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New Study on Arm Injuries for Pitchers

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YOUTH BASEBALL PITCHING STUDY SHOWS OVERUSE is PRIMARY CAUSE of ARM INJURIES.

No Proof Curveballs are More Dangerous than Other Pitches.

DateLine: August 2011, Williamsport, PA. ____________________________________________________________

A five-year study, recently concluded by the Dept. of Exercise and Sport Science at the U. of North Carolina, found that the primary cause of arm injuries in youth baseball players was overuse. It also failed to show an increased risk of arm injury due to breaking pitches, such as curveballs.

"Some within the baseball community have advocated for a ban on curveballs", Stephen Keener, President of Little League Baseball, said. "However, the study conclusions do not clearly support such a ban. Furthermore, a ban on breaking balls would not be simple to put into practice.  With such a wide-range of aptitude and ability, it's practically impossible to judge if any youth pitcher intended to throw a curveball or if that's just how the ball came out of the pitcher's hand. To ask our dedicated volunteers with judging the type of pitch thrown is not only unfair, it would be impractical ".

TO READ THE FULL REPORT Go To: www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/media/UNCStudy.pdf

2012 Rule Changes

keystone-articleLittle League International today announced the full list of significant changes that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, to the policies, rules and regulations of the program.

In order to give timely information to parents and leagues, some of the changes were announced several weeks ago. One change, in the bat regulations, has been further updated since the first announcement. The update clarifies the penalty for using an illegal bat.

A list of all the significant changes, along with a summary and explanation of the changes, is below: 

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League Officers

keystone-articleBoard of Directors' Roles

The local league Board of Directors, elected from and by the adult members of the league, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the league within the rules, regulations and policies of Little League. This board does not have the authority to alter, suspend or change any of the rules, regulations or policies of Little League.
However, wide latitude is given to this board in many areas of operation so that the local needs of the community may be met. For instance, the local league board of directors is entirely responsible for choosing a method for selection of Tournament Teams (or "All Stars").

Tips For Running A Successful League

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Junior, Senior, Big League Baseball

keystone-articleJuniors
Our Junior division is comprised of 13 & 14 year olds from each of our local leagues within the District 52 boundaries. Recently the local leagues competing in this division were Highlanders, Menlo Alpine, Palo Alto, Pacifica, Redwood City American, Redwood City National and players from San Carlos.  The All-Stars teams consist of 12 and 14 players selected from the eligible 13 & 14 year olds on the current rosters from each of the local leagues to compete in Little Leagues' International tournament.

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Residence Eligibility Requirements

keystone-articleEach local Little League determines the actual geographic boundaries of
the area from within which it shall select players. These boundaries must be described in detail and shown on a map and dated when mak­ing application for a Little League charter. Players will be eligible to play with that league only if they reside within the boundaries provided to and approved by Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

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