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Little League! Many people have fond memories of their little league experiences; some people have not-so-fond memories; and some never participated. Yet, we're all here now to support our kids' turn to have fun, learn to be a good teammate, experience success and failure in a safe, supportive space, and play a game where everyone has a chance to participate, and anyone could be the hero of the game. 

History

Little League® Baseball and Softball, now an international organization, was founded, first just with baseball, in 1939, and is the world's first community-based, volunteer-operated youth sports program. Little League Softball was founded in 1974. Nearly 2.4 million youth ages 4 to 16 in more than 80 countries and territorial possessions participate in the divisions of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Shoreline Little League was first chartered in 2016, combining two smaller leagues, North King County Little League and Richmond Little League. We serve kids "league ages" 5 - 16 who live or go to school in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. The whole organization is run by volunteers: From the person updating this website to the coaches, and the umpires to the person that books the fields. We currently have more than 20 Board Members committed to manage the league for the whole year (just like professional sports, the off-season is full of planning!).

New to the League? Or new to Baseball/Softball?

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you tell me what days of the week and time practices and games will be?
Unfortunately we cannot relay these details until registration closes and we start to form teams. We have a variable number of kids returning each year (around 500-600 typically) and teams are formed once we know how many players total we will have and can recruit coaches for all teams. Practice day, time and location are then determined based on coach availability and preference.
Can my child play with their friends/neighbors?
We do allow teammate and coach requests for the lower (non-drafted) divisions. There will be a link in the confirmation email you receive at time of registration to a form to complete such requests. We cannot guarantee placement according to request, but truly do our very best to attempt to honor these requests for TeeBall, A and AA ball, no requests allowed for AAA division or above.
We have no experience with baseball, is it too late to try it?
Little league baseball is recreational baseball, it is never too late. At Shoreline Little League we pride ourselves on being inclusive of the entire community and embrace players of all levels and abilities participating in baseball or softball. We prioritize have kids in divisions with their age group peers, but occasionally for a newer player we will recommend they play down a division if there are safety concerns depending on the level of play at their age group.
We have never played baseball what equipment do we need?
The only equipment required to play is a glove, and cleats. It is recommended to have baseball pants as well. The league will provide jerseys and baseball hats with your registration fee. The league provides community use helmets, bats and balls for team shared use. You can certainly choose to purchase and bring your own as well, but not required.

Coronavirus/What will the 2021 season look like?

  • All season start and end dates are tentative-depending on state and local guidelines due to the pandemic. However, we are aiming to finish the regular spring season by 6/22 to align with the end of the school year. We do believe we will be able to fit in a full season and that is our goal.
  • We will follow ALL state and local guidelines for a safe return to play.
  • There will NOT be individual player assessments this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The board did not feel it was safe to proceed with assessments at the time we normally would (early February). We also acknowledge many children have not played any baseball for an entire year now with the pandemic, so, we will be adjusting our team formation for the AAA and Majors divisions.
  • AAA and Majors players will be separated into "practice pods" by age for the first week or two of the season to allow the kids to get back into the swing of baseball and to allow coaches to practice with each pod to see the spectrum of skills more robustly than individual assessment would have.

How Shoreline Little League Works

SLL's season runs roughly March - June. Each division has different season lengths, with the older divisions starting earlier and finishing later than the younger divisions. 

For the 2021 season in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic you will see some changes to the league. Most notably, all season dates are tentative and will depend on the safety of our community in relation tot he pandemic. We will follow state and local guidelines. The AAA and Majors divisions that are typically drafted after individual player assessments will NOT be drafted based on assessments this year. We anticipate starting the season in "practice pods" that will rotate to have practice with multiple coaches over the course of a couple of weeks. Our head coaches for Majors and AAA will then get together to create balanced and competitive teams. More details to come. But there will NOT BE PLAYER ASSESSMENTS FOR THE 2021 SEASON.

As a non-profit, completely volunteer organization, Shoreline Little League asks for all hands on deck. There is a fundraiser each player is asked to participate in, there are 2 snack shacks that need to be open and run during games, the Jamboree requires TONS of support, we need people to volunteer to umpire games! And the more people helping, the better the experience will be for the kids. 

In addition to fundraisers, we rely on sponsors to help offset costs. If you know a business that would like to get involved, let us know! 

Player Gear

Team uniform of ballcap and jersey are provided by SLL. Each team is issued catcher's gear, bats and helmets. Players may use their own Little League approved bats. Player owned helmets are also permitted. Individual equipment is encouraged in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, however any shared/team equipment will be sanitized regularly.

Baseball pants, belt, socks and glove are required for all players. Cleats are necessary. Soccer cleats will work for players in Tee Ball, and A Ball.

Refund Policy

Refund & Cancellation Policy:

·       If cancelling registration before team announcement or assessments: Cancellation fee of 25% of cost of registration.

·       If cancelling after team announcement or assessments: Cancellation fee of 50% of cost of registration.

·       If cancelling after first practice starts: NO REFUNDS***. 

·       If purchasing an additional jersey, the cost is not refundable after team announcements.

·       If the season is cancelled by the league before the season begins each registrant will be given the option of a refund, donating part or all of their registration fee to the league, or receiving a raincheck until the next spring season.

·       If the season is cancelled after the season begins then the registrant will be given a prorated refund based on the number of games the team has played minus the cost of the uniforms.

***Extenuating circumstances will be taken under consideration by the Shoreline Little League Board. 

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