Operating Guidelines

Divisions

The division structure identified below shall be in place unless the number of players will not support such a break down. The Board of Directors reserves the right to change or modify the below structure to suit the needs of the league.

Division Structure: (Subject to available players)

  1. Division Breakdown:
    1. Juniors/Seniors (league age 12-14/13-16; 60/90 ft diamond)
    2. Intermediate (league age 11-13; 50/70 ft diamond)
    3. Majors (league age 9-12; 46/60 ft diamond; assigned based on skill level)
    4. Minor League “AAA” (league age 9-11; 46/60 ft diamond; advanced minors)
    5. Minor League “AA” (league age 8-10; 46/60 ft diamond; beginner minors)
    6. Minor League “A” (league age 6-8; 60 ft bases; Coach Pitch)
    7. T-Ball (league age 4-6; no draft or skill assessments)
    8. Softball Juniors (league age 13-16; 43/60 ft diamond)
    9. Softball Majors (league age 11-12; 40/60 ft diamond)
    10. Softball Minors (league age 9-10; ; 35/60 ft diamond)
    11. Softball Coach Pitch (league age 6-8)
  2. Players league ages 4 to 6 shall play T-Ball. Exception: with concurrence of the parents, Division Director and Player Agent, those 6 year olds who played Tee Ball last season may be moved up to Minor League Division “A” (Coach Pitch).
  3. Players league ages 7 & 8 shall play Minor League Division “A” (Coach Pitch.) Exception: with concurrence of the parents, Division Director and Player Agent, those 8 year olds who played Coach Pitch (“A”) last season may be moved up to Minor League Division “AA.”
  4. All players above the T-Ball level will be evaluated and, based on the evaluation, placed in the proper division. T-Ball teams may be formed by themselves with a maximum number of players per team of 10.
  5. Players league ages 10 to 11 will be evaluated and may be considered for Major Division teams. If not selected for a Major Division team, these players will be placed in a proper Minor League division.
  6. Players age 12 will be assigned to the Major Division (unless player registers for the Intermediate Division only) and there is a maximum of 8 12-year olds per Major team.
  7. Players league ages 11 to 13 may opt for the Little League Intermediate Division which utilizes 70 foot bases. This division (depending on participation) will run in conjunction with the player’s ordinary Majors/Juniors team and will play on Sundays and another weeknight. This Division will work with the other District 2 leagues so there will be some required travel.
  8. Players league age 12 to 14 will be evaluated and will play in the Juniors Division. This division uses 90 foot bases. This Division will work with the other District 2 leagues so there will be some required travel.
  9. Players league age 13 to 16 will be evaluated and will play in the Seniors Division. This division uses 90 foot bases. This Division will work with the other District 2 leagues so there will be some required travel.

Local rules for each Division will be posted on the website prior to the Spring season beginning.

Evaluations

  1. The Evaluation committee will be named by the Board of Directors.
  2. Purpose of evaluations is to provide an objective assessment of players to provide proper placement of players into the correct division level and to aid in the creation of balanced teams.
  3. All players CP, Minors, Juniors/Seniors should attend a player evaluation. All Majors players must attend a player evaluation.
  4. During the Player Evaluations, MCLL will utilize multiple volunteers at each station to obtain a fair weighted average score for each player.
  5. Ranking: All players will be ranked based on their score at the evaluation process. The Evaluation committee, along with the Player Agent and League President may make slight modifications to the rankings as needed.
  6. MCLL will use the same assessment scoring system for all players and provide an overall rating for each player to Majors Managers prior to the Player Draft. Managers should consider this to be confidential information and it should not be shared with anyone else (especially players.)
  7. If an individual does not make the evaluations and has never played in the Majors division, he/she must apply for a waiver and will only be considered for the Majors Division at the discretion of the Evaluation committee.

Team Formation Process

  1. The League President and Player Agent will determine the number of teams and the number of players per team that will be fielded in each Division before the team formation process begins.
  2. Majors Team Formation
    1. The number of Majors teams will be determined by the League President and Player Agent based on the number of 12 year olds and the number of qualified candidates to choose from. As a general rule, the number of Major Division teams will be based on the number of registered 12 year-olds and divided by 8 (since that is the maximum number allowed per team.)
    2. Little League rules indicate that the number of players per Major League team must be at least 12 and no more than 15 players. There is also a limit of no more than eight 12-year olds per team. If a Major League team has more than eight Career 12 year-olds, the Manager must work with the Player Agent to return 12 year-old players to the draft pool so the team has exactly eight 12-year olds.
    3. Little League recommends that all 12 year-olds play in the Major Leagues. The League will attempt to place all 12 year-olds on a Major League team. If circumstances dictate that a 12 year-old player is not ready for play in the Majors, in conjunction with the parents, the MCLL Player Agent will process a waiver with the District 2 Administrator to place the player on a Minor League team. This is something that is rarely granted due to player safety issues with a 12 year-old playing against nine year-olds.
  3. The League will assign a Manager to each team. The Manager is generally responsible for all activities related to his/her team.
  4. The League will assign two Assistant Coaches to each team.
  5. Children of the Manager and Assistant Coaches are automatically assigned to the team for which the Manager and Coaches are coaching.
  6. Parents may request to play with a specific team or coach and the League will try to honor that request but MCLL cannot guarantee that request.
  7. MCLL will draft teams within one week after Player Evaluations.

Draft

  1. Team rosters will be drafted based on Draft Procedures

Schedule/Regular Season

  1. The season will begin with an Opening Day celebration, team parade and team pictures. Certain divisions will begin play directly after the celebration that day.
  2. Most games will begin on or after Opening Day and end by school end (including playoffs.) No games will be played during MCPS Spring Break
  3. The first Saturday in June will be a day off from scheduled games to celebrate MCLL Day. We will have our divisional (internal) All-Star games and player competitions that day along with other events for the whole family.
  4. Majors division will have a 12 game schedule. During the season, there may be opportunities to play addition inter-league games that will not count toward that team’s standings. There will be a single or double elimination tournament at the end of the regular season to determine the team that will represent the league at the Maryland District 2 Tournament of Champions.
  5. Minors “AAA” division will have a minimum 12 game instructional season with a fun/competitive tournament at the end of the season to determine the Minors Champion.
  6. Minors “AA” and “A” divisions will have a target of 12 games played with the focus on being player development, teamwork and having fun. There will be fun/competitive tournaments at the end of the season.
  7. Tee-Ball division will have a target of 8 games played with the focus on player development, teamwork and having fun
  8. During the regular season, any player who is out of the lineup for more than three consecutive weeks (or six games) is subject to being removed from his/ her team by action of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reserves the right to allow such player to remain on the roster. Managers must make the Player Agent aware if any player misses more than two consecutive games for any reason. Failure to do may be cause for disciplinary action against the manager. (See Regulation III (d))
  9. No player may be called up from a Minor League to a Major League team in the last two weeks of the regular season. (See Regulation III (d) 2). If a Major League team needs a player to fill in for a game (prior to the final two weeks) then a “AAA” player will be requested to participate. Once a Minor League player has been a substitute in a Major League game then that player is placed on the back of the available players’ list. Typically a Minor League player may only have the opportunity once a season.

Little League Tournament Teams

  1. See Tournament Team Selection document