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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated Friday January 20, 2017 by Tim Donohue.

Frequently Asked Questions: Registration

Click on any of the questions below to get more information.

When is registration?

What league will my child play in?

What are the registration fees?

What does the registration fee include?

What are the steps to registering a child or volunteering as an adult?

What is the refund policy after registration?

How do I volunteer as a Coach or Assistant Coach?

What are assessments?

What is the Draft?

Where do I find information on games and practices?

Can my child play up or down in another MLL league?

Does Melrose Little League offer any scholarships?


Answers


When is registration?

Registration typically starts in late October or early November for the Spring Season. The Minor and Major Divisions registration usually closes late January or mid February but the T-Ball and Federal League registration stays open till late March. Check the MLL website for specific date information. Registration for Summer Jimmy Fund League is usually during late June or early July. 

Note that player caps are in place and many of our leagues are likely to be over-subscribed.  Please be sure to register during the registration period so as to be eligible for full consideration for being placed on a team.  Registering "first" does not guarantee a player slot.  If there are more players registered for a particular age group than our participation limits allow, we will use a series of factors (such as player history at MLL, volunteer history, and participation) to determine the participation roster for the season.


What league will my child play in?

The Melrose Little League is subdivided into five separate leagues, primarily based on age, but also on skill at the higher levels. These leagues are listed below with links to view full descriptions of each:

Tee-Ball - Ages 4 - 6 - An introduction to baseball. 

Federal League Coach Pitch - Ages 5 - 7 - Only coaches pitch these games.

Federal League Kid Pitch - Ages 6 - 8 - Only players pitch these games. 

Minor League - Ages 9 - 11 - The games are more competitive. 

Major League - Ages 10 - 12 - This is the most competitive league. 

Age Rules - Little League age is determined based on official Little League guidelines.

In rare circumstances, and only for Minor leagues or lower, a player is allowed to advance to a higher league if the player's demonstrated skill level is appropriate for the higher level  AND if the player's participation at a lower level might compromise the safety of less skilled players.  The deciding factor, after safety of the players, is the league's needs.


What are the registration fees?

The registration fee information is posted on the site. Please click here for more information.


What does the registration fee include?

Your child’s registration fee includes the following items:

  • Uniform (T-Ball through Majors:  shirt/jersey, hat, socks - must purchase pants and belt separately)
  • End of Season Trophies/Medals/recognitions (varies depending on level)
  • Umpires (Federal Kid Pitch through Majors - T-Ball and Federal Coach Pitch are called by coaches excepting a few highlighted games)
  • Game Balls
  • Team score books and pitch counters (Federal Kid Pitch through Majors)
  • Catching gear and equipment bags including batting helmets for each team
  • Field equipment, first aid kits and general maintenance item

Your child’s registration fee does NOT include:

  • Additional uniform items such as baseball pants and cleats (note metal cleats are not allowed)
  • Baseball bat or glove
  • Protective cup (required for all male catchers)
  • Snacks, typically provided by parents on a rotating basis, on younger (5U to 8U) teams
  • Pictures, if you choose to have them taken
  • Team party or coaches’ gifts

What are the steps to registering a child or volunteering as an adult?

Click here for more detailed information related to Spring Season Registration process. 


What is the refund policy after registration?

To be removed from a MLL program once a player is registered/signed up for a season:

A) 100% of Registration Fees paid will be refunded if a player cannot be placed in a league, due to over-enrollment;

B) 100% of registration fees paid will be refunded if a player is withdrawn prior to the player draft AND your league is over-subscribed;

C) 100% of registration fees paid, with the exception of a non-refundable $25 fee to cover administrative costs, will be refunded if a player is withdrawn before player evaluations AND your league is not over-subscribed;

D) 50% of registration fees paid will be refunded if a player is withdrawn after evaluations but before the draft AND your league is not over-subscribed;

E) After the player draft, 100% of Registration Fees paid are non-refundable.

F) Other refunds may be given on a case by case basis at the Boards discretion with the exception of a flat $25 portion to be non-refundable to cover administration costs.


How do I volunteer as a Coach or Assistant Coach?

The process for volunteering for a Manager, Coaching or Assistant coaching position is done at registration time. There is no cost for any adult to offer as a volunteer for MLL.

See the Volunteering at MLL page for for more information related to volunteering. 


What are assessments?

Click here for more detailed information related to the assessments.


What is the Draft?

Click here for more detailed information related to the Draft process.


Where do I find information on games and practices?

Click here for more detailed information related to Spring Season games and practices. 


Can my child play up or down in another MLL league?

In past years MLL was able to accommodate play up/down requests fairly routinely.  However, as most of our leagues are filling to capacity, these requests have become very difficult to honor.  When leagues are full, a play up request can often only be granted by forcing another player to play down.  For this reason, MLL has decided to minimize the amount of players playing up and down.  However, some requests may be granted for safety reasons or to help fill coach slots.  


Does Melrose Little League offer any scholarships?

MLL does offer a limited number of scholarships for players with financial need. To apply for one of the MLL Scholarships then please follow the steps detailed below: 

  1. Create an account online and follow the registration process to register your child for the chosen league..
  2. During the registration process for each child please detail in the comments section that you are requesting a Scholarship.
  3. When checking out and following the payment process then please select the Pay by Check option.
  4. If the Scholarship is approved then you will not be obligated to paying MLL any registration fee for that child.
  5. If the Scholarship request requires more detail from you then a Player Agent will reach out to you.