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Question: How does Lakeside Little League spend its money?
Answer: As a non-profit organization, Lakeside's board of directors tries to carefully balance income and expenses. In addition to visible expenses such as uniforms, umpires, and capital improvements, Lakeside pays a number of "behind-the-scenes" expenses such as website hosting, field reservations, and fees to Little League International. Want more details? The league's treasurer presents the current budget at board meetings, which are open to the public. In addition, tax filings for the past several years can be accessed on this site (free sign-up is required; click Register Now on this page): https://www.guidestar.org/profile/52-1286966
Question: What equipment should I get before the season starts?
Answer: With most teams starting practices in early February, it's important to have essential gear on-hand such as cleats, a glove, and an athletic cup (for boys in divisions Farm and higher). Optional gear includes baseball pants, a helmet, and a bat. If you want to minimize your personal expenditures, you can use shared equipment; each team is provided with an equipment bag with items including helmets, catcher gear (except T-ball), and bats. You may want to hold off on buying extra pants, belts, and socks until the manager decides on a coordinated color for the team. For example, a manager may want gray pants to go with his team's green hats and jerseys (provided by the league) as well as gold socks and belts (to be purchased by the players). For cleats, soccer cleats will work fine for many of the younger players (however, baseball cleats cannot be used in soccer because of the toe cleat). You may also consider participating in an equipment swap to not only get rid of old stuff but also to obtain "new" gear and accessories.
Question: During registration, where do I indicate that I want my child to play in the AAA division?
Answer: With the exception of the Juniors division (ages 13-14) and the lower divisions (T-Ball, Rookie, and Farm), you cannot specify a division for your child. All children ages 8-12 are encouraged to attend tryouts so that they are eligible for the draft. At the draft, managers from the Majors teams select players for their rosters based on what they observe at tryouts. Then, the AAA managers choose their teams from the pool of players who were not drafted onto Majors teams. Once the AAA teams are filled, the AA managers select players for their teams. Any remaining players are placed on Farm teams.
For safety reasons, all league age 12 year-olds must play in Majors and 11 year-olds cannot play lower than AAA. Otherwise, player age does not factor into the draft. If you do not want your 11 or 10 year-old to be considered for a Majors team, you can indicate this during registration by selecting the "Check this box if your child is league age 10 or 11 and you do not want your child included in the Majors Draft" checkbox. If you do not want your league age 10 or younger child to play above AA, please notify the Player Agent; contact information can be found on the Board of Directors page. Any player who does not attend tryouts is placed in the lowest division for his or her age. If your child cannot attend tryouts, please contact the Player Agent.
Question: Why not sell fresh foods, like salads and fruit, at the snack shacks?
Answer: Food safety is of paramount importance in the snack shacks. We keep things like burgers and buns in temperature-controlled freezers and often check the expiration dates of shelf-stable foods like chips and candy. The sale of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods would require regulation and permits issued by the California Department of Public Health. Plus, anyone who cooks at home knows that spoilage is much more likely with these types of foods. While we would want to maintain enough supply to meet demand, the risk of excess food going to waste is too high, especially if games are canceled due to rainouts.
Question: Why can't we install stadium lights at Feist Park?
Answer: When Feist Park was built in the 1990's, one condition of the park's construction was that stadium-type lights would never be installed at the park. The county and others considered that large flood lights would be a nuisance and an eyesore to the neighborhoods and private residences that share a property line with the park.