Fall Ball is an instructional league for baseball, where practices and games are focused on teaching the fundamentals of batting, pitching, fielding and base running. It's a great time to learn new skills and try new positions. Fall ball baseball is the "spring training" of little league. For those interested in participating, see the FAQ below
Fall ball is predominantly a learning league that should keep kids having fun as they adapt to the next level of baseball. Fall ball is generally seen as a developmental league for young players to improve their skills and get ready for the next level of baseball. The focus is to prepare for the next level of baseball: learning the new rules, getting used to the bigger field dimensions (and the bigger players in the next age bracket), and developing the skills necessary to play at a competent level with their peers.
The goals of Fall Ball are to:
Have fun playing Baseball.
Adjust to playing up in another division.
Continue the learning and skill development begun in the spring
Provide an option for players that want to continue to play baseball.
Q: When is it?
A: Practices start in August. The season starts mid to late August and ends in the later part of October. Typically each team will play two games a weekend (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday). Most teams also practice two days during the week but some might be more, it depends on player age and field availability.
Q: What does it cost?
A: $160.00 (Note: this does not include the cost of uniforms. Uniforms are purchased separately through Gear Up Sports. This is the same process we used for the Spring 21 season)
Q: How is it different than the spring season Little League?
A: Fall ball is typically more casual and more focused on instruction rather than competition. There are no standings or scores. Due to kids “playing up” (see below), the level of baseball is at or slightly below the level of play at CMLL within the same divisions. Coaches are encouraged to move the kids around to various positions and give everyone who wants it a chance to pitch and play key positions. Because Fall ball has a smaller number of players, Cedar Mill plays against other little leagues in the area.
Q: Where are games?
A: Home games are at Sunset Park and HMT. Away games are hosted at local Little League fields.
Q: Which division should my kid play in? AA, AAA, Majors?
A: Fall ball is a great opportunity to prepare for the next level of baseball. With some exceptions, your kid should sign up for the division they intend to play in the following Spring. Typical ages within divisions are listed in the CMLL registration process.
Q: How can I make sure my kid ends up on a CMLL based team so he knows some kids on the team?
A: During the registration process make a note in the coach or friend request section. Please keep in mind, we might not be able to make a perfect match. Roster size and requests are based on the total amount of players registered for CMLL fall ball.
Q: Can I form a team?
A: Yes. If you are interested in coaching, please contact the fall baseball CMLL player agent - Bryan Doss. We will try to coordinate your team formation so that we can try to keep as many CMLL kids together as possible. We would prefer if you would not bring a full team of 11 players, as it gives us less flexibility to add CMLL kids who are not affiliated with a coach.
Q: If my kid “plays up” will he/she automatically get to play that higher level in Spring?
A: No. The level your child plays in Fall has no bearing on the level they play in Spring. They must still meet age and evaluation requirements in Spring, even if they played that level in Fall.
Q: What's the difference between Fall and Spring ball?
A: Fall ball is more casual and relaxed than Spring ball and the focus is on learning rather than wins, losses and standings. If you're new to Little League, fall ball is the perfect opportunity to expose your child to Little League baseball without the competitive atmosphere of Spring baseball. In Fall ball, there are no playoffs, no standings are kept, and players are encouraged to try out new positions and generally prepare for playing up in the next division.
Q: Are there tryout/evaluations in Fall Ball?
A: No, kids are free to play at the level they select as long as they are playing in a division within their age range and there are no safety issues.
Q: What if my kid plays soccer, other sports, or can’t make it every weekend?
A: Fall Ball is a more flexible program than Spring and many kids play two sports during the fall. If your child will make more than 75% of the Fall Ball season, you should sign up. All we ask if that you work with your child's manager to ensure they know when your player will not be in attendance.
Q: What level should my kid sign up for?
A: Generally, kids should sign up for the division they intend to play for in the Spring.