Hastings Community Little League:
MAJOR DIVISION TO IMPLEMENT TIERING IN 2018
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For Immediate Release: November 10, 2017

MAJOR DIVISION TO IMPLEMENT TIERING IN 2018 SEASON

As recommended by Little League BC, the HCLL Executive met earlier in the week to discuss the option of tiering our Major division and, as a result, drafted a recommendation for review and approval of the Board of Directors. Members of the HCLL Board of Directors met last night (Friday November 10) to review the recommendation to tier the Major division starting in the 2018 season. After discussing the motion to tier, it was voted on and passed unanimously by all members in attendance.

 

Background

In order to combat declining registration in Majors, many of the Little Leagues in the lower mainland are choosing to separate their Major divisions (10-12 year olds) into tiers based on a players’ relative skill level.

In response to this development, BC Little League, the governing body for Little League Districts in B.C., held a meeting on November 2, 2017 to discuss options available to the Districts with the goal of providing a more enjoyable playing experience for all levels of talent.

There are positives and negatives to the tiering model, however it does provide an opportunity to grow the registration numbers for the Major division while offering players a choice to play at a more competitive level or a less competitive level. The hope is that this approach will broaden the opportunity for all players regardless of skill level leading to increased registration and a more desirable Little League experience.

 

What does this mean?

Starting in Spring 2018, Hastings Community Little League will implement tiering of our Major Division into two divisions. One division will have two teams and will consist of players aged 11 and/or 12 years old who qualify and have been selected to play in that division. The second division will consist of a minimum of four teams and will be made up of players aged 10 to 12 years old who qualify to play for in that division.

 

What happens to the Minor division?

There are no changes to the Minor division, however, 10 year old players will be given the opportunity to be evaluated and potentially play in the second division of Majors.

 

Does this change where I will register my child?

There are no changes to registration. Please continue to register your child in the age appropriate division. As we near evaluations, the HCLL Board of Directors will provide more information on tiering.

 

How will players qualify for each division?

Evaluations will be used as a baseline along with input from coaches, the player agent and other relevant stakeholders. That said, the HCLL Board of Directors plan to discuss and approve a qualification process which will be shared at a later date before evaluations take place.

 

Is it mandatory to play in the division with two teams?

No. Players can choose to play in either division, however, only players that qualify for the first division will be invited to play in that division.

 

Will the two teams in the first Major division only play games against one another?

No. There will be a new schedule developed that includes teams from Little Leagues throughout the lower mainland and will constitute league play. The goal is to increase the number of games that teams play during the regular season.

 

How can I find out more?

If you have further questions please contact info@hcll.ca and a board member will respond shortly.

 

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