Simsbury Little League will be forming District 6 (D6) All-Star teams at the U10, U11 and U12 levels for both baseball and softball. To be considered for a D6 teams, players are required to register online indicating that they are interested and that they meet the eligibility requirements (See eligibility requirements below).
No payment is required for this initial registration Once selected to a team, the cost per player will be $100
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 27th
Being selected to one of the D6 All-Star teams is a great honor that requires significant player and parent commitment. Below is information regarding the criteria for being a D6 All-Star player and the selection process that Simsbury Little League follows to put together the All-Star teams.
Eligibility – The player needs to be age appropriate for the team he is chosen to participate on. The player must have played 60% of his team’s regular season games.
Availability – The players selected are expected to participate in all practices and games of the D6 tournament. There will be 5-7 practices per week starting in June with tournament schedules starting as early as June 22nd. You can expect tournament dates to last through the second week of July and possibly into August if a team is successful in advancing. It is expected that players will be available during the All-Star practices & tournament times so please consider this commitment seriously as it is a family decision. Any conflicts need to be listed as part of the registration process.
Registering online does not mean your player will automatically make the D6 team. It only means that your player is eligible, and you want your child to be considered. The D6 teams are only for players age 9 and above and players must have played during our spring season. To register use the "Register Online" link on the left side of our website.
Any parent interested in managing or coaching a D6 team must also register separately under the managers/coach’s registration.
D6 Team Criteria
Changes have been made to the age eligibility requirements from last year. Players from any age group can be considered to play up at any level. For example, any player baseball age 9, 10 or 11 can request to be considered for the U12 All-Star team. Any player 9 or 10 can request to be considered for the U11 All-Star team. Baseball / Softball age 12 players are only eligible for the U12 team. When registering, please indicate your team preference (U10, U11, U12). If you are not selected for your preferred team, you will be considered for the next appropriate team.
All AAA baseball/softball age 9 and 10 are eligible for consideration.
All baseball/softball age 9, 10, and 11 are eligible for consideration.
All baseball / softball age 9, 10, 11 or 12 are eligible for consideration.
D6 Team Selection Process
Simsbury Little League uses a selection process that combines player and manager voting. Below is the process that will be followed:
Every player in the Majors Division votes for up to three (3) 12-year-old players and up to three (3) 11-year-old players from their team.
Every player in the AAA Division votes for up to three (3) 9/10-year-old players from their team for the D6 team.
The voting process will be administered by an independent board member with no managers and/or coaches from that division involved.
The top vote getter from each age group will automatically be selected for a D6 All Star team if they registered and are on a team that has a player among the first 15 draft slots for their respective age group.
The division managers, League President, Vice-President, Summer Director, Player Agent and appropriate Division Director will vote on the balance of the D6 All-Star teams.
Playing Time Expectations
It is an honor to be selected to an All-Star team. This truly means that your child is recognized as the best of the best – by coaches and peers. Having said that, the All-Star teams will prioritize team success and advancement. This may mean that your son or daughter plays the minimum amount of innings in the field and/or at-bats during games, even though they have attended all of the mandatory practices. If there are 13 kids on the roster, minimum playing time is 1 at-bat per game. If there are fewer than 13 kids on the roster, the minimum playing time is 1 at-bat and 6 consecutive defensive outs in the field, per game. This may be challenging for you or your child to reconcile – considering they are at the top of their age group – and they were probably one of, if not the best player on their team during the regular season. Only you know how you or your child will react to this situation. Please only register for All-Star consideration if you fully understand and accept this potential scenario.
There have been multiple incidents of significant vandalism in the bathrooms at our Memorial Park over the last few weeks. These bathrooms are only open when we have events scheduled at the fields. We expect our parents, athletes and spectators to behave in an appropriate manner while using our facilities.
Therefore, should this vandalism continue, it is our intention to lock the bathrooms and have them be unavailable through the remainder of the spring season.
This is quite simply unacceptable and a disrespectful treatment of our terrific facility.
If you have any information about this vandalism, please contact Board president Josh Moon.
Simsbury Little League will be marching again this year for the annualMemorialDayParadeonMonday, May 30. All baseball/softball players, managers and coaches are encouraged to march:
Players should wear uniform shirts and hats (shorts are fine), but no cleats.
No bats allowed.
Parade Step-off is at 1:30. Players should be dropped off by 1:00 on Owens Brook Blvd off of Hopmeadow St. near the Simsbury Bank.
SLL will organize by division with Softball marching before Baseball. Then: Majors- AAA- AA- A- T-ball. Gather up the hill on Owens Brook. There will be signs indicating where we are in the order of march.
Bring water and wear sunscreen!
Throwing of candy is NOT allowed.
Have your child carry your cell phone number, or make sure the adult marching with your child has it. Keep your phone on in the event we need to contact you during/after the parade.
The parade will conclude at the intersection of Hopmeadow and Jim Gallagher Way. Please coordinate with your manager/coach to establish a meeting place for you to pick up your child's team.
Equipment update: Batting helmet cages are required/USA bats
Please note: It is a Simsbury Little League local rule that face cages must be worn on batting helmets both batting on the fields and in the batting cages at all levels except t-ball. There will be no exceptions to this rule. C-flaps are not legal in our league. If any players are seen without the metal face cage attached to their helmets, they will not be permitted to play.
If you need a batting helmet with a cage to borrow for the season, please notify your manager at the start of the season and one will be assigned to you.
Please also note: All bats used in Little League baseball must carry a "USAbat" stamp. Bats will be inspected prior to the start of every game. There will be certified bats available for team use.
Players do not need to be available for the entire session.
There is no Make-Up Date, so if you want to be evaluated to play up, you must make this date.
Please register for the division for which you will be trying out.
Spring Field Clean-Up
Saturday, April 2, 10am
See below for fields that each division is responsible for
Baseball Majors and AAA: Friday, April 1
Baseball & Softball - Managers Meeting
All managers are required to attend!
Saturday, April 2, 8 am @ SHS Cafeteria
D6 Umpire Clinic
Rookies Required / Encouraged all Other Levels
District 6 Umpire Clinicis on and will take place onSATURDAY, APRIL 9 FROM 1 P.M. TO 5 P.M. at the Courtside Sports Center in Harwinton, CT.Check-in will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m., followed by the clinic from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., which will include plate and field mechanics and well as classroom sessions.And as always – it’s FREE. Mandatory for all first, second, third and fourth year and highly encouraged for all Simsbury umpires, but the clinic is open to all levels of Little League umpiring experience, as well as D6 managers and coaches.
Umpire Clinic – All Returning Umpires
All umpires must attend one of these classroom clinics.
All umpires have an email from Tom Vincent and need to respond with a time.
for a new or returning application link (
All approved volunteers are listed in the documents section
Baseball: April 18
Team Picture Day
Memorial Day Parade
Simsbury Little League teams will march in the parade. More details to follow.
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 age 16 and older who interact with the players on a practice or game field and dug out, including helping with field maintenance
All umpires age 16 or older (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'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.
Below is a summary of our expectations and policies regarding our umpires:
The only adult who may approach a youth umpire with a question is the manager of the team.
No assistant coaches may have a discussion with a youth umpire during the game.
No one should “coach” the umpire during the game or give them “friendly tips”. This includes coaches and/or spectators.
Assistant coaches and managers may not guide or influence judgment calls.
Coaches and spectators should not yell out “strike” or “ball” before the umpire even has a chance to make their call.
Please let the umpires call the game without any assistance.
Local rule 10.3 Encouraging Sportsmanshipd
Managers, coaches and players shall make every effort to urge parents and other spectators to respect the decisions of the umpires. The home plate umpire may suspend
play in any game where spectators are guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct. If the behavior continues, the umpire will suspend the game until the guilty spectator leaves the area of the field. If the spectator is unaffiliated with either team, the game will be suspended until the situation is resolved. In extreme or unresolvable situations, the police should be called.
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.
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
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.