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Dec, 2018

Considerations for 12 & 13 Year Olds

Parents of players league age 12 and 13 have decisions to make in advance of registering for the Johnston Little League 2019 Regular Season, as the 50/70 intermediate year is the first where a player is allowed to register for multiple divisions simultaneously.  Below you’ll find answers to a few questions you may have regarding your options.

Second Registration Fee ½ Price

 

  • The first fee for a participant will be charged at the regular price (full or discounted based on the Early bird date of January 15th).  However, the second registration will be charge at the rate of 50%.
    1. For example, if you register a player for 50/70 and Juniors, both by January 15th, the total fee will be 115 + (115/2) = $172.5

Scheduling

  • League age 12 year old players may register for both Majors and the 50/70 division.  The Majors division is typically the largest, and fields are shared between Majors and 50/70 teams making field availability tight.  Therefore, scheduling conflict can’t be eliminated.  However, JLL is committed to facilitating those that choose to play in both divisions and the need for flexibility will be stresses with coaches.
  • League age 13 year old players may register for both the 50/70 and Juniors division.  Generally, 50/70 and Juniors are slightly smaller divisions, and Juniors fields space (60/90 fields) are more plentiful.  Therefore, JLL’s 2019 commitment is that scheduling conflicts will be avoided between 50/70 and Juniors games.
    1. 50/70 is typically played inter-league with teams in the Pleasant Hill area, with 50% of games requiring travel within the metro.  Integrating with other league’s schedules means we’ll schedule this division first.Then, arrange the Juniors division schedule around the 50/70 division to minimize if not eliminate all scheduled game conflicts.  Of course, weather reschedules may be able to follow this 100%. The intention is to devote 2 weekdays to 50/70 games and the remaining 3 to Juniors, in coordination with the other leagues.

Equipment

  • Cleats – In the Majors division and below the use of metal cleats is not allowed.  In 50/70 Intermediates, Juniors and Seniors players are allowed to wear metal cleats.
    1. Therefore, if you’re registering a player for both Majors and 50/70, please be aware the metal cleats will only be allowed in the 50/70 division, and not allowed for Majors play.  In this case, molded style cleats are the best option such that you won’t need to purchase both types.
  • Bats – The USA bat standard was implemented last year and remains in effect for Johnston Little League for 2019.  While the details are provided here, the following summary is a good guide.
    1. Majors: Bats must bear the USA Baseball logo, or be solid one-piece wood
    2. 50/70 Intermediates and Juniors: In addition to USA Baseball logo and wood bats, bats labeled with the BBCOR certification are also allowed in these two divisions.

  Age Cutoff

  • 2018 was the final year where Little League had 1 age group with birth dates covering 16 months.  Players born in May, June, July and August of 2005 were grandfathered into league age 12 status for 2018.  However, for 2019 these players are now aligning with the new school-year based cutoffs and are league age 14.  Therefore, 50/70 will not be an option for these players.The Age Chart can be found here.
Feel free to direct further questions to the league representatives for the 3 divisions in question or [email protected] as always.
NAME POSITION EMAIL
Scott Harken Intermediate (50/70) League Rep, Juniors League Rep [email protected]
Travis Burleson Coaching Coordinator,
Majors League Rep
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