With the 2017 Little League season approaching quickly, here are a few timeline items until practices begin:
Registrations are currently open until March 5th, 2017. Once registrations are closed, there will be no more additional sign-ups taken. If you register your son or daughter before February 28th, the cost will be $10 less than if you register after that date.
Once registrations are closed, the Little League Board will arrange teams with coaches. The plan is to have a coaches meeting in mid-March to distribute rosters. You will hear from your son or daughters coach before Spring Break.
Practices will begin the week after Spring Break.
Opening day will be scheduled for the last Saturday in April. Typically, there are 2-3 games scheduled per week during the regular season. Games will be scheduled Monday-Saturday. Games that are scheduled during the week will start at 6:00 pm, and Saturday games will begin from 10:00 a.m. and go through the middle of the afternoon.
For the T-Ball and Minor I divisions the season will end the weekend before the last day of school. Minor II kid pitch are TBD. Major's baseball/softball, and Junior's baseball/softball can expect to go later into June depending on tournament play.
New Residency Rules for 2016 Benefits School of Choice
by posted 01/04/2016
Little League International, the governing body of Little League, has changed their residency rule for the 2016 season. Beginning this season a person is eligible to play in a local league if they live inside of the league boundaries, or if they attend school inside a league's boundaries. That means ALL Northview students are now eligible to play Northview Little League.
In the previous rules the only eligibility requirement was the player's residence and what league boundary that residence was within. This former rule affected many School of Choice students who attend Northview Schools, but did not live inside the district.
Northview Little League boundaries are the same as the Northview Public Schools boundaries, so any student who attends a Northview School building can play with their friends and classmates in the Northview Little league.
DW Improvements Thanks to Meijer and Plainfield Township
by posted 02/09/2014
Divisions playing at DW Richardson Park will notice some improvements being made to the park this season. Thanks to a generous donation from Meijer, as well as Plainfield Township, we will be installing outfield fencing to enclose Fields A and B this Spring. We will also have a couple new portable scoreboards to use for games at DW Richardson.
The fence of Field A will be approximately the same distance as Field C, 170-175 feet from home plate. This field will be used for softball and low Minors baseball. The fencing on Field B will be installed at 200 feet from home plate. The existing park perimeter fence is 175 feet down the left field line on Field B. The new fencing will begin in left center field and will enclose that field at 200 feet. This will allow us to have some Majors baseball games at this field. It will also allow us to schedule Majors baseball tournament games at our facility with restrooms and concessions.
Also look for increased options, hours and availability at the DW concession stand, located around the walkway by the restrooms/picnic area, this season
All coaches will have to submit their certificate to prove they have taken and passed the new state mandated concussion training course before they can coach a team. The training consists of internet video training topics with questions following each topic and at the end of the session. The training takes about half an hour. The link to the training course is:
Any player removed from play due to suspicion of concussion will have to have the following form filled out ba an appropriate medical professional and submitted to the league/team coach before the player can continue play.
Northview Little League is your one-stop source for as much baseball as your player wants. In this age of travel baseball and sports specialization, we have expanded the baseball playing opportunities so a player can play lots of games, have weekend tournament/travel baseball experiences and do it all with their school friends without ever having to leave the neighborhood. We have accomplished this through the seasons we operate ourselves and the programs we operate cooperatively with other partners. It is often only a fraction of the cost of many travel programs.
The playing opportunities available when snow is not on the ground include: Crossroads Middle School teams (late March-end of April). Northview Crossroads Middle School fields teams in a Middle School Baseball and Softball leagues. We operate this cooperatively with the schools. Players are recruited through the school. Teams are usually coached by an experienced coach with a player at Crossroads. Cost is usually in the $100 range and the season typically consists of 20 regular season games and a year-end tournament. Northview Little League Regular Season (late April-end of June). Typically 35 baseball and softball teams are fielded from age 5-14. Older age teams (15-18 yr) are available if interest exists. Cost is between $60-85 (depending on age) and the season consists of around 15 games and at Majors and Juniors level end with a West Michigan wide double elimination team tournament. Wildcat Invitational baseball teams (late April-end of June). The Wildcat Invitational teams are not affiliated with little league in any way. They are an independent organization that we operate with cooperatively. Team are by invitation, but generally are available as long as there is enough interest to field a team and a coach. Teams are organized by grade and age. Teams enter weekend travel tournaments. Costs is dependent on the number of tournaments entered. Playing in 3 tournaments costs about $140 and has 12-15 games. Northview Little League Summer All Star teams (July) Following the regular season, All Star baseball and softball teams are formed at Minor II-Junior age divisions and entered into the Little League World Series Tournament, which begins against other teams in District 9. Teams are formed by invitation. If there is enough interest in teams beyond the 1st team, we form additional teams. After the first World Series Tournament, all teams are entered into typically 3 weekend tournaments. Cost is typically around $100 and there are up to 18-20 games, depending on how the team does in tournament play. North Four Fall Ball League (early Sept.-mid-Oct.). Fall Ball is for interested teams and players from Minor I-Juniors age divisions. Games are on double headers on Sunday afternoons for 6 weeks, 12 games. This league is a cooperative venture between Northview, Northern, NorthEastern and NorthWestern Little Leagues. Cost is $65.
A 13-14 year old could play upwards of 80-90 games a year for $500. A 9-12 year old could play upwards of 60-70 games for less than $400.
Little League is even more fun inside the fences. Please consider volunteering as a Coach of your player's team.
To volunteer to Coach, or help coach a team, please register under the Volunteer Registration module found in the Register Now button.
You don't have to be a baseball genius to coach. You just have to be willing. We have coaching clinics available for new and returning coaches and we plan to provide every team's head coach with a new manual we found that includes proper fundamental training techniques and practice plans, etc. This will be a very helpful resource to new and old coaches.
Earn yourself a little extra money by umpiring little league games.
To register as an umpire, please fill out the Umpire registration found in the Register Now button. Umpires are needed for boy's baseball and girl's softball. Game assignments are made by the league's umpire director based on experience and availability.
If you are new to umpiring, but would like to learn, umpiring clinics are available through our affiliation with District 9 Little League.
If you would like more information, please contact Northview Little League Umpire Director Kirk VanderLaan at