Northwest Little League: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q:  Where is NWLL located?

  • We are located at 3105 Hunt Trail in Austin, TX 78757

Q:  What are the divisions for baseball?

  • Players who are Little League age twelve (12) play in the Majors division.

All players must tryout and teams are formed via draft.  As per Little League rules, no team will have more than eight (8) players who are Little League age twelve (12).  In general, there are up to three team activities per week (i.e., games, practices and/or batting practices).  Majors division teams will play through most of May, and any player who elects to participate in the District 11 city tournament could play – depending on his team’s performance - through the end of June.  Players selected to an All-Star team could play through August depending on team success.

 

  • Players who are Little League age eleven (11) may elect during registration to tryout with the Minors division or with the Majors Division.  Players electing to tryout with the Minors division will automatically play in the Minors division; players electing to tryout with the Majors division are eligible to be included in the Majors division draft (although they are not guaranteed to be selected).  Players not drafted into the Majors division will play in the Minors division.


  • Players who are Little League age ten (10) play in the Minors division.

All players must tryout and teams are formed via draft.  In general, there are up to three team activities per week (i.e., games, practices and/or batting practices).  Minors division teams will play through most of May, and any player who elects to participate in the District 11 city tournament could play – depending on his team’s performance - through the end of June.  Players selected to an All-Star team could play through July depending on team success.

 

  • Players who are Little League age nine (9) play in the Texas League division.

This division will be “kid pitch” throughout the season.  All players are required to tryout and teams are formed via draft. In general, there are two or three baseball activities per week (i.e., games, practices and/or batting practices).  Teams will typically play through the middle of May, and any player who elects to participate in the District 11 city tournament could play – depending on his team’s performance - through the end of June.  Players selected to an All-Star team could play into July depending on team success.


  • Players who are Little League age eight (8) play in the Rookies division.

This division will start the season using coaches as pitchers and will transition to modified kid pitch during the second half of the season.  All players are required to tryout and teams are formed via blind draft. In general, there are two baseball activities per week (i.e., games, practices and/or batting practices).  Teams will typically play through the middle of May, and any player who elects to participate in the District 11 city tournament could play – depending on his team’s performance - through the end of June.

 

  • Players who are Little League age seven (7) play in the Coach Pitch division.

This division focuses on basic skills development. All players are required to tryout and teams are formed via blind draft. In general, there are two baseball activities per week (i.e., games, practices and/or batting practices).  Teams will typically play through the middle of May, and any player who elects to participate in the District 11 city tournament could play – depending on his team’s performance - through the end of June.

 

  • Boys & girls who are Little League age six (6) play in the Advanced T-Ball division.  All players are placed using the 2017 Little League Age Chart for baseball.

In Advanced T-Ball the players continue to learn the basic rules of the game.  Batter’s may elect for their coach to throw up to three pitches before (if they are unsuccessful) being required to hit from the tee.  There are no tryouts and players are assigned to teams by the division’s commissioner with some consideration given to keeping friends together (such requests can be made in the during online registration). Generally, there are up to two baseball activities per week (games and/or practices).

 

  • Boys & girls who are Little League age four (4) or five (5) play in the Intro to T-Ball division.  All players are placed using the 2017 Little League Age Chart for baseball.

The Intro to T-Ball division focuses on learning the basics of the game in a fun and supportive environment. Hitting is done exclusively off the tee. There are no tryouts and players are assigned to teams by the division’s commissioner with some consideration given to keeping friends together (requests can be made in the during online registration). Generally, there are up to two baseball activities per week (games and/or practices).

 

Q:  Can baseball players “play up” a division?

 

Baseball players who are Little League age nine (9) or ten (10) are eligible to attempt to “play up” one division if they have attended tryouts in both their “play up” and standard divisions.  Nine (9) year-old players must rank in the top third of all ten (10) and eleven (11) year-old players participating in the Minors division tryout process (based on tryout scores) to be eligible for the Minors division draft. Ten (10) year-old players who have participated in both the Minors division and Majors division tryouts are eligible for the Majors division draft (although they are not guaranteed to be selected).

 

Q:  Can baseball players “play down” a division?

We take very seriously the well-being of the players at Northwest Little League and do understand that all players' abilities do not progress at the same speed. While it is our desire to see our players move through the various divisions at Northwest as per their Little League age, there are rare occasions when it is clear that for safety reasons this is not in the best interest of the individual child. We believe that objectively evaluating the player's skill level relative to their Little League peers is an important part of the decision-making process, and so require that all players participate in tryouts as per the standard NWLL guidelines. If after tryouts are completed it is determined that there is a meaningful safety risk associated with the player staying in the division with his Little League peers, NWLL will work with the families involved to find an alternative divisional placement if one exists.

That said, please send an email to registration@nwll-austin.org to let them know if you would like your child to be considered for playing down from their age division.

 

Q:  What All-Star baseball teams will be formed and when will teams be announced?

Northwest Little League expects to field three All-Star teams each summer – (1) a 12-year-old team (the “Williamsport Team”), (2) an 11-year-old team, and (3) a team comprised of 9 and/or 10-year-old players.  Teams are announced on June 1st of each year and are put together from eligible players based on coaches’ evaluations.

 

Q:  What are the divisions for girls-only softball?

 

Northwest Little League will have three girls-only softball divisions.  Please note that eligible ages for the divisions below are determined using the 2017 Little League Age Chart for Softball.

  • Girls who were born between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010, or who are Little League age seven (7) or eight (8), play in the 8U division. 
  • Girls who are Little League age nine (9) or ten (10) play in the 10U division.
  • Girls who are Little League age eleven (11) or twelve (12) play in the 12U division.

Softball players should expect one or two practices a week and a game on the weekend (to be hosted either by NWLL or by one of the other leagues in the Austin area).

Softball players can “play up” a division based on results achieved through the tryout process.  A player may move into the next age division if their skill level (as determined by their tryout and coaches’ evaluations) support such placement.

 

 

Q:  What if my child can't make the scheduled tryout?

 

Only players with ages 7 and up are required to tryout.  Scheduled tryouts usually take place over the last weekend in January or the first weekend in February.  NWLL will schedule a weekday make-up tryout date for those players who cannot make their standard, scheduled tryout slot, although these make-up tryouts may not be used for players attempting to “play up.” 

As AISD and LISD operate on different calendars, in some years our regularly-scheduled and make-up tryout dates occur during LISD winter break. When this is the case, NWLL will also offer an earlier tryout date for LISD students only.  Players ages 7 and up who do not make any of the tryout dates are not guaranteed to be placed on a team.

 

 

Q:  When does the season begin?

Typically, the spring season begins with tryouts in late January or early February (for ages 7 and above).  Games will begin on or about the first of March.  Please note that all baseball and softball activities are suspended for one week during AISD’s Spring Break.

 

 

Q:  How much does it cost to play? 

 

Registration fees for Spring 2017 are as follows:

Baseball:

Intro to T-Ball:             $175

Advanced T-Ball:        $175

Coach Pitch:               $200

Rookies:                     $200

Texas League:            $225

Minors:                       $225

Majors:                       $225

 

Softball:                      $175

 

PONY Baseball:        $250

 

Q:  Does Northwest Little League offer financial aid to help with registration fees?

 

Yes.  Financial aid of up to 50% of registration fees are available for families residing within league boundaries and who are experiencing financial hardships.  Please contact our registration team at registration@nwll-austin.org to request assistance.

 

 

Q:  What forms of payment does Northwest Little League accept?

 

Registration fees may be paid with either MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards.  We also accept Visa Debit Cards.

 

 

Q:  May I request for my child to play with a certain coach and/or with friends?

 

For players with ages 4 to 6 we will do our best to accommodate requests to play with a coach (presuming he or she is coaching in the child’s division) or with friends, but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be granted.  For players ages 7 and above we do not grant such requests because teams are put together via tryouts and drafts in order that the competition is balanced.

 

 

Q:  What equipment do I need to provide?

 

NWLL will provide a jersey and cap to each player, and coaches will have access to team catcher’s gear (as appropriate).  Players are responsible for providing their own baseball pants, belt, socks, and shoes, along with their glove, bat, and batting helmet.  NWLL does not allow the player to use batting helmets without a face guard and bat barrels cannot exceed 2 1/4 inches in diameter.

 

 

Q:  Can I make a donation to Northwest Little League online?

 

Yes.  During the online registration process you will have the option to make a donation to NWLL that will be used to support financial aid provided to needy families, to help support general operations at NWLL, or to support specific items or initiatives.  The amount of your donation will be added to your total at checkout. The donation opportunity is also available through the website online store.  Donations are a great way to support baseball and softball at NWLL, and we thank you in advance for your support!

 

 

Q:  May I purchase a sponsorship online?

 

Yes. You may utilize our website to purchase team sponsorships, field signs, field banners, windscreens or to make a “Friend of NWLL” donation.  If you have questions or special requests, please contact our Sponsorship Team by email (sponsorships@nwll-austin.org).  We thank you in advance for your support!