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    I'm verklempt. Please talk amogst yourselves. The topic:

    “Travel ball played a part in the creation of the new league, as well as creating a way to ease the transition to the larger fields,” said Chris Downs, Media Relations Manager of Little League International. “We did a lot of research and we noticed a considerable amount of disconnect between the 12-year-olds playing on the smaller fields and moving up."

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    That statement made me think of this song...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60A1yKc2hi4
    I don't like my balls to smell like pickles.

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    • #3
      So what are you saying? LL is considering moving the LL Majors to larger fields?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by clayadams View Post
        So what are you saying? LL is considering moving the LL Majors to larger fields?
        Maybe. Little League has changed rules to allow leagues to play their kids at 50/70 but still let them play 46/60 All-Stars. In the article I read, LLI seemed to think that upper-level kids needed were being held back with the current set up. At the same time, many LL's expressed financial concerns when faced with changing field sizes. I think the move is slow, but eventually LL will move the entire division to 50/70.

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        • #5
          If they make the switch from 46/60 to 50/70, will it cause more 10U and 9U kids to stay in the LL Minors division?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HeinekenMan View Post
            If they make the switch from 46/60 to 50/70, will it cause more 10U and 9U kids to stay in the LL Minors division?
            The age group for majors is at the leagues discretion. Though I'm not sure if you can have 9yo kids in majors. Some LL's do 11-12, some 10-12.

            My 10U starts playing majors this season (was drafted last year, we draft a year in advance). I'm on the fence about letting him play in majors this year. Concerned about reaction time hitting and pitching. If the field dimensions changed I think it would alleviate my fears somewhat.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AdamInNY View Post
              The age group for majors is at the leagues discretion. Though I'm not sure if you can have 9yo kids in majors. Some LL's do 11-12, some 10-12.

              My 10U starts playing majors this season (was drafted last year, we draft a year in advance). I'm on the fence about letting him play in majors this year. Concerned about reaction time hitting and pitching. If the field dimensions changed I think it would alleviate my fears somewhat.
              Our Little League had a guy who insisted that his son play Majors at age 9. And all of the coaches kids seemed to move up to Majors at age 10. And almost every one of them said they regretted it. I found it odd that all of them seemed to think their own kids would be the exception.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by HeinekenMan View Post
                Our Little League had a guy who insisted that his son play Majors at age 9.
                My 9 yo was drafted into LL Majors. He ended up being the starting SS on the #1 team. It can happen. (I was not a coach, and we were new to this park. He is not a large kid.)

                He enjoyed the season. I didn't like it that he was prevented from playing All Stars - since he was only 9.

                / brag off

                On a side note, you never know what will happen when they hit high school. I thought he would be a MIF. He's a pitcher.
                Last edited by songtitle; 10-15-2012, 01:32 PM.
                efastball.com - hitting and pitching fact checker

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                • #9
                  Per the LL book, 9s are eligible to play LL Majors.

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