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[January 01, 2013]

New year means Little League signups begin

Jan 01, 2013 (The Columbian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Weather conducive to playing baseball and softball is several wet months away, but now is the time to start thinking about the 2013 season for area Little Leaguers.


January is the month when area Little Leagues register players for the coming spring-summer season.

Below is a list of scheduled in-person registration opportunities for Little Leagues in Southwest Washington. Most, but not all, local Little Leagues now offer online registration.

A player's league is determined by where they live. Interactive maps showing league boundaries can be found on the district and league websites listed below. An interactive online league finder is available at http://www.littleleaguewa.org/findyourleague.

Each league sets its own fees. Check league websites for the cost to play in 2013. Leagues usually offer discounts for families with more than one player. Little Leagues offer financial aid for those who need it.

Here is some basic information about Little League programs: Most Little Leagues offer baseball for boys and softball for girls from T-ball (ages 4-6) through majors (age 12). Some leagues also offer Junior League (ages 13-14), Senior League (ages 15-16) and Big League (ages 17-18) for baseball and softball.

Little League's best known age level is for players 11-12. This is the division where teams can advance to the Little League World Series in baseball and softball.

For the first time in 2013, Little League is offering an Intermediate League for baseball players ages 12-13. That league will use 70-foot basepaths as a step between the 60-foot diamonds for the Little League division and the 90-foot diamonds used at older ages.

A baseball player's Little League age for this season is how old he will be on May 1, 2013.

A softball player's Little League age for this season is how old she will be on Jan. 1, 2013.

Little League is run by volunteers, including all local administrators, coaches and umpires.To sign up, a player's parent or guardian must supply the player's birth certificate and proof of residence within the league boundary. A current utility bill is one example of proof of residence.

DISTRICT 4 Bridge of the Gods Sign-ups will be online starting on Jan. 1 at http://www.bogll.com Contacts: Charlie Cochran, 360-721-5000, cochrpc@embarqmail.com, Gerard Pahissa at: piededream@gorge.net Cascade Online Registration at http://www.cascadelittleleague.org In-person registration at Cascade Little League at these times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 19; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 26; 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 31.Contact: Shawn Owens at: info@cascadelittleleague Central Vancouver No online registration.

In-person registration at the Round Table Pizza, 5016 NE Thurston Way at these times: 11 a.m . to 3 p.m. on Jan. 12; 11 a.m . to 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.Contacts: Tony Mulcahey, 360-944-1839 or mulca4@comcast.net Challenger Baseball No online registration.

In-person registration at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 N.E. Fourth Plain Rd., 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 24Contacts: Stan Loo sloo1@hotmail.com, Mike Ray Columbia Online Registration: www.eteamz.com/columbiall In-person registration at David Douglas Park at these times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26; 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 30; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2; 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 6; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 9; 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16.League phone number: 360-696-1278. League contacts: Mike Moen 360-513-7550.

Columbia Girls Softball League This softball league encompasses the boundaries of Central Vancouver, Fort Vancouver and Columbia Little Leagues.

In-person registration at David Douglas Park at these times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26; 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 30.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2.

6-8 p.m. on Feb. 6.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 9.

6-8 p.m. on Feb. 13.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16.League phone number: 360-696-1278.

East County Online registration: www.eastcountyll.com In-person registration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Jemtegaard Middle School, 35300 Southeast Evergreen Highway in Washougal; 4-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Papa's Ice Cream, 1700 Main St., Suite 130 in Washougal;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Canyon Creek Middle School, 9731 Washougal River Road in Washougal.

Evergreen Online Registration: www.evergreenlittleleague.com In-person registration at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 N.E. Fourth Plain Rd., at these times: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 9; Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 12; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 16; Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 19; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23; Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26;5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

Fort Vancouver No online registration.

In-person registration: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 7 at Washington Elementary School, 2908 S Street.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 8 at Hazel Dell Elementary School, 511 N.E. Anderson St.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 8 at Franklin Elementary School, 5206 Franklin St.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Lincoln Elementary School, 4200 Daniels.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Hough Elementary School, 1900 Daniels St.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Harney Elementary School, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Fruit Valley Elementary School, 3410 N.W. Fruit Valley Rd.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Minnehaha Elementary School, 2800 N.E. 54th St.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at King Elementary School, 4801 Idaho St.

6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Discovery Middle School, 800 East 40th St.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Clark Public Utilities, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way.

Website: www.fortvancouverlittleleague.orgContact: Dave Wallis, 360-696-2994.

LaCamas 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Grass Valley Fire Station, 4321 NW Parker Street in Camas9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Grass Valley Fire Station DISTRICT 6 Battle Ground Online registration: Open through Feb. 19. http://bglittleleague.com In-person registration at Battle Ground Little League, 300 NE Fairground Ave., on Jan 12, Jan. 13, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. Times to be announced.Contact e-mail: info@bgll.org Glenwood Online registration: http://www.glenwoodlittleleague.org In-person registration: TBD.Contacts: 360-573-9903 or e-mail registration@glenwoodlittleleague.org Hazel Dell Online registration: http://www.hdll.org In-person registration at the Hazel Dell Little League clubhouse at H.B. Fuller Park at these times: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 T-ball late registration takes place 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.League contact: send e-mail to playeragent@hdll.org Highlands Online registration open through Feb. 15: http://www.eteamz.com/HLLHAWKS In-person registration at the Hockinson Fire Department: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 12 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 26See website for more information.

Kalama No information available. Joe Madza 360-957-0396 KalamaLLpres@gmail.com La Center Online registration: None.

In-person registration at the La Center Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth, at these times: 1-5 p.m. Jan. 5 (early registration discount); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 2;4-8 p.m. Feb. 6 (last chance to register without paying a late fee).

Lewis River Online registration: http://www.eteamz.com/lewisriverlittleleague In-person registration at the Woodland McDonald's restaurant at these times: 5-8 p.m. on Jan; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Tryouts will be held on Feb. 2 at Woodland Intermediate School gym (times to be announced).

Late-registration fees apply beginning Feb. 3.Players clinics -- Hitting and fielding on Feb. 23; pitching on Feb. 24.

North Clark Online registration: none.

In-person registration at the North Clark Little League fields in Yacolt at these times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23.Website: http://www.eteamz.com/northclarklittleleague Ridgefield Online registration: http://www.ridgefieldlittleleague.com In-person registration: None scheduled.Contact: E-mail to info@ridgefieldlittleleague.com Salmon Creek Online registration: http://www.salmoncreekll.com In-person registration: None scheduled.Contact: E-mail to registration@salmoncreekll.com BABE RUTH BASEBALL Hazel Dell Metro http://www.hazeldellmetro.com Camas Washougal http://www.cwbaberuth.com ASA SOFTBALL Vancouver Girls Softball Association Fees for the 2013 season are $65 for players on teams 8U and below, and $95 for players on teams 10U and above. There is a discount for families with multiple players and financial aid is available.

In-person registration at the VGSA Complex, 800 117th St., is scheduled for: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26; and 4-8 p.m. Feb. 13.

Website: http://vancouvergirlssoftball.com .

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