The Combined Teams option benefits players and local Leagues by providing the opportunity for children 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.
The Little League Data Center provides the ability for a local league to charter a combined team or teams by simply logging in and following a few simple steps. Please note that approval of a Combined Teams request for the regular season does not afford approval for leagues involved to combine for the International Tournament. Beginning with the 2019 season, all combined teams requests will be reviewed by the regional office and guidance will be provided with respect to whether or not the requested combination will be approved for tournament.
Provided below are instructions and visual descriptions taken from the Little League Data Center that will walk you through the combined teams process.
1. Click Manage Forms
To begin or view an existing Combined Teams Form, click the “Manage Forms” link on the Data Center Landing Page.
2. Select Form Option
On the manage forms screen, select the Regular Season Interleague Play Forms Option.
3. Start New Form
Click the Start a New Form Button to start a new Interleague Play Form.
4. Select Division of Play
Select the division of play to which this request applies. Please note that you will need to submit a separate request for each division of play.
5. Select Leagues
Select Leagues to participate by clicking on the League Not Specified link. This will display a list of all leagues within your district. To enter a league not in your district, type the league name or league ID in the search bar at the top of the league listing.
6. Enter Player Age Breakdown
Enter your league’s player age breakdown for this division of play. Please include all players registered in your player counts. When finished, click submit response. This will automatically create the Interleague Play Form for all leagues involved and notify them via the Data Center to complete their portion of the form.
To view the status of submitted forms, click the “Manage Forms” link on the Data Center Landing Page. Each form will be assigned one of the following statuses:
- Awaiting Other League(s): Other leagues involved must submit their information
- Awaiting District Approval: The district must make a recommendation to the region
- Awaiting Region Approval: The region must review the request
- Approved: The request has been approved