What was done in the past? ...
Registration was based on the player's birthdate falling between May 1st through Sep 15th of the next year which created a 16.5 month birthdate range for each age division.
School grade was also a requirement and each age division had to allow for two sequential school grades because of the 16.5 month age range.
Why was it done this way? ...
It dates back a decade ago when Walnut Creek was affiliated with Little League and we were required to use a 12 month birthdate range from May 1st through April 30th of the next year.
This was called the "League Age" concept and based on the player's age on April 30th. So whatever the child's age was on April 30th of the current season, that was the age division they were required to register in.
The Effect ...
This prevented kids born May 1st - Sep 15th from being able to play in the same age division as their friends or with kids in the same school grade.
As WCB became an independent Rec League, we've encouraged kids to play baseball with kids in their same school grade since that is where most of their friends are and where most of the social interaction is with during the school year.
To allow this, we opened up the birthdate range through September 15th which created the 16.5 month birthdate range and overlap in age divisions.
This created confusion for parents when registering so we would try to direct parents to the age division where the majority of kids from their child's grade were registered.
Sometimes it caused parents to register in an age division where their child was with only a handful of kids from their school grade without them knowing it.
The Future ...
To simplify the registration process and get kids registererd appropriately, each age division is now associated with only one school grade and you will register your child in the School Grade Division based on their school grade for the 2022-2023 school year.
In rare situations you may see your child skipped an age division relative to where they were registered last year. If you would like you child to be grandfathered in and not skip an age division, please contact the Registrar for assistance.
We also understand that not all kids are fundamentally or socially on the same level as kids in their school grade so if you would like to register in an age division that does not correspond to your child's current school grade, please contact the Registrar for assistance.