Friday, February 13, 2015

Sign Up for the 2015 Season

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about Southern Little League baseball and softball.

Here's what you need to know. Please take the time to read this information thoroughly.
  • Age Eligibility: ***** IMPORTANT ***** The age determination rules for baseball have changed for 2015. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you read and understand this change before you sign up! Your child's age is determined as follows:
    • If your child was born on or after January 1, 2006:
      • Your child's official league age is his age on his 2015 birthday.
    • If you child was born on or before December 31, 2005:
      • Your child's official league age is his age on April 30, 2015.
    • The age determination rules for girls' softball have NOT changed.
    • Confused? Click here for a simple chart you can use to determine your child's official league age for baseball or softball.
    • Due to Little League International's new age rules, we can no longer allow 6-year-olds to play coach-pitch baseball or softball. No exceptions.
  • Cost: $150 ($100 for softball) per player before the deadline. $175 after the deadline based on availability. (No late fee for softball. No player will be denied based on inability to pay. Please see our sign-up staff for details.)
  • How to sign up: Online (click here) or at one of our in-person sign-up sessions at Breton Village Mall (click here). The cost is the same either way. You cannot sign up by mail.
  • Geographical boundary eligibility: See our official league boundaries here. Your child must reside or attend school within these boundaries or have played in Southern last year to be eligible.
  • Tryouts: After signing up, players in certain situations MUST attend their player evaluation (aka "tryout") session. Click here for details.
  • Umpiring: Anyone 13 years old or older who is reliable and passionate about baseball can earn some extra cash umpiring at Southern. Sign-ups for umpiring will be held after tryouts at 2:30 on Saturday, March 28, in the East Grand Rapids High School gym. Training will take place at a later date.
  • Volunteering: Southern depends on volunteers for a wide variety of roles. You'll have a chance to fill out volunteer information when you sign-up. Learn more here.
  • Important dates:
    • In-person sign-up sessions: March 2, 9, and 14
    • Sign-up deadline: Tuesday, March 17
    • Player evaluation/tryout day: Saturday, March 28
    • Clean-up day: Saturday, April 18
    • Practices begin: Monday, April 13 or later (depends on coach)
    • Games begin: Friday, April 24
    • Family day: Saturday, June 6 (volunteers needed)
  • Our website: We make all our weather and schedule announcements and we keep all our schedules, results, standings and other information here on our website. Make sure to stay on top of all the latest news by signing up for automatic email updates here. It really is the simplest way to make sure you don't miss an important announcement. You can also follow all our announcements by liking us on Facebook here.
  • Questions? Call Mark Norton at 954-0504. Make your message only your name and clearly state your phone number twice.