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West Chester/Liberty Little League Baseball is offered during the Spring & Fall seasons for boys and girls ages 3 through 16.
Spring registration opens in November with a Guaranteed Placement Deadline of February 1st.
Fall Registration opens in May with a Guaranteed Placement Deadline of July 15th
The Spring Season runs from April 1st to June 30th.
The Fall Season runs from mid-August to the end of October.
All players except BlastBall players need to provide baseball pants and baseball gloves.
Protective cups, cleats, and bats are recommended
Ages are based on the Little League Age Determination Chart
BlastBall: A program for League Age 3 year olds that teaches players the basics of baseball while having fun. The batter hits the ball and runs to the base. When the runner stomps on the base a loud HONK is sounded, which kids love. When the defensive player fields the ball they yell BLAST and if this is yelled before the runner gets to the base, the runner is out. Gloves/mitts are not needed because of the softness and size of the Ball. The fear factor of being hit is eliminated from the game altogether. BlastBall has an 8 game season.
T-Ball: A program for League Age 4 and 5 year olds to teach the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. All batters will hit the ball from a batting tee and all rostered players present for the game bat in order, whether playing defensively or not. An adult coach is stationed beyond the infielders in order to provide instruction to all defensive players
Rookie: Designed primarily for League Age 6 and 7 year olds. This is a machine-pitch league. By controlling the pitches with a pitching machine, there is more action at the plate and in the field. Fear of being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants. It removes the boredom - which is often the result of either overpowering or inadequate pitching - by throwing only strikes. Fewer errors and greater throwing accuracy are the result of increase in activity.
First Pitch: Recommended for League Age 8 year olds. At this level, the kids transition from machine pitch to kid pitch. Kids are taught proper pitching techniques. Players continue building and refining their fundamental skills while they begin to better understand game strategy. Each game will consist of 3 coach pitch innings with 3 kid pitch innings. LSO is committed to the safety of all our players, therefore, the coach will assess which players have the skills to pitch in a game situation.
Minor: Recommended for League Age 9 and 10 year olds. At this level, the kids enhance their pitching skills and move to Little League rules. It is at the minor league level that players first experience post-season tournament competition and Little League All Star games with district, and state levels of play.
Majors: Designed for League Age 11 and 12 year old players. Little League rules are used, with base path and pitching distances longer than in Minors. There is an end of season tournament as well as the chance to play in the Little League World Series as part of the All Star team.
Junior League: Designed for League Age 13 and 14 year old players. The program is an option for Little League graduates. Junior League Baseball uses a conventional 90-foot diamond. During the season, Juniors team play other teams in our Little League district.
Senior League: Designed for League Age 15 and 16 year old players. A conventional 90-foot diamond is used. Senior League offers a full range of tournament play including a World Series.
Big League: Designed for League Age 17 and 18 year old players. The program is players seeking top level amateur play. The Big League Baseball division uses a conventional 90-foot diamond. The Big League Baseball offers a full range of tournament play, including a World Series.
Challenger League: Designed for children 5-12 years old who have physical or mental disabilities.
Rules for Little League Minors & Majors are not available online. Questions about rules can be addresses to Baseball@LakotaSports.org
Rules for Little League Juniors & Seniors are not available online. Questions about rules can be addresses to Baseball@LakotaSports.org
The Little League background check is required for all coaches and assistant coaches in all levels of baseball. It can only be completed in paper form, not online, and must be handed in to league officials. Click on title above to get form. There will be many dates available to turn in forms, please check your email for a list of dates. The form does require a social security number and will be handled with care and shredded once entered. A copy of the applicant's drivers license is also required. Note: The form should be turned in at the Walter J Long garage (7894 Kyles Station Road,Liberty TWP, OH 45044) on one of the following dates: TBD
State law requires training in recognizing concussions in sports. The Ohio Department of Health offers free online training for coaches. Click on the title above to be taken to the state site for more info and links to the training. Once you complete the training click on the
Concussion Training Confirmation.
This form should be signed at the team's first meeting. This also offers a good opportunity to discuss the coach's expectations of the team's players and parents.
This form needs to be completed for all players on the team and kept by the head coach for the duration of the season.
Practice Schedules are usually available 2 weeks before the start of practices. Game schedules are usually available 2 weeks before the opening Day Parade. Practices begin April 1st and Games end June 30th. First Pitch, Minors, and Majors have a tournament at the end of the season.
In Tball, Rookie, and First Pitch, the teams will have a practice during the week and one on the weekend for the month of April. Beginning April 26th, they drop their weekend practice and have games every Saturday. Beginning in June they drop their weekday practices and have games during the week and on Saturdays. Each team plays a 12 game schedule.
In Minors, Majors, Juniors and Seniors, the teams will have a practice during the week and one on the weekend for the month of April. Beginning April 26th,they will discontinue practices and have one game during the week and one on Saturday. There will be 2 practices scheduled for each team during the season and coaches are encouraged to schedule additional practices as needed. Minors and Majors are scheduled for 12 games. Juniors and Seniors are scheduled for games against other area Little Leagues and their number of games may vary.
Make up games for all levels are typically scheduled on Sundays.
On Opening Day, we have a player parade that begins at Lakota East High School and ends at Royal Redeemer Church. At the end of the parade are lots of games and an Opening Ceremony Players ride in vehicles and prizes are given for the best decorated vehicle. This is a really fun event that the kids love and it gives them a chance to get to know their teammates as well.
P.O. Box 212
West Chester, OH 45071
Walter J. Long Multi-Sports Complex
7894 Kyles Station Road
Middletown OH 45044