San Carlos Little League (SCLL)
PO Box 989
San Carlos CA 94070
Federal Tax ID # - 521288278
2018 Majors Pirates Season Preview
Pittsburgh is called “The City of Champions”.
Unfortunately the Pittsburgh Pirates did not receive the memo.
The last Championship the Pirates won was in 1979.
That team was led by pitchers John Candelaria, Bert Blyleven and Kent Tekulve and hitters Willy Stargell and Dave Parker.
The 79 Pirates team is known as the “We Are Family” team, as the disco hit “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge was used as the team's theme song
Since the Pirates last championship in 1979, the Steelers have won 3 Super Bowls and the Penguins have won 5 Stanley Cups.
Even the Pittsburgh Passions, the women’s professional football team, have won 3 championships since 1979!
The Pirates championship drought of 39 years is the 7th longest in baseball.
Billy Roark was hired as Manager of the Pirates last year.
Roark was a former pitcher who has a keen eye for spotting and developing young pitching.
The Pirates realized that pitching was the way to championships so Roark was given the task of bringing a championship back to Pittsburgh and ending the title drought of this historic franchise.
This is the franchise that gave us Honus Wagner and the most valuable baseball card in history, Pie Traynor, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Ralph Kiner.
But over the last 39 years, the most enduring Pirate memory was Sid Bream limping around 3rd based to knock the Pirates out of the World Series in 1991.
Roark’s first job as Manager was to hire an Assistant Coach, and he went with Scott Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick is part baseball coach and part comedian.
He has a sharp baseball mind and his easy going demeanor and one liners always bring a laugh from the kids and the fans in the stands.
In 2017, Roark and Kirkpatrick drafted the best baseball team in Majors, pound for pound.
Unfortunately for the 2017 Majors Pirates, they just didn’t have enough pounds.
They were the youngest team in Majors, had the youngest kid in Majors, and had the least amount of 12 year olds with 4.
That 2017 team battled hard but it seemed they were just a run (and a pound) away from winning almost every game.
Roark and Kirkpatrick are forward thinkers and they were a year ahead in their draft strategy last year.
If that 2017 team were kept together this year, they would easily be the 2018 favorites for the title.
4 of the 12 players on the 2017 Pirates went in the 1st round of the Majors draft this year.
Roark and Kirkpatrick made an adjustment in 2018 and went with an older team.
8 of the 12 Pirates this year are 12 year olds.
And they have two of the top arms in Majors in 12 year olds Cole Roark and Scotty Kirkpatrick.
Roark and Kirkpatrick shut down opponents and lit up radar guns last year, as one of the few 11 year olds to register 60+ mph on the gun.
With another full year of growth, it won’t be fun for Majors hitters to step to the plate against these two aces.
We have seen this formula work before.
The 2017 Athletics had two aces leading their staff in Dylan Brandenberg and Ryan Hove.
But that Athletics team had contributions from all over the place in route to their championship.
Who will step up for the Pirates this year?
Will it be one of the 12 year olds…Kirk Lord, Joey Correa, Jack Shaughnessy, Simon Smith, Joel Schiller, or Jake Sawyer.
Or will it be one of the 4 non-12 year old kids who played AAA last year, Luke Tofigh, Henry Dommer, Hunter Roark, or Simon Smith?
There is optimism in Pittsburgh that this will finally be the year.
It happened for the Astros last year and now the Pirates seem on the verge.
The confidence is so high by Pirates fans that the question isn’t whether the Pirates will win the championship this season.
The question is what the theme song will be.
The Pirates 1979 "We Are Family" Team was the last championship the Pirates won
San Diego Padres
Manager: Rich Murphy
Assistant: Scott Reynick
San Francisco Giants
Manager: Mike Zirelli
Assistant: Joe Lorenzini
Manager: Billy Roark
Assistant: Scott Kirkpatrick
Manager: Jeremy Schmalzle
Assistant: John Minton
Manager: Toby O’Brien
Assistant: Graham Hinsdale
Manager: Sal Prieto
Assistant: Jason Borzello
Manager: Anthony Pedrotti
Assistant: Nate Loskutoff
New York Yankees
Manager: Andy Castricone
Assistant: Mike Black
Manager: Dave Diago
Assistant: Josh Rowell
Manager: Greg Holmes
Assistant: Eric Hove
Tampa Bay Rays
Manager: Tom Apela
Assistant: Steve Magner
Boston Red Sox
Manager: Mike Busser
Assistant: Pete Deffner
Sam Van Wert
2018 AA Tryout Signup Link
The AA Tryout is on Saturday January 20th at Highlands South.
There are 2 sessions, 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
AA Tryouts are for Baseball 8 Year Olds only, meaning any kid born between September 2009 through August 2010.
All Baseball 8 Year olds that wish to play AA this year must tryout, otherwise they will be automatically placed into the Farm Division.
You can use MAKO bats and other 2017 Little League approved bats for the AAA Tryout. You can also use the 2018 bats as well.
Please wear appropriate baseball attire and bring a bat, glove and helmet to the tryout.
2018 AAA Tryout Signup Link
AAA Tryouts are on Saturday January 13th and Saturday January 20th at Highlands North.
Every kid that plays AAA in 2018 MUST attend ONE tryout session on either date.
You CAN use Mako bats and other 2017 Little League approved bats for the AAA tryout. You can also use the 2018 bats as well.
Please wear appropriate baseball attire and bring a bat, glove and helmet to the tryout.
The session times for both Saturdays are as follows...
Session 1 - 9:00 am. - 10:00 a.m.
Sesssion 2 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Session 3 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contact Ted Mathias at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for the 2018 Little League Season is now LIVE!!!!
To register your child, click on the "2018 San Carlos Player Registration" link on the top right hand side of this web site.
To register as a Manager or Assistant Coach, click on the "2018 San Carlos Coach/Manager Application" link on the top right hand side of this web site.
2018 SCLL CALENDAR
Majors Tryouts (all kids intending to play Majors must attend) – Saturday December 9th and Saturday December 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Highlands North
Majors Draft (Teams Formed) – Sunday January 7th
AAA Tryouts (all kids intending to play AAA must attend) – Saturday January 13th and Saturday January 20th, 3 sessions - 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., Highlands North
AAA Draft (Teams Formed) – Tuesday January 30th
AA Tryout (for Baseball 8's only) – Saturday January 20th, 2 sessions - 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., Highlands South
AA Teams Formed – Monday February 5th (approximate date)
Farm Tryout (for Baseball 6's only) – Saturday January 27th, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Highlands North
Farm Teams Formed – Tuesday February 13th (approximate date)
T-Ball Teams Formed – Wednesday February 21st (approximate date)
SCLL Opening Day – Saturday March 3rd
Picture Day - Sunday March 18th (Central/Arroyo)
Picture Day Makeup - Wednesday April 18th (Central/Arroyo)
San Carlos Summer Tournmament - July 17th - July 22nd
If you have any questions about the 2018 season or any questions in general, please contact Ted Mathias at email@example.com
We look forward to a great season ahead!!
Please note that as of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Please click on the two underlined links above and the one link below to get more detailed informaton on the 2018 Little League Bat Standard, why it changed, and what bats will be allowed in 2018.
* In order to maintain the integrity of youth baseball, the USA Bat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth bats while allowing younger players to use lightweight bats that could not be acheived with actual wood bats.
* This change will lead to less home runs and because of the bigger barrel, more balls in play. It will also create more safety for pitchers as the exit velocity of balls hit will not be as high.
* The new Bat Standard might seem complicated, but the key thing to remember is this...if a bat has the USA Baseball Stamp on it (pictured below), it is fine to use for the 2018 Little League Season.
If a bat has either of these two USA Baseball Stamps on it, it is approved for use for the 2018 Little League Season
It shall not be more than 33 inches in length; nor more than 2⅝ inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30") at its smallest part. Wood bats taped or fitted with a sleeve may not exceed sixteen (16) inches from the small end.
NOTE: Solid one-piece wood barrel bats do not require a USA Baseball logo.
21. How will wooden bats for Little League play be effected by the new USA Baseball bat standard?-
A: Solid, one-piece wood bats that adhere to Little League’s regulations will be allowed for play with or without the USA Baseball mark. Multi-piece wood bats must have the USA Baseball mark to be approved for play. This includes two-piece wood bats, composite wood bats, laminated wood bats, bonded wood bats, bamboo bats, and any wood bat that could be defined as an ‘experimental’ design.
If you have questions on the differences between divisions and which division your child should participate in for the 2018 season, check out the 2018 SCLL Division Classification Guide below.
To find out your child's Baseball Age (which is used to determine which division he is eligible for), check out the 2018 Little League Age Chart.
If your child did not claim a 2017 Hit-A-Thon prize, we haven't spent it. We still have it! Please e-mail us to claim your prize (Ted Mathias, firstname.lastname@example.org)
See the below PDF for the 2017 Hit-A-Thon prize winners and please pick up your prize if you have not done so already.
SCLL Board Meetings Open to the Public
SCLL Board Meetings are open to the public.
They were always open to the public, but there are probably many that did not know that.
The SCLL Board Meeting takes place the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles School in the meeting room next to the basketball courts.
So if you ever find yourself totally bored with nothing else to do on a 2nd Tuesday night of the month, stop by an SCLL Board Meeting.
The SCLL Board meeting schedule will be updated on the calendar.
More information on Summer Tournament will be posted in next few months.
Registration for the 2018 season is now open! Click on the Register link below to start the simple online process.
If you'd like to volunteer to be a coach or manager for the 2018 season, please click on the link below to fill out the application and complete the background check.
The San Carlos Field Hotline is 650-594-2626
You could win $5000! Plus, help us win a VIP Theater Takeover for our members. ENTER NOW