CHANGES COMING FOR HARNEY LL & LITTLE LEAGUE IN RAPID CITY ? ? ?
The Little League programs in Rapid City began talking this past summer about how to make Little League better for those of us in Rapid City, as well as make Little League in Rapid City more competitive at the regional and national levels.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW?
Little League in Rapid City is doing very well for itself and is doing a lot of good things for kids in this city. However, the Leagues in Rapid don't all do things the same way... there is inconsistency in the playing rules for younger divisions and the ages for our divisions is not consistent. The appearance of Rapid City teams at the LL World Series three times in recent years gives some motivation to promote and propel youth baseball to its highest level.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED?
1. Develop consistency in the playing rules all the leagues will use for the lower leagues.
2. Revise the age requirements for the divisions and make consistent league wide.
3. Consolidate the Little Leagues in Rapid City under one charter thus creating an opportunity to have one city wide All Star team to represent the city in tournament play.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE NEW DIVISIONS?
Some proposals include the following:
11-12 year old Majors Division.
11-12 year old Minors Division.
9-10 year old Division.
7-8 year old Pee Wee Division.
6-7 year old Coach Pitch Division.
4-6 year old T-Ball Division.
Some of this is similar... the most dramatic changes being the creation of a 9-10 year old division focused on development of players without the intimidation of playing with 11 and 12 year olds. 9-10 year old teams can also play in Little League tournament play.
Secondly, the restriction of 11-12 year olds in the Majors Division is also a big change... many believe that kids will become better when they are playing against mainly other kids the same age and playing ability, not younger players who are still developing and are perhaps playing up in a division they shouldn't be in.
WHY WOULD WE CONSOLIDATE LEAGUES?
This would likely be the most controversial and difficult decision to make. This decision would not be made for at least another year. Simply put... one team from the entire Rapid City area would be extremely competitive every year at the regional and national level. This success could promote baseball in Rapid City and could develop greater competition and development for all players in this area. There are certainly drawbacks as well, which all will need to be examined.
In the coming weeks we will provide opportunities for coaches and parents alike to share their ideas, thoughts and concerns. Stay tuned to more details and meeting times.
The 2015 Board is beginning to prepare for the 2015 season. Stay tuned on this website for information about 2015. Registration for the 2015 season will begin about the end of January. Other significant dates guiding us through 2015 will be posted in the next couple months.
ALL STAR TOURNAMENT
2014 Harney Little League All Star Roster
Manage: Wayne Sullivan, Coaches: Mike Smith, Billy Spratte
Interested in umpiring?
Interested in coaching?
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LEAGUE BOUNDARY REQUIREMENTS
Little League International has changed their requirements to league eligibility. Beginning in 2014 players will be eligible for a league based not only on their residence, but also where they attend school. If they attend school within a leagues boundaries they are eligible to register within that league.
This change will most notably impact students at Robbinsdale Elementary and South Park Elementary. If a child attends these schools they are eligible to register to play with Harney Little League. Other schools, including private schools will be impacted by this also.
What Little League is Made of...!
What little league is made of.doc
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