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FAQ for East Chatham Little League 

 

How do I determine my child's league age?
East Chatham Little League is open to boys and girls ages 4 - 13 according to Little League birthdate/age rules. Visit https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/determine-league-age/ to use the Little League age calculator to determine your child's league age for this season.  For our fall season, we use the Little League age requirements for the FOLLOWING spring season (so whatever age division your child will play in during the spring season, they will play in that same division the preceding fall.)  All children are REQUIRED to play in their age appropriate division, unless they desire to play in an older division.  


Where are your baseball fields located?
We have access to four fields throughout the East Chatham area to use for games and practices. We have two fields located at Pittsboro Elementary School. The field located in front of the school is called "EC Field", and the field located behind the school is called "PIT Field."  We also use Farrell Field, which is next to North Chatham Elementary School and Horton Middle School. 

EC Field - 375 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
PIT Field - 375 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
Farrell Field -  3380 Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (Intersection of Jack Bennett Rd. & Lystra Rd.)
Horton Middle School Field - 79 S Horton St., Pittsboro, NC 27312


When and where are games usually held?
Games will typically begin on Opening Day (held in late March/early April) and continue through early June.

The Tee Ball (6U) teams will play the majority of their games on Saturday mornings at PIT or EC Field. However, there may be some instances where the Tee Ball teams will need to play on a weeknight due to schedule and weather related issues.  

The 8U - 12U division will typically have up to two games played during the week at PIT, EC or Farrell fields (Monday-Friday nights with games starting at 5:30pm and approx. 7:30pm) with possible makeup games held on the weekends.  

There are many variables that can affect the game schedule throughout the season including weather, number of teams, field conditions, etc. The ECB LL Competition Committee and Board greatly appreciate your understanding as the schedule may need be adjusted throughout the season due to weather and other adverse conditions.

 

What is the typical practice schedule during the season?
Times and days for practice can vary based on the coach's schedule and will be set by the coach in accordance with the ECB LL Competition Committee and Board once teams and rosters are established. Tee Ball (6U) teams typically practice one hour, twice a week (one weeknight and weekend) until games start. Once games begin, tee ball practice is only held one weeknight or Sunday with games on Saturday mornings. Teams in the 8U division and up typically practice 90 minutes twice a week until games start (usually one weeknight and one weekend practice). Once games begin, teams will usually then hold only one practice on the weekend and play games on weeknights.

 

How are teams formed in ECB LL?
The Tee Ball (6U) teams are typically formed based on the player’s school/local area. At the Tee Ball (6U) level, ECB LL does try to honor requests for coach/teammate/practice locations if possible. Teams for the 8U and up divisions are formed based on player evaluations and player draft by the team coaches.

 

What is the USA Baseball Bat Standard? Does my child need a certain type of bat?
All players in ECB LL must follow the USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League Baseball, effective January 1, 2018.  All bats used in ECB LL practices and games must be certified/stamped with the official USA Baseball logo showing they comply with the USABat standard.

Click here for more information, including a complete list of bats approved through the USABat standard.

 

What is the typical timeline for the recreation Spring season?

December: Registration opens
January:  Early bird discounted registration ends
Mid - February:  Registration ends and player evaluations held for 8U - 12U
Early March:  Practices begin for all divisions/teams
Late March/Early April:  Opening Day ceremonies (including picture day) and games begin
April:  Games continue
May:  Games continue
Late May/Early June:  Games end and post-season tournament held for 8U - 12U teams
June:  8U - 12U All-Star teams begin practice; district tournament held in late June
July:  State tournament held for 8U - 12U All-Star teams


What is our Covid Protocol?

If a person on a team or staff tests positive for COVID-19, any members of that team are required to quarantine who:

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  • 1) have been in close contact for 15 consecutive minutes with that individual, or
  • 2) had direct person-to-person contact, or
  • 3) was coughed or sneezed on by the positive individual 

        

Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine:

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      • After day 10 without testing
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      • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
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    • *The player or coach who tests positive must remain out to quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test with no option to return earlier.



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