With spring right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for Little League Baseball – a great way for kids to play baseball and participate in an organized, team sport. If you have a young one at home who would like to join a Little League, find a Little League Baseball team close to your house and make sure you have everything you need before heading to sign ups.
What do I need to sign my child up for Little League?
Signing up your child for Little League is relatively easy – you need to find the right Little League for your child and you will need to fill out a registration form, which may require a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
Below are the steps required for signing up your kid for Little League Baseball:
Choose a Convenient Location
Little League practice may be 1-5 days a week plus 1-2 games a week, so it’s a good idea to find a Little League that is close to where you live. To find a team near you, you can ask your friends with children for recommendations, do an online search, or browse through the Little League’s “League Finder page” online. Many leagues will also post signs or bulletins around the community.
Select the Right Age Group
Little League has several age divisions for children ages 5 to 18. When searching for a Little League team, make sure it is within the right age group. According to the Little League’s national website, there are 7 divisions for Little League:
– Tee Ball (5-6 year olds. Kids learn the fundamentals of baseball and learn how to hit a ball off a batting tee)
– Minor League Baseball (7-12 year olds. There are three divisions within the Minor League)
– 9-10 Year Old Baseball Division (A tournament program)
– Little League Baseball (11-12 year olds. The pitching distance is 46 feet and the team may enter the International Tournament)
– Junior League Baseball (12-14 year olds. The pitching distance is 60 feet and teams have the opportunity to enter the International Tournament and advance into the Junior League Baseball World Series with teams around the world)
– Senior League Baseball (14-16 year olds)
– Big League Baseball (16-18 year olds)
Complete a Registration Form
To register your child for Little League, you will need to complete a registration form, which you can pick up at the Little League or print out from the Little League website from online. Many towns and communities require you to present a birth certificate to sign your child up for Little League. If you don’t have one on hand, don’t worry. You can typically order a birth certificate online from the Vital Record Agency. If you need a birth certificate replacement right away, expedited shipping is often available.
Additional Facts about Little League Baseball
– Little League Baseball was founded by Carl Stotz in 1939. Stotz came up with the name “Little League” and his vision was to provide a program for boys as a way to teach them about sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork.
– Little League has nearly 200,000 teams in all 50 U.S. states.
– In general, all officers, managers, coaches, and umpires are unpaid volunteers.
– More than 300 games are played on Little League Headquarters diamonds from June to mid-August.