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How do I register for Middle School baseball?

If you are interested in the Middle School program, please read over the FAQ below. When registering, select “Juniors” and add a comment that your player is interested in trying out for the Middle School program and list your school.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Please remember that you MUST be registered to play in Lower Loudoun Little League at the Juniors level to try out. Please note in the “Comments” section of your registration that you intend to try out for the Middle School League. If you have already registered without adding the note, please email Mark Wood at the email address below. You will not be able to try out if you do not register before the first try out date, expected to be in February 2017.

Question: Who is eligible to participate in the Middle School Program?

Answer: Players of League Age 13 and 14 that are in either 7th or 8th grade will be eligible to tryout and can be selected for a middle school team. Players of League Age 12 or below, or those players in 6th grade, will not be eligible to participate in the Middle School Program.

Question: Which local little leagues are participating in the Middle School Program?

Answer: Assuming there is sufficient participation, each LLLL team will play a schedule consisting of teams representing middle schools located within the boundaries of Central Loudoun Little League (CLLL), Loudoun South Little League (LSLL), and Dulles Little League DLL), in addition to the other teams located within the LLLL boundaries.

Question: Which middle schools are participating in the Middle School Program?

Answer: LLLL teams will represent River Bend MS and Seneca Ridge MS. The league hopes to get enough interest to field a team for Sterling Middle School. Private school, home school and Sterling MIddle School students (if there is not numbers to support their own team) not enrolled at River Bend or Seneca Ridge will be asked to try out for one of these two schools. The league will determine which school and will communicate this to those impacted.

Question: When will the tryouts for the Middle School Program be held?

Answer: We currently anticipate holding tryouts in February pending the final selection of managers and coaching staffs. Detail on the dates, times and place will be communicated as soon as possible.

Question: What will the roster size for each team be?

Answer: Each team is expected to carry a roster of 12 – 14 players.

Question: When will games be held?

Answer: Games will be held on Thursdays and practices on Mondays for the Middle School program. There may be exceptions to this schedule, but as presently discussed by all the league’s participating, this will be the standard.

Question: What are the time commitments for the Middle School Program?

Answer: It is expected that each middle school team will practice once a week and play one game a week. The tentative plan (pending a final field allocation from the County) is for each team to practice on Monday and play a game on Thursday. The intent of this plan is to try and limit the potential conflicts between the middle school teams and travel or Juniors teams.

Question: My player is currently on a travel team. Will my player be able to continue playing travel baseball if he/she plays on a middle school team?

Answer: Yes. Representatives from each of the leagues involved in the middle school program are speaking directly with the coaches of the local travel teams to try and ensure cooperation. As noted above, we are limiting the schedule to one game and one practice per week, and we have tried to identify days that do not conflict with most local travel teams’ current schedules. The middle school teams might also provide players with the opportunity to gain additional experience playing a position that might not be their primary position on their travel team.

Question: Will there be an additional cost to participate in the Middle School Program?

Answer: An additional fee may be required from each player who makes his/her respective middle school team in order to cover the cost of higher quality game and practice uniforms.

Question: Will a player that does not make their respective middle school team be required to play in the Juniors Division this Spring?

Answer: No, signing up and/or attending a middle school team tryout will not obligate the player to participate in the Juniors Division if they do not make their respective middle school team. While LLLL would certainly encourage such participation, it is not something that will be mandatory. Should such a situation arise, any fees collected would be refunded accordingly upon request. Any players that are not selected for a middle school roster that decide to participate in the Juniors division will be entered into the Juniors division house league draft, and any incremental fees charged would be refunded accordingly.

Question: Who is coaching the middle school teams?

Answer: The Head Coaches for the middle school teams have yet to be determined and/or announced, and we are currently soliciting candidates. Consistent with the selection and appointment of all coaches for Little League, all middle school Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches will be volunteer positions and will need to be approved by the LLLL Board of Directors. It is our goal to try and identify highly qualified candidates either directly or indirectly familiar with the high school baseball programs associated with each middle school.

Question: Will participating on a middle school team make my player eligible for District All Stars?

Answer: Players in the Senior, Junior and Middle School leagues will be eligible to be selected to play on Little League District All Star teams appropriate to the Little League age as long as all other Little League eligibility requirements are met (e.g. meeting minimum games played requirements).

Question: How will umpiring be handled?

Answer: Umpires will be provided by the league hosting the the game (i.e. the home team). LLLL uses volunteer umpires, most of whom are veterans with many years experience, and we expect that we will use this volunteer base for our home games. Other leagues may use paid umpires provided by local or regional umpire associations.

Question: Are there any special playing rules I should be aware of?

Answer: While any Local Rules are still being discussed, parents and prospective players can reference the 2017 Little League Baseball Rules and Regulations for the Juniors Division as a guideline. There will likely be restrictions governing the types of bats permitted to be used at this level.

2016 Middle School Baseball Rules.docx

Question: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Answer: Please notify Mark Wood, Vice President of LLLL, at rmw0@yahoo.com, if you are interested in trying out for a middle school baseball team. You must be registered to play Juniors level baseball for LLLL to be able to try out for a team.