Frequently Asked QuestionsUpdated Friday January 20, 2017 by Tim Donohue.
Frequently Asked Questions: Registration
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Registration typically starts in late October or early November for the Spring Season. The Minor and Major Divisions registration usually closes late January or mid February but the T-Ball and Federal League registration stays open till late March. Check the MLL website for specific date information. Registration for Summer Jimmy Fund League is usually during late June or early July.
Note that player caps are in place and many of our leagues are likely to be over-subscribed. Please be sure to register during the registration period so as to be eligible for full consideration for being placed on a team. Registering "first" does not guarantee a player slot. If there are more players registered for a particular age group than our participation limits allow, we will use a series of factors (such as player history at MLL, volunteer history, and participation) to determine the participation roster for the season.
The Melrose Little League is subdivided into five separate leagues, primarily based on age, but also on skill at the higher levels. These leagues are listed below with links to view full descriptions of each:
Tee-Ball - Ages 4 - 6 - An introduction to baseball.
Federal League Coach Pitch - Ages 5 - 7 - Only coaches pitch these games.
Federal League Kid Pitch - Ages 6 - 8 - Only players pitch these games.
Minor League - Ages 9 - 11 - The games are more competitive.
Major League - Ages 10 - 12 - This is the most competitive league.
Age Rules - Little League age is determined based on official Little League guidelines.
In rare circumstances, and only for Minor leagues or lower, a player is allowed to advance to a higher league if the player's demonstrated skill level is appropriate for the higher level AND if the player's participation at a lower level might compromise the safety of less skilled players. The deciding factor, after safety of the players, is the league's needs.
The registration fee information is posted on the site. Please click here for more information.
Your child’s registration fee includes the following items:
Your child’s registration fee does NOT include:
Click here for more detailed information related to Spring Season Registration process.
To be removed from a MLL program once a player is registered/signed up for a season:
A) 100% of Registration Fees paid will be refunded if a player cannot be placed in a league, due to over-enrollment;
B) 100% of registration fees paid will be refunded if a player is withdrawn prior to the player draft AND your league is over-subscribed;
C) 100% of registration fees paid, with the exception of a non-refundable $25 fee to cover administrative costs, will be refunded if a player is withdrawn before player evaluations AND your league is not over-subscribed;
D) 50% of registration fees paid will be refunded if a player is withdrawn after evaluations but before the draft AND your league is not over-subscribed;
E) After the player draft, 100% of Registration Fees paid are non-refundable.
F) Other refunds may be given on a case by case basis at the Boards discretion with the exception of a flat $25 portion to be non-refundable to cover administration costs.
The process for volunteering for a Manager, Coaching or Assistant coaching position is done at registration time. There is no cost for any adult to offer as a volunteer for MLL.
See the Volunteering at MLL page for for more information related to volunteering.
Click here for more detailed information related to the assessments.
Click here for more detailed information related to the Draft process.
Click here for more detailed information related to Spring Season games and practices.
In past years MLL was able to accommodate play up/down requests fairly routinely. However, as most of our leagues are filling to capacity, these requests have become very difficult to honor. When leagues are full, a play up request can often only be granted by forcing another player to play down. For this reason, MLL has decided to minimize the amount of players playing up and down. However, some requests may be granted for safety reasons or to help fill coach slots.
MLL does offer a limited number of scholarships for players with financial need. To apply for one of the MLL Scholarships then please follow the steps detailed below: