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St. Mary's Little League

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St. Mary's Little League Baseball & Softball

FALL BALL 2020 IMPORTANT DATES


28 June 2020 – Fall 2020 Registration OPENS

10 July – Early Registration 10% Discount Ends
15 August – Registration Closes at 11:59 pm 
17 August -- Clinics begin for some divisions
24 August -- Practice begins for all divisions
Week of 6 September -- Games begin for all divisions
7 November – Season Ends

FALL BALL 2020 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

We are excited that you are considering registering your child for St Mary's Little League baseball. Our goal is to provide a great baseball/softball experience for players at every ability and experience level. Across all divisions, SMLL emphasizes safety, teamwork, sportsmanship and, perhaps most importantly, having fun. 

What's going on with the Fall 2020 Season?
Registration for the Fall 2020 Season will open no later than 28 June.
Early registration will run through midnight on 10 July and offers a 10% discount.
Registration will continue through 15 August.

St. Mary's Little League is proud to offer the following divisions to our players this fall:
Co-Ed Rookie Tee Ball
Co-Ed Intermediate Tee Ball
Ponytail (Machine Pitch) Softball
Rookies (Coach Pitch) Baseball
Minors (Player/Coach Pitch) Softball
Minors (Player Pitch) Baseball
Majors Softball
Majors Baseball
Intermediate Baseball
Junior/Senior Softball
Junior/Senior Baseball

Specifics on the programs, to include cost and planned practice/game days, are located within the Registration section of this website.

Select divisions will offer clinics for registered players during the week of 17 August.
Practices will start no later than the week of 24 August.
Games will begin the week of 6 September, and the season will end on November 7th.

 

What is LEAGUE AGE? 
These respective dates identify the “league age” as it relates to a player’s eligibility to participate in any of Little League’s divisions of play.  When you register your player, he or she is eligible for divisions based on birth dates. 

For the 2020 season:
The Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child as of August 31, 2020.
The Age Determination Date for a Little League Softball player is the actual age of a child as of December 31, 2019.

Additional information regarding Little League "League Age" can be found here:
https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/determine-league-age/

 

When are Practices & Games?
For the Fall 2020 season, teams will begin with practices and transition into games as the season progresses.  Families can anticipate dedicating 2 days per week to SMLL.  Exact days for practices and games will be determined as we know field availability as managed by SMCPS and the Recreation and Parks Department.
Practice will begin for all divisions during the week of August 24th.
Games will begin after Labor Day during the week of September 7th.


How long will games be played?
Fall 2020 games will begin the week of September 6th and will run through November 7th.  


What if my player was registered for Spring Ball 2020 and opted to transfer their registration to Fall Ball 2020?

There is NO action on your part.  Our VPs and Players Agents will be busy behind the scenes transferring players, and you'll receive an email once the transfer is complete.


How are Teams Formed?
 
During the Fall Season, teams are formed based on coach/teammate requests while taking location into account.  The VPs and players agent match players with teams based on teammate/coach requests, overall team size, and age to make the teams as equally competitive as possible. Just remember, requests are not guaranteed!


Does SMLL accept Personal Requests?
There is a section of the registration form that allows you to request and/or note special considerations for the player agent. This section serves as your communication tool with SMLL.  

In the Fall, teammate and coach requests are accepted, but please remember, there are no guarantees for personal requests since many factors play a role in forming teams. 

What does my player need in terms of equipment?
All players will need to bring their own baseball/softball glove. 
It is recommended that each player have baseball shoes (cleats), and a protective cup for boys and rip-it for girls. 
Many players prefer to use their own baseball/softball bat and helmet, though the league will provide teams with them for the players use. Many players also like to have an equipment bag to carry their belongings, but this is not required. 
Baseball players will need to purchase their own baseball pants and belt, while softball players will need to provide their own softball pants/shorts. Baseball players are not allowed to wear shorts. 
The league will provide a team jersey and hat (baseball) or socks (softball) for all players. We generally buy the exact amount of game jersey's, hats, and socks needed for the players and coaches so if your child needs a replacement, we can provide you with the vendor information so that you may purchase an extra jersey and/or hat/socks if you wish.

The league provides an equipment bag to each manager that includes bats, helmets, and catcher’s equipment; however, current COVID restrictions mandate that we minimize the sharing of equipment.  The League is currently assessing how to handle shared equipment while following necessarily sanitizing procedures in order to keep our players safe.

 

What is Minimum Playing Time?
Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. 
The Tee Ball, Rookie, and Ponytail divisions are considered an instructional level, and coaches try to give equal playing time to all players. 
The Majors Baseball and Softball divisions and above are considered a more competitive level, and playing time may not be equal, but all players will participate for at least the minimum amount required as long as the game is not called early due to the mercy rule.

 

What are the rules of Little League? 
The 2020 Little League Rule Books are provided to all team managers in the Minor League and above. If you would like to obtain a personal copy, you may order one at www.littleleague.org.

 

What is my child has a medical condition?
We encourage you to confide in the manager/head 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 manager and coaches.

 

How can I annotate any Concerns, Questions and/or Requests during the registration process?
During registration process, please include any request in our request box. During and after registration, we encourage you to first thoughtfully speak with your manager, coach, and Vice President of the division your child plays in. Additionally, questions and suggestions may be addressed to the players agent, the Division VP and/or the President.


Does SMLL accept Field Requests for games and practices?
Please understand that St. Mary's is a large county with many geographically diverse practice locations. 
In addition, given the current COVID-19 situation, we are currently awaiting Recreation and Parks guidance, as well as SMCPS direction regarding field availability. 
While the League attempts to coordinate centrally located practice locations based on the addresses of rostered players, field requests cannot be honored due to the complex nature of the field assignment process as managed by St. Mary's County Parks & Rec. 


What is the Cancellation Policy?
Please refer to the cancellation policy that you acknowledged upon registration.  It is provided below for your convenience.

To receive a refund, cancellation of registration must be received via email no later than 5:00 pm by the dates specified below. Please send us an email with (SMLL Registration Cancellation) in the subject line to [email protected] and include the child's full name, division he or she is registered for, and a reason for cancellation in the text of the email. Please refer to the following timeline for refund deadlines and amounts. If SMLL receives your cancellation:

Before 5PM on 10 July 2020: You will be refunded your registration fee less a $10 processing fee.
Before 5PM on 8 August 2020: You will receive a 50% refund
Cancellations received after 5PM on 8 August 2020: no refund.

How can I get in touch with the league?
Visit our Board of Directors  page for contact information for our volunteers.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] and will be happy to answer any more questions you may have throughout the season.