Excerpt from "A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League":
How Do We Line Up?
It is recommended the ratio of Minors to Majors players not exceed 2:1 in the 9-12 year old age group.
With 4 major teams and 20 "non-Major (Minor) teams your ratio is 5:1.
LL is supposed to check on the ratio when you submit your Charter (pretty obvious no one is checking yours!).
You get a Waiver to allow 12s to pitch in Minors - never heard of that before.
12s are only supposed to be allowed to play Minors with Parent, BOD and DA approval - not sure how you do what you do unless you get all 3 approvals and getting parent approval of that many players seems very unlikely !!! I would think a DA approval of that many Waivers might also be hard to get (at least I would hope it would be).
Question for RB56: Do you still have a ~ 5:1 minors to major ratio and if so, was your 2016 Charter submitted/approved that way???
All our league schedules are posted for 2016.
For the 9 to 12 year olds, the Minors to Majors Ratio varies over our four leagues.League A
: 12 Minors // 4 Majors // 3.0 to 1 RatioLeague B
: 21 Minors // 5 Majors // 4.2 to 1 RatioLeague C
: 16 Minors // 5 Majors // 3.2 to 1 RatioLeague D
: 10 Minors // 4 Majors // 2.5 to 1 RatioTotal All
: 59 Minors // 18 Majors // 3.3 to 1 Ratio
To match the recommended 2 to 1 ratio from "A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League," there would need to be seven additional Majors teams.
League B is the furthest from the 2 to 1 ratio, and that is the league where the alpha-dog
BOD Members reside. Belief among families is that League B BOD Members were the drivers for our August tryout and draft, and "cutting" twelve year olds (website states, "Twelve's that try out and meet minimum skill sets will be drafted to the Majors teams to extent that there are openings."). These changes were made to compete more directly with travel baseball, by offering potential for year round training, as well as a more competitive spring season by limiting Majors teams below LLI recommended levels.Do not know what percentage of 12 year olds are still in Minors for 2016. Heard a figure of about 20% for a prior year.