Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sign Up Online for the 2018 Season

  • DEADLINE IS MARCH 3! (Deadline for Seniors is not until May.) Online sign-up will close after the deadline.
  • The cost is $150. ($100 for softball.) After the deadline, the cost increases to $175. ($125 for softball.)
  • You can read all the details here.
  • You can sign up and pay online by clicking here.
  • Please note: The online sign-up is hosted by a third party ( There have been reports of high volume on their site. Please keep trying. There is nothing the Southern webmaster can do about this.
  • We have heard from several folks that they are having difficulty receiving confirmation emails from the sign-up provider. Please check your spam folder for these confirmations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • There is no additional fee for online sign-up. The cost is the same as in-person sign-up.
  • We no longer need to see birth certificates.

2018 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. We use the term "tryout" regardless, so bear with us.

To determine your child's official Little League Age, use the online age calculator here. Please use ONLY this official Little League age when considering which tryout session to attend.

All of the time slots listed below are for baseball onlyThere will not be a softball tryout session this year.

Please notice that only kids in certain situations need to come to tryouts. Read the conditions below carefully. If you find that your child does not fit into any of these situations, then there's no need to come to tryouts. Get it? If you're still not sure, you can contact the director.

Here is the schedule for tryouts:
  • Date: Saturday, March 24th
  • Location: East Grand Rapids High School Gym.
  • Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot.
  • These times are subject to change. We will announce all changes on the website and email all subscribers. Sign up for email notification here.
  • 9:00am-10:00am: all 9 yr olds (baseball). If you have a league-age 8 year old who wants to move up to Minors, they must attend tryouts with the 9 year olds. No exceptions. No 8 year olds will be placed in the Minors if they do not attend this tryout. There is no guarantee any 8 year old will be placed in the Minors until all of the 9 thru 11 year olds are placed. There is a limit of one 8 year old per Minors team.
  • 10:30am-11:30am: all 10 yr olds (baseball) who were not in the Majors last year and who wish to try out for Majors this year. Also, any 10 yr olds (baseball) who are new to Southern this year must attend at this time. (For 10-yr-olds who were in Minors last year and want to play in Minors again this year, you do not need to attend the tryout.)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: all 11 and 12 yr olds (baseball) who were not in the Majors last year
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: all 13 and 14 yr olds (baseball) who were not in the Juniors last year
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm: umpire sign-up and meeting. Details here.
It is mandatory that all players that will be entering a division or the draft be evaluated. We have three options for you.
  • You must be at your assigned time on Saturday, March 24, to be evaluated.
  • If you have a conflict at that time, you must contact the league director and make arrangements to be at the evaluations at a different time on Saturday March 24.
  • In case of emergency or other unforeseen conflict, a parent or guardian of the player must call the league director and give a detailed evaluation over the phone to the director.
If none of these three options is completed, then the following will apply:
  • If the player is 11 or under and trying out for Majors, the player will be placed in Minors automatically.
  • If the player is 12 in Majors or any age in Juniors, the player will not be drafted but will be randomly placed on a team after the draft is completed.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you know your child will not be able to attend, please contact the director.

Sign Up In Person for the 2018 Season

You can sign up in person for the 2018 season. This is for folks who do not want to use a credit card to register online. If you'd rather pay by cash or check, come to the in-person sign-up sessions where we'll be able to accept your payment and provide you with access to a laptop so you can fill out the rest of the registration information online. There are no paper sign-ups this year.

The in-person sign-ups will take place at Blimpie next to Breton Village Mall.
  • Where: Blimpie next to Breton Village Mall
  • When:
    • Saturday, Feb 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    • Saturday, Feb 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    • Signup is ONLY available at those times.
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present at sign-up.
  • The child need not be present.
  • We do not need to see birth certificates.
  • Cost is $150, payable by check, cash, or credit card. ($100 for softball.)
  • You cannot sign up by mail.