Greetings from West Tampa Little League! We understand that there are likely MANY questions regarding our organization so we’ve created the following page to answer some of the most commonly asked questions up to this point. We understand that not all questions may be answered or addressed here. For any additional information or if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.
We will continue to update this page as more questions come in.
Who is West Tampa Little League?
Established in 1962, West Tampa Little League is a youth baseball organization for ages 4-15. Our league staff and its board of directors operates under the premise of “A Kid’s First Organization” and we pride ourselves as being a solid foundation for our community’s youth. Our programs have achieved great success in the Little League structure sending seven (7) teams over the years to represent Tampa, Florida in World Series competition, the highlight being the 1970 Senior World Series Champions, the first Tampa team ever to win a World Series. We also hosted the first Challenger division in District 6 in 1990. Our ability to realize the value of every child has been the cornerstone of this organization.
When does registration begin?
Registration for the 2019 season will open on December 1st. We will send out email reminders, post on the web page (www.westtampall.org), Facebook and will advertise in PeachJar reminding everyone of registration. Once registration is open, simply click the link on the front page of the website and follow the instructions. Please contact the office with any issues or questions.
When does registration end?
Although registration never technically ends, we do ask that everyone registers PRIOR TO March 1st. Anyone registering AFTER this date will be assessed a $25 administrative late fee and put on a waiting list if rosters are full. Again, we will accept registrations after February 1st as we never want to turn someone away, but just be aware that there is a late fee associated and we cannot guarantee a roster spot for any late sign ups.
How much does it cost to register?
Fall Registration – $100 per player
Spring Registration – $165 per player
Is there any way to lower the cost of Registration Fees?
West Tampa Little League will offer a fundraising program to help offset any registration fees. During the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to fundraise. If you select yes, an email will be sent with your fundraising options and incentives. As an alternative you may volunteer in the concession stand but those opportunities are limited. Please contact us for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How is the Little League All-Star team selected?
When it comes to All-Star teams, it is the intent of West Tampa Little League to field a team that will best represent our organization in competition and character. All of the baseball players need to have an opportunity to make the team regardless of popularity, school affiliations, or parental influence. For those that are not selected for the team, the details regarding their candidacy shall be held in the strictest of confidence and remain private.
All Selection decisions regarding All-Star teams will be made with these Board and District approved ideals in mind. Several characteristics permeate the selection process for players and managers for the All-Star teams.
- Skill-level and ability to compete
- Attitude, hustle, team spirit, team leadership, and
- Overall character, integrity, and sportsmanship
Am I required to fundraise?
No. West Tampa Little League does NOT require any player to participate in fundraising.
Do you take Credit/Debit Cards?
Yes, both online and at the concession stand.
How can I register?
We HIGHLY recommend registering online, however the option is there to register in person. Contact email@example.com to register in person or stop by the concession stand.
What if my son/daughter doesn’t want to play after signing up?
Full refunds will be granted based on the Division and these dates:
- League – prior to the creation of teams
Other requests made after these dates will not be granted, except for a player having unexpected medical reason(s).
Will my son/daughter be guaranteed a spot on a team?
Any player registered after the deadline will go on a waiting list and be placed on a team that needs additional players.
How are teams determined?
West Tampa Little League allows teams to stay together in the fall season. During Spring we have tryouts and a draft for each division. Any player can request a desired coach and may also request to play with a certain player(s). Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee a player will be placed on the same team as their desired coach or a certain player(s), but we will do our best to accommodate your request.
For those who do not have specific requests or those whose requests are not able to be met, the player will be placed on a team based off what school they attend and their geographical location.
When does the season begin and end?
2019 – The baseball season will begin the first week of March and end in late May.
How many games do teams play?
West Tampa Little League league teams will play approximately a 20 game interlocking league schedule with District 6 teams. West Tampa Little League encourages teams to play outside league games and tournaments that are eligible under our Little League charter.
What day(s) will teams play?
Teams will play a single game twice a week. All games are played Monday-Saturday starting at 6:30. Game days will be consistent and announced after the registration deadline of February 1st. West Tampa Little League does encourage teams to play additional games/tournaments. It will be upon the coach and the parents to schedule those games/tournaments.
Is there any chance to reconsider game nights and play double headers?
West Tampa Little League Board of Directors voted in favor of single games twice a week over double headers once a week. West Tampa Little League bases decisions off of kids first. There are many reasons why this decision was made. When there is a rain-out there is a long gap between the player’s next games. When learning/playing the game of baseball, players need repetition to enhance their skills for player development. Double headers tend to be a long day and players may tend to lose their attention span if they are at the field for a long time. When a player loses their attention span it creates bad habits and increases the chance of injury.
What day(s) will teams practice?
Practice days and times will be determined by the coaches. West Tampa Little League encourages coaches to speak with the players’ parents to determine which day and time works best for their team. Please keep in mind that practice fields are based on a first come, first serve basis. No team or individual will have exclusive rights to a field.
How do we know if a game is rained out or cancelled?
All cancellations will be posted on the West Tampa Little League website www.westtampall.org, Facebook, and Twitter and coaches are responsible for notifying their teams. Announcements are made by 4 PM. After 4 PM, decisions will be made by the umpires on site. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE REGARDING RAINOUTS. If no announcement has been made, then assume games are still on.
What are the 2019 Bat Rules?
As of January 1, 2018 the new USA Baseball Bat Standard will be implemented. The approved bats for us for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for the use in any game or activity. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com
What equipment do I need to provide for my player?
Team equipment bags are handed out to each team coach. Inside the equipment bag there are 2 team batting helmets, catchers equipment, and a first aid kit. Players will need to provide their own glove, bats, cleats, helmet and baseball pants.
What are the playing rules for each age group?
Playing rules differ for each age group. Rules can be found on our Rules Page on the website.
- 4-6 year olds play on 60 foot base paths with coach pitch. If contact is not made after 3 swings, a hitting tee will be used. No leading off and no stealing.
- 7-8 year olds play on 60 foot base paths with coach pitch. No leading off and no stealing.
- 9-12 year olds play on 60 foot base paths and a mound of 46 feet. Players pitch. No leading off. Players may steal after the ball crosses the plate.
- 13-15 year olds play on 90 foot base baths and a mound of 60 feet 6 inches. Players pitch. Regular baseball with balks, leading off and stealing whenever is allowed.
What if I have a complaint about a coach, player, parent and/or official?
All complaints are always considered serious and should be reported immediately to the West Tampa Little League office. NEVER approach a coach/player/parent/official during or shortly after the incident. Please contact the office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or phone. We ask that everyone wait 24 hours prior to submitting or lodging a complaint.
What if I lost my baseball hat?
You can purchase an additional hat at the West Tampa Little League concession stand at the cost of $20.00