2013 is going to be a fun and exciting year at Zionsville Little League. In addition to the introduction of the new 50/70 division, Zionsville Little League will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary as a Little League organization. It’s hard to imagine that it all started at Lions Park in the early 1950’s and the first Little League charter was issued in 1953. This is an amazing accomplishment that every Zionsville resident can be extremely proud of.
Given the high volume of baseball players registered in the 9 -13 age groups, the ZLL Board of Directors has elected to have the 2013 division structure consistent with recent years. Therefore, the 2013 division structure will include a Majors, AAA and AA divisions in addition to the new 50/70 division. When the ZLL Board of Directors proposed a 50/70, Majors, Minors division structure several months ago, there were several unknowns at that time. First, we were uncertain of the level of interest in the 50/70 division. Second, we were uncertain how many 50/70 teams would be formed.
Lastly, we were uncertain of the total number of registrants in the 9-13 age groups. Since that time, we have learned there is a high level of interest in the 50/70 division and a large number of 9-13 year old registrants overall. In an effort to strike the right recreational and competitive balance, the player pitch league structure for the ZLL 2013 season will be as follows:
50/70 – 4 teams – 11, 12 and 13 year olds
Majors – 7 teams – 10, 11 and 12 year olds
AAA – 6 teams – 9, 10 and 11 year olds
AA – 8 teams – 9 and 10 year olds
Player pitch teams will be selected in the next few days, so if you have a son or daughter playing in the player pitch leagues, you should be hearing from a team manager in the next couple weeks. If the weather cooperates and we are able to prepare the fields in early March, practices will begin in mid-March. Opening Night is April 19th!
The league is currently seeking volunteers to help with our annual field maintenance days, which are scheduled on March 9 and March 16. We can always use the extra hands to help set up fences, clean up flood remnants, and prepare infields. Clean up days start around 8 am and run through the early afternoon, so come down to the park and pitch in!