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Pinole Hercules Little League 2018 Spring season online registration for Tee ball, Softball, Baseball, and Challenger players will begin November 1st.

 

**New this season**  the player registration fee will include a *refundable* volunteer fee per family, refundable with volunteer service time.

Registration after November will include a late fee and players may be placed on a waiting list.

Skills assessment required for softball and baseball Minor, Major, and Junior/Senior in December.

Player draft in January.  Team practices start in February.  Spring games start in March.

Manager/Coach volunteer online application and request for background screening start in November.

Questions?  Send email to registration@pinoleherculesll.org


Pinole Hercules Little League Upcoming Events

 

Fall 2017 Registration - July (registration for players is closed)

***** Pinole Hercules Little League 2017 Fall Ball registration, last day to register will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 *****

Election 2018 Board of Directors - August

Fall 2017 Season - September to October

Spring 2018 Registration - November

Players Skill Assessment – December

Players Draft Team Rosters - January

Team Practices - February

Opening Day / Spring 2018 Season - March to June


Little League® Offers Continued Support of Youngest Divisions of Baseball and Softball

 

Through newly developed online chartering, Little League will gather additional Minor Division information to further support local league coaches and volunteers.

In an effort to continue supporting the youngest levels of the Little League® program, Little League International will begin collecting additional team information through the Little League Data Center for the Minor Division, with local leagues chartering Minor Division-Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch and Minor Division-Player Pitch programs starting with the 2018 season.

“The Minor Division of Little League Baseball and Softball is one of the most important steps in the Little League career for players and parents,” said Pat Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development. “This is where players develop fundamental skills and learn the fun of the game. Having additional information about how local Little League programs are structuring their Minor Divisions will allow Little League to continue to provide enhanced resources for parents, volunteers, and coaches.”

The Minor Divisions of Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® provide opportunities for children ages five to 12, depending on experience and local league structure. Typically, the Minor Division encompasses varying levels of developmental play, and Little League strongly encourages adapting play through the use of coach pitch or machine pitch, shortening games, and increasing practice opportunities, to provide young baseball and softball players a fun, active experience.

Through gathering additional team information within the Minor Divisions, Little League will have the ability to understand which local leagues are offering each of the respective programs, and provide specific resources and guidance to help those local leagues, volunteers, and coaches provide their Little Leaguers® with the best possible experience. From specifically-targeted resources on Little League University to additional tools in the Local League Resource Guide, these efforts continue to support Little League’s focus on supporting local league programs through teaching the developmental levels of the game at a young age.

Over the last five years, Little League has been able to develop a weekly program designed for coaches at the Tee Ball and Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch level to easily assist in developing practice plans and other activities to keep the Little Leaguers having fun, while still actively involved in the program. For the third year, leagues will receive a free copy of the Little League Tee Ball Program, a 10-week guide to fun, fitness, and fundamentals, for every chartered Tee Ball team.

For more information on the Tee Ball program and the Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch program, visit LittleLeague.org.


BAT RULES

 

2018 Little League Baseball Bat Rule

Important update to Rule 1.10 for the Baseball and Challenger Divisions about new USABat Standard.

 

Rule 1.10 - Baseball

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).

Beginning with the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats will be prohibited beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, starting in 2018, the bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.

Tee Ball:

Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

Minor/Major Divisions:

It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ 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. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League:

It shall not be more than 34" inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ 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. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end.

NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.

Senior League:

It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ 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. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood 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. Aluminum/alloy and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum/alloy or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side, and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

Rule 1.10 - Softball

The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

An illegal or altered bat must be removed.

In all divisions, non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape, or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible.

NOTE 2: The use of pine tar or any other similar adhesive substance is prohibited at all levels of Little League Baseball and Softball. Use of these substances will result in the bat being declared illegal and removed from play.

NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that have cracks or sharp edges, or that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring for the appropriate division must be removed from play. The 2¼-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled 2¼. The 2⅝-inch bat ring must be used for bats labeled for 2⅝.

NOTE 4: An illegal bat must be removed. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play. PENALTY - See Rule - 6.06(d).


LUCKY SEVEN: FOUR BASEBALL, THREE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CROWNED

DURING SUMMER OF 2017

 

The summer of 2017 produced seven World Series Champions, with International teams capturing the program’s four Little League Baseball® titles, while teams from the United States winning all three Little League Softball® championship banners.

For more information and details, visit LLBWS.org.


Pinole Hercules Little League 2018 Board of Directors Elected

 

The Pinole Hercules Little League 2018 Board of Directors were elected on Monday, August 28, 2017

The Board has available positions for new members that are interested in planning, administering, and executing decisions that further the mission of Little League.
 

Persons interested for Board of Director positions may request an application from secretary@pinoleherculesll.org. 

Questions and requests for information may be directed to secretary@pinoleherculesll.org.


Pinole Hercules Little League

2017 FALL BALL

 

Registration for Players is Closed

 

Fall Ball season starts Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tee Ball Coach - Annie Batdorf

Softball Coach - Fatima Fuentes

Baseball Coach - Arnold Lum (7-9) / Jeff Casillas (10-13)

 

Registration for PLAYERS and COACHES in the Pinole Hercules Little League 2017 FALL BALL season starts in July.

Registration fee for players will be $75 for these ages: Tee  Ball (4-6), Baseball (7-13) and Softball (7-15) .   

Registration is free for coaches. If you had registered to coach in 2017 Spring season, you do not need to register again for 2017 Fall season.

Fall Ball season starts last week of August through first week of November.

Please click on below link to complete online registration for player or coach.

Direct player registration questions to: registration@pinoleherculesll.org

Direct coach registration questions to: volunteer@pinoleherculesll.org


Update: Little League Baseball Age Determination Date

(Baseball and Tee Ball)

 

Beginning with the 2018 season, the league age of a Little Leaguer® is based on the player’s age as of August 31 of the current year, with players born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 grandfathered as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season.

This date is the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, which allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

All divisions of Little League Softball® will continue to use January 1 as its Age Determination Date.

Little League’s baseball and softball divisions do have slight differences regarding the age classification of players that overlap, allowing players to play at the division of play based on their age and experience.

Often, the number of players registering to play in a given season allows each local league to structure their offerings based on the age groupings of the players in their league, in accordance with Little League rules and regulations.

 

2018 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

AGE

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

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4

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2012

5

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

2011

2011

6

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

2010

2010

2010

2010

7

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

2009

2009

2009

2009

8

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2009

2008

2008

2008

2008

9

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2008

2007

2007

2007

2007

10

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2007

2006

2006

2006

2006

11

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2006

2005

2005

2005

2005

12

 

 

 

 

2005

2005

2005

2005

 

 

 

 

12

2005

2005

2005

2005

 

 

 

 

2004

2004

2004

2004

13

2004

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2004

2004

2004

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2003

2003

2003

2003

14

2003

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2003

2003

2003

2003

2003

2003

2002

2002

2002

2002

15

2002

2002

2002

2002

2002

2002

2002

2002

2001

2001

2001

2001

16

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2018.


Congratulations!

California District 4 TOC Minor

Softball 2017 AAA Champions

 

Congratulations to Pinole Hercules Little League softball AAA team on winning the California District 4 Tournament of Champions.

Addison, Kaitlin, Frida, Eliana, Kalana, Yvette, Heaven, Iliana, Jennifer, Jasmine, and Kendall played an awesome extra inning game staying focus and determine with the encouragement and cheering from  large contingent of family, relatives, friends, and league supporters.

Manager Fatima and coaches Reyna and Steve led the team to three TOC wins over Martinez 10-6, Richmond 20-7, and the Friday, June 16 championship game defeating Walnut Creek/Continental 13-6.

The PHLL softball AAA team, Pit Bulls, arrived in Walnut Creek to an intense sun with temperature in the 90's. The team was confident and ready to play and scored two runs in their top of first inning. Both teams played strong and WC/Cont scored in the bottom third inning. The Pit Bulls responded with four runs in their top of fourth inning and regain the lead 6-5.  WC/Cont tied the game with a run in the bottom of 5th inning at 6-6. 

Both teams played the sixth inning with the championship on the line and everyone cheering with every pitch. Neither team scored and game was going to extra innings.

The Pitt Bulls rose to the challenge and scored seven runs in the seventh inning. Three outs away from the championship, the Pitt Bulls did not allow WC/Cont to score and completed its fifth shutout inning of the game pitched by Eliana, Jassy, and Iliana.

Congratulations and thank you to Fatima and Pit Bulls for a terrific softball season!



Pinole Hercules Little League

2017 Closing Ceremony

 

Thank you for coming out to celebrate the end of a fantastic 2017-baseball and softball season!  For those who do not yet know me, my name is Valerie Potts, and I am the President of the Pinole Hercules Little League Board of Directors.  I am excited to welcome you to our 2017 Closing Ceremonies!

This spring 2017 season Pinole Hercules Little League fielded 300 players on 23 teams with 90 volunteer managers and coaches that played a combined 333 regular season games.  That is a lot to coordinate, and the frequent spring rains did not help!  Thank you for your patience early in the season as Mother Nature gave us that frequent, but much needed, rain.

In addition, while the regular season is now over, we continue into the postseason, with Tournament of Champion and All-Star teams playing through June and into July.

This year we have begun some much-needed work on the fields.  We aerated, fertilized, and seeded all three outfields, and we have various repairs and improvements ready to be done in the coming months.

We continued to upgrade field equipment this year, including new hand field drags, batter’s box liners, and more.

A big thanks to all of the volunteers that help keep the League running, from our managers, coaches, team parents, scorekeepers, and safety officers, to our Snack Shack volunteers, our mowing team, Umpires and Junior Umpires, and the Board members who oversee it all.

We are a league built entirely of volunteers and need help from everyone to continue to make the league better and better year after year.

Speaking of which, the PHLL Board of Directors will be seeking members for the 2018 season in August.  If you are interested and can spare the time to help run the league, we would love to have you join us.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, and thanks to all of our members for helping to make our Hit-a-thon fundraiser a great success this year.

Fall Ball signups will start in July, and Spring 2018 signups will start in October.

The earlier you sign up for spring the less it costs!  Save money and sign up early!

Thank you all for coming tonight to celebrate with us.  It is wonderful to have this opportunity to come together as a community.


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

 

The Pinole Hercules Little League would like to thank all our sponsors for the 2017 Little League Season. 

Check out the Sponsor page!


Pinole Hercules Little League

2017 Championship Hit-a-Thon  $21,247 Raised

 

Thank You to all for your support and donations.

Congratulations to Camilla - Team Baldizan and Collin - Team Hernandez for winning tickets to Hit-A-Thon contest prizes.


Presidents Opening Day Message

Hello and thank you all for coming out on this beautiful spring-like Saturday morning!  It’s hard to believe the 2017 spring season is here already.

We have 23 teams this season, and they’re all ready to play ball starting Monday.

And the baseball gears will be in full swing come next Saturday as we have 22 teams from 7 different area leagues competing here at Ellerhorst, and several of our own teams traveling to games nearby.

A lot has been happening during the offseason.

The outfields were aerated, fertilized, and seeded, and the heavy rains have them looking better than they have in years.

We have fence and gate repairs pending now that the fields are drying out.

We’ve updated more field equipment for this season, not just here at Ellerhorst but at Collins and Pinole Valley Park as well, and we continue to update and upgrade facilities and equipment where needed.

The offseason was not as good for one of our PHLL families.  Ben Lauer, a AAA player last season and a player with us here for many years, was diagnosed with leukemia last summer.  He has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last 8 months, and as a result he’s been unable to even go to school, let alone play baseball.  But he’s hoping to play in the Fall to get back into form for his return next Spring.

We have several cards for him at the raffle table, and if you could stop by and sign one and send Ben a note letting him know that we’re thinking about him and his family, that would be wonderful.  I know he’d appreciate the support and knowing that we’re thinking of him today, and that we’re anxious for his return when he’s ready.

Some thank you’s this morning, we say it all the time, but PHLL is an entirely volunteer-run organization.

A big thank you to the:

·         managers

·         coaches

·         team parents

·         scorekeepers

·         and safety officers for our teams

Thank you to our volunteer umpires, and to the parents that just help out practices.

To our mowing team that keeps the fields ready for games.

And thank you to the parents that help fix the things that break:

·         the warped equipment container floor

·         the baseball field scorer’s table that was broken over the winter

·         dugout roofs

·         mowers, Gators, the list goes on and on.

But today is about having fun as the season begins! Our Hit-a-Thon will be happening on the tee ball field, with kids trying their best to hit the targets and get entered into the drawings for an Xbox, PS4, iPad, or TV.

The Hit-a-thon has been a resounding success this year, raising over $21,000 for the League. Thank you to all the donors!

Be sure to buy your raffle tickets to enter to win one of an incredible number of amazing prizes, including:

·         4 Disneyland one day hopper tickets valued at $650

·         4 Oakland A's tickets

·         a signed San Jose Sharks hockey puck

·         a limited-edition 49ers Hall of Fame football

·         and much more!

Stop by the booth to see the full list of prizes you can win.  All the prizes were donated, and all the raffle proceeds go to our league!

A special thank you to Anna Peterson for her work to get those prizes in addition to finding our team sponsors this year and once again running the Snack Shack.

We have many of our generous sponsors with us today, please stop by their booths to say thank you for supporting us.  We couldn’t run the league without their support!

Enjoy the carnival games, the bouncy houses, the face painting, the Hit-a-thon, the food, and let’s have a great 2017 season!

Valerie Potts - President, Pinole Hercules Little League Board



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