1. How do I register and pay for a Central Loudoun Little League season?
CLLL accepts only online registration and payment. You may register during open registration by visiting our website and clicking on the registration link. Registration for the Spring 2012 season will open on approximately November 15, 2011 and close on December 31, 2011. Our registration system accepts VISA, Mastercard and Discover. Late registration will extend through January with an additional fee.
2. What are the fees for the 2013 Spring Season?
On-Time Registration = The base fee for each player is $145, however, there are some other cost adjustments. CLLL also collects a $50 fundraising fee for each player (see below) so the true cost per player is $195. To offset some of that fundraising cost, CLLL has implemented greater discounts for families with multiple players. For the second player in the family there is a $25 discount, the third player in the family gets a $50 discount and for the fourth child (and beyond) we discount the registration by $75.
3. What are the fees for the 2013 Fall Season?
On-Time Registration = $115 for the first player in the family, $25 discount for the second player in the family.
4. Provide an explanation of the Loudoun County Participation Fee.
Loudoun County Parks and Recreation recently instituted a new fee of $12.50 per player for each registered participant in all youth sports. CLLL will collect and submit this fee for EACH player registered. For further information regarding this from the county, click HERE.
5. The term league age is confusing. What does "League Age" mean?
See the league age chart under the divisions of play. Every year people become confused by this term. Simply find your player's birth month and year on the chart and the related League Age.
6. What division should my child play in?
Please review the divisions of play table.
7. How do I make a decision to have my child play up or play down?
Please indicate this in the drop down box during registration. In addition, we encourage you to discuss the topic with a prior coach (or someone whose opinion you trust) and have a candid conversation around your player's physical and mental skills and abilities. Please do this prior to registration so you have enough time to work thru the decision making process.
8. What are the differences between the Spring and Fall Seasons? During a Spring season, scores and standings are reported and displayed, and teams in the Single A through Majors divisions compete in a single-elimination playoff to determine division champions. All-Star/Tournament teams are formed for the 9/10, 10/11, and 11/12 age groups. Team and individual pictures are taken only in the Spring and CLLL's major fundraising effort is conducted in the Spring.
CLLL's Fall season is more instructive and less competitive than a Spring season. While scores and pitch counts are reported for Single A and higher, no standings are kept or displayed. An end of season tournament is attempted (time, light and weather permitting) however there are no All-Star/Tournament teams and no pictures or fundraising.
9. What is the schedule commitment for each Division of Play?
We know that every family has a different and at sometimes challenging schedule. When signing up for CLLL, we hope that you fully understand the commitment for your child and can adhere to it given everyone's busy lives. To help better understand, we have put together this chart. Should you have any schedule limitations, please make sure you communicate with your child's Manager at the beginning of the season. As you can imaging and appreciate, the volunteers are putting many hours into the team and your child. We want your child to get the full benefit from their generosity.
10. How do I start the registration process?
You commence the registration process by creating an account.
11. Can I request a specific manager or teammate to be on my child's team?
For the Majors, AAA, AA, and A divisions, we use a player draft to assign players to teams. Special requests are not available. For the divisions of Coach Pitch and T-Ball, CLLL does attempt to accommodate your personal requests. Additionally, we try to assign teams by elementary school to help with car pooling. However, due to the shear volume of requests and logistics, not all requests can be honored. CLLL will do all it can to honor your requests, however team assignments will not be modified after the assignment process has been completed.
12. How are teams formed?
Teams are formed differently for the different divisions. The following outlines the various divisions and methods for team assignment:
Majors: Player Evaluations will be held followed by a draft conducted by the Player Agent(s).
AAA: Player Evaluations will be held followed by a draft conducted by the Player Agent(s).
AA: Player Evaluations will be held followed by a draft conducted by the Player Agent(s).
A: Player Evaluations will be held followed by a draft conducted by the Player Agent(s).
Coach Pitch: Player Agent(s) identify the player pool and assign players based on special requests, location, school and other factors.
T-Ball: Player Agent(s) identify the player pool and assign players based on special requests, location, school and other factors.
Players assignments may also be based on:
Player's League Age
Previous Little League experience
Manager/Coach Feedback from prior seasons
Number of players/teams at each level
Overall benefit to league (e.g., competitive balance, scheduling, etc)
Player Skills Evaluation/Tryout results
13. When will I hear about my child's team assignment? For the Majors, AAA, AA & A divisions, parents should hear via the email listed in the registration system within 7-10 days following the completion of the draft. The draft dates will be posted on the CLLL website. Should you not hear from your child's Manager after that timeframe, feel free to contact the League and we will follow up.
For the Coach Pitch and T-Ball divisions, you should hear about your child's team assignment within 3 weeks following the Single A draft. You will be notified using the email address listed in the registration sysytem.
14. How do the skills evaluations/tryouts work?
In order to create competitive balance within our divisions, each year CLLL hosts player evaluations for all players registered for A, AA, and AAA as well as new players to the Majors division. Returning Majors players in 2012 are not required to attend Spring player evaluations. Players will sign up for an hour-long session at an indoor facility where they will be asked to perform basic baseball skills including throwing, catching, fielding, running and batting. Each player will cycle through each drill and be evaluated by a group of CLLL Managers and/or evaluators. The cumulative scores from the evaluators will be used in determining division of play and draft eligibility. For more information on how to prepare for skills evaluations/tryouts, please see the CLLL Tryout Guide in our Documents section.
15. How do the drafts work?
Player drafts are conducted by division starting with the Majors division and working down through the Single A division. Player drafts are organized and conducted by the CLLL Player Agents. Managers are supplied with a group of reports including the eligible player pool report as well as the cumulative results from the player evaluations. These tools assist them in making their decisions on who to draft onto their respective teams.
The Majors Draft Order for Spring 2013 will be organized in reverse order of the regular season standings from Spring 2012 and will alternate by league. A serpentine draft method is used and supplemental draft picks may be required based on how many returning players are on each team. Returning Majors players will stay on the same teams from Spring 2012. Only a small number of highly skilled League Age 10 players will be drafted onto Majors teams. For Spring 2012, there will be 10 Majors teams and each team will consist of 12 players. Therefore, there will be 120 Majors players in Spring 2012. NOTE: Due to the number of returning Majors players, the availability of roster spots for our Majors teams this year is extremely limited. This is especially true in relation to the large number of league age 11 and league age 10 players in our league that are eligible for the Majors division. While the number of league age 10 players drafted into the Majors is historically very low, there will be a significant number of league age 11 players that will not be drafted into the Majors. Also please note that there is a potential for a re-draft based on the potential number of returning League Age 12 players. This will NOT be identified until after late registration.
The AAA, AA, & A drafts will all be conducted with the same methodology. Draft order will be random and will alternate leagues. A serpentine draft method is used to select players. All players are returned to the pool with the exception of the Manager's and Assist Coach's children. The Manager's and one Assistant Coach's children are frozen onto the respective team's roster taking the appropriate draft slot as governed by the Little League rules. Managers are supplied with a group of reports including the eligible player pool report as well as the cumulative results from the player evaluations. In each division, only a few players requesting to "Play up" will be drafted into the "upper" division. Not all players looking to "play up" will have their request granted.
Teams in the AAA, AA & A divisions will have usually between 11-13 players per team.
16. What if I have siblings that I want on the same team? Is that allowed?
Yes, assuming that each sibling be of appropriate divisional league age and fit within the requirements from the player skills evaluations/tryouts.
17. What is League Age 4 T-ball?
Little League International opened up the T-ball division to include league age 4 year olds. Last spring and this past fall CLLL experimented by including LA 4s in our regular T-ball division. However, we believe the best practice is to assign LA 4s to a independent division so the coaches and parents can focus on the players developing skills. Please note, league age 4 T-ball is a no drop off division. Meaning, we require a parent to be available and on field at the coaches discretion as needed.
18. Does CLLL require a birth certificate?
Little League International requires each league to collect and store a birth certificate for each child. The easiest and most secure method for delivering the birth certificate is through the website at registration. You can upload a PDF of the document on the secure system.
19. Provide an explanation of the Fundraising Payment.
We have decided to permanently replace the Bat-a-Thon as the league's Spring fundraiser. Gone are the days of going door-to-door asking neighbors to sponsor your child. Stop begging co-workers for a donation. No more of the same old prize choices. Right up front at registration for the Spring 2013 season we will be collecting a $50 per player fundraising fee. That fifty dollars entitles you to ten raffle tickets for a drawing to be held during the Blue-Gold Championship Games at the end of the season. As it was last year, the prizes for this raffle will be fantastic and worth every penny for each chance to win. Once you have paid your registration fee, your fundraising commitment is complete! However, if you care to, you may decide to sell your $5 raffle tickets to people of your choosing to recoup that fundraising fee. It is entirely your choice! *More details on this great event and details on the raffle will be coming out in the spring.
20. How do I sign-up my player for the waitlist?
Once the regular, on-time registration period ends, the online waitlist will open and remain open indefinitely at the discretion of the Board of Directors. A non-refundable waitlist fee of $25 per player will be collected when adding a player to the waitlist. The waitlist fee will be applied to your player's registration fee if we are able to accept your player from the waitlist.
Players who pay the waitlist fee to join the waitlist are not guaranteed placement on a team. Before accepting your player from the waitlist, we will contact you to ensure your player is still interested and available to play. If you agree to have your player accepted from the waitlist, the registration fees will be similar to those outlined above for late registration.
21. What is waitlist policy?
CLLL Player Agents will determine which players, if any, we are able to accept from our waitlist. Players are not necessarily accepted from the waitlist on a "first come, first served" basis. A player will only be placed in a division appropriate for his skill level, which the Player Agents determine according to age, playing experience, previous divisions played, past coach evaluations, and tryout results. When choosing between waitlist candidates with similar qualifications, number of seasons played with CLLL is also considered. In short, we strive to give players the opportunity of a positive playing experience, while minding the interests of the affected team(s) and the league overall.
22. What is CLLL's refund policy?
CLLL has adopted the following refund policy in order to streamline the registration process and to minimize complications that impact the start of the season. The below policy applies to all refund requests. This is including, but not limited to, refund requests due to withdrawal from the league, boundary issues and League Age eligibility issues.
Refund Requested on or before January 15, 2013 = Refund is amount paid minus $50 per player.
Refund Requested after January 15, 2013 = No refund*.
Requests for refunds must be made in writing to the league.
*Refund requests are subject to an appeal process to be reviewed by the CLLL Board.