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  1. 1. What is baseball age?
  2. 2. Why are kids who are in the same school grade not automatically placed in the same division, like in soccer?
  3. 3. What are assessments?
  4. 4. Can I register in person?
  5. 5. I'm not sure which division to register my child in. How do I know?
  6. 6. Does a parent have to volunteer for the League?
  7. 7. I'd like to sponsor my child's team-whom do I contact?
  8. 8. If I live in Dunbar can I play for Kerrisdale LL?
  9. 9. What is All Stars?
  10. 10. Why is our season so short?
  11. 11. If I want to coach, is there support from pro-coaches provided?
  12. 12. Do I have a choice with whom I can coach?
  13. 13. When do games begin?
  14. 14. What happens if my child arrives late for a game(s)?
  15. 15. What days and times will the games and practices be held?
  16. 16. Where are games played?
  17. 17. What equipment is required for baseball?
  18. 18. Is there an all-girl softball league?
  19. 19. Is there a baseball league for older kids once they've left Little League?



1. What is baseball age?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

1. What is baseball age? Baseball age means the age of your child as of April 30th, a rule mandated by Little League Canada. Division and All Stars coordinators use the player's baseball age as one of the factors to determine a player's eligibility and suitability for respective divisions.


2. Why are kids who are in the same school grade not automatically placed in the same division, like in soccer?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2. Why are kids who are in the same school grade not automatically placed in the same division, like in soccer? Unlike a sport like soccer where player age corresponds with school age, Little League players are placed in divisions depending on their age (baseball age as of April 30-Little League Canada rule); years played in the sport; player ability determined from the previous year's coach assessment (Minor B, Minor A, Major B and Major A); mandatory pre-season assessment (Minor A, Major B and Major A); and space in the division. These factors may determine that your child may not be in the same division as a friend if one is born before April 30 and the other after that date. In Minor A and up into the Majors, teams are drafted and balancing takes priority over friendship requests.


3. What are assessments?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

3. What are assessments? Players in the Majors and Minor A divisions must attend pre-season assessments, usually held in the month of February preceding the team drafts. KLL Majors coaches run the stations and rank the players in the following areas: Pitching Throwing Fielding (catching, but not fly balls) Fly balls (distance will be adjusted for various ages) Batting, with bunting added for the Majors players Running (a timed sprint) For Minor B players hoping to move up to Minor A, these assessments are required. For parents and players new to the assessment process, please be assured that assessments are not try-outs. Once all the players have been accessed, the coaches submit the players' scores to the League, which will then use the scores to determine draft position, suitability of players for respective divisions, and team balancing. Please see Assessments under Registration if you require more information.


4. Can I register in person?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

4. Can I register in person? Registration is online only; please go to Registration on our site where you can read how to register. Early bird registration opens December 01 and closes December 31; late registration closes January 15, with a slight increase in fees. After January 15, players will be placed on a waitlist and we will do our best to find a place for each child on a team; there are no friendship requests for all waitlisted players.


5. I'm not sure which division to register my child in. How do I know?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

5. I'm not sure which division to register my child in. How do I know? Please click on Divisions on our site, where you will find an age grid with age and school grade breakdowns for each division and a description of each division to determine which division is best for your child based on baseball age, years played, and ability. If you have questions, please contact the division coordinator under Contacts.


6. Does a parent have to volunteer for the League?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

6. Does a parent have to volunteer for the League? Yes, KLL is a volunteer league with no paid employees. When registering, parents have the choice to choose a volunteer position or to pay a fee in lieu of volunteering. To read a description of volunteer roles, please click on Volunteers under Information on our site.


7. I'd like to sponsor my child's team-whom do I contact?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7. I'd like to sponsor my child's team-whom do I contact? Thank you for supporting KLL! Please click on Sponsors to download a form or go to Contacts to email the Sponsorship Coordinator.


8. If I live in Dunbar can I play for Kerrisdale LL?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

8. If I live in Dunbar can I play for Kerrisdale LL? Yes, you may play for KLL if you are out-of-boundary (to see KLL's boundaries, please go to Registration). Please note that if your child is invited to try out for All Stars, he/she must reside within KLL boundaries and would therefore be ineligible for All Stars.


9. What is All Stars?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

9. What is All Stars? All Stars is for competitive players from the Minor A and Majors divisions whose names are submitted by their coaches and are invited to attend development training sessions before or at the end of regular season play. From these sessions, the All Stars coaches select 2 teams to represent KLL in the All Stars tournaments. The 2 teams consist of 9/10 year olds and 11/12 year olds, and player ages are calculated on baseball age (April 30). For more information, please go to All Stars under our site's Divisions or contact the All Stars coordinator on our Contacts page.


10. Why is our season so short?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10. Why is our season so short? Little League's regular season cannot begin until the community playing fields become available, after the soccer season, in mid-April and continues until near the end of the school year in mid-June. For off-season training opportunities, there is the Ball Park in Richmond, which is an indoor training facility that offers group, semi-private and private lessons, as well as the UBC Mizuno School of Baseball. Additionally, KLL offers off-season Winter Ball development for Minor A, Major B and Major A players.


11. If I want to coach, is there support from pro-coaches provided?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

11. If I want to coach, is there support from pro-coaches provided? Yes, before and during the regular season the League will be offering on-going development for coaches/players with pro-coaching sessions (depending on the division) and there will be practice plans and other resources for coaches on our site under Information at Coaches Corner.


12. Do I have a choice with whom I can coach?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

12. Do I have a choice with whom I can coach? Yes, if coaches would like to coach together, the League is happy to accommodate that arrangement. For all divisions, there will be a coach and assistant coach designated for each team. Most coaches also recruit another parent coach to assist. Coaches are responsible for recruiting a team manager who is essential for team communications and organization.


13. When do games begin?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

13. When do games begin? For game times, please see Rules on our site, or download your team schedule under Schedules. The coach and/or manager will inform all parents about game times and what time players need to be on the field for the pre-game warm-up or for practices. Games in Minor B and up into the Majors will have umpires and the umpires will ensure that games are started and ended on time. At all times, parents and coaches are to respect the umpires' decisions.


14. What happens if my child arrives late for a game(s)?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

14. What happens if my child arrives late for a game(s)? If your child is late to a game, the consequence will depend on the division. For divisions where the coach determines the batting order pre-game, your child may have to sit out the first inning. It is very important that all players arrive on time to the pre-game warm-up, time determined by coach.


15. What days and times will the games and practices be held?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

15. What days and times will the games and practices be held? Game schedules can be downloaded from our site under Schedules (available in April) and the number and location of the games are determined by division. Team coaches will set the practice times/days/locations and will inform the parents.


16. Where are games played?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

16. Where are games played? Games are played at certain fields depending on division. Please go to Field Locations on our site.


17. What equipment is required for baseball?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

17. What equipment is required for baseball? For equipment, your child will need a glove, batting helmet (with or without cage), and mouth guard (if the helmet doesn't have a cage). Many kids like batting gloves and baseball bags, and players in Minor A and up into the Majors must wear athletic cups and baseball cleats. The Sports Exchange (Hockey Heaven) on Burrard at 6th Avenue and Sport Chek on Broadway at Main carry a good selection of equipment. Players will be provided with team uniforms, and for practices for Minor B and up we recommend long athletic pants (for sliding) in addition to above.


18. Is there an all-girl softball league?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

18. Is there an all-girl softball league? Yes, the Vancouver Westside Minor Softball Association in an all-girls league open to players age 5 and older. Please see their site at www.vwmsa.ca.


19. Is there a baseball league for older kids once they've left Little League?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

19. Is there a baseball league for older kids once they've left Little League? Yes, there is a league for kids who are 13 years and older called The Vancouver Community Baseball League. This league offers "Bantam" for kids from the ages of 13 - 14 years and is based on the calendar year. The other divisions that the league offers after Bantam is the Midget League for players from 15 - 18 years old with 2 separate divisions within this age group. Their website is www.eteamz.active.com/vcbaseball.


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