State College Little League: SCLL FAQs



Division  League Age  Description 
 T-Ball  5-6  Tee batting
 Pee-Wee  7-8  Coach pitch
 Minors  9-10  Player pitch
 Majors  10-12  Player pitch - 10 year olds and 11 year olds new to the Major Leagues must try out


 Divsion League Age  Description 
 Pee-Wee  7-8  Machine pitch
 Minors  8-10  Mix of player and coach pitch - 8 year olds must try out
 Majors  10-12  Player pitcher - 10 year olds must try out

 note: girls league age 6, who have played 1 year of Tee Ball are eligible to play in the Pee-wee softball division.


Division  League Age  Description 
 Baseball  8-18  For players who are mentally and/or physically challenged


How do I know my child's little league age?
Your child's Little League age is based on how old they will be on the following dates:

Baseball Divisions: April 30th of the current year.
Softball Divisions: December 31st of the prior year.

Baseball Example: Johnny's birthday is May 2. He will be 10 on May 2nd. However... on April 30th of this year his age is 9.... So his Little League age is 9.

Softball Example: Rachel turned 12 on January 29 this year. However... on December 31st of the prior year her age was 11.... So her Little League age is 11 for this season.

Can my child play on a team with their friends?
Children playing in T-ball (ages 5 and 6) and PeeWee (ages 7 and 8) are organized by neighborhood. We do our best to try and honor any requests at these two playing levels. Please be sure to indicate any such requests on your registration form. If your child is over the age of 8 then we do not necessarily honor requests. Players are drafted onto teams. There may be particular circumstances. Please bring these to the attention of the league's Player Agent representative.

What equipment does the league furnish and what do I have to buy?
SCLL provides each TEAM with batting helmets, bases balls, bats & catchers gear. Each player gets a team hat. At the Major League level players are assigned a hat and jersey. At the lower playing levels they are assigned a team shirt. Players need to have their own glove. Most players like to have their own bat and helmet. Most player wear the rubber cleated shoes, but sneakers are also acceptable. A bat bag to carry all of your equipment may also be helpful. Players should bring water bottles to both practices and games. Dress properly for the weather.

Can I use my own bat?
Yes, as long as it meets the requirements of Little League. Most bats indicate that they are Little League Approved. If any doubts talk with your coach.

What kind of bat should I buy for my child?
When choosing a baseball bat, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration, including level of play, size of the batter, cost and comfort. Best bet is to discuss it with your little league coach to be sure the bat meets little league standards. Below is a link that may be helpful in making your decision:

How do I know what kind of helmet to buy?
SCLL will provide batting helmets for each team, however many players like to bring their own. There are many styles of helmets. The helmet must meet NOCSAE standard and this seal must be engraved (stamped) on the back of the helmet. Helmets may not be re-painted and may not contain tape or re-applied decals unless approved in writing by the helmet manufacturer or authorized dealer.

Is my child required to wear a protective cup?
Only baseball catchers are REQUIRED to wear a protective cup. However any player can wear a protective cup.

Is the uniform supplied by the league or do I need to purchase one?
For children playing at the Tball, PeeWee, Challenger and Minor League levels; SCLL supplies a hat and t-shirt to all players. Tshirts will have team sponsors on them and will have a number printed on the back. Major League players are supplied with a hat and jersey top. Players must provide their own pants, socks, and belts. Players get to keep the hat and jersey. Uniforms at any level are not to be altered in any way by managers or parents. Including adding a player's name to them. 

Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
If it is a player issue we have a Board of Director who is our Player Agent. Please contact them. Otherwise contact our league President at:

Our Board of Directors section lists contact emails for all SCLL Board of Directors.

When will I find out what team my child is assigned to?
League Managers are being selected in late February for Major League and then early mid-March for all other levels. The Major League level teams will be formed once Major League tryouts and the draft have been completed usually early March. The Minor League teams are formed immediately after their evaluation tryouts in mid-March. The PeeWee and T-ball teams are also formed in mid-late-March. You should have a team manager contact you by early-mid April otherwise contact a SCLL board member.

If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to our player agent and/or league president. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.

How long will the season last?
The Major League season lasts from mid-March thru early June. Players at this level may be picked for All-Star teams that go into Little League tournament play that may last until August. Please consider your vacation plans if you have a child that may be selected to these teams.

Minor League teams start practice in late March and play games until early June. Some 10 yr. old players from these teams may be selected for 9-10 All-Star teams (see above). Some Minor League players can be picked for tournament teams where play can go into July.

PeeWee and T-Ball teams start practice in early April and play games until early June.

How many times per week will my child be doing baseball/softball?
The State College Little League Board approved the number of sessions allowed per week. A session is defined as a game, practice, or team get together where equipment is used or instruction given. For Major League, once practice begins there will be no more than five (5) sessions allowed per week up to and including April 29th. After that no more than four 4) sessions per week until the end of the regular season. For all other playing levels, four(4) sessions per week in the pre-season and three(3) sessions per week once the season starts.

What days of the week will my child be playing games and at what times?
Games usually last 90 minutes.

T-Ball, PeeWee, and Minor League levels all play twice a week. They play on Saturday and on one weeknight (Mon->Thurs....not Friday) at 6pm. The game times on Saturday will vary. We do this on purpose so the player doesn’t have the same conflict each week (ie. The player piano lessons every Tuesday. This way the player can continue the lessons and also play ball and will miss only 1 or 2 games all season).

Major League teams play twice a week and once on Saturday. Week day games start at 6 p.m. and Saturday games run from noon to 7:30 p.m. Major League managers usually want players at the field usually 90 minutes before the start of the game. Rain makeup days are Friday evenings if one of the week day games are cancelled and Sunday if the Saturday game is cancelled.

How long is practice?
Practices cannot be more than 2 hours. Usually they are scheduled for 90 minutes.