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In a continued effort to give you the information you need to know in a timely and convenient manner, Bartlett Little League offers text message alerts for rainout and news.
Ways to Join:
Option 1. You can text ELLRain to 84483 and also text ELLNews to 84483 for general information about the league.
Option 2. Click this link and enter your cell phone number. Join Bartlett Little League text alerts on RainedOut
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Rainouts are an unfortunate part of every baseball season. While Bartlett Parks and Recreation does an outstanding job preparing the fields, rain eventually cancels some games. In the past, we have a few teams that seem to get rained out more than others. These teams then have to play a lot of games in a short period of time at the end of the season.
Bllendale Little League will be very aggressive when it comes to rescheduling games. To that end, parents and coaches should expect to make up any rainouts that happen during the week on the following Saturday. We will post the new field and times as soon as possible after the rainouts. If a team cannot field players on the following Saturday, the game will be forfeit and will not be made up.
Do you have a legal bat?
Are you sure?
Every year, we have parents who express frustration that the shiny, new bat just purchased for their child was removed from the dugout by the umpire. We often hear, "But it says Little League approved? Why is it illegal?" or "It is teeball and the bat says teeball bat, how is it illegal?" Little League International is contantly evaluating bats and the specifications are updated regularly. Therefore, you may buy a bat that says Little League approved but is, in fact, not legal for Little League play. This is because at the time of manufacture the bat met the specifications that were later changed or the bat was decertified because further testing proved the bat did not meet the specifications it claims.
So, how do you know if the bat is legal?
The first place to look for bat information is the Little League International website. http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/batrules.htm
Here is a quick guide:
9-11 and below, The bat cannot exceed 33 inches long, cannot have a diameter larger than 2 1/4 in and must be marked with bpf factor 1.15. If the BPF is not listed on the bat, it is NOT legal.
For the 12-14 division, The bat cannot be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter. 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. All NON-composite bats must be marked with BPF 1.15.
Softball, The bat cannot exceed 33 inches long, cannot have a diameter larger than 2 1/4 in and must be marked with BPF factor 1.20. If the BPF is not listed on the bat, it is NOT legal.
The umpires will be looking for the BPF label on all bats. So do not be fooled. If BPF is not listed, do not buy it!
Ellendale Little League begins game play tomorrow, Monday April 6th. While we all hope and pray for great weather each week, we know that rain is a part of spring baseball. The old saying of April showers bring May flowers was never more evident then in the 2014 season.
To limit the impact rain has on the schedule, we have adjusted the makeup game philosophy. We are not going to juggle rainouts each week and set aside weeks of the schedule for rainouts. The 2015 season schedule goals are to provide:
- Teams with the most games possible.
- A predictable end to the season.
- The most balanced schedule possible without teams cramming games in the last two weeks of the season.
The plan this year is manage rainouts a bit differently.
First, schedules, found at http://www.ellendalelittleleague.com/divisions, will be proactively balanced throughout the season to ensure all teams are playing a similar number of games. This means games may change times, days or fields. We may swap a scheduled game for one that was previously rained out to balance the number of games played by each team within a Division. This hopefully will prevent requiring a team to play several games the end of May.
Next, more games have been included in the schedule than in previous seasons. Rainouts will likely be canceled and rescheduled as necessary to ensure that every team plays the same number of games in the same time frame and to end the season by the middle of June. If necessary we will also change the year-end League Tournament style to play more games.
Please remain patient while we all deal with the likelihood of rain. Tremendous effort has been taken by the League and the City of Bartlett. Each field has been built up with addition dirt to help with water run off. The city is also committed to keep the fields in top shape throughout the season. The League will continue to work with the city throughout the season to ensure that the fields are ready every day to play.
We would also like to remind you of our rainout procedures. Rainout procedures can be found at http://www.ellendalelittleleague.com/rainout. Please review these procedures so that you will know where to obtain rainout information. There are several options to choose from.
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