2023 Spring Baseball Information

Registration for PLL 2023 Spring Season Baseball is Now Open!

Please sign up as soon as possible so we can make sure we have the right amount of coaches per league. Please make sure you register for the appropriate age group by using the 2023 League Age Chart located here to determine the player’s League Age. If you are unsure what league your player belongs in, please contact the league director.

PLL will provide jerseys, socks, belts, and replica team hats, but each player is responsible for the following:

  • Baseball Pants
  • Helmet with chin strap and face guard (make sure to put your child’s name on this)
  • Bat (make sure to put your child’s name on this)
  • Glove (make sure to put your child’s name on this)
  • Cleats (no metal spikes)
  • Protective gear (athletic cup for boys)

Once your child is placed on a team, you will receive information from your coach on practice location and times as well as game information once the schedule is finalized.

Let’s get ready to play ball!

Volunteers

All volunteers (managers/coaches, assistant coaches, score keepers, team parents) must fill out a Coach Registration Form located in Online Registration. All volunteers must also have a current background check. For information on volunteering with PLL, please visit Volunteering with PLL.

 

Mandatory Coaches Clinic

There will be a mandatory coaches clinic on January 21, 2023 at the Pochontas Landmark Center. This is required for all managers/coaches and assistant coaches before being considered to manage or coach a team. The address is 4290 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA 23139.

Player Skills Assessments – February 11 & 18

All players in Minors, Majors, Intermediate 50/70, Juniors and Seniors baseball must attend player player skills assessments on either February 11 or February 18, 2023. This will be a great opportunity to get your sluggers excited for the coming season. Assessments will be instructional in nature.

Assessments Location
Pocahontas Landmark Center – 4290 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA

Assessments Schedule
Assessments will take place at the Pocahontas Landmark Center gym located at 4290 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Please find your division below and attend during your designated time (based on your last name) on either 2/11 or 2/18. Assessments should take 15-30 minutes depending on your division.

Time Division Last Name
9:00-9:30 am T-Ball (Instructional & Advanced) A thru L
9:30-10:00 am T-Ball (Instructional & Advanced) M thru Z
10:30-11:00 am Coach Pitch A thru G
11:00-11:30 am Coach Pitch H thru P
11:30 am-Noon Coach Pitch Q thru Z
12:30-1:00 pm Minors (Kid Pitch) & Majors A thru G
1:00-1:30 pm Minors (Kid Pitch) & Majors H thru P
1:30-2:00 pm Minors (Kid Pitch) & Majors Q thru Z
2:30-3:00 pm 50/70 & Seniors A thru G
3:00-3:30 pm 50/70 & Seniors H thru P
3:30-4:00 pm 50/70 & Seniors Q thru Z

Please Note:

  • We will follow the same schedule on both 2/11 and 2/18.
  • If you cannot make your scheduled assessment time because of a conflict, please come to the next available time closest to your age group. If you still have a conflict, please contact the PLL Player Agent to schedule an alternate time.
  • ALL players MUST be assessed. If they do not attend either day or make arrangements with the Players Agent for an alternative assessment date/time, they will be put into the draft and any requests will not be honored.
  • If you have not provided proof of residency in your online registration, please bring it with you to your assessment. See more information regarding this below.

What to Bring
All players should bring their glove, bat, and wear athletic shoes (no cleats). If your player is a catcher with their own gear, they may bring that with them.

School Enrollment or Proof of Residency Documentation
First time players must bring a copy of their birth certificate. In addition, any player who has not submitted a School Enrollment Form during their PLL career, or has changed schools since submitting one, must submit one at Evaluations. The form can be found here and must document enrollment in the 2022-2023 academic school year prior to Oct. 1, 2022.

On the form, League Name = Powhatan Little League, and League ID# = 292044

If the player is home schooled or doesn’t attend a public or private school in Powhatan or Cumberland or Amelia County, please submit 3 proofs of residency as follows:

Submit 1 proof from each of the 3 Groups, dated or in force between Feb. 1, 2023 – Feb. 1, 2024.

Group 1
· Driver’s License
· School records
· Vehicle records (i.e., registration, lease, etc.)
· Employment records
· Insurance documents

Group 2
· Welfare/child care records
· Federal records (i.e., Federal Tax, Social Security, etc.)
· State records
· Local (municipal) records
· Support payment records
· Homeowner or tenant records
· Military records

Group 3
· Voter’s Registration
· Utility bills (i.e., gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
· Financial records (loan, credit, investments, etc.)
· Medical records
· Internet, cable, or satellite records

Drafting Teams 

  • Instructional & Advanced T-Ball Player Draft
    Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 6:00-7:30 pm
    Location: Fighting Creek Park above concessions
  • Coach Pitch & Minors Player Draft
    Thursday, February 23, 6:00-7:30 pm
    Location: Fighting Creek Park above concessions
  • 50/70 & Seniors
    Date/Time TBD
    Location: Fighting Creek Park above concessions

Only team managers or their designees will be allowed to attend the draft.

Other Important Dates

Walk-In Registration February 11 & 18, 2023
Registration Deadline February 18, 2023
Player Drafts (see above)
DICK’s Sporting Goods Appreciation Weekend February 24-27, 2023
Practices Start Week of March 6, 2023
Games Start Week of April 10, 2023
Opening Day Ceremonies April 15, 2023
Picture Day April 29. 2023
All Stars Manager Recommendations Due May 19, 2023
Regular Season Ends May 25, 2023

 

 

POWHATAN LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

SPRING HOUSE RULES BY DIVISION

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT PLL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY/WILL DECIDE AGE CUTOFFS FOR EACH DIVISION AS EACH SEASON DICTATES AND/OR AS NEEDED. THIS ALSO INCLUDES SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF LEAGUE AGE PLAYERS ALLOWED ON A TEAM PER DIVISION FOR DRAFTING PURPOSES.

  • First time players only, league ages 4 & 5, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart.
    • A game will consist of three innings, not to exceed one hour and thirty minutes.
    • Bases are to be spaced fifty feet apart.
    • Each team bats entire line-up each inning. Outs will not be recorded
    • Base runners will not be removed on any defensive play.
    • All defensive pitchers must wear helmets with face masks. First baseman to wear helmet with face mask at coach’s discretion.
    • All batters and base runners must wear helmets with face mask and chin straps.
    • Every player plays every inning. No player will sit.
    • All players must be rotated defensively each inning to allow the opportunity for players to play outfield and infield.
    • All players must use Little League regulation Tee Ball bat (2 ¼ inch barrel).
    • Runners may advance one base at a time.
    • If at all possible, a team will consist of no more than twelve players.
    • Pitcher must throw the ball to first base if fielded within the circle. Exception – if there is a play at home, pitcher may run home if fielded in the circle.
    • Non-wood and laminated bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of this standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com)
  • Returning league age 5 that have completed one season of instructional tee ball and all league age 6. League age is determined by the 2023 League Age Chart.
  • A game will consist of five innings, but shall not exceed one hour and thirty minutes.
  • Each batter will receive three pitches. If ball is not hit, tee will be set up and batter will allowed five swings.
  • An inning will consist of three outs or five runs.
  • Bases are to be spaced sixty feet apart.
  • All defensive pitchers must wear a helmet with face mask. First baseman to wear helmet with face mask at coach’s discretion.
  • All batters and base runners must wear helmets with face mask and chin straps.
  • No player shall sit out more than one consecutive inning. (9 Players on Defense no more than 9)
  • All players must be rotated defensively each inning to allow each player to play outfield and infield.
  • A runner may advance one base on an overthrow to bases at base coach’s discretion.
  • When a ball is hit into play, runners may advance until the ball enters any part of the infield within the base lines.
  • Teams shall consist of twelve to fifteen players.
  • Pitcher must throw the ball to first base if fielded within the circle. Exception – if there is a play at home, pitcher may run home if fielded in the circle. 
  • Non-wood and laminated bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of this standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program (USABaseballShop.com)
  • League ages 7 and 8, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart. League Age 8 players may try out for the Minors division at parent/guardian discretion.
    • A game will consist of six innings, but shall not exceed one hour and forty-five minutes.
    • Each at-bat will consist of five pitches or three swings, whichever comes first.
    •An inning will consist of three outs or five runs.
    • All rules of the current Little League rule book will apply.
    • Non-wood and laminated bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo. Bats shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
  • League ages 9, and 10, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart. League Age 8 players must try out. League Age 10 players may try out for the Majors division at parent/guardian discretion.
    • The Minors Division is using a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet.
    • A game will consist of six innings. However, no new inning will start after one hour and forty-five minutes.
    • A minimum of 4 innings must be played (3 ½ if home team is winning).
    • An inning will consist of three outs or five runs.
    • All rules of the current Little League rule book will apply.
    • All batters and base runners must wear batting helmets. Face masks and chin straps are highly recommended. • Interleague play shall be conducted in accordance with Little League rules.
    • No player shall sit out more than one consecutive inning.
    • Non-wood and laminated bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo. Bats shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
  • League ages 11 and 12, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart. League Age 10 players must try out. League Age 12 players may try out for the Intermediate 50/70 division at parent/guardian discretion.
    • The Majors Division is using a 60-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 46 feet.
    • A game will consist of six innings. However, no new inning will start after two hours.
    • All rules of the current Little League rule book will apply.
    • All batters and base runners must wear batting helmets. Face masks and chin straps are highly recommended.
    • Interleague play shall be conducted in accordance with Little League rules.
    • No player shall sit out more than one consecutive inning.
    • Non-wood and laminated bats shall bear the USA Baseball logo. Bats shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.

League age 13, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart. League Age 12 players must try out.

The division, which was new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 for players league-age 11-13 with postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Many of the Junior League rules are used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 12-14, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Modified diamond dimensions may be used during the regular season.
  • League ages 14, 15, and 16, as determined by the 2023 League Age Chart. League Age 13 players must try out.
    • The Seniors Division is using a 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.
    • A game will consist of seven innings. However, no new inning will start after two hours and thirty minutes.
    • All rules of the current Little League rule book will apply.
    • All batters and base runners must wear batting helmets. Face masks and chin straps are highly recommended.
    • Interleague play shall be conducted in accordance with Little League rules.
    • No player shall sit out more than one consecutive inning.
    • All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled. It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30″) at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed eighteen (18) inches from the small end. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces).