Shoreline Little League

Frequently Asked Questions
 
FAQ's
Posted Dec 17, 2016

Dear Shoreline Families,

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers for Shoreline Little League. If you don't see the answer to your question, then please contact us at: sll-information@shorelinelittleleague.com

 Who is eligible to play in Shoreline Little League?

Any boy or girl league age 5 – 16 who either lives or attends a school within the city limits of Shoreline or Lake Forest Park.

What are the divisions?

Tball -  Ages 5-7 Co-Ed. Serves as an introduction to basic baseball concepts with an emphasis on teamwork. You must have one year of T-ball before you can move on to the next level.

A ball -  Ages 7-8 Co-Ed.  Coach Pitch or Machine Pitch.  Typical player is still learning to throw and properly catch. Some kids can stay in this division for more than one year.

AA ball (baseball) -  Age 7-9 or 10 depending on the situation.  This is Player Pitch with assist from Coach Pitch after 4 balls are thrown.  Typical player can safely catch a ball from a teammate.  More competitive than A ball. Some kids can stay in this division for more than one year.

AAA/Minors (baseball) - Age 8-11 depending on player needs and ability.  Most 11 year olds will be playing in Majors.  This is a drafted division.

Majors (baseball) - 9-12 depending on player needs and ability.  Most 9 year olds will be playing in AAA but you never know.  This is a drafted division.

Juniors (baseball) – Age 13-14

Seniors (baseball) – Age 15 – 16

Softball Divisions:

Shoreline LL is part of District 8 (D8). D8 softball is separated into two sections, a northern section and a City section. Shoreline softball plays in the North division. All leagues in D8 have such few teams in ALL levels that we have to inter-league with each other. The only way that we won’t do this at the lower levels is if we can have five or more teams - (get your friends to register!!)

Softball league age is determined by the age you are on 12/31 the year before the season. For the 2017 season - it would be whatever age your daughter is on 12/31/2016.

 Softball season starts earlier than baseball. Games start in mid-March.

 A Softball - WE NOW HAVE IT!

Since moving to the City side of District 8, we are now offering A Ball Softball. This level is one step up from T-Ball and the start of using softballs instead of a baseball (used during T-Ball). We use a 10" safety optic yellow softball. It is coach or machine pitch. . Oue objective in A Ball Softball is to continue learning the basics of the game: throwing, catching, and hitting. Girls eligbile for this divisions are ages 6 and 7. 

 AA Softball – Age 8-9 (or 10 depending on the situation)

Girls who play AA Softball are not ready for full-time player pitch. At this level, girls start pitching underhand from 35 feet, and can be assisted by a coach to come in and provide pitching instead of walking a batter. Teams are structured based on school. Buddy requests will TRY to be honored, but not guaranteed.

Girls ages 8-10 are eligible for 8/9/10 all-star try-outs (playing by AAA rules).

AAA Softball (Minors) – Age 8-11

Depending on the number of girls registered, assessments and draft will be determined for team structure. Buddy requests will not be honored at this level.

AAA is full player pitch from 35 feet. Stealing is allowed when ball reaches plate.

Younger player should demonstrate the ability to throw and catch with knowledge of the game.

                Girls ages 8-10 are eligible for 8/9/10 all-star try-outs (playing by AAA rules).

 Majors (softball) – Ages 9-12 - Note: Players can attain the age of 13 AFTER 12/31

Depending on the number of girls registered, assessments and draft will be determined for team structure. Buddy requests will not be honored at this level.

Majors is a competitive level of play. At this level, stealing is legal upon a pitcher's release of the ball and rules such as a dropped third strike apply. Pitchers are required to throw from a distance of 40 feet.   

Girls ages 9-11 are eligible for 9/10/11 all-stars (plays by Major rules).

                Girls ages 10-12 are eligible for 10/11/12 all-stars (plays by Major rules).

 Junior Softball – Age 13-14

Fastpitch for girls who are fairly advanced in skill level and/or age. Girls league age 12 can play Juniors.

 

How do I know what division to sign up my child?

The registration system is birthday driven however there is some overlap.  So someone who is league age 10 say, could end up in AA, AAA or Majors.  The family self picks where to register, and where they would expect to end up and pay that fee.

Check the Baseball League Age Chart found HERE to determine their league age.

Check the Softball League Age Chart found HERE to determine their league age. Softball league age is determined by the age you are on 12/31 the year before the season. For the 2017 season - it would be whatever age your daughter is on 12/31/2016.

Based on your child’s prior experience and the division age parameters for the T-ball, A-ball and AA-ball divisions, pick the division that you feel your child will most likely succeed. For the AAA and Major divisions for baseball and softball (ages 9-12) players will need to attend the assessments to be drafted to a team.

What ages and divisions are assessed for drafting to a team?

Ages 9 – 12 for both baseball and softball. On the Player Registration form, you are asked to pick the date and time that will work for you for assessments. You will also receive a confirmation email reminding you of attending the assessments.

Assessments are held in February.  This is a time for the kids to come out and really just play a little ball.  Catch, throw, hit, field.  This lets the coaches see the players and get an idea of their abilities.  Coaches are looking at skills, yes, but also more so attitude, are they coach able, mechanics, hustle.  From the assessments, all coaches there will score the kids.  This score is not given to anyone but a parent who asks to see it (in the 4 years our player agent had been doing this no one has ever asked for it).  An aggregate score is presented to all the coaches before the draft.  This helps them determine who they want to draft, see if other coaches saw something in a player they didn't etc.  Then the teams are drafted.   Again, we are looking to get players who can play, have fun and learn together on the fields.  We want everyone to be successful.

 When are practices?

For the older kids in the following divisions: AAA, Majors, Juniors and Seniors, practices start March 1st and are usually two week nights and on Saturday. Junior and Seniors will practice together on Tuesday, Thursday nights at Meridian Park and on Saturday mornings.

For the younger kids in the following division: AA, practices start mid-March and are usually two week nights and on Saturday.

For the youngest kids in the following divisions: A and T-Ball, practices start April 1st and are usually two week nights between 5 pm and 6 pm in the evening usually at the coach’s choice of fields.

Softball season starts earlier than baseball. Games start in mid-March.

When do games start?

For the older kids in the following divisions: AAA, Majors, Juniors and Seniors, games start April 1st and are usually two week nights and on Saturday. Games run through early June with some divisions having an End of Season tournament

For the younger kids in the following division: AA, games start April 8th and are usually two week nights and on Saturday. Games run through mid-June

For the youngest kids in the following divisions: A and T-Ball, games start April 24th and are usually the same two week nights as practices between 6 pm and 7:30 pm in the evening. Games run through the later part of June.

Softball season starts earlier than baseball. Games start in mid-March.

 

What do we need for T-ball?

It is helpful to have the following:

-Baseball glove

-White, Grey or Black youth baseball pants (depending on what your coach prefers)

-Baseball shoes (plastic cleats are not required, but help keep the kids from slipping).  It’s hit or miss whether or not they end up wearing them, but we encourage getting them used to the feel of baseball shoes.

 Additional items that are optional:  

-Helmet

-Painters bucket (to carry their gear and also to sit on as there are no benches on the fields T-Ball plays on)

 

If we sign up for a division and once practices start we see that our child is in the wrong division, can we request a change?

A child’s safety is a priority to us. If, as a parent, you feel that they are in the wrong division and wish to make a change either up a division or down a division, then you are asked to contact our player agent, Ami Walton, at sll-playeragent@shorelinelittleleague.com. There may be a financial difference if a change is made. Please be aware that an additional fee may be requested to be paid, or we will automatically refund if the fee is less.

 

If we sign our child up to play, but for some reason we must pull our child out of playing, can we get a refund?

Full refunds are only given if the withdrawal is done prior to the start of practices. After practices have started an administrative fee of $25 will be subtracted from the refund amount.

How are teams formed?

Starting with the T-ball division, teams are generally formed based on the Shoreline public schools your child attends. Kids that attend schools other than a Shoreline public school will be placed on teams throughout the district. At this age, we understand that it is a social aspect to play with friends. We do our best to honor any requests that come in to us, but cannot 100% guarantee a request will be honored. Our goal is to limit the T-ball teams to an even number of players (usually 10 per team).

A ball division teams usually remain the same as the prior T-ball team. Once again, the number of players per team are limited and requests can be made, but are not 100% guaranteed.

AA ball divisions may begin to be mixed up a bit more than the previous year’s teams. This is to prepare the kids for the remainder of their little league experience where teams will be drafted. We feel that kids gain new experiences and broaden their social scope of friends when they start playing for new coaches and new players.

AAA and Major divisions are drafted by the coaches after assessments have happened. All kids will be placed on a team. All kids will play!

Junior and Senior teams which will have been practicing together will be formed prior to the start of games. The number of teams will be based on the number of registrants. Kids that play for a high school in the Spring can join the little league team when the school’s team is done playing.

 

Who can participate in the free player clinics held in January?

Due to the limited space for each clinic, we are asking any child age 9-12 to sign up for one of the clinic dates. This way we give as many of the kids an opportunity to participate. If a clinic does not fill up, then a child can participate in more than one clinic. Please check with the league registrar at sll-registrar@shorelinelittleleague.com.

Our hope is to have additional free clinics for the younger divisions in February. Check our website for more information.

 

If during the season, as a parent, I have questions or concerns regarding the coach, team or league, who should I contact?

We definitely want to hear from anyone that has a concern regarding any issues within the league. For coach, player or team questions, please contact our Player Agent, Ami Walton, at sll-playeragent@shorelinelittleleague.com

For League or Umpire issues, please contact our president, Dean Barth, at sll-president@shorelinelittleleague.com

For general questions, please email us at sll-information@shorelinelittleleague.com

 

Our family is experiencing a financial hardship. Are there scholarships available?

Yes. Please contact our league registrar at sll-registrar@shorelinelittleleague.com to request a Scholarship form to fill out and return.