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Local Little Leagues to add new division for 11/12 year olds
Mount Airy, Maryland – December 22, 2010 – Four County Little League, and several other leagues in Maryland District 2, will now offer a new supplemental 50’/70’ program to their Little League Baseball program. Traditionally, Little League Baseball, up to the age of 12 years old, is played with a 46’ pitching distance and a 60’ baseline. This is how the game was played in 1939 when Carl Stotz modified the traditional 90’ baselines for a group of kids in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Stotz was the founder of Little League and the game has remained relatively the same ever since. Traditionally, at the age of 13, the kids jump from a 60’ diamond to a 90’ diamond. Over the past decade, there have been numerous other youth baseball organizations that have started playing 11 & 12 year olds on the 70’ diamond. Little League International recognized this and in 2010 announced a 50’/70’ pilot program.
For this upcoming 2011 season, Four County Little League will offer a Sunday only supplemental 70’ baseball program. The new division is a supplemental program that will be played in addition to their normal “in house” Majors team program.
The current Four County Little League President, Jim Gill, said, “Other organizations, such as Pony League or Ripken Baseball, are already playing their 12 year olds at 70’, so this will give kids who have played for other organizations a chance to play with Four County Little League. We are looking forward to this addition and hope it attracts some new players and some additional talent to our league. We have talked to East Frederick Little League and they are committed to playing and we also have commitments from teams in District 1 and District 4. Our hope is that the other leagues in our District put a team together so we can play mostly in our area. With “in house” play, the Sunday only program and the tournaments this Summer, our kids are going to play more baseball than they ever have with Four County.”
To find our more about Four County Little League or to register for the upcoming season, visit the league’s website at www.FCLLbaseball.org.
About Four County Little League - Four County Little League, a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, is chartered with Little League International. The league is based in Mount Airy, Maryland, but serves families in all of the four county area. The league provides a supervised program of youth baseball instruction and games for players between the ages of 4 through 14 under the rules and policies of Little League International. Each summer the best players are chosen from the league and play in the Little League International Tournament culminating in Williamsport, PA at the Little League World Series.
Four County Little League
P.O. Box 512
Mount Airy, MD 21771