Frequently Answered Questions

 

SMNLL FAQ’s

 

What is San Mateo National Little League?

How do I sign up?

What baseball age is my child?

What division should I sign my child up for?

How do tryouts work?

How/When are teams formed/drafted?

Can my child play on the same team as their friend(s)?

What day(s) of the week does each division play?

When do practices start?

When do games Start?

How long does the season last?

 

What is San Mateo National Little League?

Founded in 1955, home of the Dawgs.  The San Mateo National Little League is committed to providing the best baseball experience possible for our:

  • Players, by teaching the fundamentals of baseball, including skills, teamwork and sportsmanship
  • Families, by providing a safe, positive and fun baseball experience
  • Coaches, by supporting their efforts to provide the highest standard of positive coaching appropriate for each age group
  • Community, by being an active part of San Mateo through its outreach to all families, schools and organizations

The SMNLL is about creating winners, not necessarily reflected on the scoreboard, but from the baseball experience that creates a lifetime of memories.

 

How do I sign up?

Registration can be completed on our website, http://smnlittleleague.com.  

 

What baseball age is my child?

Baseball age is determined by the month/year your child was born.  Click here: http://www.littleleague.org/Assets/forms_pubs/age-chart-baseball.pdf to view the baseball age determination chart.

 

 

What division should I sign my child up for?

 

Here is an age recommendation chart.  

 

Division

Ages

Wiffle Ball

4

T-Ball

5-6 

6 year olds that are playing for the first time should sign up for T-ball, all 5's should sign up for T-ball.

A

6-8

6 year olds that played T-ball last season or are comfortalbe with coach pitch are recommended for this division.   (All 7's and 8's that aren't drafted in AA or don't attend tryouts are placed in A division, 6's that played T-ball last season should sign up for A division)​

AA

7-9

Attending tryouts are required to be considered for the AA division. 7 and 8 year olds that tryout for AA and are not drafted will automatically be placed on a team in the A-Ball division. AA is kid pitch/coach pitch.   (All 9's must be drafted, top 60% of 8's are typically drafted in AA, top 5-10% of 7's are typically drafted in AA)

AAA

9-11

Attending tryouts are required to be considered for this division. 9 year olds that are not drafted by a AAA team will be drafted by a AA team. AAA is kid pitch only.  (All 10 and 11 year olds must be drafted in AAA, top 20% of 9's are typically drafted in AAA)​

Majors

10-12

Attending tryouts are required to be considered for this division. 10 and 11 year olds that are not drafted by a majors team will be drafted by a AAA team. Majors is a "keeper league" meaning all majors players stay on the same team until player has aged out of LL.  (All 12's must be drafted, top 50% of 11's are typically drafted in Majors, top 5-10% of 10's are typically drafted in Majors)​

50/70

13

 
 

How do tryouts work?

Players in wiffle ball, t-ball and A ball divisions do not need to attend tryouts.

Players that are interested in playing AA, AAA and Majors divisions must attend tryouts in order to be considered for the draft.  Tryouts are held by age group.  Be sure to double check your child’s baseball age as it may be different from their current age.  See FAQ above.

 

How/When are teams formed/drafted?

Wiffle, T and A ball division teams will be formed by the player agent and division coordinators.  

 

After tryouts, a draft will be held to form Majors, AAA and AA teams.  Drafts usually occur toward the end January.   

 

Can my child play on the same team as their friend(s)?

The league attempts to form teams in Wiffle, T and A ball based on neighborhood, school, and buddy requests.  The league will do it’s best to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee it.  

 

There are no buddy requests for AA, AAA and Majors divisions due to the draft process.

 

What day(s) of the week does each division play and practice?

- Majors and AAA teams play one game on Saturdays and another game during the week (Mon-Thurs). Teams typically have one field practice and one batting cage session per week.

- AA plays games on Sundays. Teams typically have a practice and/or batting session each week.

- A division and T-ball play games on Sundays. Teams typically have one practice per week.

- Wiffle ball games are on Saturdays. Wiffle ball teams typically practice for 30 minutes right before the game.

*Practices days and times are assigned by the league or determined by the manager. Check with your manager once assigned to a team.

 

When do practices start?

Practices for AA, AAA and Majors usually start in early February.  Tball and A ball practices usually start in late February.  Wiffle ball games start in March and a short practice usually takes place right before game.  

 

Majors and AAA games start the last week of February.  All other divisions start in March on or after Opening Day (first weekend of March).  

 

How long does the season last?

Opening day is the first weekend of March (weather pending) and closing ceremonies occur the first weekend of June. All star teams continue playing through the month of June and into the beginning of July depending on tournament play.

 

What kind bat should I buy for my child?

http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

 

 

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