Below are some simple answers* to the most often asked questions regarding registration, tryouts, practice schedules and of course regular season game play. We hope this will help make your experience with South Scottsdale Little League a positive one. If your question isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to ask.
A player's registration must be complete with all information verified in order to participate in tryouts. What does "complete your registration" mean?
To complete your registration you must verify your child's geographic and age eligibility. To verify age eligibility you must present your child's birth certificate. Geographic eligibility may be verified through proof of residence or proof of school enrollment. Please consult the list of acceptable documents HERE. Verification can be accomplished during the online registration process by uploading your documents.
Do we need to provide birth certificates and proof of address or school attendance to complete our registration?
Yes, all players must provide three proofs of residency showing current home address and child's birth certificate, by uploading your documents. Proofs of residency must be re-submitted annually and must be in accordance with Little League International residency requirements. A complete list can be found HERE
Can a player be registered in a division above or below their eligible playing league age?
No, a player must be registered in their proper playing division based on their eligible playing age. Please CHECK HERE for your child's 2020 league age. If a player wants to request to 'play up' or 'play down', this should be done by making the request in the 'special request' section located within the online registration form. All moves 'up or down' are done in our database after our registration process has been closed and during the process of team formation.
How do I determine if I live within SSLL boundaries?
A map showing the league boundaries can be found on the LLB website.
If I don't live within SSLL boundaries, but my child goes to a school within the boundaries, then can I register with SSLL?
Yes. You will need to show proof of school enrollment at time of registration. Please download a copy of the School Enrollment Form and submit it during your registration. The School Enrollment Form can be found HERE.
Can 8-year-olds "play up" in Minors?
In some cases an 8-year-old can play in the Minors Division. A parent or guardian must make this request at time of registration. All moves 'up or down' are done in our database after our registration process has been closed and during the process of team formation.
Can 10-year-olds "play up" in Baseball Majors?
In some cases an 10-year-old can play in the Majors Division. A parent or guardian must make this request at time of registration. All moves 'up or down' are done in our database after our registration process has been closed and during the process of team formation.
Can an 11-year-old or 12-year-old "play down" to Minors?
Yes. If a parent or guardian does not feel their 11 or 12-year-old child should play in the Majors Division, they may request to have their child be made eligible for the Minors Division. A parent or guardian must make this request at time of registration. Based on Little League rules, the parent or guardian must complete a waiver request form and request that the Board of Directors consider approving the waiver. If approved, the Board of Directors will forward to the District 6 Administrator for a final decision. The District Administrator has final authority for approval/denial without appeal. All moves 'up or down' are done in our database after our registration process has been closed and during the process of team formation.
Will all players have to attend player evaluations (tryouts)?
Boys age 8 and up need to participate in player evaluations (tryouts). Each eligible player will only need to attend ONE of the two player evaluations dates. Player evaluations are for player draft purposes only to ensure that teams are evenly balanced by level of skill. Lower division (T-Ball & Farm) teams that don't have tryouts are assembled by each division Commissioner and do not need to be evaluated.
Can I request a specific manager?
Yes, ONLY in non-draft divisions (T-Ball & Farm). Request should be made on the registration form in the "Special Request" location. Every attempt will be made to accommodate requests, but no guarantees are provided. Divisions where there is a tryout and draft process will NOT be able to pre-select managers.
When will practice and season schedules be announced?
Once all teams have been assembled or drafted - a full practice and playing schedule will be set and coordinated through your Team Manager in early February. Practice times begin in early February for the upper divisions and soon thereafter for the lower divisions. Games begin in March. The season runs through May.
Where are games and practices played?
SSLL plays games at Tonalea School and Chaparral Park Baseball Complex, and the occasional interleague away game. If and when that happens, it will be communicated to you by your teams manager. Practices are held at Tonalea School and/pr Chaparral Park Baseball Complex.
Will the season schedules be announced on the website?
Yes, we will post a master game schedule for the season on the SSLL website team pages. All updates to the season schedule will be available on the website. Dates are subject to change due to school activity conflicts.
Does SSLL offer refunds if a child decides not to participate because of injury or illness?
Yes, special exceptions are made for injury or illness and will be handled on a case by case basis, typically handled before the practice season starts. Our general refund policy is: Refunds prior to 1/31/2020 will be subject to a $35 cancellation fee. Draft level players: No refunds will be given after 1/31/2020. Non-draft players: Refunds are subject to a $75 cancellation fee after team placement.
What expenses can we expect beyond the registration fees?
All players at all division levels are issued hats and jerseys through SSLL. Players are responsible for purchasing baseball pants, belts and socks to complete the uniform. All players should have their own batting helmet, bat and glove. Please CLICK HERE for a list of approved bats and new bat standard rules.
Does SSLL do background checks on all volunteers?
Yes. Each volunteer is required to fill out a background check form. Anyone having direct involvement with players will be required to complete a background check. SSLL reviews each background check.
Are players required to wear masks on batting helmets?
No. It is up to the parent or guardian to determine the use of face guard masks on batting helmets.
Are baseball players required to wear a "cup"?
Yes, all boys in baseball are required to wear a "cup" at practice and at games.
*Credit/Note: To stay inline with LLB, Inc. and ESLL's policies and rules (which are much like our own), we've adapted the same FAQ's ESLL has compiled to prevent any confusion.