The Combined Teams Option for Tournament Play: What Local Leagues Need to Know
The Combined Teams option benefits players and local Leagues by providing children with the chance to play Little League® when one league does not have enough registered participants to offer a particular division of play. Combined teams are commonly used to provide opportunities to participate in the Softball and Teenage Divisions of play during the regular season.
The Combined Teams for Tournament Play Option provides an opportunity for any chartered league to participate in the annual Little League International Tournament by combining players from another chartered Little League to form a tournament team. Those leagues which do not have enough players to field a tournament team may do so my using the Combined Teams option available through the Little League Data Center.
It is required that each league wishing to combine players to form a tournament team have chartered at least one team in the given division of play and participated in an approved combination for the regular season. The district administrator is responsible for approving all regular season combinations and making a recommendation to regional office on all tournament combination requests.
The Little League Data Center provides the ability for a local league to charter a combined team or teams for tournament play by simply logging in and following a few simple steps.
1. Navigate to Tournament Combination Requests
The option to submit a tournament combination request is found under the Manage Forms section of the Data Center.
Step 2: Start a New Tournament Combination Request
To start a new tournament combination request, click the appropriate link on the Tournament combination requests page.
Step 3: Select the Division for the Request
Select the division for the request from the drop down list and click the “Create New Tournament Combination Request” button. Only divisions for which your league is eligible to combine will be listed.
Step 4: Select Leagues for the Request
Select the leagues for the request from the list that is provided. Please note that only leagues with which you have participated with via interleague play and/or combined teams will appear. Requests involving leagues not on the list must be submitted in writing through your District Administrator.
Step 5: Review Player Age Breakdown
Review and update your league’s player age breakdown as needed.
Step 6: Provide Additional Comments and Save Changes
In the allotted area, provide a narrative that explains the reason for your request and click the “Save Changes” button.
Step 7: Submit for Approval
When all information is complete, click the “Yes, save changes and submit for review” button. This will send a notification to other leagues involved. Once all leagues have confirmed their participation in the combination, it will be submitted to the regional office for review. You can view the status of your request at any time on the Manage Forms page on the Data Center.