Zeeland Little League

 

ZEELAND LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

Zeeland Little League Baseball & Softball programs are designed to be the next step after 4-7 year olds have completed our Recreation Baseball & Softball programs. To learn more about those programs, go here: Recreation Baseball or Recreation Softball. The goals of Zeeland Little League are to teach the skills and concepts of the game while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Little League is a “live-arm” league in which players pitch and we follow mandated Little League ® guidelines and rules. In order to enroll in Zeeland Little League, your child must either go to a school within the Zeeland Public Schools boundaries, or you must live in Zeeland. The league structure, team selection process, and all other details are below. Registration closed on February 3, 2018. For late registration options, contact Kelli Koss, our youth sports coordinator, at (616) 748-3232 or kkoss@zps.org.  

 

20% Off Spring Sports Equipment Sale @ Dicks Sports: March 24, 25, 26!

 

LITTLE LEAGUE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Policy for Finding/Playing Substitutes

LL Sub List

National Little League Rules

Zeeland All-Star Team Selection Process

Zeeland All-Star Head Coach Selection Process

Zeeland All-Star Assistant Coaches Selection Process

Softball Age Chart | Baseball Age Chart (information on what age level your child will play in based on birthdate)

Steps To Follow If An Umpire Is A No-Show

 

EQUIPMENT INFORMATION

Baseball/Softball Bat Standards

 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL (8-14 yr olds)

$70, Zeeland Resident | $82, Non-Resident

The Zeeland Little League Baseball program is designed to be the next step after 4-7 year olds have completed our Recreation Baseball programs (see above for details). The goals of Little League are to continue to teach the skills and concepts of the game while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Little League is a “live-arm” league in which players pitch, and we follow mandated Little League ® guidelines and rules. In order to enroll in Zeeland Little League, your child must either go to a school within the Zeeland Public Schools boundaries, or you must live in Zeeland. The league structure, team selection process, and all other details are below. Registration closed on February 3, 2018. For late registration options, contact our youth sports coordinator, Kelli Koss, at (616)748-3231, kkoss@zps.org, or stop in our office. 

 

League Structure

AA (8-9 yr olds) | AAA (9-11 yr olds) | Majors (10-12 yr olds) | 50-70 (12-13 yr olds) | Juniors (13-14 yr olds):

*No child whose league age overlaps two divisions is assured of being drafted into the higher division

  • All 8 yr olds play in the AA league
  • All 9 yr olds will start by trying out for AAA at the “Showcase Day”. If not selected to a AAA team, they will be placed on a AA team with all other 8-9 yr olds
  • 10 yr olds have the option to try out for “Majors” (10-12 yr olds) if they choose. If they don’t get drafted by a Majors coach, they will be placed in AAA
  • 11 yr olds start by trying out for Majors (10-12 yr olds). 11 yr olds that don’t get drafted by a Majors team will be placed on a AAA team (9-11 yr olds)
  • 12 yr olds have the option to choose between being in the Majors league or the 50-70 league. No try-out is necessary. It is simply a decision made by parents at the time of registration
  • 13 yr olds have the option to choose between being in the 50-70 league or the Juniors league. No try-out is necessary. It is simply a decision made by parents
  • All 14 yr olds will be placed on a Juniors team

 

Registration Process

When registering, you register based on your child’s age (which is based on the Little League ® mandated age chart). The league your child participates in will be determined in the team selection process (see below). The 2018 Little League age chart can be found here.

 

Team Selection Process – “Showcase Day”

After registration closes, the next step is forming evenly skilled teams. We do that by evaluating skill levels at “Showcase Day”, along with using ratings given to each player by their coaches from previous seasons (if your child is in their first season playing Little League, the “Showcase Day” will be used as the gauge for his/her skill set). All participants must attend “Showcase Day”. “Showcase Day” involves coaches leading all participants through a series of drills (hitting, fielding, catching, etc.) while coaches evaluate skill sets to ensure we form as evenly skilled teams as possible. After the “Showcase Day”, coaches gather for a draft where all players are drafted on a team. The league each participant gets drafted into AA, AAA, Majors, 50-70, Juniors) will be based on the coaches’ decisions in the draft. Remember, everyone gets drafted and plays! Please arrive 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled time to check in. Please bring a glove, helmet and bat if you have them.

  • Date: Saturday, March 10
  • Location: Sports Quest (3325 100th Ave, Zeeland)
  • 13-14 yr olds: 5:30pm – 6:15pm (Juniors)
  • 12-13 yr olds: 6:15pm – 7pm (50/70)
  • 12 yr olds: 7:45am – 10:15am (Majors)
  • 11 yr olds: 10am – 11:30am (Majors & AAA)
  • 10 yr olds: 12pm – 1:45pm (AAA)
  • 9 yr olds: 1:45pm – 3:30pm (AAA & AA)
  • 8 yr olds: 3:30pm – 5pm (AA)

 

Practice & Game Schedules

Practices begin after Spring Break, typically in mid-April. After teams are formed towards the end of March, coaches will begin reaching out to parents to communicate practice and game schedules. Regular season games begin in the end of April, and games end in mid-June.

 

Post-Season Tournaments

  • AA: No post-season tournament
  • AAA: Season ends with a Zeeland-only tournament at Jim Kaat (“Carl Elzinga Memorial Tournament”)
  • Majors, 50/70, Juniors: These levels seasons ends with “Team Tournaments”. “Team Tournaments” are a postseason double elimination tournament that involves multiple local communities and typically lasts about one week. Regular season teams will compete against other local Little League teams in District 9. Tournaments begin after the regular season ends in mid-June, and schedules are finalized near the end of the regular season and communicated at that point. These take place in mid-late June.

 

All-Star Team Information

After the completion of the Zeeland Little League regular season and team tournaments, an All-Star tournament takes place from end of June – mid-July. All-Star teams are selected by appointed All-Star head coaches in early June. All-Star teams are formed after an invitation-only try-out, which usually takes place towards the end of May. Team selections are based on multiple factors (try-out performance, regular season performance, coach recommendations, team needs, etc.). Cost (if selected): $70 (includes a team shirt, hat/visor, belt, socks and tournament fee).

 

Little League Baseball Coaches Draft Meeting Information:

  • Juniors & 50/70 Coaches: March 19, 22, or 26 (choose one) | 7:30pm @ Cityside MS Library
  • Majors Coaches: Mon, March 19 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting
  • AAA Coaches: Thur, March 22 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting
  • AA Coaches: Mon, March 26 | 6pm draft followed by 7:30pm coaches meeting

 

LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL (8-12 yr olds)

$70, Zeeland Resident | $82, Non-Resident

Our Zeeland Little League Softball program is designed to be the next step after 4-7 year olds have completed our Recreation Softball programs. The goals of Little League are to continue to teach the skills and concepts of the game while also emphasizing having fun and building character. Little League is a “live-arm” league in which players pitch and we follow mandated Little League ® guidelines and rules. In order to enroll in Zeeland Little League, your child must either go to a school within the Zeeland Public Schools boundaries, or you must live in Zeeland. The league structure, team selection process, and all other details are below. Registration closed on February 3, 2018. For late registration options, contact our youth sports coordinator, Kelli Koss, at (616)748-3231, kkoss@zps.org, or stop in our office. 

 

League Structure:

AA (8-9 yr olds) | AA+ (8-10 yr olds) | AAA (9-11yr olds) | Majors (10-12 yr olds)

*No child whose league age overlaps two divisions is assured of being drafted into the higher division

  • All 8 yr olds will try-out for AA+ at the “Showcase Day”. If they don’t get selected to a AA+ team, they will be placed on a AA team with all other 8 yr olds
  • All 9 yr olds will start by trying out for AAA at the “Showcase Day”. If they don’t get selected to a AAA team, they will be placed on a AA or AA+ team with all other 9 yr olds (league placement based on skillset)
  • 10 yr olds start by trying out for AAA, although parents do have the option of having a 10 yr old try out for Majors (10-12 yr olds) if they choose. If not drafted by a Majors team, they will be drafted by either a AAA or AA+ team with all other 10 yr olds (league selection will be based on skillset
  • 11 yr olds that don’t get drafted by a Majors (10-12 yr olds) team will be placed on a AAA team
  • All 12 yr olds will get drafted to a Majors
  • Middle School aged girls interested in softball should contact their local 7th-12th grade athletic department about middle school club softball opportunities

 

Registration Process:

When registering, you register based on your child’s age (which is based on the Little League ® age chart). The league your child participates in will be determined in the team selection process (see below). The Little League Softball Age Chart can be found here.

 

Team Selection Process – “Showcase Day”:

After registration closes, the next step is forming evenly skilled teams. We do that by evaluating skill levels at “Showcase Day”, along with using ratings given to each player by their coaches from previous seasons (if your child is in their first season playing Little League, the “Showcase Day” will be used as the gauge for his/her skill set). All participants must attend “Showcase Day”. “Showcase Day” involves coaches leading all participants through a series of drills (hitting, fielding, catching, etc.) while coaches evaluate skill sets to ensure we form as evenly skilled teams as possible. After the “Showcase Day”, coaches gather for a draft where all players are drafted on a team. The league each participant gets drafted into AA, AAA, Majors, 50-70, Juniors) will be based on the coaches’ decisions in the draft. Remember, everyone gets drafted and plays! Please arrive 15 minutes before your child’s scheduled time to check in. Please bring a glove, helmet and bat if you have them.

  • Date: Saturday, March 3
  • Location: Sports Quest (3325 100th Ave, Zeeland)
  • 12 yr olds: 8am – 9am (Majors)
  • 11 yr olds: 9am – 10am (Majors & AAA)
  • 10 yr olds: 10am – 11am (AAA & AA+)
  • 9 yr olds: 11:30am – 12:30pm (AA & AA+)
  • 8 yr olds: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (AA)

 

Practice & Game Schedules:

Practices begin after Spring Break, typically in mid-April. After teams are formed in early March, coaches will begin reaching out to parents to communicate practice and game schedules. Regular season games begin in the end of April, and games end in mid-June.

 

Team Tournaments:

  • AA, AA+ & AAA: No post-season tournament
  • Majors: These levels seasons ends with “Team Tournaments”. “Team Tournaments” are a postseason double elimination tournament that involves multiple local communities and typically lasts about one week. Regular season teams will compete against other local Little League teams in District 9. Tournaments begin after the regular season ends in mid-June, and schedules are finalized near the end of the regular season and communicated at that point. These take place in mid-late June.

 

All-Star Team Information

After the completion of the Zeeland Little League regular season and team tournaments, an All-Star tournament takes place from end of June – mid-July. All-Star teams are selected by appointed All-Star head coaches in early June. All-Star teams are formed after an invitation-only try-out, which usually takes place towards the end of May. Team selections are based on multiple factors (try-out performance, regular season performance, coach recommendations, team needs, etc.). Cost (if selected): $70 (includes a team shirt, hat/visor, belt, socks and tournament fee).

 

Little League Softball Coaches Draft Meeting Information:

  • Majors & AAA Coaches: Mon, March 5 | 6pm draft followed by 7:00pm all-coaches meeting | @ Cityside MS Library
  • AA+ AA Coaches: Mon, March 5 | 7pm all-coaches meeting followed by 8pm draft | @ Cityside MS Library