LSLL is a single charter operating under a divisional format (American/National). We are required by Little League (LL) to maintain the same format for this spring season.
New Little League Policy on Returning Players:
Please note the new LL policy concerning players returning to a specific league/division this season, as outlined in the Operating Policies of the 2016 Little League Baseball rule book on page 174:
NOTE: Once a candidate is league age 9 years old or is enrolled for the first time after the candidate attains the age of league age 9 and is assigned and/or drafted into a specific league (Example - American/National), the candidate cannot transfer to the opposite league(s) during their entire Little League career. This means that a candidate assigned and/or drafted to a minor or major league team in the American League cannot transfer to a National League team. If the player moves between leagues, they will be deemed ineligible for tournament play. If a league(s) decides to redraft in any form or trade players, this note still applies.
What this means for our league? Any player, league age 9 or older who was assigned and/or drafted to a specific division in 2015, now remains in that division for the duration of his/her entire Little League (aging out at age 18) career. Players cannot be traded or released and then drafted or placed on the other division. Players would only be eligible for tournament play within the division they are assigned/drafted.
Draft/Player Selection Process:
Last season, the LSLL used the Common Pool Draft method for assigning players to a division and will continue to do so in 2016. Players who played last season at a league age 9 or above will remain in the division they were assigned unless a parent requests to be transferred to the other division in order to be in the same division as an older sibling.
Fall 2015 Advanced-Intermediate Division Champions - Rockhounds
Loudoun South Little League Middle School Baseball Program
Loudoun South Little League plans to implement a middle school baseball program for the Spring 2016 season. The middle school program is intended to be an extension of the Juniors program and is designed for more competitive play.
Each middle school in the LSLL boundaries (Lunsford, Mercer, Stone Hill) will field one team comprised of eligible 7th and 8th grade players. Team formation will be via a tryout and selection by the respective middle school team coach. Players will tryout only for the middle school they attend. Private and home school players will try out for the middle school team for which they are zoned to attend.
Players not selected for their respective middle school team will be entered back into the LSLL Juniors program for draft and league play.
Assuming there is sufficient participation; teams will play a schedule consisting of teams representing middle school teams located in the Central Loudoun LL, Dulles LL, and Lower Loudoun LL boundaries in addition to the teams in the LSLL boundaries.
If you are interested in participating in the middle school program as a player or coach, please contact Jason Eisenreich at email@example.com. Please see below for responses to some of the common questions regarding the program. If you have any other questions, please email Jason Eisenreich.
Who is eligible to participate in the Middle School Program?
League age 13 and 14 year old players in 7th and 8th grades
What are the time commitments for the Middle School Program?
It is expected that middle school teams will practice once a week and play one game a week. Initial planning is to practice on Mondays and play on Wednesday or Thursday. This will limit the conflicts between middle school teams and travel/Juniors teams.
What will the roster size for each team be?
Roster sizes will be 12-15 players to ensure sufficient players if schedule conflicts arise
Does this qualify players to play Juniors All Stars?
No, middle school games will not count towards All Star qualification. If a player is interested in playing Juniors All Stars and for their middle school team, they can be dual-rostered and play league games on a Juniors team.
What if a player resides within the LSLL boundaries but is zoned for a school other than Lunsford, Mercer, or Stone Hill.
There are a number of players within the LSLL boundaries that are zoned to attend Eagle Ridge MS. We are working with Dulles Little League on this situation as well as DLL players who are zoned to attend Stone Hill MS. We will have further information in the coming weeks but in all likelihood, the player will register with the league in which their zoned school is located and play on the team representing their middle school.