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Teams From Taiwan Visit CNLL
When ballplayers from Tainan, Taiwan, come to town on Saturday, Dec. 3, Chandler National Little League President Doug Brewster has one goal.
We want to show them the best American time we can, Brewster said.
The 24 10- and 11-year-old boys and one girl who make up the Tainan City All-Star team will enjoy time staying with CNLL families, head to the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Sedona, and tour Chase Field and the ASU baseball field. They will also shop at Dick's Sporting Goods. Former D-backs catcher Ken Huckaby will host a clinic for the kids.
They wanted to go to the Chase Field because there are quite a few famous Taiwanese baseball players, said Michelle Chang, the organizer and broker/owner of DA FA Realty and Investments LLC in Tempe.
One is Tainan-born Chien-Ming Wang, who pitched for a variety of teams before becoming a free agent.
There are quite a few other famous ones, Chang said. When they come here to train, it really inspires them to one day become a Major League Baseball player.
Chandler Vice Mayor Jack Seller appreciate Changs efforts.
Michelle Chang has really put together a lot of stuff from them, said Sellers, the point person for the Sister Cities relationship between Chandler and Tainan. We've had a lot of participation from Doug Brewster, too. He's arranged a lot of extracurricular activities.
A visit to Tarwater Elementary School, which has a Mandarin-language immersion program, is scheduled. The kids will also play baseball games, practice in the morning at Snedigar Sportsplex, and, of course, hang out with their peers parents.
I'v had meetings with the parents, they all agreed to host them, Brewster said. We were all excited to do it. Each family is taking on two kids for a week. They must drop them off every day and pick them up every night. Do laundry, feed them. There are two kids per family so the kids are comfortable.
The City Council is scheduled to meet the team, according to Chang. The Chandler/Tainan City teams also will play in two exhibition games (Friendship Exhibition) on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Basha Rd. An opening ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. to kick off the games, which will be played at 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Both games are open to the public.
Last year, Chandler National Little League players traveled to Tainan to play exhibition games.
They planned to stay with the Taiwanese families before they had the Dengue Fever problem in Taiwan, Sellers said.
He added that City officials are in talks for the American children to return to Taiwan next year. Funds must be raised, first. The new Sister Cities partnership is seeking sponsorships to continue its Little League exchange program and allow for future student exchanges and cultural programming. The sponsorship opportunities range from $25 to $10,000. To view the detailed list of sponsorship levels and benefits, visit chandleraz.gov/diversity.
We're contacting companies primarily here in Chandler, said. What we've done is, for certain level of contribution, Chandler National Little League will hang the company banner on the fence during the regular season.
Hopefully we can get some money out of that. It's a little bit problematic because a lot of these same companies. When you go to these companies, they say approach us April.
Sellers and Chang traveled to Tainan in late October for the opening ceremonies of a tournament that Chandler National Little League played in last year.
It was mainly for a follow-up for our Sister Cities relationship with Tainan that we're working on, though, Sellers said. We met a guy there named Winson Lin and he speaks fluent English. He lives in Tainan and he's the founder of the Giant Cup Baseball Tournament.
He's a very highly regarded guy. He's knowledgeable about the whole Little League structure. He said he would be the main point of contact for Chandler and Tainan's Sister Cities program. For me, that was a really outstanding thing that happened on that trip.
Brewster is excited for the kids to return to Chandler. Baseball players from the same organization visited two years ago as well.
Our players will go to dinners with the team and do quite a bit of stuff with these kids, he said. I think they're going to really enjoy it and get a lot out of it.
I told the parents to feed them whatever you feed your family. Give them the American experience.
Per Little League International Rule 1.10 - Little League (Majors) and below: The bat shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2?) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less.
To adhere to Rule 1.10, CNLL is requiring that all bats be approved by the Board of Directors for play in the 2016 season. Bats must be approved prior to use on the field. Managers should contact their Division Director to request that any new bats purchased during the season be approved by CNLL BEFORE they are used in a game.
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BASEBALL BAT RULES FOR 2016
Please refer to new Baseball Bat Rules for 2016 from Little League Organization for all divisions. Specifically for Juniors & Senior Leagues, please see below:
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 bats 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.
Senior/Big League: 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-Iong 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.
For more information, including a list of approved bats, please refer to Little League's Frequently Asked Questions.