The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is rapidly changing the way that we, as global citizens, think, act, gather, learn, and live our daily lives. And, yes, that also means how we play Little League.
With the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Little League International Board of Directors and staff is now strongly advising all its local Little League programs to suspend/delay their Little League seasons through no earlier than Monday, May 11. We implore you to follow this recommendation and suspend all Little League activities through no earlier than May 11.
We recognize that this is the heart of the traditional Little League season, and we share in the great disappointment that many are feeling surrounding this additional pause in the 2020 season. However, it is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
We will continue to consult with appropriate medical advisors, government health officials and our volunteer leaders around the world, and we are committed to doing the best we can for the safety and well-being of our players, families, volunteers, and fans.
As this situation evolves, Little League International is committed to sharing the best guidance possible for all of our 6,500 leagues in more than 84 countries. It is our sincere hope that we can find ways to bring everyone back to the Little League fields this season, whether that’s later this spring or throughout the summer.
Currently, Little League International is working through all possible scenarios for the 2020 Little League International Tournament and tournament eligibility for our leagues and players in our various divisions of play.
Little League will continue to provide additional guidance on the impact of delaying the season and has developed a series of FAQs available at LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus. We are committed to sharing information as it becomes available on issues like player eligibility and tournament participation, charter and insurance status for the year, and A Safety Awareness Program plan deadlines.
We also will be sharing guidance on how to resume operations when appropriate, best practices for handling the financial implications, and how you can communicate with parents and families in your communities about this delay in Little League activity. This information will continue to be developed and shared on LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus and through all of our communications methods.
The 2018 post-season has officially ended as the Patriot American All-Star team fell short of victories during the Junior Southern California Division III Tournament in Thousand Oaks, CA. However, it was not before the team displayed much grit and strong determination during two, hard-fought and exciting games against some tough opponents. The Patriot American team may have not won on the field these last two games, but they definitely succeeded in stealing our hearts during the tournament!
The first game on Sunday, July 15th was against East Fullerton and was played on the beautiful George "Sparky" Anderson Field at Cal Lutheran University. It was an awesome and unique experience for the team to play in this large stadium setting - as for their fans, it was an equally awesome and unique experience. The score volleyed back and forth and was tied 6-6 in the 4th inning. It remained that way until the bottom of the 12th inning at which time East Fullerton scored a heart-wrenching run and took the victory. The team battled throughout the game and it was a tough loss, but in true Patriot League fashion, they respectfully accepted their fate of falling into the "Loser's Bracket," and bounced back quickly from the loss by going into the next game with positive attitudes.
The second game was played against Lemon Grove at Conejo Creek Ballpark on Thursday, July 19th. This game appeared to be slipping away quickly from the Patriots as Lemon Grove took an early lead. By the end of the 4th inning, Lemon Grove held an 8-4 lead over the Patriots. However, the Patriots once again displayed their "never give up" spirit and started chipping away at the score by adding three runs in the bottom of the 6th. Then, in the bottom of the 7th with two outs, the Patriots excitedly pushed across the tying run taking another game into extra innings. The game remained that way until the top of the 9th inning when Lemon Grove scored a run. The Patriots were unable to score in the bottom of the inning, so the 9- 8 victory went to Lemon Grove and eliminated the Patriot American team from the tournament.
Another congratulations goes to the team for being the D33 and Section 6 Champions, and for being such fine representatives for the Patriot League during the Southern California Division III Tournament. The team was not only respectful of all their opponents, but they also earned their respect in return. Each player displayed quality sportsmanship, worked hard, and was supportive of one another from the very beginning. The bond the players created between each other as individuals and as a team was special, and the memories they created throughout this entire experience will last them a lifetime. It was an amazing journey for the players, manager, coaches, parents, and all the fans who supported them along the way. As a league, we are all exceptionally proud of the Patriot American team for their accomplishments, and for taking us along on this wonderful journey!
2018 California Section 6 All-Star Champions!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Patriot American Junior All-Star team for winning the Section 6 Junior Division All Star Tournament. They beat Rancho Buena Vista (5-3) and Encinitas (5-4) to advance to the championship game where they played Encinitas again for the title. In the end, the Patriots outscored Encinitas 9-8 to claim the title. The Patriots will now advance to the 2018 Junior Southern California Division III Tournament in Thousand Oaks, CA. Their first game is on Sunday, July 15th at 3:00 p.m. at California Lutheran University, Sparky Anderson Field at Ulmann Stadium.
For a complete schedule and field addresses, please click here.
Also, KUSI covered the championship game. Click here to view the news clip and game highlights.
From left to right: Aaron Jimenez, Aidan Beck David Blome, Finnigan Sullivan, Jonah Stepner, Dylan Butler, Manager Tyler Hemmings, Coach Rick Jones, Coach Nick McAvene, Lincoln McAvene, Louis Smith, Jacob Morgans, Luis Marquez, Bryce Andersen, Anthony Ciallella, Daniel Torres
D33 All-Star Champions!
Congratulations to the Patriot American All-Stars lead by manager Tyler Hemmings on winning the 2018 District 33 All-Star Tournament.
Congratulations to the Bulldogs lead by manager Jason Alcoser on winning the
2018 Patriot League TOC tournament.
New Little League Bat Standards
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018.
Recently, USA Baseball has provided Little League and other youth organizations with some additional guidance on how organizing bodies, like Little League International, can make it easier for local leagues, volunteers, and players to use bats within our programs. We encourage you to review their FAQs at USABat.com, as well as the information on LittleLeague.org/BatInfo.
Effective immediately (Thursday, February 15, 2018), Little League has amended Rule 1.10 for Little League Baseball for the Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch Divisions and the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League, to reflect this guidance from USA Baseball. Read the fully updated Rule 1.10 on LittleLeague.org.
The following is a summary of the rule update that affects our (Patriot) league, though I highly recommend you follow the links above as well, to read more:
Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division and Junior League
In addition to using bats approved for Little League play based on the USABat Standard, players in these two divisions can also choose to use bats that have been approved and appropriately certified using the BBCOR standard. 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.
About Patriot League Baseball
Patriot Baseball is a chartered Little League for players league age 13 through 16. Players "graduating" from Allied Gardens, San Carlos, Mission Trails, Lake Murray, Rolando and La Mesa National Little Leagues are eligible to play in our league without a waiver. We play two seasons: the Spring Season is from February through June and the Fall Season is from September to November.
We are dedicated to providing a place for kids to learn to play baseball in a fun, safe and encouraging environment while promotion good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority.
The Patriot league is operated entirely by volunteers without financial support from the city of San Diego. If you are interested in contributing your time and effort to benefit the kids and our community please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mailing address is: Patriot League Baseball, 7936 June Lake Dr., SD, 92119.
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