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FAQ

Q: What is Little League all about?

A: North Kitsap Little League strongly agrees with the purpose of Little League as set forth in their Rules and Regulations:  "Little League is a program of service to youth.  It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in the atmosphere of wholesome community participation.  The movement is dedicated to helping children become good and decent citizens.  It inspires them with a goal and enriches their lives toward the day when they must take their places in the world.  It establishes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play."

In essence, Little League is a youth development organization, not a baseball/softball development organization.  We feel that baseball and softball afford us a unique opportunity to instill the values described above in our youth.

Q: When/where is registration?

A: Registration for the 2018 Spring Regular Season opens on December 1st, 2017.  Registration must be completed by March 1st, 2018, to guarantee placement in a particular division, although we will strive to ensure all children who register are placed on a team.  See our registration info page to get started with our online registration process.  A mail-in registration option is also available.

We will also have in-person registration available on January 28th and February 3rd, 2018, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, at the Snider Park Clubhouse (22898 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo, WA, 98370)

Q: What programs will be offered for the upcoming season?

A: North Kitsap Little League offers a wide variety of T-ball, Baseball and Softball programs for kids aged 5 to 16.  Click here for more information on these programs.

We also offer a Challengers program for mentally and physically challenged youth aged 5 to 22.  Click here for more information on the Challengers program.

For all of these programs, the Little League "League Age" is used to determine a players eligibility.  You can determine your child's league age from the charts available for download on our registration page.

If you have any questions on what program/division of play is appropriate for your child, please contact us at info@nkll.com.

Q: What are the residency requirements to participate?

A: Players must either reside OR attend school inside the boundaries of North Kitsap Little League.  Click here to view our boundary map and for additional information.

Q: What is the registration cost per child?

A: Our early registration period runs from December 1st 2017 through February 16th 2018 and includes the following discounted registration fees:

Players/Family

Baseball / Softball

Oldest Player

$130.00

2nd  Player

$95.00

Additional Players

$50.00

T-Ball Program

Int./Junior/Seniors

$80.00

$150.00

$275 per family cap  

 

After February 16th, 2018, the registration fees increase to:

Players/Family

Baseball / Softball

Oldest Player

$150.00

2nd  Player

$95.00

Additional Players

$50.00

T-Ball Program

Int./Junior/Seniors

$90.00

$170.00

$295 per family cap

 

 

Q: What is money from registration fees used for?

A: The registration fees are our leagues primary source of funding to pay for our operating expenses, which include playing equipment, field preparation and maintenance, and annual chartering fees with Little League International.  These fees also go toward funding capital improvements at Snider Park and to provide scholarship funds for disadvantaged families.  Click here to download our current budget.

Q: What assistance is available for families who are unable to pay the registration due to financial hardships?

A: It is the policy of North Kitsap Little League that no child will be prevented from participating due to financial difficulties.  Please contact us at info@nkll.com for more information.

Q: Are there any fundraisers required as a part of the registration process?

A: North Kitsap Little League holds an annual "Bat-A-Thon" fundraiser, open for participation by all teams at the Majors division and below.  This year the Bat-A-Thon will be held on Saturday May 12th.  A separate schedule will be promulgated with specific times for each team to participate.  No games will be scheduled on that day.

Families are highly encouraged to participate in the Bat-A-Thon, but fundraising is not a requirement for registration.  Children will be allowed to participate in the Bat-A-Thon regardless of whether they raise any money.

More details on this year's Bat-A-Thon will be available in April 2018.

Q: What are the expectations of me as a parent?

A: Parent involvement is critical to the success of our league.  To quote the Little League Official Rules and Regulations:  "The parents of millions of Little Leaguers combined with their children, league officials, umpires, managers, coaches, and countless volunteer agencies including sponsors, represent an imposing cross section of our world.  Parents must take the initiative to make the local program successful.  Little League is not a club in which membership implies baby-sitting benefits and entertainment privileges."

North Kitsap Little League endorses the "Parent Code of Conduct" found on our parent resource page, and expects all of our parents to adhere to it during practices and games.   Our parent resource page also contains additional information and helpful links for ways in which you can contribute to the success of our league.

Q: Are there any volunteer opportunities within the league?

A: Yes!  North Kitsap Little League is an all-volunteer organization - from the managers and coaches, to the umpires, to the Board of Directors, to the concession stand workers.  Simply put, without the generous donations of time and talent from our volunteers, our league could not exist.

When you register your child, you'll be given an opportunity to identify volunteer areas that you could help us with. 

Because player safety is a top priority, all volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application and complete an annual background check.  Click here for more details on ways to volunteer with NKLL, and to complete a volunteer application.  Please contact us at info@nkll.com for any questions about how your could help volunteer with us this year.

Q: What will be provided for my child (uniform, equipment, etc.) and what will I need to purchase for him/her to participate?

A: Each player will receive a uniform hat (or visor for softball) and T-shirt.  Players at the Majors Division and above will also receive a uniform jersey that must be returned at the end of the season.

Parents will need to ensure their child has a baseball/softball fielding glove, athletic pants to be worn in practices, and baseball/softball pants to be worn in games.  Male players participating in A Baseball or higher must wear a cup.  Many players choose to have their own bat, batting gloves, and batting helmet, but these are not required.

The use of baseball/softball shoes with rubber (not metal!) spikes is allowed for all players in the Majors and below divisions, and metal spikes are permitted in Intermediate, Juniors, and Seniors.  Shoes with spikes are typically helpful starting in A/AA Baseball and Softball; they are permitted for T-ball but not necessary.

Note that starting in 2018, Little League has adopted the new USABat standard for baseball.  Baseball bats that were approved for 2017 and before will no longer be acceptable (there is an exception possible for T-Ball bats that are 26" in length or less).  Click here for more information.  Note that this change does not affect softball.

Q: Can I request that my child be placed in a specific division of play, or with a specific coach or teammates?

A: Yes, please let us know of any such requests when you register your child by entering those in the "comments or special requests" section.  We will do what we can to honor all requests, but please understand that maintaining a competitive balance, particularly as the kids get older, is of primary importance to us.   Also, children who wish to participate in the AAA Division or higher must attend a skills assessment, and those assessment results will greatly influence what division the child is ultimately placed in.

For T-ball and the A/AA Divisions, we will generally try to group players by geographic location/schools.  It is usually easier to accommodate requests for specific coaches/teammates at these divisions.

Q: How are managers and coaches selected?

A: For all divisions, the team managers will be nominated by the League President for approval by the League Board of Directors.  The managers then select two team coaches and submit those names for approval by the Board of Directors.  Typically the managers will be approved in mid/late February and the coaches will be approved in early/mid March.  If you are interested in being a manager or coach this year, please contact the relevant division Vice President on our Board of Directors (Click here for a list of our Board), or e-mail us at info@nkll.com.

Q: When are tryouts and does my child have to participate?

A: We will hold two skills assessments (tryouts), on Sunday February 11th and Saturday February 24th.  All players who wish to participate in the AAA Division or higher must participate in at least one of the tryouts.  Tryouts are neither required nor desired for players at the T-ball, A/AA, or Challenger Divisions.  Click here for more information about the skills assessment days.

Q: How do players get placed on a team?

A: For the AAA Division and above, a player draft is held to promote competitive balance between the teams.  The procedures for our drafts are in our local rules and regulations.  The drafts will be held 27 February - 02 March.

For other divisions, the Player Agent for that division places players on teams, generally according to geography/school location, and based on parent requests.

Q: When can I expect to hear about my child's placement on a team?

A: For the AAA Division and above, teams will be finalized and managers will contact their teams no later than March 7th.  For other divisions, the teams will be finalized and parents contacted no later than April 7th.  If you have not heard from your team manager by those dates, please contact us at info@nkll.com.

Q: When does the season begin and end?

A: For the AAA Division and above, the first day of games will be Saturday March 24th.  For A/AA Divisions, the first day of games will be Monday, April 9th.  For T-ball and Challengers, the first day of games will be Saturday, April 14th.  A specific game schedule for each team will be posted to your Team Page at www.nkll.org.  After teams are formed, the Team Pages will be accessible to you and your team's manager.

All regular-season games, including the end-of-season tournament for AAA Divison and above, will be complete by June 15th.  Players in the AAA Division and above will have an opportunity to be considered for Litttle League's All-Star tournaments following the regular season.  Parents and players in those divisions will be given addtional information about All-Stars during the regular season.

More information on key dates for the 2018 season can be found here.

Q: What time are games and practices / how many per week?

A: T-ball and Challengers games are on Saturday mornings during the regular season.  All other divisions play a combination of Saturday and weekday night games.  Most weekday night games start at 6:00 PM; older divisions (Majors and above) will sometimes play games at 7:30 PM on our lighted "B" Field.  Games that are rained out are frequently made-up on Sunday afternoons.  We will notify the team managers when their game schedule is complete and uploaded to their team page.

Practices are generally held on weekday nights and the frequency varies by division; typically younger teams will have 1-2 practices per week, older teams will have 3-4 practices per week.  Managers have a fair amount of discretion in determining their practice schedule.

Q: How long do games and practices last and where do they take place?

A: T-ball games are typically one hour; A Baseball games are 90 minutes; AA, AAA; and Majors are two hours; Intermediate, Juniors and Seniors are two and a half hours.  There are time limits and curfews in place to prevent games from lasting much longer than the times described above.  Most games are played at Snider Park in Pouslbo, but some divisions will travel to play interleague games against other teams in our District (ex:  Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, Sequim).  See the description of our programs for more information on games played away from Snider Park. 

Practice times vary by age; for younger teams practices are typically 45-60 minutes; older kids may practice for an hour-and-a-half to two hours.  Practices are typically held at North Kitsap School District Fields, Kitsap County Parks, or Poulsbo City Parks (e.g. Raab Park).  For AAA Division and above, managers will be assigned practice times and locations, and will also be given time to practice in the batting cages at Snider Park.  For other divisions, managers have discretion over when/where they practice, so long as it is at a school, county or city field, or some other location that has been pre-approved by our league.

Q: How will All-Star Tournament teams be selected and when does that process take place?

A: All-Star Tournament teams will be selected in early June, using a combination of player voting and manager selections, administered by the board of directors.  The process we use to select our All-Star teams is in our local rules and regulations.  We will be disseminating more information about all-stars to players in the AAA and above divisions during the regular season.  For any questions about All-Stars, please contact our All-Star Committee Coordinator at allstars@nkll.com.

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: Please ask us!  You can send general questions to info@nkll.com, or click here to see contact information for our Board of Directors to reach out to a specific person.