Draft Procedure

Draft Procedure

This document defines the process for forming teams for Spring Seasons. It was ratified by the MCLL Board of Directors on Nov 19th, 2018.

Objectives:

The objectives of the team formation process is to:

  • Comply with Little League International rules
  • Create competitive parity among teams
  • Consider requests to play with friends or a particular coach
  • Be fair to players, parents and coaches
  • Result in a memorable and fun playing environment for players
  • Provide transparency of the process
  • Be consistent in its application across divisions.

Definitions:

Career Player - Once a player is assigned to a Majors team, the player will remain with that returning team for duration of the player's participation in that Division.

Competitive Division - A division of teams in which rules follow Green Book and umpires are provided. Runs scored are recorded and games are won or loss. The League determines a champion through an end of season tournament. MCLL has five competitive divisions: Juniors/Seniors, Intermediate, Majors, Minors AAA, and Minors AA.

Draftee - A player who is placed in a draft pool and eligible for to be picked by a Coach during the draft process.

Player Evaluations - The evaluation process in which players are run through a series of drills to assess and evaluate the skills, athleticism, emotional and physical maturity, and baseball/softball knowledge of draftees. See Operating Guidelines for more information.

Returning Team - A Majors team in which a core of 3 players are returning from the previous Majors Spring season. A returning team will stay together along with the coach. If the coach is not returning a new coach will be assigned to the returning team. In cases where a team is returning with fewer than 3 players, the players become draftees and are guaranteed placement within the same division of play. The Player Agent may decide it is not in the best interest of players or league and dissolve a team and return its players to the draft pool. ONLY Majors teams will remain together. Teams at all other levels are disbanded at the end of each season.

Draft Process

Major League Draft Procedures:

  • The League will determine the roster size.
  • A Manager may not request that a Career Player be dropped from his/her team roster.
  • A player becomes a Draftee and must enter a draft pool when:
    • Player is new to Majors.
    • Parent has requested for player to play for a different team in Majors.
  • There is 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.
  • Little League recommends that all 12 year-olds play in the Major Leagues. The League will 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.
  • Based on the number of 12 year-old draftees, Commissioner will determine the minimum number of 12 year-olds that must be drafted by each team. Each team must draft their designated number of 12 year-olds during the draft.
  • The League Commissioner will provide a list of all Major league players to all Managers at least 24 hours before the draft meeting. The list will designate Career players by team and all draftees.
  • MCLL will provide player evaluations ratings for each player to Manager prior to the Player Draft. Managers should consider this to be confidential information and it should not be shared with anyone else (especially players.)
  • If a Minors division player declines to be drafted to the Majors division, he/she shall not be promoted to the Majors at a later time if a vacancy becomes available.
  • Order of draft picks will be reverse order of finish from the previous season. New teams will be placed at the end and ordered by coin toss or equivalent method if more than two new teams. e.g. draw straws
  • Draft will be conducted in a Straight order as outlined in the Little League Operating Policies Plan A. ie. The last-place team of the preceding season gets the first choice in every round of the draft, the next to last place team gets the second selection in every round and the remaining teams select in the reverse order of standing.
  • A draft matrix will be created showing who has the pick at each round. Prior to the draft the matrix will be filled with Career players for each team starting at the top. Assigned coaches players for new teams will be placed at rounds three for age 12, round four for age 11 and round five for ages 9/10.
  • The draft will begin on the Commissioner’s command and each Manager will have 3 minutes to name their draft pick(s).
  • The selection process is then repeated until each team has completed their roster.
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together. After each Manager's pick, the League will evaluate the pick.
  • Managers will have 24 hours after the draft meeting to trade players. All trades must be reviewed and approved by the League Commissioner and MCLL Player Agent.
  • Teams will be declared official 48 Hours after the draft meeting and rosters will be published online and Managers may contact their players.
  • Any draftee who is not selected onto a Major League team will be placed in the Minor League draft pool.

Minor League Draft Procedures:

  • President, Player Agent and Commissioners will form Minor league teams for Minors AA and AAA.
  • There are NO career players in the Minors divisions
  • Each year teams will be newly formed based on the evaluation process
  • Team placement criteria will include:
    • Player Evaluation scores
    • Parents Requests
    • Coach requests
    • Schools that players attend
    • Where players live
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together, however no guarantee is provided

Coach Pitch Draft Procedures:

  • President, Player Agent and Commissioners will form the teams for the Coach Pitch Division.
  • There are NO career players in the Coach Pitch divisions
  • Each year teams will be newly formed based on the evaluation process
  • Team placement criteria will include:
    • Player Evaluation scores
    • Parents Requests
    • Coach requests
    • Schools that players attend
    • Where players live
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together, however no guarantee is provided
  • Coach Pitch division is for players 6-8 year old. A 5-year-old player that has experienced Tee-Ball previously and both the Parent and the evaluation score indicate that the player is ready for player pitch may move up into Coach Pitch Ball.

Tee-Ball Draft Procedures:

  • President, Player Agent and Commissioners will form the teams for the Coach Pitch Division.
  • There are NO career players in the Tee-Ball divisions
  • Each year teams will be newly formed based on the evaluation process
  • Team placement criteria will include:
    • Parents Requests
    • Coach requests
    • Schools that players attend
    • Where players live
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together, however no guarantee is provided

Intermediate League Draft Procedures:

  • League will determine the roster size.
  • The League will provide a list of all division players to Managers at least 24 hours before the draft meeting.
  • MCLL will provide player evaluations ratings for each player to Manager prior to the Player Draft. Managers should consider this to be confidential information and it should not be shared with anyone else (especially players.)
  • Draft will be conducted in a Serpentine order as outlined in the Little League Operating Policies “Plan A - Serpentine Draft Plan”
  • A draft matrix will be created showing who has the pick at each round. Assigned coaches players for new teams will be placed at rounds three for age 14, round four for age 13 and round five for ages 12.
  • The draft will begin on the Commissioner’s command and each Manager will have 3 minutes to name their draft pick(s).
  • The selection process is then repeated until each team has completed their roster.
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together. After each Manager's pick, the League will evaluate the pick.
  • Managers will have 24 hours after the draft meeting to trade players. All trades must be reviewed and approved by the League Commissioner and MCLL Player Agent.
  • Teams will be declared official 48 Hours after the draft meeting and rosters will be published online and Managers may contact their players.

Juniors/Seniors League Draft Procedures:

  • League will determine the roster size.
  • The League will provide a list of all division players to Managers at least 24 hours before the draft meeting.
  • MCLL will provide player evaluations ratings for each player to Manager prior to the Player Draft. Managers should consider this to be confidential information and it should not be shared with anyone else (especially players.)
  • Draft will be conducted in a Serpentine order as outlined in the Little League Operating Policies “Plan A - Serpentine Draft Plan”
  • A draft matrix will be created showing who has the pick at each round. Assigned coaches players for new teams will be placed at rounds three for age 15, round four for age 14 and round five for ages 13.
  • The draft will begin on the Commissioner’s command and each Manager will have 3 minutes to name their draft pick(s).
  • The selection process is then repeated until each team has completed their roster.
  • MCLL will attempt to honor parent requests to play together. After each Manager's pick, the League will evaluate the pick.
  • Managers will have 24 hours after the draft meeting to trade players. All trades must be reviewed and approved by the League Commissioner and MCLL Player Agent.
  • Teams will be declared official 48 Hours after the draft meeting and rosters will be published online and Managers may contact their players.