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Founded in 1954 with 6 teams, RLL has grown and prospered in their 50+ years. RLL serves over 1000 boys and girls in Ridgefield on over 140 teams ~ from T-ball to Majors and the Holland Division.

MANAGER/COACH VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

 

Anyone interested in being a Manager or Coach should indicate so in the registration system when registering their child.  All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application and submit to a background check which requires a social security number be provided.  There are no exceptions.  Please submit your form to RLL, PO Box 287, Ridgefield, CT. 06877 or by email to  

 

 

CPR/AED Training is required for Managers/Coaches in Majors and Minors and recommended for Managers/Coaches at all Division levels.

 

If your certification is just expiring for this season as you took the class for the 2013 season, you only need to take the re-cert class. You need to sign up and come to class with $5 in hand.

If you have never taken CPR or have not taken it in more than 2 years you need to take the 3 hour class. You need to sign up and show up with $20 in hand.

 

Classes with less than 5 participants will be canceled so please sign up now at  

 

Classes will be held at the Ridgefield Fire House on Catoonah Street in the upstairs conference room.

 

 

Class Schedule

 

Saturday 3/7

Re-cert

9 – 10:30 am

Saturday 3/14

Full Cert

9 - noon

Saturday 3/14

Re-cert

12 – 1:30 pm

Monday 3/23

Full Cert

6:30 – 9 pm

Wednesday 3/25

Full Cert

6:30 – 9 pm

Monday 4/20

Full Cert

6:30 – 9 pm

Wednesday 4/22

Full Cert

6:30 – 9 pm

 

Questions regarding CPR should be directed to Beth at

All other questions should be directed to Patti at


by posted 01/26/2015
2015 Spring Registration Is Open

2015 Spring Baseball Registration Is Open!

Please read the following carefully before registering as it pertains to the new age guidelines as recently amended by Little League.

     In 2014, Little League announced the amendment of its age determination policy.  In this bi-furcated policy, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 in the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program using the new age determination date of December 31 and will do so for the remainder of their Little League career.  Players born before January 1 2006 will continue to participate in their local Little League under the old age determination date of April 30.   They will continue to do so for 3 years so that with the 2018 season, all of Little League will use an age determination date of December 31.

     For local Little Leagues, this poses three problems:

1)      It creates a bubble class of 9 year olds.  Any child with a birthday of 5/1/2005 to 12/31/2006 will be considered 9.  This class will progress through their Little League careers in this enlarged fashion. 

2)      It creates the possibility of “older” players – using the old age determination – playing with much younger players – using the new age determination. 

3)      In some circumstances, the new age determination date may result in a child skipping an age group.  For example, a LL 5 year old in 2014 (born between 5/1/08 and 12/31/08) will be a LL 7 year old in 2015.  Little League is getting younger. 

 

     In response, Ridgefield Little League has decided to create a larger Minors Class Baseball to accommodate the 9 year old class as well as address issues of age disparity and a forced skipping of a LL age group.  Hypothetically, we imagine dividing Minors into 3 divisions – an 8U division to accommodate 7 and 8 year olds new to a competitive brand of baseball; an intermediate 9U division, to provide a smooth transition for 8 year olds and an 11U division primarily for 9 and 10 year olds who are ready for “live” baseball.  The official names of these divisions are not important at this point.  Children aged 7 to 10 will register for Minors Baseball.  A select group of gifted 10s may register for Majors baseball.  The results of RLL’s evaluation process will drive our decisions as to the appropriate number of divisions and the right level of competition for each child.

 

 

In a departure from the last few years, Minors baseball will have a separate tryout from the Majors division.   All players must be evaluated.  You will be contacted with the dates for tryout. All 11U teams are selected via draft system.  Gifted 10 year olds may elect to try out for Majors but, there is no guarantee of making a Majors team.  Historically, only 10 to 15 ten year olds make it onto Majors rosters.

 

 

Tee Ball Division - Baseball

Must be age 4 on or before 4/30/15 or first year of LL age 5

A soft baseball is used for play, and players hit off a stationary batting tee. Basic fundamentals are taught with an emphasis on instruction over competition. Tee ball meets only on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday.  The first half of each session is practice and the second half is a 3 inning “game.” As the season progresses, coach-pitch will be incorporated into practices and games as an introduction to the Coach-pitch division.  Teams are primarily determined by school attended to allow the players to see familiar faces, or to meet future classmates.   RLL views T ball as fun and instructional.  Importantly, we think the children joining this division should be able to accept, process and implement at least some of the instruction.  For this reason, we have decided that children playing T ball must be 4 years old at the start of the season.

 

Coach-pitch Division – Baseball

Age 6 on or before 12/31/15 or played Tball last season

A soft baseball is used for play, and players hit off a coach pitching. Basic fundamentals are taught with an emphasis on instruction over competition. Six year-old coach-pitch teams meet for on weekends, either Saturday or Sunday, with a practice session before each game. Teams also have a practice on a set weeknight.  As the season progresses, players who have demonstrated the ability to catch a baseball consistently will be given the opportunity to play catcher. Teams are primarily determined by school attended to allow the players to see familiar faces, or to meet future classmates.

 

 

Minors Baseball

Hypothetical 3 division setup

 

8U Baseball

Ages 7 to 8 on or before 12/31/2015

This division is a transition to a more advanced game of baseball. A reduced compression baseball is used and players hit off of coach pitching at the start of the season.  As the season progresses, players who demonstrate the ability to throw a ball with proper mechanics will be given the opportunity to pitch. Games are three to four innings long, with the rules structured to generate as many at-bats as possible. Defensively, every player rotates into both infield and outfield positions. Emphasis remains on instruction. Teams meet once during the week for practice, and once or twice on the weekend for games. There are no standings or post-season playoffs. Teams are formed primarily based on school district.  Many players choose to spend two years at this level.

 

9U Baseball

Ages 8 to 9 on or before 12/31/2015

9U uses a reduced compression hard baseball and players will face initially a combination of coach pitch and player pitching.  As the season progresses, some games may be played entirely with players pitching.  All players remain in the batting order for the entire game.  Games are six innings long with each player required to play at least 4 innings in the field.   Although score is kept and standings maintained for a year end playoff, instruction is emphasized over competition.  Many players choose to remain in this division for 2 years.

 

11U Baseball

Ages 9 to 11 as of 5/1/2015

Players eligible for the 11U division are expected to have achieved a minimum skill level in throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting.  These players should be able to a) Throw a baseball a reasonable distance with accuracy so as to compete in a game; b) Be able to catch a baseball so as to not endanger himself during participation in games and practice; c) Be capable of having a competitive at bat (the fear of being hit prevents a player from staying in the batter’s box) and has a reasonable expectation of putting the ball in play. All players eligible for 11U will be evaluated by managers in a tryout prior to the draft. Players not ready for 11U will be encouraged to continue developing their skills in the 9U division.

 

In the 11U division, players do all the pitching. Each player must play at least three innings in the field, and will be given a chance to pitch. Games are six innings with modified playing rules that limit bunting & stealing. Continuous batting order is used and balls and strikes are counted.  Fields have fixed fences, and players receive full uniforms. Most players will stay at this level for two years (some may stay for three).

 

 

Majors Division – Baseball

Ages 10, 11 or 12 as of 5/1/15

 

“Majors” is our highest level and most competitive division, and uses wood or aluminum bats. Fields have fixed fences, dugouts and scoreboards. Each player must play three full innings of a six-inning game, and bat at least once per game.  Players new to Majors are evaluated in a tryout and would be included in the annual Majors draft.  Returning Majors players do not need to tryout and will return to their team from the previous year.  Only 12 year olds are guaranteed to play in Majors.  The league’s 11 and 12 year-olds are eligible for selection to Ridgefield’s District tournament team, which competes in the official Little League International Tournament beginning in late June.  Ten and eleven year-olds in both Majors and Minors 11U are also eligible for selection to RLL’s 10 year old or 11 year-old District All-Star teams. 

 

 

 

“Playing Up” Policy – Baseball

 

RLL had previously instituted a "play up" policy wherein a player with very high level skills may apply to play up to the next division. For 2015, this applies primarily to players who may be Little League age 8 and may be skilled enough to play in 11U.  The opportunity for select 8 years olds play in the 11U division will be determined in the Minors evaluation and the 11U draft.  Given the size of the 9 year old class, it is highly unlikely that an 8 year old would play 11U but, we recognize it is possible. Parents should understand that the decision to allow any participant to play up is subject to the approval of RLL. PLEASE NOTE: The RLL Board of Directors does NOT encourage players to apply to play up, and believes that in nearly all cases, players are best suited to play at their appropriate age level.

Nonetheless, if your child would like to take advantage of this option, please send an email to , with "Play Up Consideration" in the subject line.

 

Those who apply will be contacted by the player agent to discuss the specific circumstances and appropriateness of the request.

 

Changes to the RLL registration payment/refund policies.

Payment is due at the time of registration.  Registration information is dropped by the system if payment is not received.  Outstanding balances from prior seasons will require satisfaction at time of registering.  Please check your account prior to registering.  If you are facing a hardship please contact RLL Administrator.   

Refunds prior to May 1st will incur a $25 fee.  Refunds will not be issued after May 1st.   

You can view your account by selecting "Edit My Account" on the website homepage.  If you have questions regarding your account please contact Patti Capilli, RLL Administrator at

 

 

 


by posted 01/15/2015
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by posted 01/13/2015
Changes To Little League Age Determination

In April 2014, the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®. To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system. Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation.

As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the remainder of their Little League Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 4
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 5
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 6
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 7
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 8
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 9

 

Consequently, players born prior to January 1, 2006 will continue to utilize the current age determination date of April 30 for the next three Little League Baseball seasons. Starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball season, all players will utilize the age determination date of December 31.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
        2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 9
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 10
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 11
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 12
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 13
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 14
2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 15
1999 1999 1999 1999 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 16
1998 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 17
1997 1997 1997 1997 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 18

 

As stated, with this implementation strategy adjustment the impact on our players will be reduced, with the exception of a marginal impact on players currently participating in the very early stages of their Little League career. Furthermore, our continued focus on fun, fitness and fundamentals at the Tee Ball Division will assist local leagues as they look to provide a smooth transition to the Coach/Machine Pitch divisions of play while still developing a passion for the game as well as focusing on skill development.


by posted 12/10/2014
Registration Payment/Refund Policies

Changes to the RLL registration payment/refund policies.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration information is dropped by the system if payment is not received.  Outstanding balances from prior seasons will require satisfaction at time of registering. Please check your account prior to registering. If you are facing a hardship please contact RLL Administrator.   

Refunds prior to May 1st will incur a $25 fee.  Refunds will not be issued after May 1st.   

You can view your account by selecting "Edit My Account" on the website homepage.  If you have questions regarding your account please contact Patti Capilli, RLL Administrator at

 


by posted 10/17/2014
Logging into your Personal Account

Did you know you can log into your personal account on our site?  If you click the "Edit My Account" tab on the lower left menu and then enter your email address only, it will send you a password for your account. 

You can then go in and add or change your email address, edit the options available, such as text messaging, e-mailing notification regarding games, pubic/private/roster viewing of your info (please use Roster if not a coach), etc.  This screen also links to all members of your family as well.

While at this screen, you are also able to update your contact information so RLL always has the most up-to-date info.  If you want multiple emails on your account, please put a semicolon ";" after the first email and then enter the second email.


posted 07/08/2014

Ridgefield Little League

PO Box 287

Ridgefield, CT 06877

info@ridgefieldlittleleague.org

 

Changes to the RLL registration payment/refund policies.

Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration information is dropped by the system if payment is not received.  Outstanding balances from prior seasons will require satisfaction at time of registering. Please check your account prior to registering. If you are facing a hardship please contact RLL Administrator.   

Refunds prior to May 1st will incur a $25 fee.  Refunds  will not be issued after May 1st.   

You can view your account by selecting "Edit My Account" on the website homepage.  If you have questions regarding your account please contact Patti Capilli, RLL Administrator at info@ridgefieldlittleleague.org

Did you know you can log into your personal account on our site?  If you click the "Edit My Account" tab on the lower left menu and then enter your email address only, it will send you a password for your account. 

You can then go in and add or change your email address, edit the options available, such as text messaging, e-mailing notification regarding games, pubic/private/roster viewing of your info (please use Roster if not a coach), etc.  This screen also links to all members of your family as well.

While at this screen, you are also able to update your contact information so RLL always has the most up-to-date info.  If you want multiple emails on your account, please put a semicolon ";" after the first email and then enter the second email.

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