To enjoy all of the fun and excitement of being a Little Leaguer® and a Little League® parent, all you have to do is sign up.
Here are five things to get you ready for Little League Registration:
1) The Resources
Whether you’re a seasoned Little League parent who knows the process, or it’s your first time taking your child to registration, there are a lot of great resources available on LittleLeague.org:
- The Parent Guide to Little League Registration: An in-depth look at registration
- 6 Questions to Ask Before Registration
- 22 Questions to Ask During Registration
When you’re bringing your documentation to support your residency for the 2016 season, make sure all those documents are dated or in effect between Feb. 1, 2015 and Feb. 1, 2016. If you’re using documents for school attendance, those must be dated before Oct. 1, 2015. Also, make sure you bring an original birth certificate or other proof of age document that has been issued by a federal, state, or provincial government in the country in which the Little Leaguer is participating, to verify your Little Leaguers’ age.
2) The Age
Your player’s league age is determined by the Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® Age Charts. The dates for baseball and softball are different, but each determines the division in which your Little Leaguer will play this season.
3) The League
A player’s “home” league is determined by the address of their permanent residence or location of the school in which they are currently enrolled. To play in a Little League, documentation must be provided that confirms either of these two qualifiers. To find your home league, check out the League Finder on LittleLeague.org. “Residence” refers to a place of bona fide continuous habitation. A place of residence once established shall not be considered changed unless the parents, parent or guardian makes a bona fide change of residence.
4) The Forms
When you show up at a physical registration, there will be forms there for you to fill out. So you know what to expect, here’s a sneak peek at the 2016 Player Registration Form. If you register online, you can expect to share similar information through that registration process.
The other form you’ll likely see at registration is the Volunteer Application. Any person can apply to volunteer in a local Little League, but a 2016 Little League Volunteer Application must be completed and submitted to the local league. There is a specific first-time Volunteer Application, and for any person who was approved to volunteer in the league last season, and wishes to return in a volunteer capacity for the current season, a returning Volunteer Application.
5) The Inspiration
In a past issue of The Parent Connection, Rick Carter, a Little League coach from Maryland, shared how choosing to place his son in Little League turned out to be a wonderful decision for the entire Carter family.
Once registration is complete, the excitement of a new season begins. For more educational resources on making your Little League experience a successful one, visit LittleLeagueU.org.