CALEDONIA BASEBALL SOFTBALL LEAGUE (CBSL), a chartered member of Little League Baseball, Inc., is a volunteer organization that provides Caledonia, MICHIGAN community youth with a friendly, instructional setting to participate in baseball & softball play, skills development, and good sportsmanship in a safe and nurturing environment. The best interests of the children may not be compromised for the interests of a parent, fan and/or coach.
CBSL Awarded Grow the Game Grant from Little League
Caledonia Baseball and Softball Little League (CBSL) has been hard at work over the past few years making improvements to their facilities and equipment to improve the opportunities for the communities baseball and softball athletes. The CBSL Board is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for sports, quality instruction in the development of skills, as well as competitiveness and fair play all on high quality facilities. With this focus in mind the CBSL Board has channeled its energy in recent years on the improvement and enhancement of its existing facilities including the Cal Plex facility as well as the fields at the local community schools.
In just this past year some examples of those enhancements at the Cal Plex facility include rebuilding one of the mounds, installing four scoreboards, a sandbox and a state of the art batting cage. In addition, they have reworked the playing surface of 10 other local school and park fields including Kraft Meadows Middle School, Emmons Lake Elementary School, Dutton Elementary School, Caledonia Elementary School and Lakeside Park for use for all CBSL coaches and teams. The CBSL Board has not stopped there as more fields are scheduled to be reworked, player benches to be added at Dutton Elementary School and one new scoreboard will be going up at Cal Plex. Up to this point all of this work has been done through management of existing registration fees, CBSL Fundraising Initiatives, and the extreme generosity of local and corporate sponsors. Even with all of these enhancements there is still more work to do.
Based on all of this hard work and generous donations, the CBSL Board started exploring options for grants to support the work that is already in the works. That is when The Little League® Grant Program “Grow the Game” was discovered. This grant’s sole purpose was to provide assistance to local Little League programs working to further the mission of Little League in their community. So in quick fashion the CBSL applied for and was awarded The Little League® “Grow the Game” Grant. This generous grant was awarded in the amount of $32,000 for CBSL to make improvements to continue to encourage a healthy environment for sports, quality instruction in the development of skills, as well as competitiveness and fair play all on high quality facilities.
Some of the improvements you can look forward to in the coming months on the local little league fields include:
1.Dugouts at our Cal Plex Little League facility.
2.Repaired mound at our Boys Junior/ Boys Senior League Field.
3.Repair damaged fencing at our Boys Junior/ Boys Senior League Field.
4.Application of new diamond dust and grade the infield structure on playing fields at our Cal Plex facility.
5.Repaired mounds at our Cal Plex facility.
6.Repair damaged fencing at Cal Plex facility.
The CBSL Board is not done as it is our plan to complete these projects and to continue improving our fields, equipment and program as we want to provide the best play space for our children. Being awarded this grant has allowed us to think further into the future and plan for the next improvements that could be made at our local little league fields.
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards.
Little League (Majors) and below:
It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less;
EXCEPTION: For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. View the list of approved and licensed composite bats.
Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League
It shall not be more than 34 inches in length; nor more than 2 5/8 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. All composite barrel bats shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard (-3 drop rating), and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum bats can be used if they are all aluminum in composition. Any drop rating can be used as well. The all aluminum bat must be stamped with the BPF 1.15 stamp.
It shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 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. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-long bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.
Rule 1.10 - Softball
1.10 - The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.
NOTE 1: The traditional batting donut is not permissible. NOTE 2: The bat may carry the mark “Little League Tee Ball.” NOTE 3: Non-wood bats may develop dents from time to time. Bats that cannot pass through the approved Little League bat ring must be removed from play. The 2 ¼ inch bat ring must be used for bats in all softball divisions. Any bat that has been altered shall be removed from play.
Caledonia Baseball Softball League (CBSL) Lightning Safety Policy
CBSL will implement and follow these Lightning Avoidance Procedures; these guidelines are
in accordance with current NOAA policies and will be updated to include the most current
thinking and technologies.
The President of CBSL will see to it that all Board Members, Coaches, and Umpires are
trained in CBSL’s Lightning Avoidance Policy. The President may appoint a designee to
handle this function.
CBSL will adhere to the following two Avoidance Procedures:
1. When Thunder Roars (or Rumbles), Go Indoors!
2. When the SPARKY function of WeatherBug indicates Lightning within 10 miles.
When either criteria is met, ALL field activity WILL BE SUSPENDED for 30 minutes after the
last audible Thunder or when SPARKY indicates the current Lightning Strikes are greater
than 10 miles away.
Visually sighting Lightning is not a criteria but should sharpen awareness. Under certain
conditions, Lightning can be seen over 50 miles away and does not pose immediate danger.
The individuals responsible for postponement due to Lightning are as follows:
1. The President
2. A Board Member
The President will attempt to schedule a Board Member as the Daily Field Director. This
Director will be responsible for calling a postponement. However due to CBSL utilizing
several field locations, the lack of personnel, unexpected weather conditions, etc., a Field
Director may not be available. The Coaches and Umpires are also authorized to order a
The Coaches and Umpires will receive Annual Training in CBSLs Lightning Avoidance
If a postponement is necessary, seek adequate shelter immediately. Adequate shelter is a
building with plumbing and wiring such as a school, church, restaurant, or home. An
automobile is also acceptable and in most cases the only option at a ball field.
Picnic pavilions, dugouts, under trees, are NOT places of refuge.
Coaches will be responsible for making sure the players and umpires have adequate shelter.
If the game can not be resumed, the Coaches will make sure the players are returned to
their parents or offer other arrangements.
A game will not be allowed to resume if it is too dark to safely play. If the field is under
water, play may have to be cancelled. The Field Director is the preferred individual to make
this decision but the Umpires are also trained with regard to safe play conditions. It is
preferable NOT to have the Coaches make this decision as they are emotionally attached to
Under the RARE instance where someone is struck by Lightning, apply the following:
1. Call 911
2. The victim is NOT electrically charged and can be touched.
3. Often the heart’s rhythm is stopped due to the electrical charge. CPR or an AED will
often times get the otherwise undamaged heart beating again.
4. If possible, move the victim to a safer location———Lightning CAN strike twice.
A Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm WATCH do not automatically dictate a cancellation. However such conditions will bring a heightened awareness to the weather situation.
The President, or appointee, will use all available resources such as local forecasts, radar,
WeatherBug, etc., to decide if Play should be cancelled. If it is deemed safe to play as
scheduled, additional Field Directors will be called and placed into service.
Under NO circumstances will play commence or proceed if a Tornado or Severe
Thunderstorm WARNING is issued for CBSL’s Fields.
When Thunderstorms threaten, Coaches and CBSL Officials must not let the desire to start
or complete a baseball game hinder their judgment when the safety of players and
spectators is in jeopardy!
Lightning Safety is an Inconvenience that can save YOUR Life!