FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the structure of Georgetown Little League (GLL)?
GLL is comprised of two leagues, National and American. Both leagues offer six levels of play: T-Ball, Minors, Majors, Juniors, Seniors, and Big League. Depending upon the level, the playing fields are slightly different in terms of length of base paths, distance from pitching mound, and distance to the outfield fences from home plate.
GLL has established age cutoffs to ensure players develop appropriately in terms of skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship. While GLL has established age brackets that players need to participate in, there are situations where some players may play down due to safety risks upon approval of the Board of Directors.
Pitching distances are scaled to the ability of the players in proportion to the size of the diamonds. The scaled down diamonds in the lower divisions allow the players to make the same plays made by the upper division players on larger diamonds.
GLL is managed by an elected Board of Directors that administer the league in line with established bylaws. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
When is player registration?
Registration starts in December and has varying deadlines for the divisions. The typical deadlines for divisions with tryouts (Minor 10 Baseball, Majors, and Juniors) is Mid-February. Teeball through Sr. Minors have the same deadline but also have a late sign-ups with waitlists to complete teams and a $30 late fee applied. Seniors & Big Leagues registration ends in May. Refer to the online registration link during registration for exact cutoff dates for each division.
Why do we have to register so far before the season starts?
The number of players that register determine the number of managers we must recruit, evaluate and train before teams can be assembled. Many of these divisions have tryouts or skill-assessments we must do before any draft of teams can be done. Uniforms must then be ordered and practices are needed before the teams take the field in mid-April for games. This all takes time and is done strictly by volunteers.
Is there a family maximum for registration?
Starting in 2011, we have removed the family maximum based on dollar amount. What we have done instead is that the first 3 kids will pay their registration fees and any the rest of the family members are free. For example, a family has 4 kids. The first 3 will have to pay registration fees but the 4th kid will be free. It will be advantageous to register all lower prices divisions first so you can get the more expensive division free if applicable.
Any questions feel free to contact GLL.
Are scholarships available?
It is GLL's goal to include every eligible child who wishes to play Little League. We understand that families come into hard times and need financial assistance at times. To receive a scholarship, simply complete the scholarship request and bring to in-person registration or mail it in with a copy of your online registration info. GLL does require that parents make a commitment to volunteer in exchange for the financial commitment we've made with your family. See details below.
|Volunteer Requirements for Scholarships
|Full Scholarship (per child)
||4 evenings volunteering as runner in the concession stand plus participate in either Spring or Fall Cleanup (12 evenings max)
|1/2 Scholarship (per child)
||2 evenings volunteering as runner in the concession stand plus participate in either Spring or Fall Cleanup (six evenings max)
How do I find out about player registration?
GLL utilizes several methods of getting the word out to parents about registration. The main source of information is by our e-mailed GLL newsletter. Please make sure we have your current e-mail address in our database so you get the information in a timely manner. Our website will also have the announcement with a link to the on-line registration and directions for mail-in registrations. Those parents that utilize RSS feeds can also subscribe to GLL’s News.
GLL also place notices in all the area school newsletters and we supply printed notices for schools to send home in the Friday folders. Those schools that do not permit the info in the Friday folders will have the notices available in the office. We will also attempt to advertise the in-person registration on the Sandy Hill School sign and other business signs in the area that will allow it. Signs will be placed at areas around Baldwin Ave. and also 28th Ave announcing that sign-ups are in process. Several press releases are placed in the Advance newspaper as well. We also appreciate the word of mouth advertisement from parent to parent and player to player. Please let your friends know that registration is coming up in case they didn't see it.
Something new GLL has implemented is the mailing of a postcard to all families that played the previous year. This postcard will serve as a reminder to register and will include information on how to register on-line. We are also investigating group phone messages that will deliver a short voice message reminding members that registration has begun.
How do I register my child?
On-line registration through our website starting in December through the registration deadlines listed for each.
I missed registration. Can I sign up late?
Late registrations will be accepted on a case by case basis, based on the number of players per team in that division at the end of registration. Major and Junior divisions cannot accept late applicants after tryouts due to the draft system. All late registrations will be accepted online only and these players will be placed on a waitlist until the maximum number of players is determined. So, for example, if Minor Softball has 140 players signed up, we would have twelve teams with a maximum of 12 players. We could accept up to 4 additional players in that division.
Please note that if your late registration is accepted, there is a $30 late registration fee. This rule has not always been applied in past years and has caused tremendous headaches for all directors involved with getting the league ready for the season. Note that this rule will be applied in coming seasons.
How do I know you received my registration online?
With online registration, you will receive an email from our website with a receipt and confirmation of your registration. If you do not get an email, something went wrong with the registration and you are not registered. You are able to log back into your personal account from the website homepage and this will tell you what division your child is registered for.
To minimize the errors before teams are created and uniforms are ordered, you are encouraged to log into your personal information account. To do this, click on the Edit My Info button on the lower left menu button. All parents should verify that their child is in the correct division with the correct shirt size. If you notice that there is incorrect or missing information, change what you can. If there is information such as birthdates or divisions you believe to be wrong, please email the Registration Director. As registration ends, parents will also be able to verify what team their child is on and the contact information for the manager through the website.
Why do you need my email address?
GLL is a non-profit organization. In order to save money, much of our communication is electronic through either our website or emails. We typically send out 8-10 newsletters as well as numerous updates about the league throughout the year. Probably the most important of these emails is in regards to registration dates and locations. At registration time, please verify that we have your correct email listed so we can update it in our database. Also, you can click the registration button at the top of the homepage which will add you to our e-mail list. Please know that GLL values your privacy and will never sell your address to anyone.
Why is my child considered a year younger than he/she will be when the season starts?
The Little League International Board of Directors, governing body for the world’s largest organized youth sports program, accepted a recommendation from USA Baseball to change the league age determination date for its players starting in the 2006 season.
The league age determination date is the age a player has attained as of a specific date, for the purpose of placing the player in a particular division. The old date in the baseball and softball divisions of Little League was July 31.
Starting with the 2006 season, the date in all divisions of Little League Baseball will be April 30 of the current year/season. The date in all divisions of Little League Softball will be Dec. 31 of the previous year.
For example: Under the old regulation, a baseball player who turns 13 years old in May, June or July of 2006 would have been considered league-age 13 for the entire 2006 season. That would have been the case, despite the fact that such a player likely would have played most or all of the regular season (which generally ends in June) without having actually reached his or her 13th birthday. Under the new regulation, such a player will have a league age of 12 throughout the 2006 season.
Under the old softball regulation, a player who turns 13 from January through July of 2006 would have been considered league-age 13 for the entire 2006 season. Under the new regulation, such a player will have a league age of 12 throughout the 2006 season.
What are GLL's boundaries?
Click for link to Boundary page.
When does the season begin?
Please check the GLL calendar on the homepage for exact league dates and events. Typically, the season begins on the Monday one week after Spring Break (mid-April) for Minor Baseball, Senior Minors, and Majors. T-Ball and other minor divisions usually start a week later. Juniors, Seniors and Big Leagues will start at different times throughout May.
When will I find out what team my child will play on?
All teams for Majors and below should be formed by mid to late March. Your child's manager will notify you of the team's first meeting/practice. Also, you can log into your Personal Account from the webpage and it should also show what team you are on. If you don't hear from a team manager by the beginning of April, please contact a board member.
Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends?
GLL allows players to request to be on the same team as one friend in only the non-tryout divisions of T-ball and minors. Note that both players must request each other during registration. Remember that a request may be made, but there is no guarantee that it will be approved. In the other divisions, there are absolutely no requests due to the player selection process of the draft. The upper division teams are created using a balanced draft process that helps to promote even and competitive leagues. Teams are not carried over year-to-year and are totally redrafted every year.
How are siblings in the same division handled?
Siblings are placed on the same team unless GLL is informed to do otherwise by the parents/guardians. If your siblings are not on the same team and should be, please contact the Registration Director as soon as possible.
If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to GLL's Baseball/Softball Player Agent for consideration by the President. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.
If my child decides to quit, is it possible to get a refund?
A refund is available upon request prior to the close of registration for the player’s division, less a $10 processing fee. A refund due to medical reasons is available upon request prior to the start of the division’s season. After Opening Day, NO REFUNDS are allowed.
Can I keep my child down in a lower division or bring him/her up a division a year early?
GLL strongly supports age appropriate competition and development. GLL does not allow players to move up a division early, with the exception that a 6 year old player with one year of experience in GLL’s T-ball program may move up to the Minor Machine Pitch, per Little League’s rules. The only other time an adjustment may be made is when there is a safety risk to a player playing in their age appropriate division. At that time, a parent request needs to be made to the Board of Directors. A decision will be made to allow the player to play down.
How long will the season last?
The GLL regular game season usually lasts for 8-10 weeks from April through June, plus division playoff games for Majors and higher divisions. GLL tries to end T-Ball and minors within one to two weeks of school getting out, typically mid-June. All players are scheduled for twelve games. The season is extended for players in Majors and higher divisions with District 9 team tournaments in June and a player may also be selected to the District 9 All-Star tournament team in July. Please consider your vacation plans if you have a child that may be selected to these teams.
Where are GLL games played?
GLL utilizes the baseball/softball complex at the corner of 28th Ave. and Baldwin Street in Jenison. Juniors and higher may travel to play some inter-league games with teams in the area. A shortage of available parking is somewhat alleviated by utilizing Friendship Chapel’s two parking lots just East of the Concession Stand entrance. If families bring two cars to the field and are parking in an area that has “deep” parking spaces, please consider parking two deep by having the first car pull as far forward as possible and the second car pulling in behind. Please refrain from parking alongside the shoulder of 28th Ave. as this becomes very dangerous for cars pulling in and out of the parking lots. The Ottawa County Sheriff has been issuing tickets for cars parked on in this area.
What days and times are the games played?
All teams in GLL are scheduled for at least one game a week, and in some divisions teams are scheduled for games two or three times per week. Makeup games will be fit in where openings allow and may change the number of games per day/week that a player competes in. Game days are Monday through Saturday and will typically not be the same night every week. Game times vary by division, but Saturday games will generally start around 9:00 am and 11:15 am and weekday games generally will begin around 5:40 pm and 7:30 pm. It is GLL's desire to have games be completed by 9 pm on weekdays, many times sooner in the early season due to lack of daylight. It is recommended that players arrive at the field at least 30 minutes prior to game time so they can properly warm up, and managers can get the line-up cards ready prior to the start of the game, but please verify the exact time your manager wants the players at the field.
Who umpires GLL games?
GLL uses a combination of coaches, parent volunteers, and paid umpires. In the lower divisions (T-Ball and Minors), the volunteers are either coaches or parents of GLL players in those divisions. In the upper divisions (9/10 Minors, Senior Minors, Majors and above), the plate umpires are certified umpires and trained students. These umpires are supplied by GLL. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. In Minors, Senior Minors, and Majors, the field umpire will be supplied by the home team. In Juniors and above, a field umpire will be supplied by GLL. If you are interested in becoming an umpire, please contact the Umpire in Chief.
When will the practices begin?
GLL targets middle to late March for T-ball, Minor, and Major teams to start practicing. The goal is for teams to be in a position to begin practices at least 3-4 weeks before Opening Day, which is the second or third week of April. For Majors and higher, practices typically being the week after draft night. Actual first practices will depend upon weather and formation of teams.
How often and long will my child practice?
Practice frequency and duration are up to the team manager. Generally, it is recommended that T-ball teams practice no more than one time per week for no more than one hour. Minor teams practice an average of one to two times a week for anywhere from 60-90 minutes prior to the season and a few throughout the season. Majors and higher teams may practice 3-4 times a week prior to the season and 2-3 times per week after the season starts. Majors teams generally practice for two hours a session.
Where will my child practice?
GLL division directors schedule field practice times at the Little League complex, however, most teams find a local park or other sports field to conduct practice. Your manager will contact you with information regarding when and where your first practice will be.
What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, hat, baseball pants, and rubber molded cleats. A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items. top
Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
A uniform consists of a pair of baseball pants, a baseball jersey, a hat/visor, and a pair of all-in-one baseball socks. GLL will provide each player a team jersey. Baseball players will also receive a black hat while Softball Teeball and Machine Pitch players receive a black visor. Older Softball players do not receive a visor.
Please verify that the player’s jersey size is listed correctly on your registration form. Due to individual fittings, players need to provide the baseball pants and socks. The jersey and hat/visor are the player's to keep. The jerseys don't provide much warmth, so it is a good idea to purchase a long-sleeve baseball shirt in black or to match the color of your child's team. Rubber cleats are highly recommended, and steel spikes are not allowed except for Junior Baseball and older divisions.
A quality leather glove is a must! It is recommended to stay away from vinyl and simulated leather gloves that may be cheaper, but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration. It is impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather. Therefore, the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. All players should bring a windbreaker, jacket, or sweatshirt to every game and practice, especially early in the season.
Are there any rules around minimum playing time?
Rules will vary per division regarding playing time. Continuous batting orders are used for the divisions through Majors; however, fielders are limited to 10 players in Teeball and Machine Pitch Minors and 9 players in Senior Minors and higher. There are minimums for innings played in all divisions.
Are there time limits on games?
T-ball games are limited to 1-hour. Minor games are limited to 1 hour 15 minutes. There is no time limit on 9/10 Minors Baseball and Senior Minors Softball and higher except in regards to adequate lighting. The field director on duty that night will make the determination if there is adequate light to continue play or if the game is ended.
What are GLL’s guidelines regarding weather cancellations?
Click for link to Cancellation Policy page.
How many managers/coaches can be on a team?
Every team has a manager approved by the Board of Directors. Each team's manager can have as many team parents as they can find for practices, but only two additional coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. Any manager, coach, or helper that comes into contact with players MUST submit a Volunteer Application to the league so a background check can be performed.
What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from mid-March through the regular season. Time commitment is usually around 8-10 hours a week depending upon division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at all practices and games. Managers also must attend a pre-season coaching clinic provided by the league, and a manager's meeting with the division director. As well, they must schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to the first practice of the season.
Two coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 6-8 hours a week depending upon division. Coaches need to attend a pre-season clinic provided by the league. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.
Are there conduct rules that apply during games?
Absolutely. GLL does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises by an umpire or board member and banned from the complex for additional games. If anyone observes any conduct that is inappropriate, please notify the concession stand and a field director will be notified. Please see GLL's Code of Conduct that every family has agreed to during registration.
Who is responsible for staffing the Snack Bar at the GLL complex?
GLL uses paid managers and student workers to run the concession stand windows. Parent volunteers are needed to be "runners" for these workers by bagging popcorn, pouring Slushies, and grabbing pop or ice cream from the coolers. If you are interested in volunteering to be a runner for a few nights during the season, please contact the Concession Manager.
Do I have to participate in any fundraising?
GLL believes that your families are already barraged with too many requests for your children to sell items. Therefore, we try to rely on league sponsors and personal donations to supplement our registration fees to cover the operating capital required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. Please consider asking your employer about sponsoring a team or purchasing an outfield banner. Please note that GLL is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and any donations/sponsorships will be tax deductible up to the extent allowed.
Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
If at any time you have a problem or just want information, you can e-mail the league at any time. However, please first discuss any concerns with your child's manager, then with the division's director (who is a Board Member assigned to oversee that Division). Contact information is on the GLL web site under Contacts. You are also welcome to attend a Board meeting and express your concerns directly to the Board with prior approval from the President. The GLL Board typically meets every first Monday of each month throughout the year, with meeting locations and times varying. Please refer to the schedule on the homepage for exact dates and times.
I am interested in volunteering. How do I get involved?
GLL is made up of people like you who want the best for our kids. We are always looking for volunteers for managers, coaches, board members, team parents, concession helpers, etc. The first step is to complete a Volunteer Registration form. Select the Volunteer Registration and FAQ tab on the left menu and follow the instructions. Please note that all volunteers will have a criminal background check performed.