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League President Walt Mager
6-Oct-1946 - 14-May-2015

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Last updated: 14-May-2015

Softball Link: RHS Summer Camp, 2015

Major Baseball Standings, 2015

LIONS 12 0 1.000
ELKS 7 5 .583 5
TANCREDI 7 5 .583 5
MASONS 7 6 .538 5 ½
KELLER 6 6 .500 6
FIRE 8 4 .667
SPRINGS 7 4 .636 ½
V.F.W. 3 8 .273 4 ½
P.B.A. 1 10 .091 6 ½
KURGAN 1 11 .083 7

Thursday 21-May-2015

TEAM  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10  R  H  E
MASONS 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 2
LIONS 0 0 0 1 3 4 5 1

What’s New ... (14-May-2015)

In Memoriam: Walt Mager
RLL, Borough Adopt Standing Agreement for Softball, Baseball
Little League Adjusts Baseball Ages, Yet Again
Rutherford LL Teams with CDC for Concussion Prevention
RLL, Boiling Springs Savings Join for CAP
The Annual League Fund Drive
The Next Meeting
Pitching Regulations for Baseball and Softball
Box Scores Added to History; Photos Wanted
Facts for Baseball and Softball Parents, 2014

In Memoriam: Walt Mager

The League notes with extreme sadness the passing of league president Walt Mager, who died Thursday 14-May-2015 at age 68.

Mager, a native of Batavia, N.Y., who was raised in East Orange and served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, was a plumber by trade. He served as a plumbing inspector as well as an instructor at Hohokus School of Trade, part of Eastwick College.

He joined Rutherford Little League in 1991, when his youngest son, John, joined Tee Ball. He managed his son at that level and in Minor League for three seasons. He also coordinated the Tee Ball league in 1992.

In the fall of 1992, Mager volunteered to coordinate the hosting of the 1993 state finals at Rutherford Little League. Following that success, he became an integral member of the Board of Directors, and he was elected president for the 1995 season.

For the next two decades, Mager remained at the helm of the league, introducing enhancements to the Minor Leagues and Tee Ball as well as overseeing the arrival of Recreation softball to the Little League program in 2011. He also spearheaded a safety program that received a regional award, advocating for enhanced protective equipment such as face guards for all batters and heart guards for all pitchers.

Health issues dogged him over the last few years, but he remained active in league operations until a week before his death.

In addition to John, Walt leaves behind his wife, the former Christine Dunn, as well as several children from this and a previous marriage. The League extends its most earnest condolences to his entire family.

The family will receive visitors at the Macagna-Diffily-Onorato Funeral Home, 41 Ames Avenue, Rutherford, on Sunday 17-May, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral will be from that location Monday 18-May at 8:30 am, with a Mass at the Church of St. Mary, 71 Home Avenue, at 9:30 followed by private cremation.

RLL, Borough Adopt Standing Agreement

On Monday 22-Dec-2014, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rutherford approved an agreement proposed by the Rutherford Little League to formalize and perpetuate cooperation between the parties regarding the operation of baseball and softball in Rutherford.

This agreement expands upon the successful operation by Rutherford Little League of the softball program that was begun by the Recreation Department in the 1960s. The League became its program coordinator in 2011 under a pilot program that continued through 2014.

Under the newly approved agreement, Rutherford Little League becomes the agent for all player registration, team assignments, etc., for baseball for players aged 5 through 12 and for softball for players aged 5 through 14 (ages as defined by Little League Baseball, Inc.). The Borough will continue to maintain fields, with the exception of Tom Mellody Field, and programs will be cross-promoted between the League and the Recreation Department. All league volunteers will be subject to the Borough’s Athletic Code of Conduct (in PDF format; requires Adobe Reader or equivalent).

Rutherford Little League will establish and collect the registration fee, to be the same for both baseball and softball, and will set a per-family cap on enrollment fees. The League will also coordinate the availability of travel programs.

The new agreement creates a more streamlined program and makes it easier to register players and have them assigned to teams, as the League uses Active.com online registration and will accept signups at any time, not just during the hours that borough offices are open.

The Rutherford Little League looks forward to continued cooperation with the Borough, as we follow our mission of serving the youth baseball and softball players who reside or attend school in Rutherford.

Little League Announces Regulation Changes

Little League Baseball, Inc., the organization that charters Little League baseball and softball programs worldwide, has again clarified the change in the league age determination date for baseball that was approved at the congress in Minneapolis in April 2014.

Under the revised guidelines promulgated in November 2014, players born in 2005 and earlier will have their league age determined under the rule that was in effect from 2006 through 2014. For these players, league age is the player’s age on April 30 of the playing year. Therefore, the oldest players eligible for Major Baseball in 2015 were born in May 2002.

Players born in 2006 and later will use the new calendar-year age rule as promoted by the International Amateur Baseball Federation. For these players, the calculation is simple: Subtract the year of birth from the playing year. Thus, all players born in 2006 are league age 9 for the 2015 season.

Rutherford Little League will accept baseball registration in 2015 for any player born from May 2002 through December 2010 who meets the requirement of residence or school enrollment within the Borough of Rutherford.

In November 2013, Little League announced a change in its residence eligibility regulation, effective with the 2014 season.

For decades, the rule stated that players must live within the boundaries of the local league charter, as detailed on a map. Exceptions were made for players who began their careers within a league but moved outside the boundaries before they were done playing.

Starting with the 2014 season, children who are enrolled in an elementary or secondary school located within the boundaries of the local league charter are eligible to play in the local league. The parent must provide proof of school enrollment as of the start of the academic year (that is, prior to 1-Oct of the year prior to the playing year).

For Rutherford Little League, the impact is to allow players who meet the age requirements and attend the Academy at St. Mary (located on Chestnut Street in Rutherford) to enroll in the League even though they may live outside the Borough of Rutherford. The League welcomes all players who are eligible as a result of this revised regulation.

Rutherford LL Teams with CDC for Concussion Prevention

Along with many other sports organizations, from youth leagues to the pros, Rutherford Little League is increasingly aware of the dangers of concussions and the importance of preventing concussion and controlling a player’s return to play if a concussion is suspected.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide an outstanding training module on the effects and prevention of concussion. Visit the module here. Each of the League’s coaches is required to visit and complete this or a similar training module prior to coaching in the League in the 2013 season and beyond.

Additional CDC resources are available, including fact sheets for coaches, players, and parents (all in PDF format; requires Adobe Reader or equivalent). Everyone is encouraged to view, read, and download or print out these fact sheets as part of the League’s ongoing commitment to safety.

Boiling Springs Savings Gives League a CAP

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, a sponsor of Rutherford Little League since 1957, is giving the League an unprecedented opportunity for fund raising.

Through its Community Alliance Program (CAP), Boiling Springs will donate a percentage of depositors’ account balances to qualified non-profit organizations based on registration forms received at the bank. The percentage to be donated will be ¼ to ½ percent, depending on the type of account registered.

To register your accounts for a CAP donation to Rutherford Little League, print this form (in PDF format; requires Adobe Reader or equivalent), fill out the top portion, and bring it to a teller window at Boiling Springs Savings Bank. Once at least twenty depositors are on file, the bank will begin quarterly donations to the League.

In the first quarter of 2013, the bank donated $1,102.80 to the League. The more depositors registered, the greater the donation. All members, including parents of players, are encouraged to participate in this simple way to donate to the League.

The 2015 League Fund Drive

As a non-profit organization, Rutherford Little League is always in need of donations to keep its program running. The Rutherford Little League receives no funding from the Borough of Rutherford or any other government source.

The annual door-to-door canvass of the Borough was held on Saturday 28-Mar, but donations by mail are welcome at any time.

Checks should be payable to “Rutherford Little League, Inc.” Mailed contributions go to P.O. Box 427, Rutherford, NJ 07070-0427. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Rutherford Little League, founded in 1951, is the only organization providing baseball for Borough youths aged 5 through 12.

Next League Meeting

The next membership meeting of Rutherford Little League, Inc., is scheduled for Thursday 28-May at 8 p.m. at the Tamblyn Field Civic Center, 30 Woodland Avenue.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend.

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