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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if my child can participate in Poway National Little League?

Players must reside within the PNLL boundaries or attend one of the schools within our boundaries.  To find out if your reside within our boundaries, please go to http://www.littleleague.org/leaguefinder.htm and input your home address.  If you do not reside within our boundaries, but attend one of the following schools, you are able to participate in our league:

How do you determine my child's little league age?

Each year your child's little league age changes.  As many of you may already know, Little League of America recently changed the cutoff dates to determine your child's little league age for the upcoming season. 

For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31. 

 

Click Here to Determine Your Child's Little League Age

How much does it cost to register my child?

Majors, Minor A, Minor B and Rookies - $195 (increases to $220 after December 10th) 

T-Ball - $140 (increases to $160 after December 10th)

PNLL offers a sibling discount of $30 beginning with the second player registrations.  Sibling discounts end when late registration begins - December 11th.

What division should I register my child under?

Poway National Little League has several divisions available for you to register your child for the spring and fall seasons.  Suggested ages for each division are listed below.

TEE BALL: (4 - 6 years old)   

  • Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 4-6 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.  In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork.

ROOKIES:  (6- 8 years old)

  • The Rookies Baseball division is for boys and girls with little or no baseball experience between the ages of 6-8 years old.  In Rookies, players hit off a pitching machine.  The primary goals of Rookies is to prepare players for advancement into the upper divisions where they will be exposed to live pitching and more advanced play.

MINOR B:  (8-10 years old) player assessment required

The Minor B division is for boys and girls with some baseball experience (but not required) between the ages of 8-10.  In Minor B, players hit from live kid pitching.  The primary goal of Minor B is to expose players to live pitching and more advanced baseball skills and plays.

MINOR A:  (9-11 years old) player assessment required

  • The Minor A division is for boys and girls with between the ages of 9-11.  In Minor A, players hit from live kid pitching.  The primary goal of Minor A is to prepare players for advancement into the Majors division.  Minor A is the first division where players can be exposed to post season tournament play.

MAJORS:  (10-12 years old) player assessment required

  • The Majors division is for boys and girls between the ages of 10-12.  In Majors, players hit from live kid pitching.  The Majors division is the premier division for Little League International where players exhibit the skills they have learned throughout their Little League career.  The culmination of the Majors International Tournament is the Little League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world.

50/70: (13 years old) 

  • The 50/70 division is for boys and girls with the league age of 13.  The 50/70 division offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Please note that although you may register your child in one of the upper division (Minor B and above) levels, your child is placed on a team through a draft process.  There will be instances where your child may be drafted in a high or lower division than what you registered him/her under.

What equipment does my child need? 

For those of you that are new to our league, our spring and fall ball program will be supplying a game shirt and hat for your child.  Your child will need the following equipment to participate in the our league: 

  • Baseball pants
  • Baseball cleats
  • Cup (not mandatory for T-ball or Rookies, but recommended for Rookies)
  • Bat (not mandatory - one will be available during games)
  • Batting helmet (not mandatory - one will be available during games)

When are the games?

Teams usually have one game during the week (Tues, Wed or Thurs) and one game on Saturday.  Mondays and Fridays are reserved for practices and/or makeup games.  Weekday games will normally start at 5:00pm.  Saturday games are played throughout the day, as early at 9:00am and as late as 6:00pm.  Game times are subject to change.  Your team manager and/or team parent will let you know when your games are scheduled or if any changes occur.

Are there practices?

Teams generally have 1 - 2 practices per week during the month of February, prior to the season beginning in March.  Once the season begins, you should expect at least one practice per week.  Most practices will be held at the PNLL fields, however, there will be some teams that will practice at other fields (Abraxas High School, Valle Verde Park).  Your team manager and/or team parent will let you know when and where your practices will be held.

Can I request a friend or coach?

Yes, Rookies and T-Ball players can request a specific coach and/or friend to be on their team.  We will do our best to accommodate all friend/coach requests; however, we cannot guarantee that everyone's request can be fulfilled.  Majors, Minor A and Minor B teams are determined by a draft, so friend/coach requests cannot be granted.

Will there be playoff games at the end of the season?

Majors, Minor A and Minor B teams will have playoff games towards the end of the season.  The winners of the playoff tournament will play against the Poway American Little League champions in the Poway City Championship.  Rookies and T-Ball teams will not have playoff games.  

How can I help?

Parents have many opportunities to help out our league.  
  • Be a team manager
  • Be an assistant coach
  • Be a team parent
  • Be a scorekeeper (Majors, Minor A and Minor B)
  • Volunteer in the snack shack
  • Take pictures for the yearbook

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application.  




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