Posted Jan 21, 2019
Let’s Start with Fun
Please show your support of Cedar Mill Little League on January 25th with Wear your Jersey to School Day! Show off your baseball pride and if asked, let your friends know registration is still open. If you are new to Cedar Mill Little League, join us by wearing baseball themed clothing or Cedar Mill Little League colors of Red and Blue!
Only two weeks remaining of regular registration for Spring 2019 little league baseball! Right now, half of last year’s players have already registered for Spring 2019. Regular Registration for AAA, Minors and Majors closes Sunday, January 27th. Late registration comes with a $25 late fee and closes Sunday, February 3rd. Regular registration for T-Ball, A, and AA closes Sunday, February 10th. Late registration comes with a $25 late fee and closes Sunday, February 17th. Registration links can be found here: www.cmllonline.org/registration.
CMLL is offering several coaching clinics to keep our coaches up to date on the latest tips and techniques for coaching little league baseball.
CMLL is once again participating in the Friends of Baseball Coaching Clinic on Sunday, February 10th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club. This is great clinic for coaches in the older divisions (league age 10 and older), but anyone who is interested will certainly learn something! In order to participate, please email Jason Hosch at [email protected] by Tuesday January 29th so he can put your name on the list. There is no fee for coaches… this one is on us!
The Annual Len Clarke Coaching Clinic will be held again this year on March 2nd from 12pm to 4pm at the Garden Home Recreation Center. Many of the CMLL coaches have attended Len’s clinic in the past, and it has been a great benefit to our league. This is a particularly good clinic for first time coaches. No pre-registration is necessary.
Len Clarke will also be providing a specialized pitching coaching training on March 3rd from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. The Len Clarke Pitching Coaching Clinic is a specific training for Cedar Mill Little League and no charge to participating coaches. Len Clarke will be giving a special coaching clinic focusing on teaching young baseball players how to pitch. This clinic is geared towards coaches at the Majors, Minors, AAA, and even AA levels.
We are pleased to announce player development opportunities for players who have registered for Spring 2019 baseball. If you are not registered yet, Spring season registration is available at www.cmllonline.org/registration. These Spring Training practices will be held on turf fields at Mt. View Champions Park and Conestoga Middle School beginning January 26th and continuing each Saturday through February. A coaching staff featuring a mix of CMLL volunteers and area high school coaches will work with our ball players on basic fundamentals relevant to their age. An e-mail inviting registered ball players to sign up for these practice dates will be sent closer to the first training session.
*Only registered coaches who have passed the background check will be permitted to work with our kids.
AAA, Minors, and Majors
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the OPTIONAL Spring Training night at Indoor Goals on February 22 from 6pm to 10pm. This evening of events takes AAA, Minors, and Majors players through drills and activities similar to what they will experience in player evaluations. Spring Training is a great opportunity to dust off the glove and get back into the swing of baseball while the kids become comfortable with the set up and indoor environment that will be used for evaluations.
For the AAA, Minors, and Majors divisions, Player Evaluations are MANDATORY and will occur at Indoor Goals on February 24th from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Each player is assigned a small group that rotates through warm up catch, fielding drills, a hitting station, and a timed sprint. The total time spent per player is about one hour – each player will not attend the full player evaluation day. Players’ exact time slots will be assigned closer to the date of evaluations and will be communicated at that time.
The AAA, Minors, and Majors coaches then draft teams at coaches meetings on February 26th for Majors, February 27th for Minors, and February 28th for AAA. Players can expect to be notified by their new coaches with details of their teams within a week after the draft meetings. Draft processes were detailed in a previous email, which can be found on our website at http://www.cmllonline.org/registration/Players Agents' Letter.
The timing of the AA, A, and T-Ball coaches meeting is still to be determined, but expect it to occur around the 1st or 2nd week of March. The time and date will be communicated closer to the end of registrations.
Bats & Helmets must be certified: https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-information/
Get your latest Cedar Mill gear at our sponsor, Team Unis: https://www.teamunis.com/
Join our CMLL Facebook page: Cedar Mill Little League Facebook page
Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our webpage: http://www.cmllonline.org/FAQ
Jan 25: Wear Your Jersey to School Day before or after school: All players
Jan 27: Last day of Regular Registration for AAA, Minors, and Majors!
(From 1/28 through 2/3, an additional $25 will be charged)
Feb 3: Last day of Late Registration for AAA, Minors, and Majors
Feb 10: Last day of Regular Registration for T-Ball, A, and AA!
(From 2/11 through 2/17, an additional $25 will be charged)
Feb 10: Friends of Baseball Clinic: Multnomah Athletic Club 12:30pm – 5:30pm: Tailored for coaches of
league age 10 and above, but all coaches are welcome
Feb 17: Last day of Late Registration for T-Ball, A, and AA
Feb 22: Spring Training: Indoor Goals 6-10pm: Optional for all AAA, Minors, and Majors players
Feb 24: Player Evaluations 9:30am – 3:30pm: Mandatory for all AAA, Minors, and Majors players
Feb 26: Coaches Meeting & Draft for Majors: Time & Location TBD
Feb 27: Coaches Meeting & Draft for Minors: Time & Location TBD
Feb 28: Coaches Meeting & Draft for AAA: Time & Location TBD
Mar 2: Len Clarke Coaching Clinic: Garden Home Recreation Center 12-4pm: Open to all coaches
Mar 2: Dick’s Sporting Goods Discount Day for CMLL – more details to come
Mar 3: Dick’s Sporting Goods Discount Day for CMLL – more details to come
Mar 3: Len Clarke Pitching Coaching Clinic: Cedar Hills Rec Center 1:30pm-3:30pm: Open to all coaches
Mar 9: First practices for AAA, Minors, and Majors
Mar 16: First practices for A and AA
Apr 1: First practices for T-Ball
Apr 6: Opening day for AAA, Minors, and Majors
Apr13: Opening day for T-Ball, A, and AA
Post Season (All-Stars and Honors)
It’s mid-January, so you are likely not thinking about vacations in June and July, but if your son or daughter may want to participate in a post-season tournament this year, please plan accordingly. At the end of the regular season, CMLL will field three All Star teams to compete in the District 4 tournaments at the 8-10, 9-11, and Majors (10-12) levels. The winners of these three tournaments advance to the respective state tournaments. For the 8-10 and 9-11 teams, State is the end, but the winner of the State Majors tournament advances to Regionals and eventually to the Little League World Series. The majority of the players for the three All Star teams will come from the Majors and Minors divisions. District 4 also offers honors tournaments at the 8-10 and 11-12 levels so that players who do not make an All Star team or cannot commit to the timeframe can also experience post season play. These players will come from the Majors, Minors and AAA divisions.
Post season participation is a unique opportunity for our players, and the expectation is that the tournaments and the practices leading up to the tournaments take priority over other activities, including sports camps, other sports, and vacations. The exact schedule will not be set for some time, but here is last season's schedule as a guideline to enable plenty of time for summer planning.
All teams announced - First week of June
Practices will start immediately after the regular season ends
8-10 Honors: June 16 - 23
11-12 Honors: June 16 - 23
8-10 All-Stars Districts: June 25 - July 2
8-10 All-Stars State: July 12 - 17
9-11 All-Stars Districts: June 28 - July 3
9-11 All-Stars State: July 7-13
Majors All-Stars Districts: July 5-13
Majors All-Stars State: July 21-26
Majors Regionals: August 6-12
Majors World Series: August 16-26
Well, you’ve done it. You’ve reached the end of this lengthy email. You must care a lot about Cedar Mill Little League. Please know that it takes hundreds of volunteers to build and run this amazing organization year after year for 30 years. Thank you for your interest and participation. Let’s Play Ball!
Melissa Gresham, Player Agent