THE GLOW: Upcoming Halloween Event in Lake Fairfax Park
All Fairfax Little League families have been offered an opportunity to attend THE GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience at Lake Fairfax Park at a discounted rate. This event is being held during weekends throughout the month of October.
THE GLOW promises a family-friendly, immersive Halloween stroll along a trail illuminated by more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns. The event showcases musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses and some of Capital City’s most famous in pumpkin look-a-likes. The family fun also includes costume contests, fall food and drink, and a live pumpkin carving demonstration that will show visitors how to create their own masterpieces.
Please check out the website below for more information and if you would like to purchase tickets. Enter promo code BBALLGLOW for a 35% discount on tickets for any Sunday in October.
The Washington Nationals have offered the District 10 Little Leagues (which includes us) the opportunity to participate in their uniform program. This program provides each player with a high quality uniform (jersey and hat). Players will also receive 2 tickets to a Nationals game and an opportunity to connect with Nationals players as they visit the local leagues throughout the season.
Participation in this program would save the league approximately $50,000 per year. The money saved in the cost of uniforms would be allocated to capital improvement projects such as field improvements, installation of lights and more.
If we participate in this program, all teams (except perhaps Majors) will be wearing Nationals uniforms but differentiated through the use of various team styles and colors. The Nationals would prefer 100% participation by the league, however, they will consider allowing us to exempt Majors to provide us more flexibility (partial participation would reduce our savings). This program does not include uniforms for our All Star Tournament teams.
The board of directors of Fairfax Little League would like your opinion on how you believe we should proceed. Please complete the survey linked below by 27 October so we can consider your views before making a decision.
In all levels of baseball except Senior League (including challenger and senior challenger), the new USA Baseball marked bats, including the big barrell bat, may be used this fall and become mandatory January 1, 2018. The current bats may still be used this fall, but may not be used starting January 1.
BBCOR marked bats are still the required bat for Senior League and is not changing.
Read Before you Buy a New Bat! New Bat Standards for 2018
New USABat Standard in 2018 for Little League
Important news for parents looking to purchase baseball bats for Fall Ball. Little League and USA baseball are implementing a new standard (USABat) for bats at the youth levels next year in 2018. This standard will create wood-like performance in youth bats, which is less than the performance of current bats on the market.
Please know all of the current legal composite / metal / aluminum bats available in the stores today will not be legal in 2018. Bats that are regulated by the new USABat standard will be available to purchase by September 1st, 2017.
Through 2017, Little League will require the use of a 2 1/4 inch diameter barrel on all of their bats for youth baseball players. Starting 2018 , the new USABat standard will allow for bats with either a 2 1/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter (as long as they carry the new USABat stamp). One thing to keep in mind, however, is the sweet spot will be much smaller on the new bats than the sweet spot on the current big barrel bats available on the market.
USSSA Baseball (NVTBL Travel Baseball) will not be affected by the USABat standard, so bats will still be produced with the USSSA BPF 1.15 certification. Little League will require the USABat "Stamp" certification.