Rancho Cotati Little League: FAQ
- Who can play?
- What is the league’s policy on refunds?
- How much will my child get to play?
- Do I have to buy equipment/uniforms?
- Does the league have insurance?
- Where is “Lost and Found”?
- Are there any awards?
- How do the post-season tournaments work?
- How are All-stars selected?
- What Fields do we use?
- Who cleans and maintains the fields?
- Who’s that I see working in the Concession Stands?
Players between the ages of 5 and 18, living within the boundaries of RCLL are eligible to play. League age is the age the player will be on April 30th of the playing season.
Refunds will be provided for any registered player who is unable to play due to injury, moving out of the area or other circumstances, provided request is made prior to the team’s first practice. After practices have started, requests must receive board approval.
Minimum playing time rules are different for each division. The coach is not obligated to meet these rules if play is being limited for disciplinary reasons. Any disciplinary actions involving playing time need to be reported by the coach to the parents and the player agent.
RCLL takes minimum play seriously. If you believe that your child has not received their minimum playing time, please check with your team manager. If your child has not received their minimum playing time and for some reason your team manager refuses to let them play, please advise your division player agent immediately.
RCLL provides each player with a cap, socks, belt and jersey. Players are responsible for pants, (color and style will be decided by your team manager) glove and cleats (cleats are optional for the t-ball division). Although Little League rules only require the catcher to wear a protective cup, it is recommended that all players wear one. The league will provide all game equipment. Some players like to have their own personal bat, batting gloves, batting helmet and bat bag. Please make sure your personal items are labeled.
RCLL carries both accident and liability insurance through Little League Baseball, Inc.
If an item is found at a field, the item should be left in the concessions stand. Any unclaimed item at the end of the season, may be donated to a local charity.
RCLL awards pins and medals to teams during the End of Season picnic, which is held mid-June. Pins are given to all teams at the T-ball division and medals are given to all teams at the Machine Pitch division. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies are awarded to the Minor and Major divisions and 1st and 2nd place trophies are awarded to the Junior division.
We have found during the past seasons, that teams like to do team trophies, medals, pins or awards. This should be discussed and decided on with your individual team.
In the major division, the first place team participates in the District 35 Tournament of Champions. This tournament features all the first place teams within District 35.
RCLL hosts All-Star Tournaments for the following age groups: Minor division, 9-10 year olds, 11 year olds, Major division, Junior division and Senior division.
All-star selections are made for the following teams: Minors, 9-10 year olds, 11 year olds, Majors, Juniors and Seniors. The league’s President, Vice President and Player Agent shall act as the nominating committee. Each team will consist of 12 players. Managers in each division will meet and vote by secret ballot for candidates for his/her own team. After all nominations have been received, the managers will vote by secret ballot for 10 players. The players will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to vote by secret ballot for up to 10 players in their division, but not for their specific team. The managers and coaches of the Little League, Junior and Senior League All-star teams shall be elected by vote of the managers in their respective division with the final vote subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Rancho Cotati Little League uses six fields for our games. All fields excluding Putnam Field are Little League dimensions of 60-foot base paths. Putnam Field is a full size field of 90-foot base paths.
Thomas Page Field is located at Thomas Page School on Madrone Avenue off of Gravenstein Hwy (Hwy 116) and is played on by the Machine Pitch division.
A1, A2 and A3 Fields are located on Santa Alicia Drive in Rohnert Park behind John Reed School.
Schirle Field is located at the northeast corner of St. Joseph’s Church parking lot.
Cator Field is located on East School Street behind Cotati Police Station.
Putnam Field is located on Myrtle Avenue off of Old Redwood Highway.
Teams also practice occasionally at Ladybug Park, Dunham, Liberty Schools and Penngrove Park.
We all do. It is important that team parents coordinate with their players parents to help assist in keeping the fields clean. The Home Team is responsible for all garbage and the Visitor Team is responsible for recycling around the field. Managers, Coaches and Players are responsible for keeping the dugouts clean of all garbage.
Maintaining the field is done mostly by the league’s field maintenance coordinators, however, with the assistance of our team managers, coaches, and volunteers our fields continue to look great during the season of play.
Although we have concession directors, everyone is asked to volunteer their time in the 4 concession stands we have at Putnam Field, Cator Field, Schirle Field and Thomas Page Field. Although T-ball is not required to volunteer during the season, we do ask that they volunteer to help out during the time we are hosting tournaments at the end of June-early July for approximately 3 weeks.