Erindale Lions Little League: Parent Info

Frequently Asked Questions/Program Info



Is my 3 or 4 year old eligible to play?

Yes 3 and 4 year old boys and girls play co-ed instructional T-ball. Please note that players MUST be 3 on or before April 30 of the current year.

What equipment do I need to buy?

Erindale provides each child with a uniform, which varies by age group. For safety and hygiene reasons, each player must provide their own helmet. Helmets must have the appropriate approvals. All female softball players from Mite to Junior must have a helmet with face cage. Erindale will be selling helmets, at registrations & on Opening Day, or you may purchase your own, at any sporting goods retailer. Boys must wear an athletic support (jock strap & cup) in baseball. Jill straps are highly recommended for girls, especially if playing in the catchers position. Protective mouthguards are RECOMMENDED for all players.

Do I have to buy special baseball cleats?

No, it is not mandatory. A good pair of running shoes are fine. However, older players (8 and up) may wish to purchase cleats. They provide better traction on damp or wet grass.

What are the age groups?

Co-ed Instructional T-Ball 3/4 year olds
Co-ed Junior T-Ball 4/5year olds
Co-ed Senior T-Ball 5/6 year olds
Advanced Rookie Ball 7/8 year olds (combination of live pitching & machine pitch)
Please note that age and players skill level will be taken into consideration for placement in the above divisions.
Boy's Minor 9/10/11/12 year olds
Boy's Major 10/11/12 year olds
Above ages as of April 30, 2015
Girls Mite Softball 8/9/10 year olds (combination of live pitching & machine pitch)
Girls Squirt Softball 11/12 year olds
Girls Novice Softball 13/14 year olds 
Girls Bantam Softball 15/16 year olds
Girls Midget Softball 17-19 year olds 
Girls Junior Softball 20-22 year olds
Ladies Recreational Softball 23 years and up
Ages as of December 31, 2015.
Boys MBA/OBA A, AA, AAA  13 and up 
Ages as of December 31, 2015.

When does the season start and how long does it go for?

Games begin as follows:
Boys MBA - Start, 2nd week of May - End, late August
Girls Softball - Start, 2nd week of May - Midget and Junior ends late August, Mite, Squirt, Novice,Bantam and Ladies end early September.
Co-ed T-Ball, Boys Rookie Ball and Little League - Start, mid-May - end, late August.
Co-ed Instructional T-Ball - Start, first week of June - end, late August


What nights do they play?

Instructional T-Ball
Convenor Oliver Gayagoy
 
t-ball@erindalellbaseball.ca
*Monday nights (only one night per week)
*60-75 minute games/practices
Junior T-Ball:
Convenor
 Oliver Gayagoy t-ball@erindalellbaseball.ca

*Tuesday and Thursday nights
*60-75 minute games/practices
Senior T-Ball:
Convenor
  Oliver Gayagoy
t-ball@erindalellbaseball.ca
*Monday and Wednesday nights
*2-3 inning games
Rookie Ball:
Contact Kevin Duggan baseballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca
Convenor rookie@erindalellbaseball.ca

*One to two games per week. Coach will look to establish regular practice schedule.
*Tuesday and Thursday nights. All games are 6:15PM.
*6 inning games
Minor Little League:
Contact Kevin Duggan baseballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca

Convenor
minors@erindalellbaseball.ca
*One to two games per week. Coach will look to establish regular practice schedule.
*Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. Sundays alternate between afternoon, and evening games. Weeknight games are 6:15PM, or 8:30PM, after school is out.
*6 inning games
Major Little League:
Contact Kevin Duggan baseballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca

Convenor Anne Dundon president@erindalellbaseball.ca
*One to two games per week. Coach will look to establish regular practice schedule.
*Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Sundays alternate between afternoon, and evening games. Weeknight games are 6:15PM, or 8:30PM.
*6 inning games
MBA A & AA
Contact
 Pam Johnstone mbavp@erindalellbaseball.ca
*Two games and a practice per week
*Games played at Mississauga parks (MBA)/Central Ontario parks (OBA), home diamonds are Martin Dobkin, South Common hardball (MBA) and Ninth Line (MBA and OBA)
*Game times vary-6:15PM/8:30PM
Girls Softball:
Contact Paul Carriere 
softballvp@erindalellbaseball.ca

*Mite 6:30PM games Monday or Wednesday (one game per week)
*Squirt 6:30PM games Tuesday & Thursday
*Novice 6:30PM games during school, some 8:30PM games in July & August Monday & Wednesday
*Bantam 6:30 or 8:30PM games Tuesday & Thursday
*Midget 6:30 or 8:30PM games Sunday; 8:30pm games Monday & Wednesday
*Junior 8:30PM games Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday
*Ladies 7:00PM/9:00PM Friday 6:00pm/8:00pm Sunday

Please note that every effort is made to play games on the above nights. However, rescheduled games are played when they can be fit into the schedule. As well, due to available park permits, some games may shift to alternate nights

What parks do they play?

All T-Ball, Senior T-ball play games at Springfield and Ellengale parks.
Rookie Ball, Minor and Major play at Springfield park.

Softball home games are at Martin Dobkin, and away games are played at other parks in Mississsuga or near Centennial Park in Etobicoke.
MBA home games are at Ninth Line, Martin Dobkin or South Common, and away games are played at other parks in Mississsuga

What is covered in the registration fee?

Your registration fee covers the following:
*uniform (cap/shirt for t-ball; cap, shirt, pants (or shorts for older softball divisions), and socks for other groups);
*team and individual picture;
*insurance (ALL our players are insured);
*league administration fees.
*equipment (bats, balls, etc.)
*umpires
*City of Mississauga diamond user fees.


What method of payment do we accept?

We accept cash (in person only), or cheques, in person or mail. We now accept Visa, or MasterCard, for online,  or in-person  registrations. Debit is accepted in-person only.

Can my children play on the same team?

If you have two (or more) children who would normally play within the same category, (i.e. twin 5 yr olds in Co-ed T-Ball or 11 & 12 year old girls in Squirt) we will automatically place them on the same team, unless you request otherwise.

Are there Select/All Star teams? 

Tournament teams are offered (depending on player interest and coach availability), for an additional fee, at the following age groups:
*T-Ball (ages 6-7-8) two teams, depending on interest
*Boys 9/10 yr old (Minor)
*Boys 11/12 yr old (Major)
*Girls Mite, Squirt, Novice, Bantam and Midget.


Registration Fee Assistance


Here are a couple of links to assist those in paying for registration fees:
http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/chapters/on/documents/kidsport_ontario_grant_online_and_email.pdf
http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/what-we-do#hta



Why Play Little League

Today, when it comes to recreation and sports, it seems like children have more choices than ever – whether it’s team sports, individual sports, or just playing video games.

Below are just a few of the reasons Little League Baseball and Softball is the program of choice – by far – for more communities than any other youth sports organization in the world.

The World Series – A true World Series is played in four divisions of baseball and four divisions of softball, with four other tournaments advancing to state level. Making it to the granddaddy of all youth sports world championships, the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, happens to 16 communities around the world each year.

Instant Recognition - The words "Little League" have symbolized the very best in youth sports for more than six decades. Little League is played in more than 70 countries. This year, 40 Little League Baseball and Softball games of the International Tournament will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC. No other youth sports organization comes close.

Insurance
– All players are covered by medical insurance.

Training
– Little League offers clinics and seminars at various locations around the country each year for league officers, managers/coaches, and umpires.

Challenger Division – Little League has a Challenger Division for physically and mentally challenged players, giving every child a chance to be a Little Leaguer.

A healthy combination – At its core, the purpose of Little League is to provide a safe, fun, wholesome combination of recreation and competition to players ages 5-18 through regular season play among local teams. For those players whose skills are more advanced, the Little League International Tournament provides the largest sports tournament in the world, with more than 40,000 games played each summer on the road to the various World Series tournaments. (Compare this to "travel ball" or "elite teams" for which parents pay exorbitant amounts of money, and players get burned out.)

Education programs – Little League offers a variety of easy-to-implement programs for local leagues that help keep children safe, and make the game more fun for everyone: A Safety Awareness Program (ASAP), and the Little League Manager/Coach Education Program, just to name two.

Child protection – Through the innovative Little League Child Protection Program, Little League was the first national youth sports organization (and remains the ONLY national youth baseball/softball organization) to mandate background checks on managers, coaches and other key volunteers. But it doesn’t stop with a mandate. Little League provides leagues with advice on how to perform the checks simply, and affordably (free, in most cases).

"I could still recite the Little League Pledge today if you asked. It says win or lose, always do your best. That’s what I learned most from Little League Baseball." – Gary Carter

"Years ago, when I was playing on those dusty Little League fields in West Texas, I never dreamt I’d be President of the United States. … One of the things I did dream about, though, was making it to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the Little League World Series. … I equate Little League Baseball with good families." – Former U.S. President George W. Bush



Parent Code of Conduct

We, the __________________________ Little League, have implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league. Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the seas.

Preamble                        
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character."      
                  
I therefore agree:                        
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports. 

2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults. 
                       
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league. 
        
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event.

6. I (
and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.  
                      
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes. 

8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence. 

9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.    
                    
10. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
 
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time. 

12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.   
                     
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups
.

14. I will promote the emotional and physical well being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.      
                  
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.     
                   
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
                        
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT: www.littleleague.org
 



Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Baseball Glove

One of the many questions asked by parents especially those of children new to baseball is what kind and size of glove should I buy for my child. No matter what level of baseball you play selecting and buying a baseball glove is a personal decision. As with baseball bats, new glove technology has delivered baseball gloves that not only enhance performance but also are tailored to an individual player's strengths and their parent’s budget. It is essential that you select a baseball glove that fits your child’s hand size, skill level, but generally speaking smaller is better as the glove is easier to move and the ball is easier to get out of the pocket. Below are some things forthe Little Leaguer and their parents to consider if you are looking to buy a baseball glove.

Baseball Gloves vs. Baseball Mitts

The main difference between baseball gloves and mitts is that gloves have fingers and mitts don't. Mitts tend to do a better job of controlling balls that don't hit in the pocket and can aid scooping ground balls and short hops. First Base and Catcher are the only positions allowed to use mitts. For youth players 5 to 12 years old baseball gloves are designed for general use as players will play many different positions. As players get older and start playing specific positions more often you may want to select a glove designed for infield or for outfield. If you play both, select a glove for the position you will be playing most often. First Base and Catcher are the exception. Even at the youth level you can select a mitt designed specifically for these positions. A catcher should always use a catcher’s mitt as the design provides extra protection for the hand.

How to Measure Baseball Gloves

Fielders gloves and first base mitts are measured by starting at the top of the index finger of the glove down thefinger along the inside of the pocket and then out to the heal of the glove. A flexible tape measure has to be used,not a stiff ruler. Measure from the highest point on the glove (normally the index finger). Lay the tape measureacross the palm of the glove, so that it folds across and into the indenture, down to the heel of the glove. Professional baseball has a 12 inch maximum height for a glove, although this rule has not been strictly enforced.

Size

Use the chart include with this article as a general guideline for determining glove size. A glove should feel fairly snug when adjusted. Check to make sure the glove adjusts to your hand. Allow room for batting glove if you wearone. Except for pitchers, most players should wear a batting glove inside their fielder’s glove. The batting glove willabsorb most of the sweat from your hands, thus protecting the lining of your glove. Change the batting glove when it gets wet or rotted.

Sizing a Baseball Glove

Age Position Glove Size

(in inches)

5-6 General 10 to 10 ½ (youth model)

7-8 General 10 ½ to 11 (youth model)

9-12 General 11 to 11 ½ (youth model)

Teen/Adult Infield 11 to 11 ½

Teen/Adult Outfield 12 to 12 ½

Use this chart as a general guide for sizing a baseball glove

Glove Quality

Higher quality baseball gloves and mitts are usually distinguished by higher grade leather, better construction and better design. These work together to produce a glove or mitt that is durable and helps the ball into and out of the pocket. The highest quality gloves are usually made of heavy leather that will need some time to break-in and typically do not have palm pads or Velcro adjustments.

Youth Gloves

Youth gloves are smaller so kids will be able to maintain glove control, typically are designed to be easy to break-in and will sometimes have a notch in the heel to help the glove break-in correctly. Youth gloves are designed with smaller finger and wrist openings to better fit smaller hands, generally have a Velcro or other type wrist adjustment, a great feature in youth gloves as it will help keep the glove fitting properly over a longer period oftime and will allow the use of the glove by more than one person. Youth gloves may have an over-sized pocket toaid youngsters who are learning how to.Perhaps the most important point in this section is to avoid the temptation to buy a glove that is to "large" for the person using it with the thought in mind "they will grow into it". What will actually happen is the player will get discouraged and want to quit after the glove falls off his hand a couple of times or you will get discouraged and either go buy another glove the right size or wonder why "little Johnny" can't keep his glove on like the rest of the guys. Either way its a lose-lose proposition. Buy the right size the first time and avoid needless pain.

Female Gloves

Baseball gloves and mitts that are specified as women's or female are usually designed with narrower finger stalls and smaller wrist openings to provide a better fit.

First Base Mitts

Most first base mitts designed for baseball use are 12 to 12 1/2 inches. First base mitts have a thin but stiff padthat runs around the circumference of the mitt and little or no padding in the palm or finger area.

Catchers Mitts

Baseball catcher's mitts usually have a very thick pad around the circumference of the mitt and thick padding inthe palm and finger area and a small pocket.

Open vs. Closed Web

The web of a glove is that portion of the glove between the thumb and the index finger. For most positions, anopen web vs. a closed web is a matter of personal preference. Open web gloves tend to trap the ball a little betterthan closed web gloves. Closed web gloves tend to get the ball out of the pocket a little quicker. First and Third base players tend to prefer open web gloves. Middle infielders tend to want closed web gloves to help get the ballout of the glove quickly. Pitchers usually want closed web gloves so they can hide the ball easier.

For general purposes in Little League baseball a closed web glove is preferable as players move around to manydifferent positions.

Conventional Back vs. Closed Back

Conventional (open) vs. closed back is mainly a matter of style and personal preference. Conventional back glovestend to be a little lighter and can fit a bit tighter in the wrist which is preferable for the Little League player. Someclosed back gloves have straps with Velcro that allow you to adjust how tight or loose the glove fits.

Price

A good glove does not have to be expensive. There are gloves that will give many seasons of satisfactory servicefor under $75. You can pay more, but more money does not necessarily mean a better, more serviceable glove.There are expensive gloves ($100-$300+) which may last one or two seasons, and there are inexpensive baseballgloves that can last for ten years or more with routine maintenance. For the Little Leaguer a glove in the $50 to$70 range will provide several years of service.The more expensive gloves do tend to use better (often heavier) leather than less expensive gloves. All things being equal, with careful maintenance, the higher quality glove should last longer. The question is "is the more expensive glove worth the price?” especially for the Little Leaguer who will like need a new glove as they grow.

Breaking In A New Glove

Most youth gloves do not need extensive break-in periods. Use the following procedure to shorten the breakingperiod for higher quality leather gloves made of stiffer leather. Apply a small amount of Glove Oil in the triangular area shown. Rub it into the leather until most of it has been absorbed, then wipe off the excess with a soft towel. Next, fold the glove at the hinge and exercise that area a bit. Then, fold the glove and squeeze the fold so that a crease can be formed along the triangle line from the index finger side to the hinge. After setting this crease, refold the glove and form a similar crease from the thumb side of the triangle to the hinge. The final step is to re-foldthe glove so a crease can be formed from the center of the web crotch to the hinge. When finished with these steps you should be able to see three distinct creases fanning out from the hinge to the web crotch. After completing these steps (about 20 minutes) put the glove on your hand and close it a few times. You should be able to feel a difference in the way the glove responds. Repeat this procedure in a few days, but do not use the glove oil in excess. Here's a tip from one of our readers. He conditions a new glove using the above procedure, and then goes to a batting cage (at an off-peak hour, so there will be fewer distractions and less chance of injury). He buys a bucket of balls to catch, not to hit. He says that after one session the glove is game ready.

Caring For Your Glove

The most important part of caring for your glove is to recognize that leather will deteriorate if subjected to repeated exposure to moisture and heat. Saliva will also result in damaged leather, so Don't Spit In Your Glove. Leaving your glove out in the weather will ruin it, as will putting it away wet from perspiration. Always wear a batting glove under your baseball glove (except for pitchers) - this absorbs the sweat from your hand. When your batting glove gets wet, change it. This will add years to the lining of your glove. When your glove gets wet, dry it with a towel or soft cloth, and leave it exposed to room air for a few hours until the lining is dry. After it dries, use a little glove conditioner to moisten the leather. When you put your glove away, put a softball in the pocket and wrap it with a wide rubber band.

 



Parents' Checklist for Success
Here is a list of questions you should consider when your child begins playing in Erindale Little league. If you can honestly answer yes to each one, you will find little trouble ahead.
  • Can you share your son or daughter?

    This means trusting the coach to guide your child's Erindale Little League experiences. It means accepting the coach's authority and the fact that he or she may gain some of your child's admiration that once was directed toward you.

  • Can you admit your shortcomings?

    Sometimes we slip up as parents, our emotions causing us to speak before we think. We judge our child too hastily, perhaps only to learn later the child's actions were justified. It takes character for parents to admit they made a mistake and to discuss it with their child.

  • Can you accept your child's disappointments?

    Sometimes being a parent means being a target for a child's anger and frustration. Accepting your child's disappointment also means watching your child play poorly during a game when all of his or her friends succeed, or not being embarrassed into anger when your 10-year-old breaks into tears after a failure. Keeping your frustration in check will help you guide your son or daughter through disappointments.

  • Can you accept your child's triumphs?

    This sound much easier than it often is. Some parents, not realizing it, may become competitive with their daughter or son, especially if the youngster receives considerable recognition. When a child plays well in a game, parents may dwell on minor mistakes, describe how an older brother or sister did even better, or boast about how they played better many years ago.

  • Can you give your child some time?

    Some parents are very busy, even though they are interested in their child's participation and want to encourage it. Probably the best solution is never to promise more than you can deliver. Ask about your child's Erindale Little league experiences, and make every effort to watch at least some games during the season.

  • Can you let your child make her or his own decisions?

    Decisions making is an essential part of young person's development, and it is a real challenge to parents. It means offering suggestions and guidance but finally, within reasonable limits, letting the child go his or her own way. All parents have ambitions for their children, but parents must accept the fact that they cannot mold their children's lives. Little League offers parents a minor initiation into the major process of letting go.



The Role of Parents in Erindale Little League

Erindale Little League  is an entirely volunteer organization.  The League depends on adults like you to organize and conduct every aspect of it's operations. Not only do adults serve as administrators, volunteer coaches, and umpires they also help with field maintenance, fund-raising, and numerous other special projects. Parents are what make the program a quality experience for all our children. The Erindale Little League can only be as good as we, the parents, make it.

Click here to volunteer by sending an email to president@erindalellbaseball.ca

Your willingness to exchange time and effort for your child's benefit and enjoyment is very important to the functioning of Erindale Little League. Cheering your daughter or son on from the stands is one important way to be involved, but we invite you to do even more by volunteering to help run the League's program.

Without a doubt, Erindale Little League is a family affair that gives parents and children a common ground for spending time together. Whether you are coaching the players, or bringing a snack for the team after the game, your family will enjoy being a part of Erindale Little League. Most of all, you will appreciate the benefits of your enthusiasm and involvement in his or her activities.

When winning is kept in perspective, there is room for fun in the pursuit of victory or more accurately, the pursuit of victory is fun. With your leadership Erindale Little League can help your child learn to accept responsibilities, accept others and most of all, accept her - or himself.

Parents play a very important role in helping to shape a positive experience for players, coaches, umpires, and other parents! 



Little League Philosophy
Little League is an organization dedicated to bringing the fun of baseball to children around the world. With members from many different countries, Little League baseball can teach our children to become young men and women. Little League believes in three basic principles:1. Character 2. Courage 3. Loyalty The Little League Pledge also helps us understand what Little League baseball is striving for: I trust in God, I love my country and will respect it's laws. I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best. From this pledge you can see how Little League can shape boys and girls into young men and women.
 


Rainout Policy
When it has been raining or is raining a message will be left on the club line 905-277-5081 by 5:00 PM with the status of the games at Springfield. Softball and MBA games will only be cancelled by a call from your coach. If it begins to rain after 5:00 PM you will either hear from your coach or go to the park and see if the game is in a delay situation. Generally this determination is made by the forecast and current conditions. If it is just a shower we'll try to go ahead, if it is pouring rain, or has rained all day, the diamonds will be unplayable.

If time permits, we will also try and post a notice on the website.

If there is no message on the club line and no notice on the web site, you are expected to show at the park, on time and ready to play.




FEDERAL CHILD FITNESS TAX CREDIT

The Government of Canada proposes to allow, starting in 2007, a non-refundable tax credit on eligible amounts of up to $500 paid by parents to register a child in an eligible program of physical activity.

The following link has more information
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whatsnew/fitness-e.html#Top

The receipts are handed out Closing Day and the balance have been mailed. If you still have not received yours, email us at erindale@erindalellbaseball.ca



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