How your school and or orphanage can join the Ukraine LL program
STEPS TO START A NEW PROGRAM:
How to start a Little League (LL) Baseball program in Ukraine ?
In the United States, parents in a community get together and decide to start a new baseball program for their children. They elect a President, Vice President, Secretary and other officials to organize the teams, choose coaches and organize games.
The Little League program is now in more than 70 countries worldwide. Ages of boys and girls is from 4 to 16 years of age.
At the end of every season local Leagues can choose their best players and they are allowed to travel to compete against other Leagues. There are eight Regions in the world which host a tournament to choose a winner to travel to the United States to compete at the World Series representing that Region. Ukraine belongs to the European and Africa Region.
Since 2000, three teams from the Ukraine LL program have won the European Baseball Championship and have traveled to the US, all expenses paid, to represent Europe.
In Ukraine, most LL programs started in a school or schools. Willing Directors of schools allow physical education teachers to conduct baseball classes during the school day or in an after school program. Directors allow the coaches to use parts of a soccer field to create a baseball field.
Leagues are encouraged to form 4 teams ages 9 - 12. Why four? This way the teams can play against each other during the regular season of April and May. There is no need to travel to another city to play games. This would require funds to travel. All the games are played locally. At the end of May, I encourage that you organize your own Championship. Make it a special time for the children.
A New League may start with two teams. A New League may join with another nearby school or schools to form the needed teams.
At the end of May, each community can decide whether it wants to send its best players to the Ukraine Country Championship the winning team can then travel to Kutno, Poland to represent Ukraine. Win there and you get an invitation to fly to the US. It can happen if you and the children work hard together.
To start, coaches form each team. The coaches teach the game to the players indoors during the school year. When the players are ready to play, games are scheduled outdoors for April and May.
I suggest that new programs play games using a batting tee ( T - ball games). As the children show that are improving, change to a Coach - Pitch game, where the Coach pitches to the players. At the same time, the coach is teaching
players how to pitch and can throw to a catcher. When the coach feels that some of the players can now pitch to a catcher, play your games with children pitching to children.
You must be patient. Allow all children to pitch. Give everyone a chance. Be positive and encourage all players. This process of teaching how to pitch can be a long one. It takes time, be patient and supportive.
A New League may need basic baseball equipment. The Ukraine LL program and its kind sponsors in the US can help getting you the equipment.
The New League must register with Little League International.
I need the following information:
Name of the League
Name of the city or village
Name of the school or schools where the children attend.
Names of the Directors of these schools
Address of each school in your league.
Name of the President, CANNOT BE A COACH. Full mailing address, mobile number and e mail address.
Names of coaches. Mailing address, mobile numbers and e mail addresses.
Then e mail me the rosters of all you teams. . All information should be on the e mail.DO NOT SEND ANY FILES TO ME. Thank you
Start with the name of each team, names of the players, address of each player and the age in the form of DD/MM/YYYY.
Example: May 25 , 2015 would be 25/05/2015.
E mail me a schedule of at least 12 games for every team in your league.
Where will the games be played?
Once I receive all this information, we can discuss getting baseball equipment to you. Please note that all this takes time. Feel free to contact other Leagues in Ukraine to help you.
Schedule of Little League Baseball Championships in 2017.
The 18th Ukraine LL Championships for ages 10 - 12 will be held in Kremenets, Ternopil Oblast May 28 (arrival), May 29 - June 1, 2017. Ages are set by the age of the child on April 30 of 2017. Any player who is 10, 11, or 12 on that day may play. No one younger than 10 or older than 12 on that day may play. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The Championship dates may be changed based on the numbers of teams competing.
This Championship is by invitation only.
The 10th Ukraine LL Championships for orphans in Internats (orphanages ) and New Programs for ages 10 -12 will be held in Kremenets, TernopilOblast on September 21 - 25, 2017.
The Championship in September is by invitation only.