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REGISTRATION

Registration FAQ’s

Who can play in Mill Valley Little League?

Boys and girls living in Mill Valley (West of Highway 101) and/or attending a Mill Valley school (public or private) who are between League Age 5 and League Age 15.  Kids who attend Strawberry Point School must live on the west side of the freeway to be eligible to play Mill Valley Little League.

We strongly encourage girls to join MVLL.  We have seen a steady increase over the years in girls playing baseball.  The very first girl to ever legally play Little League in the United States played right here in Mill Valley!  Girls in the competitive divisions have made All Stars; women hold positions of senior leadership on the Board.  Please encourage your daughters to play!

What level do I sign my child up for?

As a starting point, MVLL follows Little League International “league age” to determine the level your child ought to register for.  “League Age” for Spring 2022 is your child’s age on August 31, 2022.  Don’t want to do that math?  Check our chart [here] to find your child’s “league age”.  The divisions are there too, and below:

Rookies:  League Age 5 and 6

Star:  League Age 7

Farm:  League Age 8 and 9

AAA:  League Age 9 and 10

Minors:  League Age 10 and 11

Majors:  League Age 10*, some 11’s, and all 12’s

Juniors:  League Age 13-14

 

Hey! Wait a minute!  There’s more than one division for some of those ages!

Kids develop baseball skills at varying rates.  Some League Age 9’s may benefit from a second year of Farm, and some are ready to move on to AAA.  Some League Age 10’s may benefit from a second year of AAA, while others are ready for Minors.  And so on.  Not sure which division is the one for your player?  Talk to your child’s coach, or call the Player Agent (Patti Shore, 415-595-7530) for guidance.

Why is there an “*” next to League Age 10 for Majors?

By age 10, there may be 1 or 2 kids across the entire program who demonstrated a skill level so exceptional that we might allow them to try out for Majors a year earlier than is standard.  We require two things:  prior approval of the Majors Commissioner and the Player Agent; and the player must be drafted within the first four rounds of the Majors draft.  If the player is undrafted by the end of the fourth round, the player will automatically be placed into the Minors draft pool.

My child is the next Brandon Crawford.  I’m ready to jump him or her up a division!  Who do I talk to?

If your child is League Age 9 or younger, there is no jumping divisions.  It is our experience that children stay with the sport longer and have more fun when they play with their friends their own age.  Furthermore, each division within MVLL is designed to introduce a new set of skills for your player to develop.  Accordingly, we do not allow playing up for League Age 9’s or younger.  See above re League Age 10.

My child has a summer birthday, so we started him/her in school a year later, and he/she is a year older than his/her classmates.  I think he/she would have more fun with his/her classmates.  Can he/she play down?

Almost 100% of the time, the answer to that question will be “yes”.  Contact the Player Agent (Patti Shore, 415-595-7530) to make that happen.

My child played Rookie at Age 5 in Pre-K and is now League Age 6 in Kindergarten.  Can we move up to Star a year early?

While we are delighted your player joined us in Pre-K, we require that all League Age 6-year-olds play in Rookie, regardless of prior experience.

Money’s a little tight.  Do you have scholarships, and how do I apply for one?

We can help.  Email [email protected] for more information about MVLL scholarships.

Whoops!  I missed the registration deadline.  Now what?

For the non-competitive divisions (Rookie, Star, Farm), if we have any open spots, we’ll do our best to accommodate your player on a space-available basis.  For the competitive divisions (AAA, Minors, Majors and Juniors), once we have held our tryouts and drafted teams, our teams are usually set. However, we want your child to play baseball so email the Commissioner of the appropriate division (contact information is on the MVLL website, www.millvalleyll.org) to find out what your options are.

We would like BOTH parents to be on our child’s registration so that we can both be notified of MVLL updates.  How do we do this?

The primary account holder will be the parent who registers the child.  This parent needs to do the following:  Go to “Account Holder Settings”, and “Add Additional Account Holder”, and when prompted to do so, send an invitation to the “Additional Account Holder”.  This individual must accept the invitation in order to be linked to the child’s account.  Alternatively, once the data is entered, MVLL can link the accounts from our end – contact us at [email protected]

Alternatively, a second parent can create an account on his or her own and MVLL can link the accounts from our end.

How long is the baseball season?  When does it start and finish?

Practices begin in late February, after the Mill Valley public schools’ Mid-Winter Recess.  The season ends in early June, about the same time as the end of the public school year.  If your player is selected for All Stars, the season could go through the end of June or beyond. More detailed information about All Stars can be found on the MVLL website, www.millvalleyll.org.


 

What is the time commitment at each division?

Division

Practice Per Week

Games Per Week

Total Per Week

Rookie

1 Day (60 minutes)

1 Game (60 minutes

2 Days (2 hours)

Star

1 Day (60 minutes)

1 Game (75 minutes)

2 Days (2.25 hours)

Farm

2 Days (90 minutes each)

1 Game (90 minutes)

3 Days (3 hours)

AAA

2 Days (90-120 minutes each)

2 Games (2-2.5 hours)*

4 Days (6 hours)^^

Minors

2 Days (90-120 minutes each)

2 Games (2-2.5 hours)*

4 Days (6 hours)^^

Majors

2 Days (90-120 minutes each)

2 Games (2 -2.5 hours)**

4 Days (6 hours)^^

* two-games a week (one on a weeknight, and one on a Saturday)

^^ Often practice hours and game will be back-to-back or overlap by pairing cage and field. 

** games in majors often move more quickly as pitching improves.

Where does all the action happen?

MVLL uses Boyle, Friends Field, the small diamond at Edna Maguire School (Rookie and Star only), Bell Ropers, and Alto Field.  Boyle Buena Vista (aka “Boyle Majors”) is located at the Buena Vista Street side of Boyle Park.  Boyle Thalia (aka “Boyle Minors”) is located at the Thalia Street side of Boyle Park.  Friends Field is adjacent to the Mill Valley Community Center.  “Friends North” is the northern end of the field – the side closest to the Community Center.  “Friends South” is the southern end of the field – the side closest to the Middle School.  Bell Ropers is the grassy field north of the dog park along side the Multi-Use Path (Bayfront is the northernmost field, Bell Ropers is in the middle, and the dog park is the southernmost field).

How do you form the teams?

For our Rookie, Star and Farm divisions, the Commissioner of each division forms the teams.  You will have the opportunity to make friend requests during the registration process; please use the first AND last name of the children with whom your child wishes to play. There are no guarantees, but we do our best.

For our AAA, Minors, Majors and Juniors divisions, managers draft their teams from the pool of available players based on prior seasons’ evaluations, tryouts, and their personal knowledge of the players.

I see I can sign myself up to volunteer as well!  What are the available positions?

A “manager” is baseball-speak for “head coach” (just like the big leagues).  A coach or assistant coach is a member of the coaching staff led by the manager.  If you want to manage or coach a team, three cheers for you!  You need to register yourself as a volunteer and contact the Commissioner of the division in which you want to be a manager or coach.  It is very important that you contact the Commissioner directly.  Contact information for each division’s Commissioner is on our website, www.millvalleyll.org.  Commissioners have the final say in slating managers for their divisions, and then the Board votes to approve the coaching staffs before the season begins. Be aware any and all adults on the field with our players must pass a Little League background check first.

MVLL has other volunteer opportunities as well. You can find a list of these opportunities when you register your child to play little league and they will also be posted on our website (www.millvalleyll.org).

Can my child play other sports/pursue other activities while playing baseball?

Yes, but we caution parents to remember that baseball is a team sport.  If your child is regularly absent, it affects the rest of the team.  If two or three children are regularly absent, the team may find itself forfeiting games if it does not have enough players. Every season, we have parents asking if the team’s practice schedule can be changed to accommodate their child’s schedule; be aware that this is virtually impossible.  We are also not able to switch your child to a different team to accommodate schedule issues.

Tryout FAQs

What levels require a tryout?

We conduct tryouts (also known as “skills assessments”) for our AAA, Minors, and Majors divisions.

What are tryouts?

For our competitive divisions (AAA, Minors, and Majors) we conduct a skills assessment that provides our managers and coaches the opportunity to see where each player stands in key baseball skills – fielding, throwing, hitting, running, and pitching (optional).  This helps us accomplish two things: ensure each child is playing at a level appropriate to his or her skill set (so as to have the most fun and thrive), and that teams are evenly balanced in each division.

When are tryouts?

Typically, at the end of January (second-to-last or last weekend in January) or the first weekend of February.  Weather is a factor, and sometimes we may schedule for the second-to-last weekend in January only to be forced by Mother Nature to delay.  We ask families to be flexible if this happens – it’s completely out of our control.

But…we’re on ski team/we’re going to be out of town that weekend/we have a competitive soccer game/we have flag football/my player has a broken leg.  We’ll miss tryouts.  When are makeups?

Unfortunately, we do not have makeups. In MVLL, the coaching staffs evaluate the players.  To have a make-up session, we’d need to bring back the managers and coaches from 8-10 teams for any given division to look at any players who missed the main tryout.  While we strongly encourage families to do their best to have their player at tryouts, we recognize that it’s not always possible.  If your player has played in MVLL before, we have evaluation data that managers and coaches will be able to rely upon in making their drafting decisions.

Does everyone make a team?

Yes, although not necessarily in the division preferred by the player.  During tryouts MVLL league personnel may identify players that, for their own safety and for best-fit skill development purposes, may be asked to play in a different division.  The division Commissioner and/or Player Agent will privately discuss this with the player’s family.

9’s with prior playing experience will not play below AAA (a 9 who has never played baseball before may have a better experience in Farm; this will be discussed privately with the player’s family).  10’s with prior playing experience will not play below AAA.  11’s with prior playing experience will not play below Minors.  12’s must play in Majors, unless a waiver to a different division is approved by league and district administrators.

In the Minors and Majors divisions, it is possible that many 10’s will not be drafted onto a Minors team, and many 11’s will not be drafted onto a Majors team.  In this instance, a 10 is guaranteed a spot on an AAA team, and an 11 is guaranteed a spot on a Minors team.  The player will be placed in the appropriate draft after being notified by the Player Agent of the situation.

 

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