Simsbury Little League's baseball and softball games are generally umpired by youth umpires. We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to all our families the expectations we have regarding interactions with umpires. Regardless of the umpire’s age, the SLL policy is that all judgment calls stand and managers, coaches and spectators are not to argue or attempt to influence these calls. This includes any sort of gestures or sounds of disagreement. Simply put, please support letting the umpires umpire.
All umpires will make mistakes regardless of their skill level and experience. With 80+ umpires in the program it is an on-going task to keep up with training needs. Please remember that our youth umpires are trying their best and are generally out there without anyone cheering them on in the stands or giving them those words of encouragement when mistakes are made. They too are developing their game and we as a league have adopted a zero-tolerance policy to make sure there is an appropriate atmosphere for everyone involved in games at Memorial Fields.
Below is a summary of our expectations and policies regarding our umpires:
The only adult who may approach a youth umpire with a question is the manager of the team.
No assistant coaches may have a discussion with a youth umpire during the game.
No one should “coach” the umpire during the game or give them “friendly tips”. This includes coaches and/or spectators.
Assistant coaches and managers may not guide or influence judgment calls.
Coaches and spectators should not yell out “strike” or “ball” before the umpire even has a chance to make their call.
Please let the umpires call the game without any assistance.
Local rule 10.3 Encouraging Sportsmanshipd
Managers, coaches and players shall make every effort to urge parents and other spectators to respect the decisions of the umpires. The home plate umpire may suspend
play in any game where spectators are guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct. If the behavior continues, the umpire will suspend the game until the guilty spectator leaves the area of the field. If the spectator is unaffiliated with either team, the game will be suspended until the situation is resolved. In extreme or unresolvable situations, the police should be called.
In 2012, our League President at the time, Tom Benneche, wrote a letter to the SLL Community entitled "They Are All Our Kids!"
Below is a link to this letter as it embodies SLL's expectations regarding youth umpires.
Equipment update: Batting helmet cages are required
Please note: It is a Simsbury Little League local rule that face cages must be worn on batting helmets both batting on the fields and in the batting cages at all levels except t-ball. There will be no exceptions to this rule. C-flaps are not legal in our league. If any players are seen without the metal face cage attached to their helmets, they will not be permitted to play.
If you need a batting helmet with a cage to borrow for the season, please notify your manager at the start of the season and one will be assigned to you.
Simsbury Little League will take all preventative measures recommended to insure safety for players, coaches, umpires and families. All safety policies in place will be made in conjunction with the town of Simsbury, the Farmington Valley Health Department and Little League Baseball.
All guidance regarding contact tracing, quarantining, and continuation of activities will be made with the guidance of the Farmington Valley Health District, and state guidelines.
All safety protocols will be reviewed prior to the start of the season during the managers and coaches meetings. Additional measures may be required due to state and local requirements.
1) General Guidelines:
a)Face coverings will be worn by all players and coaches when they are in the dugout, in team bench area and at other times when social distancing is not possible;
b)Face coverings are not required to be worn by players on the field for game play;
c)Any participant, fan or volunteer with symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home with symptoms including but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste; and
d)Any player, coach or participant that displays symptoms should immediately notify should immediately notify coach, league director or safety director. Upon notification, the president and safety director will determine the appropriate course of action.
a) Equipment will not be shared between players;
b) Players will have their own individual batter’s helmet, glove, bat and catcher’s equipment. SLL will provide such equipment, other than a glove, to players that do not have their own. The player will be assigned such equipment for the season and is responsible for having at all team activities and returning at the end of the season; and
c) There will be no sharing of food or drink amongst players and/or coaches.
3) On-Field Guidelines:
a)All teams will designate one coach or parent volunteer to be responsible for sanitizing dugouts, bleachers and other high contact areas at the completion of each practice and/or game;
b)Sanitizing sprayers will be stored in field sheds;
c)Teams will not enter field until previous teams have completely vacated and commonly touched surfaces cleaned by previous event coaches;
d)Hand sanitizer will be available at all fields. Players will also be encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer for personal us;
e)No spitting, eating sunflower seeds or chewing gum will be allowed; and
f)Measures must be taken to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game. This includes refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps or group celebrations
4) Post Game:
a)No handshake line at the end of games. Players will line up outside dugout and tip caps toward the other team;
b)High touch surfaces will be cleaned by coaches after each event including dugouts, fences, gate latches, benches and bleachers; and
c)Players are encouraged to leave the park immediately following the end of their game/practice.
a)Dugouts use will be minimized again for 2021 season;
b)When not on the field, players will be assigned spots outside the dugout each separated by 6 feet either on the sideline or on the bleachers; and
c)Players will wear face coverings when not playing and when social distancing is not possible,
a)Regular season games will continue to use 1 umpire stationed behind the pitcher’s mound;
b)Umpires will wear face coverings during play and when social distancing is not possible; and
c)Equipment inspection will be visual only.
7) Family Members/Fans Guidelines
a)We will be posting our guidelines on our website and asking people not to attend SLL events if they have any Covid symptoms;
b)Spectators will be required to maintain proper social distancing – using premeasured viewing locations at the fields; and
c)Fans will be required to wear face coverings when unable to maintain proper social distancing.
Simsbury Little League is now accepting applications
for our banner program!!
Thank you for your sponsorship of Simsbury Little League. As a sponsor you are continuing the great tradition that is Simsbury Little League. Simsbury Little League has been teaching Simsbury youth the joy of little league baseball for over 61 years. The league is dependent on registration fees and donations from local businesses to continue to maintain, develop and care for the Little League program and complex. Introduced in 2004, the banner-advertising program provides an opportunity for local businesses to show their support for Simsbury Little League. The money raised with the banner-advertising program goes to improvements made to the fields used by SLL.
A banner sponsorship includes the following:
A 2x8 foot hard backed banner sign, using sponsor's logo, will be hung on the outfield fences of Memorial Park.
A rotating web banner located at the top of the home page for SLL’s website (www.simsburylittleleague.com). The banner will include a link to sponsor's website when available. Our webpage is where all Little League families go to register and to keep informed about upcoming dates. With over 600 families in our league we have quite a lot of website traffic recorded throughout the year!
The cost for the Banner Program is $500.
To purchase a Sponsorship please click HERE. Payment can be made via credit card or by sending a check to the address below:
Simsbury Little League Sponsorship Program
PO Box 233, Simsbury CT 06070
Checks should be made out to: Simsbury Little League
For information regarding the banner program, contact
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Each year Simsbury Little League offers four $1500 scholarships to current High School seniors. These scholarships are offered to seniors who participated in either the baseball or softball Little League program here in Simsbury. The scholarships are given in memory of Tommy Tanski, who was a Simsbury High School junior, and a former Little League player, but passed away in a car accident in 2011.
Tommy Tanski played Little League from 1999-2005 and during that time played for two district All Star Teams. He also played for the Strikers soccer team and played soccer in High School. Tommy was a tremendous teammate and understood that his contribution was more about the team than any one individual.
For many, the time playing Simsbury Little League baseball or softball is something to be cherished for years to come. It is when friendships are formed, character is built and memories are made. During the registration process, please consider donating towards this scholarship fund and helping SLL continue to provide them in memory of Tommy Tanski.
To make a direct donation to this fund, please click HERE.