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Little League adds new division

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In 2013, Little League International is adding its first new division of baseball since the Junior Division was created in 1999. With 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths, the Intermediate Division will bridge the gap between the Little League (46/60) field and the Junior League (60/90) field. This division is for boys 11-13 and will be played with rules similar to Junior baseball such as leading off, pick-off attempts, etc.

La Vernia Little League fully expects this new division to replace our Major League Division. What this means is that all 10-year-olds will remain in the Minor Division, which should provide more competitive baseball at that level. This will allow our 11- and 12-year-olds to transition from the small field to the big field.

With the possibility of some 13-year-olds playing down in the Intermediate Division, our goal is to hold all try-outs on C field with 70-foot base paths, so that the Junior managers, Intermediate managers, and Little League staff can properly assess these players for drafts. What this means is that a 13-year-old not drafted to a Junior team will be drafted to an Intermediate team.

Game rules, including bat rules, for the Intermediate Division will be the same as the Junior Division. This means that big barrel bats are allowed in the Intermediate Division. La Vernia Little League will be making modifications to C field per Little League specifications to allow that field to be used for either Minor League games or Intermediate games. We will be reconstructing the mound, to make it larger, in support of both the 46-foot and 50-foot pitching distances. The infield and base-path area will appear much larger, so as to support both 60-foot and 70-foot distances.

Although the special tournament has yet to be defined for this division, La Vernia Little League fully expects there to be both special and international tournaments for this division. Stay tuned for updated tournament information in January and February of 2013.

Additional changes to the La Vernia Little League regular season for this new Intermediate Division will include a compacted regular season schedule with as close to 12 games as possible. The goal of the regular season will be for managers to play kids in as many positions as possible to discover the full potential of each player. As such, these games will in no way impact the selection of all-star managers. We will have a special tournament at the end of the season for all regular season teams. This tournament will determine final standings for our Intermediate regular season. The final tournament standings will be used to determine all-star manager selection, as well as draft order for the following year.

Since this new division will be replacing our old Major League Division, 2012 Major League teams will remain intact -- that is, returning players do not need to come to tryouts. Returning 13-year-old players wishing to remain with their 2012 Major League team in the new Intermediate Division should contact their manager, the player agent, commissioner, and/or president for proper determination and planning.

The 2013 board is excited about this new division and what it will bring to the league. La Vernia Little League has been around for 26 years, and fully expects these new changes to sustain the league by increasing interest from new players as well as improving teenage baseball player retention. La Vernia Little League looks forward to continued success with the youth in the community.

For more information, call La Vernia Little League President Martin Poore at 210-860-7587.

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