All Little League activity is suspended until June 15
Simsbury Little League hopes you are all well and adjusting to these unprecedented times as much as possible. We would also like to express our gratitude to everyone who is out there fighting every day.
We wanted to provide an update on the current season and share our plan for hopefully playing baseball this summer.
With the state’s decision that students are not going to be returning to school this academic year, we will not be having any baseball activities until the end of the school calendar. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to play baseball starting in late June. We would then play a summer season with games starting in July.
In light of the above, we will be canceling all registrations and refunding all registration fees for the 2020 Spring Season. Refunds will be made via the method of payment you used when registering. When we determine what our summer season could look like, we will ask for those interested to re-register through our site. The cost of the summer league will be $50 per player, which will be due after confirmation that we are able to play.
We will, of course, follow all applicable guidelines in determining whether we are able to play. This remains a very fluid situation, and we will provide updates as it develops.
As a wise man once said: “The lights will be on and we will be playing baseball.” We will get through this and play baseball again, hopefully sooner rather than later. Just because we aren’t on the fields as a team, doesn’t mean you can’t play ball! Check out our Coaches Corner, which is filled with skills and drills videos and practice plans for your player’s division.
Simsbury Little League
Board of Directors
Little League Spring Season on Hold
See 2 letters below from Little League International:
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Dear League Officials,
First of all, thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we have worked to navigate through this devastating pandemic. We hope you and your families are continuing to stay safe during these difficult times.
This afternoon, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, Stephen D. Keener, Little League® President and CEO, will be making an important announcement on our official Facebook page (Facebook.com/LittleLeague), and we hope you will be able to tune-in, if you have a chance. Please note that you do not need a Facebook account to watch the video. If you are unable to watch it live, the video will also be archived on our Facebook page and on LittleLeague.org once it concludes. While Little League International will not be emailing parents directly, please feel free to share this with your league’s parents and families. We will be promoting this on our social media channels, as well.
As a dedicated volunteer within the Little League Baseball and Softball program, we wanted to be sure you were aware that this announcement is coming, in advance, so you had the opportunity to tune in and hear the important news as it happens. While detailed information will be shared in the video, as well as in an official release which will follow on LittleLeague.org, we know you may have additional questions and encourage you to visit LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus for a number of Frequently Asked Questions. As always, any additional questions may be sent to your District Administrator and/or contact Little League Support.
Little League® International
Dear Little League® Volunteer,
In more than 80 years of Little League, there has never been a season like this one.
As we have navigated this unprecedented pandemic, we have all had to make some very hard decisions that have kept us from playing baseball and softball and supporting the children in our community. On behalf of the Little League International Board of Directors and our entire staff, we thank all of our Little League volunteers, District Administrators, league officials, coaches, and parents, for your patience, leadership, and understanding.
The season has changed, and many of our Little League communities around the world continue to feel the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Yet, in some areas, volunteers are able to work on a local plan for returning to the field and providing a Little League experience for their players. As certain states and municipalities begin their phased approaches to reopening, it is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to Little League activities after May 11. Leagues should contact their state and local health authority and other municipalities for guidance prior to resuming any Little League activities. For a listing of state health departments, visit CDC.gov.
To assist our volunteers, we have compiled the 2020 Season Resumption Guide. In this resource, you’ll find guidance that will help leagues return to the field with information on team adjustments, interleague play, combined teams, tournament opportunities, updated rules and regulations that will be implemented for the 2020 season, communications tools, and more.
When we do return to the fields, it’ll be more important than ever to think about those things off-the-field that make the Little League experience special – teaching life lessons; being kind and gracious to umpires, coaches, and opposing teams; and supporting your community.
The safety and well-being of all our families, friends, and participants is always paramount, and today, is more important than ever. As we announced on April 30, we are extremely saddened that we have had to cancel our World Series and Region Tournaments for 2020, and while we won’t have these events and opportunities to look forward to this summer, we hope that, if safe and appropriate, your league can find a way back to the field this summer and fall.
We will be back and stronger than ever in 2021. We will rally around our communities, welcome all of life’s challenges, and leave a legacy of time spent together at Little League fields around the world. We are all in this together. We are one team, one Little League.
Thank you again for your patience, dedication, and understanding.
Simsbury Little League
Volunteer Requirements & Information
All adults who are interested in volunteering for Simsbury Little League as a manager, coach or umpire are required to complete a background check. This is a Williamsport Little League mandate. Only volunteers who have successfully completed their background check annually will be permitted on fields and dug out, including any parent or adult who wishes to help with field maintenance before games and practices. All volunteer applications are completed online
Below are guidelines on who needs to fill out an application:
All managers or coaches over the age of 16 who interact with the players on a practice or game field and dug out, including helping with field maintenance
All umpires over the age of 16 (note: youth umpires between the ages of 12 and 15 are NOT required to complete a volunteer application)
Team administrators do NOT need to complete a volunteer application
All approved volunteer applications from the spring season are valid for the full calendar year which includes both the spring and fall seasons.
Applicants should allow at least a few days for applications to be processed. Some applications take longer than others, sometimes up to a week.
Please read below the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who fail to comply with this volunteer policy.
Volunteer Application Process
If you would like to volunteer please email Julie Trythall (
). Julie will email you a link to complete your background check using our preferred vendor. Please include your full name, email address and if you are a returning or new volunteer.
Questions? All questions related to volunteer applications can be directed to Julie Trythall (
)or additional contact information can be found on the board contacts page.
The listing of approved volunteers will be posted on the SLL website under Documents; it will be updated every few days.
Approved Volunteer Listing
The list of approved volunteers will be posted on the Documents tab of the website.
Below is the suspension policy for managers and/or parents who do not comply with Simsbury Little League's volunteer application policy.
A manager who allows anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved by the SLL Board of Directors to participate and interact with SLL players on a practice or game field by will be suspended. Suspensions are as follows:
Pre-Season Suspensions are enforced after application deadline has passed and all applications have been processed: Manager is suspended immediately plus two practices
1st offense: Manager is suspended immediately, current game plus 2 games
2nd offense: Manager suspended immediately, current game plus 5 games
3rd offense: Manager suspended for the duration of the season
Anyone over the age of 16 who has not been pre-approved as a coach by SLL Board of Directors who participates and interacts with SLL players by coaching on a practice or game field is suspended for the entire season and must apply for reinstatement the following year.
Simsbury Little League is now accepting applications
for our banner program!!
Thank you for your sponsorship of Simsbury Little League. As a sponsor you are continuing the great tradition that is Simsbury Little League. Simsbury Little League has been teaching Simsbury youth the joy of little league baseball for over 61 years. The league is dependent on registration fees and donations from local businesses to continue to maintain, develop and care for the Little League program and complex. Introduced in 2004, the banner-advertising program provides an opportunity for local businesses to show their support for Simsbury Little League. The money raised with the banner-advertising program goes to improvements made to the fields used by SLL.
A banner sponsorship includes the following:
A 2x8 foot hard backed banner sign, using sponsor's logo, will be hung on the outfield fences of Memorial Park.
A rotating web banner located at the top of the home page for SLL’s website (www.simsburylittleleague.com). The banner will include a link to sponsor's website when available. Our webpage is where all Little League families go to register and to keep informed about upcoming dates. With over 600 families in our league we have quite a lot of website traffic recorded throughout the year!
The cost for the Banner Program is $500.
To purchase a Sponsorship please click HERE. Payment can be made via credit card or by sending a check to the address below:
Simsbury Little League Sponsorship Program
PO Box 233, Simsbury CT 06070
Checks should be made out to: Simsbury Little League
For information regarding the banner program, contact
, our Sponsorship Director.
Did you know that you can receive email and/or text message reminders about upcoming games and practices for your child? It is easy to sign up for these reminders by simply clicking on the "EDIT MY ACCOUNT" tab on the left menu. Once you are logged in, click on your name and check the boxes for GAMES and PRACTICES to receive reminders.
If at any time, you decide you don't want these reminders just go back in and uncheck those boxes.
If you would like text message reminders, select your cell phone provider next to your cell phone number.
Click here to read full instructions on how to change your preferences.
Each year Simsbury Little League offers four $1500 scholarships to current High School seniors. These scholarships are offered to seniors who participated in either the baseball or softball Little League program here in Simsbury. The scholarships are given in memory of Tommy Tanski, who was a Simsbury High School junior, and a former Little League player, but passed away in a car accident in 2011.
Tommy Tanski played Little League from 1999-2005 and during that time played for two district All Star Teams. He also played for the Strikers soccer team and played soccer in High School. Tommy was a tremendous teammate and understood that his contribution was more about the team than any one individual.
For many, the time playing Simsbury Little League baseball or softball is something to be cherished for years to come. It is when friendships are formed, character is built and memories are made. During the registration process, please consider donating towards this scholarship fund and helping SLL continue to provide them in memory of Tommy Tanski.
To make a direct donation to this fund, please click HERE.
Simsbury Little League's baseball and softball games are generally umpired by youth umpires. We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to all our families the expectations we have regarding interactions with umpires. Regardless of the umpire’s age the SLL policy is that all judgment calls stand and managers, coaches and spectators are not to argue or attempt to influence these calls. This includes any sort of gestures or sounds of disagreement. Simply put, please support letting the umpires umpire.
All umpires will make mistakes regardless of their skill level and experience. With 80+ umpires in the program it is an on-going task to keep up with training needs. Please remember that our youth umpires are trying their best and are generally out there without anyone cheering them on in the stands or giving them those words of encouragement when mistakes are made. They too are developing their game and we as a league have adopted a zero-tolerance policy to make sure there is an appropriate atmosphere for everyone involved in games at Memorial Fields.
In 2012, our League President at the time, Tom Benneche, wrote a letter to the SLL Community entitled "They Are All Our Kids!". Below is a link to this letter as it embodies SLL's expectations regarding youth umpires.