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Welcome to Saco Little League

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Q. When will Registration open for the coming season?

A. Registration for the 2020 season will open on January 1st, 2020 and be open through March 6th, 2020. A late fee of $15 will be applied to any registrations received after March 6th and before March 20th. All registrations received after March 20th will be placed on a Waiting list.

Q. What are the Registration Fees?

A. Development Division (6/8 year olds): $65.00
    Minors Division (9/10 year olds) and Majors Division (11/12 year olds):  $80.00

Q. Is there a sibling discount?

A. Yes. For those families with siblings in the league, there will be a $15 discount per player.

Q. What does the registration fee cover?

A. The registration fee covers uniform costs, field maintenance costs, insurance, chartering fees, year end awards, facility repairs and improvements, etc. The league is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. If you can not afford the fee we will do everything possible to assist, including potential partial or full scholarships.

Q. Can I request that my child play with one of his friends for ride purposes? 

A. In the Development Division, requests can be made for extenuating circumstances. We can often, though not always, satisfy such a request. Upper division teams (Minors & Majors) are selected by draft in an effort to make all the teams as evenly balanced as possible. Your child may or may not play with their friends, but they will make many new friends during the season. Siblings playing in the same division are always placed on the same team.

Q. What equipment will my child need?

A. Players in the Development divisions will need to purchase a baseball glove, long-sleeved T-shirt, pants, belt, athletic supporter (including cup for boys) recommended for all players but required for catchers, and socks. Baseball cleats (rubber) are also recommended. Your coach will recommend the color of pants, socks, and belt to purchase. All players receive a team hat and a jersey will be provided for the season.

Players in the Minors/Majors divisions will need to purchase a baseball glove, long-sleeved T-shirt, pants, belt, athletic supporter (including cup for boys) recommended for all players but required for catchers, and socks. Baseball cleats (rubber) are also recommended. Your coach will recommend the color of pants, belt and socks to purchase. All players receive a team hat and jersey. The jersey will need to be returned at the end of the season.

Q. How are managers and coaches selected?

A. Manager Nominations are due by the first week in February by submitting the following form Manager/Coach Application Form or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. At the February Meeting all nominees will have an opportunity to speak before prior to the Board of Directors voting. Once Managers have been selected they are allowed to name up to two named coaches before or after the team is selected. All Managers and Coaches must pass the mandatory background check. 

Evaluations

Q. Does my child need to attend the evaluation?

A. All players must be evaluated prior to the teams being selected. It is important that your child attend the slot you sign up for. If you have registered but not yet signed up for an Evaluation you can click here to sign up.

Q. Are the evaluations a tryout?

A. The evaluations are not a tryout. They are for the coaches to evaluate players in an attempt to create balanced teams and place kids in the appropriate division of play. Every player who registers will be placed on a team.

Q. Where and when will the Evaluations be held?

A. All evaluations for the 2020 Spring Season will be held at the Saco Community Center Gymnasium located on 75 Franklin Street in Saco. Once registered we will send you information to sign up for a time for your child to be evaluated. Majors evaluations will be held on March 20th and the Minors and Development evaluations will be held on March 21st.

Q. What Should my child bring to Evaluations?

A. Glove, hat, and sneakers (Cleats are not allowed in the gym).  The league will provide a few bats and will also provide batting helmets, but if you have your own bat and helmet you are welcome to bring them.

Q. After Evaluations, when will the draft be held/when can I expect to hear about my child's placement on a team?
A. Drafts will take place the week following Evaluations and coaches will reach out to their teams starting on Friday March 27th. Everyone should hear via e-mail or phone from their coach by Sunday March 29th. If for some reason you have not received any communication from your coach, we will also post the rosters online on Sunday March 29th.

Divisions

 Q. In what division should my child play?

A. Which division your child belongs in is dependent upon a few factors such as:  age; prior experience and skill level.  Newer players should consider playing at a lower level where the competition and instruction will be more skill appropriate.  
 
To Determine your child's league age -- Click Here
For a description of each division visit the "Divisions" page under the "League Info" Section

Practices and Games

Q. When do practices start?

A. Practices will begin in April for all Divisions and run through the season.  Preseason practice days, times, and locations will be determined and communicated by your child's coach.

Q.  When do games begin?

A. Opening Day for all Divisions is currently scheduled for April 25th, 2020 (weather permitting)

Q:  Where are practices and games?  

A.  Practices will take place at any one of a number of city managed fields in Saco, depending on your coach's preference. A complete list of fields can be found on the Saco Rec website. Game Locations determined by division.  Majors games are played at Summer Street Field on Summer Street. Minors games are played at Maremont Field A on Industrial Park Road, and Development Division (Single and Double A) are played at Maremont Field B on Industrial Park Road.  
  
Q:  How often are practices and games?  

A.  It depends on the division your child plays in.  At the higher levels (Majors, Minors) you can expect at least 2 practices per week in the preseason and during the season typically 2 practices and 2 games per week.  The Development Divisions typically have 2 practices per week in the pre-season and 2 games along with 1 practice during the regular season.  Managers have discretion to schedule additional practices as they deem appropriate.
 
Q:  Are there minimum playing time requirements?  

A.  Each division has a minimum playing time requirement for each player which can be found in our local rules in the Appendix.

Volunteering

Q:  Will we be required to volunteer?  

A. Yes.  Saco Little League is a non-profit, volunteer organization and as such, all families participating in Saco Little League are strongly urged to give service to our league during the course of the season.  

   
You can choose from various volunteer opportunities available.

All Volunteers with Saco Little League are required to submit a volunteer application and personal background check. This is a requirement of Little League International and SLL.  Background Checks are required every year to assure safety of all our children.  Volunteers will be required to submit Social Security# and Driver License#.

We take children's safety seriously. Would-be volunteers who do not submit an application or provide the required information will not be permitted to volunteer in our league under any circumstances.
 
Q:  What kind of jobs are available?  


A.  There are two ways you can get volunteer hours: (1) season long jobs and (2) Event volunteer jobs.  Examples of these types include:

Season Long:
Manager
Assistant Coach (Up to 2 per team)
Team Coordinator (Team Parent) 1 per team
Umpire
Field Prep (2-3 per team)

  
Hourly Volunteer Jobs:
Snack Shack
Field Maintenance
Announcing
Painting
Landscaping
Construction

Sponsorship Opportunities/Donations

Q:  What types of Sponsorship opportunities are available

A. Saco LL strives to provide the finest facilities and instruction for our young players and boasts some of the most scenic fields in the District.  As such we rely on the generosity of our local businesses to sponsor the league in exchange for recognition through signage, acknowledgements on the website, on announcements and in league wide emails.  Please consider learning more by reviewing our Sponsors page and partnering with us.

  
Q: What if I don’t want to be a sponsor, can I simply donate money to the League?   

A. YES!  If you are interested in making a donation to the league please contact us at [email protected]

Q. How often is the Web site updated?

A. Saco Little League is a volunteer organization. The Web site is updated as necessary and as soon as possible.  As such, the information on this Web site is subject to change without prior notice.

Q. Who should I contact if I have more questions?

A. Please e-mail us at [email protected] with any questions.


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