Both Granby and East Granby Boards are very excited to announce the approval to merge Granby and East Granby Little Leagues into one new league. This decision has been mentioned for several years, discussed heavily over the past few months, and does not come lightly.
The mission of both boards has always been to provide a safe environment for our players to learn baseball/softball skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship – both boards felt the best way to optimize player experience was by merging the resources of both of our towns. There are several other critical reasons for merging, including expanding the pool of volunteers, improved communication and having one set of by-laws and player philosophies that are consistent across both towns. We have always worked closely together over the years, and see this as a natural evolution to bring both of our programs to the next level.
We will have a lot more communication on this in the coming days, weeks and months. We are sure this will raise many questions , and encourage you to raise your concerns by using the attached link that will go to the East Granby Little League website www.eastgranbylittleleague..org, then click on “Feedback” in the left navigation section. We may not be able to answer your question right away, but will use it to build a question and answer document, as well as raise it with the new combined board.
Regarding next steps, both presidents and boards will work together to create a combined board consisting of both Granby and East Granby volunteers. No decisions have been made on board members yet, however to ensure fair and equal consideration for both towns, the tentative plan is for Tim Heinze (President of GLL) and Brandon Freeman (President of EGLL) to be Co-Presidents throughout the 2018 season. Once the new board is established, we will focus on developing a communication plan, setting up the new website, determining registration fees, and beginning to plan out the season. We also need to formally apply to Little League International and gain their approval, which is already in progress.
Again, please reach out to us with your questions and concerns – we will do our best to address them. Finally, we are very excited about the opportunities this will provide to our players and families next season. However, we also know that change is difficult, and this merger will come with problems and unanticipated issues. We will work hard to overcome them, while being as respectful as possible to both towns and their strong traditions. Indeed, our goal is to create something even better by combining those traditions and resources into one powerful league that will be able not only sustain itself, but thrive long into the future.
We look forward to working with all of you as we head into the 2018 season, and hope you have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
All the best,
Tim Heinze Brandon Freeman
President Granby Little League President, East Granby Little League
With the holidays upon us, are you thinking about purchasing a new baseball bat for your player?
While it makes a great gift, you may want to keep in mind that the bats that are currently available have a limited remaining lifespan in youth baseball, as they will become 'non-compliant' in about a year.
College baseball was first to make the change, then the high school level followed suit (2011). Now, there is a new wood-like performance standard for bats coming to youth baseball. This is not a change being enacted by East Granby Little League, but rather a new nationwide standard for youth baseball. Little League International (along with AAU, Pony, Cal Ripken, Dixie, etc) will be implementing USA Baseball's new bat standard as of January 1, 2018 and thus, beginning in 2018, all bats used in Little League will need to have a "USABat" stamp on it. There are currently no bats on the market that carry that stamp.
1) Everyone in Little League baseball who has his/her own bat will need a new one beginning in 2018.
2) Baseball bats that meet the new requirement will go on sale beginning in the Fall of 2017.
New Youth Baseball Bat Standard (2018)
All current youth baseball bats will continue to be 'legal' in Little League through December 31, 2017
Baseball 1.15 BPF bats (current youth bats) will not be grandfathered in for the 2018 season
Wooden youth bats will be not be affected by the change in 2018
The goal of USA Baseball (youth baseball's governing body) is to make youth bats perform like wood.
There will be no limit to how light the new bats bat can be (there will be no drop weight limit), which should prove helpful for some younger players. Baseballs likely won't be hit quite as far off the new bats, but the larger diameter barrels should be helpful for players in terms of making contact.
New, approved YBBCOR 2 5/8" barrels will be 'legal' in Little League (among other organizations) beginning in 2018
USA Baseball has said the change is not being made for safety reasons, but rather for the integrity of the game.
TRAVEL PLAYERS: Many travel teams fall under USSSA, which is a separate entity from USA Baseball (which governs Little League). USSSA is not affected by the change to the USABat Standard and USSSA has no current plans to make a change. However, any travel player who also plays Little League Baseball would, beginning in 2018, need to make sure he/she uses a bat that meets the USABat Standard when playing in Little League.
SOFTBALL PLAYERS: The 2018 change currently affects baseball bats only. Little League Softball bats are governed by a separate standard.
Can you explain the new Little League Baseball® Age Determination date, and why the change was made?
Little League® International always welcomes feedback from every one of our 7,000-plus leagues. We feel that the only way to provide the best experience for Little Leaguers® and their parents is to hear from and listen to our valuable volunteers and participants in communities worldwide.
Little League conducted a very detailed participation research project. That research showed that parents, players, and volunteers want to see Little League® become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Our volunteer District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors carefully considered the results of the research, and ultimately changed the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31. This change will ensure that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division.
Can you tell me more about the new bat standard, and how it will affect my Little Leaguer®?
Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball adopted the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. These new standards utilize the most current advancements available, so that manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game.
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. So, for the upcoming 2016 season and the 2017 season, there won’t be any change. You will still see the Little League name on bats being used for play. Beginning January 1, 2018, however, all bats must meet USA Baseball’s standards, and you won’t see Little League branding on permitted bats. The new bats are anticipated to be on sale starting in September 2017.
Thank you to those who helped getting the New Batting Cages ordered, approved and installed at East Granby Farms. A special "Thank You" to Brandon Freeman, Peter Burke, Suzanne O'Conor, Stephen Santy, Bob Guyer, Ryan Attianese and Damon Popella who came out on this hot weekend to get the cages ready for use.
Please make sure that you are contacting Tracy Worlund at to book these cages as they will be available by appointment only.
**REMINDER** PLEASE watch your children and do not allow them to climb on the outside of the netting. Please do not bring animals of any kind into or near the batting cages.