Frequently Asked Questions

What is Little League?

Little League Baseball, Inc. was founded in 1939 and is the world’s largest youth sports program with more than 2.8 million children and one million volunteers in more than 100 countries.

 

Where does Jewel City Little League play its games?

Opening ceremonies are held at Brand Park, as well as our End of Season BBQ. Other fields that are utilized include: Babe Herman Park (Major and Minor Baseball), Brand Park (Major, Minor and Coach Pitch Baseball), Little Brand (Tee Ball, Pee Wee’s), Scholl Canyon (Major and Minor Baseball and Softball), Pelanconi (Minors and Coach Pitch baseball, Softball) Some Baseball games are also played at the Tujunga Little League Complex, Pacific Park and Brace Canyon Park.

 

What division is my child in?

Over the last few years there has been much discussion about the Little League Baseball Age determination date.  For the most current information please check the Little League.org website .  Our divisions are broken down like this:
T-Ball: Age 5-6, Coach Pitch: Age 7–8, Minors: Age 8–10, Majors: 10–12, Juniors 12-14

 

My child has never played, can he/she still sign up?

Absolutely! This is what Little League is all about. Depending on their age, special consideration may need to be taken to place your child in the proper division. For 9-12 yr olds, attending the skills evaluation will be important to assess your child’s throwing, catching, hitting and running skills.

 

Is my child guaranteed a place on a team?

Yes, if he or she signs up and attends a Skills Evaluation, your child will automatically be placed on a team. If your child is in Juniors or Majors and not able to attend a Skills Evaluation Session/Tryouts, he or she will in all likelihood be placed on a team, but we can’t guarantee it.  An exception is players of League Age 12 (see below). 

 

Is there a difference between Tryouts and Skills Evaluation Sessions?

Not really. Tryouts are simply for 10, 11 and 12-year-olds in Baseball and Softball who are not in Majors and would like to be. An age eligible player must try out to be considered for Majors. Players who are not drafted onto a Major team are assigned to the Minors and are guaranteed a place on a team in that division. (They do not need to try out again.) Parents who wish their 10, 11 or 12-year-old children to remain in Minors may request to do so and must inform the appropriate Player Agent at Registration or a Skills Evaluation Session (see below for additional information on players of League Age 12). 

 

We also have Skills Evaluation for 9-year-olds who are assigned to the Minor division (or Coach Pitch if needed). We call tryouts Skills Evaluation Sessions because the managers in their particular division evaluate the players so that we may balance the teams as much as possible. We avoid the word “tryouts.” because no players will be cut (even in Majors, players are not “cut”; those who aren’t selected are assigned to the Minor Division). In Skills Evaluation Sessions, managers assess each child’s throwing, catching, hitting and running skills.

 

Skills Evaluation Sessions are scheduled for mid- December and early January. Please check the website for updates. Players will be asked to report at different times based on their age. You’ll be notified of your child’s time via email.  If for any reason your child will have difficulty attending skills evaluation, please let us know as soon as possible.

 

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What’s the difference between Majors and Minors?

The Major Division offers a higher, more competitive level of play than the Minor Division. To be eligible for Majors, players must be of League Age 10-12 and attend a skills evaluation/tryout session. A draft is conducted to fill the available slots on our Major teams. Players who are not selected to play in the Major Division will be placed in the Minor draft.

 

Once drafted onto a Major team, a player will remain with that team during the remainder of his or her Little League eligibility (ending at League Age 12; at 13, players move up to Junior League baseball). For example, if a player of League Age 10 is drafted onto a Major team, he or she will be part of that team for three years.

There are advantages and disadvantages to participating in Majors. The most obvious advantage is the chance to play at a higher level of competition, often against (and with) the best players in our community.

 

However, parents should also know that the participation rules are slightly different for Majors than for Minors.

In Minors, players are guaranteed six defensive outs and will be part of a continuous batting order (meaning he or she will always be part of the batting order, whether or not he or she is in the game).

 

In Majors, players are guaranteed six defensive outs and one at bat (teams are composed of 12/13 players, but only nine play and bat at any given time). Because of the competitive nature of Majors, the more advanced players will get most of the playing time and at bats.

If you have any questions about the differences between Majors and Minors, please contact our league President   

 

Is it true that 12-year-olds must be drafted into the Major Division?

Yes. Any player of League Age 12 will be considered for the draft into Majors, provided he or she has attended a tryout.

Parents who believe their 12-year-old child would be better served by remaining in Minors may apply for a waiver to do so. 12 year olds may not pitch in Minors.

Players of League Age 12 who do not try out for Majors for whatever reason will be required to apply for a waiver to play in Minors or they will not be eligible to participate in Jewel City Little League during the 2016 season.

 

Can I request that my son or daughter not be considered for Majors?

Yes, but you must do so prior to the drafts. Once you declare your son or daughter ineligible for the Major Division draft, he or she will not be eligible for the Majors at any time during the season (in the event there is an opening).

 

If your child is of League Age 12 and you do not wish for him or her to play in Majors – or he or she did not try out for Majors – you must apply for a waiver to participate In Minors. 

 

If I’m a returning player, do I still need to provide a birth certificate and proof of residency?

Yes, Little League requires that birth dates and residency be verified every year.

 

My child played in Jewel City Little League last year, but I now live outside its boundaries. Can he or she still play in Jewel City Little League?

Yes, if your child attends school within Jewel City Little League boundaries, you may continue to play with our league. You will need a school waiver form signed by the Principal of your school and returned to us prior to the start of games.

 

I live outside Jewel City Little League’s boundaries, but I want my child to play in the league. Is there any way I can do this?

If you live outside Jewel City’s boundaries, your child may still play in our league IF your child attends a school located within our league boundaries.  If you do not live within our league boundaries or your child does not attend a school within our league boundaries, you may not play in the league during our Spring Season without a district waiver.  Please contact the league President for more information regarding this matter.

 

What do a player’s registration fees pay for?

Registration fees cover most of Jewel City Little Leagues operating costs, which include national charter fees, district fees, equipment, uniforms, umpires, Little League supplemental insurance and other expenses. Different levels have different fees based on such factors as the cost of uniforms, equipment, umpires and, most importantly, insurance.

 

With their registration fees, players receive a basic photo package and a trophy.  All players receive a hat or visor and socks that are theirs to keep. Players in, Tee Ball Baseball and Pee Wee receive a jersey that is theirs to keep.

 

Are there any other fees?

Additional items you might be asked to provide include participating in team snacks and contributing to a basket for the mid season bbq.

 

Can I register on-line?

You bet. The easiest way to register is on-line at http://www.jewelcitylittleleague.com/

If you sign up for the league via on-line registration, you still must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and residency verification to one of the League’s Registration Events in December or January to complete the registration process.  Additionally, if you register at one of our events and are new to our league, we will need you to complete the registration process online.

 

Can I get a refund of my Registration Fees?

Registration fees will be refunded without question until 14 days prior to Opening Day (less a $25 administrative fee).  After that date, the league has a no-refund policy as costs have already been incurred with uniform orders, etc.  All credit card transactions made on the website will be refunded by league check. We are unable to refund directly back to your card at this time.

 

When is Picture Day?

Check the website for dates this season.

 

When does the season start?

Opening Ceremonies are typically the first or second Saturday of March, in the morning at Brand Park. Games for Major Baseball and Minors should begin that day and the next day for most other levels and divisions. But the season actually starts in January with Tryouts and Skills Evaluation Sessions followed by practices in February. Check the website for exact dates.

 

Our End of Season BBQ is typically in late May or early June usually coinciding with the end of our season in June. Division playoffs culminate our season with the winning Minor, Major and Junior Teams continuing on in the District 16 Tournament of Champions.

 

All-Star Teams for upper divisions will be chosen from our eligible players and can continue practice through June with games scheduled typically after July Fourth.

 

I have two boys only a year apart. Will they be on the same team?

Siblings who play in the same division will automatically be placed on the same team in all divisions except Majors. In Majors, we strongly encourage managers to keep siblings together (and the draft rules are geared toward doing this), but the possibility exists that they may end up on separate teams. Also, just because a younger (or older) sibling is eligible for Majors does not mean that he or she will be drafted into Majors. The decision is made by the manager of the team on which the older (or younger) sibling plays.

 

Can I request that my child play on a certain manager’s team or on a team with his or her friends?

You can request a manager or placement with friends, but we cannot guarantee your request will be honored.

 

When will I find out what team my child is on?

Drafts are typically held the week after skills evaluation in each division. Your manager will notify you no later than the first week in February. Your manager will also be able to provide you with a preseason practice schedule. Game schedules are created by District 16 and should be available by late-February. If you have not heard from your manager by the first week in February, please email us at [email protected]

 

What time commitment does Little League entail? How many practices and games per week are there?

During February, all teams at all levels will practice at least once a week, once midweek (Monday through Friday) and possibly on the weekend, usually Saturday. In the upper divisions (Minors, Majors and Juniors), managers may schedule additional voluntary practices.

 

The game season goes from early March to the beginning of June for Juniors, Majors, Minors and Coach Pitch. In addition, divisions Minors and above participate in District 16 and/or All-Star tournaments, which continue to the end of June, through July.

 

Here’s what you can expect once the regular season begins in early March. 

Tee Ball Baseball teams play one game per week, usually on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons at Pelanconi Park or Little Brand. There may even be an occasional midweek game (starting no later than 6:15 p.m.), especially if we have rain on a weekend. Teams also practice once a week, generally at Pelanconi Park and Little Brand.

 

Coach Pitch Baseball teams play one game per week, usually on Saturday or possibly Sunday.  Most games and practices are held at Brand Park or Pelanconi Park.  There will be some games scheduled during the week.

 

Minor Baseball teams generally play two games a week, one during the week and one on the weekend.  Games are typically played at Babe Herman Field, Brand Park, Pacific Park, Scholl Canyon and Tujunga Fields. Practices are once a week and are scheduled by your manager.


At the conclusion of the season, the top team in Minors qualifies for the Tournament of Champions, a double-elimination competition to  crown a District 16 champion. The tournament takes place immediately after the regular season and continues for a team as long as it keeps winning (the finals are generally mid-June).


Major Baseball teams play two games a week, usually one midweek game and one game on the weekend, at Babe Herman Field, Brand Park, Pacific Park, Scholl Canyon and Tujunga Fields. Practices are once a week and are scheduled by your manager.

 

At the conclusion of the season, the top team in Majors qualifies for the Tournament of Champions, a double-elimination competition to  crown a District 16 champion. The tournament takes place immediately after the regular season and continues for a team as long as it keeps winning (the finals are generally mid-June).

Junior Baseball teams play two games a week, one midweek and one on the weekend. Because we participate in interleague play (which means we compete against teams from other Little Leagues in Glendale, Tujunga and Burbank), games are at a variety of parks, including Scholl Canyon Park, Stengel Field, Dunsmore Park, Burbank High School and the Tujunga Little League Complex. Practices during the season are at the discretion of the manager.

 

At the conclusion of the season, the top team in Juniors qualifies for the Tournament of Champions, a single-elimination competition to crown a District 16 champion. The tournament takes place immediately after the regular season and continues as long a team keeps winning (the finals are generally early June).

Minor Softball teams play two games a week, usually one midweek and one on the weekend. Because we participate in interleague play (which means we compete against teams from other Little Leagues in Glendale, Tujunga and Burbank), games are at a variety of fields throughout Glendale, as well as the Tujunga Little League complex. Practices are once a week and are scheduled by your manager.

 

The top softball teams participate in the District 16 Minor League Knock-Out Tournament, a single-elimination competition to crown a District 16 champion that takes place immediately after the regular season and continues as long as a team keeps winning (the finals are generally mid-June).

 

How can I be sure that my child will practice at a time and place that is convenient for us?

You can’t. Managers select their preseason practice times from a pool of available spots assigned by District 16. Because of the limited availability of fields for our league, there may be “late” practices (practices that start 6:30 p.m. or later) for Minors, Majors and Juniors.

 

What if I can’t make it to practice or games? Can I drop off my child?

There will be an occasion where you are unable to make it to practice or a game. Please make sure you let the manager know so that your team isn’t caught short in a game situation.  A parent/guardian should be with your child during practice and at games.

 

What about games?

District 16 schedules our games, varying the day, time of day and fields depending on which interleague team we are playing.

We try to limit the number of weekday “late” games (games that start at 7:15 p.m. or later) for each team in Majors and especially in Minors, but limited field availability means there will be some games at that time.

 

Can a game be voluntarily rescheduled?

No. Games that are postponed due to rain, wet field conditions, light failure or any other reason acknowledged and approved by the Board of Directors will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date by District 16 and both teams Managers.

 

What equipment does my child need to play in Little League?

A baseball or softball glove, helmet, and, cleats (make sure they are rubber).

Bats are provided to each team by the league.

 

We supply most, of the uniform. For Minor Baseball, Major Baseball, Junior Baseball, and Softball (hats and jerseys only), uniform jerseys will be issued to the players and are theirs to keep. Players are responsible for belts and pants. Ask your manager for more information about what to purchase (color, style, etc.).

 

For Coach Pitch, Tee Ball Baseball and Pee Wee Baseball, we supply hats, shirts and socks that the players are welcome to keep. The player must supply pants and belts. Ask your manager for more information about what to purchase (color, style, etc.).

 

We will not deny any child the opportunity to play in our league based on need. If parents or guardians need assistance with fees or equipment, we will be glad to help out.

 

How much will my child get to play?

Little League has mandatory playing rules for all divisions as follows:

Tee Ball: Everyone bats and all players must play at least two innings in the field (10 players are on the field for Tee Ball). There is a five-run limit per inning.

 

Coach Pitch: Everyone bats and everyone plays, regardless of how many players are on the roster (we try to limit teams to 12 or 13 players each). There is a five-run limit per inning.

 

Minors: Everyone bats and all players must play at least two innings in the field (9 players are on the field for Minor Baseball, 10 for Minor Softball). Games last six innings or 1 hour, 45 minutes (1 hour, 40 minutes for Softball), whichever comes first. There is a five-run limit per inning.

 

Majors: Players must bat once and play six defensive outs in the field (consecutively, if a substitute). Nine players are on the field and the batting order at a time. Games last six innings or two hours (1 hour, 50 minutes for Softball), whichever comes first.

 

Juniors: Players must bat once and play six defensive outs in the field (consecutively, if a substitute). Nine players are on the field and the batting order at a time. Games last seven innings or two hours, 15 minutes (two hours for Softball), whichever comes first.

 

Who do I contact with questions regarding my child’s team, manager, coaches or practice times?

All questions should be directed first to the Head Coach. Communication is important and if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s team or your child’s place on the team, you should talk with the manager. The next step is to contact the appropriate Division Coordinator who can help answer questions and resolve issues.  

 

What kind of volunteer positions are available? Jewel City Little League is an all-volunteer organization and the success of our program depends on the efforts of involved parents and other adults. We have positions for league officials, managers, coaches, team coordinators, scorekeepers, field maintenance coordinators and IT techs.

 

 

Contact:

By E-mail:  [email protected] 

By Mail: Jewel City Little League  P.O. Box 5844   Glendale, Ca. 91221

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