Attention RHLL Parents, Managers and Coaches,
One of the cornerstones of playing Little League Baseball is to provide kids with an opportunity to develop their baseball skills in fun and safe atmosphere. Safety has always been is a very high priority and many of the LL rules have safety in mind. Little League has decided to implement the new USA Baseball Bat Standard as of 1/1/2018.
The immediate impact of adopting this new standard is all Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Please reference this link for complete information from Little League on this topic
This rule has a great financial impact on RHLL as we will have to buy new bats for each equipment bag that is provided to each team. Out standard in previous years was to provide 2 bats in each bag. In 2017, RHLL had 70 teams so if that number remains the same, we would have to purchase 140 bats if we decide to provide 2 bats per bag. Once we calculate the cost for these bats, we will have to determine the impact on our 2018 budget. Our normal action when we have increased costs is to increase player fees. The RHLL Board would prefer not to raise fees to cover this cost.
A suggestion was made at our last board meeting to create a separate initiative to circulate this need for money to fund the new bats to our RHLL families and local businesses in the area. If successful in this fund-raising venture, we can avoid significant rate increases.
If anyone feels they can help us acquire these funds from sponsors in the area, please contact Tim Perkins, tperkins.xcesscapital@gmailcom
We will be addressing this topic during our Open Public Meeting on
December 13th at 7:00 pm at Rochester Hills Public Library.
Rochester Hills Board of Directors