Frequently Answered Questions

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Question:  Who can play in our league?

Answer:  Boys and Girls that are league age 4 years old by the date, August 31, 2013 and league age 16.  Player's age for the season is defined by Williamsport Chart.  Please see this site to determine your child's age.  http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/age-chart-baseball.pdf

Any child that lives in our boundary map and any child that goes to school in our boundary map are eligible to play in our league.

Q:  Do you live or go to school in our boundary map?

A:  Use the Little League site to check your address to see if you live or go to school in District 4.

http://www.littleleague.org/LeagueFinder.htm

Q:  Which age division can my child play in?

A:  Tee-Ball: league age 4 & 5 year olds (all new players)        

***Note;  If your child played t-ball last year they will need to play coach pitch this year.

     Coach Pitch:   league age 5 (returning), 6, & 7 year olds     

     National (Minors):  league age 8 & 9 year old                    

     American (Majors):  league age 10, 11, & 12 year olds      

     Juniors / Seniors:  league age 13 through 16 year olds          

Q:  When is the season?        

A:  The regular season starts in April and ends in June.  Weather is a determining factor on the actual dates.     

*** Schedules will be distributed in March.  Schedules for games can only be made once we know how many teams are in each division.        

Q.  Who are the coaches for the teams?

A:  Parents and members of our community.  We are a volunteer organization.  We are always looking for volunteers.  If you would like to coach a team or help our league in any way please email Jessica Shahinpoor at southbaltimorebaseball@gmail.com

Q:  How do I register?

A:  On-line registration will open in January.  We will open walk-in registrations at our field (1101 E. Fort Ave.)  in February on Friday's from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please print and bring this form, filled out, to the walk-in registration with your proof of residency documents (see below):   http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2015/Player-Registration-Form.pdf.  Registration will close on Feb. 28th.

Q:  How much does it cost to register my child?

A:  Tee-Ball:  $60

      Coach Pitch:  $85

      National (Minors):  $85

      American (Majors):  $110

      Junior / Seniors: $135

Q:  What documentation do I need to register my child or children?

For a child to be a Little Leaguer®, eligibility must first be established by way of residency inside the boundaries of a local Little League®, or the location of the school where the child attends is located inside a local league’s boundaries that is approved by Little League Baseball, Incorporated.

Beginning with the 2017 season, the following changes will be implemented for the Residency and School Attendance Eligibility Requirements:

• A school issued report card or performance record will no longer be accepted to establish school attendance. Either the school enrollment form or an official/certified school enrollment record dated prior to October 1, 2016 can be used to establish school attendance for the 2017 season.

• Also, residence shall be established and supported by documents containing the full residence which includes parent(s) or guardian(s) name, street address, city, state and zip code information, dated or in force between February 1, 2016 (previous year) and February 1, 2017 (current year), from one or more documents from EACH of the three Groups outlined below:

Group I

 

1. Driver’s License (photo ID of parent(s) or guardian(s) with qualifying residence address)
2. School records (home address of player’s parents or guardians)
3. Vehicle records (i.e., registration, lease, etc.)
4. Employment records
5. Insurance documents (with residence address)

Group II

 

1. Welfare/child care records 
2. Federal records (i.e., Federal Tax, Social Security, etc.) 
3. State records 
4. Local (municipal) records 
5. Support payment records
6. Homeowner or tenant records 
7. Military records

Group III

 

1. Voter’s Registration 
2. Utility bills (i.e., - gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
3. Financial records (loan, credit, investments, etc.)
4. Medical records 
5. Internet, cable, or satellite television records

NOTE: Example – Three documents from the same Group (utility bill, cable bill, and bank statement) constitute only ONE document.

Be aware that players who established “residence” or “school attendance” for regular season and/or tournament eligibility prior to the 2016-2017 season by using the Tournament Player Verification form, and who can produce the form with proper proofs and signatures from the first year that the Tournament Player Verification form was used for that player, will be grandfathered and will NOT need to complete a new Tournament Player Verification Form.

In preparation for the 2017 Little League International Tournament, local leagues are to be aware that tournament Eligibility Affidavit will this year require all tournament teams to complete and carry a Tournament Player Verification form for every rostered player.

Q: What is the commitment of my child?

Tee-Ball   This division is an introductory program that teaches the basics of throwing, hitting off a tee, catching, and the general concept of the game.  This is a non-competitive division and no score is kept.  It is about the kids learning to love BASEBALL!  All players are given a team shirt and baseball hat.  Bats and helmets are provided by the league.  A baseball glove is REQUIRED to participate and is NOT provided by the league.  Cleats are recommended.

One practice / game is held once a week on Saturdays for an hour.  The first half hour of the scheduled field time is for practice and the second half is a game against another team.  Saturday field times start at 10:00 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day depending on the number of teams we have registered.  Games are only scheduled on Sundays if the league needs to move them due to an event in the city or weather. 

Coach Pitch  This division introduces hitting a pitched ball from a coach. Players start to understand the concepts of running bases and batting.  The main focus is still on having fun.  This is a non-competitive division and no score is kept. It is for players who have played Tee-Ball the previous year or who are new to baseball at age 6.  The focus of Coach Pitch is to teach children the fundamentals of baseball.  All players are provided with a team shirt, pants, baseball cap, and socks.  Bats and helmets are provided by the league.  A baseball glove is REQUIRED to participate and is NOT provided by the league.  Cleats are recommended. 

Two one and a half hour practices / games are played per week; one during the week starting at 6 p.m. and one on Saturdays.  The first forty five minutes of your scheduled field time are for practice and the second forty five minutes are for a game against another team.  Saturday field times start at 10:00 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day depending on the number of teams we have registered.  Games are only scheduled on Sundays if the league needs to move them due to an event in the city or weather. 

National (Minors)  This division introduces player pitching and is a competitive league.  These players will attend a skills evaluation. This is necessary to balance teams so your child can experience an enjoyable and a competitive environment. These players will start to understand strategies of the game.  The emphasis is to refine skills for throwing, catching, and hitting all while still having fun.  

*Important Date:  A SKILL EVALUATIONS (MINOR & MAJORS ONLY) will be held on March 4th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Arena DuBurns 3100 Boston St.  Baltimore, MD 21224.  Please have your player attend.

 Minor League plays by Little League rules.  Here is a link to find the rules:  http://www.littleleague.org/learn/rules.htm   

All players will be provided with team shirt, baseball pants, hat, socks, and belts.  Bats, helmets, and catching gear are provided by the league.   A baseball glove is required to participate and is NOT provided by the league.  Cleats are recommended for players and athletic supporters are recommended for boys.  All players playing catcher are REQUIRED to wear athletic supporters and cups.  

Games are played by innings. A regulation game is 6 innings.  There will be practices per week at the discretion of the coach.  Two games are played per week; one during the week starting at 6 PM and one on Saturday.  Saturday field times start at 10:00 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day depending on the number of teams we have registered.  Games are only scheduled on Sundays if the league needs to move them due to an event in the city, schedule a make-up game, or weather. .

The season typically runs from early March through end of school in June.   All players league age 8 or older may be eligible to be selected to an ALL STAR TEAM.  All Star Teams travel and play in the Maryland District 4 tournament.  The teams that win the All Star District tournaments will advance to the next level.
 

American (Majors)  This division is a more competitive league. These players will attend a skills evaluation. This is necessary to balance teams so your child can experience an enjoyable, competitive environment. These players will build on development as well as competitiveness.

*Important Date:  A SKILL EVALUATIONS (MINOR & MAJORS ONLY) will be held on March 4th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Arena DuBurns 3100 Boston St.  Baltimore, MD 21224.  Please have your player attend.

Major League plays by Little League rules.  Here is a link to find the rules:  http://www.littleleague.org/learn/rules.htm

All players will be provided with team shirt, baseball pants, hat, socks, and belts.  Bats, helmets, and catching gear are provided by the league.   A baseball glove is required to participate and is NOT provided by the league.  Cleats are recommended for players and athletic supporters are recommended for boys.  All players playing catcher are REQUIRED to wear athletic supporters and cups.  

There will be practices per week at the discretion of the coach.  Two games are played per week; one during the week starting at 6 PM and one on Saturday.  Saturday field times start at 10:00 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day depending on the number of teams we have registered.  Games are only scheduled on Sundays if the league needs to move them due to an event in the city, schedule a make-up game, or weather.

The season typically runs from early March through end of school in June.   All players league age 8 or older may be eligible to be selected to an ALL STAR TEAM.  All Star Teams travel and play in the Maryland District 4 tournament.  The teams that win the All Star District tournaments will advance to the next level.

Juniors / Seniors This division is competitive and travels.  None of the games are played at our field. 

All players will be provided with team shirt, baseball pants, hat, socks, and belts.  Bats, helmets, and catching gear are provided by the league.   A baseball glove is required to participate and is NOT provided by the league.  Cleats are recommended for players and athletic supporters are recommended for boys.  All players playing catcher are REQUIRED to wear athletic supporters and cups.  

There will be practices per week at the discretion of the coach.  Game schedules and times are depending on how many teams are in the league.

The season typically runs from early March through end of school in June.   All players league age 8 or older may be eligible to be selected to an ALL STAR TEAM.  All Star Teams travel and play in the Maryland District 4 tournament.  The teams that win the All Star District tournaments will advance to the next level.

Q: How are teams formed?

A:  Every player that registers is drafted to a team in their division.  We cannot promise friends will be placed on the same team.   You can request siblings to be placed on the same team if they are in the same division. 

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