FAQs

Frequently asked questions by parents are  listed below.  If you have other questions, please fill out the Contact Form.

Games and Teams

When are the pratices and games?

Teams are encouraged to practice often! However, practice will vary according to the coaches’ availability. All coaches are volunteers who also have jobs and families.

Most teams will practice at least once per week for an hour or two, and usually in the late afternoons at Inwood Hill Park. Once your child is placed on a team, your manager will contact you with practice details.  Please make an effort to attend practices and let coaches know if you will be absent.

Below are the typical days and hours the divisions play games. These may vary from year to year depending on the number of players registered.

Age Division Field Days Times
4 Rookies (tball) Field 3 Sundays 9am & 11am
5-6 Superstars (coach pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 11am
7-8 Farms (kid pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 8:45am
9-10 Minors Field 6 Sat & Sun (2 games) 9am, 11:30am, 2pm
11-12 Majors Field 6 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 4:30 Sat
13-14 Juniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, Sat 9am & 11am
15-16 Seniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, Sat 1pm & 3pm
17+ Big League Fields 1 & 5 Weekends TBD

 

Which Division/Group will my child be placed in?

Players are placed in a division based on their age and skill level.  The LEAGUE Age is the player’s age before August 31st of this year (defined by Little League.)

Some players may be moved up or down a division based on special needs, circumstance, or the skill level determined during the tryouts.

Age Division Field Days Times
4 Rookies (tball) Field 3 Sundays 9am & 11am
5-6 Superstars (coach pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 11am
7-8 Farms (kid pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 8:45am
9-10 Minors Field 6 Sat & Sun (2 games) 9am, 11:30am, 2pm
11-12 Majors Field 6 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 4:30 Sat
13-14 Juniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 9am & 11am Sat
15-16 Seniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 9am & 11am Sat
17+ Big League Fields 1 & 5 Weekends TBD

 

Where and when are the games played?

All games are played at Inwood Hill Park. Players are placed in the appropriate divisions according thier age and skill level (based on a tryout).

Age Division Field Days Times
4 Rookies (tball) Field 3 Sundays 9am & 11am
5-6 Superstars (coach pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 11am
7-8 Farms (kid pitch) Fields 2-3-4 Saturdays 8:45am
9-10 Minors Field 6 Sat & Sun (2 games) 9am, 11:30am, 2pm
11-12 Majors Field 6 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 4:30 Sat
13-14 Juniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 9am & 11am Sat
15-16 Seniors Fields 1 & 5 Mon – Sat (2-3 games) 5:30pm weekdays, 9am & 11am Sat
17+ Big League Fields 1 & 5 Weekends TBD

 

When we do we get a schedule?

Schedules will be posted on our website and provided to managers one week before opening day. Your team’s manager will provide you with a copy.

What if it rains during the season?

Any type of game cancellation is decided by a league official. Once that decision is made, all managers are notified. It is the managers responsibilty to notify parents/players. Normally, cancellations are confirmed at least one hour in advance of the game.

How often will my child play during games (playing time)?

All players in the Minors and higher divisions are required to play at least 2 innings and get 1 at bat. After that two inning requirement, playing time is awarded at the manager’s discretion. In the younger divisions, Rookies-Farms, all kids play the entire game.

Registration

How do I register my child?

Register Online
To save you time and to secure a spot, You can register online here.

Register in person
Please check the Calendar for “in-person” Registration dates in February. Usually on Saturdays from 10-3pm at IS52 or at the office.

What you need to bring:

  1. If you are NEW to the league
    1. Proof of age (Birth Certificate, passport
    2. Proof of address (home bill, lease, etc)
  2. Bring child to be measured for a uniform
  3. If child has a medical condition, bring a clearance from the doctor
  4. Cash or check for league fee. Must be PAID IN FULL at time of registration.

Registration Fees (subject to change)

  • 4-5 years old, $140
  • 6-9 years old, $140
  • 10-12 years old, $160
  • 13-16 years old, $180
  • 17-18 years old, $180

Fees include: full uniforms, trophies, games/umpires

What happens after registration?

After everyone is registered and coaches have been chosen, players are assgined to teams and managers are given rosters and contact information.

Your team’s manager will call you at least one week prior to opening day to intruduce themselves and arrange a practice. The manager will be your point of contact from that point on.

What team will my child be on?

In the younger divisions: Rookies, Superstars, & Farms, kids are assigned to teams by the league in an even manner based on skill level and ages. For the Minors division and above, kids are chosen by managers in a draft. We cannot accommodate special team/buddy requests.

Once kids are assigned to teams, the manager will contact you to introduce himself.

What is the Opening Day Parade?

Every year Inwood Little League celebrates Opening Day with a big parade that includes all players, parents, supporting organizations and a marching band. Players and parents are asked to gather with their team at corner of Broadway and Dyckman at 11am (date listed below). The players must wear there full uniform (no equiptment nesseccary). Parents are asked to march behind their respective teams.

Check the Calendar for Dates & times 

The parade starts promptly at 12pm with a police escort and walks north on Broadway to 218st. The north side of Browadway is closed while we walk in the parade.  We turn left on 218st and proceeed to the Opening Day ceremonies on field 6 located in the Inwood Park peninsula.

Only players and league administratorsare allowed to enter the field for the ceremony. Parents and guest must remain outside the field. The ceremony which includes short speeches by the league president as well as other dignitaries, will last about 45 minutes. All players will be uniformly dismmissed to their parents after the ceremony.

There will be 2 games played after the ceremony: one Majors game (12yr olds) and one Seniors (15-16yr olds) game.  You are welcomed to stay and watch.

 

What are the tryouts for?

We hold tryouts so we can evaluate a player’s skill level and make sure they are placed in the appropriate group.

The tryout may be held outdoors or indoors and usually lasts about an hour. Players field a few ground balls and throw to a coach (no hitting or running is involved).

Raffle Tickets and Chocolates Sales?

Raffle Tickets

To help you offset the costs of registration, we provide with FREE raffle tickets. You can do as you like with these tickets. You can sell the for a $1 each and KEEP the proceeds, or you can fill them out with your own names for the drawing . They are yours to do with as you please. The prizes are usually cash prizes in the sums of $500 & $250. The raffle usually takes place the 3rd week of April down by field 6. You must return the raffle stubs to the office or on the drawinfg date. You do not need to be present to win.

Chocolate Sales

As a voluntary fundraiser, we ask that sell a box of chocolates for the league. The box is valued at $60.  If you choose to participate, we’ll give you a box of chocolates at registration. Sell them to your friends at $1 each (or eat them) and return the $60 to the office before opening day.  The monies generated by chocolate sales help the league immensely and keeps registration fees low! It costs a lot of money to run this league and gets more expensive every year. We have not raised registration fees in over three years.

I dont live in Inwood, can I still register?

Yes! We accept kids from any area. They simply may not be eligible to play in the Little League tournament in June. Other than that, they can partake in all Inwood Little league activites.

How old does a child need to be to join?

Kids must be at least 4 years old prior to May 1st to join our league.

What do I need to buy for my child?

The folowing is required for all players for games and practices:

  1. Glove (choose appropriate size for age)
  2. Protective cup for boys

The following are optional:

  1. Baseball cleats (rubber or plastic – no metal spikes)
  2. Athelic clothing for practice (sweats, not shorts)
  3. Bat (choose appropriate size for age)
  4. Batting helmet (kids share league helmets)

You should put your child’s name on his/her equiptment.

We will supply the complete unfiform including: jersey, hat, pants, belt, and socks. Players must wear complete uniforms for the opening day parade and all games, no exceptions.

 

When do we get a uniform?

Barring any delays, uniforms are distributed one week before opening day. Your team’s  manager will contact you with distribution date and location.

Uniforms must be worn to the opening day parade and to all games.

Volunteers and Sponsors

How do I become a coach?

The league is always in need of coaches! No experience is necessary. This is a great way to help kids and give back to your community. Simply download and fill out a volunteer application. Submit the application in our office for assignment.

How do I sponsor and or contribute?

Many local business sponsor teams. It is a great way to support our league and help the kids in our community. Inwood Little League is a certified 501c3 charitable organization. All donations/sponosorships are 100% tax deductibale.

The costs can vary from $500-1200. Your organization’s name will be put on the team uniform, and the team will be named after your organization.

For more information, see our sponsor page.

Safety

Does the league have insurance?

YES! The kids in our league are fully insured. Inwood has been around over 60 years and we are chartered with Little League and Babe Ruth League. Those organizations require insurance for players.

What happens if my child gets hurt?

If a player gets injured during a game or practice. The manager will call the parents and/or guardian immediately. If parent cannot be reached, the manager will take appropriate action.

An incident report will be filled out within 24 hours and filed with the league.

Who do I contact when I have a problem?

Your team’s manager is your main of  contact for any questions or concerns. If you cannot reach your team’s manager, please contact the commissioner of your division.

If you need help from a league official, please use the contact form page.