Are you in the right Little League?
Glebe Little League (GLL) serves the communities of the Glebe, Centretown, Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, Vanier and Gloucester, dedicated to providing both House and Competitive level baseball and T-ball for young players, both boys and girls, age 4 to 19, as well as coaching, umpiring and other volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages. If you reside in the blue area on the map to the right and/or if your child attends school within the blue area, you are eligible tohave your child(ren) play baseball within the Glebe Little League.
For more detail about the Glebe Little League catchment area, and for a list with directions of the fields that we play on, please click here.
The answers to most other frequently – asked questions can be found here.
Glebe Little League is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization with a generous and discreet assistance program that ensures that every child who wants to play baseball can do so. We offer spring house league (May and June), summer competitive leagues (July and August) and Fall Ball programs for boys and girls aged 4 through 19 years (see Registration for programs, eligibility, and registration forms). Additionally, our new Glebe Baseball Academy offers Winter Baseball Skills Training from January through April 2020.
As part of Ontario District 6 (essentially the eastern portion of the National Capital Region) we enjoy a close collaboration (and friendly baseball rivalry) with our fellow Little Leagues in the District, consisting of: South Ottawa Little League, Orleans Little League, Prescott-Russell Little League and Carleton-Russell Little League. We often join forces at the more senior and advanced levels of baseball with some of our fellow Little Leagues. (see District 6 Ontario for information and links to our fellow Little Leagues in the eastern part of the National Capital.)
In summer baseball competition, our play extends to our western friends (and rivals) in Ontario District 2, namely: Ottawa West Little League, East Nepean Little League, Kanata Little League, and West Carleton-Arnprior Little League.
Rules and Philosophy
Rules of equal play are mandated and designed to ensure all players have fun and enjoy a positive experience playing baseball in our league. Baseball players are entitled to equal playing time and will be rotated fairly through all baseball playing positions as they display to skills to play the position safely. Spring baseball involves learning the rules, skills and strategy of baseball as well as reinforcing fair play, good sportsmanship and dealing with competition with a positive attitude.
Our baseball coaches are volunteers who put a great deal of time and energy into coaching our baseball teams. We consider it a privilege to be involved with children in a baseball coaching role. Baseball training clinics are provided by the league and many of our baseball coaches have played the game. Parents and players must keep in mind that baseball coaches are learning as well and are not perfect. People interested in undertaking the privileged position baseball coaches enjoy, should indicate this when registering their children and plan to attend the baseball coaching clinic in mid-April. Details will be posted as soon as they become available. Because our baseball league relies on volunteers, parents are expected to support their child’s baseball experience by volunteering in some capacity.
For more information on our policies and code of conduct, please see the Policies & Procedures section.
The Value of Playing Baseball
- Acquire an appreciation for an active lifestyle.
- Develop a positive self-concept to mastering baseball skills.
- Learn how to work as part of a baseball team.
- Develop social skills.
- Learn about managing success and disappointment.
- Learn good sportsmanship in baseball and in life.
- Learn respect for others.
- Have fun!
Resources for Parents
- Balancing Expectations thet are Both Age Appropriate and Realistic
- A Guide to Start Volunteering – Why Little League® Parents Should Get Involved Now
- Healthy Eating Tips for Children
- Don’t Let This Happen: People Give Face to the Worst in Youth Sports
- Parents Help Provide the Smile, Support, and Spirit
- Pairing Nutrition, Hydration Help Youth Athletes Maintain Good Health
- What Parents, Local Leagues Need to Know About Equipping a Little Leaguer®
- Answering the Questions Parents Ask
- A Little League® Parents Guide to Social Media
- How to Support the Experience of Your Little Leaguer® Away from the Field
- 5 Ways to Make the Little League® Season More Fun for You and Your Little Leaguer®
- A Parent’s Guide to Little League Tee Ball
Between Practices Backyard Drills
Do you want to help your child progress in skills development between formal practices? If so, here is a backyard drill or two that will help your child learn baseball fundamentals while giving you your first taste of baseball coaching!
- Backyard Pop-Up Drill
- Build Arm Strength – Football Toss
- Backyard Drill – Glove Flips
- Backyard Drill – Water Balloon Toss
- Backyard Drill – Splash Sliding
- Backyard Drill – Directional Bunting
- Backyard Drill – Throw & Catch
- Backyard Tip – Throwing Accuracy Drill
- Backyard Tip – Summer Special Edition
What Division Will My Child Play In?
GLebe Little League offers baseball programs for girls and boys from age 4 to 19. Our registration system for Spring and Summer baseball is designed to place your child in the correct age division, based on their “league age,” as defined by the International Little League organization. You can use the “GLL 2020 Age Chart” table to determine your child’s appropriate division. The registration system puts children into the corrrect Division automatically based on their birth date.
Baseball Divisions and “league ages” generally break down as follows, but for some baseball divisions it depends on the month.
- T-Ball – 4-6 yrs
- Rookie – 7-8 yrs
- Minor – 9-10 yrs
- Major – 11-12 yrs
- Junior – 13-14 yrs
- Senior – 15-16 yrs
- 19U – 17-19 yrs
Occasionally, baseball players may play down a level if they are brand new to baseball or haven’t quite hit their growth spurt yet. Size and ability are important factors but safety is always the number one priority.
Concussions – Rowan’s Law Requirements for all Sports Leagues in Ontario
The Ontario Government has enacted Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, S.O. 2018,c. 1 (“Act”). Ontario Regulation 161/19. the Act requires all sports organisations as defined in the Regulation (“Sports Organization”), which includes Little League Canada and the Glebe Little League, to have a Concussion Code of Conduct. This Concussion Code of Conduct must require participants, as set out in the Act, to review the Ontario Government’s issued Concussion Awareness Resources on an annual basis. A participant is subject to a Concussion Code of Conduct for each Sports Organisation a participant registers with.
At or before Spring Sort Outs each player below 18 years of age and one of their parents or legal huardians must sign the Glebe Little League Rowan’s Law Acknowledgement Form. Players 18 years of age or older also need to sign the form but they do not require the additional signature of a parent or legal guardian. A copy of the Acknowledgement Form for your revies and signature can be found here.
The Glebe Little League takes the issue of Concussion Safety very seriously and is pleased to provide the resources listed below to inform players, parents and coaches about concussions and their potential consequences if not treated in the appropriate manner.
Recognize symptoms of a concussion
Everyone can help recognize a possible concussion if they know what to look for.
A person with a concussion might have any of the signs or symptoms listed below. They might show up right away or hours, or even days later. Just one sign or symptom is enough to suspect a concussion. Most people with a concussion do not lose consciousness.
Common signs and symptoms
- Pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Ringing in the ears
- Balance problems
- Tired or low energy
- “Don’t feel right”
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Having a hard time falling asleep
- Not thinking clearly
- Slower thinking
- Feeling confused
- Problems concentrating
- Problems remembering
- Irritability (easily upset or angered)
- Nervous or anxious
“Red flags” may mean the person has a more serious injury. Treat red flags as an emergency and call 911.
Red flags include:
- Neck pain or tenderness
- Double vision
- Weakness or tingling in arms or legs
- Severe or increasing headache
- Seizure or convulsion
- Loss of consciousness (knocked out)
- Vomiting more than once
- Increasingly restless, agitated or aggressive
- Getting more and more confused
What to do if you suspect a concussion
Follow these three steps if you — or someone you know — experiences a blow to the head, face, neck or body and you suspect a concussion. Call 911 if you are concerned the injury is life-threatening, such as the person is unconscious or they had a seizure.
- Recognize signs and symptoms of a concussion and remove yourself or the athlete from the sport/physical activity, even if you feel OK or they insist they are OK.
- Get yourself or the athlete checked out by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- Support gradual return to school and sport.
These resources are not intended to provide medical advice relating to health care. For advice on health care for concussion symptoms, please consult with a physician or nurse practitioner.
About the Concussion Awareness Resources
On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport.
If you are an athlete under 26 years of age*, parent of an athlete under 18, coach, team trainer or official and your sport organization has advised that you need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law you need to:
- review any one of Ontario’s official Concussion Awareness Resources before registering or serving with your sport organization; and
- review your sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct that they will provide to you; and
- confirm that you have reviewed both of these resources every year with your sport organization(s)
* Exception: A sport organization that is a University, College of Applies Arts and Technology or other Post-Secondary Institution will be advising athletes of any age that they need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law.
If you are involved in more than one sport
No matter how many sport organizations you register with in a given year, you are only required to review a Concussion Awareness Resource once within that year. You are however required to confirm your review of a Concussion Awareness Resource with each sport organization with which you register.
You are also required to both review and confirm your review of the Concussion Code of Conduct for each sport organization with which you register.
Additional rules will come into effect on July 1, 2020 that require sport organizations to put into place Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocols, to improve concussion safety. Glebe Little League will put the appropriate protocols in place to conform with these additional rules on or before the required deadline.
Government of Ontario Concussion Awareness Resource E-Booklet
This e-booklet will help you learn more about concussions so you can keep yourself and others active and safe — whether you’re an athlete, student, parent, coach, official or educator.
You can download and print a copy for reference.
Glebe Little League Concussions Codes of Conduct
All Girls Baseball
In 2019, GLL joined Ottawa West, Ottawa South and Kanata Little Leagues for an all girls summer baseball program. Information on All Girls 2020 will be available in the spring. for more information, please see our All Girls Baseball page.
Become a Volunteer or a Board Member!
Volunteers make up GLL’s executive positions. They are essential to the ongoing management and operation of Glebe Little League. The following positions are open. If you are interested in adding your name to the board in one of these roles, please contact GLL’s president. If you have any interest if helping out, please volunteer by contacting our Volunteers Coordinator Scott Taylor.
We recognize that sometimes parents and players have concerns they wish to express. The general procedure is to direct your concern, enquiry, or suggestion (compliments and offers of help are welcome too!) to the league contact who is “closest to the ground” and to work your way up the line only if needed, in this general order:
- Team Coach, Assistant Coach or Administrative Volunteer
- Division Convenor (e.g., Rookie Convenor, Minors Convenor, etc. – please ask your coach)
- Registrar (if a registration or fee payment issue)
- Umpire in Chief (if more general issue, or if game-day issue not adequately addressed)
- President (if more general issue, or if issue not adequately addressed through the other channels)
- District 6 Administrator (if issue applies to other Leagues as well and/or if issue not adequately addressed within Glebe Little League)
Tournament Play – District / Provincial/ National
Final schedules for districts will be posted on the D6 website approximately 3 weeks before the start of competition. The below chart provides the planned locations and expected dates prior to that time. Please note that start and end dates can easily vary by a day or two depending on the number of leagues that enter teams and due to rain during the competition. Teams can expect to play games on any days during the date range.
D6 Districts — ESTIMATED START DATES – COULD VARY IF NOT ALL LEAGUES ENTER A TEAM
End dates could be extended due to rain delays. Date sensitive players should talk to VP Operations, Division Convener, or Head Coach.
|2020 D6 District Competitions ANTICIPATED start/finish dates as of Feb 18/2020||Estimated
|Senior League: Hosted by TBC – likely Orleans at Heritage||week of Jun 22||week of Jun 29|
|Junior League: Hosted by TBC – likely SOLL at Milks||approx. Jul 4||approx. Jul 11|
|Intermediate League – Hosted by TBC||approx. Jul 4||approx. Jul 11|
|Little League (Majors): Hosted by TBC – Likely GLL||approx. Jul 10||approx. Jul 17|
|Minor League: Hosted by TBC||approx. Jul 11||approx. Jul 18|
** Add 3 days to end dates in case of rain delays
|Expected Dates||Sat 1 Aug – Fri 7 Aug
Travel: Fri 31 Jul
|Sat 25 Jul-Fri 31 Jul
Travel: Fri 24 Jul
| Sun 12 July- Sat 18 July
travel: Sat 11 July
|Tues 21 Jul-Mon 27 Jul
travel: Mon Jul 20
| Mon 6 Jul – Sun 12 July
travel: Sun 5 Jul
|2020 Host||D4 – Timmins area||East Nepean||TBA||D8 – Pembroke area||East Nepean|
|2020Travel Dates||n/a||Tues 30 July||Wed 22 July||Sat 27 July||Fri 12 July|
|Host||n/a||Victoria||TBC||Lethbridge||Sydney Mines, NS|
“Tournament Play” is a term used by Little League to describe the District, Provincial, National and International series of games which start in July. Some leagues refer to their teams that compete in these Playdowns as the “A team”, “All-Star team” or their “tournament team”. The Ontario LL site gives a good explanation about how tournament play works. www.llontario.ca
GLL traditionally enters teams in Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Playdowns. Tryouts for the tournament team take place in early June. Please put the dates in your calendar – anyone wanting a spot on a team must be assessed and is expected to attend.
District competition against our fellow D6 teams begins in early to mid-July. Provincials happen in mid-July followed by Nationals in August. Seniors start and finish earlier — districts begin during the last week of June with provincials in early July and Nationals mid-July.
Exact tournament start dates are only known after leagues commit to sending teams, the deadline for which is the end of May. Tournament formats (ie: round-robin/double elimination) also depend on the number of teams. Players trying out for the tournament team who are date sensitive should discuss with the coaching staff or league convenor.
The successful team then moves on to compete at the provincial level which involves traveling to the Ontario host city. While the district contributes toward the cost of player and coach transportation to cities that are at a distance from Ottawa (Toronto, Windsor, Thunder Bay area), parents should be aware that much of the cost of attending provincial and national competition falls to them, primarily for accommodation and food.
Major, Intermediate, Junior and Senior teams will continue on to the Canadians (National level) should they win Provincials. The path for the Major Division ultimately leads to the Little League World Series in Williamsport in August. Junior and Senior divisions ultimately lead to a World Series competition in the USA. Minor teams do not have play beyond provincials.