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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 - 14 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 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.  


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 (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 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 14U season starts in the beginning/middle of May to coincide with the end of the middle school season and lasts through the middle of June.

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.

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 (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 (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 (6U) level, ECLL 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 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
Late January:  Early bird discounted registration ends
Early/Mid February:  Registration ends and player evaluations held for 8U - 12U
Mid/Late February:  Practices begin for all divisions/teams
Late March:  Opening Day ceremonies (including picture day) and games begin
April:  Games continue
May:  Games continue and 14U games begin.
Early June:  Regular season games end and post-season tournament held for 8U - 12U teams
June:  8U - 14U All-Star teams begin practice; district tournament held in mid/late June
July:  State tournament held for 8U - 14U All-Star teams


What is our COVID Protocol?

The NCHSAA does not have specific COVID policies for the 2021/2022 school year.  Based on the current CDC guidelines, if a player or coach tests positive for COVID 19, they must quarantine for 5 days from the date of the test result.  This means they will not be allowed to participate in team practices or games during that time.

If anyone is deemed close contact (ie. occupied dugout) to a player or coach who tests positive, they must also quarantine for 5 days.  

 










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