KNLL 2018 Baseball & Softball FAQ

KNLL 2018 Baseball & Softball Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Kirkland National Little League boundaries?

To see if you are within the boundaries for Kirkland National Little League, please input your home or school address into the Little League Finder found here: http://www.littleleague.org/LeagueFinder.htm

What is Little League Age?

Little League Age is the age established by Little League to determine eligibility for a particular year/season. This age also helps determine, in part, what level your child may play. Visit the Little League Age Calculator to determine your child’s Little League Age.  Note:  The age calculations for baseball and softball are different.

When does the 2018 season start?

Practices for the 2018 season start late February. However, there are optional skills clinics, and mandatory evaluations for baseball and softball that take place in January and February before practices start and into March.

When is registration open and when does it close?

Online registration opens on November 1, 2018 http://www.kirklandnational.com/registration.  In-person registration is held on TBD, at Juanita High School.  Registration closes on the following dates:

  • February TBD – Baseball Players Age 10-12
  • February 10 – Softball upper divisions (Coast, Majors, Juniors)
  • February 19 – Softball A and AAA divisions
  • February TBD – Baseball A and AA divisions
  • March 16 – Baseball and Softball Tee Ball

How much does it cost per player?

The fees differ based on division:

Baseball

  • T-Ball - Baseball - $75
  • A - Baseball - $135
  • AA - Baseball - $135
  • AAA - Baseball - $175
  • Major - Baseball - $175

Softball:

  • T-Ball - Softball - $75
  • A - Softball - $135
  • AAA - Softball - $135
  • Coast - Softball - $175
  • Major - Softball - $175
  • Junior - Softball - $175

Is there a discount for more than one player in a family?

Yes, there is a family maximum per season of $350 per family.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available. Please download the form fill out the information and bring it to the In-person registration in January at Juanita High School.  Better yet you can email a copy or photo to registrar@kirklandnational.com.

How long is the season?

Typically, the active baseball season is from late February to mid-June.  Your division and results from playoffs will determine exactly when it finishes. T-ball begins in April after Spring Break (LWSD) and goes to mid-June.

What are the different levels for baseball?

Please see the information located here - http://www.kirklandnational.com/bb_levels

What are the different levels for softball?

Please see the information located here - http://www.kirklandnational.com/sb_levels

When will teams be formed and when will I be contacted?

Teams for baseball and softball are drafted very shortly after both evaluations are completed.  Managers are then notified of their rosters who then send out an announcement to the team and set up a team meeting for parents and players before practices get underway.

When do practices start?

Outdoor practices begin after March 1, the first day that the City and County will allow our league to use fields. Some teams may arrange indoor practices between team announcements and March 1.  The manager or coach will determine the practice schedule, team name and uniform colors.

What equipment do I need?

Parents will need to supply a glove, uniform pants, belt, cleats, socks, long sleeve undershirt, and cup (baseball).  The team manager will contact the parents to let them know the uniform colors.  KNLL supplies each team with an equipment kit of bats, helmets, and balls to share for the season.  Typically, upper division players often provide their own bats, batting helmets and face guards (softball).

I want to volunteer, what are the opportunities?

Great!  KNLL is 100% staffed by volunteers.  Each season we need additional volunteer managers, coaches, umpires, score keepers, grounds keepers, and temporary help at clinics, Fan Fest, photo shoots, and even organizing floats for the Kirkland 4th of July Parade! If you are interested in any of these areas, please contact us at parentliaison@kirklandnational.com and we will have someone from our Board of Directors get back to you as soon as we can.

How do I become a volunteer manager or coach?

Please join us at our annual Managers and Coaches Information Meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Juanita High School library to find out more information on the selection process as well as the responsibilities of managers and coaches. 

How do I volunteer to become an umpire?

Our umpires are all volunteers. And we are looking for more help! If you would like to learn more, please contact Steven Kehrli, Baseball Umpire-in-Chief, at uic.baseball@kirklandnational.com

What are the steps to become a volunteer?

If you wish to become a volunteer, please complete the simple process. 

Register online with Bonzi at http://www.kirklandnational.com/registernow

Note: the program that Little League uses for these background checks requires the volunteers SSN, so please be sure to include this on your application.  This is a requirement of Little League Baseball & Softball, which is KNLL's parent organization.  While we understand your concerns with identity theft etc., please understand that these background checks are done for the safety of our children.

How do I donate funds to Kirkland National Little League

Donations are accepted by clicking on the Donate Now button on the home page.

Is there a player evaluation?

Yes, KNLL Baseball and Softball each holds separate player evaluations, at the end of January and beginning of February for upper divisions (AAA & Majors for Baseball and Coast, Majors and Juniors for Softball). The evaluation allows us to place players in a division were they will have the best chance to succeed and have fun. The evaluations also help the league create teams with even talent distribution.

Please see this page for softball evaluations dates, locations and times - http://www.kirklandnational.com/sbeval

Please see this page for baseball evaluations dates, locations and times http://www.kirklandnational.com/evals

Can my child play with his or her friends?

One of the great things about playing Little League is meeting new kids and making new friends. At the younger levels we create teams by school. We do our best, but don’t have the ability to guarantee that every player is placed on a team with friends or classmates. The upper level teams are formed through a draft process using the evaluations scores of each individual to create teams of parity. There is one mutual friend request or coach request permitted at the younger ages.