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Wilton Little League
Our objective: to implant in our players the
ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty,
loyalty, courage and respect for authority,
so that they may be well adjusted, stronger
and happier children and will grow to be good,
decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.
Wilton Little League
60 Years of Little League baseball in Wilton
Little League International (Williamsport, PA)
East Region (Bristol, CT)
Connecticut District 1 (Lower Fairfield County)
An all-volunteer organization
Board of Directors
League Directors, Managers and Coaches
Boosters
Parents
Wilton Little League
2013 was an incredible year for Wilton Little League
Nearly 1,000 player seasons across spring, summer and fall baseball and softball
District 1 Finalists in all five District 1 Championships:
12s baseball District 1 Finalist
11s baseball District 1 Champion
10s baseball District 1 Champion
LL Softball District 1 Finalist
10u Softball District 1 Finalist
What’s new for 2014
Field renovation at YMCA
50/70 program
Spring Travel baseball
Enhanced YMCA partnership
60th anniversary celebration
Annual Calendar - Baseball
Fall:
Recreation
Winter:
Evaluations,
Clinics &
Planning
Wilton Little League runs yearround, with three on-field seasons
and an off-season devoted to
League planning and player
development.
In each season our focus is:

Summer:
Competition
Spring:
Player
Development
Winter:
−
Player evaluations
−
Clinics
−
Board planning

Spring – our developmental
season, focus on baseball
fundamentals

Summer – our competitive
season, focus on Little League
tournaments

Fall – our recreational season
League Structure – Developmental Leagues (K, 1 &
2)
Kindergarten: T-ball
Introduction to Wilton Little League
Focus on Fun…and begin baseball fundamentals
Hitting, Throwing and Catching
First Grade: Coach Pitch
Continued development of fundamentals
Begin to hit a pitched ball
Second Grade: Machine Pitch
Continued development of fundamentals
Begin to develop strike zone awareness
* “Little League Age” means age as of April 30th
League Structure – Kid Pitch (3rd – 7th / 12 y.o.)
AA (“Double A”)
3rd and 4th grade (ages 8-10)
Introduction to pitching
Focus on core skill development
Hitting, Throwing, Pitching and Catching
Limited base-running
Playoffs and Championship
AAA (“Triple-A”)
4th, 5th and 6th grade (ages 9-11)
Intermediate kid-pitch baseball
For players with a solid understanding of the game
Intermediate base-running
Playoffs and Championship
Majors
5th, 6th and 7th grade (ages 11 & 12)
WLL’s highest level of spring baseball
For our most advanced and oldest players
Full “live” base-running
Playoffs and Championship
* “Little League Age” means age as of April 30th
Annual Calendar - Softball
Fall:
Recreation
Summer:
Extended
district play
Winter:
Evaluations,
Clinics &
Planning
Spring:
Developmental/
Competitive
season
Wilton Little League runs yearround, with three on-field seasons
and an off-season devoted to
League planning and player
development.
In each season our focus is:

Winter:
−
Player Evaluations
−
Clinics
−
Board planning

Spring – our developmental
season, focus on softball
fundamentals; competitive
inter-town play for older
leagues

Summer – extended
competitive play for districts
and beyond

Fall – our recreational season
League Structure – Softball age 5 through 14
*Softball age uses calendar year calculation!
T-ball
Majors
Ages 5 and 6
Ages 11 and 12
Introduction to Wilton Little League
For our more advanced and older players
Focus on Fun…and begin softball fundamentals
Play full Little League “book” rules
Hitting, Throwing and Catching
Playoffs and Championship
advance away from Tee use as season progresses
Majority of play is inter-town
AA (“Double A”)
Pitching from 40 feet
Ages 7 and 8
Uses 12 inch ball
Introduction to pitching
Submits a district team
Uses 10 inch ball
Focus on core skill development
Juniors
Hitting, Throwing, Pitching and Catching
Ages 13 and 14
Limited base-running
WLL’s highest level of spring softball
Aim for 20% inter-town play
For our most advanced and oldest players
AAA (“Triple-A”)
Ages 9 - 10
Kid pitch with boundaries
Intermediate base-running
Playoffs and Championship
Uses 11 inch ball
Pitching from 35 feet
Majority of play is inter-town
Submits a district team
Play full Little League “book” rules
Freshman that play high school team are eligible once
school season ends
Pitching from 43 feet
Uses 12 inch ball
Majority of play is inter-town
Submits a district team
Player Evaluation – Baseball & Softball
What we do, how we do it, and why…
Provide for the right pace of development of core baseball skills with proper league allocation
Enable a fair team selection process
End of spring-season evaluations prepared by each team manager
Beginning in 2nd grade (Machine Pitch) for Baseball
Beginning with AA for Softball
Core baseball skills (hitting for contact and power, pitching, fielding and running)
January evaluations within each age/grade peer group
Wilton High School Fieldhouse
All players 3rd grade and older for Baseball
Core baseball skills (hitting for contact and power, pitching, fielding and running)
Rigorous, data-driven and time-tested evaluation metrics and techniques
A sound process…NOT a crystal ball
Other
Data is maintained by Wilton Little League
Year-over-year analysis utilized to provide better guidance each season
Continuous process improvement
League & Team Allocation – Baseball
Kid Pitch | Developmental
Grade, Age, Experience and Social Considerations
League
Grade
s
Little
League
Ages*
T-ball
K
5&6
Coach Pitch
1st
6&7
Machine
Pitch
2nd
7&8
AA
3rd –
4th
8 – 10
AAA
4th –
6th
9 – 11
Majors
5th - 7th
11 & 12
Grade?
Age?
* “Little League Age” means age as of April 30th
Ability?
Social?
Team Selection, Baseball & Softball
Developmental Leagues – Teams assembled by League
Baseball: T-Ball, Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch
Softball: T-Ball and AA
Social considerations are primary focus
Parents often request teammates based on friendship, carpool convenience, practice days, etc.
WLL honors all reasonable requests to the extent possible
Kid-pitch Leagues – Teams drafted by the Managers
Baseball: AA, AAA & Majors
Softball: AAA, Majors & Juniors
Managers are provided a ranked, sorted list of players on draft night
Draft sheets are returned to WLL at end of draft, maintained by WLL
Managers are given freedom to assemble teams as they see fit
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Prioritization of skills on team (pitching vs. fielding vs. hitting)
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Drafting coaching assistants
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Social considerations
Goal is a balanced, competitive league
Fair draft process – all managers provided same information
Not always the same thing as balanced teams…sound process, not a crystal ball
Upcoming Calendar
Softball
Teams complete, Managers notifying players
Baseball Kid Pitch League drafts
Monday, March 17th - Wednesday, March 19th
Manager & Coaches Clinic and Safety Meeting
Saturday, March 29th
10:00 am Clinic
11:00 am Safety Meeting
Opening Day
Developmental Leagues – Sunday April 6th
Miller-Driscoll Carnival Fri 4/4 – Sat 4/5
Baseball
AA – Monday, March 31
AAA & Majors – Tuesday, April 1
Softball – April 5
60th Anniversary of Wilton Little League
Wednesday, April 9th
Full slate of AAA & Majors Baseball games at the YMCA fields 5:30 – 9:00
Upcoming Calendar
Little League Day
Saturday, May 17th at the YMCA
An outdoor celebration of baseball in Wilton
Food, music, prizes, raffles…and baseball
Picture Day
Saturday, May 10th
Playoffs
Pool Round: Saturday May 31st – Sunday June 8th
Semi-Finals: AA Monday June 9th; AAA & Majors Tuesday June 10th
Championship and Consolation games: AA Thursday June 11th; AAA & Majors Friday June 13th
Softball TBD
Summer Tournaments
Player Voting Saturday June 7th
District Teams announced Sunday June 15th
Summer Friendship Tournament team selection June 16th – 25th
Fields
Comstock Community Center (180 School Road)
T-ball and/or Coach Pitch baseball
Miller Field (Miller-Driscoll School, 336 Belden Hill Road)
T-ball baseball
Driscoll Field(Miller-Driscoll School)
Coach Pitch baseball
Lion’s Field (725 Danbury Road)
Machine Pitch baseball
Middlebrook 1 and 2 (Middlebrook School, 25 School Road)
All softball
Middlebrook 3 (Middlebrook School, 25 School Road)
Double-A baseball
Clem Young Field (aka “AAA”; Wilton YMCA, 404 Danbury Road)
AAA baseball
Kid-pitch playoff semifinals and championship
Bill Terry Field (aka “Majors”; Wilton YMCA)
Majors baseball
Kid-pitch playoff semifinals and championship
Parent Resources
Manager & Coaches
Volunteers
Set the direction for the team
League Director
Work with the managers and coaches on scheduling, umpires, etc.
First point of contact for any manager or coach concerns
Player Agent and Board of Directors
Player Agent – any parent question or concern
Board – available
Wilton Little League Website
Team Schedules
Sponsor highlights
Board contact information
Board of Directors – Wilton Little League
Board members and roles
Softball Committee Members and roles
Robert Louzan - President
CJ Belanger – VP softball, District 1 rep
CJ Belanger – VP softball, VP Baseball (interim)
John D’Elisa– Player Agent
David Johnson – Player Agent
Jeff Imrie & Chris Stengrim – Player development
Kerry McMahon – Treasurer
April Strazza– Secretary, Coach Development
Kevin Tietjen – Secretary
Bob Belanger & Chris Kelly– Purchasing & Equipment
David Liston – Information Officer
Patrick Cropper– Softball umpire coordination
Eric English – Safety Officer
Bob Wallace – WBSA liaison
Mario Ferrante – Tournaments Coordinator
Tim Clark – Evaluations Coordinator
Jim Jarvie – Sponsorship Coordinator
Michael Cyr – Field Maintenance
Glenn Walsh – Purchasing & Equipment
Tim Roberts – Player Development
Jamie O’Neill – Boosters Coordinator

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