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HOW TO REGISTER

Returning BTLL Members


You will need to select the division for which you want to register.  The registration groups (located on the registration page) are designed to allow you to register a child in a division that meets their requirements base upon their birth date and gender. Once selected, the system will prompt you to log into your personal account.  Returning guardians/players should have an account.  Simply log in with your GUARDIAN email address and password and the system will show you which family members qualify for the division that you selected.  Please make sure you verify your contact information and the information for your children.  New players need to have a birth certificate uploaded with their registration.  Please pay attention to the description of the division that you've selected as some require players to go through assessments.
 
Please make sure you use the same email address for registration that you used last year to avoid duplicate accounts for your family and that your player's history remains in tact.  If you no longer have access to your old email address, please contact the information officer. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOG IN WITH A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS.  This will create an entirely new duplicate account and you'll lose access to all of your family history.
 
New BTLL Members

If you have never registered a player with BTLL, then follow these instructions exactly.  Select the division for which you want to register a player.  The registration groups (located on the registration page) are designed to allow you to register a child in a division that meets their requirements base upon their birth date and gender.  Please pay attention to the description of the division that you've selected as some require players to go through assessments.  Click the "Begin Registration" button to select a division.  Verify that you have selected the desired program and then click the "Continue" button.  They system will prompt you to log in.  Click the create account button.  The system will email you a link to establish a temporary password for our system.  When you receive the email, click the link to set up a password.  Once you've established a password, return to the login screen and enter your email address and password.

You will then be prompted to set up a guardian account.  Please make sure you enter all information requested.  I would recommend that you change the public flag on your email address to roster.  Set a good, safe password that you can remember for your account.  If you wish to set up your spouse as another guardian, please make sure you check the "Add another parent or guardian" box before you click the "Submit" button.

Next you will be prompted to set up a participant account (player account).  Please enter all information; however, please DO NOT enter the same email address for your player.  Our system is keyed on the email address so it must be unique for every individual.  Also be very careful when entering your child's date of birth.  Once entered, you cannot change it.  If you happen to enter the wrong date of birth and it falls outside the date range allowed by the program you've chosen, your child will show up as ineligible.  You can ignore the grade field entirely.  Birth certificates are required for all new players.  Once you have entered the required information, please click the "Submit" button.

If you've done everything correctly, you'll be presented with any additional information the form requires, such as uniform size, health information, etc...  Please answer all questions. The system will provide you an option to use PayPal to use a credit card to pay for BTLL fees.  Please make sure that you follow all onscreen instructions. 

Once you've completed these steps, you are no longer a new BTLL member.  You may then use the "Edit My Account" located at the bottom of the menu on the left side of the page to edit your family account -- adding additional players, etc...


PARENT REQUESTS

Parents often like to make special requests such as having a player place on a specific team for carpooling or to play with friends or sometimes preference for a specific coach.  These requests will likely not be granted.  It is very difficult if not impossible to take in the hundreds of requests we get and to build teams and a schedule that accommodates everyone's wishes.  

Having siblings placed on the same team, providing both are of LL age and capabilities of playing at the same division level, is the only request that will likely be granted.


COACHING

Coaches must fill out the volunteer application form and go through a background check.  Each team is allowed one head coach and one official assistant coach for all divisions. Coaches will be required to attend a coaches safety meeting usually held in March.

Coaches often like to request to coach with a friend as so forth.  These requests are usually granted as our coaches are volunteers. There is a place on the volunteer application form for coaches to put in their specific requests.  If you put your request in the proper place, it will be see by those board members responsible for the team building, coaching lists, scheduling process.  Please do not email the information officer with your request as it will go in the trash folder never to be seen.


EQUIPMENT

Coaches are issued a base set of equipment appropriate for their division.  This includes some basic batting helmets, bats, catchers gear and balls.    At a minimum, your player will need a baseball/softball glove appropriate for their size.

At the major level and higher (baseball/softball) most players provide their own helmet, glove, bat, batting gloves, face shield, sliding pads/shorts, sun glasses, bag, etc...  At the majors level and higher, please make sure your equipment is Little League approved.  In tournament play, the umpires will usually inspect equipment.

UNIFORMS

Uniforms are distributed in April just before the regular season begins. The following is a guide to what is provided at each division.
 

Baseball Uniforms Softball Uniforms
T-ball Shirts, Hats T-ball Shirts
Coach Pitch Shirts, Hats Coach Pitch Shirts
AA Shirts, Pants, Hats AA Shirts, Pants, Socks
AAA Shirts, Pants, Hats N/A N/A
Majors Shirts, Pants, Hats Majors Shirts, Pants, Socks
50/70 Shirts, Pants, Hats N/A N/A
Juniors Shirts, Pants, Hats Juniors Shirts, Pants, Socks
Seniors Shirts, Pants, Hats Seniors Shirts, Pants, Socks
 










 

 

 


DIVISIONS

Byron Township Little League Baseball/Softball is for all youngsters between the ages of 4 and 18 years of age.  
The following is a guide of the League's Divisions: 

 

Baseball Division LL Ages
T-ball 4 & 5
Coach Pitch Minor 6 & 7
Coach Pitch Major 7 & 8
AA 9 & 10
AAA 10 & 11*#
Majors 11 & 12*^
50/70 Intermediate 13*
Juniors 13 & 14*
Seniors 15 & 16*
Big League 17 & 18*

 

Softball Division LL Ages
T-ball 4, 5 & 6
Coach Pitch 7 & 8
AA 9 & 10
Majors 11 & 12*^
Juniors 13 & 14*


*Requires player assessments
#9 & 10 yr old's who do not get drafted will go down to AA
^10 yr old's who do not get drafted will go down to AA


In BTLL, baseball is for boys and softball is for girls.


LITTLE LEAGUE AGE

Determined by age as of:                              
Baseball - April 30 of current year                  Example: YEAR 2013, Boy DOB: 2/13/2005  LL AGE=8
Softball - December 31 of previous year         Example: YEAR 2013, Girl DOB: 2/13/2005  LL AGE=7


FEES
 

DIVISION FEE
T-Ball $40
Maching/Coach Pitch $50
AA $60
AAA $60
Majors $60
50/70 - Baseball Only $70
Juniors $70
Seniors $70
Big League $70


*NOTE: Late registration begins on February 2nd.  A $10 late charge fee will be applied for each late registration. Also a late payment fee of $25.00 will be added if payment is not received on or before March 20th.

*Maximum fee of $160 per family prior to February 2nd. This doesn't apply to late fee's.

PAYMENT

Credit cards may be used for payment of fees during online registration.  

You may also mail checks payable to BTLL:

Byron Township Little League
P.O. Box 320
Byron Center, MI 49315

REFUND POLICY

Refunds may be issued, minus any credit card transaction fees, up to the time that uniforms are ordered.  After uniforms are ordered, the cost of uniform will be deducted from the refund along with any credit card transaction fees.  Late fees are not refunded.  After April 15th, 2014, no refunds will be issued.

BTLL BOUNDARY

You must reside within the BTLL territory or attend a school that falls within our boundary to play in the Byron Township Little League. Please check the boundary map to see if you reside or attend a school within our boundaries.  If you fall outside of our boundary, you may apply for a waiver.  It may or may not be granted depending upon circumstances.  Please contact the   if you have any boundary issues.

PLAYER ASSESSMENTS 

Baseball Assessments

Location: BCPS Admin Gym
Date: March 7 & March 14, 2015
Time: TBD

*** Players in the baseball AAA, Major and Junior divisions must attend at least one assessment. If a player for any reason fails to attend either assessment, they will be pulled from the draft pool and placed on a team after the conclusion of the draft ***

Little League requires a player draft for these divisions so that there is a reasonably fair distribution of players on the teams.  Players in these divisions must attend player assessments so that player evaluation data can be created and distributed amongst the coaches involved in the draft process.

If players do not attend assessments, the coaches will have only their personal knowledge of a player, if any, on which to rely for making drafting decisions.  Coaches that have more experience and put in more time with the sport usually have a greater knowledge of the players.  This can sometimes give them an advantage in the draft process over less experienced coaches.  

There is an opportunity for players entering their last year of their respective division (as allowed by Little League age) to attend assessments and possibly play up at the next division level.  For example, a player from the t-ball division (4,5 & 6 year olds) who is Little League age 6, could sign up for and attend assessments to see if they could possibly play up at the Machine/Coach Pitch division level.

Softball Assessments

Location: BCPS Admin Gym
Date: March 7 & March 15, 2014
Time: TBD 

*** Players in the Softball AA, AAA, Major and Junior divisions must attend assessments. If a player for any reason fails to attend either assessment, they will be pulled from the draft pool and placed on a team after the conclusion of the draft. ***

Little League requires a player draft for these divisions so that there is a reasonably fair distribution of players on the teams.  Players in these divisions must attend player assessments so that player evaluation data can be created and distributed amongst the coaches involved in the draft process.

If players do not attend assessments, the coaches will have only their personal knowledge of a player, if any, on which to rely for making drafting decisions.  Coaches that have more experience and put in more time with the sport usually have a greater knowledge of the players.  This can sometimes give them an advantage in the draft process over less experienced coaches.  

There is an opportunity for players entering their last year of their respective division (as allowed by Little League age) to possibly play up at the next division level.  For example, a player from the Coach Pitch division (7 & 8 year olds) who is Little League age 8, could place a request to see if their player could play up at the AA Minors division level.  

SCHEDULES/TEAM BUILDING

Teams cannot be assembled until we have our coaches registered, background checks completed, players registered, player assessments completed, and for some divisions the player draft completed. Since player assessments do not complete until sometime in early March, it stands to reason that team information will not be available until sometime in mid March.  Furthermore, it stands to reason that the practice and game schedules cannot be created until sometime after the teams have been assembled.  Hence, the practice schedule becomes available sometime between the player drafts and the first practice (early April).  The game schedule comes out sometime after the practice schedule but before uniform pickup (mid April).

PRACTICE SEASON

Practices usually start in early April and run up until Opening Day (April 26, 2014).  Teams will get 2-3 field practices and 2-3 batting cage practices during this time, weather permitting.  Practices typically start around 6:00pm during the work week for most divisions. Practices will also be scheduled on the weekend (Saturday) from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

REGULAR SEASON

Regular season begins April 26, 2014 and runs through mid June depending upon the division.  Teams usually play two games per week, weather permitting.  We try to schedule make-up games if necessary.  We try to schedule certain divisions such that it minimizes conflicts with travel baseball/softball.  Games typically start around 5:15pm, 7:15pm and 6:00pm during the work week depending on the division. Games on Saturday run from 8:30am - 5:00pm. T-ball is the only division that plays strictly on Saturdays.

PLAYOFFS

Certain divisions will hold playoffs at the end of the regular season. Majors and Juniors in both Baseball and Softball will have D9 Team tournaments that start around the 2nd week of June. These games might require some travel to surrounding LL's. AA Softball, AA Baseball and AAA Baseball will have a BTLL Tournament that begins around the 2nd week of June. These games will be held at BTLL fields. The schedule for these games come out at the last minute, so there is typically very little warning.

POST SEASON/ALLSTARS

All Star teams are formed for certain divisions based on try-outs. Rules are strictly enforced during tournament play -- ages, boundaries, Little League approved equipment, etc…  All Stars can play many games per week depending upon the dynamics of the participating leagues.  Scheduling information comes out at the last minute so it is often difficult for parents to plan.  All Star games usually begin in early July and can run all the way through the end of August or even into September depending how far a team goes.

REGISTRATION FORMS

Please pay attention to the age ranges of the registration forms and to the late date, closing date, and other special instructions on the form.  Please visit our registration page for the online sign-up forms.