League News

Welcome to the 2017 season of the Paradise Little League as we celebrate our 65th year of baseball on the ridge. This page is intended to help you and your child understand the leagues program for the upcoming season, so please bookmark it as you will have many occasions to refer to this information in the months ahead.

Age Divisions

Tee Ball (4-6 years – some 7 yr.)

Tee Ball is is a beginners division for BOYS AND GIRLS. Players hit off a tee or can have their coach pitch if they’re comfortable with coach pitching. Players move one base at a time in this division and they are never considered out which means they get to stay on base until they score. Kids start to learn where each base is and where positions in the field are. They also start to learn the fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting.

Farm Baseball (6-8 years – Age 5 okay with player agent approval)

Farm is an instructional division where coaches pitch exclusively in the first half of the season and players begin to pitch from 40 feet away in the second half of the season. This division starts to use basic baseball rules such as strike outs counting as outs and players put out on the bases will be removed from the bases. Players should feel comfortable hitting a ball that is pitched from a coach. Players should know where each base is and have a good idea where each of the positions are by the end of the season. They start to learn the concept of balls and strikes and how to hit against an opposing pitcher. Players continue to learn the fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting and start to learn how to pitch.

Double A Baseball – (AA) – (7-9 years – Age 6 okay with player agent approval)

AA is a competitive league where players pitch to each other. The pitching distance in this division is 46 feet away. Scores and standings are kept. It’s similar to the AAA division, but it has some stolen base rules limitations for the 1st and 2nd half of the year. Players in this division are starting to become comfortable catching and throwing a baseball and hitting against opposing pitchers. Players are still learning and developing the proper pitching, throwing and hitting mechanics that will help improve their baseball skills and prevent baseball injuries. Tryouts are required for this division.

Triple A Baseball (AAA) – (9-11 years – Some 8 yr. Age 7 okay with player agent approval)

AAA is similar to the AA division but it has older and more experienced skilled players who pitch the ball much faster. AAA doesn’t have stolen base limitations. Players in this division are catching, hitting and pitching the baseball with fewer mechanical flaws than in AA. Players in this division are fine tuning their skills to get ready for the Majors division. Tryouts are required for this division.

Majors Baseball (10-12 years – Age 9 okay with player agent approval

This Majors division is a step up from the AAA division. It includes more experienced and skilled players from 10 – 12 years old. These players pitch the baseball faster, catch, hit and throw with better mechanics. Games are played on the larger Egleson field. Tryouts are required for this division.

Juniors Baseball (13 years and older)

This division is the next step up from Majors. It has similar rules as Majors but the base paths are 70 feet and games are played on the large Moore Rd Field. Tryouts are required for this division.

Farm Softball (7-8 years – Age 6 okay with player agent approval)

Farm is an instructional division where coaches pitch exclusively in the first half of the season and players begin to pitch in the second half of the season. This division starts to use basic softball rules such as strike outs counting as outs and players put out on the bases will be removed from the bases. Players should feel comfortable hitting a ball that is pitched from a coach. Players should know where each base is and have a good idea where each of the positions are by the end of the season. They start to learn the concept of balls and strikes and how to hit against an opposing pitcher. Players continue to learn the fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting and start to learn how to properly pitch.

Minors Softball (8-11 years old)

Minors is a competitive league where players pitch to each other. Scores and standings are kept. Minors is similar to the Majors division, but it has some stolen base rules limitations for the 1st and 2nd half of the year. Players in this division are starting to become comfortable catching and throwing a baseball and hitting against opposing pitchers. Players are still learning and developing the proper pitching, throwing and hitting mechanics that will help improve their softball skills and prevent injuries. Tryouts are required for this division.

Majors Softball (10-12 years – Age 9 okay with player agent approval)

This Majors division is a step up from the Minors division. It includes more experienced and skilled players from 10 – 12 years old. These players pitch the softball faster, catch, hit and throw with better mechanics. Tryouts are required for this division.

Juniors Softball (13 years and older)

This division is the next step up from Majors and has older and more experienced players competing in it.

Paradise Little League Executive Board Member Contact Information

President – Thomas Harris

Vice-President – Jon Howard

Secretary – Dena Ramsay

Treasurer – Josh Moore

Paradise Uniforms

Paradise Little League provides a new cap and shirt for each player and 3 for adults (2 coaches and 1 manager) every season. The player is responsible for purchasing his/her own uniform pants (if desired) and stirrups/socks (if desired). Players are responsible for providing their own shoes and gloves. Shoes with molded rubber cleats (either baseball or soccer) are permissible. Players are not allowed to wear watches, rings, jewelry, or solid cast. All male players must wear athletic supporters that will accommodate a plastic cup (catchers will be required to wear a protective cup). The league will provide each team with batting helmets, a set of catcher’s equipment, a catcher’s glove, bats and balls.

Fundraising

The annual cost of operating Paradise Little League is more than $65,000 per year and the registration fees that we collect in January cover less than 50% of this amount. As a result, we need a vigorous program of fundraising in order to raise the additional money necessary to make it possible for your children to play baseball/softball each year.

How can you help?

Find a Team Sponsor – Perhaps your or your employer is in a position to sponsor one of our teams. The PLL has one of the least expensive sponsor programs in California – $150 a team and that includes the name of the sponsor on each player’s shirt as well as an appreciation plaque with team picture at year end.

Buy a Banner – We have room for dozens of additional 3’ X 6’ banners at Egleson and Moore Road Fields. Banner costs are: $250.00 to place a banner at Egleson, $275.00 to place a banner at Moore and the banners can be purchased for an estimated cost of $150.00 to $175.00 (estimated.)

Volunteer in Our Snack Shops – Help PLL and work in our snack shops at either Egleson or Moore Fields! This is a great way to work off volunteer hours and to contribute to your community. What could be better than providing food to our loyal PLL fans and players? Get on board and get involved!

Become a Volunteer Umpire – In order to reduce our high annual umpiring bill, we are always in need of volunteer umpires.

Buy Ad Space On Our New Website – This year, we are excited to announce a new way to support PLL, and advertise your business online at the same time. Gain maximum exposure for your business by investing in a business card size AD for your business at a great price.

If you own a website, we will also provide a link back to your site at no extra cost!

$50 for the ad if you provide the artwork and $150 if you want us to create an AD for you.

See more details on the “Sponsors” page by Clicking Here!

Team Obligations

We are blessed with many dedicated volunteers who have agreed to manage and coach our children’s teams. However, there are many jobs to be done and the league and the team need YOUR help so that your child can have a successful season. Volunteers are required to complete the Little League Volunteer Application.

*IMPORTANT*Volunteer form requirements for managers, coaches and team moms…

ANYONE in contact with kids needs a current background check on file with PLL for the safety of our players.

In order to assist local leagues, Little League International has teamed up with LexisNexis® to provide each chartered U.S. league with 125 free searches.

Effective in 2007, the local league must conduct a nationwide search that contains the applicable government sex offender registry data. A check conducted only in one state no longer meets the minimum requirements of the regulations.

If you do NOT have a current background check on file with PLL and you are a volunteer, you will NOT be able to participate within the league and will be removed from the program until this requirement is satisfied!

Here are some ways you can volunteer:

Assistant Coaching – Even if you cannot make a commitment to become a full-time manager or coach, you can volunteer to help at practices.

Team Parent – Each team needs a team parent that makes telephone calls, coordinates fundraising efforts and assists the manager in arranging for volunteers.

Scorekeeping – The home team is responsible for providing a scorekeeper for each game. The scorekeeper is an essential part of every game, and his/her scorebook serves as a source of publicity for the local paper. The league will host a Scorekeeping clinic before the season begins. We urge you to volunteer for this job!

Volunteer in Our Snack Shops – Help PLL and work in our snack shops at either Egleson or Moore Fields! This is a great way to work off volunteer hours and to contribute to your community. What could be better than providing food to our loyal PLL fans and players? Get on board and get involved!

Work Days – All of the improvements at the Egleson complex, Paradise/Ponderosa Elementary School and PHS field days are the effort of our managers, coaches and parents. We will schedule several work days during the upcoming season and we hope you can respond when you are contacted. Please check our website for more information and view the calendar.

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