Escondido National Little League: FAQ

FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQ's address questions we commonly receive about Escondido National Little League. Please review the various sections, if you still have questions please feel free to contact us via email.

Where is Escondido National Little League?
Escondido National Little League, based in Escondido, California. Our Little League is in the Southern California District 31, part of the Little League West Region. Escondido National Little League services most parts of Escondido.

How many baseball games are there and what day of the week are the games scheduled?
The spring season consists of 20 games. Two games are played each week in Juniors, 50/70, Majors and Minor A and in the second half of Minor B.  In most cases there is one weekday game and one weekend game each week.  In the younger divisions, there is only a game on Saturday.  The days and times of the games vary each week but the majority of the upper division games are on Tuesday or Thursday during the week and games typically start at 6:00 PM with coaches asking the players to arrive no later than 5:00 PM. Games that are rained-out may or may not be made up at the discretion of the Board of Directors
 
When does the season start and how long is it?
ENLL conducts two (2) separate baseball seasons, our Spring and Fall programs. Our primary season is the spring, which is sanctioned, governed and chartered by Little League Baseball. In the spring, opening day is either the last Saturday in February or the first Saturday in March and the season will continue through late May/early June. In the Fall, the first game is scheduled in mid-September and will continue through the second weekend in November.
 
When do the practices start and how many practices per week are there?
Practices will start approximately one month prior to the start of the season and teams typically have one to two practices each week depending on the division of play. For lower division, they will likely practice once a week, while the upper divisions (Jrs to Minor B), will practice two to three times a week before the season begins and then once the season begins, go to two practices a week. 
  
How much does it cost to register and what do the fees include?
The cost depends on the season and time of registration. We offer early-bird discounts and sibling discounts. All registration fees increase the closer you get to the registration deadline date. For current prices, visit our front page.
 
When will I hear from my child's manager?
Players are assigned to teams around the end of January or the first part of February. Practices usually start no later then the middle of February, but weather may delay this. At ENLL, you will meet your manager at Hat Day at Sports Authority in Escondido at a date to be determined. 

What does league age mean?
All divisions are broken down by ages. Your child’s league age will always be how old he or she is on April 30th of the current baseball year. This cut-off date is determined by Little League Baseball, Incorporated and we have no control over this date. If there are any questions as to a player’s league age, you may be asked to produce a birth certificate.
 
How come in some divisions all the players bat the entire game?
Each division has its own set of rules. The older your child gets, the more rules come into play. See our divisions page for further information regarding the current breakdown of the divisions and rules.

Do girls play baseball?
Yes, girls have played baseball in every age group (4-14) in the Escondido National Little League.
 
Registration
1.How do I register?
You can register online or at one of our in person sign ups at Mtn View Park
A. Online Registration Instructions
B. Browse to: www.eteamz.com/enll
C .Click the registration link on the main page and follow the instructions.
D. You will receive a confirmation email receipt shortly after completing the registration. Save the email for your records.
 
Who can register?
Boys and girls ages 4-14. Players must be 4 on or before April 30 of the current baseball season (2014) to be eligible.

When does registration for the Spring Season begin?
Online registration for the Spring Season typical opens in early November and runs until late January for the upcoming Spring Season. Registrations received after the final registration day will be placed on a waitlist and processed on a first-come, first-served basis as space becomes available through vacancy, injury, etc. 

When does the season run?
The season begins in Febuary and runs through mid-June for most leagues.

When are games and practices held?
•T-Ball (ages 4-6) - There is usually one practice a week and one game per week on Saturday. Game times vary throughout the day and last 60-90 minutes.

•Rookies (ages 7-8) (Coach Pitch/Machine Pitch)- There is one practice per week and one game per week on Saturday. Practice is typically during the week and scheduled by the manager. Games last roughly 75-90 minutes. Players with advanced baseball skills are eligible to try out for Minor B. The players need to have advanced fielding, throwing and hitting skills for their age. Starting at 7, all players are eligable to try out. All players ages 9 and above are required to attend tryouts with no exceptions.  If they miss tryouts they will placed on a team at the leagues disgression.

•Minor B (age 7-11) (Machine Pitch/Kid Pitch) - There is two to three practices per week and one game for the first half of the season and then two to three practices and two games during the second half. First half games will be on Saturday and second half games will be one weekday game and one Saturday game. Games last roughly 75-90 minutes.

•Minor A (ages 7-11) (Kid Pitch) - There is up to three practices per week and two games per week and game nights may vary with one weekday game and one game on Saturday.  To play in Minor A or above, all players must try out. Games last six innings and extra innings are played to decide a tie.

•Majors (ages 9-12) (Kid Pitch) - There is up to three practices per week. There are also two games per week and game nights vary with one game played during the week and one game on Saturday. Nine or ten year old players showing advanced baseball skills (hitting, fielding, pitching,)  could be given an opportunity to play in the Majors Division based on the number of teams and openings.  Should the parents/player decide they aren’t ready for Majors, they must let us know. Games last six innings and extra innings occur in tied games, pending darkness.
 
50-70 Intermediate (ages 11-13) (Kid Pitch) - There is up to three practices per week. There are also two games per week and game nights vary with one game played during the week and one game on Saturday. Games are played at Hidden Valley Middle School. Games last seven innings and extra innings occur in tied games, pending darkness.
 
Juniors (ages 13-14) (Kid Pitch) - There is up to three practices per week. There are also two games per week and game nights vary with one game played during the week and one game on Saturday. Games are played at Hidden Valley Middle School. Games last seven innings and extra innings occur in tied games, pending darkness.

How many divisions are there?
There are seven divisions.

T-Ball: Players in this division are typically league ages 4-5 and some 6 year olds that have never played before. This division provides an introduction to baseball. Batting is off a tee and the entire lineup bats each inning. Defensive team will field all players. Play is on a smaller field with a RIF (reduced injury factor) baseball utilized. Games are limited to 3 innings or 1 1/2 hours. No game scores or standings are kept.

Rookies: Players in this division are typically league ages 5-6 with some 7 year olds. This is a division for those players who have previously played one year of T-Ball. A coach delivers the pitches in the first half and a pitching machine is used in the second half. The entire lineup bats each inning. Defensive team will field all players. Play is on a the same field as used in T-Ball with a RIF (reduced injury factor) baseball utilized. Games are limited to 4 innings or 1 1/2 hours. No game scores or standings are kept.

Minor B: Players in this division are typically league ages 7-9. Placement on teams is made by the Player Agent. Parents can request to be placed on a specific coaches team or with a family member or friend. A pitching machine is used to pitch in the first half, and the kids will pitch in the second half. The offensive team will bat until they score 5 runs or 3 outs are recorded. Defensive team will field (9) players. No stealing of bases is allowed. This is a competitive division where standings are kept in the second half only. There is an end of the year tournament to determine the champion..

Minor A: Players in this division are typically league ages 8-11. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations. Standard little league rules are utilized. Standard little league size fields (46 ft. pitching mound, 60 ft. bases, and 200 ft. outfield fences) are utilized. This is a competitive league where standings are kept. Kid pitch will be used for the entire season. Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent ENLL in All-Star tournaments.

Majors: Players in this division are typically league ages 11-12 and are able to demonstrate advanced baseball skills. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations. Standard little league rules are utilized. Standard little league size fields are utilized. Games are 6 innings. This is a competitive league where standings are kept. Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent ENLL in All-Star tournaments.

50/70: Players in this division are typically league ages 11-13. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations. Play is on a larger size field (50 foot mound, 70 foot base paths) and seven inning games. Lead-offs and base stealing are allowed. Interleague play with other leagues in District 31 is utilized. This is a competitive league where standings are kept. Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent ENLL in All-Star tournaments.

Juniors: Players in this division are typically league ages 13-14. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations. Play is on a larger size field (90 ft. base paths) and seven inning games. Lead-offs and base stealing are allowed. Interleague play with other leagues in District 31 is utilized. This is a competitive league where standings are kept. Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent ENLL in All-Star tournaments.

What equipment do I need to buy for my child?
 Your child will need a glove and athletic clothes for practices. All players receive a uniform which consists of a shirt and a hat. Typical purchases are a glove and cleats. The League provides helmets, bats and baseballs to the entire team. Purchasing these items on your own is optional.

Can I request a certain coach?
 For T-ball, rookies and Minor B, you can indicate a desired coach or team in an email to escondidonational@gmail.com. All requests must be made prior to the Feb. 1. Please understand, we cannot guarantee that your request can be fulfilled.

Can I request that my child be on the same team as his friends?
 For T-ball, rookies and Minor B, you can indicate a desired coach or team in an email to escondidonational@gmail.com. All requests must be made prior to the Feb. 1. Please understand, we cannot guarantee that your request can be fulfilled.

When is the deadline for registration?
 Registration ends on or around Feb. 15th.

Are scholarships available?
 Yes. Full and partial scholarships are available upon request for families in need of financial assistance. Scholarships can be requested by emailing escondidonational@gmail.com and asking for a “scholarship packet.” All scholarships do require a $40 registration fee. We only have a limited number of scholarships and they go very fast. All scholarship parents are asked to donate at least 10 hours of time during the season in the snack bar or other areas needed at ENLL (fields, opening ceremonies, etc).

Who do I contact if I have any questions?
 Email escondidonational@gmail.com with any questions.
 
How can I volunteer to assist with the Escondido National Little League?
 Please indicate you would like to volunteer on your registration form, or visit the Volunteering page to see what opportunities exist. Any help is appreciated!

How can I be notified that registration for the Spring Season is open?
All regular communication to or league members are handled through periodic email notifications to our mailing list. If you'd like to join our mailing list, just email us at escondidonational@gmail.com and let us know. We also use our Facebook page to update with upcoming sign ups. That is located at www.facebook.com/escondidonational.

What documents do I need to register my child?
Bring a certified birth certificate with embossed seal (no photocopies will be accepted) or your child's passport so that your child's age can be verified. Little League requires three (3) separate items to demonstrate proof of residence so we can verify that you live within ENLL's boundaries. The documents will be reviewed and returned to you at the verification session.

Little League requires one item (and only one item) from any 3 or more of the following categories to demonstrate proof of residence:
1. Driver's License
2. Voter's Registration
3. School records
4. Welfare/child care records
5. Federal records
6. State records
7. Local (municipal) records
8. Support payment records
9. Homeowner or tenant records
10. Utility bills (i.e., gas, electric, water/sewer, phone, mobile phone, heating, waste disposal)
11. Financial (loan, credit, investments, etc.) records
12. Insurance documents
13. Medical records
14. Military records
15. Internet, cable or satellite records
16. Vehicle records

One item and only one item may come from any one category. In other words, three utility bills (three items from No. 10 above) will not suffice to establish residency since they come from only one category. To satisfy the proof of residency requirement, there must be a document from two other categories.

Will your league make any exceptions?
No.

Spring Season Player Evaluation Day Questions

The following FAQ's address questions we commonly receive about our try outs. Please review these FAQ's and contact the League Player Agent if you have any questions. Note: Some of these questions refer to "League Age", which is the age of your player on April 30 of the upcoming season.

What are player evaluations?
Player try outs is an event that the League holds in which a player's current baseball skills are evaluated and assessed by Little League division managers.

Who has to attend the player evaluations?
All players who are Little League Age 9 through 14 are required to tryout. Players league age 7 and 8 can try out if they wish.

Where are the player evaluations held?
Majors and Minors player evaluations are held at Mtn View Park. 50/70 and Juniors evaluations are held at Hidden Valley Middle School.

What happens at try outs?
Players will be rated on the following skills:
(1) Fielding Fly balls (about 3)
(2) Fielding Ground balls (about 3)
(3) Throwing (from outfield and infield positions)
(4) Batting (about 3 pitches each)
(5) Running (home to second base)

How long does the evaluation last?
It will vary depending on the number of players, but somewhere between 30 minutes and one hour. Player evaluations are scheduled throughout the day and will be assigned when you sign your player up.

What do I need to bring?
A glove, cap and cleats. Your player may also bring his own batting helmet. Please make sure all of your player's gear has a name and phone number on it and that it is kept together, preferably in a player bag. Also, please bring water and food, as needed.

If my player has a bad evaluation day, will he get "cut" or dropped?
No. All registered player's that attend try outs will be drafted onto a Juniors, Majors, Minor A or a Minor B team.

If all players get assigned to teams, then why does my player need to attend try outs?
So that your player can be drafted into a division that is appropriate for his skill and so that teams can be constructed of equal talent. Little League International requires Leagues to evaluate and assess each players skills. Try outs are the most effective way to do this.

Which player evaluation session should I attend?
League Age 7-12 year olds must attend try outs at Mtn View Park. League age players 11-12 interested in 50/70 will also attend the try outs at HVMS. League Age 13 and 14 year olds must attend the Juniors player evaluation session.

If it rains before try outs, will the event still be held?
Yes, but only if the fields are safe. If a rainout is called, it will be posted on the website along with the reschedule information. Please check our website if you are unsure on the day of the player evaluation.

What happens if my player misses try outs?
Answer: All players MUST attend a player evaluation session according to their league age schedule. Player evaluations are required to ensure that all managers have an equal opportunity to evaluate all eligible players prior to the draft. When a player misses try outs, this is not possible. 



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