Fall Ball 2019 FAQ

QWhich divisions will be playing Fall Ball?
A
Senior (Age 15, 16), Junior (Age 13, 14), Dauphinais (Age 10-12), Bazinet (Age 9-11), Kid Pitch (Age 8, 9), Coach Pitch (Age 6, 7).  There is no T-Ball in the fall.

Q:  When does registration close?  
A:  Registration closes 8/16/19.

Q
:  When does the season begin and end?
A:  Schedules are still TBD but season should begin in early September and end before the end of October.

Q:  How many games and practices per week?
 
A:  Typically there will be 2 games and one practice per week.  Coaches will determine days and times.

Q:  When will I have a schedule?
A:  We hope to have teams formed soon after registration closes, with schedules out soon after.  The aim is to have schedules set by 8/27.

Q:  How do I know which division my child will be in?
A:  When you register, your child's birthday dictates which division they are eligible.  It is based on eligibility for the spring 2020 season.  In some cases, there may be more than one option.

Q:  Can I request my child play in a different division than the one they are eligible for? 
A:  In some cases, they can play up if you and the league feel they are ready.  Include any special request when you register.

Q:  Can I request my child be placed on a team with a friend or neighbor?
A:  We will do our best to fulfill special requests, but can't guarantee.  Please include specifics in your registration.


FAQs

Miscellaneous
 
1. What does league age mean?
 
All divisions are broken down by ages. Your child’s league age will always be how old he or she is on August 30th of the current baseball year. This cut-off date is determined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated and we have no control over this date. If there are any questions as to a player’s league age, you may be asked to produce a birth certificate.

2. How come in some divisions all the players bat the entire game?

Each division has its own set of rules. The older your child gets, the more rules come into play. See our divisions page for further information regarding the current breakdown of the divisions and rules.

3. Do girls play baseball?

Yes, girls have played baseball in every age group (4-16) in the Grafton Little League. Most of them are in our T-Ball and minor league divisions. You will find that as they get older, many will switch to softball.

Registration

1. How do I register?

You can register online and pay by Visa or Mastercard.

2. Who can register?

Boys and girls ages 4-16. Players must be 4 on or before August 31st to be eligible for a league.

3. When does the season run?

The season begins in early April (weather depending) and runs through mid-June for most leagues.  In the fall, the season runs early September through mid October.

4. When are games and practices held?

  • T-Ball (ages 4-5) - There are no practices in this division and two games per week will  be played. Specific nights vary. Games last 45-60 minutes. Not available in the Fall
  •  Single A (ages 6-7) (Coach Pitch) - There is one practice per week and two games. Specific game nights vary. Practice is typically on a Sat or Sun. Games last roughly 75-90 minutes. No new inning is started after 75 minutes of play. Boys with advanced baseball skills are eligible to try out for Double A. The boys needs to have advanced fielding, throwing and hitting skills for their age. 
  •  AA (age 8-9) (Kid Pitch) - There is one practice per week and two games.  Boys are required to attend tryouts in late January.   Dates and times are still being confirmed and parents will be notified in advance through email, the LL web site and in the Grafton News and Grafton Times.   Games last roughly 75-90 minutes.   No new inning is started after 75 minutes of play.
  •  AAA (ages 10-11) (Bazinet) - There is one practice per week and possibly one hitting session per week at either the Ferry Street or Miner Field batting cages.   There are also two games per week and game nights vary.   Boys are required to attend tryouts in late January.   Dates and times are still being confirmed and parents will be notified in advance through email, the LL web site and in the Grafton News and Grafton Times.   Games last six innings and extra innings are played to decide a tie.
  •  Majors (ages 12) - There is one practice per week and possibly one hitting session per week at either the Ferry Street or Miner Field batting cages.   The hitting session is scheduled at the discretion of the head coach.   There are also two games per week and game nights vary.   Boys are required to attend tryouts in late January.   Dates and times are still being confirmed and parents will be notified in advance both through email, the LL web site and in the Grafton News and Grafton Times.   Ten year old boys showing advanced baseball skills (hitting, fielding, pitching,)  could be given an opportunity to play in the Majors Division based on the number of teams and openings.   Should the parents/player decide they aren’t ready for Majors, they simply play in Bazinet.   No 12 year old player will be allowed to play in the Bazinet Division.   Games last six innings and extra innings occur in tied games, pending darkness.
  • Intermediate, Junior & Senior League (ages 13-16) - There is one practice per week and typically two games. Boys are required to attend tryouts in late January.   Dates and times are still being confirmed and parents will be notified in advance both through email, the LL web site and in the Grafton News and Grafton Times.
  • Challenger (ages 4 - 18) - 6 to 8 game season.  Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate.  See the Challenger Buddy Guidelines.

5. How many divisions are there?

Check out the divisions page for more details.

6. What equipment do I need to buy for my child?

Your child will need a glove and athletic clothes for practices. All players receive a uniform which consists of a shirt and a hat. Cleats are optional, but METAL SPIKES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

7. Can I request a certain coach?

You can indicate a desired coach or team in the “Notes” section of the registration page. However, we cannot guarantee that your request can be fulfilled.


8. Can I request that my child be on the same team as his friends?

You can request this via the “Notes” section of the registration page, but we cannot guarantee that these requests will be fulfilled.

9. When is the deadline for registration?

Early registration ends at 11:59pm on January 9th, 2017. Registrations received after January 9th will be charged a $25 late fee.   Late registration will remain open until March 31st, 2017.

10. Are scholarships available?

Yes. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request for families in need of financial assistance.
Email us with any questions about scholarships.

11. Who do I contact if I have any questions?

If you know your division’s VP, you can contact them. Alternatively, you can email Grafton Little League with any questions.
How can I volunteer to assist with the Grafton Little League?
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

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