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Registration FAQ -Spring 2021

Q. How do I know my players baseball “Little League Age.”


A. The little league website has a great age calculator tool. For convenience, we have included a link below. Your players baseball “Little League Age” determination is the actual age of the child on August 31st, 2021. For example, if your player turns 11 in the month of June, they will be 11 as of August 31st, 2021 – and will be considered little league age 11 for this upcoming Spring. An additional example, if you child turned 10 in October of 2020, they would be considered little league age 10 for this upcoming Spring, as that would be their age on August 31st. For softball, a players little league age is the actual age of the player on January 1st of the current year.
Little League Age Calculator website - https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/determine-league-age/

Q. Why did registration fees go up slightly this year?

A. Given the current environment and continued uncertainty on what the next few months hold for us; the Board of Directors decided not to plan for any fundraising this year, which helps offset registration cost/league expense ratios. Our goal is to play baseball and softball this Spring! We still want to be able to provide the best experience possible for our players and families even without fundraising capabilities; and chose to raise prices slightly to cover about half the revenue that would come in through fundraising.

Q. Where will games be played this year now that Paloma Community Park phase one is completed?

A. We have worked with the city to be able to play games at Paloma Park this year for some divisions. We do sill plan to use Sunset Park and Coyote Hills for some division games as well.

Q. Will there be an "Opening Day Ceremonies" this year?


A. Opening Day Ceremonies, or "ODC," typically brings nearly 1000 people together at Sunset Park in Vistancia. After initial guidance from the City and in the best interest if public health, at this time we are not planning for the traditional ODC. The Board of Directors is considering alternative options to kick off the season.

Q. What happens if the season gets cancelled again like in 2020 - will I get a registration refund?

A. We are optimistic we will be able to play this season! If for some reason the league has to cancel the season again like last year; we will evaluate where we are in the season, expenses that have been incurred by the league and determine a partial refund/credit option at that time; just as we did last season. Please understand that this has been a difficult aspect for the volunteer Board of Directors to balance and we will do our best to balance both the financial health of the league for the future and any refunds/credits that are offered due to a season cancellation. 

Q. Will Sidewinder have spectator limitations and mask requirements for players, coaches, and families.

A. We are working with the City to understand their requirements for personal protection equipment this Spring. Regardless of your opinion on PPE (masks), if it allows us to play - we will follow local guidelines, which could include mask requirements, social distancing requirements, and spectator limitations.

Q. What Is the Outlook For The Baseball Majors Division for LL age 10 and 11 year olds?

A. The Majors division was expanded 2 years ago by two teams, from 6 to 8. Due to limited field access and additional expenses incurred by the league – it is in the leagues best interest to stay at 8 total Majors Division Teams for spring 2021. Based on projected returning “property players” and incoming 12 year olds that are to be placed on Majors Division teams in accordance with Little League rules, there will only be a few spots up for grabs to little league age 10 and 11 year olds. Please consider this when deciding which division to register your player. Tryouts are required for both the Minors and Majors division, and you can let us know at tryouts if you would like your child to be “majors eligible” if you register them for Minors and they meet Majors age requirements.

Q. When are tryouts?

A. Minors and Majors Baseball Divisions require tryouts. We are working with the city on how to manage tryouts given the number of people in attendance. Right now - tryouts are scheduled for Saturday February 6th. More information on tryouts and schedule will be released soon.

Q. What Happens if I Register My Player For A More Expensive Division (Minors or Majors), But They Don’t Get Drafted To That Division?


A. Different divisions have variable costs associated with them to operate and run the season, so registration prices are different. We ask that you consider both your players little league age and playing experience when determining which division to register. If you do find that you registered for a more expensive division, but your player is not drafted into that division, the registration system is set up to allow for a credit to be added to your account for a future registration. The registration website does not store credit card info. With all the aspects of the season that the volunteer board of directors is responsible for, we do not have the administrative or technological capabilities to allow for issuance of refunds due to divisional placement.

Q. I Can’t Get Logged Into The Website To Register or I Am Having Trouble With The Website, What Do I Do?


A. Please visit the Parent FAQ for Blue Sombrero/Sports Connect. It is a great resource as you navigate the website and can answer many questions you might have!  Sports Connect Support Page

Q.  What if I do not see an available division?

A.    Verify that you have the Players registered under your account and that the birthday is correct.  Please verify on the Little League age finder for the correct division,  if that division is not available please contact [email protected]

Q. I’m Considering Registering My Age Eligible Player For the Juniors or Seniors Division, What Can I Expect?

A. SWLL typically does not have enough registrations in these age groups to field our own teams and divisions. We combine with other leagues in the area to offer a spring season for these age groups. Because of this, we cannot guarantee when the season will start, or where practices are held. Typically, games will start in April, and practices are held in another league’s boundary based on a lack of field availability in SWLL boundaries.

Q. Is SWLL Going To Offer Softball This Spring?


A. We will open Softball registration for this Spring; combining with other leagues in the area for game schedules, and possibly roster buildout.

For any other questions, please visit our league FAQ on the website!



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24654 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Ste 103-113
Peoria, Arizona 85383

Email: [email protected]

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