FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following pages are designed as a primer for parents and players involved in Issaquah Little League. The correct information and a more complete understanding of the League, its goals and its responsibilities are essential to smooth operation and continuation of the service to the players involved. It is a continuing process and requires adaptation and effort on a constant basis.

Q. Is Issaquah Little League a local organization?
A. We are a chapter of Little League Baseball, a national non-profit organization founded in 1939 and headquartered in Williamsport, PA. Issaquah Little League's charter was established in 1971 with a board of 8 members. Each local chapter is governed by a national framework of rules and regulations, and elects a Board of volunteers to carry out its business. Issaquah Little League has local rules that are specific to our league but must not conflict with the national rules and regulations.

Q. What is the benefit of joining Little League?
A. Little League's primary objective is to "implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well-adjusted, strong and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens." Participation is open to everyone and baseball/softball is the vehicle through which the objectives above are achieved.

Q. How do we know what league we are eligible for?
A. Until two completely separate chapters were formed in 1996, Issaquah was the 10th largest chapter in the United States! After the split with Sammamish Little League our local chapter retained the name Issaquah Little League. For a player to be eligible to play in Issaquah Little League the player must live within the boundaries of Issaquah Little League as described in our charter. See our boundary map to determine if you are eligible for Issaquah Little League.

Q. What ages of children can play Little League and how are they divided?
A. See the appropriate programs by age on our Baseball Division Calendar page

Q. When should I switch my daughter from baseball to softball?
A. Minors softball begins at age 6 if the player has had one year of T-Ball. Some parents believe that the baseball experience is more competitive and choose to have the player remain in baseball till age 9 and the Coast level play. By age 7-8 very few girls are still playing baseball, three girls in the year 2006 chose to play baseball. By age 9 the player begins pitching and will not learn the fast pitch windmill style pitch in baseball. If the player plans to continue in organized sports, fast pitch softball will be the sport offered in High School athletics. If you would like more information about this transition feel free to discuss this issue with the Little League registration helpers or contact one of the Issaquah Little League Board members.

Q. What is the League's usual operating schedule?
A. See our Baseball Division Calendar or Softball Division Calendar for a season overview.

Q. Where can I find more information about the Interdediate (or any other) division?
A. Descriptions of each baseball program can be found on our Baseball Division Calendar page.

Q. Why is Registration in November for the following year's baseball/softball season?
A. Because of the ever-increasing number of children, the Little League Board needs to insure we have sufficient time to both select the proper number of well-qualified managers and to be able to schedule fields on an efficient basis. Having too few managers means too many children on a team and therefore reduced playing time. Growth and rainouts have made the scheduling of a limited number of fields a major challenge. The additional planning time provides the Board with the ability to better insure all children get a chance to play (some children on waiting lists for late registration unfortunately have had to be turned away)!

Q. What is the typical time commitment?
A. Generally there are two events per week (one weekday and one on Saturday) at the younger ages and three at the older. Occassional Sunday practices or games may occur, as necessary. See our Baseball Division Calendar or Softball Division Calendar page for details by program.

Q. How can I get more information or make suggestions?
A. You may want to first talk directly to parents or Board Members who already are involved in Little League. Additionally, you may want to attend an Issaquah Little League Board of Director's meeting which are held every month. A schedule is available on the website for your reference. At this meeting, not only can you meet volunteers who are committed to the success of the Issaquah program, but you also may want to offer suggestions or even volunteer your own services.

Q. What Softball equipment will I need?
A. A guide for typical softball equipment can be found here.

Q. How are teams formed?
A. Team formation is the primary responsibility of division VPs. During registration from November through February, Division VPs monitor registrations to determine how many players will be in the division. Once the number of players is known, VPs determines the number of teams to be formed within the division, targeting between 10-12 players per team in order to:
a) ensure the each team will have enough players for every game, and
b) to maximize playing time and instructional time for every participant.

For Instructional Divisions (T-Ball, A, and AA), division VPs attempt to group players on instructional teams by school attendance area, so:
a) players are likely to play with classmates or neighbors
b) practices and home games can be scheduled close to school
c) parents and coaches can work together to handle team logists

Because the number of registered players between schools is uneven, it is not always possible to group all players from one school on a single team. Some teams will consist of players from multiple schools. Some schools will have multiple teams. While the league attempts to keep teams together year to year as they move from T-ball through A and AA, this is also not always possible as players and coaches come and go from season to season. To assist division VPs with team formation, please provide requests to play with friends or coaches in the notes schedule of your online registration form.

For Competitive Divisions (AAA, Coast, and Majors), Managers select players via draft (per Official Little League Rules) based on results from the Skills Evaluation.

Q. My player is home schooled or goes to private school. How will he or she be placed on a team?
A.
We recognize that Issaquah Little League can help different members of the community come together even if they may not attend the same public school. Durring registration we ask that you indicate which school attendance area you live in, so we can form teams consisting of all members of the community, not just those attending public school.

Q. How are rainouts handled?
A. Games cannot be played on City or County-owned fields that are closed due to rain. For games played at Dodd Field or on school fields, the managers of the two teams decide whether to start the game or not. Once the game is started, either the adult (18+) umpire or, if there is no adult umpire, the adult "game coordinator" (appointed by the home team, usually the scorekeeper but cannot be a manager/coach) is responsible for calling the game because of weather or darkness. Managers and Coaches have no official say once the game starts as to whether to stop it because of weather or darkness. Manager and Coaches should notify the Chief Umpire if a game is cancelled.

Q. How are All-Stars selected?
A. You can read about the All-Stars Selection process by visiting the All Stars pages in the Players section.