SMLL Spring Registration Information
Uniform: Registration for SMLL spring baseball includes the uniform at all age levels. Pants, jersey, and hats are provided for all divisions and belts are provided for the advanced divisions (their pants come with belt loops for the older kids).
Baseball Equipment: Players are expected to provide their own helmet, bat, and glove. If a family has financial difficulty providing this equipment, please contact SMLL. Many families are happy to donate their used equipment from previous years and would gladly see their lightly worn equipment go to good use.
Catching Equipment: Catching equipment, including mitt, will be provided by SMLL for all divisions that have catchers. SMLL highly recommends for players interested in catching at the age of 10 and up (second year in Minors) that they purchase a catcher’s set. A set typically runs $150-$200 but will last your player the 3 remaining years of Minors and Majors baseball. A personal set will allow you to adjust the set to properly fit your player. Fitting shared catching gear in between innings to a player is practically impossible.
Helmets: SMLL does not recommend sharing batting helmets for obvious health safety concerns. However, it is expected that all levels of play use helmets. Batting with a helmet needs to feel natural to players and introduction of the helmet early is critical to this development. For any parent of younger players, if you attend a practice for older players, you will see those players wearing their helmets when practicing off of the T (yes, players hit off a T as practice all the way through the Major Leagues !!!). Little League rules do dictate that helmets have a reasonable finish coat, helmets that are excessively “shiny” in the sunlight may be deemed ineligible by an umpire.
Bats: Little League approved bats must meet the BPI standard of 1.15 and may not have a barrel larger than 2 ¼ inch for Majors/Minors/Machine Pitch and 2 5/8 inch for Juniors. As a rule, the bat manufacturer will label the bat as approved for Little League on the bat. If in doubt, Google “approved little league bats” – the Little League International website contains a complete list of every approved bat by manufacturer. Starting in 2018, the bat standard is changing for almost all baseball leagues, including Little League. Please keep this in mind that any bat purchased this year will likely NOT be eligible in 2018. Starting in 2018, all bats must be approved and MARKED by USA Baseball (USABat on the bat itself) to be eligible for use. These bats will have a 2 5/8 inch barrel or less and standard BPI of 1.15.
Gloves: SMLL recommends that each player transition to standard 11” or 12” infielder glove by Minors baseball. Use of “kid” gloves isn’t appropriate at Minors baseball and beyond. Parents can judge when that transition is best based on the player’s size and development in Machine Pitch.
Shoes: SMLL highly recommends baseball cleats for the Machine Pitch divisions and higher, though tennis shoes will suffice. For Coach Pitch and T Ball, tennis shoes are recommended.
SMLL Division Age Determination:
Little League International has recently changed the age classification for a player to align with the school calendar year. For example, if your child is in second grade and born between 9/1/2008 and 8/31/2009, the player is considered “8” years old, even though the player may not be 8 during the spring season, which ends in June.
Little League grandfathered players in the older system that used 5/1 as the cutoff date for ages. This grandfathering applied to all children born before September 1, 2005. After September 1, 2005, the new age ranges of 9/1 to 8/31 govern Little League participation ages.
SMLL has set its division ages based on the following policies:
- To give each player 2 years at the competitive LL divisions of Minors and Majors. This policy will also align with our district and state little leagues, who we compete against in All Stars and Interleague competition. These divisions will follow the Little League age rules.
- For younger divisions, SMLL will follow the 5/1 cutoff dates used in most baseball leagues to ensure players are not prematurely introduced to the appropriate division of play.
SMLL Division Ages for 2017 are:
May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2013: T Ball
May 1, 2010 – April 30, 2012: Coach Pitch
Sept 1, 2008 – April 30, 2010: Machine Pitch
Sept 1, 2006 – Aug 31, 2008: Minors
May 1, 2004 – Aug 31, 2006: Majors
May 1, 2002 – April 30, 2004: Juniors
“9 year old” and “11 year old” players that are born May 1 - August 31 will be introduced to the competitive LL divisions earlier than the past players using the 5/1 cutoff date. At assessments, SMLL representatives will evaluate these players and with parent input and consensus, determine if the players should play in their assigned division or in a lower division for another year of development.
SMLL 2017 Fees:
SMLL has worked diligently to keep costs to a minimum and is glad to announce that fees for the 2017 have not been increased. Through cost cutting and aligning fees with the appropriate age divisions, SMLL will be cutting fees for Machine Pitch, Coach Pitch, and T Ball for the spring of 2017.
Because of the reduction in fees at these levels, SMLL can’t offer an early bird discount for players in these divisions. The early bird discount will continue to be applied to the Juniors, Majors, and Minors divisions.
The early bird discount is primarily intended to reward our returning SMLL families that know they will be participating in SMLL and sign up early in registration.