Greetings Parents, Guardians and Players,
My name is John Ripka and I will be serving as the new president of the Crystal American Little League Baseball Association. 2017 will mark my 16th season with Crystal Little League (1998 - 2009 and 2014 - present). Jake and Megan are my 3rd and 4th kids to play for Crystal Little League. I have coached at all levels of the program, but this is my first position held with the board.
I want you as parents and guardians to be aware of a couple items that have recently changed. The first item is in regards to the bats that are allowed to be used in Little League baseball. The bat standards will change for the 2018 season, so if you are planning on purchasing a new bat for the 2017 season, you might want to buy a bat that is approved for the 2018 standards. Below is a link to the bat information for 2017 as well as the information for the new standards starting with 2018.
Another hot topic is that of league boundaries and "All Star" team eligibility. For starters, any player that resides in or attends school within the league boundaries, is eligible to play on an "All Star" team.
- If a player recently moved out of the league boundaries, but lived in or attended school within the league boundaries, and has had continuous participation in the league, is eligible to play on an "All Star" team, as long as the proper paperwork is turned in and signed by the league president and a district administrator. Paperwork involves filling out a II(d) form which will be kept by the local league as well as the district.
- Players that are from a divided home, may choose to play in the boundaries of either parent's residence, and would be eligible to play on an "All Star" team.
- If a player resides AND attends school outside of the league boundaries but wants to play in another association, a waiver process must be followed. However, there are no guarantees that a waiver will be granted. If a waiver is submitted to the local league, the following will take place:
If a waiver is granted, that player may participate in regular season activities, but IS NOT eligible to play on an "All Star" team. They may, however, play on alternate tournament teams, such as "Selects".
Below are some links with the boundary information as well as a link to the interactive map.
Type in your home address or the address of the player's school and a map of your association's boundaries will be highlighted). The interactive map will allow you to zoom in or out, or move to specific locations. Little League has strict rules and regulations regarding boundaries, and these boundaries determine eligibility to play on postseason "All Star" teams.
If you feel your player may need a waiver request submitted, contact me immediately so we can get the process started. If you have any questions regarding the boundaries or eligibility, please contact me as well. When in doubt, check it out. Don't wait until the last minute and risk your player's eligibility.
My goal is to make sure every player enjoys their time while in Crystal Little League, and that every player goes on to play beyond Crystal Little League.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets - Yogi Berra
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Crystal Little League baseball is located in Crystal, Minnesota. We are a Little League baseball program for boys and girls ages 5 to 12 that are residents of the City of Crystal. Field Locations