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What is Reading Little League's philosophy about the number of players per team? Last year my kid's team seems to have had too many players.

  • RLL feels that the optimum # of players per team is 11 for Rookies, Single A and Double A and 12 for Triple A and Majors. 
  • Under no circumstance will a team have more than 12 players.

I missed Spring Registration. Can I still sign a player up?

  • No. However, the RLL Board of Directors will be collecting email addresses of folks that missed the month registration window.
  • These players will be "wait listed" and RLL cannot guarantee placement on a spring roster.
  • No team will have more than 12 kids.
  • If you are late to register, the wait listed kids will only be added to rosters of teams with less than 12 players.

What are evaluations (spring program only)?

  • Evaluation Day is for all players that are 9 years old or older.
  • All Major League and Triple AAA coaches are present.
  • The number of teams in each division is based on the number of qualified players and, therefore, is subject to change every season.
  • The evaluation is for the coaches to assess the players and determine a division appropriate for their age and skill level.
  • Because competitive balance across teams in every division is so important, it is mandatory for all eligible players to be assessed.
  • If an eligible player cannot make it, they need to contact the Player Agent or the Director of baseball Operations and arrange for a private evaluation by one or more Board members prior to Evaluation Day.

How are Players Rated?

  • At the end of each season all head coaches are asked to submit detailed ratings on all of their players.
  • These ratings are then double checked by one or more board members in order to assure a consistent rating basis.
  • The finalized ratings become one of the criteria used to determine a player’s division placement and team assignment.

How Head Coaches are chosen?

  • RLL is always looking for quality head coaches.
  • There is a set of attributes that the Board looks for in a coach and a Board representative meets individually with all new head coach candidates.
  • Consistent with the philosophy of Reading Little League, we value coaches that emphasize player development rather than winning at all costs.
  • One key part of the decision-making process is the coach evaluations that parents are asked to fill out at the end of the season.
  • These questionnaires are very important.
  • Coaches that consistently receive poor evaluations from parents or their peers may not be asked to coach in future seasons.
  • If you are interested in being a Head Coach or you have a recommendation on a good Head Coach candidate, please notify a Reading Little League Board member.

What to do if you are concerned about your child’s Division placement?

  • If you have a concern about your child’s placement, you must alert the Player Agent prior to Evaluation Day.
  • Some legitimate concerns include:
    • the potential your child will be placed at a level above his/her skills;
    • the potential your child will be placed in a division with few kids that are his age or grade;
    • or your child’s ability may create a safety concern for other players.
  • If you let the Player Agent know this in advance and in writing, we will ensure that your concerns are addressed.
  • It is absolutely imperative that you make your views known prior to Evaluation Day.
  • Teams are formed very quickly thereafter and competitively balanced, so subsequent changes are most likely not going to be accommodated.
  • If you have a real concern after the teams have been formed you can contact the Player Agent, but first please take a deep breath and remember a lot of thought and effort have been given to your child’s placement.
  • Ie believe it is more important that your child have a successful baseball experience rather than being placed in an overly challenging division so that he can be with his friends.
  • Also keep in mind, no player has been moved to a higher division once teams were set.

What do you do if you are concerned about your child being placed with a particular coach or player?

Send a written note or email to the Player Agent or Director of Baseball Operations before Evaluation Day and we will accommodate you with respect to your child and a coach.

How do spring tryouts work and what is the spring team selection process?

  • In Late January or Early February Reading Little League will hold the evaluations for all 9, 10, 11 and 12-year olds that register to play in the spring league.
  • These tryouts help in the division placements as well as give coaches a ranking to help in the drafting process.

Majors (10-12-year olds) Process

  • The Majors and Triple A Division will not have more than 10 teams as these teams have limit field space and time to fit in the minimum number of games required by Little League to have kids eligible to play in the summer district tournaments. 
  • The number of 12-year olds registered will determine a lot for the different league formations.
  • First the number of 12 year olds will determine how many 11 and 10 year old spots are available in the majors as all 12 year old Little Leaguers are required to play in the Majors Division (unless the parents, local league Board, and District administrator sign a waiver to have the player play down in the Minors Division).

Example: 80 twelve-year olds sign up to play. If the Board determines that 10 teams is appropriate for majors, then there are 30 open spots for 11 and 10-year olds to play up as each team will have 11 players per team (110-80=30). Once it is determined how many 11s & 10s are needed to fill the league, the President, VP of Baseball Operations, Majors Director, and the Player Agents will get together to review the tryout ratings and the prior year coaches ratings to determine which kids will be brought up to the majors. It should be noted that 11-year olds would be given priority to move up to the majors over 10-year olds unless the 10-year olds ranks extremely high in the entire 11-10 year old pool of players.

  • Once the players who are playing up are determined a ranking of all players will be created. 
  • This ranking sheet will be used by the Managers to draft their team. 
  • The kids of the Manager will automatically be picked in the corresponding round based on his overall ranking.
  • I.e. if a manager’s son is ranked 35th overall, he/she will be automatically picked in the 4th round (assuming there are 10 team in the league). If the Manager’s kid is ranked 5th overall, he will be automatically picked in the first round.  Regardless of the ranking, the Managers’ kid will be picked no later than the 5nd round.
  • The draft order will be decided at the draft by pulling numbers out of a hat.
  • The order of the draft is a snake (The order of picks in a round is reversed for the next round)

Triple A (10-11-year olds) Process

  • The above process is similar at the Triple A level.
  • In general, 11-year olds will play in Triple A unless the Triple A Director, Player Agent or the Parent feels that an 11-year olds should remain in Double A for safety or social reasons (there is no waiver form needed).
  • Once the number of 11-year olds that will be in Triple A is determined, the number of 10-year olds needed to fill in the difference can be determined.
  • At this point the President, VP of Baseball Operations, Triple A Director, Double A Director, and Player Agents meet to review the tryout rating and prior year coaches rating and decide who is going to play up in Triple A from the 10 year old group.
  • The rankings and drafting are the same as Majors.

Double A (9-11 year olds) Process

  • Double A teams will comprise of all the 9-year olds, all the 10 and 11-year olds that do not play in the Majors or Triple A.
  • The number of teams will fluctuate each year based on the number of registrants.
  • In general, the teams will have 11 or 12 kids.
  • The rankings and drafting are the same at this level as well.

Single A (8-year olds) Process

  • Since there are no tryouts for Single A, the player rankings, which will be used by managers to draft teams, will be created based on the prior year’s coaches evaluations.
  • When a new player registers for Single A that did not play in the Rookie League it is tough to know the skill level of the player.
  • Managers will do their best to know the kids prior to the draft.
  • There is a draft which is the same as in all older leagues.

Rookie (7-year olds) Process

  • Rookie teams are formed by the Rookie League Director.
  • In general, the Director will mix teams from 2 school districts together to allow kids to play with their school mates as well as to start to get to know kids from other schools.
  • These teams will be small (9-10 players) to allow for minimal sitting on the bench time.

 What are the summer All Star teams and how does the process work?

All Star teams

  • Bay State
  • District All Stars
  • Lynn Tournament Team
  • An invitation to try out for both the District All Star team and the Bay State team.
  • The League President is in charge of picking the Manager of the District All Star Teams (All 3 levels – 10s, 11s & 12s).
  • The President will try to pick someone that he knows their kid will make the team.

Kids will be invited to try out for All Star Teams based on recommendations from the spring league Managers. Each Spring League Manager submits a list of players to the All-Star Manager. This list will have who they believe are the top 6 players in the league plus an additional 2 players from their own team that they think have a reasonable chance of making the team. The lists are compiled from all the managers and the invitations are sent. This system generally produces a list of 20-25 of the top players.

The tryout will be run so that the All-Star Manager can see player’s fielding, hitting, throwing and live game play skills. The tryout will have 4-5 independent evaluators (generally coaches from an age group higher or lower than the kids that they are evaluating). The evaluations are one tool used by the Manager to pick the 12-13 kids who make the final roster.

The District All Star team is also a Bay State Team and will play both schedules during the summer. Each year, Reading Little League will determine whether or not to enter 2 Bay State teams at each level based on many factors such as; skill levels of a potential 2nd team, available field space, level of interest from the age group etc.

  • Tryout invitations for the 10-year old All-Star teams will come from the Triple A managers only
  • Tryout invitations for the 11-year old All-Star teams will come from the Majors managers only
  • Tryout invitations for the 12-year old All-Star teams will come from the Majors managers only

What about other tournaments?

The league may receive invitations to play in other tournaments throughout the year. Many times, these invitations are last minute, and teams need to be formed and uniforms need to be ordered quickly. The League President will ask a coach or two to form their own team, collect payment from parents, order uniforms and be in charge of communications for the tournament. These teams will not have tryouts and are solely the responsibility of the manager to put together.

What is fall baseball?

Reading Fall Baseball is open to Reading residents and surrounding town Little Leaguers age 11 and under (if your son or daughter turned 12 prior to May 1st they are considered a 12-year olds and not eligible for RLL Fall baseball). Each year the goal is to register enough participants to divide the Fall Baseball league into 3 divisions: Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner.

Advanced Division

  • This league will primarily consist of 11-year olds who played Majors, as well as 10 and 11 year-olds who played AAA during the spring season.
  • The rules will be consistent with those of the Reading Little League Majors Division. Some Double A players with extensive baseball experience and physical skills may also be placed in this division.
  • Players should expect to see pitching in the 45-55 mph range.

Intermediate Division

  • This league will primarily consist of 9 & 10-year olds who played Double A or 8-year olds who had success in Single A this past spring.
  • The rules will be consistent with those of the Reading Little League Double A and Triple A Division. 
  • Players should expect to see pitching in the 30-40 mph range.

Beginner Division

  • This division will primarily consist of 7 and 8-year-olds.
  • It is intended for newer players or those that would like to play in a coach-pitch environment (run similarly to the Reading Little League Summer Sand Lot)

Reading Little League wants to ensure that there is fun, safe, and competitive play at every level, so we are requesting assistance from parents on selecting the most appropriate level during registration. Reading Little League will review parents’ recommendations and determine appropriate placements. Please do not sign up for a division that is above your child’s skill level as this can make for a bad experience for your child and their teammates.  If you need advice as to which division to sign up for please ask your player agent or spring league director.

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