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Williams Little League signups begin

Williams Little League Majors players battle the weather in May 2019. Registration has opened for the 2020 Little League season. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Williams Little League Majors players battle the weather in May 2019. Registration has opened for the 2020 Little League season. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Spring and summer youth sports programs in Williams are gearing up. Little League baseball and softball signups are underway with the season set to begin in April.

Anyone registering before Feb. 8 will receive a $10 discount off of the registration fee. Siblings also receive a $5 discount.

The Williams Little League has four divisions for boys and girls ages 4-15. Parents can use the Little League Age Calculator (https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/determine-league-age/) to determine which division a child should be placed.

Often, a family’s first introduction to Little League is the Tee Ball program. Tee Ball is the entry level division for players, league age 4-7. The experience is grounded in fun, fitness and fundamentals.

The Minor League baseball program is for boys and girls league age 6-9. A player who is six for the current season and has played a year in tee ball is eligible to participate in a coach-pitch division.

The Little League Majors division is for boys league age 9 -12. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet. The little league majors softball division is for girls league age 9-12. The field uses a 60-foot diamond and a 40 foot pitching distance.

The Junior League baseball division is a program for boys league age 12-14, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. The junior league softball division is a program for players league age 12-14, and uses a conventional 60-foot diamond with a 43-foot pitching distance.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league. Families are also encouraged to volunteer to help staff the cook shack during the season, general help around the field including hanging sponsorship banners, announce games, scorekeeping and more.

Williams Little League is part of the Diamondbacks grant program which completely outfits the players in Diamondback uniforms.

Each team is represented by different colors and each player will be able to choose their size.

A late fee of $10 will begin May 15 for tee ball and Minor divisions. The late fee will begin March 7 for Majors and May 15 for Juniors.

Little League Majors tryouts for the 9-12 year-old boys and girls teams will be in March at Cureton Park.

There is no tryout for Tee Ball and Minor divisions, and practices will not begin until mid-May because of the limited field space.

Juniors baseball and softball teams will begin practices once the high school seasons end.

More information and to register for Little League programs visit williamslittleleague.com and register online. Anyone with questions can contact board members through Facebook Messaging at www.facebook.com/williamslittleleague or email at williamslittleleague@gmail.com.

Completed volunteer applications with a copy of drivers license can be emailed to williamslittleleague@gmail.com.

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