News & Upcoming Events

BIG LEAGUE UPDATE

BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL CHANGES
Attention all Big League age players (17,18,19 & 20 yrs). 

 
As some of you may have heard earlier this year, the Big League division is no longer available through Little League International. This decision came from the board of directors for Little League International District 3 is committed to providing a safe and fun opportunity for all kids to continue their love of the game, therefore all the District 3 associations got together and forged an alliance with Baseball Alberta.
 
What does that mean for FHLL players?
You can still register with FHLL, who will then transfer your registration to the Baseball Alberta. FHLL will create teams as usual and we will play against the same teams as prior years. We will supply umpires and use our own uniforms. The big difference is that Baseball Alberta will cover the insurance for all players and create the schedule and they will also look at some weekend out of town games for a chance to play other teams. It also means that we are no longer able to combined Senior & Big League into one division as we have done in the past.
 
What is different with Baseball Alberta?
There are a few things that differ from Baseball Alberta but most of the rules are the same as Little League International. Baseball Alberta has agreed to let us continue to run our league as we have in the past with a couple of exceptions.

  1. Baseball Alberta is strict on the age determination for players. They run on a calendar year chart (Jan 1 – Dec 31) so this will affect a few players.
  2. Teams that play in the provincial playoffs (if we choose to attend) can only field a total of 2 – 19yr old players.
  3. Baseball Alberta charges a fee to play; however FHLL will cover their fees. You only need to pay for FHLL registration. As this is new territory for all involved, we do expect some growing pains, however we are confident in the future of baseball for the Big League division.
  4. District 3 will also be trying to put together a 19-20 year old team.  This Junior Men's team would be made up of players from all areas of the city.  Registration can be done through Foothills for this year only.  The Junior Men's team will play interlock games with the 17-19 year old teams.  Please contact Bruce Ritchie ritchiefamily@shaw.ca or Scott Oldale benacadie@shaw.ca for more details on the 19-20 year old Junior Men's team.   

Tuxedo Sports will give your player 10% off baseball related equipment if you mention you are registered with FHLL.

 NEWS ITEMS


Please see reminder about upcoming tech sessions at ABA for registered Foothills athletes for the 2017 season. 
 

Wednesday - February 1, 8, 15 & March 8 (7pm - 8:30 pm) Minors & Instructional 2

Wednesday - February 22 & March 1 (5:30pm - 7:00 pm) Minors & Instructional 2

Saturday - February 4, 11, 18, 25 (10:30 am to 12:00 pm) Majors & Above

 

The sessions will be held at the ABA, which is the Absolute Baseball Academy.  The ABA is located right next to the Foothills baseball stadium at the corner of Crowchild Trail and 24th Ave NW.  

 
The tech sessions are included as part of your fees.  The sessions are only for athletes that have registered for the upcoming season.  
The sessions are not mandatory but are offered to give the athletes some pre-season instruction.  There will be two ABA instructors present for all tech sessions to provide coaching.  The athletes will be given time for fielding instruction and also time in the batting cage.  Usually, the sessions end with a little game of scrub or something.  As the sessions are not mandatory you do not have to confirm 
attendance.  There will likely be a sign up sheet at the front desk just so that we can confirm numbers.  These are great sessions to take advantage of.
 
Please ensure that if attending that your athlete wears indoor shoes, long athletic type pants and a personal athletic protector (cup).  A glove should be brought as a minimum.  Helmets and bats are available but you can bring your own if you would like.
 
Hopefully your son or daughter will be able to join us for at least some of the sessions.

Kind Regards,
Stephen Scott

President - Foothills Little League
 
**NEW BAT STANDARDS FOR 2018**

With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. All national members of USA Baseball, including Little League, are encouraged to adopt this new standard. Little League-approved bats can be used through December 31, 2017, and our current bat regulations will be in effect until then. That includes the moratorium prohibiting the use of all 2 ¼ inch barrel baseball bats constructed with composite material in the barrel, unless approved. Visit LittleLeague.org for detailed information. Little League looks forward to working with USA Baseball, and will begin educating our local leagues, and the parents of our 2.1 million baseball players, preparing them for the important change coming in 2018.

http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20150807&content_id=141742668&vkey=news_usab

2017-2018 Bat Comparison Chart

Minors & Majors
2017
BPF 1.15 marking/ 2 ¼” barrel maximum
2018
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
Intermediate (50/70) & Junior
2017
1) 2 ¼" alloy/metal barrel with BPF stamp of 1.15
2) 2 5/8" alloy/metal barrel (no marking required)
3) 2 5/8" composite barrel with BBCOR stamp
2018
USA Baseball marking
2 5/8” barrel maximum
NO BBCOR ALLOWED
Senior
2017
ALL bats must be BBCOR
2018
ALL bats must be BBCOR