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FAQ's about North Langley Baseball considering BC Minor Baseball

What changes will we see if we switch to BC Minor baseball?

 

Some people in our association might not even be aware that there are two different baseball programs in British Columbia, Little League and BC Minor. So for the most part differences in the way our baseball program will be run next year may not be noticeable.

The changes that are worth noting include;

Rule consistency;  Little League allows each association to administer house rules, which means that rules in North Langley are often different than those of other associations, which in the past has caused confusion and debate.  BC Minor sets the rules for all of their associations and they do not allow associations to set house rules which means rules are consistent from one park to the next.

While both associations have two seasons, there is a significant difference in the way they are run. Little League has a spring season followed by All-stars while BC Minor has a spring and summer ball. The difference being that Little League`s all-star season focuses on one group of kids trying to make their way to Williamsport, whereas BC Minor`s summer season has scheduled play for all skill levels, giving kids at every level an opportunity to play for a provincial title.

The age divisions are basically the same, with the one MAJOR difference being that BC Minor ages are based on Calendar year.  So your child will be able to play with kids in his/her same grade at school, which is not the case with Little League.

BC Minor also provides a greater opportunity to interlock with other associations, giving our teams in the 9/10 and 11/12 age divisions an opportunity to play more teams.  For example our 11/12 Major teams during the 2014 regular season only played four other teams whereas in BC Minor their counterpart played 20 different teams.

Another significant change will be in the 11/12 age division where the base paths will now be 70 feet rather than 60 in Little League, giving the players the ability to play with lead-offs


What will the boundary be if we switch to BC Minor?

On October 6, 2014 BC Minor ruled on what North Langley’s boundaries will be for the 2015 season.  They are;

 

-          North – Fraser River

-          South – 80th avenue to 216th street then north on 216th to Hwy 1 and east to 240th.

-          West – 196th street

-          East – 240th street

 

This boundary is very similar to what we currently have with Little League.  Grandfather clauses, which are normally seen in boundary decisions, will be addressed after our membership vote on November 6, 2014.

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When will the change take place?

If everything goes through our affiliation with BC Minor will begin for the 2015 season.

How will this change our parks?

BC Minor provides a gradual transition in the size of the diamond that kids play on i.e., 60 feet at ages 9-10, 70 feet at ages 11-12, 80 feet at ages 13-14, and finally 90 feet at ages 15-18.  This graduated approach eases the transition at each stage for the kids.  It also enables a more exciting brand of baseball for each age group. This means that we will have to reevaluate our diamonds and decide which ones will accommodate which divisions.

Do our players still play at our home parks at the younger ages or will they have to travel?

 

Our younger divisions will still play against one another at our home parks and not travel, just like they do now. The older divisions will have the opportunity to interlock with other associations, providing our teams the opportunity to play more associations/teams.

 

Do we lose anything by making this change?

 

The only loss is that we will no longer compete for the opportunity to go to the Little League World Series.  However, as stated above BC Minor provides an opportunity for all skill levels to compete for a provincial title. The executive strongly believes that the overall health of the organization is more important than the limited opportunity to compete in one tournament for one team.

 

These FAQ’s didn’t answer all my questions is there someone I can talk to?

 

Yes, feel free to contact Kelly Parker at president@nlbaseball.ca or  Mark Burgess vp3@nlbaseball.ca

Message from the President

The North Langley Baseball Executive would like to thank everyone who attended the BC Minor/ Little League information session on September 30th.  More information will be posted on our website and emailed to each family in the next few days providing more details and frequently asked questions on the two leagues.  The manner in which the vote will be held is being reconsidered. There will be plenty of advance notice and /or time provided to ensure we give as many people possible an opportunity to vote. If you have any questions please email Kelly Parker at   president@nlbaseball.ca

Message from the President

As some of you may already be aware, North Langley Baseball has submitted an application to BC Minor Baseball requesting that our association be accepted into the BC Minor Baseball association for the upcoming 2015 season.  If successful this would bring an end to our affiliation with Little League BC.

The next step in the process is a membership vote. The executive realizes that this is a big step for our association, and that in order for you to make an educated decision it is important to give you an opportunity to receive and digest information on the pros and cons of both leagues, BC Minor and Little League BC.

In order to ensure that you have all of the relevant information in order to make your decision, we have invited representatives from both associations to an information session.  The information session is open to all families who had a child registered with North Langley Baseball during the 2014 season.  It will be held on September 30th at 7:30 at the Walnut Grove Community Center.

This will be the only information session that we will host.  It’s an opportunity for you to hear from each association and ask questions of their respective representatives. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity, however we do appreciate that this is a busy time of the year, and want to ensure you that if you are unable to attend we will make every effort to post the information gleaned on our website.

If you have any questions about the information session please feel free to contact me at president@nlbaseball.ca   or kjparker99@yahoo.ca

 

Sincerely,

Kelly parker

President,

North Langley baseball.

 
 
 

Criminal Record Check for all Volunteers



All those who wish to volunteer MUST have a CRC completed, NO EXCEPTIONS.

There is no charge for volunteers, Please go to the Walnut Grove Community Police Office to have your CRC done asap. 

**** Nov 6th Meeting to vote for BC Minor,  one vote per player registered in the 2014 Baseball/Softball season 

Notice of Special Meeting

Important Notice

SPECIAL MEETING of the membership of NORTH LANGLEY DIAMOND SPORTS on November 6,2014 at 7:30 pm at Walnut Grove Community Centre.

Purpose of meeting:

The Executive members overseeing the baseball segment of our organization are recommending that the organization cancel its charter with Little League Canada and be affiliated with the British Columbia Minor Baseball Association, effective the 2015 season.

The NLDS Executive has agreed to call a Special Meeting so that the members of North Langley Diamond Sports may vote on whether to change affiliation from Little League Canada to British Columbia Minor Baseball Association.

Eligibility to Vote:

All members of North Langley Diamond Sports are eligible to vote on the motions presented at the Special Meeting.  Membership is determined by the by-laws of the organization:

By-law A 2) Upon submission of a completed registration form (baseball and/or softball) accompanied by the prescribed registration fees, and with the acceptance by the appropriate Registrar (Baseball/Softball), the child or adult shall be considered by definition an active member in good standing with North Langley Diamond Sports for the current calendar year.

Comment:              The North Langley Diamond Sports Executive has determined that one individual for each registered player from the 2014 season (either the registered child or one parent/guardian) may register one vote on motions presented at the Special Meeting.

To register to vote at the Special Meeting, each individual requesting a vote may be asked for personal identification (ie. driver’s license or other picture Id).

Motions to be discussed and voted on by membership:

A decision to change affiliations for the baseball segment from Little League Canada to British Columbia Minor Baseball Association is dependent upon the passing of the following motion:

Motion 1:      Jori Burgess moves that By-Law 1 be modified to remove Little League and Babe Ruth League, and add British Columbia Minor Baseball Association:

Current by law reads:

  1. Any child meeting the requirements as to age and residence as set forth in the rules of Little League, Babe Ruth League, and SoftballBC shall be eligible to participate in North Langley Diamond Sports, but shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of North Langley Diamond Sports.
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Motion is to change by-law to:

1)         Any child meeting the requirements as to age and residence as set forth in the rules of British Columbia Minor Baseball Association and Softball BC shall be eligible to participate in North Langley Diamond Sports, but shall have no rights, duties or obligations in the management or in the property of North Langley Diamond Sports.

Comment:          If Motion 1 is passed by the membership of North Langley Diamond Sports, the following motions will also be presented to the members.  If Motion 1 does not pass, the following motions will not be presented to a vote.

Motion 2:      Jori Burgess  moves that By-Law 52 be modified to remove Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball and add British Columbia Minor Baseball Association, and delete the sentence relating to when rules conflict.

Current by law reads:

  1. The Official Playing Rules and Regulations as published by Little League Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball and SoftballBC shall be binding on the League. Where these baseball rules conflict, and wherever possible, preference shall be given to Little League Baseball.

Motion is to change by-law to:

52)       The Official Playing Rules and Regulations as published by British Columbia Minor Baseball Association and SoftballBC shall be binding on the League, except where modification is allowed for Local Rules.

Motion 3:      Jori Burgess moves that By-Law 53 be modified to remove Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball and add BC Minor Baseball Association and Softball BC.

Current by law reads:

  1. The Local Rules of this League shall be adopted by the Executive at a meeting held not less than one month previous to the first scheduled game of the season, but in no way conflict with the rules of Little League Baseball or Babe Ruth Baseball.

Motion is to change by-law to:

  1. The Local Rules of this League shall be adopted by the Executive at a meeting held not less than one month previous to the first scheduled game of the season, but in no way conflict with the rules of British Columbia Minor Baseball Association and Softball BC.

 

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Motion 4:      Jori Burgess moves that By-Law 54 be modified to remove reference to Little League Canada Policy.

Current by law reads:

  1. All persons in authority including but not limited to coaches, assistant coaches, umpires and Executive members shall submit yearly to a criminal record check. Checks will be made in accordance with Little League Canada Policy. All persons in authority must sign a consent form to allow a criminal record search and background check to be done by the local police department The applicant must complete all sections of the application. Failure to comply with this policy will negate the applicant's suitability.

Motion is to change by-law to:

  1. All persons in authority including but not limited to coaches, assistant coaches, umpires and Executive members shall submit yearly to a criminal record check.. All persons in authority must sign a consent form to allow a criminal record search and background check to be done by the local police department. The applicant must complete all sections of the application. Failure to comply with this policy will negate the applicant's suitability.

 

Motion 5:      Jori Burgess moves that By-Law 55 be modified to remove reference to Little League Canada guidelines.

Current by law reads:

  1. Coaches will be selected in accordance with Little League Canada guidelines and will be based on competence in addition to compliance with the criminal records search. The definition of competence will include references, coaching levels or training completed.

Motion is to change by-law to:

  1. Coaches will be selected based on competence in addition to compliance with the criminal records search. The definition of competence will include references, coaching levels or training completed.

Secretary of NLDS Marla Clark

An information meeting on the proposed change was held on September 30, 2014.  For further information on BC Minor Baseball proposal please visit the NL Baseball website at:

                                                Nldiamondsports.ca/baseball

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