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HOW ARE THE VARIOUS PLAYING LEVELS WITHIN LAA ORGANIZED? The 6U or T-ball level is for players 4-6 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 7 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. Teams are formed based primarily on the geographic area the players live in. Even though standings are not kept in this league, games are still played in a competitive atmosphere. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 8U level is a combination of both "coach and kid pitch" (3 innings per game of each), and is for players 7 or 8 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 9 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. Teams are formed based primarily on the geographic area the players live in. Standings are maintained in this league. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 10U level is the first level of full "kid pitch" in LAA and is for players 9 or 10 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 11 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. This is also the first level in LAA where players are allowed to steal bases on a limited basis (after the pitch crosses home plate). Teams are formed based primarily on the geographic area the players live in. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 12U level is for players 11 or 12 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 13 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. In general, full baseball rules are adhered to at this level. Teams are formed based primarily on the geographic area the players live in. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 14U level is for players 13 or 14 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 15 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. In general, full baseball rules are adhered to at this level. Teams are formed based primarily on the geographic area the players live in. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 16U level is for players 15 or 16 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 17 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. The distance between bases changes to 90 feet in this league. The pitcher's mound-to-plate distance also increases from 54 feet to 60. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details. The 18U level is for players 17, 18 or 19 years of age. Players in this league cannot turn 20 prior to May 1st of the new playing season. A maximum of 3 players only, aged 19 or older, are permitted on each team. See the "League Rules" pdf for more league-specific details.


WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO PLAY IN LAA? Our 6U, or T-ball level, is for players 4-6 years of age. Due to liability and insurance precautions, all Shetland players must be at least 4 years old by May 1st of the new season.


IN THE 6U LEAGUE, HOW OFTEN DO THE KIDS PRACTICE AND PLAY GAMES? There are a total of 12 - 14 games played at the 6U level. The season runs from Saturday May 1 through Saturday June 12. Practices will start a few weeks or so before the first game. We generally try for no more than 2 games per week in the initial schedule, but with rainouts we sometimes have to schedule a 3rd. There are some weeks we can only get 1 game in because we try to schedule around all the various school "events" and we don't schedule any games Fri-Mon of Memorial Day weekend. Most coaches will practice once per week, some twice.


HOW OFTEN WILL THE PLAYERS IN OTHER LEAGUES PRACTICE AND HAVE GAMES? All other leagues play 12 - 14 games during the regular season. Team practices can begin anytime on or after the Manager's Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 25th. We generally try for no more than 2 games per week in the initial schedule, but with rainouts we sometimes have to schedule a 3rd. There are some weeks we can only get 1 game in because we try to schedule around all the various school "events" and we don't schedule any games Fri-Mon of Memorial weekend. Depending on the weather, 2 - 3 practices per week can be expected up until Opening Day, which is on Monday, April 19th this year. After that, all teams should be meeting at least 2 times and no more than 3 times per week (combination of practices and games). There will, of course, be exceptions here and there.


ON WHAT DAYS OF THE WEEK ARE GAMES AND PRACTICES PLAYED? Games are scheduled in the evening Mon-Thurs and on Saturday. It won't be a set day each week but a schedule is published in advance of the start of the season. In cases where games are cancelled, we try to fit them in to open fields on those days. On rare occasions, if the weather for the season does not cooperate we may have to schedule a make-up game on a Sunday afternoon. Coaches reserve practice fields and times at the various fields in the district and will update the website with the scheduled time and place. Like games, these could be any evening Mon-Thurs or on Saturday. Team coaches will contact their players in early March after the teams for all leagues are finalized to inform them of their practice plans.


WHEN AND WHERE IS THE FIRST COACHES MEETING? This year's mandatory coaches meeting will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 30th, at The Richardson Center. Check back here often as times, dates, and locations are always subject to change due to scheduling conflicts with the school district.


HOW LONG DOES THE SEASON LAST? Team practices begin after March 30th with regular season games beginning on Saturday, April 14th and running through the first week of June.  Playoffs for Pinto level and above (which includes ALL teams!) then continue through June with Championship Day on Saturday, June 23rd. Tournament (travel) games start on the weekend of June 29th.


I UNDERSTAND THAT TEAMS ARE FORMED BASED PRIMARILY ON THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA THE PLAYERS LIVE IN. ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS? LAA strive to make all teams as fair and evenly matched as possible. We make no exceptions to this. Each season we have issues raised of schools, friends, etc, but we stay firm for the benefit of all. Being a PONY League organization we generally follow their rules and guidelines. Geographic selection prevents coaches from "team building" and assures a pure attempt at team parity. Even with this selection system, some teams are better than others, but we feel it is the best way to prevent "stacking" a team. By selecting from a particular geographic location, players often end up on teams with friends and neighbors.


CAN I REGISTER A WHOLE TEAM IN LAA? The Lakes Athletic Association is a geographic draft style league. Teams, as a whole, are not entered. Players register individually and are placed on teams by various draft methods described above. We would love to have your players enter the league, but they will likely be drafted out to several different teams unless they live in close geographic proximity.


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