Under existing rules, players are grouped by age: for example: third-graders who are born after May 1 must play with second-graders. Under the new rules, parents would be given a one-time option to play in groups based on age or school grade. For example: parents of a third-grader, usually around 9 years old, born between May 1 and Aug. 31, may choose to let him move to play with fourth-graders or stay with third-graders for another season.Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here
The committee said a change in the rules would make kids feel included and improve their social and playing skills.
Some of the problems of a change, Ayotte said, would be in administering the new rules. A change could weaken a league that is losing players to the next higher level, he said. Young players could lose an additional playing year by moving up, he said.
A change could also prevent the organization from ever being able to affiliate with the Little League which has age cutoffs.