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Games begin Monday, July 6. 

Fields are Open

 

Simsbury Little League Opening Day Details

Dear parents/Simsbury Little League fans,

Thank you for your patience as we work to get a summer season of baseball off the ground for our players and umpires. As we approach opening day, we wanted to send out a few reminders since this season is unlike any other we’ve had.

We ask for your strict compliance to these ground rules, as if we are found to not be in compliance as a league and as Simsbury residents, we will get shut down by the town and be unable to resume play. There will be officials visiting the fields to confirm that everyone is in compliance.

We have scheduled games to include a one-hour gap between games, please do not arrive earlier than you are assigned and don’t linger in the parking lots after.

We are only permitted one umpire per game. They will be stationed behind the mound and will do their best to make calls from that position. This year more than ever, we ask people to be understanding of this very difficult job that is being performed by kids.

We are not using dugouts. Players will be seated in the bleachers or bleacher areas. Parents are being asked to sit along the fence spaced at least 6 feet apart. Do not sit behind the plate. Please only sit with your immediate family and do not congregate in groups. Spectators are limited to immediate family only. Those in high-risk groups, including those over the age of 65, should not attend SLL events. 

Because of social distancing rules, if there is lightning in the forecast, you cannot drop your player off at the field. We are unable to put kids in coach cars, which is our usual policy, so we need parents to be at the field in the event that the lightning detector goes off.

Every player and coach must use hand sanitizer before and after each game and practice. Each team was supplied with some, but if parents can provide their own and apply it on their own kids during these times, it would be appreciated.

Please read the rest of the re-opening rules on our website and make sure you are familiar with the procedures prior to the first game.

We are so excited to be able to offer a summer season for the kids, we urge your strict cooperation so that we can keep playing through August.

 

See you at the fields!

—Simsbury Board of Directors

 


by posted 07/04/2020
SLL Reopening Plan

SIMSBURY LITTLE LEAGUE (“SLL”) REOPENING PLAN

Summer registration ends June 19. Here are the proposed guidelines.  

 

Simsbury Little League (“SLL”) will post our approved guidelines on our website and will include a link to the State of Connecticut Sector Rules for June 17th Reopen. 

SLL will post signs throughout Memorial Park, providing the following (we are working on final language):

•.  Maintain social distancing whenever possible

  • No sharing equipment

  • No congregating around the fields or in the parking areas– please leave quickly

  • No gum or seeds

  • No spitting

  • Refrain from contact if possible – no high fives, etc.

  • Don’t come to a game or practice  if you’re sick or not feeling well

GENERAL      

Pursuant to the State’s Rules, all individuals that will attend any SLL event, must perform a self-evaluation before attending.  In this connection, SLL will post on SLL website that people should not attend SLL activities if they are sick or not feeling well.

Additionally, per State’s Rules, we will post on the SLL website that those in high-risk groups, including those over the age of 65, should not attend SLL events. 

SLL will provide each team with hand sanitizer and sanitizer spray (pump bottles).  Each team will designate a coach who will be responsible for sanitizing:  1) balls; 2) dugouts; 3) bleachers; and 4) additional touch points.  Touch points are locations that people often touch, including, but not limited to:  1) the dugout fence; and 2) the gate onto the field.    SLL will provide each dugout with a sheet to track cleaning and the coach will initial that he/she has completed sanitizing the above following every practice or game.   

Each team will assign a coach who is responsible for enforcing social distancing as discussed in more detail below.

All coaches and league officials must have a mask with them so that they can put it on if social distancing becomes impossible. 

 

PRACTICES

SLL hopes to start a practice schedule on June 22. 

Practices will be scheduled with at least 30-minute gaps between.   Practices will be staggered so that Fields 2 and 4 will start at same time and 1 and 3.  Players will be asked to leave the field quickly after practice. 

Players will be assigned a specific spot along the inside of the baseline fences – spaced 10 feet apart – where they will put their equipment (bags, glove, bats, helmets, etc).  When not being used – all equipment will be kept at the individually assigned location.

There will be no sharing of equipment.  Every player must have his/her own: glove; bat and helmet.  If players do not have their own, SLL will provide one for the season. Catcher’s equipment will not be shared.    

All players must bring their own water bottles. 

Practices – which lend themselves to spacing – will be run as normal.  However, players will not be allowed to reach into communal ball buckets.  All balls must be put into play by a coach.  Multiple coaches may have ball buckets (for example, one coach doing infield practice and another doing outfield).  However, coaches may not share a bucket.

Dugouts should not be used during practices if possible. 

Balls will be frequently sanitized throughout practice and will be sanitized after every session.

Masks will not be required during practices, assuming social distancing can be observed. 

 

GAMES

We hope to begin game play in July. 

Scheduling will include a 1-hour gap between games and games will be staggered as with practices (see above).

Players will be encouraged to arrive no more than 40 minutes before game and to leave as quickly as possible when the game ends.

Players will store their gear in the same manner as with practices as discussed above.

Masks will not be required for any player while participating in baseball/softball.  Coaches are not required to wear a mask if they are able to maintain social distancing.  If social distancing is not possible, coaches will be required to wear a mask.  

Game play – games will be played as normal with no changes to game rules.  However, there will be 1 umpire, who will be located behind the pitcher’s mound.  The umpire will not be required to wear a mask if they can maintain proper social distancing.  If social distancing is not possible, the umpire will need to put on a mask.

When hitting, the team will be sitting in the bleachers, maintaining social distancing while in the bleachers.  We will have a designated bleacher for every team.  Spots will be marked out on the bleachers indicating where players will sit.  A coach will be responsible for ensuring the players in the bleachers are social distancing

We do not plan to use the dugouts.  However, if people are inside the dugout, they must maintain social distancing.  And, the dugout must be fully sanitized after use.

There will be no team meetings unless social distancing can be observed.  Pre- and post-game will be conducted in OF with all participants sufficiently spread out. 

No mound visits during which a coach would come in close contact with a player.  Any discussion between coach and player must be done 6 feet apart. 

No handshake lines.  Teams will stand on respective base paths and tip caps. 

 

SPECTATORS

Spectators will be limited to “limited family members.”  Only “immediate” family members – defined as parents/guardians and siblings – will be permitted to attend. 

Spectators must maintain social distancing.  Spectators will be allowed to view from around the fields – we will create a viewing spot every 20 feet around the fields (outside the fence, down the baselines and around the outfield.).  There will be no spectators behind the plate – those spots will be reserved for players.  There will be viewing from the LF of Field 2 or RF of Field 1.  These locations will be marked and will be first come, first served.

Every family will have its own spot, but there will be no seating provided for spectators.  Spectators must take everything with them when they leave. 

 

PPE

We recognize that baseball is an outdoor sport and Memorial Park provides us with the ability to maintain social distancing.  Thus, players will not be required to wear PPE.  Coaches and spectators will not be required to wear masks, assuming that they can maintain proper social distancing.  If socially distancing becomes impossible, masks must be worn. 

 

--SIMSBURY LITTLE LEAGUE

 

 

 

 


by posted 06/30/2020
Volunteer background checks
Simsbury Little League
Volunteer Requirements & Information

 


All adults who are interested in volunteering for Simsbury Little League as a manager, coach or umpire are required to complete a background check. This is a Williamsport Little League mandate. Only volunteers who have successfully completed their background check annually will be permitted on fields and dug out, including any parent or adult who wishes to help with field maintenance before games and practices. All volunteer applications are completed online

 

Below are guidelines on who needs to fill out an application:

  • All managers or coaches over the age of 16 who interact with the players on a practice or game field and dug out, including helping with field maintenance
  • All umpires over the age of 16 (note:  youth umpires between the ages of 12 and 15 are NOT required to complete a volunteer application)
  • Team administrators do NOT need to complete a volunteer application

All approved volunteer applications from the spring season are valid for the full calendar year which includes both the spring and fall seasons.  

Applicants should allow at least a few days for applications to be processed.  Some applications take longer than others, sometimes up to a week.

Please read below the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who fail to comply with this volunteer policy.
 

Volunteer Application Process

If you would like to volunteer please email Julie Trythall ( ). Julie will email you a link to complete your background check using our preferred vendor.  Please include your full name, email address and if you are a returning or new volunteer.


Questions?
All questions related to volunteer applications can be directed to Julie Trythall ( )
 or additional contact information can be found on the board contacts page.

Schedule
The listing of approved volunteers will be posted on the SLL website under Documents;  it will be updated every few days.

Approved Volunteer Listing
The list of approved volunteers will be posted on the Documents tab of the website.

Suspension Policy
Below is the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who do not comply with Simsbury Little League's volunteer application policy. 


Manager Non-Compliance
A manager who allows anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved by the SLL Board of Directors to participate and interact with SLL players on a practice or game field by will be suspended. Suspensions are as follows:

Pre-Season Suspensions are enforced after application deadline has passed and all applications have been processed: Manager is suspended immediately plus two practices

In-Season Suspensions:

  • 1st offense: Manager is suspended immediately, current game plus 2 games
  • 2nd offense: Manager suspended immediately, current game plus 5 games
  • 3rd offense: Manager suspended for the duration of the season

Parent Non-Compliance
Anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved as a coach by SLL Board of Directors who participates and interacts with SLL players by coaching on a practice or game field is suspended for the entire season and must apply for reinstatement the following year.


by posted 06/16/2020
Summer Registration; Deadline is June 19

SUMMER REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

 

We hope this email finds you and your families safe, healthy and happy in what have certainly been uncertain times. We share your disappointment in the cancellation of the spring season but have been working hard to find a path forward to a safe and fun summer season. We have reviewed the guidance provided by Little League America and the State of Connecticut on the expectations and restrictions for youth sports. (State Sector Rules for June 17th Re-Open). 

We are working with Simsbury Parks & Rec Department to finalize our plans for a summer season within the parameters provided by the State.  When the final plan is approved, we will of course share all the details.  Although it is our intention to comply with all guidance to provide as safe an atmosphere as possible, no activity is risk-free.  We are opening baseball and softball registration to all families who are comfortable playing with the understanding that this is still a fluid situation. Click here to register for Baseball or Softball

 

Our plan is for the summer season to start as soon as possible after June 20th and run through August 23.  We will continue to provide information regarding the logistics of a season as we receive it.

 

The registration deadline is June 19.

Thank you for registering on time so we can quickly get this season organized and get kids back on the field. --SLL Board of Directors

 

Simsbury Little League Guidelines, pending approval, are posted on our site.


by posted 06/09/2020
SLL Sponsorship Program - 2018

Outfield Sign Banner Sponsorship Program
 
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 , our Sponsorship Director.

by posted 03/07/2018
SLL - Communication Options
Text and/or Email Reminders - Games & Practices
 
Did you know that you can receive email and/or text message reminders about upcoming games and practices for your child?  It is easy to sign up for these reminders by simply clicking on the "EDIT MY ACCOUNT" tab on the left menu.  Once you are logged in, click on your name and check the boxes for GAMES and PRACTICES to receive reminders.



If at any time, you decide you don't want these reminders just go back in and uncheck those boxes.

If you would like text message reminders, select your cell phone provider next to your cell phone number.

Click here to read full instructions on how to change your preferences.

by posted 03/07/2018
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships

Tommy Tanski
Tommy Tanski Memorial Scholarships


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.

Thank-you!
SLL Board of Directors


by posted 01/22/2017
SLL & Youth Umpires

Simsbury Little League

Youth Umpires

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.

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.  

They Are All Our Kids! 
(May 15, 2012)


 
 

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.


Thank-you in advance for adhering to our policies and remembering that

the youth Umpires Are Our Kids!

 

 

 

 


by posted 05/18/2016
Attorney Ritson's Home Run Rpt
 
 
 
 
Click HERE to submit a Home Run (submissions will only be accepted from managers or coaches)
 
Thanks Attorney Ritson for your support of Simsbury Little League!!
 
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