Rolando Little League: FAQ

Friday, October 3
Frequently Asked Questions

I have a question, who do I contact?

What is the structure of Rolando?

What are the league boundaries?

My child has a friend who plays at Rolando can my child to play here as well?

If my child played at Rolando but we moved or will be moving out of the boundaries, can we continue to play here?

When does the season begin?

How long will the season last?

Where are Rolando games played?

What days and times are the games played?

Who umpires Rolando games?

When, Where and How Long will practices be?

What equipment will my child need for practices & games?

Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?

When will I find out what team my child will play on?

Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends?

If my child is unhappy with their team, can they switch teams?

Are there refunds?

Can I request a division for my child to play in?

Are there rules for minimum playing time?

Are the time limits on games?

How many managers and coaches can be on a team?

What are the responsibilities of a manager and coach?

Are there conduct rules that apply during the games?

How are standings and league representatives for TOC determined?

Who is runs the Snack bars at the fields?

Do I have to participate in any fundraising?

Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved?

What is available on the website?

 I have a question, who do I contact? If after reading through this FAQ, your questions has not been answered, please contact the Appropriate Board Member.

What is the structure of Rolando? (Rolando is comprised of two leagues, Baseball and Softball. Baseball offers 5 divisions; T-Ball, Caps, Minors, Majors and Juniors, Softball offers 4 divisions; Caps, Minors, Majors and Juniors. Depending upon the level, the playing fields are slightly different in terms of length of base paths, distance from pitching mound, and distance to the outfield fences from home plate.Rolando uses guidelines as prescribed by Little League baseball for Baseball and Softball age cutoffs to ensure players develop appropriately in terms of skills, knowledge, and sportsmanship. Players range in age from 5 to 16 in Baseball and 7 to 14 in Softball, to determine your players League Age, please visit Little League's age determination matrix for more information. For each division of play, Rolando has established age brackets that players are broken down into, however, there may be situations where some players may play up or down based on their abilities, but only upon approval of the Executive Board of Directors.An elected Board of Directors oversees all aspects of Rolando Little League; they administer the league under established by-laws and National rules. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.

What are the league boundaries?  Please visit our Boundary Maps.

My child has a friend who plays at Rolando can my child play here as well? As Rolando uses guidelines prescribed by Little League baseball, we have specific boundaries that cannot be crossed. If you do not reside within Rolando's boundaries, you can look at the District Boundaries map and determine which league you should join.

If my child played at Rolando but we moved or will be moving out of the boundaries, can we continue to play here? Yes, as long as your child has continued to play for Rolando since the move. The Player Agent will complete a Regulation II(d) form that will be approved by the district allowing your child to continue their Rolando experience. If there has been an interruption of playing then you would have to register with the league where you currently reside. Please make sure you tell us at registration if you have relocated outside our boundaries.

When does the season begin?  Typically, the season begins on the first or second Saturday in March. An Opening Day event kicks off the first games of the season. Please check the Rolando Calendar for exact league dates and events.

How long will the Season last? Rolando's regular season usually lasts from 13-14 weeks; March through June, including division playoff games. The season is extended for players that are selected to represent Rolando in the Little League All Star tournament in July. Please consider your vacation plans if you have a child that may be selected to these postseason teams.

Where are Rolando games played?  Rolando utilizes the baseball and softball fields located throughout La Mesa and part of San Diego. Fields are utilized for both baseball and softball depending on scheduling needs. You can check out our Locations for directions to each facility.

What days and times are the games played?  All teams in Rolando are scheduled for at least 2-3 games per week. Game days are typically Monday through Saturday, however, Sunday afternoons will be used for our Junior Baseball division. Saturday games will generally start at 9am and conclude by 7PM. Weekday games generally will begin at 5:00pm.

Who umpires Rolando games? Rolando uses only parent volunteers to umpire our games. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. A plate umpire and a field umpire are used in all games, unless a scheduling issue arises causing a shortage of available umpires. In the T-Ball and sometimes Caps divisions, coaches manage the flow of the game.

When, where and how long will practices be?  Rolando LL targets the beginning of February for all teams to start practicing. The goal is for teams to be in a position to begin practices at least 3-4 weeks before Opening Day, which is the first or second week of March. Practices will depend upon weather and formation of teams and the schedule decided on by your manager. Practice frequency and duration are up to the team manager. Generally, it is recommended that T-ball teams practice for 1-2 times per week and for no more than one hour. All other divisions practice an average of 2-3 times a week, anywhere from 60-90 minutes prior to the season and 1-2 times per week after the season starts. Rolando schedules field practice times at a number of fields allocated to us. You will know where your child will practice once your child is placed on a team and your manager contacts you. You can check out our Locations for directions to our faciliities.

What equipment will my child need for practices & games?  All players should have their own glove, cleats and protective cup (for baseball). The league will provide the team with all other equipment they may need, but if you are inclined to purchase your child his/her own gear, you may buy items like: Batting Helmet, Bat, or Catchers Gear. Before you purchase though, check out Little League's Approved Equipment for more information about bat, helmet and gear regulations. Your child's uniform will consists of a pair of baseball pants or softball shorts, belt, jersey, hat, undershirt and a pair of all-in-one socks. Rolando will provide each player a team jersey and a team hat. Due to individual fittings, player's need to provide the pants/shorts, belt, undershirt and socks. The jersey and hat are the player's to keep. Your manager will provide more specifics on the color of undershirts, socks and belt. Rubber cleats are highly recommended, steel spikes are not allowed, except in the Junior division. A quality leather glove is a must, we recommend you stay away from vinyl and simulated leather gloves that may be less expensive, but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration. It is impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather. Therefore, the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. All players should bring a windbreaker, jacket, or sweatshirt to every game and practice, especially early in the season.

When will I find out what team my child will play on? All teams should be formed by late January or the beginning of February. Your child's manager will notify you of the team's first meeting. If you don't hear from a team manager by the end of the first week in February, please contact our Player Agent.

Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends?  Rolando Little League does accept request for friends to to be placed on the same team together only in the T-ball & Caps Divisions. The Player Agent will do his/her best to help accommodate you. In the Minors Division and above, a request may be made, but there is no guarantee that it will be approved. In these upper divisions, players are distributed based on the draft. The upper divsision teams are created using a balanced draft process that helps to promote even and competitive leagues. 

If my child is unhappy with their team can they switch teams?  Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to Rolando Little League’s Player Agent for consideration who will then consult the President and present to the Board of Directors. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask the player remains with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.

Are there refunds?  A refund is available upon request prior to the close of registration.  After Opening Day, NO REFUNDS are allowed. Please contact our Treasurer for more information,

Can I request a division for my child to play in?  Rolando does not allow parents to dictate what division their son or daughter will play in. The only time an adjustment may be made is when there is a safety risk to a player playing in their age appropriate division. At that time, a parent request needs to be made to the Player Agent who will consult the President and present to the Board of Directors if needed.

Are there any rules around minimum playing time? Rules will vary per division regarding playing time. In the T-ball division, all players play in the field and all players bat in a continuous batting order. Continuous batting orders are used for the other divisions, however, fielders are limited to 9 players. There are minimums for innings played in all divisions. Refer to the local rules posted on the Rolando web site under Handouts for specifics on division play requirements.

Are there time limits on games?  T-ball & Rookies games are limited to 45 minutes. Caps games are limited to 1 hour  minutes. Minor division games are limited to 1:30 minutes. Major games are 2 hours. The umpire will have teh game length decison.  These are new inning time limits, so in a 1 hour 30 minute game, there would be no new inning started after 1 hour 15 minutes.

How many managers/coaches can be on a team? Every team has One manager approved by the Board of Directors. Each team's manager can have as many assistants as they can find for practices, but only two assistant coaches are allowed on the field and in the dugout during games. All managers and coaches must be selected and nominated by the President of the league, and then approved by the Board of Directors. Any manager or coach that comes into contact with players MUST submit a Volunteer Application form to the league.

What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach? The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from Mid-January try-outs to start of June. Time commitment is usually around 8-10 hours a week depending upon division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at all practices and games. Managers also must attend a 2 pre-season coaching clinics provided by the League/District, a safety meeting once every three years, and a mandatory manager's meeting with the league. As well, they must schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to the first practice of the season. The manager must also recruit a volunteer team parent who will help with things like; events, uniform distribution, and picture day assist managers.Two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practices. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 6-8 hours a week depending upon division. Coaches need to attend a pre-season clinics provided by the league. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.

Are there conduct rules that apply during games? Absolutely. Rolando Little League does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises and banned from the complex for additional games. Please review our Volunteer Conduct Agreement, and our By-Laws for specific information about our local league tolerances.

How are standings and league representatives for TOC determined? Rolando teams play an entire regular season with the final standings establishing the seeding for a post-season double-elimination or pool play tournament. This approach allows all of the teams to work on developing the skills of each and every player on the team during the regular season with an emphasis on learning, not winning. Managers do not have to win every game, and as a result, they can play kids in positions where they can learn without the overriding pressure to "not lose". The end product is a playoff tournament where every game is a good contest, and the lower seeded teams often rise up. The winner of this tournament will represent the league in the District wide Tournament of Champions. This is by far the best approach to overall player development. 

Who runs the snack bars at the fields?  Upon registering a player for participation in Rolando, the player's parent(s) agree to serve two (2) shifts in the snack bar when asked by the Team Parent and the league will require a $50 deposit ($25 each shift). Each team must staff their shift as scheduled by the Concessions manager. The Rolando Little League Auxiliary Baord is responsible for stocking, opening, and setting up the concessions stand prior to the first game each day. Please do your part in support of operating the concessions stand.

What does the league do to raise funds?  Rolando Little League relies on fundraising to help support the operations of the league. Player registration fees only account for 55% of the needed operating capital required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. Rolando supplements player registration fees with league sponsors and fundraising. Each team is expected to participate in the league's annual fundraising activities which may include raffle sales, cake night auctions, golf tournament… We’ve tried to be creative in ways to raise funds that allow you to get something out of the event. If you have any ideas, please contact the Auxiliary Board.

Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league? If at any time you have a problem or just want information, you can e-mail the league at any time, please go directly to the appropriate Board Member. However, if it is an issue with your child and the team they are on, please first discuss any concerns with your child's manager, then with the Player Agent. You are also welcome to attend a Board meeting and express your concerns directly to the Board with prior approval from the President, board meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month.

What is available on the website? The league's web site is at www.rolandolittleleague.org. The site offers all the information you need to stay informed about events, schedules, rules, board member contacts, sponsorship information, baseball clinics, umpire training, etc. If you have a question that is still unanswered, please contact the league President.



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