We have been busy making final arrangements on our 2015 Spring Season schedule. Below is a listing of all of the key dates.
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March 5 (6:30-8:30p), "Assessment Make-up Day" - Mortensen Elementary (for those that cannot make the March 7 event.
March 7 (10:00a-2:00p), "Assessment Day" - Extra Innings (specific times will be emailed to you)
March 8, Tee Ball and Coach Pitch team assignments - players will be advised of their team
March 9, Majors "draft day" - Majors players will be advised of their team on Mar 10.
March 10, AAA "draft day" - AAA players will be advised of their team on Mar 11.
March 11, AA "draft day" - AA players will be advised of their team on Mar 12.
March 14-15, "Meet the Coach" days at Dick's Sporting Goods - 20% off coupon - each team will have a designated time to stop by and meet their coaches, ensure uniforms are sized correctly, and get expert advise an any equipment they need to purchase.
March 16, First week of practices
April 11, OPENING DAY
April 25, Picture Day - team and individual pictures by LifeTouch Photography
May 2, First Annual Baseball Skills Competition
May 10, Little League Day at the Rockies - join us for a Rockies game!
May 23-25, Memorial Day Weekend (no games or practices scheduled)
KCLL has entered the realm of year-round baseball.
And, with our partnership with the Ken-Caryl Tournament Team organization, we additionally offer even MORE baseball options.
That said - it can become confusing - especially as we look at the programs available for this winter. Below should help you sort it out.....
WINTER PROGRAM OFFERINGS
Extra Innings Winter Baseball Hitting League
This is a hitting only, team versus team hitting program offered BY AND THROUGH Extra Innings. This is NOT a KCLL program - but if you mention KCLL when you register, Extra Innings will provide us a referral credit. A team of three players will each hit a certain number of pitches. Each hit earns the team points. Points are tallied upon game completion to declare a winner. Champions are crowned at the end of the program. This a GREAT program to get lots of additional hitting in!! Registration is open through October 29 - so register NOW!
Ages 7-8 Monday Nights Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1, 8, 15
Ages 9-10 Tuesday Nights Nov 4, 11, 18, & Dec 2, 9, 16
Ages 11-13 Wednesday Nights Nov 5, 12, 19 & Dec 3, 10, 17
This is the Ken-Caryl Little League member program that includes 8 two-hour indoor clinics (one per week) over the winter months. Clinics include 2 hitting clinics, 2 pitching/throwing clinics, 2 fielding clinics, and 2 games (which will include some "game situation" training). These clinics are LEARNING focused and will be instructor led clinics. The program is offered through Extra Innings and each clinic will be conducted in their indoor baseball facility. Registration is open until November 23 - so REGISTER SOON!
Thu, Dec 4, 6-8p – Hitting
Thu, Dec 11, 6-8p – Fielding / Conditioning
Thu, Dec 18, 6-8p – Pitching / Agility
Sat, Jan 10, 4-6p – Game Day (with situational training)
Sat, Jan 17, 4-6p – Hitting
Sat, Jan 24, 4-6p – Fielding / Conditioning
Sat, Jan 31, 4-6p – Pitching / Agility
Sat, Feb 7, 4-6p – Game Day (with situational training)
This is our Spring season of Little League baseball. Every registrant will be assigned to a team. Programs run from Tee Ball for 5-6 year olds, to Coach Pitch (5-7 year olds), AA (7-8 year olds), AAA (9-10 year olds), Majors (11-12 year olds), and Seniors (13 year olds). Games are all intra league. That is, the KCLL teams all play other KCLL teams of the same age/level. Standings are recorded in order to establish seeding for an end of year tournament that is used to crown a champion at each level.
Practices will start in March with the games scheduled from April through June.
Registration typically costs between $200-250, depending on the level.
Registration will open in November and remain up through Februrary.
KCLL Advanced Program
Beginning this year, Ken-Caryl Little League will be adding an inter league program. That is, we will be making arrangements to play other Little League teams in Colorado. Specifics of this new program are currently being developed, including which Little League teams will participate, location and dates of games, and which ages/levels will participate. To participate, there will be additional cost, additional practices, and a try-out. The program will be designed to be as inclusive as possible (an attempt will be made to include as many participants as are interested). However, depending on the participating Little Leagues, some restrictions will certainly apply.
Coincident with the Spring season.
Registration will open in 2015.
Ken-Caryl Tournament Baseball
The Ken-Caryl Tournament Baseball (KCTB) is for players that want additional baseball experience above and different from the games offered in a KCLL season. KCTB teams play in area tournaments through organizations such as CABA, USSSA and Triple Crown. KCTB operates independent of Ken-Caryl Little League. These teams do not receive any financial or material support from KCLL. KCLL co-operates with KCTB to co-ordinate schedules (e.g. bye weekends during the regular KCLL season) so that players may enjoy the best of both programs.
Practices begin in Feb and may continue beyond the KCLL season depending on the specific tournaments played.
Program costs may vary slightly depending on the tournaments a team plays. However, costs should range from between $250-300 to include practice space, uniforms (loaned), equipment, umpires, insurance, and three tournaments.
Registration will open in late Jan / early Feb 2015.
KCLL All Star Teams
At the end of Spring KCLL season, KCLL participates in the annual All Star Tournaments administered by the National Little League Headquarters Tournament Committee out of Willaimsport PA. Tournament play starts in the Colorado District 5 All-Star Tournament in four different age groups: 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 13s. Each age group has one team, each composed of a maximum of 14 players. In accordance with National Little League policy, teams are submitted on June 15 to the District. The District 5 tournaments begin in early July. District, State and Regional tournaments culminate with a World Series held mid August in different locations depending on the age group. The most widely known is the Little League World Series Majors Division, 11-12 year olds, televised by ESPN and ABC and held in Williamsport, PA. You must be SELECTED to participate on the All Star teams. Selection is made based on a range of criteria, which includes attendance in practice and games during the Spring season, participation in the various KCLL/KCTT programs, skills and capabilities of the players, and attitudes/values of the players. Selection is accomplished through a KCLL committee approach. There are additional costs and practices required to participate in the All Star program and the players must be available to practice and play games in July and August.
Upon completion of the Spring season.
Participation is through a committee selection process.
It's that time of year already. The time of year when you begin to thing about NEXT year. The time of year when you begin to explore your options regarding spring baseball.
As you consider your options, let me tell you a little about Ken-Caryl Little League (KCLL).
KCLL is a Little League program, charted as a Little League organization, plays by Little League rules, and supports Little League values. We have a lot of fun playing the game of baseball. We believe baseball is a good way to build character, courage, and loyalty. And we understand that we are part of a community. That's why KCLL has invested tens of thousands of dollars improving area baseball fields. We practice hard and play a competitive game. However, we do not believe that winning is the primary goal. Rather, we recognize that winning and losing are part of playing the game of baseball. Both serve to improve the individual.
Our Spring registration opens in November. Our season will start in March. We will run our assessment in late February. Everyone that registers will be put on to a team. We may adjust the team level for specific skills of players. However, in general, ages for our program aligns to T-Ball for 5-6, Coach Pitch for 6-7, AA for 7-9, AAA for 9-11, Majors for 10-12, and Seniors for 12-13.
Our Little League program runs intra league games. We separate our players in to teams and play games against each other, maintaining standings, and then run a playoffs to crown a champion at the end of the season in late June.
Cost for the Spring Registration be around $250 (last year registration was $235 and next year will likely have a modest increase). There are very few extra costs involved beyond personal equipment. There is very little travel as all practices and games are played in and around the Ken-Caryl area. Most of our schedule is centered around Community Park near the corner of Chatfield Road and Kipling Street.
Our players have access to an optional ADDITIONAL program that is called the Ken-Caryl Tournament Teams (KCTT).
KCTT rosters will be selected in February. KCTT is for players that ALSO want to play in tournaments and non Little League games. KCTT has extra cost and time requirements. Tournaments often require some travel time. There will be no cost to register for KCTT and you will only incur expenses if you are selected to join a KCTT roster. Each KCTT team is managed by the individual coach. Practice time, funding, and general organization are provided team-by-team. Want insight from a current KCTT coach? Click here for a summary of how a season of KCTT works.
KCLL isn't the best choice for everyone. But if you are looking for a high value experience that isn't just about baseball, we hope that you will consider KCLL for your son or daughter.
If you have any questions about our programs, please feel free to call, text, or email me.
Thank you for your support of Ken-Caryl Little League.
The KCLL Majors All-Stars lost a heartbreaker 11-10 to the Academy All-Stars on Sunday. Given the cruel twist of fate delivered by a world class Monsoon in Colorado Springs on Saturday, this game became the de facto championship round and it was worthy of the title. KCLL jumped out to an early lead that built to a 7-4 advantage half way through the contest. Academy battled back to take a 10-7 lead heading into the 6th inning. Your KCLL All-Stars dug deep within themselves to tie the game in the top half the inning only to see it slip away in the bottom half of the inning. Academy left the field victorious and headed to the State Tournament, but not without growing a healthy respect for the worthy competitors they narrowly escaped. KCLL was the only District Team to survive 6 innings against Academy, with all their other opponents losing by at least 10 runs each game. Were it not for the cruel inches between success and failure that define the essence of the game of baseball, the KCLL All-Stars may have been the ones headed to the State Tournament this weekend.
Your KCLL all-stars represented their league and community with class and dignity beyond their years.
The KCLL 9-10s lost a tough one against Cherry Creek (who went on to win the District title). In their next game (on July 15), the team lost a good game against Academy.
The KCLL Majors game against Academy was rained out. The game has been moved to Sunday at Mission Viejo Fields in Aurora and is set for a 10:00a start. Come out and support the team!! NOTE: The loser of this game will play at 12:30p against Cherry Creek. The championship bracket will be defined today!
The 9/10 KCLL All Star team took on High Plains Little League and captured a 13-3 win in four innings. Daniel Blatter and Drew Lawler pitched two innings each for the victory. The bats were working for the 9/10's with Carl Dixon hitting an RBI triple while Alex Leifheit hit a two RBI single to seal the victory. NEXT UP: Cherry Creek on Sunday at 3p at Mission Viejo field in Aurora.
Round 2 and the KCLL Majors move on to the semi-final round with a 13-3 win over Arapahoe. Breckin Holmberg hit a home run and Drew Lytle got a walk-off hit in the 4th as the team invoked the 10-run rule. Jared Sharpe and Breckin Holmberg again pitched 2 innings each to complete the win.
For the 10-11's, Academy worked their way to an 8-0 lead before KCLL scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th. It was a hard fought effort but KCLL came up short and was eliminated from the tournament. There was an outstanding play at second base by Thomas Hartman who turned an unassisted double play in the first inning and an inning ending diving catch in the third. Thomas was our Most Outstanding Player of the tournament given his great play in defense and also at the plate. All the boys played with courage. WELL DONE KCLL 10-11's!!!
On a wet July 7th, The KCLL Majors beat Dry Creek 15-0, ending the game in 4 innings. Everyone played great to achieve the full team effort victory! Joseph Bailey hit 2 home runs and Nathan Bailey added one of his own. On the mound, Breckin Holmberg and Jared Sharpe each pitched 2 innings for the combined shut out.
Up at the Arapahoe LL field, the 10-11 All Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning against the team from Colorado Springs. After surrendering 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, they fought back in 4th, taking a 5-3. However, the strong hitting Springs team scored 5 unanswered runs and took the game with a final score of 8-5. Carter Dart had an RBI single, while Mason Sauter had a two run triple. The team received great pitching from Carter Dart, Jake Gensemer and Zane Smith.
Ken-Caryl Little League wishes to give a big "Hum Babe!" shout out to the KC Tournament Teams. This past weekend KCTT entered 6 teams in the Luck O' Irish tournament across all divisions. This was KCTT's largest number of teams ever participating in tournament play. The 11AA KC Devils took second place as the top KCTT finish; but all the teams turned in impressive performances. You can read more about the KC Devils below.
GOLDEN, May 17, 2014 - The Ken Caryl Devils' 2014 tournament season got off to a strong start at the CABA Luck of the Irish tournament this past weekend. The Devils' bats were hot, scorching the competition for 52 runs en route to an undefeated record (3-0-1) through four pool games on Saturday and Sunday. Lights out hitting by Seth Beals, Jake Gensemer, and Thomas Hartman (batting .818, .778, and .724, respectively during pool play), helped fueled the team's success. Drew Lytle, Luke Schoon, and Cooper Stack also lit a fire at the plate—each hit .500+ for the tournament.
Game #1 vs the Raptors was never in doubt--a 20-4 blowout in 3 innings sparked by bats en fuego, plate patience (a perfect 1.0 OBP for Beals, Gensemer, Inez Gonzalez, Levi Schlomer, Schoon, and Stack), and flame throwing by the duo of Carter Dart and Lytle, who combined to surrender just 4 hits for the game. Game #2 vs. the Golden Grizzlies was a tug-of-war with Nick Garcia anchoring the Devils’ rope from the mound for two innings, then Gensemer, who closed the game out for a 10-6 victory. Game #3 vs the Rocky Mountain Colts was a nail-biter with some unusual twists—the game ended in a 9-9 tie (due to tournament time constraints), and the final run scored on a surprising and wacky steal of home. Game #4 was a 13-5 drubbing of the Sandlot Bees with Hartman and Beals taking turns on the mound for another 4 hitter, and with Stack, Brock Miller, Beals, Hartman, Gensemer, and Lytle all pounding out multiple hits.
The Devils came up short in the championship game on Sunday, but when the players were asked how they felt about their championship loss (a.k.a. runners-up achievement!), their KCLL character shone through. Their responses did not resonate with the frustration and agony of defeat—that game was already in the rear view mirror. The most common player comment after losing the championship game: "When do we play our next game?"
Fortunately, we were able to tell them all that KCLL opening day is right around the corner--April 5th!
From Left to Right: Levi Schlomer, Cooper Stack, Thomas Hartman, Seth Beals, Luke Schoon, Inez Gonzales, Jake Gensemer, Carter Dart, Brock Miller, Drew Lytle
Not pictured: Nick Garcia, Coach Thom Hartman, Coach Greg Garcia, Coach Dan Miller, Coach Russ Gensemer
Being a Little Leaguer is not easy. The science proves it. So the next time you feel like yelling out to your kid because he struck out or walked a batter with bases loaded, remember that it is harder to be a Little Leaguer than a Pro! Check this video out: