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WPPA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the costs?

A. The league fees vary year-to-year.   The League Fees for 2018 are as follows:

League Fee
Rookie Baseball $160
Junior Baseball  $175
Minor Baseball $180
Major Baseball $185
Senior Baseball $190
Liberty Baseball $180
8U Girls Softball $165
10U Girls Softball $170
12U Girls Softball $175
14U Girls Softball $175
 

 

Please Note - Parents of more than two children can benefit from the sibling discount.  The league fees for each child after the second child are $75 per child.  This will be applied to the league fees of the youngest child.

Q. How are players assigned to WPPA teams?

A.  In all divisions except the Rookie League, players are allocated to teams by way of a pre-season draft held in March.   The draft gives coaches an opportunity to choose players with whom they have developed a rapport in past years while maintaining the spirit of fairness and equitable distribution of talent.   Each year, the board reviews draft procedures and makes adjustments that it feels best serves the mission of the association.

Q. Is WPPA co-ed?

A. Yes.   WPPA Youth Baseball accepts and encourages both boys and girls to play baseball in all of our age divisions.  WPPA Youth Softball Division is limited to only girls.   

Q. Is my child in the league?

A. All returning players and their siblings are guaranteed a spot in the league if they register online. Players new to WPPA must complete pre-registration and be selected in the random selection process.   See the Registration page of the website for more details.   All registrants will pay online and get an emailed confirmation when they do.

Q. When will I be notified about my child's team assignment?

A. In mid-march, coaches conduct player drafts. This information must be entered into our database, rosters compiled and then distributed to the coaches with contact information. Your child's coach will then contact you. You should not expect a call from the coach until approximately the first week of April. We will soon post on the website a specific date by which time you should have received a call from your child's coach based on the league in which your child is enrolled. We will not respond to requests for team assignment information prior to that date.

Q. How can I receive WPPA emails to multiple email addresses?

A.  In order to add multiple email addresses to your WPPA website account, in the space provided for your email address, type a comma after your primary email address, then type your additional email address.   For each additional email address, add a comma after the previous email address then the additional email address.

Q. When does the season start?

A. For the Junior, Minor, Major and Senior leagues practice games are played on April 24th and 25th. The regular season games start April 30th. Your child's coach will provide schedules to you. The Rookie league (5-6 year olds) doesn't start its season until mid-May. The Liberty league (15-18 year olds) doesn't start its season until June.

Q. When and where are practices held?

A. The coaches schedule practices - not the league. Your child's coach will inform you when and where his/her practice will be held. Due to the limited availability of fields, coaches often must schedule practices wherever they can find a field. Therefore, do not expect to be practicing at Welles Park. Coaches are required to practice at least once a week and no more than two times a week while school is in session.

Q. Where are games held?

A. Welles Park is the home park for WPPA, however, games and practices are held at the following Chicago parks:

Hollywood Park (Jersey and Peterson)
Legion Park (Bryn Mawr east of the Chicago River between California and Kedzie)
River Park (5100 North Francisco - Foster and the River)
Rogers Park (7400 North Campbell)
Welles Park (2333 West Sunnyside)
Winnemac Park (5100 North Leavitt - Damen and Argyle)

To see a map of a field location, click on the field name. 

Q. How many games a week will my child play?

A. Scheduling is always dependent upon the number of teams in the league and field availability. Generally, your child will play twice a week, usually over the weekend (Friday - Monday). Keep in mind that make-up games for rain outs may result in a child playing more than twice a week.

Q. What time of day are the weekday games?

A. The weekday games are held in the evenings only - they are usually scheduled to start at 5:30 and games are subject to the time limits stipulated in the rules.

Q. Will my child get to play in every game?

A. The WPPA is an instructional baseball league. All children must play a minimum of  three or four defensive innings depending on the league in the field each game and every child bats throughout the entire game.

Q. What kind of equipment should my child have?

A. Your child must have a baseball glove (preferably leather). Players may also, bring a pair of baseball cleats (no metal cleats except in Liberty league), batting glove(s) and a bat. An athletic cup for boys in the Minor division and higher is recommended and required for any boy that plays catcher. The WPPA will provide all other equipment, including uniform jerseys, caps and pants.

Q. Can I still sponsor a team?

A. Absolutely! Click on the "How to Become a Sponsor" page from the homepage.

Q. I still have questions, how can I contact the WPPA?

A. The best way to contact us is to use the "contact us" button on the website and send an email or send an email to .