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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -- SPRING 2018 50/70 BONUS DIVISION

What is “50/70” (aka “Intermediate”)

The term refers to the dimensions of the field. A little league field measures 46-feet to the mound, and 60-feet between bases. This new division is Little League’s attempt to create a transitional experience between the small field and the “big” diamond used in the upper divisions.

Who Is eligible to play in Ladera’s 50/70 division?

Any league-age 12 or 13-year-old who is also signed up and playing majors or juniors. Thus the term ‘Bonus Division.’ Information from pilot programs in other leagues indicates that many kids in this age range prefer to play both with their friends and also in a competitive environment.

Will 50/70 games or practices conflict with majors or juniors?

No. 50/70 games will played Sundays only, and no practices will be scheduled since players are already practicing with their majors or juniors team.

Why is the cost only $35 and what is included?

The cost was set low this year because players are required to also signup for a full-price division. We think it’s a great value overall. Kids will receive uniform tops and hats, and coaches will be provided balls and equipment. Each 50/70 team will play 12 competitive games, and standings will be kept. Interleague games with nearby little leagues may be included, thus some traveling may be required.

Why is the League taking this step?

Little League International and District 68, to which Ladera Little League belongs, are strongly encouraging leagues to introduce the Intermediate 50/70 division as a response to the changing nature of youth baseball and the higher skill level of younger players. The current divisions and dimensions date back to 1958.

What are the rule differences from majors?

50/70 is more akin to Junior-level or PONY baseball primarily because lead-offs and pick-offs are permitted. Big-barrel BBCOR bats are permitted and games are 7-innings. Junior-level minimum play rules apply.

How is pitching regulated?

Players will follow age-based pitching restrictions as outlined in Regulation VI. The pitcher's record "follows" the pitcher from one division to the next. Players must also adhere to the catching restrictions outlined in Regulation VI. Additionally, local restrictions on 50/70 pitch counts may be installed prior to the start of the season to ensure minimal impact on other divisions.

How does tournament play (All-Stars) work in 50/70?

Players who participate in at least 60% of his team’s games will have access to a national tournament (similar to Williamsport) culminating in a nationally-televised World Series in Livermore, CA. A player can be eligible for tournament play in two divisions but ultimately must choose one to practice and play on (i.e. majors or 50/70). To clarify, playing regular-season 50/70 DOES NOT restrict players from playing in the Little League Division that culminates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.

Further Question can be directed to Commissioner Rob Milo at robmilo@cox.net

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