Team FAQ

Team Related Information

Updated Wednesday September 18, 2019 by SB.

 

When do the practices start and how many practices per week are there? 

Practices will start approximately one month prior to the start of the season will be scheduled by your Manager once you are drafted and placed on a team. It is up to the manager to determine when, where, and how often practices occur.

 

What is the team fund and why am I asked to contribute?  

Our managers are volunteers and need help to cover any additional expenses incurred to run the team.  These expenses may include but are not limited to additional baseball’s or other equipment, outside field rental or cage rentals, team banner, opening day expenses, team party and manager, coaches and other helpers’ gifts.  Typically, the team fund is $50-$75.

 

What equipment does my child need to participate?  

Your child will need:

  • Rubber cleats
  • Baseball pants
  • Baseball glove
  • Batting helmet
  • Athletic cup (boys only). 
  • Baseball bat*

It is highly recommended that you have your own bat and equipment bag.   The right size bat will have a direct impact on your child's skills development and enjoyment of the game. We highly recommend NOT buying a bat that is too big, with the assumption that he/she will "grow into it."

 

*Little League rules for bats are as follows: 

The bat must be a baseball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. It shall not be more than thirty-three (33) inches in length nor more than two and one-quarter (2¼) inches in diameter. Non-wood bats shall be labeled with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.15 or less.  For the Little League (Majors) and below, for regular season play and Tournament, composite bats are prohibited unless approved by Little League International. View the list of approved and licensed composite bats.  For more info on Little League Bat Info click here

 

In the Spring Season, why do I have to sell Raffle Tickets and get a Team Banner Sponsor?  

The league fees do not cover the cost of running the program. Therefore, we need to ask each family to help us with our two biggest fundraisers of the year.  A league-wide raffle program and getting a team banner sponsor help to defray the cost of our program. Without these two valuable fundraisers, we would need to greatly increase registration fees higher for each child to cover costs. Each player is asked to participate in the raffle program of which the specific prizes and ticket buying will be determined later but will be a cost of $50 per player. Each team is asked to find a local business within our community to sponsor their team. This is a great link between Sunrise and our local community. If you can help your team to find a sponsor that is great but not any family's sole responsibility.