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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 - 16 according to Little League birthdate/age rules. Visit to use the Little League age calculator to determine your child's league age for the current season.  For our fall season, we use the Little League age requirements for the FOLLOWING spring season (so the 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 that is approved by the board.  

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 for the spring season will begin on Opening Day held in late March and continue through early June.  Games for the fall season will typically run from the beginning of September through the end of October.

The Tee Ball (4-6) teams will play the majority of their games on Saturday mornings at PIT or EC Field (possibly Farrell field as well). However, there may be some instances where Tee Ball teams will need to play on a weeknight due to schedule and weather related issues.  

The 6-8, 8-12 and 10-12 division will typically have 2 games played during the week at PIT, EC or Farrell fields (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) nights with games starting at 5:30pm and approx. 7:15pm) with possible makeup games held on Wednesdays and/or the weekends.  

The 13-16 season starts in mid/late March and lasts through the end of May.  *The season could start and end later as we're still figuring out how to make this new division work best.  The games will be at Horton Middle School or a 60/90 field TBD.  We also may play games against other Little Leagues.

All-Star practices begin in the middle of May with games starting in mid/late June.  

All games for the fall season are held on Sunday afternoons at Pit, EC and Farrell fields.

There are many variables that can affect the game schedule throughout the season including weather, number of teams, field conditions, etc. The ECLL 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?
Days and times for practice vary and will be set by the head coach in accordance with the ECLL Competition Committee and Board once teams and rosters are established. Tee Ball (4-6) 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 other divisions typically practice 90 minutes twice a week until games start (one weeknight and one weekend practice). Once games begin, teams will usually hold only one practice on the weekend and play games on weeknights.


How are teams formed in ECLL?
Tee Ball (6U) teams are formed by the board.  At the Tee Ball (4-6) level, ECLL does try to honor requests for coach/teammate/practice locations if possible. Teams for the other divisions are formed based on player evaluations and player draft conducted by the coaches.


What equipment/uniform items are needed?

Jerseys and hats will be provided.  Everything else can be as cheap as you can find it at the younger ages.  
GLOVES: 10 inch for T-ball, 11-12 inch LEATHER glove for 6-8. 
BATS: (Just make sure USA STAMPED):  25 or 26 inch for T-ball, 27 or 28 inch for 6-8.  T-ball bats are not made to hit real baseballs which are used starting in 8U.
CLEATS: Not required, but STRONGLY recommended. Soccer cleats are better than no cleats. 
PANTS: Have to be GRAY  
BELT/SOCKS: Your coach will tell you your team color
HELMET: Everyone needs to have their own batting helmet if possible
BATTING GLOVES: Not required, but most kids use them.
And a baseball bag for all of it!

*We supply catcher's gear at all 3 of our fields. 


What is the USA Baseball Bat Standard? Does my child need a certain type of bat?
All players in ECLL must follow the USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League Baseball, effective January 1, 2018.  All bats used in ECLL 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
Mid January:  Early bird discounted registration ends
Early February:  Registration ends and player evaluations held for 6-8/8-12/10-12
Mid/Late February:  Practices begin for all divisions/teams
Late March:  Opening Day ceremonies (including picture day) and games begin
April:  Games continue
Mid May: All-star practices begin
Late May:  Regular season ends/playoffs begin 
Early June:  Championships for playoffs held for 6-8/8-12/10-12
Late June:  District all-star tournaments held 
July:  State all-star tournaments held 

What is our COVID Protocol?

Our league recommends following the current CDC guidelines at the time of any positive tests for Covid. 


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