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Abilene Southern Little League

For new Southern LL parents

(Yes, this is a little lengthy.  But, if you read through this page, most of your questions will be answered up front.)

***** This is for league age 12 and under.*****

What do you need to do to get your ballplayer or ballplayers registered?

- First...Welcome to Southern Little League!

- Whether from home or at one of the sign up events, everyone will have to register through this website.  Don't let it intimidate you!  The process should walk you through what needs to be done.  We'll have only one or two in-person registrations, as well.  But, you'll still have to enter your information.  And, most likely, those in-person registrations will be the times we'll verify birth certificates if you didn't upload them.  We'll collect school enrollment forms, too.

1) Are you signing up with the right Little League?

- There are two ways to establish residency for Little League :
  a) the ballplayers go to Bassetti, Jackson or Ward Elementary schools or Clack or Madison Middle schools, or
  b) you live within our leagues boundaries.  If unsure, use League Finder to find your appropriate Little League.

- Often, after other leagues have closed their registrations, we do allow others to sign up with us.  If that is you, please, coordinate with us before you try to register.

- Sometimes, there are interesting situations which the league president and board will help clarify.  Just ask.

2) Create an account with a user name and password.

- As long as we're using Sports Connect (formally Dick's TSHQ Blue Sombrero with the addition of Affinity Sports and Stack Sports)
, you'll be using this website for the rest of your ballplayer's Southern Little League experience.

FLASH!!!  If you did NOT play with Southern LL last Spring, before entering your ballplayer's information, recommend you go to the "Library" to get and fill out the appropriate School Enrollment form and the Medical Release form.  You'll also find a link to them later on this page.

=> You'll need these two forms and birth certificate to complete registration. 

+> If you played with Southern last Spring and we verified your birth certificate and school enrollment forms, you should be good to go on those.  We'll confirm it.  If you need to update the medical release form, please fill out a new one or ask for last Spring's form back.

3) Enter your ballplayer's information.

- This isn't "the" registration piece.  But, this step get's them listed under your account.

- As programs (i.e. Spring Ball or Fall Ball) and signups become available, you'll see what your programs are available.

- The way you list or spell their last name will be how the jersey's get ordered.  So, please, make sure their are no typos

4) Registration is open!  (Well, maybe not now...but, when it's actually open.)

After you login (or check the home page), you'll see which programs (or divisions) your ballplayer is eligible for based on league age.  League age?  What's that?

- Each year the official Little League updates the league age chart.  What works one year, may be different another year.  So, each year, you'll need to confirm the league age.  You can use the League Age Calculator to calculate the correct league age usingr birth month and year..  .

  -- If we have the registration set up properly, you shouldn't have to worry about picking the right division to play in.  But, we always appreciate your back up.

  -- There may be a case where you want your ballplayer to play up or down for some reason.  We try to limit that as much as possible.  But, please, let us know if that is the case.  If the amount of ballplayers in the divisions will allow the move, and the president and board agrees, we'll walk you through the remaining registration piece.

- This one is important!  As you go through each page answering the questions, if a question has a small red asterisk ( ), it must be answered.  You won't get to the final step where you pay and are officially registered without answering those questions. (The "medical release" question would be an example.)

- You'll need 3 forms:  birth certificate, school enrollment form, and a medical release form.
  -- For proof of residency, please, select the appropriate school form, print, fill it out and return it to us (or upload it).  After we collect them, we'll take them to the school's office all at once so we don't keep showing up multiple times throughout the registration period.  You can use the other proofs of residency.  But, the school enrollment forms are preferred.  In the Library, you'll find the following school forms (you might have to right click and save): 

    Bassetti School Enrollment Form
    Jackson School Enrollment Form
    Ward School Enrollment Form
    Clack School Enrollment Form
    Madison School Enrollment Form

  -- Don't forget, you'll need a Medical Release form.

- You may upload documents if you wish.  Or, better yet, email them to [email protected].  Once we go back in and verify them, they will be automatically deleted from the website.
  -- Recommend uploading the birth certificate so it doesn't sit in an email inbox.  The other documents are fine to email (all 3 if you wish).

- You can pay by credit card online.  If you wish to pay by cash or check, please come to one of the registration/document turn-in events.

- Once you have completed registration, you should get an email with the Sports Connect logo.

5) We need volunteers!

- Please, volunteer.  Whether you want to be the Team Manager (Head Coach), Assistant Coach, Team Helper, or Team Mom or Dad, or just help with practice or during games when needed, you'll need to fill out the online background check.

  -- Don't forget, we might need your help in the concession stand, too!  Although, we have plans in the works... TBD.

- Little League requires anyone helping in practice or games to have a background check.  Anyone.  If there are any questions, feel free to bring them to a board member so we can talk about it.

- You can sign up up yourself or another family member to volunteer.  But, everyone will still have to have the
 online volunteer form completed and complete the background check.

- Volunteering with Little League is a very rewarding experience!

6) Play Ball!

- It's that easy!  If you've played with us before, you'll probably be thinking, "I wish we would've registered like this before!"

- If you find yourself getting stumped by one of the questions or it seems like you're doing things right but you're going nowhere fast, please send an email to:  [email protected]

  --  Please, include your name, your ballplayer's name, phone number, and what the issue is.  And, if there's a best time to reach you.

- Also, please, be patient.  We used this site for last Spring and the last two Fall Ball seasons.  And, wouldn't you know it, BlueSombrero combined with Sports Connect and Affinity Sports, so there may be a hiccup or two.  But, we'll work through it together and make the registration experience better each time.

=> Now select "Volunteer Opportunities" or "Available Programs" to get your ballplayer registered.  Have a great baseball season!

Thanks for playing at Southern Little League!

Abilene Southern Little League

2438 Industrial Blvd, PMB 232
Abilene, Texas 79605
Email : [email protected]
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