Written by Administrator
Sunday, 27 January 2008
TAHOMA LITTLE LEAGUE'S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- When does the season start and end? The Little League season starts with practices at the end of February or beginning of March and games will begin late March or first the week in April, depending on the division you play in. All league games will finish in June prior to the end of the school year -- refer to the league calendar for the exact dates.
- Where are the games played? Tahoma Little League uses a variety of Public and Private fields. Most games are played on Tahoma School District fields at Tahoma Senior High, Tahoma Junior High, Tahoma Middle School, Cedar River Middle School, Shadow Lake Elementary, Rock Creek Elementary and Lake Wilderness Elementary. Several games are also played on King County fields at Kentlake High School, Ravensdale Park, Lake Francis Park, Petrovitsky Park and Levdansky Park. We have exclusive use of two private fields; Anderson Field and Lions Club Park. In addition to games played on our local fields, several of our older age groups may travel to play teams within District 10 at their respective home fields.
- How many games are played? There will typically be 2 to 3 games scheduled per week. The T-ball and A Division teams play a 18 to 20 game schedule. AA division teams play a 19 to 22 game schedule. AAA and Majors baseball as well as Minors and Juniors softball divisions play a 20 to 24 game schedule. The Juniors and Seniors baseball divisions play a 24 to 30 game schedule.
- What days of the week are the games played? Games will be scheduled on Mondays through Saturdays. Sundays will be used as necessary for rainouts and makeups.
- Are there enough teams to play? Yes. Older age divisions, where the number of teams is typically less, interlock with neighboring little leagues in District 10 for games. There will definitely be a variety of teams to play.
- Is leading off and stealing allowed? Base stealing IS allowed in Little League, however, leading off is NOT. In Little League, the base runner must wait until the ball crosses home plate before stealing. This is a fundamental difference between Little League and other Leagues. More runners are held on their bases, keeping the force-out and double-play options open to fielders. The no-lead-off rule allows young pitchers to develop basic pitching skills without the annoyance of runners leading off. Young catchers develop fundamental skills and have a 50/50 chance at throwing out runners stealing. Young in-fielders develop the basic skills of forcing out runners at 2nd or 3rd base and turning the ever- important double play. Base runners also learn to run swiftly and slide into base because the risk of being caught stealing is greater. None of this would happen if runners are allowed to lead off at a young age. Base stealing is an important part of the game, but there must be some risk involved when attempting to steal. Little League rules EVEN the playing field and make the game feel more like the ‘Pro’ game where stealing does not occur every time a runner reaches first base and those who do attempt to steal are thrown out 50% of the time!
- Does Little League have a Fall Ball program? Yes. We participate in a Fall program with other District 10 leagues. Some traveling to games is required. This program starts in September and lasts until mid-November. Games are low key and intended to be instructional and fun.
- How do I register my child without going to a site I don't recognize? We certainly can understand that concern, and as such, have made available the registration for you to download and send back to us. Print the registration form at home and fill it out.When you are done, simply mail it back to us. This is the same form we use at the in-person sign up, so you can also bring that to any of the sign up sessions, too.
- What about equipment? New equipment is ordered to Little League specifications for safety, sizing and durability. Equipment is replaced every three to five years.
- What about uniforms? New uniforms are ordered from top of the line brands, measured for quality and durability. This year, the players in our T-Ball, A, AA, AAA, and Major divisions will be able to keep their jerseys and hats, but will need to purchase their own pants, socks, etc.
- Players in the Junior, Senior and Big Divisions are provided a uniform. The uniforms are returned at the end of the season and reissued the following season. The players keep their hat and socks (if applicable). We anticipate replacing Junior, Senior and Big division jerseys every three to five years.
- What is the uniform sizing? The company we are using for uniforms lists the following:
- Youth sizing is for baseball only
- Youth Small: Size 6-8, Chest 24-26
- Youth Medium: Size 10-12, Chest 28-30
- Youth Large: Size 14-16, Chest 32-34
- Youth XL: Size 18-20, Chest 36-38
- Adult sizing is standard men’s and women’s sizing
- Adult XS (Softball Only)
- Adult Small
- Adult Medium
- Adult Large
- Adult XL
- Adult XXL
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