Magnolia Center Little League

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Updated Saturday, October 15, 2017

Who can play at Magnolia Center Little League?
Players must meet specific residency OR school enrollment AND age requirements to be eligible to play in our league. Visit our Boundaries and Eligibility webpage and use the Little League Age Calculator to determine your child’s “League Age” or view the Age Chart for Softball or Age Chart for Baseball

Do you offer softball as well as baseball?
Our Softball Program was reinstated for the 2018 Season. See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play.

What are the different age groups?
See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play.

Can both boys and girls play?
Yes. See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play.

What color pants, socks, sleeves, & belt will we need?
That will be decided by the team manager during the 1st couple of team meetings

Can my child wear metal cleats?
The only divisions that allow metal cleats are the Intermediate, Junior and Senior divisions. And even in that division metal cleats are not allowed on artificial/portable mounds.

Should I buy my child their own helmet, bat, glove?
We do suggest that each child have their own glove. Helmets are provided by the league for each team, but you are more than welcome to provide your child with their own helmet. Facemasks are required for T-Ball & Minor A divisions. Bat Rules information is listed on the Little League website, before you purchase an expensive bat, be aware, bat regulations will be changing January 2018 –
Visit www.littleleague.org

My child has their own catching gear, are there any special regulations for Little League?
All male players must wear athletic supporters. Male catchers must wear the metal, fibre or plastic type cup, and approved long or short-model chest protector. Female catchers must wear long or short model chest protectors. All catchers must wear chest protectors with neck collar, throat guard, shin guards and catcher’s helmet, all of which must meet Little League specifications and standards. The catcher’s helmet must meet NOCSAE specifications and standards, and bear the NOCSAE stamp. All catchers must wear a mask, “dangling” type throat protector and catcher’s helmet during infield/outfield practice, pitcher warm-up and games. NOTE: Skull caps are not permitted.

When is Opening Day Ceremonies & Picture Day, and what will be involved?
Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018. In addition to pictures, teams will be introduced, the Board of Directors will be introduced, All-Star championship teams will be recognized, and special guests will speak and important members of our Little League family will be recognized and remembered.

How many players are on a Little League team?
A typical Little League team will carry anywhere between 10-13 players.

Does each player play every game?
Yes. Little League has a mandatory play rule.

Where can I find the Little League rules?
Little League rules are available for sale to the general public on the Little League Store. In addition, local leagues establish "ground rules" or "bylaws" and a league constitution which governs how the league is run each season. Members in good standing are eligible to vote on any changes to the league's constitution during annual elections.

How does the team and/or local league communicate with parents? Does the league have a social media presence?
The league has a variety of ways to communicate with parents. The main communication tool is our website www.magcenterll.com and e-mails sent via our SI Play registration site. Team volunteers will be able to utilize the SI Play TeamWalls to communicate directly with each family, schedule practices, games, and other team activities. The league also has a Facebook account. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/51008616142/

Are there fundraisers throughout the season?
The main fundraisers are our annual raffle, HR Derby, and our Dine Out for Our Dugouts series.

Are team required to find a sponsor?
Teams are highly encouraged to seek out a team sponsor. All "donations" are tax-deductible and help support the League's general fund. Visit our Sponsors webpage to download the current sponsorship application form.

Is there a Refund Policy?
Yes. Visit Refund Policy webpage.

Where can I find the Little League rules?
Little League rules are available for sale to the general public on the Little League Store. In addition, local leagues establish "ground rules" or "bylaws" and a league constitution which governs how the league is run each season. Members in good standing are eligible to vote on any changes to the league's constitution during annual elections.

What is document verification?
Document verification is the process of checking to make sure all players are eligible to participate in our league and are the correct "league age" for their division. For more information visit our Boundaries and Eligibility webpage and use the Little League Age Calculator to determine your child’s “League Age” or view the Age Chart for Baseball

If my child has played at Magnolia Center Little League before do we need to have our documents verified again?

Yes. Every season, Little League International requires that each and every player is verified to be eligible to participate. Eligibility is established by residency or school enrollment within league boundaries AND verification of the player's BOD by presenting a certified original copy of a certificate of birth.  

When are document verification dates/times/locations? Dates/Time MAYBE CANCELLED OR CHANGED ON SHORT NOTICE PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE DAY BEFORE YOU PLAN ON HAVING YOUR DOCUMENTS VERIFIED
Document Verification must be completed by Saturday, Jan. 13th 5:00 PM (players MUST have registered and had their documents verified and Medical Release completed before they can try out)

Tuesday, November 28th 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park
Saturday, December 2nd 9:00-11:00 AM - Shamel Park (UCR Baseball Toys 4 Tots Collection Drive and Free Clinic)
Thursday, December 7th, 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park CANCELED
Wednesday, December 13th 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park
Friday, December 15th 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park (Free Baseball Clinic w/current Poly HS Baseball Players)
Tuesday, December 19th 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park
Thursday, December 28th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Shamel Park
Saturday, January 6th 11:00am-2:00 PM - Shamel Park
Tuesday, January 9th 6:00-8:00 PM - Shamel Park CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Saturday, January 13th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Shamel Park (Last Date to avoid late Document Verification Fee)

If I register by Friday, January 12, 2018, but am unable to get my documents verified by Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 PM since that is the last scheduled Document Verification, will I be charged the $10 Late Document Verification Fee?
Yes. If you don't have your documents verified by the last scheduled Document Verification day Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 PM you will be charged the $10 late Document Verification Fee.

If I register after Friday, January 12, 2018, will I be charged a Late Registration Fee?
Yes. There is a $10.00 late registration fee. However, you will not be charged the $10 late document verification fee IF you complete the document verification process by Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 PM.

Who can play at Magnolia Center Little League?
Players must meet specific residency OR school enrollment AND age requirements to be eligible to play in our league. Visit our Boundaries and Eligibility webpage and use the Little League Age Calculator to determine your child’s “League Age” or view the Age Chart for Baseball

Do you offer softball as well as baseball?
Our Softball Program has been reinstated for the 2018 Season. See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play. Girls interested in finding a local Little League Softball program please contact the league at magcenterll@gmail.com

What are the different age groups?
See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play.

Can both boys and girls play?
Yes. See Division & Teams webpage for a breakdown of the different levels of play.

How much does it cost?
Registration Fees (includes $25 fundraiser)

Baseball Division

TBall (league age 4-6) $110.00
Minor A (league age 6-8) (league age 6 yr olds can register w/ one yr of TBall) $130.00
Minor AA (league age 7-9) $130.00
Minor AAA (league age 9-11) $130.00
Majors (league age 10-12) $130.00
Intermediate (50/70) (league age 13) $165.00
Juniors (league age 13-14) $165.00
Seniors (league age 13-16) $165.00

Softball Divsion

Farm (league age 6-8) $130.00
Minor (league age 9-11) $130.00
Majors (league age 10-12) $130.00

Challenger Division

Challengers Fee: (Registration $35.00 - Fundraiser not included)

Is there a Refund Policy?
Yes. Visit Refund Policy webpage.

Does the league provide scholarships?
Yes. If you think you might need a scholarship or payment plan please contact the league at magcenterll@gmail.com.

What do the registration fees go towards?
Registration fees are used to purchase uniforms, caps, basic picture package, trophy (T-ball & Challengers), insurance, charter fees, district fees, umpires, field rentals, field lights, concession stand rental, playing equipment and supplies, field maintenance, field prep, office expenses, background checks exceeding 125 free checks, tournament fees, etc.

If I sign up my child for a specific division, are we guaranteed to be placed on a team in that division?
No. If you would only like to have your child play in a specific division, make sure to add this in the "Comments" section during registration. Keep in mind that teams for Minor A, AA, AAA and Major baseball divisions are selected through a draft process, which is in large part based on what managers see during tryouts. In addition, certain Little League rules and regulations also determine which division a child maybe eligible to participate in.

Does my child have to tryout both days, Fri. Jan. 19 & Sat. Jan. 20th or In case of rain out Fri. Jan. 26th & Sat. Jan. 27th? (players MUST have registered and had their documents verified and Medical Release completed before they can tryout)
No. Players league age 6-12 are asked to attend at least 1 (50%) of the tryout dates. If a player would like to tryout for both days, they are more than welcome to. This is the only time that managers will be able to evaluate players prior to the draft.

What if my child cannot attend either of the tryout dates?
Players who do not attend at least 50% of the scheduled tryouts will not be eligible to be drafted by a manager.  Instead, the player will be blind drafted by the Player Agent and placed on the team which has the next pick in the draft order.  Questions? Contact the MCLL Player Agent right away. mcllplayeragent@gmail.com

I would like for my child to be placed on the same team as his friend, is that possible?
Maybe. Make sure to add this information in the "Comments" section during registration. We try to accommodate families as much as possible especially in the lower divisions of play. Keep in mind that players are drafted based on their league age and ability and not all requests can be honored especially in the Major division where player drafts are mandatory.

I need my child to be placed on the same team as my child's friend for carpool purposes, is that possible?
Maybe. Make sure to add this information in the "Comments" section during registration. We try to accommodate families as much as possible. Keep in mind that players are drafted based on their league age and ability.

I have more than one child, can they play on the same team?
Maybe. Keep in mind that some players are drafted based on their league age and ability.

My child tried out last year, does he/she have to try out again this year?
Maybe. If your child was drafted to a Major division team they are considered property players and do not have to tryout again. The only exception is if the player requests and is granted an off-season release from their Major team in order to re-enter the draft. Then that player must attend at least 50% (1 of 2) tryouts. Questions? Contact the MCLL Player Agent right away. mcllplayeragent@gmail.com

What will happen during the tryouts, and what should my child bring?
Players league ages 6+ go through a series of skill sets: hitting, fielding, throwing and running. Players should wear baseball cleats, bring their glove, bat, baseball cap, and helmet if they have one of their own. The League will have a variety of league helmets and a few league bats to use during tryouts.

When will we know what team we’re on?
Drafts will be held from Jan. 23rd-27th, 2018 or in case of a rainout for tryouts Jan. 29th-Feb. 2nd. Once teams are finalized managers will most likely be contacting families within 24-72 hours and TeamWall websites will be activated.

When/How are teams formed?
Teams are formed by either a draft (Baseball Minor A-Majors) or are built (T-Ball, Challengers, Intermediates, Junior and Seniors)

What should I do if I do not get contacted by our team manager once teams should have been formed?
If you have not been contacted by your team manager please contact the MCLL Player Agent as soon as possible. mcllplayeragent@gmail.com

Will my child get to play with his/her classmates?
Maybe. Since teams are built either by drafted or formed in the T-ball & Challenger divisions, it is not possible to guarantee your child will be on the same team with their classmates.

If my child is selected to a Minor League team, is there a chance he/she gets called up to Majors during the season?
Yes. Any player may be brought up to replace a vacancy on a major team due to an injury or some other reason. All promotions are handled by the league's Player Agents. mcllplayeragent@gmail.com

When will practices and games begin?
A practice schedule should be available once teams are formed and will be given to managers. Games may not be available until a few weeks prior to Opening Day, Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Will all games and practices be at Shamel Park?
Not necessarily. Most games will be played at Shamel Park, but there are times that we interleague games with other leagues and then games may take place at other parks. For practices, MCLL may get the use of other fields during the season, such as Villegas or Nichols Park.

How long are games and practices?
Typically practices are no more than 2 hours long and most have an average time of 1 ½ hours. Depending on the division, games are typically between 1 ½–2 hours long, but players are asked to arrive before the game start time, usually around 30–45 minutes.

What is the time commitment? How many practices and games per week?
Typically, teams are limited to three team activities per week. So any combination of practices and games adding up to three team activities would be expected.

What will my child need to bring to practice?
Players should always come fully suited and equipped for practices unless directed otherwise by the manager or coaches. Players should wear proper baseball cleats, pants, and hat. All male players must wear athletic supporters. Male catchers must wear the metal, fibre or plastic type cup. Additional catchers gear is provided by the league.

Does each player play every game?
Yes. Little League has a mandatory play rule.

Where can I find the Little League rules?
Little League rules are available for sale to the general public on the Little League Store. In addition, local leagues establish "ground rules" or "bylaws" and a league constitution which governs how the league is run each season. Members in good standing are eligible to vote on any changes to the league's constitution during annual elections.

Am I required as a parent to volunteer?
No. However, Little Leagues are built and sustained by the hard work of volunteers both great and small. No, contribution, big or small goes unnoticed or unappreciated. During the season there are several team duties such as team parent, snackbar duty, scorebooth duty, etc. which require parents to be part of the greater league community and volunteer when they can.

I'm interested in volunteering to be a Team Parent/Coach, how do I sign up?
Through the Sports Illustrated Play registration site you would select your name and register as a coach/team parent. You can also add the information that you're interested in volunteering in the "Comments" section when you are registering your child. Membership is mandatory for all managers, coaches and team parents. Membership is $5 and is added during registration, only 2 memberships allowed per household.

I'm interested in volunteering to be a Team Manager, how do I sign up?
Through the Sports Illustrated Play registration site you would select your name and register as a manager. You can also add the information that you're interested in volunteering in the "Comments" section when you are registering your child. Membership is mandatory for all managers, coaches and team parents. Membership is $5 and is added during registration, only 2 memberships allowed per household. In addition, managers must submit an application to be considered for a position. Visit Managers Application for more information.

If I volunteer to manage, coach or be a team parent, do I need to have a background check?
Yes. No exceptions. If you are new to volunteering with MCLL you will need to complete a New Volunteer Application. Make sure to include your SSN on the application and attach a copy of your drivers license. In order to fill out the Returning Volunteer Application, you need to be listed on the MCLL volunteer list. See Background Checks for All Volunteers for more information and downloaded copies of both volunteer application forms.

Can I manage my child’s team?
Maybe. Not everyone can be appointed as a manager. There are many other volunteer opportunities which can make just as much of a difference as serving as a manager. Such as, an assistant coach, team parent, snackbar volunteer, scorebooth volunteer, etc.

What is the Homerun Derby?
The Homerun Derby is one of our main fundraisers for the season. Only registered players, managers, coaches and team parents are eligible to participate. Fences are put up at different intervals for each age division. Complete information will be available on the MCLL website – www.magcenterll.com

When is the Homerun Derby?
Saturday, April 21, 2018 OR April 28th, 2018.

Do I have to sell the raffle tickets?
No. You can sell the tickets if you want. If you do sell the tickets, you keep the money. You’ve already paid for the tickets as part of your registration. You can also keep the tickets and turn them in for yourself.

When/Where can I turn in the ticket stubs?
Raffle ticket stubs can be turned in to the Snackbar anytime it’s open during the Spring season. They can also be dropped into the raffle bin before the Raffle drawing begins. This season the Raffle will take place during Closing Ceremonies - June 9, 2017 (subject to change).

Do winners need to be present to win?
No. So long as legible information is provided on the ticket stub, winners need not be present to win.

Can I buy additional tickets?
Yes. Ask any Board Member on Duty during the Spring season and they can sell you additional tickets.

What items are being raffled off?
A list of raffle prizes will be posted on the MCLL website – www.magcenterll.com

Some of the items in the past have been TV’s & Disneyland tickets.

What is an All-Star/Little Star, and how is the team selected?
An All-Star/Little Star is a player nominated and selected to a post-season tournament team. All-Star/Little Star teams are created based on input from managers and other knowledgeable league officials and ultimately submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.

Can my child “play up” on an older all-star team?
Maybe. The formation of All-Star teams are open to a range of ages. However, players at the older range of the age bracket are more likely to be selected to an all-star team. E.g., the Major division of play, AKA "Little League", can consist of players league ages 10-12. However, the vast majority of players are league age 12.

When will the all-star team be announced?
All-Stars can be announced no earlier than June 1st. Little Stars, which is run by District 24, can be announced earlier since their tournament typically begins earlier than traditional Little League tournament games.

Do I have to sign my child up to be an all-star?
No. Players selected to an All-Star/Little Stars team do not need to "sign-up" however, due to the demands of postseason tournaments players and parents of players selected will be asked to sign a commitment letter to ensure those selected are able and willing to commit to the team and the league for a possible lengthy time commitment.

If my child isn’t picked to be an all-star in my league can he/she go to another league to play all-stars?
No. Just like during the regular seasons, players are only eligible to play in one league based on their residency, school enrollment, or Little League approved waiver.

Magnolia Center Little League | District 24 | Section 9 Tournament Information
See http://www.magcenterll.com/tournaments-info/

Magnolia Center Little League Tournament Championship History
See http://www.magcenterll.com/about-mcll/history-league-championships/

UCR Baseball Toys For Tots Drive and Free Baseball Clinic - Saturday, December 2nd, 9:00-11:00 AM - Shamel Park - Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need.  (suggested value $10.00 or more) 

Poly High School Baseball Skills Set Clinic - Friday, December 15th, 5:30-7:00 PM - Shamel Park

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