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Wood Bat Information

Posted by Laura LeClair at Oct 19, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

All players in the MAJORS BASEBALL Division of South Kingstown Little League will be required to use wood bats for all regular in-house season practices and games. During tournament and district all-star play, teams will be permitted to use alloy/composite bats bearing the new Little League USABat License.

We know you may have questions about SKLL's wood bat rule for the majors division. See the FAQs section below for general information on the Little League standard and SKLL’s 2019 wood bat rule. SKLL will be providing some team wood bats for the Majors Division, but players may use their own wood bat. For those of you considering the purchase of a wood bat, we are providing the following information for you to consult before making a decision.

The wood bats approved for use in the Major League Division must be solid, one-piece wood bats (typically ash, maple or birch) that adhere to Little League’s regulations. These bats will be allowed for play with or without the USABat licensing mark.

BATS NOT PERMITTED FOR USE: Multi-piece wood bats that may have the USA Baseball mark approved for play including two-piece wood bats, composite wood bats, laminated wood bats, bamboo, bonded wood bats and any wood bat that could be defined as an ‘experimental’ design. We know the internet is full of information so we thought we would try to share some additional points for consideration.


The three main species of one-piece wood bats are Maple, Birch and Ash. Each offers different characteristics. We’ve summarized information for you below, but also recommend if you’re interested in purchasing a wood bat that you bring your player and feel the variety that you believe best fits their playing ability and style. Maple: A dense wood that provides an extremely hard surface. Power hitters tend to prefer maple because the hardness of the surface leads the ball to “jump” off the bat. Most observers agree that maple bats offer an unmatched sound and feel at the point of contact with the ball. Maple bats are also considered the most durable of the three species, but are also usually more expensive than counterparts made from other woods. If you’re replacing them less often, though, it might be worth the larger cost up front. Ash: The lightest of the three woods, ash bats flex with contact, creating a “trampoline effect” when a ball makes contact with the bat. In other words, the ball doesn't just jump off the bat; it first compresses the wood, then springs off of it. Although this is a quality that hitters really like about Ash bats, it’s also a weakness in that it causes the bats to wear out. Ash bats are the lightest of the three species and typically offer a larger “sweet spot” than maple or birch, so ash might be a good choice for contact hitters who spray the ball all over the field. Birch: Perhaps the fastest-growing category of the three, birch bats can be considered a compromise between maple and ash. Birch bats provide a hard surface like maple, but also offer flexibility closer to an ash bat. Birch bats are the most forgiving of the three varieties for balls miss-hit off the bat, so this is a great choice for the player using a wood bat for the first time.


While we cannot possibly tell you the best place to shop for your player’s bat, we do have a few suggestions. We will continuously add to this list as more SKLL families discover new companies making high-quality wood bats or stores that sell them. SKLL does not directly or indirectly endorse any of the below referenced merchants.

Local Options

You can visit an Olympia Sports retail store or Dick’s Sporting Goods to see what they have in stock and they might also be able to order others that are not in the store.

Online Options

If you’d rather shop online, here are several sites you can check out:


There are obviously a number of factors to consider if you decide to purchase a bat for your player. The ideal bat is one your player is comfortable swinging that also falls within your budget. When deciding on the proper size for your player, this chart shown below not the only information to consult, but it is a helpful start.  Questions about Wood bats in the Majors division can be directed to the Majors Commissioner, Josh Rosen, at 

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Wood Bat FAQs

Posted by Laura LeClair at Oct 19, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Question: Are all South Kingstown Little League divisions mandated to use wood bats for 2018?

Answer: No. Only players in our Majors baseball division will be required to use wood bats in 2018.


Question: Are South Kingstown Little League players mandated to use wood bats when playing in district all-stars or post-season Little League tournaments for 2018?

Answer: No. Players in our Majors baseball division will be required to use wood bats in 2018 only during in-house (SKLL) regular season practices and games. During district all-stars and tournaments, the bats can be any baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. This includes alloy/composite bats.


Question: I have read the press release from Little League International, and it says players will be able to use wood bats OR new aluminum bats designed by USA Baseball. Why is SKLL allowing only wood bats for the Majors baseball division?

Answer: The SKLL Board of Directors recognizes that the new Little League bat requirements have been adopted to create aluminum bats that somewhat resemble the overall performance of a wood bat. Given the now closer similarity to a true wood bat, the Board of Directors generally felt the next step to utilize one-piece wood bats for its Majors baseball division would offer a unique experience that would greatly assist all players’ fundamental hitting techniques and advancement as baseball players.


Question: Do wood bats need a Little League / USABat stamp for 2018?

Answer: No. Many wood bats purchased at local or smaller bat companies will not have the stamps. As long as the bat is wood, one-piece (i.e. ash, maple, birch), it is permitted. Please note that multi-piece wood bats that may have the USA Baseball mark approved for play including two-piece wood bats, composite wood bats, laminated wood bats, bamboo, bonded wood bats and any wood bat that could be defined as an ‘experimental’ design are NOT allowed for use.


Questions about Wood bats in the Majors division can be directed to the Majors Commissioner, Josh Rosen, at

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Posted by Sean Deibler at Sep 29, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

 2019 SKLL Board of Directors & League Officers
  Position Person Email
  President  Josh Rosen
  Vice President Frank Gallucci
  Secretary Colleen Camp
  Treasurer Sean Deibler
  Player Agent Rob Young/Frank Gallucci
  Safety Officer Adam Bernier
  Information Officer Colleen Camp
  Coaching Coordinator Mike O'Rourke
  Junior/Senior Commissioner Frank Gallucci
  Majors Commissioner  Josh Rosen
  Minors Commissioner Scott Palmieri
  Instructional Commissioner Matt Lepore
  T-Ball Commissioner Matt Lepore
  Softball Commissioner Bill Lawler
  Umpire in Chief Craig Urian
  Town Liason Matt Lepore
  Field Scheduling Manager Matt Lepore
  Equipment Manager Ben Wood
  Uniform Manager Ben Wood
  Concession Manager Mike O'Rourke
  Sponsorship Coordinators Ben Wood
  Fall Ball Coordinator    
  TAD Coordinator    
  All-Star Coordinator  Colleen Camp
  Fundraising & Special Events Coordinator
  Picture Day Coordinator  Scott Palmieri  
  Golf Tournament Coordinator    
  Background Checks Sean Deibler
  Opening Day Coordinator Jessica Wood  
  SKLL Phone Colleen Camp

Registration for the SKLL 2017 Fall BASEBALL season is open, but space is limited.
Registration for the SKLL 2017 Fall SOFTBALL TAD PROGRAM is now open.

All registrations are processed online through Sports Illustrated Play at Both debit/credit cards will be accepted as forms of payment. For those paying by check, please print out a copy of the flyer and mail it in to the PO Box. Players will not be placed on a team until all fees are paid. Paying by credit card is the fastest way to ensure a registration spot.


For more information, see our Flyers.  
 Fall Ball 2017 Flyer

Fall Softball 2017 Flyer  

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Posted by Sean Deibler at Jul 8, 2017 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

SKLL is offering its summer Training and Development (TAD) program again.

 What is T.A.D.?  It stands for Training and Development. It is a 5 session long summer baseball program that focuses on baseball fundamentals and sportsmanship. The program will consist of skills, drills, and games, focasing on specific elements such as hitting, pitching and fielding.

Who is T.A.D. for?  T.A.D. isfor baseball players of all abilities from baseball ages 7 to 10 (Little League age). 7 year olds must have played Instructional, 10 year olds must have played Minors (If you played in Majors, you are not eligible to participate).  Child must be a resident of South Kingstown.

When will T.A.D. run, and where are the sessions held?  T.A.D will begin July 18th, 20th, 27th, August 2nd and 9th. Exact time (5:00ish) at Tuckertown will be emailed to participants.

How much does T.A.D. cost?  The T.A.D. program will cost $35.00 per player. This fee includes at-shirt for all participants.

Any questions, contact T.A.D. Coordinator Joshua Rosen at:

To Register please visit our registration website at 
SI ore download the registration form and mail the completed form to our PO Box. 

SKLL TAD Registration Form -(for those that want to mail it in and pay by check)