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OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
by posted 09/12/2019

The FLAA Board is seeking the following postions to be filled: Please inquire by sending an email to with your name and contact information by October 4th.

 

The Director of Baseball Operations will oversee all levels of the baseball programs assuring that each program will function with regards to a common baseball philosophy.  He/She will assist and communicate with managers in each program to obtain information, suggestions, in order to help develop and/or maintain an effective program.  He/She will also supervise and assist with the organization of the player tryouts, player drafts, all-star selection processes and allocation of players to assure fairness and quality. The Director of Baseball Operations will receive and review applications for player candidates and assist the President in verifying residence and age eligibility.

 

Coordinator for Minor will be in charge of registrations, of setting up the number of teams required and finding managers, in charge of teams’ practice times and field practice availability to insure equal time on the field, coordination of umpires and responsible for the inventory of all equipment needed for all teams, submitting any concerns to the Board of Directors. 

 

Coordinator for Rookie League will be in charge of registrations, of setting up the number of teams required and finding managers, in charge of team’s practice times and field practice availability to insure equal time on the field, and responsible for the purchase of all equipment needed for all teams, after submitting a purchase request to the Board Of Directors for approval. The Coordinators shall design and implement a plan of instruction for educating Rookie League and Tee Ball managers and coaches to ensure the proper development and instruction of young players.

 

Coordinator of Babe Ruth will be in charge of registration for the Babe Ruth programs, of setting up the number of teams required and finding managers, in charge of team’s practice times and field practice availability to insure equal time on the field, coordination of umpires and responsible for the inventory of all equipment needed for all teams, submitting any concerns to the Board of Directors for approval.  The Babe Ruth Director is required to attend any Regional or Divisional meetings.

 

Director of Field Maintenance is directly responsible for the general upkeep of the fields upon which the FLAA’s members play, for procuring any new fields that may be needed for practice or league games, and for reporting to the Board of Directors any and all costs for the upkeep and use of these fields.

 

Director of Tournaments will be responsible for coordinating with the Director of Baseball Operations the necessary functions to host the Annual Little Fenway tournaments. He/she will coordinate the scheduling for each tournament hosted including communication with our All Star Managers.  Tournament functions include umpire scheduling, assigning field crews, ordering tournament medals and awards, and tournament game scheduling. The Director of Tournaments can create a committee to assist in all responsibilities.

 

League Registrar will be responsible for overseeing registration of players at all levels of baseball. The Registrar will also be responsible for promoting the FLAA in the communities of Freetown andLakeville to increase awareness of the programs being offered byt the FLAA; by ways of Social media, mailings, and/or postings in public places.

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50/70 Program for Major League introduced for Spring '19
by posted 11/15/2018

50/70 Program for Major League introduced for Spring '19

Freetown-Lakeville Baseball is introducing the 50/70 Program for the Spring '19 season for Major League. 50/70 refers to the dimensions of a new baseball diamond size that provides a bridge between the Cal Ripken baseball field size and the conventional, or regulation field size at the Minor League level. The 50/70 Division allows leading and stealing as well. The Babe Ruth League and Cal Ripken have stated in 2020 there will no longer be district, State, Regional, to the World Series Tournaments at the 46/60 field level. We the FLAA feel it is beneficial to start playing at this level now. We had the opportunity this past 2018 season to play these post season tournaments at the 50/70 level and our 11 and 12 year olds had lots of success!! They won a District, 2 State Championships, and 1 New England Regional Championship.

https://www.lakelandcitybaseball.com/images/5070logoweb.jpgOnce our Major Leaguers move on to play at the Babe Ruth League level they make a significant jump to the regulation-size diamond, which is 60 ft 6 inches at the pitching plate and 90 ft bases ('60/90'). Many felt this jump was too severe and lobbied Cal Ripken for years to allow for an in-between diamond size with the pitching plate at 50 ft and the bases at 70 ft.

The 50/70 division utilizes a modified baseball field with a 50ft pitching distance and 70ft base paths. Our new divisional structure for League 11 and 12 players, based on the guidelines from Babe Ruth, will be as follows:

  • Majors 50/70 Division.  All League Age 12 players, and advanced skill 11 year olds (as determined by the annual pre-season evaluation).   All games are played on 50/70 fields.

  • Minors Division.  League Age 11 players who do not play in the Majors 50/70 Division, as well as League Age 10 players.  Games will be played on a 46/60 field.

FLAA believes that this will provide an opportunity for players to not only transition incrementally from a 46/60 field to a full-size 60/90 baseball field at League Age 13, but allow FLAA to adapt to the changing environment of youth baseball and leverage our past experiences and converted fields.  Plus, the 50/70 Baseball Division will enable players to play baseball in a fashion similar to the baseball watched on TV!  
 

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