NOLL/SOLL Community –
We will hold our annual general membership meeting on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at the community room at Sports Basement (2727 Milvia Street, Berkeley). At this meeting we will hold a general membership vote to confirm our League Constitution and approve the proposed slate of board members for the upcoming season. The board will meet immediately following the general membership meeting.
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The NOLL/SOLL Board has received a proposal to realign the player divisions for the upcoming Spring 2017 season and will be voting on it at the November Board Meeting. The proposal comprises a significant change, and the Board is asking our community to review the draft proposal and provide feedback as we fine tune and eventually vote on the proposal. Please review the proposal and respond to this survey. If you feel strongly in either direction about the proposal, we are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, September 28th 7pm at Sports Basement community room to allow community input and answer questions in person.
For details: Division Realignment Proposal Link (with graph)
The NOLL/SOLL mission is to provide a positive experience for local kids through the sport of baseball. The current division alignment allows for kids to play five years on the same size diamond (46/60) with the same ruleset and age boundaries which limited, for example, the majority 12s to the Majors division. At lower divisions, advanced players naturally play up through our draft process but at Majors games can be dominated by a small number of overpowering 12yo pitchers which devalues defense and other baseball fundamentals on the smaller diamond. In 2013, Little League introduced the Intermediate division for 11-13s which plays at a distance of 50/70 and introduces the full baseball ruleset (leads/steals/pickoffs/balks). Initially, NOLL/SOLL limited Intermediates to 13s, then in 2016 allowed 11-12s to request to be considered in the Intermediate draft.
Allow every age group to be drafted into multiple divisions (e.g. 10s can be drafted into Majors, AAA or AA) based on skill and experience to provide a better experience for all players. Moving kids along a gradual increase in both size of diamond and ruleset should be beneficial to their development as baseball players the experience they have with NOLL/SOLL. Specifically the proposal is that NOLL/SOLL immediately:
– Adopt a 42/60 sized diamond for AA
– Remove the upper bound on 10s, 12s and 13s. Specifically, 10s can be drafted into Majors, 12s into Intermediates, and 13s into Juniors without a player request to play up
If these changes are adopted, it is expected that approximately 30% of 10s would be drafted into Majors, 10% of 11s and 60% of 12s into Intermediates and 50% of 13s into Juniors. Pushing advanced players up should allow for a more balanced and competitive regular season at both the Majors and Intermediate divisions. Starting with a smaller diamond at AA and then gradually increasing both field size and ruleset from AA through Juniors should give more kids a better regular season baseball experience while at the same time challenging advanced players earlier.
These changes would affect postseason play. NOLL/SOLL would not field a 12yo All Star team as the advanced 12s would be in Intermediate and ineligible for the Majors tournament. 12s in Intermediate would be eligible for Intermediate All Stars and NOLL/SOLL will provide an opportunity for a team of 12s to play in a local tournament. NOLL/SOLL would continue to participate in TOC at all divisions, but our level of play will be affected as our teams will likely be younger relative to other local leagues.
We are getting ready for Fall Ball! Fall is the first program of the year, meaning kids are now considered their 2017 age. Fall Ball is for kids rising to AA, AAA or Majors (age 8-12 for the 2017 season). We do not offer a Fall program for T-Ball or coach pitch divisions. Due to a limited number of teams Fall Ball registration fills quickly and there will be a wait list available after we have reached the maximum number of registrations.
Fall Ball registration will open on Friday August 5th and can be accessed at the following link – Fall Ball registration
Fall Ball games will begin on September 10 and end on November 13. Teams will have one weekday afternoon practice and one weekend game each week.
Due to coverage limitations of our insurance policy, only players who participated in NOLL/SOLL during the 2016 regular season are eligible for Fall Ball.
Cost for Fall Ball is $100; players will receive a T-shirt jersey and a hat. Teams will be formed during the first week of September. Anyone interested in being a head or assistant coach should indicate that when registering their player. Teams will have larger roster sizes so kids with a primary commitment to another fall sport like soccer (or coaches) can miss a game here or there.
Congratulations to the NOLL Majors Red Sox who beat Antioch 10-7 to win the District 4 TOC Championship! Our NOLL AA Red Wings and the NOLL/SOLL Juniors also made it to the Championship finals for TOC – congratulations on great runs.
Dateline 7/17 After sweeping to the District 4 banner, the North Oakland 9-10s lost two great games at the Section1 tournament in Davis. Saturday, they lost to District 3 Mill Valley 4-3 in the opening game of the tournament. Sunday, they fell 3-2 to District 53 Sonoma. Both games were well played and NOLL rallied almost every inning, but seemed to fall a hit away from breaking each game wide open. Great run, guys!
Dateline 7/12 This afternoon the combined Seniors were eliminated in the Division2 tournament. They finished as one of the last 4 teams standing in all of Northern California; way to go, guys!
District 4 Postscript In 6 tournaments, NOLL and SOLL teams made it to 4 championship games and won two District banners. Through it all, our boys worked hard, had fun and left an indelible mark on baseball diamonds and pizza joints across the East Bay.
SOLL#1 9-10s (0-2)
…6/21 lost to Alameda#1 15-3
…6/25 eliminated by NOLL#1 12-0
District 4 RunnerUp SOLL#2 9-10s (6-2)
…6/23 beat Albany#2 8-7
…6/27 lost to Alameda#1 8-10
…6/28 eliminated NOLL#1 12-1
…6/30 eliminated Albany#2 10-0
…7/1 eliminated Alameda#1 5-1
…7/5 eliminated WalnutCreek 20-7
…7/6 eliminated CALL#1 8-5
…7/7 eliminated by NOLL#2 5-6
NOLL#1 9-10s (3-2)
…6/21 beat Lafayette#2 15-6
…6/23 lost to Lafayette#1 2-13
…6/25 eliminated SOLL#1 12-0
…6/27 eliminated PinoleHercules 8-7
…6/28 eliminated by SOLL#2 12-1
District 4 Champion NOLL#2 9-10s (6-0, 0-2)
…6/21 beat Alameda#2 23-2
…6/23 beat PinoleHercules 23-3
…6/27 beat Lafayette#1 3-1
…6/29 beat Alameda#1 7-3
…7/5 beat ConcordAmerican#1 10-0
…7/7 eliminated SOLL#2 6-5
…7/16 lost to D3 MillValley 3-4
…7/17 eliminated by D53 Sonoma 2-3
SOLL 11s (2-2)
…6/22 beat NOLL 3-1
…6/24 lost to Lafayette 1-8
…6/29 eliminated Alameda#2 10-0
…7/1 eliminated by NOLL 5-4
NOLL 11s (3-2)
…6/22 lost to SOLL 1-3
…6/29 eliminated Albany 9-1
…7/1 eliminated SOLL 5-4
…7/5 eliminated Alameda#1 8-6
…7/7 eliminated by Antioch 2-4
SOLL 12s (0-2)
…6/30 lost to Alameda 17-2
…7/5 eliminated by NOLL 7-0
NOLL 12s (2-2)
…6/30 lost to Lafayette 6-5
…7/1 eliminated PinoleHercules 16-0
…7/5 eliminated SOLL 7-0
…7/6 eliminated by Lafayette 2-8
District 4 RunnerUp NOLL/SOLL Intermediates (2-2)
…6/16 beat Concord-American 18-0
…6/18 beat Alameda 25-6
…6/21 lost to Alameda 16-6
…6/22 eliminated by Alameda 18-2
NOLL/SOLL Juniors (0-2)
…7/1 lost to Walnut Creek 10-0
…7/5 eliminated by East County 3-2
District 4 and Section 1 Champion NOLL/SOLL Seniors (2-0, 3-0, 1-2)
…6/24 beat Albany 7-1
…6/26 eliminated Albany 7-2
…7/1 beat D35 (Healdsburg) 9-1
…7/2 beat D53 (Benicia) 18-1
…7/5 eliminated D35 (Healdsburg) 17-0
…7/8 lost to San Lorenzo 3-5
…7/11 eliminated El Dorado Hills 12-7
…7/12 eliminated by Branham Hills 5-7
Cumulative NOLL/SOLL 2016 Distict 4 AllStar record: 26-18 (20-12 in games where NOLL and SOLL do not play each other).
Cumulative NOLL/SOLL 2016 AllStar record, including Section1 and Division2 play: 30-22
Dateline 7/11 This afternoon the combined Seniors won an elimination game in the Division2 tournament vs El Dorado Hills. To advance, they will need to win four more!
Dateline 7/7 In a fabulous game tonight, NOLL beat SOLL in the 9-10 District 4 Championship. NOLL scored first only to see SOLL take a 5-1 lead thru 4. NOLL staged a determined comeback scoring 5 in the final two innings and then holding on in the bottom of the 6th for a one-run victory. Somebody send us a picture! These are two great teams and nobody would have been surprised to see it go to a winner take all game Saturday. NOLL moves on to Section 1 play next weekend. Elsewhere, the NOLL 11s lost a close game 4-2 to close the books on District play.
Dateline 7/6 NOLL 12s run comes to an end with a loss to Lafayette; SOLL 9-10#2 advances to the 9-10 Championship vs NOLL.
Dateline 7/5 NOLL/SOLL Seniors beat Healdsburg to win the Section 1 championship! NOLL 12, NOLL 11, NOLL 9-10#2 and SOLL 9-10#2 teams all won tonight for a great night for NOLL/SOLL teams. NOLL 9-10#2 plays in the 9-10 D4 Championship game on Thursday in Lafayette. The NOLL/SOLL Juniors and SOLL 12s were eliminated in their games tonight.
Dateline 7/2 Seniors defeated D53 (Benicia) to return to the Section 1 Championship game for the second year! They will play the winner of D35/D53 on Tuesday in Benicia at 6pm.
Dateline 7/1 Seniors started out Section play by beating Healdsburg 9-1. NOLL 11s came from behind to beat the SOLL 11s in a very close game. SOLL 9-10A, NOLL 12s and Seniors won their games. Tuesday sees a lot of action with games for 9-10s, 11s, 12s and Juniors.
Dateline 6/30 The NOLL and SOLL 12s both had tough openers and continue play through the next week. The SOLL#2 9-10 team beat Albany#2 to continue on a strong run! Friday sees the NOLL and SOLL 11s face off, with the NOLL 12s playing Pinole Hercules at Alameda. NOLL/SOLL Juniors start their tournament up at Front Caldecott on Friday, while SOLL#2 9-10 is in Lafayette.
Dateline 6/29 NOLL and SOLL played in 3 games tonight and won all 3. Let’s go Oakland!
Dateline 6/27 Just 9-10 play tonight: NOLL#1 continues their roll, eliminating PinoleHercules and NOLL#2 stays alive in the winner’s bracket with a tight 3-1 win over Lafayette. Meanwhile, SOLL#2 suffers their first defeat at the hands of Alameda1.
Dateline 6/26 Seniors beat Albany to take the District 4 championship! Section 1 tournament starts Fri 7/1 at Fitzgerald field in Benicia
Dateline 6/25 In 9-10 play SOLL#1 was eliminated by NOLL#1 who stay alive to face PinoleHercules on Monday. The Seniors beat Albany on Friday and need to win one tomorrow to win the District 4 championship!
Dateline 6/22 9-10 All Star play started on Tuesday. The Intermediates lost to Alameda and now play in the second championship game today at Bushrod 2.
Dateline 6/18 The NOLL/SOLL Intermediate All-Stars beat Alameda today to advance to the District 4 Championship game on Tuesday 6/21.
Dateline 6/16 The NOLL/SOLL Intermediate All-Stars open play with a win over Concord American.
NOLL/SOLL will send 11 teams from our Minors, Majors, Juniors, Intermediate and Seniors programs to the District 4 AllStar tournament and beyond. They will work hard, play hard and represent NOLL/SOLL with skill, poise and class during wins and losses alike. 2016 All-Star Rosters
District 4 Overview The AllStar tournament is a district level tournament between the 15 leagues in District 4. This is a double elimination tournament, and the winner advances to Section 1, which is comprised of 5 Districts. Weekday games start at 530p; Saturday games have time noted.
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