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Laguna Hills Little League

Who is Laguna Hills Little League (LHLL)?
Laguna Hills Little League (LHLL) (operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is sanctioned by Little League, Inc. of Williamsport, PA, the largest youth affiliated program in the world.

What are the LHLL league boundaries?
Laguna Hills is part of District 55 in Southern California.  To confirm your address falls within the LHLL league boundary please visit the league finder found HERE.

What type of equipment will my player need?
All LHLL players will be provided with a uniform.  The cost is included in your registration fees.  Uniforms include a jersey, hat, socks & belt.  You will need to purchase pants, a helmet, cleats, bat, glove and protective cup for boys.  The Coach's equipment bag will have an extra helmet and bat if you are unable to purchase them.  Most boys prefer their own equipment.  The bat rules changed in 2018.  Bats without the USA BAT logo will not be acceptable except for Tee-Ball division.  Click here to read the release from Little League International and to learn more about the 2018 Bat Standard. 

What do I do if I am interested in coaching or managing a team this coming season?
During registration, you will be asked to specify a volunteer position.  Choices include team manager and coach.  All managers will be contacted, and interviews and background checks will be conducted, by the LHLL Board of Directors.   Attendance at one of our managers/coaches training meetings is also required.

How many players are placed on a team?
Our goal each year is to have no more than 12 players on a team at the 4-12 year old level so that we can maximize participation and development opportunities. However, all teams are based on the availability of coaches and the appropriate interest levels of players. Some teams may have more or less than 12 players, but our goal is 12 (or less in the more junior divisions).

For our drafted divisions (AA, AAA, Majors, Int., Jrs):  What is expected at player evaluations?
Players will be evaluated on their baseball skills during player evaluations and tryouts.  All players in our drafted divisions (AA, AAA, Majors and Jrs) must participate in player evaluations.  Evaluations are conducted by the player agents, division commissioners, and team managers.  In general, players will be evaluated on their hitting, throwing/catching, fielding, and running ability.  Player Evaluations typically happen the weekend prior to the draft.

When are practices held?
Practices are scheduled and conducted based on field availability. At the younger levels, Single A, Rookie and T-Ball, there is normally 1 practice and 1 game per week.  At the AA and above levels, there are more games and more practices per week.  For our AA and above divisions, typically this equals 2 games/week - one weekday and one weekend game.   Based on the # of fields we have available, team practice times will be scheduled any day of the week, including Sundays. 
 
Practice times are assigned after teams have been formed and you will be notified by your team manager of your team’s assigned times.  We will not have team practice times prior to player placements.  Typically, we have a temporary practice schedule prior to Opening Day.  Regular season practice schedule starts after Opening Day.

When are games held?
For our T-Ball, Rookie and Single A divisions, there is one game/week and games are typically held on Fridays or Saturdays, depending on the final schedule.  For our AA, AAA, Majors and Intermediate divisions, there is usually one weekday game and one weekend game (typically Saturday).  Game schedules are not finalized until after player placements.

How long is the spring season?
Spring season generally begins in late February and runs through late May.  For our drafted divisions, post season play begins in early June through mid to late -June.

Why is the league collecting deposit checks for the Snack Bar?
Due to the increasing number of no-shows for assigned snack bar duty, LHLL has implemented a snack bar deposit policy. Your snack bar deposit check(s) will be collected (but not cashed) at one of our age/residency verification days. Your checks will be destroyed after your assigned snack bar volunteer assignment is completed. If you do not fulfill your snack bar duty, your check will then be cashed. Placement of your player on a team is not final until your snack bar deposit check(s) is received.  One check per family.  Check(s) need to be made out to LHLL and please include in the note area: snack bar deposit for XXX (player names and division). Your deposit check will be collected at our in person age/residency verification day…you will not be able to take care of this via our online registration.

What is the Fee Schedule for 2024 Spring Season?

T-Ball  - $99 per player.  Price will remain at $99 until registration closes.

Rookie - $129 per player through October 31, $149 per player through November 30th.  Starting December 1st, late registration fees of $199 per player. 

A and up - $199 per player through October 31, $249 per player through November 30th.  Starting December 1st, late registration fees of $299 per player. 

Fees should never be the reason your child doesn't play baseball.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact us regarding our scholarship program and alternative payment arrangements.

What is the refund policy? 
Spring Ball - Prior to the draft you will be refunded your registration fee less $25.  No refunds will be issued after the league has formed teams.

Fall Ball - Prior to July 31st you will be refunded your registration fee less $10.  No refunds after August 1st.
 

Registration Q&A 

How do I know which division to register my child for?
Little League divisions are based on the League Age of the player.   Below are the divisions:

Division Typical Age Notes



Juniors 13-14 yrs old 60/90 distance
Intermediate 13 yrs old 50/70 distance, leadoffs. 11's & 12's can try out
Majors 11-12 yrs old 46/60 distance. 10's can try out
Minor AAA 9-11 yrs old 9's can try out, 11s generally play AAA or above
Minor AA 8-10 yrs old First year of full kid pitch, 10s generally play AA or above
Minor A 7-9 yrs old Coach / Kid pitch
Rookie 6-7 yrs old Coach pitch
T-ball 4-6 yrs old Tees only


For our AA and up divisions, all players must participate in the evaluation day and teams are formed by a draft.  You will receive notification from the league regarding player evaluation day and reporting time.


How do I determine my child’s league age?
Your child's league age is determined by the Little League Age Chart.

Click here for a league age chart.

My player is league age 5 yrs old and this will be his/her 2nd year of T-Ball—can I request to move him/her to the Rookie Division?
Yes, thanks to a rule change from Little League International, participants league age 5 and 6 are permitted to advance to Minor League Coach Pitch or Machine Pitch after participation in T-Ball for one year.

Can I make friend requests or request a specific coach?
LHLL will do our best to accommodate coach and friend requests for lower division (T-Ball, Rookie, Single A) players; however, given the number of requests we receive, requests are not guaranteed.  You will be able to indicate a request during the registration process.  Unfortunately, friend or coach requests are not allowed for our drafted divisions (AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate).

Can I make a request for a team who practices on certain days?
Unfortunately, we do not assign team practice times or finalize our game schedules until after teams are formed. We encourage all families to work with their coaches.  Practice times can be any day of the week.

What is involved with registering my player and what information/documents do I need?
All players must register online and participate in one of our in-person age and residency verification days.  All fees must be paid in full, age and residency must be verified, and your snack bar deposit checks are received prior to your player being placed on a team.

What do I need for Verification Day?

PLAYER'S PROOF OF AGE - ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE with the raised official seal (copies of birth certificates, passports or CA-abstracts will not be acceptedOR OTHER PROOF OF AGE DOCUMENT issued by federal, state or provincial registrars of vital statistics in the country in which the Little Leaguer is participating.

3 FORMS OF PROOF OF LAGUNA HILLS  RESIDENCY showing that you live within the Laguna Hills Little League boundaries.  The proof of residency documents must be dated between Feb 1, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024

One or more documents should be provided from each group below:

GROUP 1

GROUP 2

GROUP 3

DRIVERS LICENSE

SCHOOL RECORDS

VEHICLE RECORDS (REGISTRATION, LEASE ETC.)

EMPLOYMENT RECORDS

INSURANCE DOCUMENTS

WELFARE RECORDS

FEDERAL RECORDS (TAX, SS ETC.)

STATE RECORDS

LOCAL/MUNICIPAL RECORDS (WATER BILL)

SUPPORT PAYMENT RECORDS

HOMEOWNER/TENANT RECORDS

MILITARY RECORDS

VOTERS REGISTRATION

UTILITY BILLS (GAS, ELECTRIC, PHONE,ETC.)

FINANCIAL RECORDS (LOAN, CREDIT ETC.)

MEDICAL RECORDS

INTERNET, CABLE OR SATELLITE RECORDS


Note 1:  3 documents from the same group constitute only ONE  document.

Note 2:  Certain documents may be used in different groups but will only count for ONE group per child.

All Upper Division players should keep these documents in a safe place as they will be needed again in the event that  your player(s) participate in post-season play.

Please also bring the following documents:

VOLUNTEERS must bring a color copy of your driver's license AND request an online Volunteer Application (background check) from the league SAFETY OFFICER.  Volunteers include ANY PARENT or FAMILY MEMBER that will be around the kids - on the field, in the concession stand, in the dugout.  Volunteers must also complete concussion training and bring the certificate to verification day (CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING)

SIGNED PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT WAIVER

PLAYER(S) MEDICAL RELEASE FORM

SNACK BAR OBLIGATION DEPOSIT check for $150.  Please include "Snack Bar/[Last Name]" in the memo section.

CONCUSSION INFORMATION SHEET must be reviewed with your player, signed and returned. 

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST Parent Player Information Sheet required for all players

Terms & Definitions

Western Region - The District Administrators report to the Regional Director, of which there are five in the United States. As part of the staff of Little League Baseball, Incorporated, the Regional Directors work out of Regional Centers at Warner Robins, Georgia; San Bernardino, California; Indianapolis, Indiana, Bristol, Connecticut, and Waco, Texas. Representatives for the International regions of Little League maintain offices in Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan and Poland. As part of the Western Region, Southern California alone contains 40 districts.

District 55 - For administrative and tournament purposes, roughly 10 to 20 leagues in a given area usually comprise a district. The District Administrator is an experienced volunteer elected by the constituent leagues to counsel, direct, and provide leadership in the policies and rules of the Little League program and to serve as liaison between the leagues and the Regional Director. The District Administrator organizes the district tournament and attends the periodic International Congress where Little League rules and regulations are democratically reviewed and revised for the betterment of the program. There are more than 600 District Administrators worldwide, each with a staff of assistants to help more effectively serve their leagues. District 55 is comprised of 7 leagues in Orange County; Aliso Viejo, Irvine Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Northwood, and Lake Forest Little Leagues.

Majors (46/60) - The Little League Baseball Division (sometimes known as the Majors Division) is for boys and girls ages 9–12. A local league may choose to limit its Major Division to 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds, or 11-12-year-olds.  Laguna Hills Majors divisions consists of players 10-12 years old.  The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or "All Stars") of 11-12-year-olds from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Little League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the globe. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals, and housing) are paid by Little League Baseball. 

Intermediate (50/70) - In 2012, Little League announced plans to add a new division of play for the 2013 season, the Little League Intermediate Division. This Division is played on a field with a 50-foot (15 m) pitching distance and 70-foot (21 m) base paths. It is open to players ages 11–13, but may be limited to ages 11–12 or 12–13 or 13 by a local league. Players in this division will be able to lead off and steal. Rules will follow rules similar to those of the Junior, Senior, and Big League Divisions of play. Little League holds a World Series in this level of play, officially called the Intermediate Little League World Series, in Livermore, California.

Tournament of Champions (TOC) - The tournament of champions is typically played as a single elimination tournament between the top teams in each competitive division from leagues within the district. District 55 often allows leagues the ability to send their two top teams from each competitive division.

All Stars – Different from TOC, in that each league will take their top players in each age division and form a special “All-Star” team of the top 13 ranked kids from within their league and divisions. These teams will then play against other “All-Star” teams from other leagues in the District, and then, if successful, move on to Sectional, Regional, and hopefully the World Series for that division.

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