Frequently Asked Questions
To assist you in planning for the upcoming Westmoreland County Little League Season, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
How do I know what baseball/softball level my child will play?
In general, the league divisions are as follows:
Little League Age
Tee Ball: Ages 4-6
Machine Pitch: Ages 6-8
Minors: Ages 9 - 10
Majors: Ages 11 - 12
Juniors: Ages 13 - 14
Some players may be placed in higher or lower levels based on past baseball experience and the Skills Assessment. You may indicate a preference for level of play. However, WCLL makes the final decision by Little League International rules, to ensure the safety of each player and to balance the teams at each level.
"Play-up" request are evaluated based primarily on roster space at the requested level and the skill level of the player. In evaluation the skill level of the player, WCLL considers, not only whether the player is sufficiently skilled to compete at the requested level, but also whether his or her skill level is such that participating in the level with his or her contemporaries would be unchallenged or present safety issues for other players. Some of the other factors that WCLL considers are the player's school grade and the proximity of his or her birthday to the April 30th age cutoff. The fact that a player may have the skills necessary to play at the higher level is not sufficient reason alone to merit a "play-up" exception. WCLL typically permits only a small number of "play-up" requests each season.
How is my child selected for a team?
All baseball players of League ages 9 through 16 are required to attend a SKILLS ASSESSMENT. (Tee-Ball and Coach Pitch players do not attend Skills Assessment.) This event is used by WCLL to place players at the appropriate level and to try to achieve parity among teams in a particular division. Every child is placed on a team through a draft process conducted by the Team Managers.
Players of draft age are notified of their team selection by their coach.
When are practices and games held?
During the preseason (before Opening Day) Tee-ball and Coach Pitch teams generally have 2 practices each week, and Minors through Seniors will have 2-3 practices each week. The schedule is set by WCLL before Opening Day, and specific weekly practice or game days and times will vary for each team over the course of the season. Beginning Opening Day, Tee-ball and Coach Pitch, will play 1-2 games per week with occasional practices. Minors through Seniors will be scheduled to play 1-3 games per week, including weeknight and weekend games. Weekend games may be scheduled at any time on Saturday. During the regular season, Managers may also schedule periodic practices based on field availability. Contact your Manager directly for this schedule. During the Spring 2017 season, start times for weeknight games will be 6:00 p.m. against in county teams and 6:30 p.m. against out of county teams.
If you have particular concerns about scheduling, please speak to your Team Manager.
What do we do if the weather is bad on a game or practice day?
Always show up for practices and games UNLESS your Team Manager contacts you about a cancellation or delay. You may visit our website or Facebook page for updated information. The league will make every effort to place timely information on the website or Facebook page, but in the absence of any cancellation, information from these sources, please proceed to your practice or game.
What does the registration fee cover?
Registration fees vary depending on the division. Tee-ball - $60, Coach Pitch - $65 and $70 for Minor - Senior division. League registration fees partially offset the cost of uniforms, equipment, field maintenance, insurance, and umpires.
What equipment does my child need?
WCLL provides team jerseys, pants, belts, and caps. Each player should provide cleats and a glove. If your child does not have a glove, WCLL has a limited number of gloves that may be borrowed during the season.
Who do I call if I have questions about the league during the season?
First, you are encouraged to contact your Team Manager whenever you have questions about the league or your child's participation. You are also welcome to contact the league information officer, Jacquie Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any other member of the Board.