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Spring 2016 Season

Welcome to the Westport Little League

REGISTRATION FOR 2016 SPRING LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL IS NOW OPEN!!!

INTRODUCTION, ELIGIBILITY AND CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS

Registration is now open for 2016 Spring Little League baseball.  Please register now so that Westport Little League can better plan for the spring season. To register, please click HERE.

Spring Little League baseball is organized by grade, and we are running baseball programs for Grades PK/K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6/7 combined, subject to the following exceptions:

  1. Only those children in PK/K who were born on or before December 31, 2011 are eligible to play.
  1. Majors players must be in 6th or 7th grade during the 2015-16 school year and be born on or after May 1, 2003.  Children born before May 1, 2003 are welcome to play baseball in one of our Advanced Baseball programs.  An announcement on when registration will begin for those programs will come in the near future.

Evaluations for children in Grades 3 through 7 will be held on Saturday, March 12 at the Staples High School Fieldhouse.  Times will be announced and posted on our website.  There are NO evaluations or tryouts for children in Grades PK/K through 2. 

If your child is a Westport Youth Travel Baseball player, please be aware that:

  1. Children participating in a Westport Youth Travel Baseball program (8u through 12u) must, as a condition to their participation in our Youth Travel Baseball program, also register for and play in our 2016 Spring Little League baseball program.  There are NO exceptions.
  1. Children playing for travel baseball teams not sponsored by Westport Baseball must play in our 2015 Spring Little League baseball program if they wish to be considered for our 2016 summer district all-star teams at the 10u, 11u and 12u age levels.  There are NO exceptions.

GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE; SEASON START

The planned game time schedule for each grade for the 2016 Spring Little League baseball season is as follows:

Grade  League Name Game Time
PK/K Cap PK/K Saturday, 1 pm
1 Cap 1 Saturday, 11 am
2 Cap 2 Saturday, 9 am
3 AA Wednesday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 4:15 pm
4 AAA Tuesday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm
5 Minors Thursday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am
6/7 Majors Monday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am

 

The game times listed above are subject to change based on registration levels and other conflicts which may necessitate changes to our schedule.  Westport Little League Baseball has taken care to alert other sports (e.g. soccer and lacrosse) of our spring game schedule to avoid conflicts where possible.   When registering, please note all potential conflicts in your child’s 2016 Spring schedule so that those responsible for putting teams and practice schedules together can try to avoid scheduling conflicts.  Westport Little League Baseball will do its best to take into consideration each player’s conflicts but we cannot guarantee that schedule conflicts can be avoided.  Teams typically practice one day per week on a day scheduled by team coaches for the season once teams are selected.  

Westport Little League Baseball encourages children to play multiple sports and supports a family’s decision to split their child’s time among multiple sports.  However, we kindly ask families who have children playing multiple sports to remember their child’s commitment to their baseball teammates in being part of the team and to be respectful of the commitment made by all children registered to play baseball by attending as many baseball games and practices as possible, at times in place of other sports.

Teams are expected to be selected and announced during the week of March 14.   Games for Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6/7 could begin as early as Saturday, March 26 (weather and field conditions permitting).   Games for Grades PK/K, 1 and 2 will begin on Saturday, April 30.

REGISTRATION AND FEES

The registration fees for the 2016 Spring Little League baseball season are as follows:

  1. $200 for PK/K
  2. $190.00 for Grades 1 and 2
  3. $285.00 for Grade 3
  4. $275.00 for Grades 4, 5 and 6/7.

There is a multiple child discount of $50.00 for each child registered after the first player is registered. 

There will be a $50.00 late fee applied as follows:

  1. for registrations for AA, AAA, Minors and Majors, beginning on Saturday, February 28, 2016; and
  2. for registrations for Cap PK/K, Cap 1 and Cap 2, beginning on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

For Spring 2016 we have increased our registration fees by $15.00. The purpose of this fee increase is to help fund approximately 20% of a capital improvement program Westport Baseball & Softball plans to implement during Summer 2016 at Coley Fenced Field behind Coleytown Elementary School.    

Please note that your registration is not considered complete until payment of the registration fee is made. Any registration that is not completed and paid in full within 2 hours will be deleted and your child will not be placed on a team. If you are planning to apply for financial aid (which is done through the Westport Human Services Department), please be sure you have completed the online registration and selected the financial aid option. Your registration will not be deleted for non-payment.

If your child is playing in one of our programs for the first time, you must mail a copy of his/her birth certificate to Westport Little League. In addition, if this is the first time a member of your family is participating in one of our baseball programs, you must also mail proof of residency (such as a utility or phone bill).   Please mail these items to:

Westport Little League
P.O. Box 581
Westport CT 06881

PLAYER REQUESTS

Westport Little League manages programs for hundreds of children each spring and we do our best to form balanced teams.  In Grades PK/K, 1 and 2, this also means having at least some children from your child’s school on his/her team.  However, due to the size of our program, the complexity of putting teams together and the volunteer nature of our organization, we will NOT honor requests for children to be placed on the same team at any level other than Grades PK/K and 1, where we will try to honor some requests. 

COACHES, COACHING REQUIREMENTS AND PAIRING REQUESTS

We need parents to volunteer their time to coach Little League baseball teams this spring.  Westport Little League Commissioners will choose one pair of coaches only for each team from among those who have volunteered to coach.  Once teams are announced, each team may add another (league-approved) assistant coach from its roster.  Westport Little League will not entertain requests for more than two parents to coach together.  If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help run our programs, please check the appropriate box when registering.   All coaches will be required to attend a mandatory preseason coaches meeting, pass a background check, have a valid National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) membership and undergo mandatory concussion training prior to the start of the season.

For parents who have a desire to volunteer as a coach, assistant coach or in any approved volunteer Westport Baseball & Softball position, Westport Baseball & Softball thanks you.  At the end of the season, Westport Baseball & Softball will issue to you a $50.00 credit in recognition of your service to the youth of Westport.  

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds will be issued (less a $25 processing fee) before the announcement of team rosters.  After team rosters are announced, refunds will only be issued (on a pro-rata basis) for season-ending injuries with a doctor's note.

PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Please mark your calendar for Westport Baseball & Softball’s 2016 Parent Informational Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria.  

If you have any questions about our programs, please refer to the helpful tabs along the left side of our website for more information, including our Parent Handbook. You can also ask questions by emailing  .

Please note that registration for Youth Travel Baseball (Ages 8-12), Advanced Baseball (Ages 13-19) and Softball is available on their respective websites (see Tabs along top of our website to switch to the appropriate website). Each sport will use this same registration database - you only have to edit one family account of information.

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Little league baseball age determination date to move to August 31 for the 2018 season

Effective in 2018, Little League has decided to "change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31. This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball." However, this change is effective immediately for the 4-10 age groups. Update: Effective November 2015, the implementation plan has been amended, grandfathering the four-months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season.

 

8/3/15 - The Westport 10U girls softball team jumps for joy after beating Waterford 3-1 for the Connecticut State Championship

8/3/15 - Congratulations to the Westport A's-- champions of the Fairfield Summer House League 11-12s division!

8/2/15 - The Westport 10U All-Stars celebrate their LaMotta Tournament win in Stamford after defeating Darien 12-11 in the championship game.
 

7/12/15 - Westport Sweeps Monroe 9U Tournament Via Walkoff Single

 

If you have any questions please email:  .

For more information, please consult the Parent Handbook.

 

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by posted 10/30/2014
Highlights from Youth Sports Speaker
“Community Conversation about Youth Sports” on Oct. 20, 2011, at Bedford Middle School by Dr. Richard Ginsburg.  The presentation was helpful ensuring a positive sports experience for your child.

Summary from the speaker:

Take Home Points for Parents
1. Use a 5:1 ratio of accurate praise to constructive feedback
2. Avoid post-game criticisms of your chold for first 24 hours
3. First post-game question is “How was it?” NOT “Did you win or
did you score?”
4. Numbers 2 & 3 are very hard to do.
5. Kids are NOT mini-adults
6. Talent develops well into late-teens
7. Make sure it is your child who most wants to play
8. Recognize when it is time to step back
9. Be aware of changing pressures on coaches
10. Fun and joy are best predictors for long-term success &
benefits


For further details regarding Dr. Ginsburg, please visit his website, whosegameisitanyway.com. Copies of Whose Game Is It, Anyway? will be available for sale on the website and are also available at the Westport Library.

Whose Game Is It, Anyway?
Richard D. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
MGH PACES Institute
Harvard Medical School
617-724-6300


by posted 11/01/2011
Welcome to our Westport Little League Baseball website!
Welcome to our Westport Little League Baseball website.  You will find information on baseball for ages 5-12 here.  WLL is a subdivision of Westport Baseball & Softball which also oversees Softball and Advanced Baseball (ages 13-19).  Please see the links above for information on these programs.  Feel free to send us suggestions on the site and our programs on the "Feedback" page.  



by posted 01/08/2011
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