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Information for Parents and Families

Parents new and returning... Welcome to Benicia Little League!

In the parents section you'll find information about the league, the website, and documents that may be helpful for your time with our league.

Our mission for over 50 years continues to be serving our community by creating a great player experience and sharing our love of the game of baseball with all whom wish to do so.

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Parent Support

Parent support during both games and practices is critically important to the success of the league.  Be supportive of the team by ensuring your child attends each practice on-time.  Be a positive role model during games, whether you are a manager, an assistant coach, or simply a spectator.  Finally, please keep the following in mind:

Parent Participation

Many responsibilities exist beyond the normal team level commitments that help the Benicia Little League function smoothly. Parents are what make the program a quality experience for all our children. Our League can only be as good as we, the parents, make it.  Volunteer where you can.

  • Always be positive and enthusiastic.
  • Show your child positive reinforcement.
  • Observe practices and games to learn proper techniques to practice with your child.
  •  Encourage your child toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game.
  • Teach your child to always play by the rules.
  •  Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
  •  Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
  •  Let the managers and coaches do the coaching.
  • Let an umpire be the umpire.   Recognize that the umpire is the closest to the play and that each umpire will "call them as they see them".

Parent Concerns

If you have concerns about anything regarding your team or the league, first talk to your manager. If your concern is not resolved, then for Majors, Minors, Farm and Tee-Ball divisions contact the Vice President of Little League, or for Juniors, Seniors, and Big League Divisions contact the Vice President of Senior League.

What Bats are Legal for 2018?

As in years past - Little League International has adopted a new set of bat rules that you will need to know about when purchasing a bat for the 2018 season.

Old Bats are Illegal

With the exception of BBCOR bats in Seniors, all bats that previously had a USSA / BPF 1.15 stamp may no longer be used in Little League games or practices.

Types of Bats

To understand the rules - you first need to understand that there are three basic categories for bats:

  • Aluminum - An aluminum bat is any any bat with an aluminum barrel (the part you hit the ball with). Handles (the part you grip) can be aluminum, composite, or even wood. So long as the bat has an aluminum barrel - it is considered and aluminum bat.
  • Composite - A composite bat is any bat with a composite barrel. In general the bat with be marked with Composite somewhere on the barrel. Often you can tell by looking at the barrel material or tapping it.
  • Wood - any bat with a wood barrel is considered a wood bat. There are bats with composite handles and wood barrels. Those are still considered a wood bat. Generally speaking, wood bats have far less rules on them than aluminum or composite barrel bats.

For full detail on the bat rules you'll want to check the green book and the Little League international (www.littleleague.org) website [search for bat rules] for full rules.

Here are the keys that our Umpires use to determine if a bat may be used for little league play:

Tee-Ball

  • Under the USABat standard, certified Tee Ball bats (26" and shorter) will feature the USA Baseball mark and text which reads ONLY FOR USE WITH APPROVED TEE BALLS. All Tee Ball bats must feature the USA Baseball mark and accompanying text. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com) beginning September 1, 2017.

Majors and Minors

  • Bat must be no longer than 33 inches
  • Bat diameter must be no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • Wood bats may be not be less than 15/16 inch in diameter
  • All bats must bear the USA Baseball logo signifying the bat meets the USABat standard.
  • Note: solid wood bats are not required to have the USABat logo

Intermediate 50/70 and Juniors

  • The bat is no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • The bat is no longer than 34 inches
  • Wood bats may be not be less than 15/16 inch in diameter
  • All bats must bear the USA Baseball logo signifying the bat meets the USABat standard. (BBCOR bats ARE NOT allowed in the 50/70 and Juniors divisions)
  • Note: solid wood bats are not required to have the USABat logo

Senior League

  • The bat is no more than 2 5/8 inches (big barrel)
  • The bat is no longer than 36 inches
  • The bat must not weigh more than 3 oz less than the length. (e.g. 33" bat must weigh at least 30 oz.)
  • All non-wood (aluminum or composite) bats must have the BBCOR stamp present and the bat is not on the LL list of prohibited bats, or must bear the USA Baseball logo certifying the bat meeds the USABat standard.

More detail is available on the Little League Website - LittleLeague.org

Little League's Statement for the 2018 Rule Change

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.

How Do I Choose A Bat

This is a common question for League Officials, Coaches, an others who've been around baseball a while. There are several methods, but the one we like the most is using height and weight. Use the chart below to find the bat length that best fits your player.

Note: Little League Bat rules change nearly every year. When you purchase a new bat, be aware that it may not be legal in future seasons. Please be sure you understand all the restrictions when selecting a bat for little league play.

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  3'0" - 3'4" 3'5" - 3'8" 3'9" - 4'0" 4'1" - 4'4" 4'5" - 4'8" 4'9" - 5'0" 5'1" - 5'4" 5'5" - 5'8" 5'9" - 6'0"     6'1"+   
<60 26" 27" 28" 29" 29" 29" 29" 30" 31" 31"
61-70 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31"
71-80 27" 28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31" 32"
81-90 27" 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32"
91-100 27" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 32"
101-110 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 32"
111-120 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33"
121-130 28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
131-140 28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
141-150 28" 29" 30" 31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
151-160 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
161-170 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171-180 29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
180+ 30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34" 34"