Please note that TLLL is run entirely by volunteers. We do our best to reply to inquiries quickly
and keep this website current with as much information as possible. If you have any questions relating to:

About Trout Lake Little League

  1. What does Trout Lake Little League (TLLL) offer?
  2. Who runs TLLL?
  3. What are volunteer requirements?
  4. How can I get more involved?

Registration

  1. How do I register for baseball?
  2. How much does registration cost?
  3. Are there any options for financial assistance?
  4. What are the residency requirements to play for TLLL?
  5. Can I get a refund if I withdraw or get injured?
  6. Do you accept late registrations?
  7. What is “baseball age”?
  8. Can I request placement in a division above/below default for players age?

Season & Schedule

  1. When does the season start and end?
  2. When are league playoffs?
  3. What does TLLL offer for summer baseball?
  4. What options does TLLL offer for fall baseball?
  5. Where are TLLL games played?

Divisions & Teams

  1. What age groups are there at TLLL?
  2. How are teams formed in each age group?
  3. Can I request being with a friend?
  4. Can I request being with a specific coach?
  5. Which divisions require player assessments?
  6. When/where are player assessments?
  7. Can a player get “cut” based on the assessments?
  8. When will I find out which team my player is on?
  9. What equipment will my child need?
  10. Where can I buy equipment?
  11. Where do I find the rules?
  12. Is there an opportunity to sponsor a team?

Coaching Questions

  1. How are coaches selected?
  2. Are there any qualifications required to be a coach?
  3. What guidance does TLLL offer to coaches?
  4. Where can I find more coaching resources?
  5. How are coaches selected for the All-star teams?

Game Questions

  1. What time do games start?
  2. How long are typical games in each division?
  3. Do all teams make the playoffs? Do regular season results affect the playoffs?
  4. Are all kids given equal playing time at every position?
  5. Are players required to pitch or catch if they don’t want to?
  6. How does TLLL handle conflict resolution?

Volunteering

  1. How can I learn to score keep?
  2. How can I learn to be a team manager?
  3. How can I learn to do field prep?

Umpires

  1. How do I apply to be an umpire?

About Trout Lake Little League

What does Trout Lake Little League (TLLL) offer?

Founded in 1953, Trout Lake Little League offers Little League baseball for players ages 4 to 12. In the spirit of Little League, we proudly promote community, fun, friendship, good sportsmanship, volunteerism, skill development, and an overall love of baseball.

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Who runs TLLL?

TLLL is a non-profit organization. ALL board members, coaches, managers and division coordinators are volunteers. The board members are elected each year at the AGM.

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What are volunteer requirements?

TLLL is run by volunteers. During the season, volunteer requirements include working in the concession, scorekeeping, and field prep. Occasionally, TLLL will reach out with additional volunteer opportunities, such as upkeep of the diamonds etc. We appreciate everyone who has the time to step in and help.

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How can I get more involved?

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to anyone on the Board with how you would like to help and they will direct you to the appropriate committee.

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Registration

How do I register for baseball?

The easiest way to register is through our website, by visiting our Registration page.

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How much does registration cost?

Fees can be found on our Registration page.

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Are there any options for financial assistance?

TLLL will make every effort to accommodate families that have trouble funding their registration fees. Please contact our Registrar for more information. All requests will remain confidential.

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What are the residency requirements to play for TLLL?

The TLLL Boundaries are outlined here. If you are unsure, you can enter your address into Little League’s League Finder tool.

In addition, if your player attends a school within the TLLL Boundaries they are also eligible to play here.

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Can I get a refund if I withdraw or get injured?

In the case of a significant injury during the season please contact our Registrar.

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Do you accept late registrations?

TLLL endeavours to accommodate all kids who want to play baseball and accepts late registrations if space is available in the appropriate division. If divisions are full, players may be placed on a waitlist.

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What is “baseball age”?

Baseball age is defined by Little League. For details about baseball age, visiting our Registration page to see the chart.

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Can I request placement in a division above/below default for players age?

The registration system places players in divisions based on their age. If you would like to request either a higher or lower division, please indicate during the registration process, or contact either the Division Coordinator at your level as well as the Player Agent, who assesses players to determine the appropriate level.

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Season & Schedule

When does the season start and end?

Teams will be formed in late March and potentially early April, with practices for the older divisions commencing in early April. The Spring season officially starts with Opening Ceremonies, which typically takes place mid-April. The Season runs until Closing ceremonies, which generally occurs in mid-Jun. See the Calendar section of our website for specific dates.

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When are league playoffs?

Playoffs for the Senior Rookies, Minors and Majors Divisions commence early June. T-ball and Junior Rookies do not have playoffs.

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What does TLLL offer for summer baseball?

Post season play and summer ball are volunteer dependent. During the summer season TLLL has All-Star teams for Sr Rookie (7/8s), Minor (9/10s), Majors (11/12s). Depending on interest and numbers, TLLL also seeks out opportunities for exhibition games and potentially tournament teams for the 8s, 9s and 11s age groups. Based on interest and volunteers, we also can potentially offer a casual Summer Ball program for players.

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What options does TLLL offer for fall baseball?

TLLL offers Fall Ball for players in the Minors (9/10) and Majors (11/12) age groups. Fall Ball runs from September to early October and consists of one or two games per week. Practice time in Fall Ball is limited. Games are played throughout the Lower Mainland against other local Little Leagues.

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Where are TLLL games played?

Trout Lake Little League is located at John Hendry Park, 2295 East 15th Avenue in Vancouver.

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Division & Teams

What age groups are there at TLLL?

TLLL offers baseball to kids from ages 4 to 12. Visit the various Division sections on our website to learn what level is best for your child.

If your child has aged out (over 12) and is still interested in playing Little League baseball, South Vancouver Little League and New West Little League offers Intermediate and Junior League programs. Please visit the question titled “Where can my teenager play baseball?” on our Registration page for more details and links to the other associations.

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How are teams formed in each age group?

In younger divisions teams are formed based on friendship requests and schools per the information provided during registration. Starting in Senior Rookies through to Majors, we use a draft to form teams to balance the teams. We do not take requests at these levels.

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Can I request being with a friend?

While it is not possible to accommodate every request, we do take friend requests at the T-ball and Junior Rookie levels. In the drafted divisions (Senior Rookies, Minors, and Majors) friend requests will not be considered.

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Can I request being with a specific coach?

To keep the draft fair and balanced we do not allow players to request specific coaches. If you are concerned about a potential conflict with a coach, please inform the Player Agent in writing prior to the draft so they can attempt to manage the conflict in confidence.

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Which divisions require player assessments?

Player assessments are required for Senior Rookies, Minors, and Majors Divisions. Please visit the Player Assessments page for more details.

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When/where are player assessments?

Dates and times for assessments can be found by visiting the Player Assessments page. You select your assessment time during registration. If you can’t attend assessments, please email the Player Agent to discuss assessment options.

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Can a player get “cut” based on the assessments?

All players registered will be placed on a house league team. In certain circumstances, due to safety, some players may be asked to play in a lower division. The Player Agent will connect with the parents to discuss options and make the appropriate decision together.

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When will I find out which team my player is on?

Release of team placement information varies by division. For all drafted teams, you will receive an email from your coach shortly after the drafts are complete with your team placement. The drafts take place sometime between mid-March and the end of March.

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What equipment will my child need?

Please see the Division Section on our website for a list of required equipment to play.

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Where can I buy equipment?

Equipment can be purchased at various sporting goods stores. Abbie’s Sports Shop at 4774 Main Street, Vancouver, BC 604-874-6910 offers 10% off to TLLL players.

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Where do I find the rules?

Please see the Division Section on our website for an outline of the rules for Senior Rookies, Minors, and Majors.

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Is there an opportunity to sponsor a team?

Please connect with our Sponsorship Coordinator to discuss this opportunity. In addition you can find more information on our Sponsorship Page.

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Coaching Questions

How are coaches selected?

During registration, parents can volunteer as either a team head coach or an assistant coach. Head coaches for each team are selected from these volunteers. If there are more volunteers than teams the selection is made by the TLLL Coaching Committee and the Division Coordinator. Head coaches will determine who helps as assistant coaches. For levels where teams are drafted, assistant coaches may be assigned in order to ensure balanced teams.

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Are there any qualifications required to be a coach?

TLLL does not require any formal coaching qualifications, but provides all our coaches with opportunities to attend coaching courses before and during the season. TLLL strongly encourages new coaches to attend these valuable sessions. Information about these courses is emailed to coaches.

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What guidance does TLLL offer to coaches?

TLLL is in the process of providing coaching guidance to all levels, through support from the TLLL Coaching Committee and written resources such as example practice plans.

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Where can I find more coaching resources?

Little League International has developed a free on-line coaching resource that coaches can turn to for reference, education, or to stay current with the latest drills and coaching techniques. To use the Little League University resource, you need to sign up for a free account at www.littleleagueu.org.

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How are coaches selected for the All-Star teams?

Any coach who would like to be the head coach of can put their name forward to the Division Coordinator (at the desired level), who will pass this request on to the Board for consideration. If there are multiple applicants, the TLLL Board will make a decision. The head coach must be committed and available throughout the entire All-Star season and will determine the assistant coaches.

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Game Questions

What time do games start?

Game times vary by Division but in general, weeknight games start at either 5:30 or 6:00pm and weekend games may start any time between 9:30am and 6:00 pm.

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How long are typical games in each division?

Game times vary by Division. Please refer to the Divisions Section on our website for details.

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Do all teams make the playoffs? Do regular season results affect the playoffs?

In Senior Rookies/Minors/Majors all teams make the playoffs and regular season standings may impact seeding only for playoffs. The house season is dedicated to development and there is no regular house season trophy.

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Are all kids given equal playing time at every position?

In T-ball, Junior Rookies, and Senior Rookies coaches are requested to give each player an opportunity to play at every position provided they are safe to do so. Coaches are also asked to ensure they are balancing infield and outfield play, and not sitting a child more than two innings a game. Each player must sit once before a child sits a second time. Starting in Minors, the playing time at each position is no longer required to be equal, however coaches must provide all players with opportunities to play every position providing it is safe to do so.

Fair play rules also require that coaches sit players in a fair rotation during games, and that players get a balance of fielding in both the infield and outfield. The rules for each division can be found in the Division Sections on our website.

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Are players required to pitch or catch if they don’t want to?

No – coaches should encourage all their players to try all positions, however they must respect a player’s feelings if they do not wish to play either the pitcher or the catcher position.

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How does TLLL handle conflict resolution?

Please see the Conflict Resolution policy on our website for more information.

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Volunteering

How can I learn to score keep?

We try to conduct a scorekeeping clinic at the beginning of each season. If you are unable to attend, here is a great 4 part YouTube series. During the House Season, at the Minors and Majors level, we only track pitch counts and catcher innings – not all player positions and substitutions as outlined in the video series.

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How can I learn to be a team manager?

Division coordinators will share Team Parent manuals and can answer questions throughout the season.

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How can I learn to do field prep?

We try to conduct a field prep clinic at the beginning of each season. More information on this to follow.

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Volunteering

How do I apply to be an umpire?

Please visit the Umpire Info page for more information.

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