3 Things You Didn’t Know About Little League Registration

In September 22, 2016

Little League Baseball & Softball has a rich history with youth sports since their founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, so it comes as no surprise there is a National Little League Month. National Little League Month is observed annually during the month of September, which makes this a perfect time to talk about Little League registration! Most parents with children that are already participating in Little League sports know the drill, have your documents ready and in order to avoid any complications during registration. New parents may not be so familiar with this drill. So to bring you up to speed and ensure your first registration goes smoothly, here are 3 things you didn’t know about Little League registration.

  1. Dates are extremely important in determining whether or not your forms will be accepted. For instance, for the 2016 season, proof of residency documents must have been dated between February 1, 2015 and February 1, 2016 to be considered valid. If you were using your child’s school location as your residency documentation for 2016, those forms must have been  dated no later than October 1, 2015 to be considered valid.
  2. Understanding your child’s “league age” and supporting that claim with valid proof of age is extremely important for a smooth registration. You can use these handy Little League Age Charts to determine what age group your child will be in for their sport – baseball or softball. Once you have determined what age group your child falls into, you will need to make sure you have an original birth certificate to show proof of your child’s age. Photocopies of the original will NOT be accepted. If you need to order a government certified birth certificate for your child, you can do so here.
  3. You may be able to register your child online, however you may still have to show up for a physical registration to show proof of identity, age, and residency, as well as participate in mandatory try-outs. Online registration makes it easy for you to put in any emergency contact information, medical information, and other vital details into a player account and can make this step go a bit faster. To learn more about online registration, you can visit your local Little League’s website and contact them with any additional questions. If you are unsure of your team’s website, you can use the League Finder Tool.

As a parent, Little League registration for this season should be a breeze now that you know how to prepare yourself. For more information about Little League registration you can read our handy Little League Registration Guide. Now you can let your kids have fun playing baseball or softball this year without the stress of being unsure about what documents to bring with you.

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