FAQUpdated Tuesday February 16, 2016 by Davis Little League.
What is the structure of DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE baseball?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE Baseball is comprised of two leagues, National and American. Both leagues offer five levels of play: T-Ball, Farm, AA, AAA and Majors. Depending upon the level, the playing fields are slightly different in terms of length of base paths, distance from pitching mound, and distance to the outfield fences from home plate.
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE has established age cutoffs to ensure players develop appropriately in terms of skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship. DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE has established age brackets that players need to participate in, however, there are situations where some players may play down due to safety risks upon approval of the Director of Baseball.
Pitching distances are scaled to the ability of the players in proportion to the size of the diamonds. The scaled down diamonds in the lower divisions allow the players to make the same plays made by the upper division players on larger diamonds.
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE is managed by an elected Board of Directors that administer the league in line with established bylaws. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
When does the season begin?
Please check the DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE calendar on the DLL web page for exact league dates and events. Typically, the season begins on the first or second Saturday in March and extends. An Opening Day event kicks off the first games of the season.
How long will the season last?
The DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE regular game season usually lasts from 13-14 weeks from March through June, and including division playoff games. The season is extended for players that are selected to the District 64 All-Star tournament teams. As well, there are July 4th exhibition games for the Farm-Majors teams. Please consider your vacation plans if you have a child that may be selected to these teams.
Where are DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE games played?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE utilizes the baseball complex at the corner of F Street and Covell for the Farm, AA, AAA and Majors games. The T-ball games are played on the community park grass fields directly across from F Street opposite of the Little League complex. A shortage of available field space that meet the Little League requirements forces Davis Little League to use community park for games.
What days and times are the games played?
All teams in DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE are scheduled for at least one game a week, and in some divisions teams are scheduled for games twice a week. Game days are typically Monday through Saturday, however, Sunday afternoons are also scheduled. T-ball games are only scheduled for weekdays, and no more than one per week. Saturday games will generally start at 9am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:00pm. Weekday games generally will begin at 5:00pm and 7:30pm for weekday games. Games may begin earlier prior to Day Light Savings time. It is DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE'S desire to have games be completed by 9pm on weekdays. Based on the league's population, the lack of adequate field space, and possible rain-outs, games may be scheduled on Sunday afternoons. It is recommended that players arrive at the field an 45-60 minutes prior to game time so they can properly warm up, and managers can get the line-up cards ready prior to the start of the game.
Who umpires DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE games?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE uses a combination of parent volunteers and paid umpires. In the lower divisions (Farm and AA), the volunteers are parents of DLL players in those divisions. In the upper divisions (AAA and Majors), the volunteers are both parents, certified umpires, and trained students. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. A plate umpire and a field umpire are used in all games, unless a scheduling issue arises causing a shortage of available umpires. In the T-Ball division, coaches manage the flow of the game.
When will the practices begin?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE targets the middle of February for all teams to start practicing. The goal is for teams to be in a position to begin practices at least 3-4 weeks before Opening Day, which is the first or second week of March. Actual first practices will depend upon weather and formation of teams.
How often and long will my child practice?
Practice frequency and duration are up to the team manager and vary based on the division. Please see the local rules page for each division for further information.
Where will my child practice?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE schedules field practice times at the Little League complex; however, most teams find a local park or other sports field to conduct practice. You will know where your child will practice once your child is placed on a team and your manager contacts you.
What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should arrive at their first practice with a glove, hat, baseball pants, and rubber molded cleats. A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items.
Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
A uniform consists of a pair of baseball pants, belt, a baseball jersey, a hat, and a pair of all-in-one baseball socks. DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE will provide each player a team jersey and a team hat. Due to individual fittings, players need to provide the baseball pants, belt, and socks. The jersey and hat are the player's to keep. The jerseys don't provide much warmth, so it is a good idea to purchase a long-sleeve baseball shirt to match the color of your child's team. Your manager will provide more specifics as for the color. Rubber cleats are highly recommended, and steel spikes are not allowed. A quality leather glove is a must. It is recommended to stay away from vinyl and simulated leather gloves that may be cheaper, but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration. It is impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather. Therefore, the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. All players should bring a windbreaker, jacket, or sweatshirt to every game and practice, especially early in the season.
When will I find out what team my child will play on?
All teams should be formed by late January or the beginning of February. Your child's manager will notify you of the team's first meeting. If you don't hear from a team manager by mid-February, please contact a league official.
Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE allows friends to request to be placed on the same team together only in the T-ball division. In the Farm through AA divisions, a request may be made, but there is no guarantee that it will be approved. Players are distributed based on ratings in a balanced process to form teams. In the AAA and Majors divisions, there are absolutely no requests due to the player selection process of the draft. The upper division teams are created using a balanced draft process that helps to promote even and competitive leagues.
If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE's divisional player representatives for consideration by the Director of Baseball. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.
If my child decides to quit, is it possible to get a refund?
A refund is available upon request prior to the close of registration. A refund of 50% is available if a request is received prior to Opening Day. After Opening Day, NO REFUNDS are allowed.
Can I keep my child down in a lower division or bring him/her up a division a year early?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE strongly supports age appropriate competition and development. DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE does not allow players to move up a division early or to play down a division to develop additional skills without approval from the Director of Baseball. The only time an adjustment may be made is when there is a safety risk to a player playing in their age appropriate division. At that time, a parent request needs to be made to the Director of Baseball. A decision will be made to allow the player to play down.
What can my child expect to do at tryouts?
1) Hitting - 3 pitches
2) Base running – Run the bases to third after third hit.
3) Fly Balls – From Left Field, throw 2 to second, third to home.
4) Ground Balls – From short stop, field three hits and throw to first base.
5) Catching – Player moves to 1st base to take balls from next player trying out.
What are draft "options"?
Options are picks that each manager has available prior to the upper division AAA and Major drafts. The options pertain to the manager's own child and/or their coach's child. Managers must request an option, and options are granted upon approval from the Director of Baseball. Refer to the DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE draft rules document. See also Board Votes to Change Future Draft Procedures (Re-draft fact sheet)
Are there any rules around minimum playing time?
Rules will vary per division regarding playing time. In the T-ball division, all players play in the field and all player bat in a continuous batting order. Continuous batting orders are used for the other divisions, however, fielders are limited to 9 players. There are minimums for innings played in all divisions. Refer to the local rules posted on the DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE web site.
Are there Time Limits on games?
T-ball games are limited to 1-hour. Farm games are limited to 1 hour 30 minutes. AA through Majors division games are limited to 2-hours.
How many managers/coaches can be on a team?
Every team has a manager approved by the Board of Directors. Each team's manager can have as many assistants as they can find for practices, but only two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. Any manager or coach that comes into contact with players MUST submit a National Little League application to the league.
What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from mid-February to start of June. Time commitment is usually around 8-10 hours a week depending upon division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at all practices and games. Managers also must attend a pre-season coaching clinic provided by the league, and a manager's meeting with the division representative. As well, they must schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to the first practice of the season. Managers are assisted by a volunteer team parent that helps with things like concession stand scheduling, fundraising events, uniform distribution, and picture day.
Two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 6-8 hours a week depending upon division. Coaches need to attend a pre-season clinic provided by the league. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.
Are there conduct rules that apply during games?
Absolutely. DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises and banned from the complex for additional games.
Who is responsible for staffing the Snack Bar at the DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE complex?
Upon registering a player for participation in DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE, the player's parent(s) agree to serve a shift in the snack bar when asked by the Team Parent. Each team must staff their shift as scheduled by the Concessions manager. Each team typically has 1-2 shifts to fulfill at some point during the season. The DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE's Concessions Committee is responsible for stocking, opening, and setting up the concessions stand prior to the first game each day. Please do your part in support of operating the concessions stand.
Do I have to participate in any fundraising?
DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE relies on fundraising to help support the operations of the league. Player registration fees only account for 55% of the needed operating capital required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE supplements player registration fees with league sponsors and fundraising. Each team is expected to participate in the league's annual fundraising activity.
Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
If at any time you have a problem or just want information, you can e-mail the league at any time. However, please first discuss any concerns with your child's manager, then with the division's player representative (who is a Board Member assigned to oversee that Division). Contact information is on the DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE web site under the "DLL Board" link. You are also welcome to attend a Board meeting and express your concerns directly to the Board with prior approval from the President. The DAVIS LITTLE LEAGUE Board meets every first Wednesday of each month throughout the year, with meeting locations varying.
What is available on the website?
The league's web site is at www.davislittleleague.org. The site offers all the information you need to stay informed about events, schedules, rules, board member contacts, sponsorship information, baseball clinics, umpire training, etc. If you have a question that is still unanswered, please contact the league.