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Nov, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

**Please note due to the current pandemic some dates/events/information found on this page may be adjusted for the 2022 season. Thank you for your patience. 

**How do I register?

We have moved to a new registration system for the 2022 season. All users will need to create an account before they will be able to register.

**What equipment will my player need?

Players will receive a hat and jersey with their registration fee.

Parents will need to supply players with pants, socks, belt, baseball glove and helmet.

The league does have a limited number of batting helmets available for players to check out during the season. Additionally, each team is supplied with a team baseball bat and catcher's gear. Players may supply their own bat and catcher's gear if they would like but it is not required. 


How much will it cost for my child to play baseball?

Please refer to the pricing chart below. Prices are based on age.

Division/Age Group

Early Bird Pricing


Regular Pricing    


Late Registration**


T-ball: Age 4-6

$35

$35

$50

Coach Pitch: Age 6-7

$65*

$75*

$90*
 Advanced Coach Pitch: 6-8 $85*  $95* $110*

Minors: Age 8-10

$100*

$110*

$125*

Majors: Age 11-12

$105*

$115*

$130*

Juniors: Age 13-14

$115*

$125*

$140*
Seniors: Age 15-16 $125* $135* $150*

*These Fees are based on if you choose to OPT-IN for selling candy.

** Late Registration is only open if openings are still available. 


What is the fundraising requirement?

In order to keep program costs low fundraising is required for each player who participates in the Spring season. Players may "Opt In" or "Opt Out" of fundraising. The league incurs a cost for each fundraising kit ordered and therefore those who "Opt In" will be required to purchase their fundraising kit @ the time of registration.


If you choose to OPT IN for fundraising $52 will be added to your registration at the time of checkout. You will receive a box of candy and each candy bar will be sold for $1 to recoup the cost. 

If you choose to OPT OUT of fundraising $40 will be added to your registration at the time of checkout. You will NOT receive a box of candy to sell.

My child's birthday is in the middle of the season. Should they play in the older age bracket or the younger age bracket?

Little League International makes this easy. Simply CLICK HERE to determine your child's Little League Age. This is the age we use when determining where your child should play.

My child is not ready to move up to the Minors or the Majors or the Juniors. Can he/she stay in a lower division?

All situations are handled on a case-by-case basis. Players are required to attend Player Evaluations so they can be properly evaluated and placed on a team.

My child is an excellent athlete and should be moved up a division. Is that allowed? 

We do allow children to move up on occasion, but this is not something we encourage. Allowing your child to be the leader on a younger team builds self-esteem while being the little kid on an older team can rattle confidence.

My child really wants to play on the same team with a friend. Can you arrange to make that happen?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee players can be placed on a team with their friend or a specific coach. Teams are selected through a draft process in effort to ensure fair competition. We do not accept "team requests".

My child is moving up from one division to the next. For what team will my child play? 

Teams are formed after the Player Evaluations and Draft. Team announcements are usually in the beginning of April. Please continue to watch our website and Facebook page for updates on Team Announcements. 

Can I coach for my child's team?

We are always looking for coaching volunteers. We are fortunate to have a number of returning coaches each year. However, many of our coaches got their current coaching position by helping around the dugout or as an Assistant Coach. Contact our Coaching Coordinator if you are interested in helping in a coaching capacity for the season.

You will be required to fill out a background check before you work with the children in any capacity.

How do I know if I am within Ypsi-Arbor American Little League's borders?

If you live within our boundaries OR your child's school is within our boundaries, you can play with Ypsi-Arbor American Little League. 

Go to the Boundary Map page and locate yourself on the map.

We live inside the boundary of another Little League but my child still wants to play for YALL. Can He/She? 

If your child attends a school within our boundaries, then YES, you may play for YALL.

If you do not live within our boundaries or your child does not attend a school within our boundaries, then NO. Little league insurance will not cover any injuries suffered by children from outside of our boundary. If you aren't in any surrounding Little League Boundaries, there is a waiver we can submit to Little League International. Please contact our Player Agent for more questions and/or more information.

If you inadvertently register with YALL and you live outside of our boundary, we will refund your money.

My child does not live within any official Little League boundary. Isn't there something you can do?

Yes, we can petition Little League International to allow your child to play. Pleas contact our Player Agent for more information.

Do you have any openings for umpires? 

We are always looking for umpires. Contact the YALL Umpire-In-Chief or the YALL President for more details.

What is the date range of the season? 

Practices start the mid April with games beginning @ the end of April or early May. Games will run through June. The All Star season runs until the end of July.  We also offer a Fall Ball season and practices start in mid August. Games run the weekend after Labor Day through the end of October. 

How often are practices? What are usual practice times?

  • Coaches typically hold practice twice a week (with the exception of T-Ball and Coach Pitch which is typically once week;
  • Game Schedules generally follow the schedule below:
    • T-Ball:  Saturdays (morning or early afternoon)
    • Coach Pitch: Saturdays (and possibly one weeknight)
    • Advanced Coach Pitch: Saturdays (and possibly one weeknight)
    • Minors: Tuesday/Thursday evenings with the possibility of a few Friday or Saturday games
    • Majors: Monday/Wednesday evenings with the possibility of a few Friday or Saturday games
    • Juniors: Varies

How much travel is involved? 

Travel is minimal; most of our playing fields are in Ypsilanti., however some teams may travel to Milan, Ypsilanti National LL or Lincoln. Our older division may travel to these locations and occasionally Dexter or Plymouth Canton.

Who does the Coaching? 

Little League requires a background check on all volunteers who interact with the children. Coaches are generally parents of team members, but we also have volunteers from around the community who help as well.

Is there much financial commitment past registration?  

  • Regular Season: Refer to the registration fees listed above

    • In addition to the registration fee all players are required to OPT IN or OPT OUT of the Candy Fundraiser. If you OPT OUT there is an additional $40 registration fee added. If you OPT IN families are expected to pick up Candy at player evaluation, or on another specified date given by the board. Players will pay for their candy up front (aprox $52) and can either keep the money collected from the candy or donate the proceeds to the league.

  • District & All Stars: There is a separate registration fee for these teams to cover the tournament cost and new uniform/hat. All Stars run through the fall.

Do we play Little League teams from different regions? 

We dedicate a portion of our schedule to interleague play with leagues in the area. All-Stars teams will oppose other teams in our district. 

What are the Little League USA Baseball Bat Standards?

As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity starting on January 1, 2018. For a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.

What tournaments are played?

  • City Tournament – City Tournament takes place the final week of the regular Little League season (Minors and Majors only). During the City Tournament your child will play on their regular assigned Spring team. Teams are ranked and compete against other similarly ranked teams (interleague and intraleague) with either single or double elimination. At the end of the tournament the highest ranked team receives the tournament trophy for their division. This tournament lasts approximately one week.

 

  • District Tournament- The District Tournament takes place 2-3 weeks after the close of regular season (usually the first or second week of July). The District teams are completely new teams comprised of the 13 best players from each division who reside and/or attend school within the Ypsi-Arbor District. Players must meet Little League eligibility requirements for the District team and be available to play in every game the week of the tournament. Players are recommended for the District Team(s) by coaches. The YALL Board approves the final rosters.  Players selected for these teams cannot be announced prior to June 1st. If your child is selected to be on one of these teams, the coach will contact you.

 

I have a question not covered in this FAQ. What's the best way to contact you? 

E-mail us at  [email protected]

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