Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Online Registration is Now Available

The online registration for the 2007 season is up and running. Visit our Sign-up page for more details.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Sign Up for the 2007 Season

Despite the snowy weather, it's time to start thinking about signing up for Southern Little League's 2007 season. There are two ways you can sign up:

1. Sign up in person at Southern Little League
  • Where: Southern Little League (address and map)
  • When:
    • Wednesday, February 7th, 6-9pm
    • Saturday, February 10th, 10am-1pm
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 6-9pm
    • Saturday, February 17th, 10am-1pm
  • Cost: $100 per player
  • All new players should bring a birth certificate.
  • Little League age limits and geographical boundaries apply.
  • Questions? Call Mark Norton at 954-0504
2. Sign up online -
  • DEADLINE IS MARCH 1! You can still sign up after March 1, but you may be placed on a waiting list.
  • You can sign up and pay online by clicking here. Please note: The online signup is hosted by a third party (active.com). There have been reports of high volume on their site. Please keep trying. There is nothing the Southern webmaster can do about this.
  • There is a $5 convenience fee for online signup in addition to the $100 per player fee.
  • New players will need to bring a birth certificate to their tryout.
Click here for details about tryouts.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Get Ready for the 2007 Season!

Sign-up will be taking place in February at Southern. Online sign-up will be ready soon. Please keep watching this website for more information in the coming days.

Monday, January 1, 2007

2007 Tryout Schedule

First off, keep in mind that the term "tryout" here is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually more of an evaluation to help determine the appropriate league for each child. No one is omitted from participation based on this evaluation. Perhaps we should use the term "player evaluation."

To determine your child's official Little League age, use their online age calculator here.

Here is the schedule for tryouts:
  • Date: Saturday, March 24th
  • Location: East Grand Rapids High School Gym (map)
  • 8:30am-9:15am: 8 yr olds wanting to play in the minors
  • 9:30am-10:30am: all 9 yr olds
  • 11:00am-12:00pm: all 10 yr olds that were not in the majors
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: all 11 and 12 yr olds that were not in the majors
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: all 13 and 14 yr olds that were not in the juniors
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm: all 9 thru 12 yr old girls for softball
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: all 13 and 14 yr old girls for softball
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: all umpires
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the director.

Age Eligibility and Divisions

Age Ranges
  • Boys and Girls Ages 6 thru 16. If your child is 6 years old, but will turn 7 on or before August 31, he or she is eligible.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your child's age is the age they will be on August 31 (after the summer season). So even if their birthday is after the summer season, so long as they age up on or before August 31, they are considered to be their age on August 31. Kids with birthdays January thru August play up. Kids with birthdays September thru December play down.
  • If this all seems too complicated, you can determine your child's official Little League age using their age calculator here.
Player Divisions
  • Boys Ages 6 (see note in red above) thru 8 ("78-ers") Baseball
    • Coach Pitch Baseball
    • Mildly competitive and instructional, no tournaments
    •  If your child is 6 years old, but will turn 7 on or before August 31, he or she is eligible. If your child's birthday is September 1 or later, you'll have to wait another year.
  • Girls Ages 6 (see note in red above) thru 8 ("78-ers") Softball
    • Coach Pitch Softball
    • Mildly competitive and instructional, no tournaments
    • Interleague play with other leagues.
    •  If your child is 6 years old, but will turn 7 on or before August 31, he or she is eligible. If your child's birthday is September 1 or later, you'll have to wait another year.
  • Boys Ages 9 thru 12 Baseball
    • Minor Division
      • Mildly competitive and instructional with tournaments
      • No 8-year-olds will be allowed to play in the minors
    • Major Division
      • Competitive and instructional with tournaments
  • Girls Ages 9 thru 12 Softball
    • Mildly competitive and instructional with tournaments
  • Boys Ages 13 and 14 Baseball ("Juniors")
    • Competitive and instructional with tournaments
  • Girls Ages 13 and 14 Softball ("Juniors")
    • Competitive and instructional with tournaments
  • Boys Ages 15 and 16 Baseball ("Seniors")
    • Primarily High School players
    • Competitive and instructional with tournaments
    • Full slate of games that starts after the high school season concludes
  • Girls Ages 15 and 16 Softball ("Seniors")
    • Primarily High School players
    • Competitive and instructional with tournaments
    • Full slate of games that starts after the high school season concludes

Sponsorships

A Great Way to Show Your Support. All Season Long.

Southern Little League sponsorships offer multiple ways for you or your company to support our young, aspiring major leaguers.

From outfield signs to having your logo on our dugouts, your company’s name will be splashed across the Southern complex for all to see and applaud your generous support.

You can download the sponsorship brochure as a PDF by clicking here.

Sponsorship Packages

We offer many different packages for sponsors to choose from.

Home Run Package ($1000)
  • Signs (3' x 8') on all three fields
  • Team sponsorship
  • Logo on SLL web page
  • Sponsor one underprivileged kid to participate in SLL
  • $50 in Concession stand certificates

Triple Package ($750)
  • Signs (3' x 8') on the two little league fields
  • Team sponsorship
  • Logo on SLL web page
  • Sponsor one underprivileged kid to participate in SLL
  • $25 in Concession stand certificates

Double Package ($500)
  • One sign (3' x 8') on one little league field
  • Team sponsorship
  • Sponsor one underprivileged kid to participate in SLL

Other Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Roof of Pavilion ($2000)
  • Standings Board at Concession Stand ($1000)
  • Backs of Dugouts ($1000/dugout)
  • Family Day Sponsorship ($1000)
  • Sign behind home plate ($750/field)
To get involved, please contact Jeff Christians (616.460.0701) or email sponsorsouthern@gmail.com.

Click here for a form you can fill out. Then contact Jeff.

Reservations for Batting Cages at Southern Little League East Field

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the batting cages at Southern Little League East Field. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • The batting cage is located here.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • Please limit your team to one reservation in each color-shaded two-week period.
  • Sundays are first come, first served.
  • If you find this view of the schedule inconvenient and would prefer to download it, print it, or view it on its own, you can do that here.

Reservations for West Field at Lakeside School (Minors)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the West Field at Lakeside School. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Minor League teams.
  • This field is located here.
  • Please limit your team to one reservation in each color-shaded two-week period.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.
  • If you find this view of the schedule inconvenient and would prefer to download it, print it, or view it on its own, you can do that here.

Reservations for East Field at Lakeside School (Majors)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the East Field at Lakeside School. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Major League teams.
  • This field is located here.
  • Please limit your team to one reservation in each color-shaded two-week period.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.
  • If you find this view of the schedule inconvenient and would prefer to download it, print it, or view it on its own, you can do that here.

Reservations for West Field at Southern Little League (Minors)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the West Field at Southern Little League. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Minor League teams.
  • This field is located here.
  • Please limit your team to two reservations over this two-week schedule.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.

Reservations for East Field at Southern Little League (Majors & Softball)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the East Field at Southern Little League. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Softball and Major League teams.
  • This field is located here.
  • Please limit your team to two reservations over this two-week schedule.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.

Reservations for Field #2 at Manhattan Park (Softball, Juniors & 78ers)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for Practice Field #2 at Manhattan Park. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Softball, Junior and 78ers teams.
  • The park is located here.
  • Please limit your team to one reservation in each color-shaded one-week period.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.
  • If you find this view of the schedule inconvenient and would prefer to download it, print it, or view it on its own, you can do that here.

Reservations for Field #1 at Manhattan Park (Softball, Juniors & 78ers)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for Practice Field #1 at Manhattan Park. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are one-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Softball, Junior and 78ers teams.
  • The park is located here.
  • Please limit your team to one reservation in each color-shaded one-week period.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.
  • If you find this view of the schedule inconvenient and would prefer to download it, print it, or view it on its own, you can do that here.

Reservations for Big Field at Southern Little League (Juniors)

Coaches, this is where we keep the official reservation schedule for the Big Field at Southern Little League. If you would like to add, change or delete a reservation, just leave a comment below, and the webmaster will incorporate it into the schedule for you, usually within a few hours.
  • These are two-hour reservations.
  • This field is for Junior League teams.
  • This field is located here.
  • Please limit your team to three reservations over this two-week schedule.
  • Make sure to include your email address and phone number in the comment so the webmaster can contact you with any questions.