By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
November 29, 2012
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 29, 2012) – Patrick W. Wilson, Little League International’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, recently participated in two online presentations that explained the resources and educational materials developed for the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division.
- Mr. Wilson entertained questions regarding the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division via Facebook. Here is a link to the discussion: https://apps.facebook.com/forumforpages/83124013029/e24779af-f416-4baf-8877-40db5ef93764/3
- A 22-minute video presentation featuring Mr. Wilson; and Dan Velte, Little League’s Director of League Development and Affiliation, is available for viewing on the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division resource page.
Little League International has developed an online resource page for the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division. Via the Little League website, local leagues and districts will have access to a power point presentation on the new program, a document describing “best practices,” a field conversion power point presentation, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ document); the ability to review a pointed discussion via Facebook, and a video presentation, featuring Mr. Wilson and Mr. Velte.
“The creation and development of the new baseball division has been a top priority of the Little League International staff,” Mr. Wilson said. “We appreciate the patience shown by our local leagues and volunteer constituents as we move through the process of building the division and establishing the rules and regulations that will govern it.
“The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is the first new division in Little League since 1999,” Mr. Wilson said. “Flexibiity is the cornerstone of this division. It is our expectation that local leagues will recognize the flexibility the Intermediate division affords, and embrace the intent, which is to create a border opportunity for children to play Little League.”
The division, the first new program in Little League since 1999, bridges the transition from Little League (46/60) to Junior League Baseball on a full-size field (60/90). It is a league for 11-13 year-olds whose advanced skills permit rules that are closer to conventional baseball, such as leading off bases, pickoff attempts, etc.
Intermediate Baseball field dimensions are, as the name implies, between those of the traditional Little League diamond and a standard baseball diamond. For the Little League Intermediate Baseball Division, there is a pitching distance of 50 feet. The distance between bases is 70 feet. The recommended range of distance, during regular season, from home plate to the outfield fence is 200 to 275 feet.
“The decision to create a new division of Little League baseball came after much discussion and consideration,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said, “Being transparent, and exploring all avenues to efficiently share progress going into 2013, is critical in the education process regarding the Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division. It is our position to lead and not follow, which is why we are using technologies like social media and the Internet to share information.”
The Little League International Board of Directors publicly announced the creation of the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division in its annual spring meeting in May. That decision came after volunteer District Administrators voted overwhelmingly to create a new program for 11-13 year-olds.
This article was originally published here: Patrick W. Wilson, Sr. VP of Operations & Program Development, Discusses Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division