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San Ramon Little League

Upper Division

SRLL Upper Division Baseball provides the opportunity to continue playing baseball:  Intermediate (age 13), Juniors (age 14), Seniors (age 15-16) with each division having their own All-Star and World Series experience televised on ESPN.

Intermediate and Junior Divisions offer highly competitive league (Gold) and competitive recreational league (Regular). While Seniors, play a premier season from April to mid-May and a post-high school spring sport regular season from Mid-May to Mid-June to accommodate players who play a high school spring sport and want to play baseball after their season completes.

Practice/Play on local fields – Central Park, Athan Downs and San Ramon Sports Park

Games are played in District 57 (D-57) towns of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville. Additionally, neighboring districts sometimes request to play in the D-57 league, in past years’ teams from Orinda, Lafayette, Oakland, Tracy, Concord, Martinez, and Walnut Creek have played.

Why participate in SRLL Upper Division Baseball?

  • Play with your friends
  • Play in your community on local fields
  • Play a competitive flexible schedule
  • Allows you to keep in training for other sports while having fun playing baseball
  • Offers a post-HS spring sport season
Reasonable Cost Structure:

  • Single Fee covers April through June season(s) - See website for pricing details
  • Additional Fee for Gold Team Players
  • Age 13-16 Post High School Spring Sport players can join after the High School Season completes at a reduced cost.

 

Juniors Gold Team

Announcing the 2016 Junior Gold Team representing Canyon Creek, Danville, Dublin, and San Ramon Junior League

  • Brennan Carrion
  • Sai Cepeda
  • Marcus Cho
  • William Guglielmelli
  • Sam Hannula
  • Tanner Hillman
  • Peter Johnson
  • Harlen Jones
  • Joe Jones
  • Tommy Jones
  • Anderson Lovett
  • Cole Muller
  • Isaiah Ontai
  • Drew Walsh
Manager: Danny Maloney

Intermediate Gold Team

Announcing the 2016 Intermediate Gold Team representing Canyon Creek, Danville, Dublin, and San Ramon Intermediate League

  • Zachary Aurelio
  • James Buchanan
  • Tyler Burfield
  • Aman Dhindsa
  • Joshua Gerlach
  • Jake Hubbard
  • Logan Lin
  • Nolan Long
  • Gavin Navarro
  • Jayden Petrus
  • Nick Reid
  • Jake Waskey
Manager: Ray Falzon
Coach: Michael Falzon

Intermediate and Junior Bat Requirements

Bat requirements for the Upper Division,only good for this coming 2017 season; in 2018, Little League Baseball will be adopting a new
set of standards initiated by USA Baseball (the governing body for baseball).

First off a few definitions:
Alloy/Metal Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are entirely comprised of an alloy/metal material, exclusive of the end cap.

Composite Bat – A type of bat in which the handle and barrel of the bat are comprised of a composite or Fiberglas-like material. Note: A bat with any composite material in the barrel, exclusive of the end cap, is considered a composite bat.

Hybrid or Half-and-Half Bat – A type of bat where the handle and barrel differ in composition material. Note: These types of bats are defined only by the composition of the barrel with respect to the moratorium.

Most hybrid bats have a composite handle and an alloy barrel which means they would meet the Alloy/Metal bat requirements – be certain that the barrel is alloy/metal; it’s what the barrel is made of that counts.

Big Barrel Bat – This identifies the bat’s diameter; a 2 5/8” is an allowable big barrel bat, however, a bat with a 2 3⁄4” diameter is not allowed. The bats used in majors are not big barrel bats as they have a 2 1⁄2“ diameter.

Here is the official rule from Little League Baseball:

“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.”
     
What does all this mean?
The answer can vary from player to player, and would take age, build, and strength into account. Here is our interpretation and our take as a coach.
Bat speed is very important to each swing, thus the lighter the bat the more bat speed the player can generate. Using a -9 to -5 would be advantageous to batter, while swinging a -3 may put the pitcher at an advantage. Some may ask, but won’t a heavier bat make the ball go farther? No, not necessarily, especially if the player cannot generate the appropriate bat speed.

Here is a summary of the bats that can be used:
Intermediate (13 year-olds):
You’ll hear the term ‘big barrel’, this means the bat can be 2 5/8” in diameter; remember however, a 2 3⁄4” bat diameter is not allowed. All players should consider using an alloy/metal bat -9 to -7. If you’re in the 8th grade, the -5 bat is considered a good transition bat. I don’t recommend using a composite barrel bat, as that would have to be -3 BBCOR, and you should transition into that over the summer and fall in time for high school tryouts.
Can you use the same bat you used in Majors? Generally, no you cannot, especially if it was a composite barrel bat. Additionally, majors bats are not “big barrel” thus you’d lose that advantage. I said “generally” because you technically can use the bat you used in Majors if it is an alloy/metal bat.

Juniors (14 year-olds):
You can use the same bat you used last season. Also, 2 5/8” barrels are allowed, but 2 3⁄4” barrels are not allowed.

You too, can use any alloy/metal bat -9 to -7, and 8th graders, the -5 is a good transition bat. Additionally, if you use -3 composite BBCOR bat, check with your coach, you can develop a plan where you start using -3 sometime during the second half of the season, summer or fall.
 
Bat buying is harder than it seems it should be. Additionally, the bat you purchase this season possibly cannot be used next season with the new bat rules. Consider going partners with a player on the team and share a bat, or one buys a -9 and the other a -5, allowing the players to transition from the -9 to -5. Just a note, at age 15 (Seniors Baseball) you must use a -3 bat.

Here is the Little League Bat Website for bats – remember look specifically for your Intermediate or Juniors division:
http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm
 
Note: The Marucci CAT5 and Reebok Vector-TLS 33-inch model bats are being decertified as BBCOR – see website “Bat Rules” Note 1 (2-28-12) for additional detail.

So what about the new bat rules for 2018? Those bats won’t be available until the fall of 2017, so you can’t buy them yet (according to the website above).

Here is an excerpt from the Little League Bat website:

How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.
 
When can I buy the new bat?
It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.

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San Ramon Little League

P.O Box 604 
San Ramon, California 94583

Email: [email protected]

San Ramon Little League

P.O Box 604 
San Ramon, California 94583

Email: [email protected]
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