Some frequently asked baseball questions are below with answers as well as some links to help you find more information on this website:
Does a participant need to have played baseball before?
Glebe Little League does not require any previous baseball experience at any level. All of our baseball programs are designed to accommodate players of all levels, including beginners.
What kinds of baseball programs does Glebe Little League offer?
Depending on the level, we offer one or more of the following baseball programs: a spring “house league” program, a summer competitive program, a fall ball program, and winter skills. Please see the Our Programs section and our Age Groups & Divisions page for more information.
Which Ottawa neighbourhoods does the Glebe Little League cover?
We are proud to serve the communities of the Glebe, Little Italy, Centretown, Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, Rockliffe, Manor Park, Vanier, and Gloucester. Please check the maps on the Where We Play page if you are not sure if your player can play in the GLL. Players must live or go to school in our catchment to be eligible.
What baseball equipment/gear is needed?
- A baseball glove is required.
- Running shoes are fine; some kids wear baseball cleats but they are definitely not required.
- Athletic support (“cup”) is only required for players interested in playing catcher
- GLL provides bats to each team. But if players have their own, they are encouraged to bring them.
- GLL provides a batting helmets to each team. Again, if players have their own, they are encouraged to bring them.
- GLL provides catching equipment for each team.
- For spring, a team t-shirt, baseball pants and baseball cap are included in your fees
- For summer, some apparel will be provided (details TBD) and team jersey will be loaned (which must be returned at the end of the season).
What type of baseball glove should I get for my child?
This very good article, Everything You Need To Know About Buying a Baseball Glove, provides Little Leaguers and their parents with information on what to look for when buying a baseball glove. As with baseball bats, new glove technology has delivered baseball gloves that not only enhance performance but also are tailored to an individual player’s strengths and their parents budget.
What type of baseball bat should I get for my child?
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. This means that most bats players have from previous seasons are not “legal”. Glebe Little League has purchased new team bats for all divisions, but if your player plans to play Travel Ball or Summer Competitive Ball you may want to consider getting him or her a new bat.
USABat Standard bats must be used in the Little League Major Baseball Division and below. Either USABat Standard bats or BBCOR bats must be used at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball and Junior League Baseball Divisions. At the Senior League Baseball Division, all bats must be meet the BBCOR standard. Little League-approved baseball bats that were approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activity as of January 1, 2018. For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.
Where are the baseball fields located?
See the “Where We Play” page.
Where can I park at baseball fields?
See the “Where We Play” page.
Can my child be on a baseball team with his friends or siblings?
Siblings participating in the Spring Program who are in the same age division, often request to play on the same baseball team as their friend(s). The GLL will make every reasonable effort to accommodate such requests but baseball team balancing and other related factors mean that we cannot guarantee that any such request can be accommodated. We are particularly sensitive to car pooling requests from single parents and we make special efforts to accommodate this type of request, but again, no guarantees.
With respect to friends participating in the Spring Program, safety, fairness and the balancing of baseball teams will be considered first. We understand that it is easier for families to carpool, so a request can be made for friends to be together. To access our Glebe Little League 2020 Player Placement Request Form, click here. Only requests made via this form will be reviewed (i.e., requests from previous years or verbal requests, etc. will not be considered). View our 2019 GLL Player Placement Guidelines. The deadline for all requests is MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020.
Please note, however, that because we have to ensure we have balanced baseball teams in terms of both skills and numbers, and because several baseball divisions also have tiers for players with different levels of experience, it is often not possible to accommodate friend requests.
In the Summer Competitive baseball leagues, teams are created based on experience and ability, and for the safety of the players and to abide by Little League International rules. As a result, it is very difficult to arrange for friends or siblings to be together. A request can be made to the baseball division convener at the time of registration.
Can my child play in a different baseball division than he is supposed to (from his age group)?
In a very few, exceptional situations, players may play down a level if they are brand new to baseball or for some other safety-related reason. But this is allowed only rarely, and only at the discretion of the conveners and coaches, once they have evaluated the player’s strength, size and ability and assessed how it affects the overall balancing of teams. Again, safety is our number one priority and always takes precedence over other factors.
What is included in baseball registration fees?
In addition to the playing time outlined for the program:
- For spring baseball, a team t-shirt, and baseball cap are included in your fees as is access to the Glebe Baseball Academy Winter Skills Training Sessions.
- For summer baseball, apparel is purchased by the player as part of the team fee
- For fall baseball, a baseball cap will be provided (if needed), and a team jersey will be loaned
- For winter skills baseball training, no gear is provided
Additional information regarding fees is on our Registration page.
Are there subsidized fee options?
Yes, GLL will ensure that any player that wishes to play baseball, regardless of personal or family financial circumstances, be able to play. Please contact our President, Allan Martel, email@example.com for more information about our GLL Reach Out program.
What if I’d like to help coach baseball?
Visit our Coaches’ Corner page for more information. Please note that all our baseball coaches are required to have a Vulnerable Sector Check. Visit our Coaches’ Corner page and scroll down to “Vulnerable Sector Check” for instructions on the VSC process.
Are there other non-coach volunteering opportunities with Glebe Little League?
There certainly are! Please contact our Volunteers Coordinator, Scott Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the many ways in which you could help operate our baseball programs.