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Niagara Power
by posted 03/04/2018


Lockport Little League will be working closely with the Niagara Power starting this season.There will be several opportunitites for all of Lockport Little League to become involved with the Niagara Power. The Niagara Power is a member of the New York Collegiate Baseball League which will play it's home games at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls NY. LLL will be giving away 10 sets of season ticket packages for two.

History of The Niagara Power

            Founded in 2007 the Niagara Power began its first run in the NYCBL, which lasted until the end of the 2015 season. Cal Kern was the team owner and general manger during the team’s first stay in Niagara Falls. Kern also is the New York State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, making the Niagara Power the one of three religious based team in the NYCBL. The Power missed the play-offs in its first four seasons in the NYCBL, but managed to make the post-season in four out of the last five seasons. The best season came in 2012, where the Power posted a 24-17 record and lost in the NYCBL Championship Series to the Syracuse Junior Chiefs.

The Rebirth of the Niagara Power

The Niagara Power are currently owned and operated under the Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, as part of the Sport Management Program. Dr. Patrick Tutka will be the Director of the revamped Niagara Power and will bring alongside nearly 25 sport management students and Dr. Cheryl Rode, Dr. Joel Reynolds, Cal Kern and Neal Turvey to oversee, and operate game days at Sal Maglie Stadium. Dr. Tutka was responsible in the push for the College Of Hospitality and Tourism Management to purchase the club. The Power will play in the NYCBL’s western division along with the Genesee Rapids, Olean Oilers, Hornell Dodgers, Rochester Ridgemen, and Wellsville Nitros. The Power will play a 42 game schedule with 21 home games this season at Sal Maglie Stadium between June 1st and July 22 for the regular season. The top 3 teams in each NYCBL division will qualify for the playoffs, which can continue to July 30th.

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2018 Baseball Bat Standards
posted 07/10/2017

2018 NEW BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS

With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018. 

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations announced today the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.

The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.

"USA Baseball is pleased, with the support of our participating national member organizations, to announce the USABat standard," said USA Baseball's executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "Beginning with the launch in 2018, we will take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game."

How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations. Below is the logo that must be displayed.

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