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COMMERCE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

Frequently Asked Questions



What are the different divisions and the ages for each?
We follow the Little League International (LLI) age guidelines.  Our ages and divisions are listed below. 

 

 

  • Tee Ball/Coach Pitch - Instructional development.  This division focuses on fundamentals, fun and an introduction to baseball.  No score is kept and games are four innings with two at bats.  Coaches will throw 4 pitches to the kids and then they hit off a tee.
  • Minors AA - Coach Pitch for three innings and Kid Pitch for three innings.  Kids will play a minimum of four innings in the regular season.  The coach determines the batting order, everyone bats, and games are played six innings.
  • Minors AAA - Kid pitch all six innings.  Kids will play a minimum of four innings in the regular season.  The coach determines the batting order, everyone bats, and games are played six innings.  Stealing and walks are allowed
  • Majors - Close to major league rules...no lead offs or pick offs.  Bases and pitchers mound is 46/60
  • Intermediate - Full major league rules pitching from 50 and bases are 70
  • Senior - High School rules  

 

 

When should I expect the season to start and end?
The regular season typically starts early September and ends before Halloween. 


The exception may be our Seniors Division which may not start until after the High School Season ends, to comply with MHSAA rules and regulations.  Depending on the interest and registration, Seniors will run from June – July.


When should I expect practices to start? 

There is usually 1 practice and 1 game per week, starting early September.

What is the practice schedule?
Managers will determine the practice schedule that best works for them. Managers will announce their practice schedule once teams are formed.

How many practices and/or games per week will there typically be?
There is usually 1 practice and 1 game per week, starting early September.

How often do we have games?
There is usually 1 practice and 1 game per week, starting early September.


What days are the games played on?

The Master schedule for all divisions is usually created mid-way through the registration period and once we have enough registered players to determine how many teams we will have per division. 

What time are games played?

Practices during the week start around 6pm.  On the weekend, games can be played at either 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM


What if I want my son/daughter to play up in the next age group?

You must first REGISTER for the age group for which your son or daughter is eligible with the exception of Tee Ball/Coach Pitch.  There is an overlap for five year olds.  The parent should judge if a kid can do basic throwing, catching, and hitting off of a Coach or a kid has never played and needs more instruction. 

If you feel your child needs to move up a divsion, a Play Up Request Form must be filled out and returned to the league President, Paul Theriault.  Generally, a player wishing to move up must either (a) have already played in the division he/she would be in based upon current age for two years; and/or (b) pose a safety risk to other players in that division.  


I’ve been told my son will need to try out for a team?

Fall Ball has no evaluations.

 
I’m going to be out of town the day of evaluations.  What do I do?

Fall Ball has no evaluations.


Do you do a background check on volunteers in your program?

Yes, all managers, coaches, and assistant coaches that may have on-field interaction during games or practices with the players must complete a background check.


I’d like to manage my son/daughter’s team.  What do I need to do?

During the sign up process you should identify that you're interested in being a Manager. You will then be asked to fill out a Manager request form indicating what qualifications you have. All submissions will be reviewed by the Division Directors and Commerce Little League Manager Selection Committee to determine who will manage a team. 

 
I’d like to help coach my son/daughter’s team.  What do I need to do?

When you sign your child up to play you should indicate that you’re interested in coaching.  The selected team manager will ultimately be the one that will decide his/her coaches.  Commerce Little League rules only allow for one manager and two coaches per team, although you may have many more people that help out at practices and games performing functions like keeping score and pitch counts.

 
I want my son/daughter to play with my neighbor to help with car pooling and scheduling.  Am I able to make sure they play on the same team?

During the registration process, special requests can be made.  However, the Division VP will review all requests.  Please understand that not all requests will be honored.  Teams must be formed to allow fair competition.

 

Can my siblings be guaranteed to play on the same team if I request it?

Yes, if the siblings play in the same division, we would place them on the same team.

Who do I contact if I'm having a problem with registration?

You should contact the CLLB registrar at [email protected]

Are scholarships available?

To be eligible for a scholarship, the player must reside in the Walled Lake School District.  To determine if you are eligible for a scholarship through LAYA (Lakes Area Youth Assistance) , you will need to provide a copy of your federal income tax indicating that your player is listed as a dependent.  You can call LAYA at 248-956-5070 Monday - Thursday 8:30-3:00 for additional information.

Can I get a refund if we decide not to play?

Any request for a refund much be emailed to the registrar at [email protected] Please note that $20 will be withheld from each refund to cover administrative fees that are charged to the league. No refunds will be granted after July 19th.


Can I still sign up if I live outside the boundaries?

You may also play in our league if the school you attend is within the boundaries for our league, otherwise, a waiver must be submitted to Commerce Little League.  This waiver will then be submitted, reviewed and approved by Little League International.

Who do I contact if I still have questions?
You should contact the CLL Executive Board at [email protected]

What is your mailing address?

Commerce Little League
P.O. 201
Walled Lake 48390


 

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