CMLL Questions and Answers
Some frequently asked questions are below. If you have any other questions regarding registration, please contact the CMLL Player Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: Why does my 9/10 year old have to go to an evaluation? Why is there a draft for AAA this year? I thought players got to play with their friends and schoolmates at the AAA level?
A: This is the first year that CMLL has used a draft process at the AAA level. The goal is to balance the AAA teams and make the playing experience better for everyone. The evaluations will be on February 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM at Indoor Goals. Please check the www.cmllonline.org website near the end of January for more details.
Q: My son/daughter will be league age 10 on April 30, 2013 and played AAA division last Spring. Should they play in AAA or Majors level this Spring?
A: Normally, players who are league age 10 on April 30, 2013 should play in the AAA division. If you feel your 10 year-old player is skilled enough for the Majors level, you should register them for the Majors division. They will go through an evaluation and the managers and coaches will determine if they are a better fit for Majors or AAA. If you have any questions, please contact the player agent directly at email@example.com.
Q: If my child evaluates for Majors and does not make it onto a team, will they get placed on a AAA team?
A: Yes, they will automatically be placed on a AAA team. You do not need to re-register them.
Q: My son/daughter played AA last Spring as an 8 year old. Should they play another year in AA or should they play in AAA?
A: AAA is a step up from AA. In AAA base stealing is allowed and the opposing pitching is at a higher level. You can refer to more detail about all levels of play under the “Baseball” tab on the home page. In the end, you are the best judge of your son/daughter’s abilities and if they are ready for the next level of play. If you have specific questions, please email the player agent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: The decision is up to you and your family. The spring baseball season is a big time commitment and it is the rare player that can balance this with another baseball league or spring sport. At the AAA and Majors level this is discouraged. CMLL does not have control over game times so it will be hard to avoid conflicts from time to time.
A: The first practices will start in mid-March. The first games will be in early April and the season finishes by the second week in June. The more talented players may be asked to participate on a post-season team which could extend out into mid-July.
A: Players that are age 9 through 12 and register for the AAA or Majors division will need to go through an evaluation on February 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM at Indoor Goals (www.indoorgoals.com). Players that register for T-Ball, Rookie, A and AA do not need to go through an evaluation.
A: For T-Ball, Rookie, A and AA, every effort will be made to match your player with their preferred playing buddies and or preferred coach. Obviously not every single request can be accommodated. AAA and Majors rosters are built via a draft so there is no opportunity to select a preferred manager or playing buddy.
A: It really depends on the level of play. For lower levels, Practices are targeted at one or two weekday afternoons per week and one weekend day. Practice times are usually afternoons or evenings. For AAA and Majors, practices can be 4 times per week with some weeknight practice times running until 9PM. See the descriptions of the various levels on the CMLL home page under “baseball” for details. Other practices can be scheduled as determined by the manager. Practice and game locations are targeted at fields within the Cedar Mill boundaries.
A: As the season progresses, the number of practices will go down and the number of games will go up. AAA and Majors could play as many as 3 games per week. Majors and AAA players could end up playing games that end as late as 9PM on weekdays. Games are at a variety of fields close to the Cedar Mill area.
A: Absolutely. Cedar Mill Little League depends 100% on volunteers so we welcome your participation! To volunteer as an assistant or coach, you need to do two things. First, fill out a volunteer form online at www.cmllonline.org. Second, download a Volunteer Application and Background Check forms from our Forms page and email it to email@example.com. You will not be allowed to be on the field with the players unless you complete both of these forms.
A: Players play on a team as determined by their age as of April 30, 2013 (their league age). See the descriptions of the various levels on the CMLL home page under “Baseball” for details. T-Ball players can be as young as 5 and Majors players as old as 12.
A: The best way to find out is to contact your preferred coach/manager directly and ask them.
A: CMLL Spring baseball teams only play other teams within the CMLL boundaries. There are 500-600 players so there is a good number of teams and robust competition at the AAA and Majors levels.
A: $75 for T-Ball and $145 for all other divisions. Payment is done via credit or debit card online through www.cmllonline.org. Registration is open from Dec 3, 2012 through February 3, 2013. After February 3, 2013 a late fee of $25 will be applied and there is no guarantee of a roster position.
A: T-Ball requires less equipment and uses less field time, so the costs are much lower.
A: The cost of renting the fields and hiring umpires has steadily increased over the last 3 years. During that time, CMLL has kept their fees flat. Unfortunately if CMLL doesn't modestly increase registration fees, the league will not be able to cover their costs.
A: Registration payments will be refunded upon request up through the day before the first game. After that there will be no refunds.