Madison LL Juniors Division - Changes in 2018
What has changed
Recently, the Madison LL Board of Directors voted to restructure our oldest division into a true Juniors division for players age 13-14 years old. Previously, all players aged 13-16 played together in the same division. This change is effective as of December 1, 2017.
Why we changed
This change was not undertaken lightly. The Board wished to ensure fairness and competitiveness in the division, and considered the opportunities that older players have to play baseball at the high school level.
We also took into consideration the new USABat standard and the effect that it would have on players moving up from Majors. Without this change, our oldest division would be a Seniors division (accepting players up to 16 years old) and the BBCOR bat standard would apply to this division. This would have meant that players coming up from Majors would go from swinging a 2-1/4" diameter lightweight bat (drop -10 or -11 or even lighter), to swinging a 2-5/8" drop -3 BBCOR bat. The MLL Board felt that this transition, especially when coupled with the move to the big diamond, would be difficult, and could discourage many players from continuing to play the game. By restructuring into a true Juniors division, these players can use USABat-standard bats, which will be made in lighter swing weights.
What the change means
As of December 1, 2017, players who are League Age 13-14 will form the Juniors division and play against each other as we have done in previous years. Players who are League Age 15-16 may register, and they will form an inter-league team that plays against other teams in Morris County. To check League Age, please refer to the League Age Chart.
The USABat standard applies to the younger Juniors division; the BBCOR bat standard applies to the older Seniors division.