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Pittsford Little League proudly announces the Little League Travel Baseball Division for Spring 2017


 

Try-outs for the 2017 teams will be held on dates/fields seen below. Players will only need to attend ONE session. Sessions will last about 75 minutes. Register here.

 

8U Showcase at Ford B Dates and Times:

  • September 11th: 1pm-2:30pm

  • September 14th: 6pm-7pm

9U-12U Evaluations at Habecker Complex Dates and Times:

  • September 11th:
    • 9 and 10 Year Olds 11am-12:30pm
    • 11 and 12 Year Olds 1pm-2:30pm
  • September 14th:
    • 9 and 10 Year Olds 6pm-7:30pm
    • 11 and 12 Year Olds 6pm-7:30pm

13U Evaluations at Ackley Dates and Times:

  • September 11th: 1pm-2:30pm

  • September 14th: 6pm-7pm

 


Little League District 4 (Monroe County) began the Travel Baseball Division in 2012. Travel Baseball allows players seeking a higher level of competition to play with their classmates in the traditional community setting of Little League.

Travel Division is for players ages 8-13. 2017 will be the sixth year of play in NY District 4. Little League Travel is a division that allows the formation of teams from each town to compete with teams from other nearby Little Leagues. Little League Travel is designed to be a very competitive league, operating under rules from the Little League Regular Season, including mandatory play and pitch counts.

Pittsford Little League intends to form teams at the following age grouping: 13 Intermediate, 12U 50/70, 12U 46/60 (mostly 11 year olds), 10U, 9U and 8U. Exact grouping depends on registration numbers within all of Disctrict 4. All leagues are player-pitch, except 8U which is machine pitch. The 13 and 12U 50/70 teams will play under the Intermediate 50/70 rules; i.e. leadoffs, balks, and dropped third strikes. All other teams will play the standard LL 46/60. Note: There may be a limited number of spots for 8 year olds on a 9/10 team.

12U and 13U 50/70 league schedules are specifically designed to avoid conflicts with Modified teams.

All Travel players 12 and under are REQUIRED to also play on a spring "house" team (e.g. A, AA, AAA, Majors). Games for Little League Travel are designed to avoid schedule conflicts with house league games. Moreover, players and coaches are expected to coordinate with, and generally give priority to the regular season teams. There will be approximately 12-18 games in the Travel Season. Exact scheduling will be determined by Little League District 4. One-half of the games will be at home, in Pittsford, with away games in Monroe County (and Victor).

Tryouts are held in September. There will be at least two try-out sessions. Players must attend ONE session only. Players will be invited by coaches and administrators to join a team after tryouts have taken place. Commitment to the Team and to the League is essential. Each invitee will have a short decision period to join the team, and if a player does not register and make payment, the League will move on to other players. Rosters are expected to have 12 players plus (possibly) alternates. Weight is given to tryout performance, coachability, commitment and sportsmanship.

Players will enjoy several indoor practices in the winter months of 2016-2017. Players will receive a high-quality uniform (with a choice of number), embroidered hat, and socks. The team will also be invited to a Little League sanctioned tournament scheduled by District 4 and NY State.

Pittsford Little League will be able to offer this program at a more affordable rate than other Travel Baseball Leagues.

 

Travel Baseball FAQ

Little League is offering a player the "best of both worlds". Playing community-based traditional Little League baseball with and against classmates and friends, while also playing competitive baseball against teams from local towns. All aspects of the game are overseen by Little League International, the largest non-profit youth sports program worldwide. As a Little League player, you are also eligibile for Summer Little League sanctioned tournaments: local, state, and national "Williamsport" tournaments (Little League World Series). And all at a more reasonable rate than other programs.
No, this is specifically for a very competitive travel program. Pittsford Little League, like thousands of other Little Leagues around the globe, will always have traditional, community-based leagues. There will continue to be evaluations in the spring for many of these traditional leagues, as always, to help determine placement.
Players and parents often look for a bit more out of playing baseball. This provides an opportunity with the familiar structure of Little League.
At the 12-and-under levels, this is required. Players need to be rostered and play in at least 60% of their regular season "house" team's games. This is important to the well-being of the player's experience and the overall benefit of the League as a whole.
Games are played in Monroe County and Victor. Half of the games are at home, in Pittsford. We hope to again play in the Thruway Series next summer, where tournaments have been held in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.
The schedule will be designed to avoid conflicts. Clearly, rainouts are a factor. This is part of the reason to include alternates on the roster.
The Managers and Board of Directors will decide on the selection of alternates, as well as whether to use a common pool. There are many factors and rules to ensure fair play for all teams and players. Use of substitutes or alternates is governed by Little League International.
Travel Division is subject to the same mandatory play rules as Regular Season play. These minimums are routinely exceeded by managers at all levels of play. The philosophy of Little League is to promote the betterment of play for all players, and this would include Travel Division. Managers are encouraged to not only win ball games, but to win as a team.
Teams will be practicing over the winter, indoors. An outdoor try-out in the fall will better gauge a player's abilities and allow the team to be formed.
No. The League will invite players and alternates to the teams being formed. This will take place over a few weeks after try-outs. Once selected, the players not making the team will be informed, and are (of course) welcome to register in the spring for the regular season.
The player will need to register for both Travel and Regular season baseball (for 12-and-under). The fee for the Travel team is non-refundable. Should you also choose not to play in the Regular season, that fee can receive a credit, as per our regular refund policy.
The question is whether you should. That is a lot of baseball for young players; and conflicts with practices and games would practically be guaranteed and a detriment to your teams.
The schedule for Little League Travel is set by District 4, and Pittsford Little League will schedule its Regular Season games taking Little League Travel into account.
Summer Tournament and Summer All-Star teams are formed once the regular (Spring) season has ended. Summer play spans July and early August, whereas Travel Division complements the regular spring season.
There are several factors that go into the selection of players for summer tournament teams. Players are not required to play on travel teams in order to make all-star teams, in accordance with Little League standards.
You can expect 1-2 games per week for Travel and 1-2 games per week for your house league. That's 3-4 games per week from late April to mid June. There are no double-headers, but you may have multiple games in the same weekend day (e.g. one travel game and one house game), schedule depending.
In 2013 there were teams from Brighton, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Irondequoit, Penfield, Rush-Henrietta, Victor, Webster and Pittsford.
Yes. The softball program expects to field a 9/10 team and an 11/12 team.
 
Please email with any additional questions.