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Spring Ball

Spring Ball: Boundary Requirements

What are the boundaries for West University Little League?

Please view our boundary map.  WULL boundaries are orange.

If I live outside the boundaries, may I still register?

You may register your child in West U Little League if the Little League you are zoned for does not offer play for your child's age and if your residence borders WULL boundaries.  Your registration will be put on a waiting list; after our registration cut-off date in mid-January, we will determine if we have the capacity to accept your child and will be in touch with you accordingly.

You may also register if your child attends a school located within the WULL boundary and your child is in Kindergarten or older.  If your child is 5 and is in Pre-K at a school where he will continue his education after Pre-K then he is also eligible to register.

You may register for the Junior division if you live outside the boundary.

What types of schools do not qualify?

Home schools, cyber schools, sports-related schools, sports academies, or preschool or after school where a student participates outside of the primary school the player is enrolled.

Spring Ball: Tryout/Draft Information

When are tryouts? When is the draft?
Tryouts are held by league age for the 2020 season as defined by the child’s age as of August 31, 20
20.  These tryouts are the basis of placing players on teams for the season.  All players must attend the tryout sessions (January 11 and 12).  In order to avoid long waits, players should attend the appropriate session based on the initial letter of their last name.  Information about specific tryout locations and times will be communicated in December. Please note that all players are placed on teams.

Please direct questions to:

Tryout Director                            

Shawn Vacek

Tryout Director

Paul Equale

Seniors Director

Scott Richardson

Juniors Director

Winn Davis

Intermediate Director

Hank Fuselier

Majors Director

Sam Chase

AAA - Minor Director

John Redell

AA - Minor Director

Clark Edgecomb

A - Minor Director

Colton Haas

Pee Wee 8 Director

Mike Jamieson

Pee Wee 7 Director

Jack Behan

Varsity Director

David Jennings

Rookie Director

Jeff Bloom

 

What happens if my child cannot make tryouts?
You should contact your division director if your child cannot make the tryouts.

Spring Ball: Registration Requirements

How old does my child have to be to play?
Your child must be born on or before August 31, 2015 to be eligible to participate. 

What is the cut-off date for age and division determination? 

Division

Birthdate

Tadpole Rookie

 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015

Tadpole Varsity

 9/1/2013-8/31/2014

PeeWee 7

 9/1/2012-8/31/2013

PeeWee 8

 9/1/2011-8/31/2012

Minor A

 9/1/2010-8/31/2011

Minor AA

 9/1/2009-8/31/2010

AAA/Major

 9/1/2007-8/31/2009

Intermediate

 9/1/2006-8/31/2007

Junior

 9/1/2005-8/31/2006

Senior

 9/1/2003-8/31/2005

 

What is the fee for Spring registration?
The registration fee for WULL is $375 for all divisions besides the Senior division.  Senior registration fee is $125.  Scholarships are available for financial purposes only. Please contact our scholarship committee for more information.

What is the deadline for Spring registration?
The deadline for registration is midnight on January 1, 2020 for the Spring season.  There will be an additional $100 late fee for registrations received on or after January 2, 2020 assuming your division still has spaces available.  Registration for the Senior division will remain open and there will be no late fees in the Senior division.

If my child decides not to play, may I receive a refund?
You may request a refund up until January 10, 2020 by emailing the RegistrarThere will be a $20 penalty on all refunds prior January 10, 2020. There will be no refunds given after Jan 11th for any reason. 

Spring Ball: New Player Requirements

When and where will I provide proof of residency and/or age documentation?
New Players (ones that did not play 
2019 SPRING WULL) will not be officially registered until their age and residency are confirmed at either the Document Check at the West University Scout House on Edloe on Thursday, January 9, 2020 between 11:00 - 1:00pm; or the New Player Orientation/Information Meeting at the Southside Clubhouse on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 7-8:30pm.  There is no need to bring paperwork to both.  However, it is mandatory that you bring the paperwork to one of these times or your child will not be able to play.  These date are subject to change.

You must provide:
1.  Original birth certificates, no copies will be accepted. Original will be returned.
2.  Proof of residency documents from 3 different categories below:

·       Driver's License

·       Voter registration

·       School records

·       Welfare/Childcare records

·       Federal records

·       State records

·       Local (Municipal) records

·       Support payment records

·       Homeowner or tenant records

·       Utility bills (i.e. gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, cell phone, heating, waste disposal)

·       Financial (loan, credit, investment, etc.) records

·       Insurance documents

·       Medical records

·       Military records

·       Internet, cable or satellite records

·       Vehicle records

What equipment does the league provide?
The league will provide your child with a jersey, practice shirt, hat, belt and socks. 
 
What do I need to purchase?
Your child will need a glove, batting helmet, white baseball pants, and appropriate shoes.  It is also helpful to have a bag to carry all of your child's equipment.

How many kids per team? 
Teams will typically have between 10-12 players.
 
When and how often will there be practice? 
Most age groups (Varsity and older) will have two practices/week, consisting of one field practice and one batting cage practice.  
 
When and how often do we have games? 
Most age groups (PeeWee7 and older) will have two games/week.
 
How many games will we play in a season? 
Most age groups will play 14-16 games/season for the regular season.
 
What happens if my child cannot make tryouts?
All children will be placed on a team.

Can my twins play on the same team?
All twins will be placed on the same team.  Please include a note when registering that your child has a twin.

Can my daughter play WULL?
All boys and girls who live within the WULL boundaries are eligible to play.  We welcome your daughter to play, and for our Rookie Divisions we will try to put at least 2 girls on a team if possible.  For the PeeWee 7 division and older, team selection is a true draft so we cannot guarantee multiple girls will be on the same team.

Can I request to be on a certain team or with a specific friend?
You may enter any requests during registration.  We attempt to honor requests in the Rookie divisions, but we cannot guarantee them.  For the PeeWee 7 and older, team selection is a true draft and it is hard to honor a coach or team requests. 

Spring Ball: Tadpole Division

Tadpole ROOKIE Division (5 year old’s)

How many practices are there each week?
The Tadpole Rookies have one practice/clinic per week.

When and where are the practices located?
The Rookies typically practice at the Tadpole field on the Main West U Campus.  They are typically scheduled in the early evening on a weeknight

How are the practices structured?
The Rookie practices are structured as clinics with 3-4 teams going through drills on the fundamental skills that are lead by professional instructors and each team’s manager and coaches.

How many games are there each week and over the entire season?
The Rookies will play a maximum of one game a week (typically on Saturdays on Tadpole Field) and will play 8-10 games during the season.  The games typically start in late February and end in May.

What is the format of the games?
Rookie games are instructional rather than competitive.  The entire season uses tee’s for batting and there is roster batting each inning with no outs recorded and score is not kept.

Tadpole VARSITY Division (6 year old’s)

How many practices are there each week?
The Varsity teams have one field practice and one batting cage each week.

How are the practices structured?
There will be a field practice that will focus on developing defensive fundamentals.  Field practices are held on various fields at the WULL complexes.  The batting cage will be exclusively focused on batting fundamentals and will help in transitioning to the batting machine.

How many games are there each week and over the entire season?
The Varsity teams typically play one game a week and will play approximately 10 games during the season.  The games typically start in late February and end in May.

What is the format of the games?
Varsity games are instructional rather than competitive.  The season will start out using tees and will transition mid-season to pitching machines for batting.  There is roster batting each inning with no outs recorded and score is not kept.

Spring Ball: Senior Division

What is the Senior Division?
The Senior Division is made up of 15 and 16 year old baseball players and currently represents the highest and final division for league participants.  Eligible players can register online.  The Senior division registration remains open after the other divisions close.

The WULL Senior division is comprised of high school age recreational and high school baseball players.  The “season” is a short season, with games commencing in late April and proceeding through and until final exams in the 3rd week of May.

The purpose of the Senior season to give WULL players the ability to finish their baseball careers in the league and share a relaxed baseball atmosphere catching up with their peers.  Additionally, the Senior division affords other players from proximate leagues to participate should their organization not offer this baseball division.

When does the season start and how many games do the Seniors play? 
The Senior division plays a “short season” from late April (start date varies based upon the high school schedules) and completing by finals in about the 3rd week in May.  Ideally, the Seniors will play a 12 game schedule during this time (typically double headers on Sunday), subject to weather.

Why is the season so late in the spring
There are usually more than half of the players signed up for Seniors that participate in high school sports, primarily baseball, but also lacrosse.  Once those seasons end in April, enough players are available to have the double-headers.

Who is eligible to play Seniors? 
Any 15-16 year old in the West University Little League boundaries as well as 15-16 year old players from other little leagues in the southwest area of Houston that do not offer a Senior program.

Where do the Seniors play?  
The Senior division games are played on the Senior field at the South Campus facility off of Stella Link and W. Bellfort.  Participants enter off of Stella Link on the north side of the Emery/Weiner school campus and park in the rear of the facility.  The gate adjacent to the soccer field on the east of Emery/Weiner leads to the Senior field.  (see www.southcampus.org)

How many teams are in the Senior division? 
In most years, there will be enough players for about 4 teams, however, due to schedules and other activities for high school age kids, availability will vary by weekend.  There are usually enough players to have 2 games each Sunday.

Are there tryouts, or how are teams picked? 
There are no tryouts for Seniors, everyone plays.  Due to the fluid nature of high school schedules, players will rsvp for each weekend and teams will be divided evenly each weekend.  This provides for a fun atmosphere, whereby players get to play with many different players and with different team uniforms from week-to-week.

Who coaches the teams? 
Similar to the WULL Junior division, former high school and college players will coach the teams in addition to the WULL Senior staff.

What is provided by the league? 
The fee covers the uniform jersey and hat, plus baseballs. Catchers are asked to provide their own equipment for the games.

What do players need to bring? 
Players will need to come with baseball pants, socks, metal cleats, bats and gloves and any other equipment they need.  Catchers should bring their equipment as well.  Cups are required for safety.  Also, players will need to bring water or a sports drink for their needs.

What bats are required for the Senior division? 
The following explains the bat requirements from Little League baseball:
Senior/Big League: it shall not be more than 36 inches in length, nor more than 2 5/8 inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen-sixteenths (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30”) at its smallest part. The bat shall not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g., a 33-inch-Iong bat cannot weigh less than 30 ounces). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard, and such bats shall be so labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. The certification mark shall be rectangular, a minimum of a half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color. Aluminum and composite bats shall be marked as to their material makeup being aluminum or composite. This marking shall be silkscreen or other permanent certification mark, a minimum of one-half-inch on each side and located on the barrel of the bat in any contrasting color.

In all divisions, wood bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding sixteen (16) inches (18 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League baseball) from the small end. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited.

Is there a Senior division all-star team? 
Yes, players will be chosen from the available registrants for a Senior team that competes starting 
in July of 2020.  Unfortunately, out of boundary players are not eligible to play on the all-star team.