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Some reminders for a safe season!

Hello SCLL Families,

Welcome to week one of SCLL baseball! It’s been great seeing all the happy players, coaches, umpires and families out at the ball park! It’s wonderful to see things getting back to normal again, but just a reminder we’re still asking everyone to social distance and wear their masks as we are committed to keeping everyone safe. When players are off the field they must still wear their masks and we ask families to be respectful of this rule too, as we have rules to follow from our District. This also goes for majors and intermediate teams when traveling to play against other leagues. Let’s be mindful on their fields as it’s required there too.

Food and Drinks: While we still don’t have the snack shack open, we understand that food and drinks will be brought to the fields, but please no gum, chewing tobacco or sun flower seeds. We also ask if food or snacks are brought to Harvey West to please pick up after you’re done and not leave trash lying around. Also, with it getting warmer out, please make sure your child has enough water during each practice and game.

Volunteers: Any person umpiring, coaching, scorekeeping, pitch counting, game coordinating, helping in the scorebooth, etc. must make sure you contact Jacob to fill out a volunteer background check at: 
It is quick to do so, but required to help in any volunteer form.

We appreciate all of you working together during these times and we look forward to a fun baseball season!!


by posted 04/16/2021
Happy Opening Day!

Here we are, just about to play our first Little League games of the 2021 season.  It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago we didn’t know if we would be playing baseball at all this year.  It’s been a whirlwind and it may not look like years past but what IS the same is the excitement and spark that shines through in the eyes of our players.  I’ve seen it these past few weeks at the fields as the players returned for their first practices.  We are so excited to welcome our baseball community back to the fields but will need your help to safely make this a realty.  Here are a few reminders about safety:

-Please send your player with their own water bottle and snack.  The snack shack will not be open and there will be no after game snacks.

-Only immediate family should stay and watch games.  Be aware of designated player areas.  Please remember to social distance and masks must always be worn.

*Pictures will take place on Opening Day, Saturday April 10th, the schedule has been posted online.  Pictures will be set up in the grass picnic area across from Field 3.

A special thank you to our umpires, managers, coaches, team parents, scorekeepers, pitch counters, game coordinators and ALL our volunteers!  Without our village we wouldn’t be able to provide this opportunity for the kids in our community.

Let’s play ball!!


by posted 04/09/2021
PICTURE DAY 4/10/2021

Picture day is coming!

Please see the schedule here on the website, or download it here.


by posted 04/07/2021
Little League Picture Day - April 10th

SCLL Families!

We are happy to share that team photos will be taken on Opening Day, April 10th! The photographer will create a composite shot of the team, so all kids will be photographed whether or not they order individual photo packages.

A few things to note about the process for the photos:

  • Please fill out your order form ahead of time. Order forms are available for download from the website www.gCaseyPhotography.com/SCLL
  • Managers also have order forms available if you are not able to print one from the website
  • Please have kids bring their own bat or glove (their choice) for photos
  • All coaches will take a photo as well so they can be included in the composite photo
  • Buddy photos will only be allowed with members of the same household - no “friend buddy” shots this year
  • Please have families wait at a distance if possible to avoid crowding the photo station

More information can be found via the gCasey Photography website. See you soon for some baseball!


by posted 04/03/2021
Junior Umpires Wanted!


Calling New and Returning Umpires for the Santa Cruz Little League Spring 2021 Season!

If you (or your child) are at least 12 years old and want to umpire games for SCLL, please send an email to .

We are currently finalizing our protocols for the season and will send out additional information once we have our umpire roster. Please reply as soon as possible so you don’t miss any information. Opening day games will take place on Saturday April 10th.

This is a great opportunity for our young athletes to grow their self-esteem and gain experience in a fun, educational setting. SCLL takes pride in our Junior Umpire Program and we are looking forward to the upcoming season. We are also looking for someone to be our schedule coordinator, if interested, please reach out to Carolina DaCosta at .

 


by posted 03/24/2021
Play Ball!

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to help with our Field Day. It felt so great to have our baseball community back in action and together again. A special thank you to Damon Adlao for organizing another successful day. The fields look great and we are so excited to welcome our players back for the Spring season!

For those of you who will start practices this week, please remember:

  • Please check your child’s temperature and assess your child for any Covid-19 signs or symptoms before bringing them to the field
  • Please wait to leave the field until your child has gone through the screening questionnaire and is cleared to play
  • If you are staying at the field, please always adhere to social distancing protocols and wear a mask
  • Only immediate family or caregiver should remain at the field

We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to provide your child with a safe and fun season!


by posted 03/22/2021
SCLL Field Day Saturday March 13 9am-12pm

Hello Santa Cruz Little League Community!

Thank you for signing up your child up for Little League this season! We are all very excited for the season to begin and to get our kids moving around and playing the sport they love.

We really need your help in getting the fields prepped and ready for play. We're having our annual Field Day on Saturday, March 13th from 9am to noon. Your help will really go a long way in helping prepare for the season. Even if you can only sacrifice an hour or two it will be greatly appreciated!

The first 36 people will receive a complimentary donut!!

We're meeting on Field 1 at Harvey West near the snack shack.

If you have any of the following items, please bring them with you:

  • weed whackers
  • tampers
  • hula hoes
  • shovels
  • ladders
  • wheel barrows
  • grading rakes

We look forward to seeing all of you next weekend! Please come and help out our league! This league runs on volunteers and we appreciate all of your help. Thanks!

Damon Adlao
SCLL Field Coordinator


by posted 03/05/2021
Registration Update!

SCLL has extended the registration deadline!

Please see our updated “Important Dates” below:

  • Deadline to register: March 5
  • Evaluations will not be held this year, due to rule changes from Little League International
  • Manager selection (look out for an email with more information on manager selection coming soon):
  • Manager applications due: March 5
  • Manager interviews: March 9 and March 11
  • Manager selection: March 12
  • Draft: March 14 (for AA, AAA and Majors Divisions)
  • Manager safety meeting: March 16
  • Season begins: March 22

REGISTER HERE

Santa Cruz Little League believes every child should be able to play baseball. Scholarship information is available during the registration process! Another opportunity for individual families to receive financial support to cover the cost of their registration fees is through the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant. More information can be found on this great program at LittleLeague.org/CallUpGrant.


by posted 02/20/2021
Registration is now open for the 2021 Spring Season!

We are so excited to offer an opportunity for the kids in our community to play baseball again! All divisions are open for registration from Tee Ball to Majors, and also including 50-70 for league age 13-year-olds (read more here about rules for 50-70).

REGISTER HERE

Important Dates:

Deadline to register is February 26

Evaluations for AA, AAA, Majors divisions are March 6-7 and March 13-14 (You will be given a time slot on one day)

Draft is March 16

Practice begins week of March 22

*Please note that Santa Cruz County is currently in the purple tier, which allows for outdoor baseball practice. We will begin the season running practices only. Under state and county health guidelines, games can be run when Santa Cruz County moves into the red tier. This year, registration will be done online (no in-person).

It’s important to also note that our situation is evolving and all decisions for the season will be based on county guidelines, as well as Little League International, to ensure the safety of all players, coaches, umpires and parents. We will do our best to keep everyone as informed as possible.

Santa Cruz Little League believes every child should be able to play baseball. Scholarship information is available during the registration process! Another opportunity for individual families to receive financial support to cover the cost of their registration fees is through the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant.  More information can be found on this great program at LittleLeague.org/CallUpGrant.

We look forward to safely welcoming back our SCLL community!

For all activities scheduled throughout the season, Santa Cruz Little League will be following State and Local Health Department guidelines for Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports, social distancing, and health and safety.

Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

  • How many events are scheduled per week? There will be 2-3 events scheduled for each week, depending on what division you are in.
  • Will there be games, practices or both?  As long as the county remains in the purple tier, events will be limited to practices with your designated team.  When the county moves into the red tier and we are cleared to play games, this will adjust accordingly.
  • Will players be required to wear a mask?  Players will be required to wear a mask when arriving and leaving the field. They will have  the option of continuing to wear the mask or taking it off  when they are in play on the field. 
  • Will coaches and board members be required to wear a mask?  Yes, during all SCLL events, managers, coaches and board members will always wear face coverings or masks, will maintain strict social distancing and avoid  physical contact with players unless in emergencies or injuries.
  • Will players be required to have their own gear? Yes.  Ideally all players will have their own personal gear -- including baseball glove, bat and helmet. By request and as supplies allow, SCLL will provide necessary gear to players. Please reach out to a SCLL representative in advance of the season to checkout needed gear.
  • What precautions will be required prior to scheduled SCLL events to prevent spread of COVID-19? Before a scheduled event, all participants will be asked to complete a home health screening assessment.  For coaches and board members, the screening will include a self-assessment series of health questions specific to COVID-19 and a temperature check. If a coach or board member has symptoms and or answers yes to any of the questions, they will not participate.   For players, the home assessment will be conducted with assistance from a parent or guardian and should include a body temperature check of less than 100.4 degrees and an assessment of symptoms including a cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If an athlete or household member does have a body temperature above 100.4 degrees and any of the listed symptoms, they will not participate. If a player has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive, they are required to immediately notify their manager, the league safety officer or the division representative.
  • Are families allowed to stay and watch SCLL events? Parents or guardians are asked to stay in their vehicles and not be on the fields with the players, coaches, and board members during scheduled SCLL events. At the practice field, there will be separate designated drop off and pickup locations for all players marked with signage. Players will be required to wear face coverings/masks to and from their vehicle. If parents or guardians do stay for practices or games, they are asked to maintain social distance and wear a mask.
  • Will players have daily onsite health screenings? Onsite health screening will be done before coming on the field. The screening will be administered by a SCLL coach for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. The screening will include a series of health questions specific to COVID-19 and a temperature check. If a player has symptoms and or answers yes to any of the questions, they will not be allowed to participate, and their parents will be notified and told to pick them up. Players are required to wear face coverings/masks during the check-in. 
  • How will social distancing be managed during SCLL events? While practicing with their designated teams, players will keep their belongings on the field’s outer perimeter  at least six feet apart from other players’ equipment. While on breaks from active training, the players should go to their own space and not closely socialize, share equipment, water, or cell phones. The wearing of face coverings/ masks is highly encouraged while not actively training.  At the end of practice, players are required to gather their belongings and leave the field in a timely manner.  
  • How will hand sanitation be managed during play? Hand sanitizer will be provided  at each practice and game. Players are required to sanitize their hands before getting on the  field. All players and coaches will practice good hand hygiene and be encouraged to avoid touching their face, nose, and eyes with their hands as much as possible. All players and coaches are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their personal equipment and apparel before training. 
  • What if we want to opt out mid-season? SCLL is completely voluntary. No SCLL player or family will be explicitly or implicitly required to participate in baseball practice or games and may opt to not participate (after registration fees are paid, there are no refunds). 
  • Will the snack shack be open?  The snack shack will be closed for the foreseeable future. Players should bring their own water or snacks to practice and sharing is not allowed. 
  • What if someone is diagnosed with COVID during the program?  If any player, coach, or staff member is positively diagnosed with COVID-19 during the program, the affected person’s specific training cohort will be suspended from training for a 10-day minimum quarantine period. The SCLL Board of Directors will immediately convene if this situation presents itself to discuss any other needed action.

by posted 02/08/2021
Dear SCLL families

Dear SCLL families

As we wrap up 2020, I want to begin by expressing my sincere gratitude to our entire baseball community. Thank you for your continued support through this challenging year! Although we can’t say for certain what the spring season will look like, we are hopeful to bring back baseball in some capacity. Our new board has come together to begin the discussions and we plan to let everyone know once plans are in place. We are excited to welcome 2021!

I want to take a moment to thank our outgoing board members for their commitment to SCLL. I have been proud to serve alongside each of them on this journey. A special thank you goes out to Rachael Marion-Tsukamaki, our outgoing president. Her leadership and many years of dedication to our league will have a lasting impact.

I hope you were all able to find something positive in what was an unprecedented year. I found myself leaning on the lessons we teach our players: to be resilient when faced with adversity, to lift-up our team, our family, and our friends when they need it, and to always persevere because “every strike brings you closer to your next home run.” (Babe Ruth)

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday,
Carolina DaCosta
SCLL President

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Character. Courage. Loyalty.

Through effective leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment, together with training extensions and adherence to rule and policy at the District and local league levels, Little League provides inclusive, enjoyable opportunities for any child and volunteer to participate in a community-based program that is distinctive, unique, and promotes life lessons beyond the field of play.


by posted 12/29/2020
HARVEY WEST RAINOUT HOTLINE

The Harvey West Rain Hotline is updated at 8:00AM and updated at 12:00PM

Please call: 831-420-6192


by SCLL posted 12/13/2020
No Place for Racism and Hate in Little League

Little League Baseball and Softball

Dear District and League Volunteers,

This year has presented unprecedented challenges and heartbreak to many of our Little League® communities. In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, millions have come together to support Black Lives Matter. Little League International stands with them. There is no place for racism and hate in this world and that certainly includes on Little League fields in every community.

Little League International believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to build stronger individuals and communities. We cannot live this mission by staying silent during this tumultuous time and in the wake of the meaningful and peaceful protests, of unconscionable police brutality, happening on the streets in countless communities. These are our communities, where Little League welcomes families and kids to feel safe, connected, and included. Anything less is unacceptable.

The children in our program are at a most impressionable stage of their lives. The lessons we teach and the difficult conversations that our parents, guardians, caretakers, coaches, and volunteers have with our players go beyond wins and losses or strikeouts and errors. Our children become what we teach them to be. They learn from us. None are born to hate. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us to have the meaningful and important conversations about what it means to respect others and that there is no place in the world for hate.

Little League is and will always be a place where all races, genders, backgrounds, and ethnicities come together and are welcomed to play ball and grow together. We are one team, one Little League. We expect all our teams and volunteers to demonstrate the utmost level of sportsmanship. At the core of sportsmanship is respect and showing that respect regardless of what team you play for, the community you call home, or the color of your skin.

As we work together to recover, we believe the power of community is what will help us come together and that your league will be a safe, positive place to gather and promote a hate-free culture. We are asking every Little League program to make a renewed commitment to make our communities a better place for all and show the children we serve that there is no tolerance for hate. Remember, they learn from us.

On behalf of the Little League International Board of Directors and professional staff, thank you for your dedication and leadership, as we embrace the challenges many of our Little League communities face.

We stand with the African American members of our Little League family and are here to support you, your families, your leagues, and your communities.

Sincerely,

Hugh E. Tanner

Hugh E. Tanner
Chairman
Little League International Board of Directors


by posted 06/06/2020
Little League Open Letter to Parents

Dear Little League® Families and Volunteers,

It’s officially spring. We should be getting out our lawn chairs, celebrating opening days, and hitting the Little League fields. We’re not.

We know you want to get out and play baseball and softball, so do we. The time spent on fields around the world is so important – where memories are made, and life lessons are learned.

Over the past few days, as we have announced our recommendation to refrain from Little League-related activities until May 11, we’ve heard from many of you. As this situation evolves, Little League International is committed to sharing the best guidance possible for all its 6,500 leagues in more than 84 countries. We are here for you.

First, it is our sincere hope that we can find ways to bring everyone back to the Little League fields this season, whether that’s later this spring, throughout the summer, or into the fall. This year’s Little League season won’t be the traditional one that we’ve held for more than 80 years, but this is about more than just a Little League season.

We are closely consulting with appropriate medical advisers and our volunteer leaders around the world, and we are committed to doing the best thing for the safety and well-being of all our players, families, volunteers, and fans. As soon as our public health authorities say it’s safe to gather again, we are committed to working with our leagues to helping them get those playing opportunities underway when appropriate.

At this time, Little League International is also working through all possible scenarios for the 2020 Little League International Tournament, including our seven Little League World Series tournaments, and tournament eligibility for our leagues and players.

The Little League experience is a rite of passage for so many children, and we know that this is frustrating and sad, especially for those players in their 12-year-old season. We sincerely hope that everyone gets an opportunity to play this year, and we’ll work hard to make that happen as soon as we can.

Most importantly, we ask you for your patience. Your Little League program’s leadership is working hard to understand how the Coronavirus is going to impact them locally. We know that many leagues have been working hard to prepare to provide a great Little League experience for the families of their community and have already ordered equipment, jerseys, and other associated items for the season. We are urging all parents and families to be patient as we work with their local Little League programs throughout this ever-evolving situation.

Because each local Little League program is an independent organization, the local leadership must ultimately make the decision whether to continue as usual, or to suspend league activities. We encourage parents to require their league and district leadership to follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

While this means that we need to take a break from gathering at Little League-organized activities, the games of baseball and softball live on. Go outside and have a catch, time your speed running 60 feet (or 70 or 90), take some swings off the tee. We encourage you to check out our resources on LittleLeagueUniversity.org including our Backyard Tips. Also, we’ll be showing archived Little League World Series baseball and softball games on Facebook.com/LittleLeague, and the World of Little League®Museum has virtual educational opportunities through Facebook, as well.

Perhaps what we’re most excited about is our Little League Pep Talks. Messages from former Little League Baseball® World Series star, Todd Frazier, and Olympic Softball Medalist, Cat Osterman, MLB Network Broadcaster, Harold Reynolds, and ESPN Analyst, Jessica Mendoza, and many more are providing Little Leaguers® all around the world with a sense of positivity and hope as communities work together to stop the spread and return to the ballfields. We encourage you to follow #LLPepTalk on social media and even make your own Pep Talk that you can tag @LittleLeague in and share using the hashtag.

There are countless suggestions and resources available, and we urge you to follow the information available through World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including precedents set by area school districts and government agencies.

This is bigger than Little League, and if we work together, it is our hope that by suspending/delaying our Little League seasons, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you all for your support, understanding, and patience.

We encourage you to stay in touch with Little League and share any additional feedback or questions from your local communities by emailing  .

We will be thinking of our global Little League community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Steve Keener signature

   

Stephen D. Keener
Little League President and CEO


by posted 04/01/2020
Thank You for your Contributions!

Thank You Santa Cruz Little League Families!

We would like to send a sincere Thank You to all those who gave on #GivingTuesday! Your donation will help improve the Little League experience for our children and future children through improved facilities, equipment and coach training. Your donation has a lasting impact on the future of our organization.

Whether it was to Santa Cruz Little League or a different organization of your choice, we appreciate your willingness to help better our world and our community.

It is never too late to give. Everyone has something to offer. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, and simple acts of kindness. An offer to help a coach carry their equipment to and from their car or a simple thank you for your time, a "great job out there" even after a tough loss means so much to our players and coaches!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in Spring!

Didn't donate and still would like too? Click here to support Santa Cruz Little League 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Character. Courage. Loyalty.

Through effective leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment, together with training extensions and adherence to rule and policy at the District and local league levels, Little League provides inclusive, enjoyable opportunities for any child and volunteer to participate in a community-based program that is distinctive, unique, and promotes life lessons beyond the field of play.


by posted 11/27/2018
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