Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdated Friday November 10, 2017 by Tracy Little League.
1. What happens during tryouts? What skills will each child be asked to demonstrate?
During the tryouts, each candidate will be given the opportunity to (1) hit/bunt, (2) field fly balls, (3) field ground balls, (4) throw and (5) run around the bases.
These tryout periods will be conducted in the presence of all managers, who shall observe the ability of each candidate. All player candidates (ages 7 through 12) not already on a major league team must attend at least one of the two tryout sessions.
2. What equipment should my child bring to tryouts?
We recommend that players bring their baseball glove, bat, helmet, jacket or sweatshirt. A bat and helmet may also be borrowed for tryouts if the player does not own these items.
3. Will tryouts still be held if it rains or snows?
Yes, tryouts will be held even if it rains or snows. Dress for the weather. If there is lightning, then tryouts will be rescheduled.
4. Is it guaranteed that every child who tries out will make a team?
Yes, every child who tries out is drafted onto a team.
5. Are tryouts different for Majors or Minors candidates?
Tryouts are the same for all Major and Minor candidates.
6. What should we do if there is a coach who our family strongly feels would not be a good fit for our child? Can we let someone know in advance so that our child does not get drafted to that team?
If you have a serious concern, please speak with the player agent for the Majors/Minors division in which your child will play and explain your concerns. The player agent will discuss the situation with the Board, and the best interests of the child will be taken into consideration.
7. When will we find out what team our child is placed on?
You should hear from a coach within three days after the draft occurs. If you have not heard from a coach after three days, please contact the player agent. The 2018 Draft is scheduled for the end of January.
8. When will practices begin and how often will they be held?
This year, practices will begin in early February and are held at various locations in our area. The frequency of practices is determined by each manager.
9. What if we register late and tryouts are over? Can our son still be placed on a team?
It depends whether there is still room on any of the teams, and if it is still very early in the season. If your child is under the age of 12, then he will be placed onto a Minors team if there is an opening. If your child is 12, he will be placed on a Majors team if there is room.
10. What should we do if we think our 12-year-old is not ready to play in the Majors division? We feel he is better suited to the Minors division. May he play in the Minors division even though he is league age 12?
Exceptions can only be made with written approval from the district administrator, and only if approved at the local league level by the board of directors and the parent of the candidate.
11. What supplies or equipment do you suggest my son needs to play baseball?
It is recommended that all players should have a baseball glove, baseball shoes (rubber cleats), and a protective cup. Many players prefer to use their own baseball bat and helmet, although the league has extras available that the players may also use. Many players also like to have an equipment bag to carry their belongings, but this is not required. All players will need to purchase their own baseball pants, socks and belt, which are typically color-coordinated with the team jersey color. The league will provide the jersey and hat for all players.
12. What are the approved bats for 2018?
Approved bats for the 2018 season have changed. Bats from previous seasons are no longer approved. More information about approved bats and the decision to change can be found on the Little League International website.
13. How are refunds determined?
The refund policy for TLL is determined annually by the board. Costs are incurred by the league for uniforms, equipment, charter fees and other expenses that are based on the number of participants registered. There no refunds are given after the tryouts.
14. How much playing time do players get in the Minors division vs. the Majors division?
Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. The Minors division is considered an instructional level and coaches try to give equal playing time. The Majors division is considered a more competitive level and playing time may not be equal, but all players will participate for at least the minimum amount required.
15. When do games begin? How many games will there be this season? How long does the season run?
Regular season games for both divisions begin in March and end in May. Majors teams usually play 18+ games and Minors teams play 16+ games, while Farm plays 14+ games. Once the regular season is over, the league’s in-house tournament for each division take place early June.
16. What is the "Tournament of Champions?”
The "TOC” or "Tournament of Champions” is a tournament in which the first place teams from all of the leagues within the district compete. The TOC tournaments are typically held after regular season games are over and before all-star games begin.
17. If we have a concern, question or request during the season, what is the best way to handle it and to whom should we speak?
We encourage you to first thoughtfully speak with the people or parties involved if you have a problem or concern. The player agent may also be contacted. Questions and suggestions may be addressed to the manager, coach, player agent, president or any board members..
18. How will All-Star players be selected this year?
The local rules state players are voted in by their peers and coaches; see the local rules for more specific information.
19. When will the names of the All-Star players be announced?
June 15th or shortly thereafter.
20. How long does the All-Star season run?
The District All-Star tournament runs through mid-July. The teams that win the District All-Star Tournament proceed to the State All-Star Tournament. The furthest that the 9/10-year-old and 11-year-old all-star teams may go is the State Level. In the 11-12 Year Old Majors all-star division, the winner of the state tournament proceeds to a Regional Tournament and potentially then to National and International Tournaments. The International All-Star Tournaments are held in Williamsport in August.
21. Where can I obtain a copy of the 2018 Little League Rules? How do I obtain a copy of the 2018 Local TLL Rules?
The 2018 Little League Rule Books are provided to all of the managers. If you would like to obtain a personal copy, speak to your league president to ask if any extra copies are available. You may also be able to order one at www.littleleague.org.The 2018 local rules (when available) may be found on the TLL website: www.tracylittleleague.org.
22. We moved outside of the TLL boundaries in the past year. My child has always played for TLL in the past. May he continue playing for TLL even though we no longer reside within TLL boundaries?
Yes, a waiver needs to be filled out by the player agent and signed by the president.
23. My son lost his cap. Is there a way that I can get a replacement?
We only buy the exact amount of hats needed for the kids and coaches. We do not have extras available to replace lost ones. However, we can give you the vendor information so you may purchase an extra hat if you wish.
24. My child has a health issue that I would like kept confidential. To whom should I speak and how do I know the medical information will be held confidential? Can anyone see the medical release forms?
We encourage you to confide in the coach and/or player agent. Let them know that this information is very personal and should not be repeated unless there is a medical necessity. Medical release forms are read by the player agent and coaches. They are kept in a sealed envelope inside the team medical kit.