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Spring Ball

2022 Spring baseball registration is now open through January 1st.  

Please make note of the following key dates:

  • January 6th – New Player Document Check (Required for ALL new players)
  • January 8th – Tryouts (ALL divisions requiring tryouts (PW7-Juniors) will be at South Campus) 
  • January 24th – Practices Begin
  • February 7th – Games Begin
  • February 26th – Opening Ceremonies and Carnival
  • May 12th – Closing Ceremonies

Practice times and game schedules will not be set until after tryouts and drafts (around January 18th) .

Can my child play for West University Little League?

Use this handy chart to see if your child is eligible to play in West University Little League. 

Still not sure?  Keep reading.

 

Spring Ball: Boundary Requirements

What are the boundaries for West University Little League Spring Ball?

Please view our boundary map.  WULL boundaries are orange.

Another option is to enter your address in the Little League Finder on Little League International's website. Click here!

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.

 

Please direct eligibility related questions to our Registrar.

Spring Ball: Age Requirements

How old does my child have to be to play?
Your child must be born on or before August 31, 2017 to be eligible to participate. 

What is the cut-off date for age and division determination?
See chart below.

What is the fee for Spring registration?

November 1 - December 15th - $375 Early Bird Pricing
December 16th -December 31st - $425 Standard Pricing
January 1st-January 5th - $475 Late Fee Pricing

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?
Registration is closed after January 5th. 

*Please register Early.  Registering before January 5th does not guarantee enrollment!  If a division reaches capacity before January 5th, it will be closed and registrants will be placed on wait lists. 

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 5th, 2022 by emailing the Registrar.

There will be no refunds given after January 5th with the exception of the 2022 Spring WULL Covid-19 Refund policy below.  All refunds outside of the Covid-19 Refund policy will incur a $25 processing fee.

WULL Spring 2022 COVID-19 Refund Policy and Schedule. This policy only applies in the event WULL cancels the Spring 2022 season due to COVID-19.

  • 100% Refund - Season is canceled prior to the first practice
  •   80% Refund - Season is canceled after the first practice but prior to the first game
  •   50% Refund - Season is canceled before four games are played

2022 Spring Ball: Tryout/Draft Information

When are tryouts? When is the draft?
Tryouts are held by league age for the 2022 season as defined by the child’s age as of August 31, 20
22.  These tryouts are the basis of placing players on teams for the season.  All players from every division except Tadpole (Rookie and Varsity) must attend the tryout session on January 8th at South Campus. The drafts for all teams take place the week following tryouts.  Please note that all players are placed on teams. 

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

Please direct tryout/draft related questions to:

Seniors Director Chris Magnus
Juniors Director Kevin Coffman
Intermediate Director Colton Haas
Majors Director John Redell
AAA - Minor Director Mike Cunius
AA - Minor Director Chris Rhee
A - Minor Director Mike Jamieson
Pee Wee 8 Director Eric Bass
Pee Wee 7 Director Jeff Bloom
Varsity Director Davis Adams
Rookie Director Chandu Chilakapati
Tryout Director Geoff Fraser
   

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 
2021 SPRING WULL) will not be officially registered until their age and residency are confirmed at either the Document Check at the West U Scout House on Thursday, January 6th, 2022 between 11:00 - 1:00pm or between 7:00-8:30pm.  It is mandatory that you bring the required paperwork to one of these times or your child will not be able to play. Dates and location 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, baseball bat, white baseball pants, and appropriate shoes.  It is also helpful to have a bag to carry all of your child's equipment.

A note on bats: Little League International implemented a new baseball bat standard, effective January 1, 2018.  Previously approved bats will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity.  This new rule applies to all WULL divisions except for the Senior division.  Bats approved for use in 2022 will carry the USA Baseball logo. When purchasing a bat for play in the Little League 2022 season, please make sure the bat carries the Baseball USA logo. Click here for more information.

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.  The Tadpole division (Rookie and Varsity) will play fewer games.
 
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 6 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 8 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 2022.  Unfortunately, out of boundary players are not eligible to play on the all-star team.