Southeast Portland Little League

FAQs

 

 

May my child play with SEPLL?

Little League International is serious about maintaining the boundaries of local Little Leagues. Your child may play with SEPLL if he or she lives in or attends school within SEPLL's boundary. Your child may also play for SEPLL if he or she played for SEPLL last year but has since moved out of our boundary.

Please click on the link for the SEPLL Boundary Map to verify the address of your home or school.

Where may my child play if not within SEPLL's boundary?

Several Little Leagues border SEPLL. To the southwest is Southwest Little League; to the north is Hollywood Rose City Little League; to the northeast is Taborvilla Little League; and to the south is Springwater Little League (formerly Mt. Hood Little League). Please use this tool, Find My League, to see exactly where you belong.  

When and how do I register my kids? 

Please Register HereRegistration for the spring season begins about December 1. Registration for the fall season begins about August 1.

How much does it cost?

Please go here for information on our current fees.

SEPLL runs Early Bird registration ($10 discount) through December 31. Our regular fees apply through January 31. After January 31, our fees are increase by $10. Note that for players in the Minor Divisions and above, we cannot guarantee a spot on a team if you register after assessments. For players in the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm Divisions, we cannot guarantee a spot on a team if you register after March 1.

Does SEPLL offer scholarships?

SEPLL grants partial or full scholarships to families in need upon request through the Kirk Huffstetler Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is SEPLL policy to never turn away a player because of an inability to pay registration fees. SEPLL asks families to pay what they can afford. Please go to the Kirk Huffstetler Memorial Scholarship Fund for more information. 

What is “League Age”? How do I figure it out?

“League age” refers to the age of your child according to Little League International's rules. It can be confusing. Please click on the link for the League Age Calculator to determine your player's League Age.

What division is best for my child?

While there is some flexibility depending on a player's skill level, SEPLL's divisions generally consist of players with the following League Ages:

Baseball (boys and girls):

  • Tee Ball: 4-5
  • Rookie: 6-7
  • Farm: 8
  • Minor: 9-11
  • Major: 10-12
  • Intermediate (50/70): 11-13
  • Junior: 12-14
  • Senior: 13-16

Softball (girls only):

  • Tee Ball: 4-5
  • Farm: 6-8
  • Minor: 9-11
  • Major: 10-12
  • Junior: 12-14
  • Senior: 13-16

Please review the DIVISIONS tab on our home page to find the division that will best suit your player.

IMPORTANT: League Age is not the same as actual age. Please see the previous FAQ.

My child wants to play with friends. Is that possible?

In the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm divisions, SEPLL does its best to create teams by grouping children according to their neighborhoods and schools, while also ensuring a relative balance of ages among the teams. We will do our best to honor requests to play with friends or a specific coach, but we cannot make any guarantees.

In the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior divisions, SEPLL does not accept requests to play with friends or on specific teams.

Does my kid have to attend assessments? When? Where?

SEPLL has different divisions based on age and skill. 

If child wants to play in the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) or Junior divisions (League Age 9 and up), he or she MUST attend one assessment session. Assessments generally take place in mid to late February. Please see our Home Page for the latest information.

Players in the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm divisions do not attend assessments. 

Is my child guaranteed a spot on a team?

If you register on time, SEPLL will place your child on a team.

In the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm divisions, we will assign every child registered by March 1.

For all upper division players, we will assign every child registered at the time of assessments.

SEPLL creates a wait list for players that register after March 1 in the Tee Ball Rookie and Farm divisions and after assessments in the upper divisions and will assign players to teams if there are spots available.

Is my child guaranteed a spot in the Major, Intermediate (50/70) or Junior divisions?

It depends.

In baseball, players League Age 13 are guaranteed a spot in the Intermediate (50/70) division and players League Age 12 are guaranteed a spot in the Major division. In Softball, players League Age 13 and 14 are guaranteed a spot in the Junior division and players League Age 12 are guaranteed a spot in the Major division. 

With these exceptions, a player's placement in these divisions is based on the number of players registered, the number of teams, assessments, and SEPLL's player selection system. If your child is not placed on a team in the Intermediate (50/70) or Junior division, he or she will be placed in the Major division. If your child is not placed on a team in the Major division, he or she will be placed in the Minor division. Please click on the link for Player Selection Systems for more information.

Does my child need a uniform?

In the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm Divisions, SEPLL provides each player with a team shirt and hat that they may keep after the season. Players should wear their own comfortable pants (shorts are discouraged) and shoes. Cleats are not necessary.

In the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior Divisions, SEPLL provides each player with a team jersey and hat that they may keep after the season. Players must provide their own pants and cleats. If buying baseball pants, we recommend gray.

Does my child need his or her own equipment? 

Players are encouraged to provide their own glove. SEPLL provides each team with bats, balls, helmets and other equipment necessary to play. Players may also bring their own.

What about a protective cup? 

We strongly encourage all boys to wear a cup during all games and practices. All boys must wear a protective cup to play the position of catcher. 

When does the season begin?

SEPLL will announce teams in early March. Team managers will schedule their own practices beginning in mid-March. Games typically begin the second Saturday in April. 

When does the season end?

In the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm divisions, the season usually ends on the Saturday just before school ends and no later than mid-June.

In the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior divisions, the regular season ends by mid-June.

For players League Age 9 and up who are selected for and wish to participate on SEPLL's post-season All Star and Honors teams, players must commit to playing through the end of their tournament. Tournaments begin between mid-June and early July and, depending on a team's success, may continue through mid to late July. 

How often will my team practice? 

Each coach is responsible for scheduling their own practices so schedules will vary. Most teams will practice 1-2 times per week.

When will we get a schedule?

We will post schedules in late March.

How many games will we play?

Little League requires that all teams play a minimum of 12 games per season. SEPLL schedules approximately 14 games for teams in the Tee Ball, Rookie and Farm divisions. In the Minor divisions and above, teams will be scheduled to play approximately 16-24 games.

When are the games?

Teams typically play 2 games per week. One game will be on a weekday starting at 6 p.m. A second game will be on Saturday between 9 am and 6 pm. 

Do teams play doubleheaders?

Little League does not allow teams in the Minor Division and below to play doubleheaders. Teams in the Major Division and above may play doubleheaders.

Where do we play games? 

Games may be played at any field within the boundaries of SEPLL or our neighboring leagues.

SEPLL generally plays games at the following locations:

  • Tee Baseball and Softball: Woodstock Park
  • Rookie Baseball: Woodstock Park
  • Farm Baseball: Woodstock Park
  • Minor Baseball: Brooklyn Park and Essex Park, as well as neighboring league's fields.
  • Major baseball: Essex Park and Brooklyn Park, as well as neighboring league's fields.
  • Intermediate (50/70) baseball: Essex Park, as well as neighboring league's fields.
  • Softball: Woodstock Park and Sewallcrest Park, as well as neighboring league’s fields.

Here is a link to maps of the fields of SEPLL and our neighboring leagues: Field Locations

How will I know if a game is rained out?

SEPLL plays most of its games on fields controlled by Portland Parks and Recreation. Portland Parks determines whether specific fields are rained out by 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and updates the rain-out line at 503-823-3020, ext. 4. Your manager will notify you directly if a game is rained out.

Can I be a manager or coach? Team parent? Board member? Sponsor?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes! SEPLL is a 100% non-profit and volunteer organization. All managers, coaches, team parents, umpires, concession workers, scorekeepers, board members and many others volunteer their time. 

  • Everyone is welcome to be a Board Member—attend one of our meetings and check it out.
  • We need Managers and Coaches for all divisions.
  • We need umpires for the Minor, Major, Intermediate (50/70) and Junior divisions.
  • Team parents help managers and coaches throughout the season by calling players, organizing snack-shack duty, and other things that come up.

We need team parents for all teams. You can let your coach know you want to be a team parent when he or she calls you for the first practice. 

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Please email us at sep.littleleague@gmail.com.