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Friday, January 23
BBLL FAQs ARE HERE!



BBLL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
 

Little League raises lots of questions – here are some of the answers. We will update this list as the season goes on.

Q:  When is Opening Day?

A:  Opening Day for the 2015 BBLL Season is Saturday, April 11th. 

Q:  Do I need baseball experience to volunteer as a coach or league official?

A:  No! BBLL is comprised entirely of volunteers. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but we all have one common goal: to provide the best, safest, most fun experience we can for the children of our community. Some positions are “on-field”, such as coaching or grounds keeping, and some positions are “off-field”, such as managing our concessions stand or fund raising. You do not need any experience for any on-field or off-field job; we will gladly help you learn what needs to be accomplished and we are ALWAYS looking for more hands to help out. Volunteering is a great way to meet your neighbors and make a positive contribution to Bound Brook. Please see the Handouts page on this website for volunteer application forms.

Q:  How long does the baseball season last?

A:  The baseball season consists of regular season play (all divisions) and play-offs (all divisions except Tee Ball). Each team generally plays 12 regular season games. Practices generally start in March and Opening Day is generally the first or second weekend in April. BBLL tries to have all regular season and play-off games completed by Memorial Day weekend or the first week or so of June, depending on how many games have had to be rescheduled due to rain or other reasons.

Q:  What clothes/shoes/equipment does my player need?

A:  Uniforms are included in your registration fee and include: a hat, a jersey, pants, and socks (and a belt for Majors and above). Further, BBLL provides each team with five (5) batting helmets, a number of bats, and at least one full set of catcher’s gear, including a catcher’s glove, for the entire team’s use.

Your player really only needs to have his or her own a baseball glove and shoes to play. If you are purchasing a glove, make sure it is the right size – bigger is not necessarily (and usually isn’t) better when it comes to baseball gloves. Also make sure it is for the correct hand – gloves come in right-handed and left-handed versions. As for shoes, cleats are generally preferred for Minors and above, but not necessary. Players in Tee Ball, Minors, and Majors may NOT use metal baseball cleats. While soccer cleats are acceptable to wear for baseball, football cleats (which have a cleat right in front of the toes) are not. 

Many players do use their own equipment, particularly bats. Little League rules on bats can be confusing but are ALWAYS strictly enforced, whether you understand them or not. Illegal bats are not allowed in a dugout for any reason during any game, even if they are never used in the game. For the most up-to-date list of bats approved by Little League, please go to:

 

http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/2014LicensedBatList.pdf CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY!     

 

If you have any questions or issues about equipment, please ask your Team Manager or contact BBLL President Marty Koeller, Executive Vice President Mike Witt, or Vice President Mike Saich. We have all been through many rounds of equipment purchase for our kids and will be happy to help you out. 

 

Q:  What is the work bond for? When is it due?

A:  Running a youth sports league takes an enormous amount of time and effort, and BBLL is no exception. BBLL is comprised entirely of volunteers, many of whom who have spent countless hours and dedicated years to ensuring that our program provides a safe, fun learning environment for our children. But we need help to accomplish that mission, and all parents or guardian of players are expected to pitch in at least a little through volunteer opportunities with the League. The work bond is a check in the amount of $50.00 that BBLL collects for each player at the beginning of the season. The check is not cashed; it is held by the League until the player’s parents or guardian completes a minimum amount of volunteer work (usually about four hours). If the work requirement is completed, the check is destroyed. If the work requirement is not completed by the end of the season, then the League will cash the check. The work bond is due at registration. Please make out a check in the amount of $50.00, payable to “Bound Brook Little League”. The check should be dated August 1, 2015. 

 

Q:  How are players selected for teams?

A:  Players are drafted onto regular season teams by the Team Managers. Unlike in the past and beginning with the 2015 Season, all players in a division will be available to be drafted to any team. That is to say, players who were on a certain team last season will not necessarily be on the same team this season. This is the method of selection preferred by Little League International. BBLL will make exceptions for: (1) children of coaches; and (2) siblings. 

 

Q:  What is “League Age” and how do I figure that out?

A:  “League Age” is the age Little League International considers your child to be for purposes of determining in which age division he or she is eligible to play. That age used to be the child’s age as of April 30th of each year. Why? We don’t know; that was just the rule. Commencing with the 2015 Season, Little League International is changing the age rules. Why? We don’t know. For the 2015 Season, please refer to the Age Chart available in the Handouts section of this website to find out how old your child is for Little League. 

 

Q:  Is there an All-Star team? How does my player get selected?

A:  Yes! BBLL has a long and successful tradition of All-Star or “summer ball” teams. The teams usually play in at least one-to-two (sometimes more) local-area tournaments. Recently, BBLL has also sent teams to participate in the official Little League District NJ-17 Tournament, which is the first step in attempting to reach the Little League World Series, broadcast on ESPN. All-Star season starts in early June and typically continues through July.

 

Depending on coaching availability and talent level, BBLL typically fields three All-Star teams: (1) a team for Junior Division players; (2) a team for players League Ages 9-10 (“10U”); and (3) a team for players League Ages 11-12 (“12U”). Under certain circumstances, a player who is slightly younger than the listed ages for 10U and 12U may be allowed by BBLL to play on one of those teams. The decision on whether to field an All-Star team at any level rests solely with BBLL.

 

Playing for a BBLL All-Star team is a privilege. Players are chosen by vote of the regular season Team Managers based on the players’ levels of talent and ability to be part of a team. In order to be eligible for selection, a player must have played in at least 60% of his or her team’s regular season games. There are additional fees for All-Star uniforms (usually around $50) and may be additional fees for tournament entry.