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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to play for KPLL?

All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16. You need to check the age chart on our website as different rules now apply for different ages.

Our child has never played baseball before. Can he or she still play in KPLL?

Yes. We encourage players of all skill level to come play in Little League baseball. Your child will play with players of his or her own age (in the appropriate division)


When does the season start and end?

The regular season starts in March and lasts until the beginning of June, followed by an interleague double elimination tournament for minors division and up.


When do practices start, and what is the practice schedule?

Practices start in early March. Managers determine the practice schedule and will let you know the practice schedule once teams are formed.

How many practices and/or games per week will there typically be?

There are two to three practices per week in the pre-season, and then about two games per week during the season, with occasional practices determined by coaches.


What days and times are games played?

Games are played every week night and Saturdays, with each team playing about twice per week.  Tournaments can also be scheduled on Sundays depending on the bracket. Games typically start at 6 pm on weeknights and various times on Saturdays.

 
What if I want my son/daughter to play in the next age group?

Little League rules require that a player wishing to move up must either (a) have already played in the division he/she would be in based upon current age for one year; and/or (b) pose a safety risk to other players in that division.  We strongly encourage players to play with their age group, but we normally leave that decision up to the parent.

Are there tryouts?

Little League gives all players an opportunity to play, regardless of skill or experience. We hold evaluations for our Minors division and up.  These evaluations are simply to help us balance the teams as much as possible to provide a competitive playing atmosphere for everyone.


I’d like to manage my son/daughter’s team. What do I need to do?

During the sign up process you should identify that you're interested in being a Manager (Head Coach). You will then be asked to fill out a volunteer form indicating what qualifications you have. All submissions will be reviewed by the League President and Board of Directors to determine who will manage a team. As you know, KPLL is run by volunteers.  We always need managers for our teams and we are desirous to get this process done early.  If you are interested in managing your player’s team this season please let us know as soon as possible. Managing a team is a truly rewarding experience.  If you have any questions on this, please let us know.


I’d like to help coach my son/daughter’s team. What do I need to do?

When you sign your child up to play you should indicate that you’re interested in coaching. The team manager will ultimately be the one to decide his/her coaches. Little League rules only allow for one manager and two coaches per team, although you may have many more people that help out at practices and games performing functions like keeping score and pitch counts.


I want my son/daughter to play with my neighbor to help with car pooling and scheduling. Am I able to make sure they play on the same team?

During the registration process, special requests can be made in the T-Ball and Minor Prep Divisions, the Player Agent and Board of Directors will review all requests. Please understand that not all requests can be honored. Teams must be formed to allow fare competition and players are drafted onto teams in the Minors level and up.

When is the draft and who is my coach?

Player drafts will take place after registration closes.  The managers of teams at KPLL are appointed by the league president. All players should hear from their new manager within a day or so after their draft is conclude

I want my child to play for a particular coach. Can I request this?

A request can be made for T-Ball and Minor Prep Divisions and the league will try their best to grant the request.  All other divisions require a draft method.

I do not want my child to play for a particular coach. Can I request this?

Yes – Little League rules allow this. You may make such a request to the player agent for your age division.

Can my siblings be guaranteed to play on the same team if I request it?

Yes, if the siblings play in the same division, we would place them on the same team. 

My child and his best friend both want to play on the same team. Can we request this?

In general, no you cannot.  By way of the draft system, the league strives to achieve, as best as possible parity in skills among the teams. In the lower levels of T-Ball and Minor Prep playing with a friend is possible.


Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available. No child will be turned away because of an inability to pay. You should not let a lack of funds stop you from registering your child on time. The League will waive part of the registration fee if you need financial assistance and we use the free or reduced lunch program through the school district to determine eligibility. We encourage families to pay at least a portion of the fee for each child since our fees are kept deliberately low (lower than that of other leagues) in an attempt to make it possible for everyone to play. If you need financial assistance, please let us know what amount, if any, you can contribute by emailing [email protected] to request financial aid. All information will be kept confidential.

Can I get a refund if we decide not to play?

Full refunds can be made until the first game is played and after that no refund will be made to families.

Can I still sign up if I live outside the boundaries?

You may also play in Key Peninsula Little League if the school you attend is within the boundaries for our league, otherwise, a waiver request must be submitted to Key Peninsula Little League. This waiver will then be submitted for review and approval by Little League International. If a player is wavered into the league they will not be able to play on the All-Stars team.


What equipment does a player need?

That's a common question asked by many parents and players entering Little League for the first time.
Players will need to provide their own:

  • Baseball pants, and socks (color of each is decided by coach and parents)
  • Rubber molded cleats
  • Protective cups for all male players above the Tee Ball division
  • Approved Batting Helmet (optional, but recommended)
  • Bat (optional). Must be a USA Baseball approved bat.
  • Baseball Glove

In general, KPLL will provide:

  • Team Hat
  • Jersey and belt (these will need to be returned at the end of the season with the exception of T-Ball as they get to keep their shirts)
  • Catching gear (and team bag for gear)
  • Batting helmets, though many players prefer to have their own, and we recommend that as well for sanitary reasons.
  • Game Balls
  • Practice Balls
  • Batting Tee for Tee-Ball

Will my child get a chance to play in each game?

Yes. Every player who shows up on time and attends weekly practices must play at least two consecutive innings in the field and bat at least once. If your child does not get to play, he or she starts in the next game. Please remember, regular attendance at practices as well as games is important. It helps the players to learn to play as a team. Frequent absences from practices are not in the best interest of the player or the team. 

What happens if my child misses a game or is late to a game?

Players who intend to be absent must call their manager or coach. Parents, if you know in advance your child will miss three or more games during the season, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER HIM/HER. Absences affect not only your team, but opposing teams also.

Official games can only be played if at least nine players are present from each team. Players missing two games will be warned about possible removal from the team. If a player misses three or more games or practices, he or she may be removed from the team at the manager’s request, with approval from the League.

If your child is late to a game, he or she may not get to play. Coaches are not obliged to play any child who arrives 15 minutes after a game has started, so please be sure your child is on time. If a player arrives within the 15 minute window, they can be inserted at the end of the lineup.

How do I become a sponsor for KPLL?

Please see the sponsorship form which is available under the forms tab.You should send the completed form to [email protected]

What are the fees to play for KPLL?

Early Bird Registration is November 1st through December 31st and fees are as follows:

T-Ball $80

All other divisions $95

January 1st through January 31st

T-Ball $95

All other divisions $110

February 1st through February 28th

T-Ball $110

All other divisions $125

 

Please help us spread the word about registration for the upcoming season by passing this information along to parents of your child's classmates, your friends and neighbors, and any others who might be interested in being a part of our league.

I still have questions:

Please feel free to contact us.

Contact

Key Peninsula Little League

P.O. Box 516 
Lakebay, Washington 98349

Email: [email protected]

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