Little League International Announces Name of New Baseball Division

 >  Little League Online  >  Media  >  Little League News Archive  >  2012  >  September-December  > Little League International Announces Name of New Baseball Division Little League International Announces Name of New Baseball Division Little League International Announces Name of New Baseball Division By Communications Division SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. September 27, 2012 Little League International today announced the name of its newest baseball division: The Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division. The division, the first new program in Little League since 1999, bridges the transition from Little League (46/60) to Junior League Baseball on a full-size field (60/90). It is a league for 11-13 year-olds whose advanced skills permit rules that are closer to conventional baseball, such as leading off bases, pickoff attempts, etc. In the traditional Little League (Majors) Division, a runner cannot leave the base until the pitched ball reaches the batter, so pickoffs are not part of the game at that level. In addition, Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division games will be played on a field that is not quite as large as a conventional diamond, but bigger than the traditional Little League field. The Little League International Board of Directors publicly announced the creation of the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division in its annual spring meeting in May. That decision came after volunteer District Administrators voted overwhelmingly to create a new program for 11-13 year-olds. For the past three seasons, local Little Leagues around the world have chartered 50/70 Pilot Programs, with experimental rule changes along the way to the vote by District Administrators at the Round Table sessions held at various locations around the world early this year. The name of the new division was developed after Little League International consulted with thousands of volunteers and parents worldwide. “We want to thank the tens of thousands of volunteers in leagues and districts worldwide that have helped us reach this point,” Patrick W. Wilson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “Their valuable input over the past three years has allowed us to create a way for leagues to offer the game to more players than ever.” At the local level, the Intermediate Baseball Division will draw its players from within the same boundaries as the “parent” league. When there are not enough players within the league boundaries to play a schedule within the league, two or more adjacent leagues of the same district may, under certain circumstances, combine to form a single Intermediate League (with recommendation of the District Administrator and the approval of the Charter Committee).


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