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Manchester LIttle League

FAQ's

The League

1. Who is Manchester Little League?
2. How big is MLL?
3. What are the Manchester Little League boundaries?
4. What sports and levels of play does Manchester Little League offer?
5. How is the league organized?
6. I noticed that there are overlapping ages for the divisions. Why is that?

Volunteers

1. Does Little League perform background checks on its volunteers?
2. What if I just want to be the “Team Mom” or just help with practice?
3. What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
4. How are managers selected?
5. I am in high school and would like to volunteer. Can I get community service hours credit for doing this?

Sponsorship

1. How can I sponsor a team?
2. If I sponsor a team, can I pick the team’s name?
3. If I sponsor a team, can I sponsor a specific child’s team (my son, granddaughter, etc.)?
4. If I am not able to sponsor a team, are there other ways to sponsor MLL?
5. I do not have a business, can I still sponsor?
6. Can I help provide a player scholarship for other children?
7. Are my charitable contributions and donations tax deductible?

Registration and Fees

1. When is registration?
2. What are the registration fees for Manchester Little League?
3. What is included in the registration fee?
4. Can I register my child online and is it safe?
5. Are credit and debit cards accepted at walk-up registration sessions?
6. Is there a refund policy?
7. How is the registration fee used?
8. Why do I need to bring a birth certificate and proofs of residency to registration?
9. What is Age and Address Verification?
10. Why does Manchester Little League do this?
11. What documents do I need to verify age?
12. What documents do I need to verify address?
13. Can I use a work, school, church, or other address instead of my personal residence to be in your league?
14. Will your league make any exceptions?
15. Please explain the Little League assistance program and is financial assistance available?
16. How are other revenues generated for Manchester Little League

Teams and Tryouts

1.  How are teams formed?
2. What are tryouts?
3. What happens at the tryouts?
4. How long do the tryouts last?
5. Do I have to participate in tryouts?
6. We have finished tryouts. How do I know what team my child is on?
7. Can players play "up"?
8. If my son or daughter is 6, should I move them from Tee Ball to Coach Pitch?
9. Can I request a specific manager and/or that my child play with their friends on the same team?
10. What if I have an issue with my child's manager?
11. If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
12. When are team photos taken?

Equipment

1. What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
2. Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
3. What kind of glove should I get my child?
4. What equipment does my child need to play Little League?
5. What size bat should I purchase for my child?

Game Play

1. What rules does Little League use to play?
2. What are the differences between Little League rules and Ground rules?
3. What is inter-league play?
4. Are there time limits on games?
5. Who decides if a game is rained out?
6. How can I find out if a game is rained out?
7. Are there any rules regarding minimum playing time?
8. If my child is unable to attend practice, will he/she still get to play in the game?
9. I think my son/daughter is a pretty good player. How does the league choose All-Stars?

Umpires

1. The umpires did a really bad job at umpiring our game, who can I complain to?
2. What if I am afraid of making the wrong call as an umpire?
3. OK, I will try it. How do I volunteer to be an umpire?
4. If I umpire, will I be umpiring baseball or softball?
5. Can I get a Rule Book or more information on umpiring?
6. Do umpires get paid in Manchester Little League?

Board of Directors

1. Can I become a MLL Board member?
2. If I am not a member, can I attend the Board of Directors Meeting?
3. Do MLL Directors get paid?
4. I have a question/concern, who should I contact? How often is the website updated?

 

 

The League

1. Who is Manchester Little League? Manchester Little League (operated as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charity) is sanctioned by Little League, Inc. of Williamsport, PA, the largest youth affiliated program in the world.  Manchester Little League is in District 8 of Connecticut Section 2.

2. How big is MLL? Our expectation for this spring is to have approximately 850 players in the league. Little League Baseball & Softball encourages boys and girls to become part of the little league experience. The league is comprised entirely of volunteers who freely give their time to help our Manchester youth learn the game of baseball and embrace the Little League Baseball motto: Loyalty, Character, and Courage. Thanks in advance to all of the volunteers who will help this spring be a successful endeavor for everyone!

3. What are the Manchester Little League boundaries? The boundaries for Manchester Little League cover the entire town of Manchester. A child must reside within this boundary to be eligible for All-Star teams. A child may play within the Manchester Little League who resides outside of this boundary, but will not be eligible for any All-Star team. In addition, a child living outside of our boundaries wishing to play with the Manchester Little League must be approved by Little League, Inc. There are certain exceptions if the child or the parent(s) lived within the boundaries and volunteered or played with the league prior to moving. If you feel you may qualify for a Regulation II or Regulation IV exception, please contact our League President or Player Agent.

4. What sports and levels of play does Manchester Little League offer? MLL offers T-Ball for boys and girls from ages 5–6 and baseball for boys from ages 6–12, and softball for girls from ages 6–15. MLL also offers Challenger for players from age 5 through high school. 

5. How is the league organized? MLL is chartered by Little League and must follow their rules, regulations, and guidelines. There are 7 divisions based on age:

T-Ball Boys and Girls 5, & 6 Year Olds
Rookie Coach Pitch Baseball and Softball 6, 7, & 8 Year Olds
Farm Baseball and Softball  8,9, 10, & 11 Year Olds
Major Baseball and Softball  10, 11, & 12 Year Olds
Junior Softball 13, 14 & 15 Year Olds

6. I noticed that there are overlapping ages for the divisions. Why is that? As children grow older, some have better skills than others. It is a natural part of life. If players are placed into divisions rigidly by age, some players are simply not ready to compete at that level yet. By allowing some amount of flexibility, the parents and MLL officials can place players in divisions that fit better into their level of play. Some divisions have more rigid age limits that cannot be modified. Those ages are reflected above. 

Volunteers

1. Does Little League perform background checks on its volunteers? Yes. The local leagues are responsible for securing background checks on each adult volunteer over the age of 16.

2. What if I just want to be the “Team Mom” or just help with practice? We encourage all parents to volunteer and get involved with Little League in some way. There are many areas where parents can assist. They can help the manager in practices, be the Team Mom, umpire, run the concession stand, help with field preparation and maintenance, and keep the scorebook, to name just a few. However, all volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Application and submit to a background check before helping.

3. What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach? The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season. They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game. Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from mid-March to the middle of June. Time commitment is usually around 8–10 hours a week depending upon the division. Managers need to be able to commit to be at most practices and games. Managers also must attend pre-season coaching meetings as required by the league. Managers are assisted by volunteers who help things like concession stand scheduling. Two assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games. However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice. Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills. Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager. Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties. Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 6–8 hours a week depending upon the division. All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.

4. How are managers selected? MLL will be actively seeking manager candidates at the time of registration for Tball - Farm. Any adult who has turned in a completed Volunteer Form and passed the background check may manage a team. No baseball or softball experience is necessary. It is the Local League’s Board of Director’s decision to approve persons recommended by the President and wishing to fulfill a management position. Management positions are not reserved on a year-to-year basis. Each year a person wishing to manage must volunteer for the position, be recommended by the League’s President and approved by the Board of Directors. Coaches are generally hand-picked by the manager of each team and must also complete a Volunteer Form and pass a background check.

5. I am in high school and would like to volunteer. Can I get community service hours credit for doing this? Absolutely. We welcome teenagers to come and help us.  We have had teen volunteers assist at try outs, umpire on the field with an adult over the age of 18, announce or keep a scorebook at tournament games, as well as assist a manager in coaching. We can sign off on community service hours for you. 

Sponsorship

1. How can I sponsor a team? Please send all questions to manchesterlittlelg@gmail.com. The sponsorship application form can be downloaded or printed from the handouts/files section of the league website.

2. If I sponsor a team, can I pick the team’s name? MLL currently uses the sponsors name as the team name, for all teams and divisions in baseball and softball.

3. If I sponsor a team, can I sponsor a specific child’s team (my son, granddaughter, etc.)? MLL will make every attempt to honor the sponsor’s request. However sponsorship is based on length of sponsorship therefore giving seniority to the longest tenured sponsors.

4. If I am not able to sponsor a team, are there other ways to sponsor MLL? Yes, there is. You can sponsor MLL in several ways. One is through a team sponsorship, or your business can purchase a sign to go on the outfield fence. We also offer pennants similar to the signs that hang from light posts. Finally, you can also sponsor just by giving a donation.

5. I do not have a business, can I still sponsor? Yes, you can. We accept non-business sponsors as well.

6. Can I help provide a player scholarship for other children? Yes, you can provide a scholarship donation or just a donation when you register. Scholarships are needed and much appreciated every year.

7. Are my charitable contributions and donations tax deductible? Yes, Manchester Little League is operated as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charity. One hundred percent (100%) of all contributions go directly to Manchester Little League! You will have to check with a CPA and/or the IRS to see how it would apply to you. 

Registration and Fees

1. When is Registration? Please check the home page for that information. We will post the dates when it is time. All public elementary schools in Manchester will distribute a flyer with this information as well as a few of the private schools. The usual time period for the season is:

  • February/March - Spring season registrations
  • March - tryouts and draft (Farm through Juniors)
  • March - Practice
  • April/Early May - Regular season begins for all divisions
  • June - Regular season ends and tournaments begin

2. What are the registration fees for Manchester Little League? This information will be posted on the home page and also on the flyers distributed by the school. The registration fees are reviewed each year by the League Board of Directors. MLL still has some of the lowest registration fees in the district.

3. What is included in the registration fee? Your registration fees include:

Majors and Juniors - uniform shirt (must be returned), socks and a cap which players keep (baseball pants available upon request)

Farm, Rookie, and Tball - uniform shirt and a cap which the players keep

4. Can I register my child online and is it safe? At this time online registration isn't available. The Board of Directors is looking into online registration. If it is decided that the League and parents could benefit from it, then we will have online registration. Parents must remember that the registration process will not be complete until all paperwork is received. (i.e., Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency, and Medical Release)

5. Are credit and debit cards accepted at walk-up registration sessions? No. We do not have a merchant account to accept these. Registration fees must be paid by cash or check.

6. Is there a refund policy? If a refund is necessary please contact the league President.

7. How is the registration fee used? Our budget addresses equipment, uniforms, field improvements, field maintenance, post-season tournaments, and administrative expenses.

8. Why do I need to bring a birth certificate and proofs of residency to registration? These documents are needed for the Age and Address Verification process.

9. What is Age and Address Verification? The Age and Address Verification process provides parents and league officials the opportunity to fulfill Player Age and Address Verification required by Little League baseball.

10. Why does Manchester Little League do this? Little League International requires all local Little Leagues to verify the Age and Address of all their players. Manchester Little League is affiliated with Little League, therefore we are bound to this requirement.

11. What documents do I need to verify age? Bring a certified birth certificate with embossed seal (no photocopies will be accepted) or your child's passport so that your child's age can be verified.

12. What documents do I need to verify address? This can be a drivers license, utility bill, voter registration, home owner records, etc.. The documents will be reviewed and returned to you at registration.

13. Can I use a work, school, church, or other address instead of my personal residence to be in your league? No, Little League Baseball requires that your personal residence is used to establish which league your child plays in.

14. Will your league make any exceptions? No, we cannot. No verification, no baseball, no kidding. Sorry, but it is a Little League International rule.

15. Please explain the Little League assistance program and is financial assistance available? MLL's policy is that no child will ever be turned away from our program due to a financial hardship. We have started a player scholarship program to help cover some of the cost of registration expenses only.

16. How are other revenues generated for Manchester Little League? As you know, operating such a program requires a lot of volunteer time and costs a great deal of money. In order to keep the registration fees affordable for all, MLL must turn to corporate and community sponsorships for much of our financial support to make up the difference needed to provide uniforms, upgrade equipment, pay for upkeep of the facilities, insurance, and other direct expenses of running the league.

Teams and Tryouts

 1. How are teams formed? All teams from T-ball division through Rookie will be assigned a team.  The higher divisions, Farm, Majors, and Juniors, have tryouts. The tryouts are simply a way to assure a fair distribution of talent among the teams in each division, as the coaches take notes and then conduct the draft.

 2. What are tryouts? Tryouts is an event that the League holds in which a player's current baseball skills are evaluated and assessed by Little League division managers.

3. What happens at the tryouts?
Players will be rated on the following skills:

(1) Fielding fly balls (approximately 3)
(2) Fielding ground balls (approximately 3)
(3) Pitching (approximately)
(4) Batting (approximately 4-5 pitches each)
(5) Running

4. How long do the tryouts last? It will vary depending on the number of players. Tryouts are scheduled throughout the day in various groups, typically organized by age and division. A schedule will be provided at the time of registration with the appropriate time for your player(s).

5. Do I have to participate in tryouts? All players 9-12 who are not currently on a Majors team MUST attend a tryout. Every manager must be able to evaluate all the eligible players in the draft pool. If a player does not attend a tryout then the player is not eligible to play in Majors. This is a Little League International rule. If your child cannot make any of the scheduled tryouts please contact the Player Agent so a tryout can be conducted.

6. We have finished tryouts. How do I know what team my child is on? Check the MLL Calendar of Events for the scheduled draft days. The MLL Calendar is on the Home Page of the MLL Website (www.manchesterlittleleague.org). The draft is held within 1 week after tryouts. MLL asks that all Managers contact their players within one week after the draft to set up their first meeting or practice. If you have not been contacted within that time, please contact the Player Agent.

7. Can players play "up"? 9, 10, 11, and 12 year olds will try out. 12 year olds will try out for Majors. 10 and 11 year olds will try out for Majors and Farm. If the child isn't selected for Majors they will be placed on a Farm team. 9 year olds will try out for Farm and all 9 yar olds will be selected to a Farm team. 8 year olds are eligible to try out for Farm. An 8 year old player wishing to play up must try out. However, the decision to move the child up will be up to the managers of the division the child is requesting. There is no guarantee that the child will be moved up to Farm just because they tried out. If they are not selected to a Farm team they will be placed on a Rookie team.

8. If my son or daughter is 6, should I move them from T-Ball to Coach Pitch? If your child has played at least one year in T-Ball then you are be able to move them up to Rookie baseball or softball.

9. Can I request a specific manager and/or that my child play with their friends on the same team? In the T-Ball and Rookie divisions we will try to honor special play requests. However, we do not guarantee the request will be met. In Farm through Junior divisions we do not accept special play requests. Teams in these divisions are selected via the draft process.

10. What if I have an issue with my child's manager? Speak with the manager about your concerns. Ninety-nine percent of the time this will take care of the issue. If you still are not satisfied, your next contact would be the Player Agent. If you feel the issue is critical you are always free to contact the VP of Baseball or Softball or the President directly.

11. If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams? Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to Manchester Little League for consideration by the Player Agent. Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask that the player remain with their team. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult, if not impossible, to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.

12. When are team photos taken? Team and individual photos will be taken on opening day. A schedule will be posted on the homepage and each manager will also provuide this information as well as the photo packet.

Equipment

1. What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game? Players should arrive at their first practice, ready to play ball with a glove, hat, rubber molded cleats, and practice athletic pants for the older division boys. (Shorts are not reccomended) A baseball bag is optional and up to each family to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items.

2. Are there any uniform supplies my child needs? A uniform consists of a pair of baseball pants, a baseball jersey, a hat, and a pair of all-in-one baseball socks. Manchester Little League will provide each player a team jersey and a team hat. Players in the Majors & Juniors division will also be provided socks. Players need to provide the baseball pants. The jersey (except in Majors & Juniors) and hat are the player's to keep. Rubber cleats are highly recommended. Steel spikes are not allowed in all divisions. In the early part of the season, players should bring a windbreaker, jacket, or sweatshirt to every game and practice if the weather is cool.

3. What kind of glove should I get my child? A quality leather glove is a must and it is recommended to stay away from vinyl and simulated leather gloves that may be cheaper, but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration. It is impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather. Therefore, the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. There will be coupons with discounts from our participating sponsors available at registration.

4. What equipment does my child need to play Little League? At minimum, your child will need a baseball glove and boys also will need to wear an athletic supporter with a hard cup. The league will supply a team shirt and hat. Most children will also require uniform pants, and (non-metal) cleats, which the league does not provide. The league provides each team with batting helmets, and catcher gear. Players can bring their own helmets and catchers equipment if they choose, but are not required to furnish these items themselves. At registration there are typically cleats and gloves that have been outgrown and donated by other families available to be taken. (this will be on a first-come, first-served basis).There will be coupons with discounts from our participating sponsors available at registration.

5. What size bat should I purchase for my child? This is a rather complicated question since kids come in all shapes and sizes. The basic concept is that first you pick the weight of the bat, and then you pick the length. A batter's power is determined by bat speed or how fast he can swing the bat through the strike zone. Therefore, the weight of the bat is the main determining factor in how fast a player can swing the bat. The rule of thumb is that your child should be able to hold the bat in one hand, extend his arm until the bat is at shoulder height, and then hold it for 20 seconds. Make sure the bat doesn't dip and that the child is not doing gyrations to keep the bat up. This will give you the weight of the bat that your child can effectively handle. Now find the longest bat with that weight. The longer the bat the more of the plate the batter can cover. When looking at bats you'll hear a term called "drop". Drop is the length of the bat (in inches) minus the weight of bat (in ounces). For example, a 30-inch bat that weighs 20 ounces has a drop of -10. The greater the drop, the more effective the bat. Grip is another important factor. Your child should be able to comfortably grip the bat. Other factors include the material used in the grip, the size of the butt, the construction of the bat, etc. The bottom line is: (1) the bat must not be too heavy for the child, (2) it should be long enough to cover the plate, and (3) it should be comfortable in your child's hands.

The bat you choose also must be Little League approved. Some bats with composite barrels have been banned in the past few years. To see a complete list that continues to grow of approved bats click the following link: Little League Approved Bats

Game Play

1. What rules does Little League use to play? Little League plays under a set of rules published by Little League International out of Williamsport, PA. The rules are based on the Official Baseball Rules (OBR) used by Major League Baseball (MLB) with some changes for the safety of younger players and adaptations to play the game on fields with bases 60 feet apart versus 90 feet apart. In addition, each Little League publishes their local ground rules. Most of these center on how the Farm division and below will play their games.

2. What are the differences between Little League rules and Ground rules? Little League rules are those rules to which we are strictly bound. Little League rules are strictly adhered to at the Majors level of play. Each year Little League publishes updated rules that are well founded in history and are focused at every kid getting a chance to play Little League. Ground rules are those rules adopted by the Manchester Little League Board to enhance the game for the players. The ground rules generally apply to the Farm and lower levels. An example of a ground rule is a continuous batting order where all the kids attending the game bat in succession until all have batted. After all have batted, the batting order reverts to the top of the batting order.

3. What is inter-league play? Within Manchester Little League we have 2 leagues American and National. Where you reside on the boundary map determines what league your child is placed in. The Little League rules allow MLL to schedule and play games across both leagues. 

4. Are there time limits on games? Yes, the time limit varies by division. Shorter time limits also come into play on weeknights tduring the regular season.

5. Who decides if a game is rained out? The League President working with the town of Manchester Parks & Rec will make this decision. All scheduled games will be postponed and rescheduled. Once a game starts, all decision to play or continue a game is up to the Home Plate Umpire, who is the only person who can stop a game once it has begun. If play is halted due to rain, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE PARK. A “rain delay” is much different than a “rain out”. Parents will be allowed to take their children to their car, but please do not leave until directed to by the Manager. Lightning may also cut a game short without any rain present. Obviously, safety is a concern here and MLL will always on the side of caution. You can call the hotline at 860-647-3162 after 3PM Monday - Friday to see if the games are canceled for that day. If there is no message indicating games have been canceled please proceed to the field. On weekends you will have to get the cancelation notice from the manager.

6. How can I find out if a game is rained out?  If a decision is reached early enough, it will be posted on the Website (www.manchesterlittleleague.org) and a message will be on the hotline 860-647-3162. However, if the decision is later, there is not enough time to call everybody that might be playing that day. When possible, check with your Manager to see if they have been notified. Most Managers will attempt to contact their players once they know the game has been rained out, which is why it is important that Managers have as much contact information as possible. If you have not been contacted, then it is best to simply go to the field and find out. Don’t be fooled by the weather conditions at your house or office. Numerous times it is raining in one part of town and nothing at the field. If you don’t know, then continue to the field.

7. Are there any rules around minimum playing time? Rules vary by division regarding playing time.

T-ball - All players play in the field and all players bat each inning.

Rookie - Continuous batting order (no offensive substitutions, every player is on the batting lineup even if they don't play the field that inning) with 10 fielders. No child will be left on the bench for consecutive innings. If they are sitting out for one inning they will be back on the field the next inning.

Farm - Continuous batting order with 10 fielders on defense. Each player must play a minimum of 3 innings on defense in a completed game of 6 innings. If a game is ended before 6 innings this might not happen. No child will be left on the bench for consecutive innings. If they are sitting out for one inning they will be back on the field the next inning. Little League International requires each player to play a minimum of 2 innings on defense and have at least 1 at bat. 

Majors - 9 players in the batting order with substitutions. Each player must play a minimum of 3 innings on defense in a completed game of 6 innings. If a game is ended before 6 innings this might not happen.  Little League International requires each player to play a minimum of 2 innings on defense and have at least 1 at bat.

Note: any player who arrives after the start of the game is not required to get minimum play at the manager's discretion. If a game is shortened due to time limit or darkenss a player might also not qualify for their minimum play.

8. If my child is unable to attend practice, will he/she still get to play in the game? As stated above, Manchrester Little League requires that all players play a minimum of three innings in the field and get a minimum of one time at bat. However, it is very important that your child attend as many of the practices as possible so that he/she can continue to improve their skills while also working with the other players to learn to play as a team. If your child is not going to attend a practice contact with the manager is mandatory to let them know. Ultimately, time of play, as well as position of play, is determined by each team's manager.

9. I think my son/daughter is a pretty good player. How does the league choose All-Stars? Prior to the last game of the season, managers in the Majors division will nominate players to the Majors Commisioner for both baseball and softball. The requirements to be nominated are based on participating in 70% of the regualr season games, attitude, and skill. The All-star managers that have been selected will select their roster based on those nominated. A child being nominated by their manager is not to be discussed with parents. If a parent asks a manager if their child has been nominated they will not release this information.  Be sure to be cognizant of your family's summer vacation schedule if your child is chosen and agrees to play. The All-Star tournament typically runs from June 15 - July 15. Since it is an elimination tournament these dates could extend if the team continus to advance.

Umpires

1. The umpires did a really bad job at umpiring our game, who can I complain to? Umpiring is one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of the Little League program. The volunteer umpire is as much a part of Little League as the volunteer manager, coach, or concession stand worker. If you feel the need to complain about a call, feel free to contact the Umpire-in-Chief and volunteer to umpire a few games. It will give you a different perspective on the game and make you appreciate that these volunteers are willing to give their time back to the game. Besides, by umpiring, you have the best seat in the house.

2. What if I am afraid of making the wrong call as an umpire? Most people seem to not be interested in being the umpire. Why? They may feel that they will make a mistake, or they do not want to cause issues with other parents, or that they just don't know what to do. Umpires make mistakes, they are human after all. But remember, when calling fair/foul, safe/out, balls and strikes; an umpire may make over 600 calls in a game. There are bound to be some mistakes. It is a judgment call and umpires call it like they see it. The Umpire-in-Chief is there to help and provide instruction for anyone who asks and is willing to take the time to help out all the kids of Little League Baseball and Softball.

REMEMBER, Little League is about the kids learning the game and having fun. The umpires are there to help aid in the learning process by applying the rules. Without the rules, nobody learns or has fun.

3. OK, I will try it. How do I volunteer to be an umpire? Great! First, fill out a Volunteer Application. The Umpire-in-Chief will contact you and go over the Little League Rules and Local Ground Rules. Second, relax and go out there and just call it like you see it. Manchester Little League will also provide training as well as pay for umpires to attend Little League umpire clinics.

4. If I umpire, will I be umpiring baseball or softball? That is up to you. The rules are pretty much the same for both, except for a few minor differences. We always need volunteer umpires for both baseball and softball.

5. Can I get a Rule Book or more information on umpiring? Yes, if you are going to be umpiring the league will supply rule books.

6. Do umpires get paid in Manchester Little League? No. According to Little League Baseball, there is no sound reason for paying umpires, or any other person whose services should be provided on a volunteer basis. Please keep that in mind when watching and enjoying the game.  *** Effective the 2014 season the Major and Junior divisions will be using paid umpires.

Board of Directors

1. Can I become a MLL Board member? Each year in September, on the second Monday, the Board of Directors must be re-elected. Any adult resident living in the MLL boundaries can apply to become a board member. All applicants must undergo a background check. A vote will take place for each board position.

2. If I am not a member, can I attend the Board of Directors Meeting? Yes. Non-members (i.e., parents) can attend our monthly meetings. Although you will not be able to vote or discuss matters. There are times that the Board of Directors will enter into Executive Session. During this time, all non-Board members will be asked to leave the meeting temporarily.

3. Do MLL Directors get paid? No. Unlike some other Youth Sports Organizations, the Board of Directors for Manchester Little League is 100% volunteer. No Director receives any financial compensation for their services to the League. Additionally, Board members are required to pay the same registration fees for their children as everyone else.

4. I have a question/concern, who should I contact? Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Concerns? Want to help? Check out the Board of Directors page to find the appropriate Board Member to contact. Email and phone numbers are provided for all Board Members. Call or email the appropriate Board Member to let them know your thoughts. 

5. How often is the website updated? Manchester Little League is a volunteer organization. The website is updated frequently by several volunteers; as such, the information on this website is subject to change without prior notice.

 

 

 

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Bagshaw

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Bowers School

141 Princeton St Manchester Connecticut United States 06040

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Bowers

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Buckley School

250 Vernon St Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Buckley

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Buckley T-Ball 1

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Buckley T-Ball 2

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Charter Oak Park

50 Charter Oak St Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Charter Oak Softball 1

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Charter Oak Softball 2

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Fitzgerald Field

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Daley Field

Tolland Turnpike Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Daley

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Northwest Park

488 Tolland Turnpike Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Detorre

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HighLand Park School

397 Porter St Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Highland Park

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Illing Middle School

227 E Middle Turnpike Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Illing Softball

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Leber Field

Olcott lane Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Leber

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Verplanck School

126 Olcott St Manchester Connecticut United States 06040

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Heffron

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Verplanck Single A

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Nathan Hale

160 Spruce St Manchester Connecticut United States 06040

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Rookie

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Carl Silver Park

new state rd manchester Connecticut United States 06040

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New State

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Valley Street

valley St and Newman st Manchester Connecticut United States 06040

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Valley St

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South Windsor Softball

138 Ayers Rd. South Windsor Connecticut United States 06074

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Ayers

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Minor A

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Vernon Softball

777 Hartford Turnpike Vernon Connecticut United States 06066

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VCMS Lower

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Volunteer North

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Volunteer South

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Keeney St School

179 Keeney ST Manchester Connecticut United States 06042

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Keeney

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Coventry

Rt 31 and South Street Extension Coventry Connecticut United States 06040

(Last updated 09/01/16 at 03:09 PM )

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Field 1

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Windsor

45 Niles Rd Windsor Connecticut United States 06095

(Last updated 09/08/16 at 09:17 PM )

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Welch Park

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Fitch Park

unknown windsor Connecticut United States 06095

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Field 1

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Manchester High School

134 East Middle Turnpike Manchester Connecticut United States 06040

(Last updated 04/02/17 at 03:42 PM )

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Softball Field

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Tolland Softball

1 Falcon Way Tolland Connecticut United States 06084

(Last updated 04/06/17 at 09:43 AM )

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Tolland Middle School

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Somers Softball

96 Field Rd Somers Connecticut United States 06071

(Last updated 04/07/17 at 12:48 AM )

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Field 2

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Field 9

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Enfield

1318 Enfield St Enfield Connecticut United States 06082

(Last updated 04/07/17 at 11:06 PM )

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Street School

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Eli Whitney Pasture

(Last updated 09/09/17 at 09:09 AM )

Higgins Field

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Stafford Softball

Hyde Park Rd Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

(Last updated 04/09/17 at 05:29 PM )

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Hyde Park

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Newington

145 New Britain Ave Newington Connecticut United States 06111

(Last updated 04/25/17 at 08:21 PM )

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Field 1

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East Hartford

70 King St East Hartford Connecticut United States 06108

(Last updated 04/25/17 at 08:26 PM )

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Mcauliffe Park

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Glastonbury

330 Hubbard St Glastonbury Connecticut United States 06033

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Field 1

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East Windsor, Field #4

192 S Water St East Windsor Connecticut United States 06088

(Last updated 06/08/17 at 07:41 AM )

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Field 1

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