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Frequently Ask Questions about MVLL Baseball Divisions

Q. When do regular season practices begin?
A. We begin practices when the city opens the fields to us on March 1. The city allows us to schedule a little field time to hold baseball training clinics. We try to hold clinics in December, January, and February. Clinics are announced on the home page and are listed in Upcoming Events, also on the home page.

Q. Where do I find a calendar for the season?
A. There is an Events link (left side of the web pages). A one page list of events is available for download.

Q. What time are T-Ball games?
A. 9 AM on Saturdays.

Q. What time are Rookie A, Farm AA, Minors AAA, Majors or Juniors games?
A. We won't know until the teams are formed and games scheduled. Team managers will have game and practice schedules to distribute when they contact their players in late February. (Refer to the Events calendar for the date.)

Q. When does the regular season begin and end?
A. Opening Ceremony is typically the second weekend in March. Closing Ceremony is early June. For 2018, the respective dates are March 10 and June 2. T-Ball, Rookie A and Farm AA play up to the Closing Ceremony date. Minors AAA and Majors divisions hold playoffs for the 2-3 weeks before Closing Ceremony. There is a post-season for many of the players starting at 8 years old and older.

Q. How does the draft work? (Minors AAA and Majors divisions)
A. The draft is the method we use to distribute the available pool of players (within a division) to teams in a fair and balanced manner. Each team manager observes and rates each player during the player assessment sessions (tryouts) held in January and February. Soon after the last assessment, team managers meet (in a division). On the evening of the draft, each manager in turn, selects their players from the pool of players. Stronger players are chosen first followed by the developing players. In this way, at the end of the process, each team will have roughly the same level of talent.

Q. How are the Farm AA teams formed?
A. Players are placed on teams (players are not drafted). Teams are formed to have roughly the same level of talent. Requests for team buddy and coaches are accommodated as best as possible. Players must come to a tryout to be assessed on their skills.  



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Understanding the Little League Baseball All-Stars Path from Local to World Series

The Little League Baseball World Series is fast approaching. How does a team get from "here" to the Little League World Series? Let's look at it from MVLL standpiont. (We won't present the softball path since MVLL doesn't have a softball league.)

Our Mountain View California Little League is part of CA District 44. District 44 is composed of the following leagues:
  • Campbell Little League
  • Cupertino Little League
  • Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Little League
  • Moreland Cupertino American Little League
  • Mountain View Little League
  • Santa Clara Briarwood Little League
  • Santa Clara Westside Little League
  • Santa Clara Homestead Little League
  • Sunnyvale Metro Little League
  • Sunnyvale (Serra/Southern) Little League
Many parents come to recognize these leagues as their ball players participate in interleague games in Juniors (13-14), Fall Ball, Tournament of Champions, and All-Stars.

In the Little League organization, the level above district is section. District 44 is part of California Section 5. In California, there are a very large number of leagues so instead of having one statewide series of tournaments, we have two: Northern California (Division 2) and Southern California (Division 1). Sections are assigned to Divsion 1 or Division 2. So in California, we have 2 state champions: one set for Northern California and another set for Southern California.

When a team wins their "state" championship (California has northern and southern championship teams and other states have one team), the next level of tournaments is regional.
  • Big League (17-18), Senior League (15-16), Junior League (13-14), Intermediate (11-13), and Majors League (11-12) All-Stars State Champions proceed to regional tournaments.
  • 9-10 All-Stars, and 10-11 All-Stars do not have regional tournaments. Their tournament series end at state division.
Since MVLL does not have Big League and Senior League teams, we won't present their paths to their respective Little League World Series.

Junior League's West Region Tournament is played at a different location each year.

The Majors West Region Tournament is always played in San Bernadino, CA. This is the path to the Little League World Series broadcasted on ESPN. The general public identifies the Majors Little League World Series from Williamsport, PA as "the" LIttle League World Series. (Whereas the Junior League Baseball World Series is played in Taylor, Michigan.) The broadcast rights that ESPN has with Little League International is a BIG deal. The sports insurance coverage your player enjoys in Little League is significantly subsidized with the money from the broadcast rights awarded to ESPN. A very small portion of the MVLL registration fee goes to Little League International for insurance.

In the Little League World Series which kicks off on Thursday, August 16, 2018, there are two intermediate champions (International and US) followed by the world championship game between the two.

Wikipedia has an excellent article about the Little League World Series. You can read it here.


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