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Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the common questions we get asked are addressed below.

General

Q: What is Lancaster Little League?
A: Lancaster Little League is a non-profit organization - chartered by Little League International, Inc. - that provides organized youth baseball & softball to the children of Lancaster, MA. We are sustained by player registration fees and the generous support of many local businesses and organizations through sponsorship.

Q: Can I coach? Can I volunteer? Can I help out?
A: We are almost always looking for more volunteers. All volunteers and coaches are subject to the Little League mandated background check and a Massachusetts mandated CORI check. Coaches are chosen by the league president. If you would like to help out on any level, please email .

Q: When is registration?
A: Registration is open during the months of January and February each year.

Q: What is your mailing address?
A: Lancaster Little League, Inc., P.O. Box 1455, South Lancaster, MA 01561

Equipment

Q: What bat should I purchase for my child?
A: While the league does supply bats to all teams, you may purchase a bat for your child if you wish. It MUST be from the Little League approved bat list, found here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/equipment-merchandise.htm

Q: Can my player use metal spikes?
A: No. Rubber cleats only.

Teeball

Q: What is Teeball?
A: Teeball is entry-level baseball that introduces young players to the game. Players will develop their skills while focusing on the basic fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting. Team sizes are small. Players all hit from an adjustable batting tee.

Q: Can my four year-old play teeball?
A: No. The Lancaster Little League board voted to not accept four year-olds into teeball. Teeball players must be between the ages of 5 and 8 as of April 30th of the current Little League year. Seven and eight year-olds will be asked to tryout for Coach Pitch.

Q: How many games does teeball play?
A: The teeball season runs 6-8 weeks with two games per week. All games are played on weeknights in Lancaster.

Q: Are there tryouts for teeball?
A: No.

Q: Are there practices in teeball?
A: There are not practice nights, per se. However, if there are an odd number of teams in the teeball division, we may have the team without a game on any given night hold a practice. We may also have a practice at the beginning of the season just to show the kids some simple things - which way to run the bases, etc.

Q: What equipment does my teeball player need to have?
A: Just a glove. Helmets, bats, etc. are provided to the teams by the league. Each player is given a team jersey and hat. Baseball pants are optional but, if purchased, should be light gray in color. Baseball cleats are also optional but must be rubber, not metal.

Coach Pitch

Q: What is "Coach Pitch"?
A: A whole lot of fun. Coach Pitch is a modified level of "real" baseball where the coaches pitch to the players. It is the players’ first exposure to "live" pitching.

Q: Can my 5 year-old play in Coach Pitch?
A: No.

Q: Can my 6 year-old play in Coach Pitch?
A: If a six year-old has already played one year of teeball, he/she may be eligible to play in Coach Pitch by attending the tryouts and being drafted onto a Coach Pitch team.

Q: Are there tryouts for Coach Pitch?
A: Yes. Each player is evaluated to make sure they are placed at the most suitable level of play.

Q: What equipment does my Coach Pitch player need to have?
A: Just a glove. Helmets, bats, etc. are provided to the teams by the league. Each player is given a team jersey and hat. Baseball pants are optional but, if purchased, should be light gray in color. Baseball cleats are also optional but must be rubber, not metal. You may purchase a bat for your child if you wish. It MUST be from the Little League approved bat list, found here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/equipment-merchandise.htm

Q: How many games does a Coach Pitch team play? Do they travel?
A: Coach Pitch typically plays a 12 game season with one weeknight game, one Sunday game and a practice each week. The teams play and practice within the town of Lancaster.

Minors

Q: What is Minors?
A: Minors is a developmental level of play for 8-11 year olds who are not yet ready for Majors. This is the first level of play where kids pitch. The focus at this level is still on player development, skills and team play.

Q: How many games does a Minors team play? Do they travel?
A: Minors typically plays a 12 game season with an average of one weeknight game, one Sunday game and a practice each week. The teams play within the HLBB League (Harvard, Lancaster, Berlin and Bolton).

Q: Are there tryouts for Minors?
A: Yes. Each player is evaluated to make sure they are placed at the most suitable level of play.

Q: What equipment does my Minors player need to have?
A: Just a glove and light gray baseball pants. Helmets, bats, etc. are provided to the teams by the league. Each player is given a team jersey, hat and socks. Baseball cleats are optional but must be rubber, not metal. You may purchase a bat for your child if you wish. It MUST be from the Little League approved bat list, found here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/equipment-merchandise.htm

Majors

Q: What is Majors?
A: Majors is our first level of competitive baseball for players aged 10-12. While still focusing on player development, win/loss records are kept and league playoffs are held.

Q: How many games does a Majors team play? Do they travel?
A: Majors plays a mandatory 12 game regular season with an average of one weeknight game, one Sunday game and perhaps multiple practices each week. The regular season is followed up by league playoffs. The teams play within the HLBB League (Harvard, Lancaster, Berlin and Bolton).

Q: Are there tryouts for Majors?
A: Yes. Each player is evaluated to make sure they are placed at the most suitable level of play. However, 12 year-olds are required by Little League regulations to play in Majors.

Q: What equipment does my Majors player need to have?
A: Just a glove and baseball pants. Depending on which team, pants should be white or light gray. Helmets, bats, etc. are provided to the teams by the league. Each player is given a team jersey, hat and socks. Baseball cleats are strongly suggested but must be rubber, not metal. You may purchase a bat for your child if you wish. It MUST be from the Little League approved bat list, found here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/equipment-merchandise.htm

Softball

Q: Do you offer girls' softball?
A: Yes. Depending on registration numbers, we field girls' softball teams from age 6 to 15.

Q: How many games does a softball team play? Do they travel?
A: Softball typically plays a 10-12 game season with an average of one weeknight game, one Sunday game and a practice each week. Teams do travel to surrounding towns, typically Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Berlin and Bolton.

Q: Are there tryouts for Softball?
A: Yes. Each player is evaluated to make sure they are placed at the most suitable level of play and within age restrictions.

Challenger

Q: What is the Challenger Division?
A: The Challenger Baseball League is for physically & mentally challenged children ages 5 through 18, from all area towns, who would not normally have a chance to play ball. This League relies on "Buddies", who assist and help the players throughout the course of the game. Buddies are typically friends, family members, local Little Leaguers, High Schoolers, etc. who like to donate their time to have some fun with our players. The games are modified so that every player hits, runs the bases, scores a run, and plays a position in the field. The emphasis is not so much on developing baseball skills, but on having fun while playing baseball with friends & teammates.