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FAQ

Ipswich Little League Frequently asked questions:

Q:  Can my child "play up" into a higher division?
The general policy of Ipswich Little League is to have players play in a division with kids their own age. However, some exceptions are made for family requests (such as multiple children in the same division), team formation/size, coaching needs, safety reasons, and ability. Any request to move up into a different division will be evaluated by the Player Agent and the Board. All decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Q:  Can my child "play down" into a lower division?
The general policy of Ipswich Little League is to have players play in a division with kids their own age. However, exceptions are made for family requests, playing with classmates, team formation/size, safety reasons, and ability. Any request to move down will be evaluated by the Player Agent and the Board. PLEASE NOTE that a player may not play down on a Summer Ball team. Little League tournament teams are organized by age.

Q:  When does registration start for the 2020 season?
Registration for the 2020 Ipswich Little League season is now open! Register Here.
If you need assistance with the registration process, the following link includes helpful instructions: 

https://bluesombrero.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/228183867-Parents-Online-Registration-Instructions  

Q:  When does the season start?
Opening day ceremonies, otherwise known as the Baseball Bash, are May 3, 2020. Bubba Bat will start May 6th. A and AA practices will start the week of April 27th, and games will start May 9th. AAA and Majors practices will start as soon as the fields are ready. All AAA and Majors teams will play on opening day, May 3rd.

Q: When does the season end?
The regular season ends June 13th. Optional Summer tournaments can go on through early August.

Q:  Where and when do the kids play?
Bubba Bat plays every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm at Town Hall/Green Street. 

Single A ("A") practices every Tuesday and Friday, 5:30pm to 7pm, at Town Hall/Green Street. Games are on Saturday in the morning/early afternoon on Hopping Field located at Bialek Park (parking entrance off of Kimball Ave).  

Double A ("AA") practices every Monday and Thursday, 5:30pm to 7pm, at Town Hall/Green Street. Games are on Saturday in the afternoon on Hopping Field located at Bialek Park (parking entrance off of Kimball Ave).

Triple A ("AAA") schedules are determined individually for each team. AAA teams play and practice mainly on Hopping Field at Bialek Park (parking entrance off of Kimball Ave). Weekend games are Saturday morning/afternoon Bowen Field at Bialek Park. AAA typically has two practices and one to two games per week.

The Majors schedule is determined individually for each team, Majors teams play and practice mainly on Bowen Field at Bialek Park (parking entrance off of Linebrook Road). Majors teams typically have two practices and one or two games per week.

Q:  How are rain-outs decided?
Rainouts prior to the start of a game are usually decided by the managers of the two teams playing, with input from the Field Manager on conditions. If a game has already started and an umpire is present, the umpire is in charge of making the call.

Q:  What equipment is required and what does the league provide?
A glove is required for all divisions, and cleats and baseball pants are required for AAA and the Majors. The League provides hats, jerseys, helmets and bats for all levels, though players are welcome to provide their own appropriate helmet and bat. There is no League policy on color of pants - but a preference is sometimes stated by the coach.

Q:  Can my child be put on a team with friends?
The lower the level, the easier it is to put friends together. As the kids get older and games become competitive, it becomes more difficult. AAA and Majors teams are formed using a draft process to ensure that all of the teams are as balanced as possible. The League prioritizes team balance over friend requests. Kids tend to have more fun when the teams are balanced and the games are competitive.

Q:  Can I choose my child’s coach?
Much like playing with friends, this is easier at the lower levels. When games become competitive, a draft process is used to ensure that all of the teams are as balanced as possible. Also, moving kids around has benefits for the kids and the coaches. However, if you or your child has a problem with a certain coach, please contact the League and the League will do what it can to make accommodations.

Q:  What is Summer Ball?
Summer Ball is tournament-style baseball played against other towns. It starts the third week of June and ends the first or second week of August. Teams are organized by age, and different tournaments are available for kids ages 8-12*. Ipswich generally fields an 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and a 12U team. Tournaments are fairly local, and tend to be in places like Beverly, Danvers, Gloucester, and Amesbury. Summer Ball culminates in the “Williamsport Tournament,” in which 12-year-olds from all around the world compete for a chance to go to Pennsylvania and play in the LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.
*The lowest age for summer ball is the 8U team. If there are spots available, kids as young as 7 can play.

Q:  Does my child have to be available all Summer to play Summer Ball?
No. We understand that most people got away or take some time off in the Summer. We try to recruit enough kids to make up for kids going being away. The majority of the kids will miss some time here or there.

Q:  Does my child have to be a top player to play Summer Ball?

No. There are different levels of tournaments, and we attempt to make sure everyone who wants to play in the Summer has some opportunity. However, the more competitive tournaments do have a selection process.

Q:  How are Summer Ball teams formed?

Summer Ball teams are formed based on perceived ability and team need, using input from all of the coaches. Final teams and decided by the Board.

Q:  Why does Summer Ball cost additional money?
Many of the tournaments have a fee to enter, and all kids get a good quality Summer Ball hat and shirt with their name on the back.

Q. What bats are allowed for the 2020 season?

On January 1, 2018 a new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. The vast majority of bats approved for Little League in 2017 and earlier are not acceptable for use in any Little League game, practice, or activity starting on January 1, 2018. The only exception is wood bats. Beginning in the 2018 season, non-wood and laminated bats used in Little League shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat standard – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. Look for this logo on approved bats:

Traditional wood bats are still approved for play and do NOT need to have the above logo. More information can be found here.


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