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Baseball Program

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BASEBALL PROGRAM

Birthdate Range Little League Age Typical Division Considerations
Sept 1, 2002 – Aug 31, 2005 15-16 Senior League (high school field) Primarily experienced high school players, season runs May-June
Sept 1, 2004 – Aug 31, 2006 13-14 Junior Lg 60/90 (high school field)
Sept 1, 2006 - Aug 31, 2007 12 Majors (kid pitch)
Sep 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2008 11 Minors (kid pitch) Advanced players: Majors
Sep 1, 2008 - Aug 31, 2009 10 Minors (kid pitch) Exceptionally advanced and with league approval: Majors
Sep 1, 2009 - Aug 31, 2010 9 Minors (kid pitch) Newer players: Rookie
Sep 1, 2010 - Aug 31, 2011 8 Rookie (kid pitch) Newer players: Upper Farm
Sep 1, 2011 – Aug 31, 2012 7 Upper Farm (coach pitch) Newer players: Lower Farm; exceptionally advanced and with league approval: Rookie
Sep 1, 2012 – Aug 31, 2013 6 Lower Farm (coach pitch) Advanced players: Upper Farm

Opening Day is scheduled for March 2, 2019.

There are post regular season playoffs for all divisions except Farm and Challenger. The winners of the divisions in Minors through Juniors will also go on to play in the District 3 Tournament of Champions against champions from the other leagues in our district.

The following table outlines some general information of our baseball programs. More specific information can be found at each division’s link.

Baseball age is determined by your child's age as of August 31, 2019.

The season length and games (dates shown in table below are approximate only) will be finalized once the number of teams for each division is determined. Rainouts will not be rescheduled due to the lack of excess field availability. 


Baseball Divisions

Division Age Season Games Focus Type
Farm 6-7 3/02-5/19 10-12 Developmental Coach pitch
Rookie 8-10 3/02-5/19 12-14 Intro Competitive Coach/kid pitch
Minors 9-11 3/02-6/02 14-16 Competitive Kid pitch
Majors 11-12 3/02-6/02 16-18 Competitive Kid pitch
Junior League (60/90) 13-15 3/02-6/02 12-14 Competitive High school field
Senior League 14-16 5/04-6/22 10-12 Competitive High school field
Challenger 6-18 3/02-6/02 10 Developmental Full field

Registration Fees

Fees for the 2019 Spring season are $205 for Farm (coach-pitch) baseball and $255 for Kid-pitch baseball. To complete your registration, you must register online and submit applicable fees. If you wish to pay by check, please mail to: SFLL, P.O. Box 193488, San Francisco, CA 94119-3488. Checks must be received by SFLL no later than 12/01/18. Please note: it is much more convenient for our registration team if you pay by credit card.

Refunds

You have until December 15, 2018 to withdraw and receive a refund, minus a $50.00 administration fee. There are absolutely no refunds given after that time. An email must be sent to the Registration Coordinator that states your intention to withdraw.


Player Placement

Skills Evaluation Sessions (SES) will be held in December (Rookies, Minors and Majors) and January (Upper Divisions and Farm) to ensure the most compatible player to division placement. While mandatory, the sessions are not “tryouts” as all players (not on the wait list) are placed on a team. The sessions are run by the division specific coaches. The sessions involve the players demonstrating their skills at various baseball drills including hitting, fielding, throwing, running, pitching (not for Farm) as well as overall attitude. The sessions are also the first opportunity for the players and coaches to meet.

Mandatory SES for Rookie, Minors and Majors are currently scheduled for 12/08/18 and 12/9/18, with backup (only if rained out) dates of 12/15/18 and 12/16/18. Farm SES will be on 1/12/19. Junior League 60/90 SES will be on weekend of February 9/10. More information will be distributed as we approach the SES dates.

Team Formation

Teams are formed in February at division drafts attended by all coaches in the division. Based on the SES, players will be drafted into the most appropriate division and team. The goal of the team formation process is to create an equal distribution of skill level within the division helping to ensure the best overall playing experience. Once selected to a team, each player is making a commitment to attending scheduled weekly practices and games.

Additionally, in the Farm division ONLY, coaches' kids are automatically assigned to the team with their parent but a head coach may also request up to three additional players provided (i) that there is a limit of four players from the same school within the group; (ii) that there is a limit of three players from the same school and grade; and (iii) the group must provide the two volunteer coaches for the team.  

Group requests must be submitted by the head coach to the Registration Coordinator and the Farm Player Agents by 1/12/19. Such requests must include the player names, school, grade, and parent email for the players involved. We ask that the coach registration be submitted within five days of registering your child. Player Agents may disallow a group if it upsets the balance on a team and/or in the division.

Season

The Little League Parade and Opening Ceremony on March 2nd kick off the season. For Farm and Rookie, the season ends in late May. For Minors and above, the season runs until early or mid-June, including post season playoffs. All-Star practices start mid-June for Minors and above and games begin later in the month. During the season, Farm and Rookie levels typically have two baseball events a week, including one practice and a game. For Minors on up, it is typically 2 or even 3 events a week of practices and games.

Fields

For all divisions, practice fields are in various San Francisco locations. For Farm, games will be played on fields in the city. Rookie, and Minors will play on fields in San Francisco and on Treasure Island. Majors can expect the majority of games to be played on Treasure Island. Upper Divisions will play on Paul Goode in the Presidio and on other City fields (no Treasure Island).

Coaches

The Baseball Program is seeking prospective coaches who are eager to develop player skills, team unity, sportsmanlike attitude, and a love of the game in all players. Our coaches typically find the experience very enjoyable and rewarding and many return to coach again. When you are selected to coach and you have a kid playing in the League, you are guaranteed to have your kid on your team. A pre-season coaching clinic will be held for both new and returning coaches and all coaches will be required to attend a Positive Coaching Alliance clinic. If you are interested in applying as a head or assistant coach, please follow the link on the SFLL homepage to register online. 


To learn more about SFLL Baseball Divisions and to Register

Just click on the appropriate link below: