FAQ's


Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have never registered with Kirkland American Little League before, please read some commonly asked questions below... along with our mandatory residency check box.
     
Attention:
Your residency is uniquely important to how all Little Leagues in this area are established and split into various divisions. Before this registration software will allow you to proceed, you need to make a selection of residency below. Thank You!

What is the objective of Little League ? 
From our Kirkland American Little League Constitution
ARTICLE II OBJECTIVE

2.1 The objective of Kirkland American Little League shall be to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.

2.2 To achieve this objective, Kirkland American Little League will provide a supervised program of youth baseball and softball under the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball, Incorporated. All Directors, Officers and Members shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skill or the winning of games is secondary, and the molding of future citizens is of prime importance.

What are the age requirements to play in Kirkland American, and what is League Age ?
The registration process will help you select your players League Age, and the appropriate level... based on your player’s date of birth:


Baseball: 4 -12

Softball:   4 -18

Baseball  (Non-Draft Leagues) :
T-Ball                        Baseball League Age 4, 5 and 6 year olds ... Click Here for T-Ball FAQ page·      
AA                            Baseball League Age 6 and 7 year olds
AAA                          Baseball League Age 7 and 8 year olds

Baseball  ( Draft Leagues ) : 
Current Draft Methods ( League Age 9 through 12 Baseball Only )

Majors Baseball, Coast Baseball & Minors Baseball levels all re-draft every year. All players are to play at their appropriate level, based upon their ability and talent. To achieve parity for all teams, we utilize one talent pool of all players League Age 10-12 for the Major League levels draft that takes place 1-2 days after the evaluations process. After the Majors draft is completed, the Coast and Minor League drafts commence for all remaining players in the talent pool... League Age 9 -11 that are not drafted in the Majors draft.

FYI :
Typically, Majors Baseball consists of all 12 year olds, some 11 year olds...and possibly a few advanced 10 year olds. For the Coast Baseball Level, typically all remaining 11 year olds (after the Majors draft), most 10 year olds...and a few advanced 9 year olds make up these teams. The Minors Baseball Level consists of 9 year olds, and advanced 8 year olds who petition to play up… and are drafted. League Age 7 Year olds are not eligible for the Minors Division. League Age 9 year olds are not eligible for the Majors Division.

League Age players, 9 through 11 require no petitioning. They will all be draft eligible for the divisions one level above their age, but won’t be placed or drafted onto a team until after the evaluation process in late February.

8 Year olds are the only age level that needs to petition to play up. These petitions should be sent to the minor player agent at MPA@KirklandAmerican.com and indicated on step 7 (Special Request Page) of your Registration. These 8 year olds will need to attend the 9 year old player Evaluations  (Try-Outs) on the dates indicated on the KALL Calendar. As it relates to 8 year olds for baseball, the online registration process will allow you to choose only the division designated for your child's league age. You should go ahead and register your child for that division. If your request is approved by Kirkland American Little League Directors, we will take care of reassigning him/her to the requested level.  Being approved by the Kirkland American Directors to play up one age bracket is NOT a guarantee of playing at that level. The 8 year old player desiring to play up, must still go through the evaluation process and become drafted by a team at the higher level after evaluations. If the player is not drafted, the player will return to their age appropriate playing level.

Softball :
T-Ball                                               Softball League Age 4, 5 and 6 year olds
AAA, 8/9ers                                      Softball League Age 7, 8 and 9 year olds
Coast                                               Softball League Age 9, 10 and 11 year olds
Majors                                              Softball League Age 11 and 12 year olds
Juniors                                             Softball League Age 13 and 14 year olds
Seniors                                             Softball League Age 15 and 16 year olds

Note:
Please refer to softball local league rules on our website for age/level clarification.         

How long is the season ?
Late February: Evaluations (for ages 9 and above)      
Late February: Draft for ages 9 and above start practice Early March    
Mid March: Opening Day Parade / Jamboree, in downtown Kirkland
Late March: Ages 9 and above start games
After LWSD Spring Break: Ages 8 and below start practices and games
Early June: Season ends for ages 8 and below
Mid-June: Season ends for ages 9 and above
* Mid-June to July: for ages 9 & above All-Star teams selected, tournament play begins
*All Star Teams Only    

How much of a time commitment is there for my child ?
For players 8 years old and younger the norm is two to three events (practices and/or games) per week. For players 9 years and older, three to four events is more common per week with practices and games.

What if I don't want to enter my credit card information online, or want to pay by cash or check ?
What alternatives do I have ?
You can also come to our walk-in registration session(s), to pay in cash or check. see our league calendar for date, location and time.  

I have a question that isn't answered here. Who can help me ?
Any member of our Board of Directors can help. 
Please consult our league listing for 2014 Kirkland American Directors.  
If you're not sure who to contact, e-mail our League Information Officer at IO@KirklandAmerican.com who will be able to provide more directed assistance. 

Does Kirkland American Little League offer scholarships ?
Please review our online forms here, and or contact Kirkland America Little Leagues Priesident directly at President@KirklandAmerican.com

OK, we're ready to sign up. What do we do next ?
 on this link to start registration online now: Register Now

  • Check with our Registrar for sign up information, if the link on our home page is down in non-season times

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