2021 - Need to Know

What do I need to know for the 2021 season?

UpdatedMonday August 2, 2021 by Darold Mergens.

Every parent, grandparent, guardian or player wants to know what is needed each season. Hopefully this page will answer all your questions.

 

Important 2021 Dates

  • The 2021 Hillside Little League season has come to a close

 

Equipment Rental Agreement

During normal seasons, Hillside provides each head coach several helmets, bats and at least one set of catcher's gear to be used by any players without their own personal gear during individual games or practices throughout the season. Once the season has completed, the coaches collect their loaned gear and return it to the league.

Due to the unique circumstances regarding COVID-19 and everybody doing their best to limit exposure via the sharing of equipment such as helmets, bats, gloves, etc., Hillside Little League requires anybody without their own personal equipment complete an Equipment Rental Agreement and the league would be happy to provide whatever is needed for your player to enjoy the 2021 season safely. We do prefer all players provide their own equipment since there are only so many bats, gloves, helmets, etc. in our communal collection but if you need equipment this season, we are here for you.

 

T-ball Info

A schedule will not be posted until registration has been completed and teams have been formed. That will all be weather dependent, of course. They will practice for a couple of weeks prior to games beginning April 26th then play approximately 18 games, ending mid-June (does not include rain outs and we do not make these games up so we overschedule to compensate).

Practices and games are 45 minutes long.

Typical game schedule:

  • Weekdays
    • Games start at either 6:00pm or 7:00pm
  • Saturdays
    • Games start at one-hour intervals beginning at 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sundays
    • Games start at one-hour intervals beginning at 12:00pm to 6:00pm

T-ball does not typically do any games after 6:00pm on weekends. There could be a 7:00pm weeknight game but that usually is when school is out.

All T-ball games are at our fields: 82nd and Western.

 

Age groups

  • Click these links for official Little League age charts
  • T-Ball (Co-ed)
    • Ages 4-7
  •  Baseball
    • Farm: 6-8
    • Minor: 9-10
    • Major: 11-12
    • Reserve: 13-14
    • Jr. Varsity: 15-16
    • Varsity: 17-18
  • Softball
    • Farm: 7-8
    • Minor: 9-10
    • Major: 11-12
    • Junior: 13-14
    • Senior: 15-16

 

What equipment is needed

Per the Equipment Rental Agreement mentioned above, Hillside provides the following equipment to players in need but strongly recommends players provide their own equipment:

  • Glove
  • Bat
    • Click here for sizing recommendations
      • Baseball: Little League has different requirements for bats depending on playing levels. Bats must have the following logosClick here for more information 
        • USA BASEBALL logo
          • T-Ball
          • Farm
          • Minor
          • Major
        • USA BASEBALL logo or BBCOR logo
          • Reserve
          • Jr. Varsity
        • BBCOR logo
          • Varsity
      • Softball: There are currently NO bat requirements at any level of Little League softball
  • Protective headgear
    • Batting helmet with face mask
      • Batting helmets with face masks are a Hillside Little League requirement, NOT a general Little League requirement
    • Softball defensive face guards
      • Hillside Little League does not require softball players to wear face guards while playing defense but are strongly recommended
  • Cleats (not required but highly recommended)
    • MUST be molded plastic/rubber for the following playing levels
      • T-Ball
      • Farm
      • Minor
      • Major
    • CAN be molded plastic/rubber OR metal cleats/spikes for the following playing levels
      • Jr./Sr. Softball
      • Reserve/Jr. Varsity/Varsity Baseball

 

Typical game scheduling (home games)

  • Weekdays
    • Games start at either 6:00pm or 8:00pm
  • Saturdays
    • Games start at two-hour intervals beginning at 10:00am through 8:00pm
  • Sundays
    • Games start at two-hour intervals beginning at 12:00pm through 8:00pm
  • Game-free dates (Hillside Spikes play under their own schedule)
    • Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25)
      • No league games scheduled

 

Leagues or Athletic Associations we play against (not all teams/age groups play these opponents)

  • Memorial Little League
  • Westgate (WWAA)
  • Keystone Little League
  • Suburban (OSAA)
  • Gretna
  • Fremont
  • Millard United
  • Benson Little League
  • Grover Little League