Little League leagues are based on age eligibility standards set by Little League International.
The following is a list of the team divisions:
Girls & Boys Tee Ball (age 5)
Girls & Boys Pee Wee (age 6)
Softball Jr. Minors (ages 7-8)
Baseball Jr. Minors (ages 7-8)
Softball Minors (ages 9-10)
Baseball Minors (ages 9-10)
Softball Majors (ages 11-12)
Baseball Majors (ages 11-12)
Softball Juniors (ages 13-14)
Baseball Juniors (ages 13-14)
How does my child “Play Up” a level?
In an effort to help players enjoy their Little League experience at the appropriate skill level, upon written request from the Parent/Guardian submitted with the Player Application the Little League Board will evaluate requests to “play up” to the next Division on a case-by-case basis. The decision is based upon certain league criteria that include, but are not limited to: age, skill level and league numbers. You will be notified of the Board’s decision prior to the Spring draft. Playup requests are rarely granted.
Register your player in their age appropriate division. Then request a Play Up on the form.
When does the 2018 season begin?
Baseball and Softball teams are formed in early February
Tee Ball teams are formed in late March or early April and are announced in April
Indoor practices may take place in March
Outdoor practices will begin as soon as the fields are playable
Baseball and Softball Practices begin in April (weather dependent)
Tee Ball practice begins in late April and games begin in early May but are scheduled around the use of the Hauser field for school events
Softball and baseball Regular Season Games start mid-April and run through June. Baseball Divisions have playoff games which will begin on or around 15 June.
Individual team game schedules will be available in mid-April. Many factors go into the schedules, especially the softball schedules.
All Riverside Little League divisions, except Tee Ball and Pee Wee, may have games scheduled with teams from other towns. This is dependent on the number of players/teams at each division level in Riverside and in other towns in Illinois Little League District 9. If games are scheduled with other town leagues, some of the games may take place in those other towns.
Tee ball and Pee Wee games are normally held at Hauser Jr. High but occasionally games are held at the other Riverside baseball diamonds.
Junior Minors normally play at the Harrington South field with occasional games at either of the Indian Gardens fields
Minors play at Indian Gardens (River Field)
Majors play at Indian Gardens (Road Field)
Junior Minors play at Harrington North
Minors play at Harrington North
Majors play at Big Ball Park
Juniors play at Big Ball Park
What is the schedule like?
Tee Ball and Pee Wee teams play a 14 to 16 regular season schedule. Number of games is dependent upon available dates and number of teams in each league.
Baseball and Softball teams play a 18 to 24 regular season schedule. Number of games is dependent upon available dates and number of teams in each league.
Baseball will have playoff games at the conclusion of the regular season. Playoff games will begin on or around 15 June.
The Softball season runs through the end of June.
Games canceled because of rain or field conditions may or may not be rescheduled. This is dependent on the number of games each team has had canceled, field availability, whether a game has playoff implications, etc.
Teams will normally have 1 weeknight and 1 weekend game every week. Occasionally a team will have a second weeknight game or weekend game.
Baseball and Softball games held in Riverside are typically scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday -Friday; 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 12:30 p.m.& 3:00 pm on Sundays. These games typically last 90 to 120 minutes.
Games played in other towns may be played under lights and may start as late as 8:00 pm.
Tee Ball & Pee Weegames begin at 6:00 on weeknights and 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturdays. These games normally last 60 to 75 minutes.
Every effort is made to schedule around known conflicts that affect large numbers of children in a particular league such as school shows & 1st Communions but the league cannot avoid them all.
Is it possible to have my children’s games scheduled at certain times?
Is it possible to have my children’s practices scheduled at certain times?
Is it possible to have my child placed a team with a friend?
Why are some games held late at night?
We have a short season, unpredictable weather and a limited number of fields. There are times when games are scheduled late into the evening and sometimes on Sundays (particularly if played outside of Riverside). It is our intention to have games for the youngest players start and end earliest in the evening and to reserve the later night game time slots for older players. We appreciate your understanding.
Are there All Star teams?
Yes there are 2 types.
First type are In-Town All Stars for baseball and softball. 2 teams are selected for each level and play against each other on the 4th of July.
Second type are Little League International All Star teams. These are normally selected by age, 10 through 14. These teams will play in Little League International tournaments as well as other events. Play in these events is funded partially by RLL and the players involved. Play in these events may extend into late July or mid-August. Players must commit to be available through the end of play.
What equipment will my child need before the first practice?
Players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, batting helmet with face mask, wearing clothes that are allowed to be muddied and rubber molded cleats.
What equipment does the league provide?
The league provides a uniform consisting of a hat, jersey, and sock. Pants are provided at the Tee Ball and Pee Wee levels.
Players in the baseball division are to provide their own pants - gray in color. This is due to difficulty in getting the sizes right for the players.
Uniforms are distributed to the teams before the 1st regular season game
The league also provides gear for catchers.
Bats are NOT provided.
Players must provide their own batting helmets.
Many players use a baseball bag to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, gloves or mitts and other items.
PLEASE REVIEW THESE LITTLE LEAGUE BAT REGULATIONS IF PURCHASING A BAT FOR YOUR CHILD
Beginning on January 1, 2018, Little League will begin using a new standard established by USA Baseball, and the current 1.15 Bat Performance Factor will no longer be the standard for Little League-approved baseball bats. Baseball bats with the new USA Baseball Standard won’t be commercially available until late 2017, for use in 2018, so, while your Little Leaguer’s current Little League-approved baseball bat will be good through next season, he or she won’t be allowed to use it in 2018. The USA Baseball standard in 2018 will only apply to baseball, however, so if you are looking to buy a softball bat for the holiday season this year, be sure it follows the specifications in the Little League Softball® rulebook. For more information on the new bat standard, and to know if your bat will be allowed, visit LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
How many players are on a team?
Every effort is made to limit Tee Ball & Pee Wee teams to 10 player and the other levels to 12 players.
Why do we "draft" players and how is it done?
The draft is intended to equally distribute players of all abilities to the teams in any given division. The draft gives the volunteer coaches the opportunity to pick their teams. Sometimes choices are made based on players known to the coach and at other times the coach is guided by player skills rankings that are collected at the end of the prior season (no rankings are applicable for Tee Ball). The draft is conducted in a manner that gives each team the chance to select players on a rotational or other even handed basis. Specific draft rules are discussed by the Player Agent with the coaches for a particular division. Every player is selected to a team and once assigned to a team the order of selection is irrelevant. The draft is done in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and in a positive neighborly way.