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General Spring Season Info

The Spring Season is Lake Forest Little League's primary season, running February through May. Registration opens October 1st with discounted Early Bird pricing, and closes prior to Player Evaluation Day for drafted divisions (league age 9+) and until teams are full for all lower divisions (Challengers, Tee Ball, Rookie, and Single A). 

** 2024 Drafted Divisions: Registrations are now on WAITLIST ONLY for league age 9 and older players. Players will be accepted from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis as space becomes available in each age category. If your player is accepted from the waitlist, you will be notified via email and you will have 24 hours to submit age and residency verification documents in order to confirm eligibility to play. 

** 2024 Lower Divisions: Registrations are now  limited to the number of open spots on existing teams, and a waitlist will begin once all teams are at full capacity. Once the number of open spots falls below 5, you will see the number appear below next to the division.


Only those players who live or attend school within the Lake Forest Little League boundaries may play with LFLL. Please check your home/school address HERE prior to registering. Any refunds requested due to boundary issues or inability to provide sufficient evidence of residency/school enrollment are subject to the Standard Refund Policy.

Divisions of Play: Descriptions of each division of play can be found HERE

** All league age 9 and above players MUST attend Player Evaluations and enter the draft in order to play in the Spring season. Player Evaluations are scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2024, with exact times to be scheduled at a later time.**

Post Season:
Some AA and above division players will have the opportunity to play in post season tournaments beginning in the month of June. The winning team for each LFLL divisional playoff tournament will represent our league in the District 55 Tournament of Champions. Additionally, a limited number of players will be selected onto LFLL's All Star teams and will play in tournaments, beginning with the District Tournament. 

Refer to our FAQs for additional general information about our Spring Season.  
 

2024 Spring Season

Registration Price: Like everything else, our costs to run the program and replenish equipment have increased drastically this past year. However, thanks to everyone’s continued support in the snack bar this past year, we are happy to be able to offer our Spring Season registration at prices that remain unchanged from the previous year. Your registration fee includes a personalized jersey, practice shirt, hat, end of season awards*, and photo package.

*End of season awards are provided to ALL Tee Ball, Rookie, Single A and Challengers players. Awards are provided to end of season playoff tournament winners for upper division AA+ teams.

**The Challengers registration price includes a practice shirt, end of season award, and photo package only. New players and returning players who wish to purchase a new Los Angeles Angels personalized jersey and hat may do so during online registration for an additional cost.

Any outstanding balances from the previous season must be paid in full before any player in your family will be placed on a team or be eligible for the draft. If you have any questions about balances on your account, please email [email protected]

Divisions & League Age: Check your player's league age here: Spring 2024 League Age Chart and review each division description to help determine which division is the best fit for your player.  All players league age 8+ must register for the "Drafted Divisions."

Please note that players who are league age 9+ must attend player evaluations and are drafted to age-eligible divisions. League age 8 players are encouraged to attend player evaluations and enter the AA draft. Please note that a limited number of league age 8 players will be drafted to play on a AA team. Those who are not drafted to a AA team will be placed on a Single A team. Those league age 8 players who do not want to attend evaluations and would like to be placed on a Single A team may email [email protected] after completing registration to submit their request. ALL players will make a team - there are no "cuts" in Little League.

Team Assignment: Coach/friend requests are considered for Challenger, Tee Ball, Rookie and Single A divisions, but not guaranteed. If you have a request, please make sure to note it during registration in the field provided. Coach/friend requests cannot be considered for the AA and above divisions, as team assignments are determined via the draft process. Team assignments will be announced mid/late January. 

Document Check-

  • Age Verification: ALL players (new and returning) will be required to upload a legible copy of their birth certificate for birth date verification (The Sports Connect system only retains birth certificates for 6 months, in accordance with Little League document retention policies). 
  • Boundary Verification: In order to play with Lake Forest LL, your player must live OR attend school within our boundaries. The system will automatically check for proper boundary compliance based on the address entered/school selected.

o    Residency verification: See the list of documents required for proof of residency HERE. All documents must have at least one parent/guardian’s name, be dated between February 1, 2023, and February 1, 2024, and the address on all 3 documents must be the same and within the Lake Forest LL boundaries. We must be able to see the full document page showing the type of document, name, address and date of document. 

o    School enrollment: Required only for those players who live outside of our league’s boundaries or are otherwise unable to provide the required residency documents, the Little League School Enrollment Form may be completed through your school. The form must be printed out, completed, and signed by a school administrator. The player must have been enrolled in the school prior to October 1, 2023.

Save time and submit your documents electronically!!  You may upload your 3 residency verification documents or school enrollment form during online registration. If you choose to skip this step while registering your player(s), you can still log back in later and submit the documents. You cannot proceed with registration without uploading a birth certificate - however, if you do not wish to do so, then please just upload a blank paper.

Age and Boundary verifications must be completed before your player will be placed on a team or allowed to participate in evaluations. If a league age 9+ player fails to complete Document Check prior to player evaluations, they will not be eligible to enter the draft and will be unable to play this season.

  • Safety Awareness: All parents and players must review the following forms and acknowledge receipt and understanding during online registration (required by CA law). Printed forms are no longer required!

o    Concussion Awareness Form 

o    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form 

o    Opioid Fact Sheet 

  • Medical Release: The Medical Release Form must still be printed/completed/signed by a parent and given to the Manager at the first team meeting/practice to be carried with them to all league events.

Refund Policy: Requests to cancel registration will be issued refunds as follows:

  • On or before November 30, 2023 – FULL refund
  • Between December 1, 2023 and December 17, 2023 – 50% refund
  • On or after December 18, 2023 – NO refund

A $10 administrative fee will be withheld from each canceled registration to cover the processing fees incurred by the league for each transaction.

Canceled registrations due to failure or inability to complete Document Check by the deadline will be subject to the above timeline as well.

Uniforms and equipment required for each player: Each player will need to provide their own baseball pants, socks, belt, cleats, protective cup (for boys) and gear (a glove, batting helmet, and USA Baseball standard bat). We recommend holding off on purchasing apparel items until your team has been assigned and your coach selects the color for the team. Our generous sponsor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, typically provides a league discount weekend prior to the start of each season as well, which we will email to all registered players several weeks prior to the discount weekend.

Schedule: Practice and game schedules are subject to field allocations received from the city of Lake Forest. Practice days/times are selected by the Manager/Head Coach shortly before the season begins, and therefore we cannot accept requests to place players on teams with a specific practice day/time.  

  • Lower Divisions: Teams will meet 2x/week (weekday + Saturday), consisting of practices only for Preseason beginning mid/late February. Once games begin in March, Saturdays will consist of games, and practices will continue on weekdays. Some divisions/teams may have weekday games towards the end of the season. Younger divisions (Tee Ball/Rookie) typically have earlier weekday practice times (e.g. 4:30pm). Saturday game times will vary each week, as early as 9:00am but ending no later than 5:30pm.
  • Upper Divisions: Teams will meet 3-4x/week (weekdays + Sat/Sun), consisting of practices only for Preseason beginning early February. Once games begin in March, teams will typically have 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game, Friday or Sunday field practice (most teams will practice on Sundays due to limited field availability), plus a batting cage day at the discretion of the Manager.

Please review our FAQ for additional general information about practice/game schedules for the season.

Volunteers: Lake Forest LL is a 100% volunteer-run organization, and we ask each family to fulfill a volunteer role for each player in the program. Volunteer roles needed on each team are as follows. All LFLL volunteers must complete a background check on an annual basis, which runs 10/1-9/30. Please follow the links for additional requirements for each volunteer role.

  • Manager/Head Coach – Being a Manager requires time, patience, and a basic knowledge of the game.  You should be able to attend the majority of games and practices (as the Manager, you will be able to select your own practice slot).  The Manager will plan and run practices/drills will also be responsible for creating gameday lineups.
  • Team Parent - Primary responsibilities will include assisting the Manager with administrative matters such as managing the team schedule/calendar, planning social events, picking up/distributing uniforms, helping to remind players/families to comply with safety protocols, communicating league/team matters to parents, etc.
  • Assistant Coaches  – The Assistant Coach will assist the Manager with running practices/drills and helping to coach and organize the players on game day.
  • Umpire – Umpires are required in the competitive divisions (AA and above) and most games have one field umpire and one plate umpire. A good understanding of Little League rules will be required. All necessary training (mechanics and rules) will be provided by LFLL and/or District 55.
  • Scorekeeper/Pitch Counter – Home team provides the official Scorekeeper for the game; Visitor team provides the Pitch Counter who will also operate the Scoreboard. A basic knowledge of the game is required for scorekeeping, but instruction on how to keep score, pitch count, and operate the scoreboard will be provided by LFLL.
  • Snack Bar/Events – LFLL will be running the Snack Bar for baseball tournaments hosted by the city of Lake Forest and will need volunteers to help. Additional one-off LFLL events may require volunteers as well. Each player will be expected to provide volunteer(s) to fulfill at least TWO shifts, with the exception of Managers, Assistant Coaches, Team Parents, Umpires who umpire 3 or more games, and Scorekeepers/Pitch Counters who cover 6 or more games. 

**If you are unable to fulfill any of the above volunteer roles for each player in the program, you may opt out of volunteering for the season by paying a $250 opt out fee per player, per season.

Additional volunteers may be needed by the team (e.g. bringing post-game snacks, field prep/cleanup, etc.)  - these are in addition to the above volunteer roles needed by the league and should be shared responsibilities across the entire team. 

Important Dates – we are currently working on logistics  for these important events. Please check back soon:

  • Monday, December 11, 2023 - Parent Info Night (7pm, LF Sports Park): If you are new to Lake Forest LL or have questions about the upcoming season, we encourage you to attend. A brief presentation will be provided, followed by a Q&A session with our board members.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2023 – In-person Document Check (8am, Heroes Park): If you prefer not to upload documents during online registration or are unsure about what documents are required, please come bring your documents to this event. Board members will be available to answer any questions and help you complete the verification process.
  • Sunday, January 7, 2024 - Player Evaluations (League Age 8+ only): MANDATORY for players who are league age 9 and older (excluding Challengers). Required for any league age 8 year olds who would like to enter the AA draft. Sign ups for specific time slots will be available at a later time and will be emailed to all eligible players. See our FAQ here for additional information about what to expect at player evaluations.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 - Managers Meeting (10am, LF Sports Park): General league protocols and important safety matters will be discussed, followed by a breakout session with divisional Commissioners to discuss rules and share best practices. The meeting is mandatory for all Managers and optional for Assistant Coaches.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - Team Parent Meeting (7pm, LF Sports Park): Team Parent Coordinator will provide teams with important information for the season, including information for uniforms, Picture Day, Angel's Day, and other administrative matters. The Team Parent or another parent from each team must attend to receive this information.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 - Opening Day (9am, Heroes Park): A day of fun and festivities for all LFLL families to enjoy to kick off the 2024 season. More details to come at a later date.

Please review our FAQ’s for additional information about our program/season. Any additional questions not answered through the FAQ may be directed to [email protected].

Available Registrations

2024 Spring Season

Spring 2024 Baseball

The Fee $ noted below is the REGULAR registration fee. Any applicable Discounts or Fees will be applied upon checkout. If you do not see a division listed below, it means that division is FULL.

Tee Ball (League Age 4-6)


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$0.00

Rookie (League Age 6-7)


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$0.00

Single A (League Age 7-8)


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$0.00

Junior Challengers (League Age 6-14)


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$35.00

Senior Challengers (League Age 15+)


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$35.00

Drafted Divisions (League Age 8-13)


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$0.00

Drafted Divisions (League Age 14-16)


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$275.00

Contact

Lake Forest Little League
25422 Trabuco Rd., Ste 105 #472
Lake Forest, California 92630

Email: [email protected]

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