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2 Wilton Little League Our objective: to implant in our players the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

3 Wilton Little League 60 Years of Little League baseball in Wilton Little League International (Williamsport, PA) East Region (Bristol, CT) Connecticut District 1 (Lower Fairfield County) An all-volunteer organization Board of Directors League Directors, Managers and Coaches Boosters Parents

4 Wilton Little League 2013 was an incredible year for Wilton Little League Nearly 1,000 player seasons across spring, summer and fall baseball and softball District 1 Finalists in all five District 1 Championships: 12s baseball District 1 Finalist 11s baseball District 1 Champion 10s baseball District 1 Champion LL Softball District 1 Finalist 10u Softball District 1 Finalist Whats new for 2014 Field renovation at YMCA 50/70 program Spring Travel baseball Enhanced YMCA partnership 60 th anniversary celebration

5 Winter: Evaluations, Clinics & Planning Spring: Player Development Summer: Competition Fall: Recreation Wilton Little League runs year- round, with three on-field seasons and an off-season devoted to League planning and player development. In each season our focus is: Winter: Player evaluations Clinics Board planning Spring – our developmental season, focus on baseball fundamentals Summer – our competitive season, focus on Little League tournaments Fall – our recreational season Annual Calendar - Baseball

6 League Structure – Developmental Leagues (K, 1 & 2) Kindergarten: T-ball Introduction to Wilton Little League Focus on Fun…and begin baseball fundamentals Hitting, Throwing and Catching First Grade: Coach Pitch Continued development of fundamentals Begin to hit a pitched ball Second Grade: Machine Pitch Continued development of fundamentals Begin to develop strike zone awareness * Little League Age means age as of April 30th

7 League Structure – Kid Pitch (3 rd – 7 th / 12 y.o.) AA (Double A) 3 rd and 4 th grade (ages 8-10) Introduction to pitching Focus on core skill development Hitting, Throwing, Pitching and Catching Limited base-running Playoffs and Championship AAA (Triple-A) 4 th, 5 th and 6 th grade (ages 9-11) Intermediate kid-pitch baseball For players with a solid understanding of the game Intermediate base-running Playoffs and Championship Majors 5 th, 6 th and 7 th grade (ages 11 & 12) WLLs highest level of spring baseball For our most advanced and oldest players Full live base-running Playoffs and Championship * Little League Age means age as of April 30th

8 Winter: Evaluations, Clinics & Planning Spring: Developmental/ Competitive season Summer: Extended district play Fall: Recreation Wilton Little League runs year- round, with three on-field seasons and an off-season devoted to League planning and player development. In each season our focus is: Winter: Player Evaluations Clinics Board planning Spring – our developmental season, focus on softball fundamentals; competitive inter-town play for older leagues Summer – extended competitive play for districts and beyond Fall – our recreational season Annual Calendar - Softball

9 League Structure – Softball age 5 through 14 * Softball age uses calendar year calculation! T-ball Ages 5 and 6 Introduction to Wilton Little League Focus on Fun…and begin softball fundamentals Hitting, Throwing and Catching advance away from Tee use as season progresses AA (Double A) Ages 7 and 8 Introduction to pitching Uses 10 inch ball Focus on core skill development Hitting, Throwing, Pitching and Catching Limited base-running Aim for 20% inter-town play AAA (Triple-A) Ages Kid pitch with boundaries Intermediate base-running Playoffs and Championship Uses 11 inch ball Pitching from 35 feet Majority of play is inter-town Submits a district team Majors Ages 11 and 12 For our more advanced and older players Play full Little League book rules Playoffs and Championship Majority of play is inter-town Pitching from 40 feet Uses 12 inch ball Submits a district team Juniors Ages 13 and 14 WLLs highest level of spring softball For our most advanced and oldest players Play full Little League book rules Freshman that play high school team are eligible once school season ends Pitching from 43 feet Uses 12 inch ball Majority of play is inter-town Submits a district team

10 Player Evaluation – Baseball & Softball What we do, how we do it, and why… Provide for the right pace of development of core baseball skills with proper league allocation Enable a fair team selection process End of spring-season evaluations prepared by each team manager Beginning in 2 nd grade (Machine Pitch) for Baseball Beginning with AA for Softball Core baseball skills (hitting for contact and power, pitching, fielding and running) January evaluations within each age/grade peer group Wilton High School Fieldhouse All players 3 rd grade and older for Baseball Core baseball skills (hitting for contact and power, pitching, fielding and running) Rigorous, data-driven and time-tested evaluation metrics and techniques A sound process…NOT a crystal ball Other Data is maintained by Wilton Little League Year-over-year analysis utilized to provide better guidance each season Continuous process improvement

11 League & Team Allocation – Baseball Grade, Age, Experience and Social Considerations League Grade s Little League Ages* Grade?Age?Ability?Social? T-ballK5 & 6 Coach Pitch1 st 6 & 7 Machine Pitch 2 nd 7 & 8 AA 3 rd – 4 th 8 – 10 AAA 4 th – 6 th 9 – 11 Majors5 th - 7 th 11 & 12 * Little League Age means age as of April 30th Kid Pitch | Developmental

12 Team Selection, Baseball & Softball Developmental Leagues – Teams assembled by League Baseball: T-Ball, Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch Softball: T-Ball and AA Social considerations are primary focus Parents often request teammates based on friendship, carpool convenience, practice days, etc. WLL honors all reasonable requests to the extent possible Kid-pitch Leagues – Teams drafted by the Managers Baseball: AA, AAA & Majors Softball: AAA, Majors & Juniors Managers are provided a ranked, sorted list of players on draft night Draft sheets are returned to WLL at end of draft, maintained by WLL Managers are given freedom to assemble teams as they see fit Prioritization of skills on team (pitching vs. fielding vs. hitting) Drafting coaching assistants Social considerations Goal is a balanced, competitive league Fair draft process – all managers provided same information Not always the same thing as balanced teams…sound process, not a crystal ball

13 Upcoming Calendar Softball Teams complete, Managers notifying players Baseball Kid Pitch League drafts Monday, March 17 th - Wednesday, March 19 th Manager & Coaches Clinic and Safety Meeting Saturday, March 29 th 10:00 am Clinic 11:00 am Safety Meeting Opening Day Developmental Leagues – Sunday April 6 th Miller-Driscoll Carnival Fri 4/4 – Sat 4/5 Baseball AA – Monday, March 31 AAA & Majors – Tuesday, April 1 Softball – April 5 60 th Anniversary of Wilton Little League Wednesday, April 9 th Full slate of AAA & Majors Baseball games at the YMCA fields 5:30 – 9:00

14 Upcoming Calendar Little League Day Saturday, May 17th at the YMCA An outdoor celebration of baseball in Wilton Food, music, prizes, raffles…and baseball Picture Day Saturday, May 10 th Playoffs Pool Round: Saturday May 31 st – Sunday June 8 th Semi-Finals: AA Monday June 9 th ; AAA & Majors Tuesday June 10 th Championship and Consolation games: AA Thursday June 11 th ; AAA & Majors Friday June 13 th Softball TBD Summer Tournaments Player Voting Saturday June 7 th District Teams announced Sunday June 15 th Summer Friendship Tournament team selection June 16 th – 25 th

15 Fields Comstock Community Center (180 School Road) T-ball and/or Coach Pitch baseball Miller Field (Miller-Driscoll School, 336 Belden Hill Road) T-ball baseball Driscoll Field(Miller-Driscoll School) Coach Pitch baseball Lions Field (725 Danbury Road) Machine Pitch baseball Middlebrook 1 and 2 (Middlebrook School, 25 School Road) All softball Middlebrook 3 (Middlebrook School, 25 School Road) Double-A baseball Clem Young Field (aka AAA; Wilton YMCA, 404 Danbury Road) AAA baseball Kid-pitch playoff semifinals and championship Bill Terry Field (aka Majors; Wilton YMCA) Majors baseball Kid-pitch playoff semifinals and championship

16 Parent Resources Manager & Coaches Volunteers Set the direction for the team League Director Work with the managers and coaches on scheduling, umpires, etc. First point of contact for any manager or coach concerns Player Agent and Board of Directors Player Agent – any parent question or concern Board – available Wilton Little League Website Team Schedules Sponsor highlights Board contact information

17 Board of Directors – Wilton Little League Board members and roles Robert Louzan - President CJ Belanger – VP softball, VP Baseball (interim) David Johnson – Player Agent Kerry McMahon – Treasurer Kevin Tietjen – Secretary David Liston – Information Officer Eric English – Safety Officer Mario Ferrante – Tournaments Coordinator Tim Clark – Evaluations Coordinator Jim Jarvie – Sponsorship Coordinator Michael Cyr – Field Maintenance Glenn Walsh – Purchasing & Equipment Tim Roberts – Player Development Jamie ONeill – Boosters Coordinator Softball Committee Members and roles CJ Belanger – VP softball, District 1 rep John DElisa– Player Agent Jeff Imrie & Chris Stengrim – Player development April Strazza– Secretary, Coach Development Bob Belanger & Chris Kelly– Purchasing & Equipment Patrick Cropper– Softball umpire coordination Bob Wallace – WBSA liaison

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