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Baseball and Softball FAQ


Registration

How and when do I register?
Registration is held from early-November to early-January. Both new and returning players must register.  Please be aware that if you are new to the league, or have moved within the last year, you will need to show proof of age and residency, as this is a local Little League that follows state and national little league age and residency rules.  You may register online via this website, but there will also be in-person registration sessions in December and early January.  Please see League Calendar for scheduling.

Where do I sign up for softball?
This website!  The Continental softball program is run jointly with Walnut Creek Little League (WCLL).  Players who live within each league's boundary must register using their own league's forms on the respective websites.

Why did Continental & Walnut Creek LL softball programs combine?
Little League Softball divisions tend to be smaller than the baseball divisions. This means that teams must travel to neighboring leagues in order to have enough teams to play.  By combining neighboring softball divisions and mixing girls from both CLL & WCLL onto teams, our Little Leagues will minimize the need to travel.

Why do we register players so early?
Our league registration numbers determine the number of managers we choose, uniforms we order, the amount of new equipment we must purchase, and the number of practice and playing fields we must reserve.  This all takes time and is done by volunteers.  We must register children by early January in order to get them on the playing field that Spring.  Teams are formed in January, practice starts in February, and games start in March.

Do I get a discount if I have more than one child in CLL?
There isn't a discount per se, but no family will be required to pay more than $500 in total fees each year.

Can I get a refund?
Refunds of fees may be made upon the request of the player’s parent or guardian to the Board of Directors in writing. Requests submitted by e-mail to the Treasurer will be considered to be an acceptable method. Treasurer must contact the requester by phone or by responding with an email acknowledgment of the refund request within 48 hours of receiving the request.

Refunds will adhere to the following:

  1. A refund request received before the first Skills Evaluation Day (tryouts) will receive 100% refund, minus the online transaction fee.
  2. A refund request received after the first Skills Evaluation Day (tryouts), but before team formation will receive 75% refund, minus the online transaction fee.
  3. A refund request received after the team formation will not receive a refund, except for an injury or move that would cause a child to miss more than half of the season's scheduled games.  Fees refunded will be determined by our Board of Directors based on the timing of your request.
  4. All refunds must be approved by the Board of Directors. Appeals may be brought to the Board of Directors for consideration at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting and within 30 days of the decision, by contacting the League Secretary.

What is Little League Age?
The chart links below will help you determine your child's Little League age:

  • Baseball Age Chart: Please refer to chart to determine baseball player age.
  • Softball Age Chart: Little League softball age is determined by December 31 of the previous year -- in other words, what is your child’s age on December 31, 2009? That is her league age for the 2018 softball season and will help determine which division she will likely play in.

Team Formation

Does my child have to attend the Skills Evaluations (Tryouts)?
Yes, in order to be eligible for the baseball and softball drafts, league age players 9 and above will need to participate Skill Evaluations.  8 year olds that played Baseball Single-A last year may request a skill evaluatuon if they wish to enter the draft.

When are Skills Evaluations?
Skills Evaluations are held in mid-January.  Each player must attend one 30 minute session.

How are Baseball teams formed?

  • Majors Draft: Majors division coaches conduct a draft.  All players not assigned to a Majors team are available in the AAA draft.  All League age 12-year-olds must play in Majors
  • AAA Draft: AAA division coaches conduct a draft.  All players not assigned to a Majors team are available in the AA draft. 
  • AA Draft: AA division coaches conduct a draft.  All players not assigned to a Majors team go into the Single A team formation.
  • Single-A Team Formation: The Single A coaches and managers will have the opportunity to pre-select a few players to represent their team.  Then, with the help of the Player Agent and the tryout evaluations, players are assigned to the teams taking into account school, residence location, friend requests, and team balance of ability.  Requests are not a guarantee for team placement, but every effort is made to do so.
  • Peanut Team Formation: The Player Agent and coaches will form the teams, taking into account school, residence location, friend requests, and team balance of ability.  Requests are not a guarantee for team placement, but every effort is made to do so.

The Juniors Division players will have several clinics in February and then be placed on either a Juniors team, or an Intermediate Division team in the case of some 13 year olds.

How are Softball teams formed?

  1. All players 8 years and older will be evaluated at Skills Evaluations tryouts.
  2. The Major division managers meet first and draft players one by one, until each has a full team of 12 players.
  3. The Minor managers meet and draft players from the remaining tryout player list.
  4. Those players not selected for a minor team will play AA or A.  Managers will choose these teams based on buddy lists, school, and player’s ability.

Can my child be placed on a team with a friend or particular coach?
For baseball, Peanut and Single-A teams are formed by the Player Agent based on talent, locality, and age in an attempt to equalize the teams.  Any special requests should be noted on your registration and the player agent will make every attempt to honor your request, but we cannot guarantee.  AA players and above are subject to a draft format, therefore any special requests cannot be honored.

For softball, all managers (Major thru A) are aware of any buddy requests at the draft, and do their best to have at least one buddy or schoolmate on their team for each player.

Who attends the drafts?
All drafts are closed meetings and attendance is strictly limited to control the confidentiality of the selection process.  Attendance is limited to approved managers and coaches of the teams selecting, President, Vice President, and the Player Agent.  Draft order will not be revealed.  All players will be notified after all divisions have been drafted as to which team selected them.


Games

What equipment will my child need?
Players will need to purchase a baseball/softball glove, pants, and belt. Baseball cleats (rubber) are recommended.  Your coach will recommend the color of pants and belt to purchase.  All players receive a team hat, jersey and socks.

When do practices begin?
Pre-season practice begins early February.  Practice days, times and frequency differ by division and team, but you can expect one weekday practice and one weekend practice.  Baseball Majors division may be more.

When do games start?
Regular season games are played mid-March through May.  Generally you will have one weekday evening game and one weekend game per week.  We do not schedule Sunday games unless it is necessary for a rain make-up or other scheduling conflict.  There will be no games during MDUSD spring break or during Memorial Day weekend.

What about Post-Season games?
There are a few different types of post-seasons games/tournaments:

Playoffs
The tops teams in Baseball Single-A, AA, AAA, and Major divisions participate in a tournament the last week of the season to determine the division champion.

Tournament of Champions
The division champion teams from Baseball AA, AAA, Majors, along with Softball Minors and Majors, move on to the district-wide “Tournament of Champions”.  This tournament typically runs from mid-June to the end of June.

All-Stars
9 year olds and up are eligible to be placed on the Continental All-Stars teams.  These games begin at the end of June and typically the games run to mid-July.  Player skills and availability are used to determine placement on the All Star teams.


Volunteers

How do I become a manager or coach?
Any manager, coach, or other person interested in volunteering for the league must pass a background check. You may download the Volunteer Application form found under Volunteers section.  All managers and coaches must be approved by the Board of Directors

How do I volunteer?
As we are a volunteer organization, your help is greatly appreciated. Please review the Volunteer section and contact any Board member on the Contacts page to find out how you can participate.