LINCROFT LITTLE LEAGUE

FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS

 

Who is eligible to play?

What exactly does “league age” mean?

What is the league age determination date for baseball?

What is the league age determination date for softball?

Why not use the same age cutoff that the schools use?

What is the division structure for the league?

Can players “play up” to the next division?

What is the purpose of tryouts?

Where are the games played?

How can I register to play?

How will I be notified about registration?

Are players “cut” after registration?

When do we play?

Why can’t I request that my child be on the same team as his/her friends?

Why are some players in the same school grade assigned to different divisions?

How do I become a manager or coach?

What information in my background will eliminate me from consideration as a coach?

I received a letter from ChoicePoint that they had provided information to the league about a sexual offense for someone with my name, but it’s not me!  What do I do??

I was not selected as a coach, and would like a reason why.  Who can provide this?

I don’t see the answer to my question. Can someone respond?

 

Who is eligible to play?

A.  The general eligibility rule is: any youngster between the ages of 5 and 16 who lives in the Lincroft or Nutswamp grade school district.  The Little League district boundary is determined by Little League International, and we are unable to make exceptions.  If you live in the River Plaza (or other) grade school district, contact your local Parks & Recreation commission (see Middletown Parks and Recreation) for information about a Little League organization in your area. 

 

What exactly does “league age” mean?

A.  The league age is the age a player has attained as of a specific date, for the purpose of placing the player in a particular division. 

 

What is the league age determination date for baseball?

A.  Starting in 2006, the age of a baseball player as of April 30 of the playing year will be that player’s league age for the season.  As an example, if a player turns 10 on April 15, he would be considered league age 10, since he is 10 on April 30.  If he turns 10 on May 15, he would be considered league age 9, since he is 9 on April 30.

 

What is the league age determination date for softball?

A.  Starting in 2006, the age of a softball player as of Dec. 31 of the previous year will be that player’s league age for the season.  As an example if a player turns 10 on Dec 15th (of the PREVIOUS year), that player would be considered league age 10.  However, if the player turns 10 on February 15 of the playing year, she would be considered 9, since she was 9 on December 31.

 

Why not use the same age cutoff that the schools use?

A.  There are local Little Leagues in every state of the U.S. and scores of countries around the world.   All local Little Leagues worldwide must have the same league determination date, but schools in the U.S. use widely different dates to determine the grade in which a child will be. 

 

What is the division structure for the league?

 

Division

Age

Notes

Tee-Ball (co-ed)

5 (age as of 4/30/2011)

For 2011 playing season

BASEBALL DIVISIONS

*** (age as of 4/30/2011)

For 2011 playing season

Clinic Baseball

6-7

 

Junior Baseball

8-9

 

Pioneer Baseball

10-11

Some 11 year olds are drafted up to play Little League Baseball.

Little League Baseball

11-12

Senior Minor Baseball

13-14

Some 14 year olds are drafted up to play Senior Major Baseball

Senior Major Baseball

14-16

SOFTBALL DIVISIONS

*** (age as of 12/31/2010)

For 2011 playing season

Clinic Softball

6-7*

See note below*

Junior Softball

8-9

Some 9 year olds are drafted up to play Pioneer Softball.

Pioneer Softball

9-10

Little League Softball

11-12

 

Senior Major Softball

13-16

 

 

*NOTE:  The cutoff date for tee-ball is 4/30 since it is technically a baseball program.  Softball players exit the tee-ball program after 1 or 2 years depending on their birth date.  As an example, if a player turns 6 in November, she would be considered 6 years old using the 12/31 softball cutoff date, and would therefore play in the Clinic-Softball division.  If she turned 6 in February, her “softball league age” would be 5, since she was still 5 years old on 12/31.  In that case, she would play in the tee ball division.  

 

Can players “play up” to the next division?

A.  There are a few divisions (e.g. Little League Baseball) where ages overlap.   As an example, 10-11 year olds play Pioneer Baseball.  12 year olds play Little League Baseball.  “Some” 11 year olds are drafted up to play Little League Baseball.  The determination of how many 11s are drafted up is based on the number of 12 year olds registered in any given season.  The determination of whether a player “plays up” to Little League is made by the coaches at the player draft.  Players may not request to “play up”.  Similarly, in the softball division, 8-9 year olds play Junior Softball.  10 year olds play Pioneer Softball.  Some 9 year olds will be drafted up to play Pioneer Softball.  The determination of how many 9s are drafted up is based on the number of 10 year olds registered in any given season.  The determination of whether a player “plays up” to Pioneer is made by the coaches at the player draft.  Finally, some 14s play up to Senior Major Baseball division. Again, this determination is made based on the number of 15-16 year olds registered for Senior Major, and the decision is made by the coaches during the player draft.  In general, no player may “request” to play up to a division. 

 

What is the purpose of tryouts?

A.  Tryouts are used for older divisions to assess the player’s skill level.  Coaches use these assessments during the player draft to assure some level of skill balance among the teams.  All players are drafted – there are no “cuts”, and even if a player is unable to attend tryouts he/she will be drafted to a team.  Since this is a recreational league, all registered players are guaranteed to be placed on a team, and guaranteed play time.

 

Where are the games played?

A.  LLL fields are located at the Lincroft Little League complex on Route 520 (Newman Springs Rd.), next to Lincroft School.

 

How can I register to play?

A.   You may register online by returning to the main home page.  Notification for registration occurs through direct mail (if you’ve been registered in the past three years), through handouts in the local schools, and via email notification.  In addition, registration information is posted on our website.  After 12/31, a $20 late fee is assessed to returning families (who receive a direct mail notification).  There is a limit to the number of players that each division can accommodate; therefore the league operates on a first come, first served basis.

 

How will I be notified about registration?

A. This website will provide information about online registration – please check this site in the OCTOBER timeframe for registration details.  Registration always takes place online in the October thru December timeframe.  Returning families who provide email addresses will receive an email notification – please check your email for this, and if you’d like to provide us with a current email address, send us a message at info@lincroftlittleleague.org.   Please make sure that your spam filters are set to accept messages from lincroftlittleleague.org.  We will also send out, via regular mail, a notification to all returning families.   Advertisements are also placed in local Lincroft newsletters and we send notices out through Lincroft, Nutswamp, Thompson, and St. Leo’s.

 

Are players “cut” after registration?

A. No. Once a player is registered, there are no “cuts”.  Everyone gets to play on a team.

 

When do we play?

A. Regular season play begins in early April and concludes in the middle of June.  Teams in all divisions except tee-ball and clinic play or practice on weekdays as well as weekends.  Teams in tee-ball and clinic divisions practice and play on Saturdays.  Post-season (All-Star) play begins immediately following the end of the regular season.

 

Why can’t I request that my child be on the same team as his/her friends?

A. In the older divisions, coaches draft players, and coaches are free to choose players.  The ONLY constraint is that siblings are placed together on the same team.  For younger divisions, it is simply impossible to manage the logistics of multiple (sometimes conflicting) requests for pairing of players.

 

Why are some players in the same school grade assigned to different divisions?

A. The league age date is determined by Little League International, and is the same for all Little League organizations worldwide.  Since different school districts use different cutoff dates, there is no date that would work for all school districts.  The result is that some children in the same grade may find themselves playing in different divisions, depending on their birth date.

 

How do I become a manager or coach?

A. The first step is that you must complete and mail in three forms:

Volunteer form

Manager & Coach’s Pledge

Manager and Coach Form

 

These forms must be completed and mailed in by Dec 15th as per the instructions on the website.  (The forms, and instructions, are in the “Handouts” section of the website).  The Volunteer form must have a copy of a state or federal government-issued photo ID attached.  A valid ID would be a photo driver’s license, a passport, or a military ID.  The photo must be legible.  Once this information is received, the league will conduct a criminal and sexual offender background check using ChoicePoint, Inc.  Individuals who pass the background check will be considered as candidates for a coaching position. 

 

What information in my background will eliminate me from consideration as a coach?

A. Local leagues are responsible for conducting a search of the nationwide sex offender registry for anyone who has committed sexual offenses involving minors. An individual who has been convicted or plead guilty to charges involving or against a minor, no matter when the offense occurred, will not be permitted to work or volunteer.  Leagues have discretion to eliminate coaches from consideration based on other criminal offenses.  The league will notify individuals if they are eliminated from consideration as a result of the background check. 

 

I received a letter from ChoicePoint that they had provided information to the league about a sexual offense for someone with my name, but it’s not me!  What do I do??

A. There are approximately 10 states that still perform a “name-only” search for sexual offenders.  This means that they use only the name of the individual when conducting a search, not additional information (e.g. birth date, social security number) that would help narrow the search.  This occasionally results in a “false hit” where an individual with the same name comes back as part of the search.  In this case, Lincroft Little League will manually conduct a search of the state sexual offender registry, and use information that you have provided (e.g. photo ID, birth date) to determine whether there is a match.  We will also notify you via email that this has taken place, and will let you know the results of our search.   In most cases, we determine that there is no match between the individual in the criminal record and the coach/volunteer.  If you have any questions you may contact us directly.  (info@lincroftlittleleague.org

 

I was not selected as a coach, and would like a reason why.  Who can provide this?

We are generally fortunate to have more coach volunteers than available slots.  If you were not selected, we encourage you to volunteer again next year.  We do not discuss the details of our coach selection process and do not provide any specific information about why an individual may or may not have been selected. 

 

 

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