Lakeside Little League: FAQ


Do I have to live within the Lakeside boundaries to play for Lakeside Little League?

Yes. Most of the Granite Bay area (95746) except for the Ashley Woods area are in our boundaries. In addition, Loomis zip codes (95650, and some in the 95663 and 95658) are included in the Lakeside boundaries. This includes the Loomis area south of I-80, and the Penryn and Newcastle zip codes from Loomis to Newcastle Road, south of I-80. Contact our hotline at (916) 773-5648 for more details.

How old does my son or daughter have to be to play Little League?

Little League is available for players from 5 to 16 years old. Children wishing to play baseball must be 5 years old on or before April 30 of any given season are eligible to start in T-Ball. For softball, the girl must be 5 years old on or before January 1 of any given season are eligible to start playing.

Is little league available for girls?

Yes! Lakeside is for both boys and girls. We encourage girls to sign-up and be a part of the fun!

Can I choose what team my child plays on?

Lakeside tries to accommodate parent requests for carpools, relatives, friends, neighbors and classmates. This is typically done ONLY for T-Ball and Farm divisions. Minors and above are “draft” level divisions, and this may limit what we can do to accommodate requests. Just be sure your request is known by writing in the ‘Special Requests’ section on your Lakeside player application.

Does Lakeside have a program for over 12 year olds?

Lakeside Little League has active programs for Juniors (ages 13-14) and Seniors (ages 15-16). We also refer players age 17-18 to a regional Big League program, until there is sufficient roster enrollment to justify operating a local team. Please check the "Juniors" link on the main page for more information.

Do you need Coaches, Umpires, or other Volunteers?

Lakeside is a completely volunteer program. We are always looking for enthusiastic people to help support the league in any capacity that they can. We would welcome anyone willing to volunteer their time to coach, umpire, or help with a number of other duties. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our league hotline at (916) 773-5648.

Does Lakeside provide training for Managers and Coaches?

Yes, Lakeside conducts an annual meeting in late December or early January for Managers and Coaches to review safety, first aid, and to participate with understanding and updating our Local League Rules. You are important to this process! Lakeside Little League is in California District 54. D54 conducts a pre-season Coaches Clinic, usually in February (see League Events). This all day Clinic is for all district leagues.

Are there rules of conduct and safety?

Absolutely YES! Please refer to these codes in our Forms/Handouts section on this website. Lakeside demands that its Managers and Coaches strive to be outstanding role models for the youth we teach.

When will I know about schedules for practice and games?

Each Manager is free to schedule practices as time allows. The goal of practices is to teach specific skills and game situations, so player attendance is a must! Games are scheduled ONLY by the Vice President, including rescheduling due to weather.

If a player is injured in a practice or game, what should I do?

You must follow Lakeside's Safety Policy. Do not administer first aid other than making the player comfortable and reassured. This includes pain medications and aspirin. Carry a cell phone at all times so that emergencies may be called in. Other than simple bumps & bruises, Managers must file an Accident Report within 48-hours of the incident. This report must be delivered to the appropriate Player Agent or the President.

Who is responsible for maintaining the fields?

Lakeside has a Fields Director who is responsible for providing adequate supply of chalks, drags, and rakes. Placer County Parks & Recreation provides watering, mowing, seed and landscaping services. Lakeside managers are responsible for prepping fields before and after practices and games, including securing equipment and preventing damage of sprinkler heads and base pegs.

How can I change a player on my roster?

There are only four types of acceptable roster changes, all requiring documented requests processed through the division’s Player Agent, and resultant Board approval prior to communicating to any player(s). The first is parental requests. The second is Manager replacement of players due to family relocation or injury, which requires a doctor’s notice. The third is Manager trade requests, co-signed by the Managers of each team involved. The fourth is Manager requests for Safety Committee assessment, which is required to prevent lesser skilled players from injury. Please refer to Board Member contact list for your division’s Player Agent.

If I am ejected from a game what should I do?

Lakeside's rules are simple. You are suspended from the next game played, regardless of when it is scheduled. You must stay off field & park premises during that next game, and not in contact with anyone at the field by cell phone or other devices and intermediaries.

When will I know what team I’m playing on?

Managers will contact players immediately following drafts, usually within a day or two. Please refer to the calendar for dates.

Can I use my own bat or helmet?

Absolutely! For 12 and under, bats must have a logo that shows “approved by Little League of America” or “Little League Approved”. Umpires will not allow use of a bat if this logo is not evident. Lakeside strongly recommends that each player buy and maintain your own helmet. Its for your safety and much easier to control hygiene.

Where do I buy gear?

Local stores carry a variety of clothing and gear for baseball. Be sure to look for the “Little League Approved” logo. If you cannot afford equipment, Lakeside may have some recycled or unclaimed gear, and also has a special sponsorship program for scholarships. Just ask your parent/guardian to contact Lakeside's President.

What if my coach drinks, smokes, or curses?

Lakeside has a strict Code of Conduct. Adults (Managers, Coaches, Parents and volunteers) are not allowed in the presence of players or at games and practices to:
- Smoke
- Drink
- Curse
- Have abusive physical contact

PLEASE report all incidents of unacceptable behavior to your parents first, who should immediately contact the Player Agent for your division.

Is there training to be a Board Member?

Yes. Lakeside has documented organization charts, job descriptions, and procedures covering the primary duties. District 54 also conducts annual Clinics for Presidents, Player Agents, Safety Officers, and Chief of Umpires.

Can I intercede in a game or over-rule an Umpire’s call?

Absolutely not!

As a Board Member your only on-field responsibility is for safety. The Umpire-in-Chief is allowed to provide on-field counsel to the field Junior Umpires, but cannot change a call in any division.

Monday, July 4
District 54 - Majors Pool B

Sunday, July 10
District 54 - Majors Final 4

Thursday, July 21
Section 4 - Major Tournament (Lincoln)

Thursday, July 28
Division 2 - Northern California