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Little League International Issues Update Regarding Composite Bats: Moratorium Imposed Immediately


 SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Dec. 30, 2010) - Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League (Majors) Division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately.

"Today's decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), which was contracted by Little League Baseball," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "The maximum performance standard for non-wood bats in the divisions for 12-year-olds and below is a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15. The research found that composite bats, while they may meet the standard when new, can exceed that standard after a break-in process."

Local Little Leagues were first informed of the research last September.

"From the beginning, and throughout this process, we wanted to keep everyone informed," Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. "Our intent was to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats. There is a process through which manufacturers can submit individual models for a possible waiver if they wish to seek it. Going forward, we will let our leagues know which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any."

On Sept. 1, Little League International placed a moratorium on composite bats in the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League. Subsequent to that moratorium, some composite bat models have received a waiver and may be used in those divisions. Information on the composite bats that have received waivers for the Junior, Senior, and Big League Baseball Divisions of Little League may be found here:

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/approvedcompbats.htm

At present, no composite bats for the Little League (Majors) Division and below have received a waiver. If and when any models do receive a waiver, Little League International will inform its leagues of that decision.

The moratorium on composite bats, which now applies to all baseball divisions of Little League, does not apply to any softball divisions of Little League.

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Sincerely,
Little League International



December 23, 2010

Dear Little League Volunteer,

During this special time of year we often take time to reflect on the year that was. As we welcome and enjoy the company of family and friends during the holiday season, I take this moment to express my personal appreciation for the volunteer leadership you have provided the Little League program.
 
Each year, communities around the world are invigorated by the extraordinary and tireless efforts of District Administrators, Assistant District Administrators and more than a million local Little League officials and volunteers. Our program could not maintain its respected status as the leader in youth sports without its corps of volunteers. At Little League International we recognize that you, the volunteers, are the foundation strength of this incredible movement and we can never say thank you enough.
 
Much success was enjoyed by our program in 2010, as we celebrated our 72nd season. This year, the 25th Little League International Congress was convened in Lexington, Ky., the Southeastern Region Headquarters in Warner Robins, Ga., was dedicated and hosted its first Little League Baseball and Softball Region Tournaments. On the field, the Little League pitch count was refined and the use of video replay was expanded at the 64th Little League Baseball World Series.
 
Also in 2010, our organization connected with thousands of Little League fans and supporters via the Internet through the creation of several constituent-specific pages on Facebook and continued to distribute news and information through Twitter. More than 33,000 people now receive immediate information from Little League via Facebook.  
  
Obviously, we hope these positive trends continue into 2011. With your help they can, and we are here to support you as we double our efforts to increase participation in all divisions of our program. Please don't hesitate to call upon the professional staff in South Williamsport, or at your regional office for assistance. We have a very capable team of people ready to assist you with all aspects of league and district operations.
 
We appreciate the thousands of you who will make the sacrifices necessary to provide millions of children with the Little League experience in 2011. This spirit of giving is a testament to the value of the Little League program, and it is the reason we are optimistic about the memories and successes that are to come with the 2011 Little League season.
 
In the meantime, I want to thank you again for another great Little League year, and send my warmest wishes to you and your families for a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
 
Stephen D. Keener
President and Chief Executive Officer
Little League Baseball and Softball International