Cedar Mill Little League (CMLL) is a non-profit provider of baseball programs in Cedar Mill, Oregon. CMLL is chartered by Little League International, a world-wide organization perhaps best known for the Little League World Series every August. CMLL is also part of Oregon District 4, an administrative unit of several Little Leagues west of the Willamette River. CMLL is one of the largest leagues in Oregon.
CMLL depends entirely on the time and effort of volunteers. The league is managed by a Board of Directors that is elected annually at our annual meeting in September. Parents, grandparents and friends serve on the Board and in all the other roles that are needed to make the League work -- everything from coaching teams, managing fields, and seeking sponsorships. The quality of product the League provides is entirely dependent on the input of its volunteers, and everybody has something to contribute.
CMLL relies primarily on registration fees to pay expenses. The league has a small amount of sponsor income. Like all things in life, costs keep going up, and the CMLL Board strives to keep registration fee increases to a minimum. CMLL has four primary areas of expense - fields, equipment, uniforms, and umpires. The Board is always watching for ways to control expenses without compromising the programs offered.
CMLL Offers Baseball for players ages 4-12 who reside in the CMLL Boundary School zone. To check if your home address or the address of your school is within Cedar Mill Little League boundaries, please use the Little League International League Finder application.
Additional rules per division are located here
Spring registration fees for 2022 are as follows:
For AAA Ball, Minors and Majors Uniforms are an additional cost of $25 to $40 per player depending on level. No player is turned away due to financial hardship. Those needing financial assistance should contact the CMLL President, Player Agent, or Treasurer for assistant.
Starting in 2016, the Little League Age Determination changed to August 31 for children born on or after May 1, 2006. The Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child on August 31 of the current year. Use this calculator to determine your child's baseball age.
Player evaluations are critical for establishing draft pools allowing team managers to draft balanced teams. AAA Ball, Minors, and Majors players will be evaluated for fielding, throwing, batting, running, and catching the ball along with 3-4 other players at a time. They should wear athletic clothing, a protective cup, and court shoes (no cleats). Baseball uniforms are not required.
The results of the spring evaluation are one data point used to determine what division is best for each child. Your child will be placed in division based on several criteria such as: league age, skill level, prior coaching evaluations and results of the spring evaluations. The total registration count and coaches assigned to the division also have an impact on division assignments. All players will make a team thus this is not a “tryout” as it’s commonly called.
Player evaluations for AAA Ball, Minors, and Majors are once a year as a "fresh start" for all the players. All players at these levels are required to attend evaluations to participate in the draft.
For Tee Ball, A Ball, and AA Ball, teams are formed centrally and are built based on coach requests, friend requests, and school attended, in that order. In some cases, it is not possible to match a coach with all of the requests if the number of requests exceeds the team size. In those cases, the coach will be consulted. For AAA Ball, Minors, and Majors, there is a draft after player evaluations with the goal of making all the teams as even as possible. Once teams are finalized, Sports Engine will be enabled, and coaches will contact their teams. This will happen around the middle of March.
Yes. Siblings can play on the same team if they are in the same division.
Every effort is made to honor team requests for Tee Ball, A Ball, and AA Ball. However, sometimes circumstances prevent this from happening, such as when there are more players requesting to be on a team than there are slots available. For AAA Ball, Minors, and Majors since teams are build via a draft making it hard to keep groups of kids together from year to year.
AAA Ball, Minors and Majors rosters are drafted by the coaches within one week or so of the final player evaluation. All other rosters are created 7-10 days after the registration deadline. This can be extremely complicated and time consuming. The coach of your team should contact you shortly thereafter. For drafted teams, this usually means the first week of March, and for all other teams it is in mid-March.
There are typically 12 players on a team. Occasionally there will be more or less players depending on the makeup of the division, but 12 is the goal.
This varies by division. Here is the typical expectation for each division. This may vary week to week. Weekday start times are 5:15-5:30 except where noted below and can be somewhat team dependent. Saturday start times are anywhere between 9 and 3 except where noted below. Schedules for Opening Day will differ from below.
The season is usually finished by mid-June. Post season play can last into the summer.
The schedules for each division will be published by the end of March. Please anticipate changes to the schedule due to weather and other factors.
Yes, if there are teams in need of managers. Parent coaches will always coach their own child's team.
The players will need to provide the following:
The bat rules changed effective January 1, 2018 for Little League baseball. Players will need a USA Baseball regulation bat for all games. All bats must meet the new bat standards and have the new USA Baseball logo/sticker. (Additional info here ). If a bat is not on the approved list, it cannot be used in league play. Many parents have been disappointed to find out the expensive bat they purchased cannot be used. This is a safety issue - many expensive bats are engineered to put the ball in play with a level of force that can be dangerous to younger players.
Players can be called up occasionally when a Majors team is short on players for a particular game. Full time call-ups are possible, but do not happen very often.
You are not required to volunteer. However, CMLL is a volunteer organization, and we strongly encourage people to get involved. We are always in need of coaches and assistant coaches. People including coaches and volunteers, who have repetitive access to or contact with players or teams are required to submit a volunteer application and to have a background check submitted. If coaching isn't for you, there are many other ways to help, like tracking pitch count or keeping score. Also, if you have an idea for something that we are not doing and would like to drive a project, you can do that as well. Feel free to enquire to any CMLL Board member if you have an idea or want to help and don't know how you can help.