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Thanks for your interest in joining South Mission Viejo Little League. This is your one page resource for frequent questions that you may have about SMVLL

 

About SMVLL

Since 1968 South Mission Viejo Little League has been committed to teaching youth in our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority.  We are committed to providing a positive influence in the lives of our players and their families by promoting fair play, confidence, a diligent work ethic, camaraderie and a lasting respect for the game of baseball. We also strive to create a positive culture in which coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to achieve this mission. Our overall goal is to provide a Better Baseball experience for all families.

 

Q: How do I know SMVLL is my league?

Q: Where does SMVLL play baseball?

Q: What level/division should my child play?

Q: How are players selected for teams?

Q: How are players selected for All Stars?

Q: How much are registration fees for the Spring Season?

Q: How much are registration fees for the Fall Season?

Q: What is covered by my registration fees?

Q: What equipment should I purchase for my player?

Q: What are the Volunteer expectations for parents?

Q: What are the Fundraising programs for SMVLL?

 

 


Q:  How do I know SMVLL is my league?

Our league is open to any child between the ages of 4-18.  Each Little League creates a boundary map of the area that it services. 

 

Link to SMVLL boundary map. 

 

League eligibility is determined in two ways:

 

1.  Home ResidenceIf you live within the area of the boundary map, SMVLL is your league. 

2.  School EnrollmentIf you do not live within the area of the boundary map, but your player’s school is located within this area, you are elgible for SMVLL using a "School Enrollment Form", which verifies that the school your player attends is an SMVLL-located school.

 

 Should you have any questsions, please contact our Player Agent (in League Contacts) to review the options available for play in SMVLL.

 

 

What if I moved or changed schools and we are no longer within the boundaries?

If you played in the league the year prior and had eligibility through option 1 or 2 you may be eligible to stay in the league under a waiver. Please reach out to our player agent!

 

Q: Where does SMVLL play baseball?

Our home fields are at the Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park (YAP) located in Mission Viejo across from the Lake Mission Viejo entrance.

 

 

Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park

22056 Olympiad Rd

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

The following is a map of the fields on YAP

Field Map

 


Q:  What level/division should my child play?

 

Step 1: Determine your players League Age

League Age is used to determine the division(s) in which a player is eligible to participate. This ensures that players of similar ages, skills and experience are playing at the same levels, making the game safer and more fun while maintaining a certain level of competition.

 

The League Age Determination Date for a Little League Baseball player is the actual age of a child as of August 31 of the current year. 

This League Age will be applicable for both the Spring and Fall seasons.

 

Please refer to the chart below to help determine your players league age.

 

 

 

You may also use the Little League International Age Calculator.

 

Link to baseball divisions and descriptions

 

STEP 2: Review Baseball Division descriptions

 

Tee Ball – League Age 4-5

Division Description: The primary goal of Tee Ball is to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork, have fun and make friends.  

Division Gameplay: The players will hit from a tee for the entirety of the season. No live pitching is permitted.

Division Standings: Scores and standings are not kept and there are no playoffs in this division.

Division Exceptions: League Age 6 players may play down in this division per League approval.

 

Coach Pitch - League Age 5-6 

 

Division DescriptionThe primary goals of Coach Pitch are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. Player and coach requests are allowed in this division.

Division Gameplay: First half of the season the coaches will toss pitches to the batters. Second half of the season will be machine pitch.

Division Standings: Scores and standings are not kept and there are no playoffs in this division.

Division Exceptions: League Age 7 players may play down in this division per League approval.

 

 

Single A – League Age 7-8

Division Description The goals of Single A are to continue to teach baseball fundamentals, while introducing a faster speed pitch by machine. This is the first division where teams are formed via a draft process, so player and coach requests will not be allowed.

Division Gameplay: First half of the season will be machine pitch. Second half of the season will be kid pitch. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 40 feet.

Division Standings: Scores and standings kept during the second half of the season and there will be a playoff tournament.

Division Exceptions: League Age 9 players may play down in this division per League approval.  League Age 6 players may be drafted into the division, but will not be allowed to pitch.

 

Double A – League age 8-10

Division Description:  This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This division continues player pitching, and allows stealing of bases (excluding home plate). Teams are formed via the draft process, so player and coach requests will not be allowed.  

Division Gameplay: Entirety of season is played with kid pitch. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Division Standings: Scores and standings kept during the season and there will be a playoff tournament.

Division Exceptions:  

 

Triple A – League age 9-11

Division Description:  This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This is a higher competetive division, where managers offensive and defensive decisions will be based on player performance on the field. Teams are formed via the draft process, so player and coach requests will not be allowed.  

Division Gameplay: Gameplay follows standard baseball rules. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Division Standings: Scores and standings kept during the season and there will be a playoff tournament. The top two teams from the division will also play in the district Tournament of Champions (TOC)

Division Exceptions:  League Age 12 players may play down upon District 68 approval only.

 

Majors – League age 11-12

Division Description:  This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This is a higher competetive division, where managers offensive and defensive decisions will be based on player performance on the field.

This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This division continues player pitching, and allows stealing of all bases (home plate is open). Teams are formed via the draft process, so player and coach requests will not be allowed.  

Division Gameplay: Gameplay follows standard baseball rules. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Division Standings: Scores and standings kept during the season and there will be a playoff tournament. The top two teams from the division will also play in the district Tournament of Champions (TOC)

 

Juniors - League age 12-14

Division Description:  This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This is a higher competetive division, where managers offensive and defensive decisions will be based on player performance on the field.

This division will continue skill building on baseball fundamentals from successive divisions. This division continues player pitching, and allows stealing of all bases (home plate is open). Teams are formed via the draft process, so player and coach requests will not be allowed.  

Division Gameplay: Gameplay follows standard baseball rules. The diamond used is a 90-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 60 feet.

Division Standings: Scores and standings kept during the season and there will be a playoff tournament. The top two team from the division will also play in the district Tournament of Champions (TOC)

 

Still unsure of which division, ask yourself the Confidence or Challenge question.

Often parents will be choosing between two divisions during registration. Request to be placed in the lower division If you feel your player would benefit most from a confidence building year. Playing as an older player in a division can help build there leadership, and with a different competive level than the upper division it can build their confidence and joy in the game of baseball. Request to be placed in the upper division if you feel your player would benefit most from the challenge of higher competitive play.


Q: How are players selected for teams?

Players in the Tee Ball and Coach Pitch division are allowed to request to play with their friends or a preferred coach. If no requests are made, the league will attempt to group players from their schools together so they can make new friends from their school.

 

All players in the Majors, AAA, AA, and A divisions will go through the Tryouts and Draft process.

Juniors will have a tryout and draft if we have more than one team, if not players will be placed on a team with members of our league. Depending on the division, number of kids and skill level, we may combine to participate on a team with other leagues in the area.

 

Tryouts are a way for managers to evaluate a players performance prior to the teams being formed in the draft.

  • The league will email all members with their assigned time for tryouts. When arriving, check in  your player with a league rep.
  • The league will have a secondary field with coaches to help players warmup before tryouts. Suggested to arrive 45min - 1hr early.
  • Tryout evalutations will be performed by the Division Representative and all managers for the division. Potential coaches are not allowed on the field or to evaluate players from the stands.
  • Tryouts will be run by the division Player Agent with the following evaluation activities.

-  Timed run from home plate to second base.

-  Players will have 3 attempts at fielding a pop fly from right field.

     Majors, AAA, AA will field off a machine thrown popup. A will field off  a coach thrown popup.

     Majors and AAA will throw from right field to 3rd base. AA, A will throw from right field to 2nd base

-  Players will have 3 attempts at fielding a ground ball from shortstop with a throw to first base. 

     Players will also rotate over to play first base to demonstrate skill at that position.

- Players will be evaluated on hitting performance. Each player will get 1 pitch to watch and 5 pitches to hit.

Draft

  • The draft for each division is overseen by the league President, Vice President, Player Agent and Division Representative. Majors and AAA are also observed by District 68 to ensure that teams are fairly drafted.
  • The draft order will be determined randomly at the time of the draft.
  • The draft will follow a snake format. (eg. last pick in a round gets first pick in the next round)
  • The managers children will be drafted in a predetermined round based on the player's league age.

- League Age 12 is round 3

- League Age 11 is round 4

- League age 6-10 is round 5

  • The managers will use their own methods to determine the order they want to prioritize players in the draft to build their team. This may include player performance during the draft, previous experience coaching a player or watching players play, knowledge of the positions players play to build a complete team, etc. They may also use information from registration on families willingness to volunteer as a coach, umpire, team parent, or scorekeeper so they can ensure these very important volunteer needs are covered.

 


Q: How are players selected for All Stars?

 


Q:  How much are registration fees for the Spring Season?

Division                     Registration Fees

Tee Ball                       $150

Coach Pitch                $190

A                                  $220

AA                               $220

AAA                             $240

Majors                        $240

Juniors                        $240

 

For a limited time at the beginning of registration, an early registration discount of $20 is available for all divisions.

Registration fees may be paid after submitting registration form onlne.  Look for cut-off dates posted online. 

 

Q: How much are registration fees for the Fall Season?

Division                     Registration Fees

Tee Ball                       FREE

Coach Pitch                FREE

Standard Program    $75

Elite Program             $75 + $50 Elite Fee

 


Q:  What is covered by my registration fees?

Spring Season:

  • Players uniform (hat, jersey, pants, belt and socks)
  • Fields (for practices and games)
  • Equipment (Coaches equipment for training and safety, and equipment for field maintenance)
  • Little League District fees  

 

Fall Season:

  • Players uniform (hat, shirt)
  • Fields (for practices and games)
  • Equipment (Coaches equipment for training and safety, and equipment for field maintenance)
  • Little League District fees  

 

Q: What equipment do I need to purchase for my player?

 

Required Equipment List

  • Glove
  • Bat
  • Batting Helmet
  • Slide shorts with cup
  • Cleats
  • Water bottle

 

Additional Suggested Equipment List

  • Bag to carry equipment
  • Batting gloves
  • Baseball glasses
  • Additional baseball pants for practices

 


Q:  What are the Volunteer expectations/needs for parents?

South Mission Viejo Little League uses baseball as our way to support the children, families, and community of Mission Viejo. We are a completely volunteer based organization...from parents on the bleachers at practice, to Managers and Coaches on the field, to the Snack Bar, Board Members, etc.  All.....VOLUNTEERS for the fabulous kids that we are here to support, grow and develop.  Whatever talents or skills you have, we can use them!  As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your child in a safe, fun-filled environment. The benefits of volunteering in youth sport are endless. SMVLL provides all of the support and instruction you need to get started.  We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all of our volunteers.  We recognize that our volunteers are the backbone of our league. 

 

Volunteer Approval

Here at SMVLL we are proud to have implemented the requirement that all Volunteers 18+ be processed through LiveScan, a fingerprint-based security check conducted through the Department of Justice. The LiveScan security check is a one time requirement, and will stay active through your time in league.  

 

For more information on LiveScan please visit the Live Scan FAQ

 

Volunteer Roles

Similar to other sports, we need a village of Volunteers to pull off an entire season.  Each team has:

  • 1 Manager
  • 2 Assistant Coaches (plus a few extra helpers at practice)
  • Team Parent
  • Scorekeepers (Single A and above)
  • Pitch Count (Single A and above)
  • Team UIC (Umpire in Charge) - helps monitor the umpire point requirements
  • Umpires

Additionally, each team is assigned approximately 4-5 shifts at our "Snack Shack" on Game Days.  Each shift needs 3 volunteers; 2 inside the Snack Shack and 1 working the BBQ.  So for 4-5 shifts needing 3 volunteers it equals 12-15 spots for adults to volunteer - which, when shared between a typical team size of 12 Players is very manageable if everyone chips in.  SMVLL provides opportunities for parents to "hire out" the shifts utilizing our "Approved Snack Shack Worker List" that is provided at the beginning of each season.  More information regarding Snack Shack volunteering will be given through your Team Parent.

 

For more information on volunteering, please visit the Volunteer Roles page


 

Q:  What are the Fundraising programs at SMVLL?

Although we do our best to limit the fundraising at South, it does cost a lot of money to run a league for hundreds of players, and registration fees fall VERY short of covering the cost.  More information will be provided at the start of the season by your Team Parent, but our typical fundraising plan for each Spring season is:

  • Each team is required to provide one Team Sponsor
  • At the Opening Ceremonies we have a "Golf Ball Drop" program where we ask that each Player sells a minimum of 7 golf balls at a cost of $10 each
  • Our "Snack Shack" is not only a great way to feed the family lunch or dinner on a Game Day...it is also an ongoing fundraiser for the League.  Each team is assigned 4-5 shifts where the Team provides the workers.