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division information

WHAT IS ACEs?
ACEs is the travel arm of GVLL. The purpose of ACEs is to offer players a more competitive option in addition to rec baseball. 

ACEs runs two seasons; Spring and Fall.

Spring ACEs
General Info.      11 & 12U (Spring) 10 & 9U (Spring)      9U (Spring)

Fall ACEs
General Info.      10, 11 & 12U (Fall)
Important Additional Information
Please Read    
Eligibility   
 Dates   Fees
     
Attendance
 
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SPRING ACES

General Info.   
In Spring, ACEs is run concurrently and cooperatively with rec. ball. ACEs players also play GVLL Spring rec. Only players in GVLL Majors or AAA are eligible for ACEs. The team will practice once weekly and play one league double-header each Sunday. These games are often in lower Westchester or Queens or Brooklyn and a car or a ride is usually necessary. If the schedule allows, the team will also play in one outside travel tournament before the start of Spring rec.

11U & 12U (Spring)   
Prior to Majors & AAA tryouts, GVLL will announce and hold ACEs spring tryouts. Top 11 & 12U players will be selected and invited to join the ACEs 12U team. In some years there are enough players to form two teams which will be nominally 11U and 12U, but some 11U players may still be invited to play on the 12U team. ACEs will have their own practices and will participate in a local travel league which will not conflict with Majors or AAA games.  The hope is that they will not conflict with practices either — but this may happen on occasion.

The ACEs 12U team will play in the annual Memorial Day Tournament (MDWT) and, if deemed appropriate, the 2nd team may also be entered into the MDWT.  Open tryouts will be held near the end of the Spring Season for the Little League World Series Tournament (LLWST) team.  Participation in ACEs does not guarantee selection for the LLWST team, but the majority of the team will be players with ACEs experience.

ACEs players MUST commit to being available for the MDWT, Little League World Series (through mid-July) and all ACEs games.

9U & 10U (Spring)    
Prior to Majors & AAA tryouts, GVLL will announce and hold ACEs spring tryouts. Top 9 & 10U players will be selected and invited to join the ACEs 10U team. ACEs will have their own practices and will participate in a local travel league which will not conflict with Majors or AAA games. The hope is that they will not conflict with practices either — but this may happen on occasion.

The ACEs 10U team will play in the annual Memorial Day Tournament (MDWT).  Open tryouts will be held near the end of the Spring Season for the Little League World Series Tournament (LLWST) team.  Participation in ACEs does not guarantee selection for the LLWST team, but the majority of the team will be players with ACEs experience.

ACEs players MUST commit to being available for the MDWT, Little League World Series (through mid-July) and all ACEs games.

9U (Spring)   
Our youngest travel division consists of players who are League-age 9 (9U). Players selected to ACEs 9U will have one weekly practice/clinic with a P3 coach. The Spring 9U division has no organized games or tournaments. The program is strictly developmental with the emphasis on mechanics and education. Occasionally, if players are needed for ACEs 10U, they may be called up from ACEs 9U.

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FALL ACES

General Info.    
In Fall, ACEs is run concurrently with GVLL Fall ball. GVLL eligible players are given priority, but occasionally non-GVLL players may be invited to play if there are open spots.

10U, 11U & 12U Fall ACEs   
Tryouts for Fall ACEs will take place at the end of the Spring rec season. Baseball ages “move up” in the fall, so those players who were 11U in Spring will be 12U in Fall, and so on.

Spring 11s and 10s will be eligible for 12U Fall ACEs and Spring 8s and 9s will be eligible for 10U Fall ACEs. Open spots not accepted by the end of the rec. season will be filled from tryouts which will take place in July. If there are still open spots at the end of the summer, GVLL will hold one final open tryout around Labor Day.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A few additional things to keep in mind   
It cannot be emphasized enough that accountability, dedication, reliability, and sportsmanship are essential factors in selection for the travel and tournament teams. These players (and parents) represent our organization and they must do so in a manner that, win or lose, radiates sportsmanship and dignity even at such a young age. Managers and coaches are responsible for their teams and will not tolerate negative behavior, even at the expense of removing talented players.

The goal of SPRING ACEs is to develop our players and to make our MDWT and LLWS teams stronger, aka, to win. Unlike rec. ball, players will not necessarily receive equal playing time. Talent and commitment, along with positional needs, will be the main determining factors in team selection as well as playing time.

The goal of FALL ACEs is to expose younger players to travel ball and develop them for both the Spring rec. season and Spring ACEs. There will be more parity in terms of playing time, position rotation etc. in Fall ACEs than in Spring ACEs. Fall ACEs players do not automatically receive a spot on the Spring ACEs team and must try out again.

Please keep in mind that this program is still in its infancy and there will be glitches from time to time. Evaluating players is not an exact science and sometimes one player will be selected over another based on the needs of the team. We encourage parents to offer feedback on ways to improve the program but not to complain about our choices of one player over another.

Finally, here is some additional information regarding eligibility, dates, fees, playing time and attendance.

ELIGIBILITY    
To participate in the GVLL Travel Program, you must live or attend school within the GVLL Boundary, and be of appropriate LLoA League Age for the team and season.

Click here for GVLL Boundary map

Click here for LLoA League Age Chart

DATES   
Spring ACEs tryouts will be held on January 23rd, 2022 and teams announced shortly thereafter. The ACEs season will run from late March to late June.

Spring players will be offered fall spots by Late January and must accept them by Feb 4th. Fall tryouts for new ACEs players will be held in June and any open spots will be filled by tryouts in July (exact date TBD). Fall ACEs will run from September to November.

FEES   
There is an additional cost, over and above GVLL Rec ball, to play on an ACEs team. The costs coach salary, league and tournament fees, uniforms, umpires, and equipment among other things. The specific amounts will be determined prior to spots being offered to players. Need based Financial Aid will be offered.

 ATTENDANCE (TRAVEL AND REC)    
Players are expected to make 80% of all travel practices and 90% of all travel games and MUST play in the MDWT as well as be available for the LLWS. ACEs players must also play in at least 75% of their rec ball games.

If you have a specific question about the program, please contact [email protected]


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