for a travel team. 

As for the location of games, in past years, many travel teams from other towns have been club teams without reliable access to their town fields, so more games than usual have been played in Scarsdale.  We are not certain whether that will be true this year, but we expect that trend to continue.

Summer and Fall Programs


The league’s smaller though successful Summer and Fall programs are described elsewhere on this site.  Please refer to the tabs for “Summer Baseball” and “Fall Baseball” on this site for further information on those programs.

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"BASEBALL" AGE DETERMINATION

Little League Baseball changed the age calculation date beginning with the 2018 Spring LL Season to 8/31/18 with the exception that children born between 5/1/05 to 8/31/05 will be grandfathered as 12-year olds for the 2018 season.  Scarsdale Little League will be adoption this cutoff for age determination for Pacific, Atlantic and Junior divisions.  As noted above, travel teams in either WBA or GHVBL will be using the prior 4/30/18 cutoff date for Spring 2018 travel seasons.  For more details and the reason for the change, please go to the following link: Little League Age Determination 2018.