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South Valley  Little League FAQs

Q: What do I need to do after I register my child(ren) online?

A:  Attend an onsite Registration/Evaluation event so your child/children can be fitted for a uniform.

Q: What division does my child play? 

A: Majors/50-70 Baseball - boys 11-13 years old 
     Majors Softball - girls 10+ years old 
     AAA Baseball - boys player pitch 9-12 years old 
     AAA Softball - girls player pitch 9-12 years old 
     AA Baseball - boys machine pitch 8-9 years old 
     AA Softball - girls machine pitch 8-9 years old 
     Coach Pitch - co-ed pitch 6-8 years old 
     Tee ball - co-ed 5-7 years old

Q: How many children are on a team?

A:  Typically 10-13 children but can vary.  Majors teams must have equal number of players.  Minor teams can have any number of players.

Q: How are teams formed?

A: Varies but we like to have children play with their classmates.

Q: What is the length of the season?

A: Teams will be formed by 14-Mar.  Practices can begin as early as 15-Mar.  Games will start for Majors,AAA, AA by Mid Apr.  Games will start for T-ball late Apr.  The season will finish by week of school ending for all divisions of play.

Q: How many games will my child play?

A: T-ball and A divisions will have 10-15 games scheduled.  AA will have 12-18 games.  AAA and Majors will have 16-24 games.  T-ball, Coach Pitch and AA divisions will typically play one game during the week on a weekday and one game on Saturday.  AAA and Majors divisions may play two games during the Mon-Fri period and one game on Saturday.  It is also possible that Majors may play a double header on Saturday.

Q: How many practices do you have per week?  Does this change when you start to play games?

A:  Typically 2-3 practices per week, depending upon division/age of children.  Once games start, the number of practices can be altered.  Practices range from 60-90 minutes at the T-ball level and 90 minutes to two hours or more at the Majors level

Q: Where are practices and games?

A: South Valley area baseball fields.  For T-ball, Coach Pitch, AA, AAA and Majors divisions, games will be played on fields throughout the Eugene, Springfield, and Cottage Grove areas. 50/70 Baseball and Juniors Softball includes Salem area.

Q: How long do games last?

A: T-ball games last 3 innings.  Coach pitch games generally last 90 minutes.  AA and AAA division games last 105 minutes (no new inning will start after 105 min or after 6 innings have been completed).  Majors games have no time limit but are finished after 6 complete innings have been played.  Regardless of division, all play is stopped at sunset.

Q: What if I have a child in 1st grade and they did not play tee ball?  Should they sign up for tee ball or Coach Pitch division?

A: Please speak with an SVLL representative about placement.  Typically we encourage at least one year of T-ball, however, there are instances where a player has the skill set to play on a Coach Pitch team. Please email us if you have questions.

Q: What equipment do I need for my child?

A: Uniforms are provided by the league and included in registration fees.  Each child should have a baseball glove, cleats and personal protection gear (cup) for boys.  Optional equipment you can have for your child, baseball bat, batting helmet and baseball bag. Pants are provided by the parents of the player and are optional for tee ball and coach pitch (although highly encouraged)

Q: Are coaches provided or are they volunteers?

A: SVLL is a volunteer run and operated non-profit organization like all Little League organizations world-wide.  Stated another way, there are no paid positions in Little League.  Please sign up to volunteer on website if you are interested.  Some ways to get involved is coaching, field prep before the season begins, field prep on game days, score keeping, helping with concession stand, helping coaches keep kids on the bench and  focused during the games, shagging balls during a game, helping run drills during practice, umpiring and helping coaches with other various tasks. Also, you may come to board meetings and see if being a board member is for you. As you can see, there are many ways to get involved.  The more volunteers we have, the more smoothly SVLL will run and the more fun our children will have while playing baseball. 

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