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Question:  I usually (or want to) register in person, when is the next registration?

January (Early Bird Discounts) In- Person Registrations:
Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 -6:30 at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center
Saturday, January 21, 2pm-3:30 pm at TBA

February In- Person Registrations:
Monday, February 13, 5:30 -6:30 at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center,
and Saturday, February 11, 12pm-1:30 pm at TBA

March In-Person Registration at Late Fees: Thursday, March 2, 5:30 -6:30 at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center,
and Saturday, March 4,  12pm- 1:30 pm  pm at TBA

Question(s):            I don’t know how to register online? I need help registering online.  How do I register online? Where do I go to register?

Answer:

            Website:  WWW.SALEMLL.INFO

Hover over Registration Info, a drop-down menu appears.

Click on Available programs

Click on the program you want (or the 1st one you want if multiple kids).

A create an account screen will appear- YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE!  At the bottom, click “Already have an account? Login here!”

At the Login screen, your account Username should be the email address you provided to us in the past, however, you can click on the Forgot your Username or Password if needed.

You can also call Stack Sports at (866) 258-3303 Monday-Thursday 9 am – 6pm, and Friday 10 am-4pm, option 2, and they can walk you through the registration process.

Question:  I don't live in Salem, and my kids don't attend Salem schools.  Can they play in Salem?

Answer:  Unless your child lived or attended school in Salem and you played before, you would need to play in a league from your hometown or town your child's school is in.  If your child played in our league before, and then you moved, they can continue in Salem Little League without interruption.  To do so, contact the league President.  To find your league outside of Salem, MA, click here.

Question:  I am new to the league and wanted to know what days are the games and practices?

Answer:  We can't create a schedule until we know how many players and teams there will be.  You can see sample schedules by visiting our website, WWW.SALEMLL.INFO, hover over Sample Schedules and FAQ, and then clicking Sample Schedules from the drop-down menu.

Question(s): What do I get with registration, and what else do I need to get my players??

Answer: We will answer this in 3 parts- once for tee ball, once for baseball and once for softball, as there are differences.

TeeBall:  Tee Ball players will receive a team shirt and a team hat as part of the registration fee, an introduction to the games of softball and baseball, and a whole lot of fun!  Tee Ball does not get team socks.

MUST HAVE:

·  Your player MUST have a glove.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Batting helmet- these can be found for about $20 at Dicks and Target, or online through various sources. They will last several years. You do not need a $75 helmet (believe it or not, $75 helmets do exist). Batting helmets must have ear flaps (on each ear) and be NOCSAE certified (affixed with the NOCSAE symbol).Those without their own helmets will share team helmets that will be sprayed with disinfectant after each use. Do not add stickers or markings to the helmet, as it will void the warranty.

Bat- many kids will get their own bat so they can practice at home. We will have team bats. If you plan on using Mom or Dad’s bat from their playing days, it probably won’t work due to safety certifications now required. All bats must be stamped with the USABat stamp of approval for baseball and Tee Ball. For more information, see https://www.littleleague.org/help-center/usa-baseball-bat-standard-faqs/    Note- Do not buy a $400 bat- EVER- even when your children are older.  The swing makes the hit, not the bat.

Protective cup (boys) pelvic protection (Girls): While not required for Tee Ball, it is never too early to start your children wearing this protection. No matter when you start, the first few times they will complain about it.

OTHER QUESTIONS:

“What about pants?”- Tee-ball comes with a shirt and hat. Any pants can be worn by the player in Tee Ball. If opting for the baseball pant route, grey pants would be the recommended pant color as it is the required color for the older divisions.

“Do they need cleats?”-Tee-ball does not require any cleats, sneakers are just fine. Open toed shoes (i.e. flip flops) are not allowed. If your child plays soccer or another sport that requires cleats, they can use those for tee-ball as well, as long as they are not football cleats and are molded plastic/clay and not metal. 

Baseball:  What you and your child MUST have and what we recommend (in order):

MUST HAVE:

·  Your player MUST have a glove.

·  Pants: As different style pants are personal choice; pants are left up to the family to get. Knee high (with socks pulled up) or full-length pants, piping on the side, etc. are all choices. Pants MUST be grey. You can get pants at Dick’s, Extra Innings in Middleton, online, etc.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

·  STRONGLY RECOMMEND  A Batting helmet- these can be found for about $15 at Dicks, or online through various sources. They will last several years. You do not need a $75 helmet (believe it or not, $75 helmets do exist). Batting helmets must have ear flaps (on each ear) and NOCSAE certified (affixed with the NOCSAE symbol). Those without their own helmets will share the few team helmets that will be sprayed with disinfectant after each use. Do not add stickers or markings to the helmet, as it will void the warranty.

·  Cleats-Baseball does not require any cleats; sneakers are permissible fine. Cleats are recommended for Minor and Major Baseball.  Open toed shoes (i.e., flip flops) are not allowed.  If your child plays soccer or another sport that requires cleats, they can use those for tee-ball as well, as long as they are not football cleats and are molded plastic/clay and not metal. 

·  Bat- many kids will get their own bat so they can practice at home. We will have team bats. If you plan on using Mom or Dad’s bat from their playing days, it probably will not work due to safety certifications now required. All bats must be stamped with the USABat stamp of approval for baseball and Tee Ball. For more information, see https://www.littleleague.org/help-center/usa-baseball-bat-standard-faqs/    Note- Do not buy a $400 bat- EVER- even when your children are older.  The swing makes the hit, not the bat.

·  Batting Gloves

·  Protective cup (boys) pelvic protection (Girls): While not required for Farm Baseball, it is never too early to start your children wearing this protection. They are required for player pitch levels (minor and above).  No matter when you start, the first few times they will complain about it. A child without this protection cannot play the catcher position.

Softball:  What you and your child MUST have and what we recommend (in order):

MUST HAVE:

·  Your player MUST have a glove.

·  Pants: As different style pants are personal choice; pants are left up to the family to get. Knee high (with socks pulled up) or full-length pants, piping on the side, etc. are all choices. Pants MUST be black for softball. You can get pants at Dick’s, Extra Innings in Middleton, online, etc.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

·  STRONGLY RECOMMEND  A Batting helmet- these can be found for about $15 at Dicks, or online through various sources. They will last several years. You do not need a $75 helmet (believe it or not, $75 helmets do exist). Batting helmets must have ear flaps (on each ear) and NOCSAE certified (affixed with the NOCSAE symbol). Those without their own helmets will share the few team helmets that will be sprayed with disinfectant after each use. Do not add stickers or markings to the helmet, as it will void the warranty.

·  Cleats-Softball does not require any cleats; sneakers are permissible fine.  Cleats are recommended for player pitch levels of Softball (Minor, Major, Jr/Sr)  Open toed shoes (i.e., flip flops) are not allowed.  If your child plays soccer or another sport that requires cleats, they can use those for tee-ball as well, as long as they are not football cleats and are molded plastic/clay and not metal. 

·  Bat- many kids will get their own bat so they can practice at home. We will have team bats. If you plan on using Mom or Dad’s bat from their playing days, it probably will not work due to safety certifications now required. All Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20.  For games between Salem teams, bats that are made of composite are not allowed.  Bats for these games would need to be made of aluminum (or alloy)

·  Batting Gloves

·  Pelvic protection (Girls): While not required for Farm/Coach pitch Softball, it is never too early to start your children wearing this protection. They are required for player pitch levels (minor and above).  No matter when you start, the first few times they will complain about it. A child without this protection cannot play the catcher position.


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