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Rancho Mission Viejo Little League

Parent Handbook

Welcome to Rancho Mission Viejo Little League!  We are thrilled that your child has chosen to participate in baseball.  Through Little League, your child will learn how to play baseball and will experience the benefits and joys of belonging to a team.  You are encouraged to be involved in Little League as we work together to help your son or daughter develop new skills and learn lifelong lessons.  The Purpose of this handbook is to familiarize both the player and the parents with the operation and organization of the RMVLL program.  We encourage you to use this handbook as a reference throughout the season to answer questions you may have.  However, should you desire additional information or interpretation, please contact your team manager or any of our Board members.

RMVLL Facts:

Rancho Mission Viejo Little League (RMVLL) is a non-profit organization that was first chartered in 1993.  The program is supervised and administered entirely by adult volunteers.  We provide the opportunity for hundreds of children ages 4-16 to develop their baseball skills, work together as part of a team, create lifelong friendships, and compete at the highest level.  The funds necessary to operate the program come entirely from player registration, parent contributions, sponsor contributions, concession sales, and fund raising.  Our league is charted by the Little League International organization based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  RMVLL is one of four Little Leagues serving the city of Mission Viejo and one of nine leagues in South Orange County overseen by Little League District 68.  RMVLL's Board of Directors is responsible for carrying out the program guidelines and managing all parts of pre-season, regular season and post-season activities necessary to run a successful program for the players.

Volunteers:

As RMVLL is run entirely by volunteers, the players of the players must all take an active role in running the league.  There are ample volunteer opportunities for everyone to choose from, including board member, manager, coach, umpire, scorekeeper, team parent, snackbar volunteer, picture day volunteer, etc.  Please offer your assistance and help out when you are asked.

League Boundaries:

There are four Little Leagues in the City of Mission Viejo.  Please see the league boundaries map located in the About Us section of the website.  League boundaries have been established according to Little League policy.  Therefore, it is required that each player participate in the league that serves the areas of his or her permanent and legal residence, or where he or she attends school.  All players will be required to show proof of residency or attendance to verify their address or school is within our league boundaries. There are a few unique exceptions to this rule.  Please contact the Player Agent if you have any questions.

League Age:

Please see following link regarding League Age:
Little League Age Chart 2017

Player Evaluations:

After registration, the first event in which players participate in is the player evaluations.  Attendance at player evaluations is MANDATORY for every player wishing to participate in the Single A through Major level divisions.  Players playing in the T-ball and Coach Pitch divisions do not try out.  The purpose of the player evaluations is for the players to display their hitting, fielding, throwing, and running skills for assessment by the league managers.  Player evaluations allow the managers to determine the appropriate division for each player to be drafted into and assist in establishing an equitable distribution of player ability.  This assessment is used by the managers to make player selections to fill the teams during the player draft.  Every player will be assigned to a team.  All players should wear appropriate baseball attire including cleats, baseball pants, and protective cup.  Players should bring their own baseball glove and hat.  Players may bring their own bat and batting helmet, but these are not required.  Prior to the player evaluation date, each player will be notified of their assigned tryout time.  Player evaluations are typically scheduled for the first weekend after the holiday break, depending on the weather.

Divisions:

RMVLL has nine different divisions of play to accommodate players of all age and ability levels.  Below is a brief summary of each division. Please refer to the RMVLL Local Rules for more details describing the playing rules for each division.

Seniors:
Players in this division are typically league ages 15-16.  Play is on a standard baseball size field (60ft. pitching mound and 90 ft. basepaths) with seven-inning games.  Interleague play with other leagues in District 68 is utilized.  This is a competitive league where standings are kept.  Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent RMVLL in All-Star tournaments.

Juniors:
Players in this division are typically league ages 13-14.  Play is on a larger size field (80 ft. or 90 ft. basepaths) with seven-inning games. Lead-offs and base stealing are allowed.  Interleague play with other leagues in District 68 is utilized.  This is a competitive league where standings are kept.  All teams in this division are eligible to represent the league in the District 68 Tournament of Champions.  Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent RMVLL in All-Star tournaments.

Challengers:
The Challenger Division was established to enable players with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball.  Challenger games can be played as T-ball, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.  The entire lineup bats each inning.  Defensive team will field all players.  No game scores or standings are kept.

Majors:
Players in this division are typically league ages 11-12 and are able to demonstrate advanced baseball skills.  Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations.  Standard little league rules are utilized.  Standard little league size fields (46 ft. pitching mound, 60 ft. bases, and 200 ft. outfield fences) are utilized.  Games are 6 innings.  This is a competitive league where standings are kept.  Two teams from this division will represent RMVLL in the District 68 Tournament of Champions.  Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent RMVLL in All-Star tournaments.

AAA:
Players in this division are typically league ages 9-11.  Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations.  Standard little league rules are utilized.  Standard little league size fields are utilized.  Offensive team will bat until they score five (5) runs or three (3) outs are recorded.  Games are 6 innings, subject to time limits as out lined in the Local Rules.  This is a competitive league where standings are kept.  Two teams from this division will represent RMVLL in the District 68 Minor Tournament of Champions.  Players from this division are also eligible to be selected to represent RMVLL in All-Star tournaments.

AA:
Players in this division are typically league ages 7-9.  Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations.  This is the first division where players are allowed to pitch.  Pitching is from a distance of 46 ft.  The field expands to an outfield fence of approximately 150 ft.  Stealing of bases (except for home) is allowed.  Offensive team will bat until they score five (5) runs or three (3) outs are recorded. Games are 6 innings, subject to time limits as out lined in the Local Rules.  This is a competitive league where standings are kept.

Single-A:
Players in this division are typically league ages 6-8.  Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following player evaluations.  A machine is used to pitch and the offensive team will bat until they score five (5) runs or three (3) outs are recorded.  Defensive team will field nine (9) players.  No stealing of bases is allowed.  The field expands to 60 ft. base paths with an outfield fence of approximately 120 ft.  A standard baseball is utilized.  Games are 6 innings, subject to time limits as out lined in the Local Rules. This is a competitive league where standings are kept.

Coach Pitch:
Players in this division are typically league ages 5-6.  This is a division for those players who have typically have previously played one year of T-Ball.  A coach delivers the pitches and the entire lineup bats each inning.  Defensive team will field all players.  Play is on a the same field as used in T-Ball with a softer, reduced injury factor baseball utilized.  Games are limited to 4 innings or 1 1/2 hours.  No game scores or standings are kept.  Participation trophies are awarded to all teams at the end of the season.

T-Ball:
Players in this division are typically league ages 4-5.  This division provides an introduction to baseball.  Batting is off a tee and the entire lineup bats each inning.  Defensive team will field all players.  Play is on a smaller field with a reduced injury factor baseball utilized.  Games are limited to 3 innings or 1 1/2 hours.  No game scores or standings are kept.  Participation trophies are awarded to all teams at the end of the season.

Little League Season:

Season play consists of three categories: Pre-season practice, Regular season play and practice, and Post Season Tournaments.

  • Pre-season practice – Your child’s team manager will conduct practices during the days following team assignments and prior to the start of regular season play.  Each manager will have a practice schedule and you should assist your child in maintaining regular attendance.  Practices typically begin the last weekend of January.
  • Regular season play and practice – Regular season play begins with Opening day which is typically the last weekend of February or the first weekend of March and continues through May.  Each team will usually play two games per week - one during the week and one on Saturday.  In addition, practices will be scheduled during the season at the discretion of the manager.
  • Post Season Tournaments – At the end of the regular season, the Single-A and above divisions will hold a double elimination tournament. All teams in each Division will participate in the RMVLL Tournament.  The RMVLL Tournament will generally end prior to Memorial Day Weekend.  Additionally, the AAA and above divisions will participate in post season district-wide tournaments.  Two teams from each division will represent RMVLL in the District 68 Tournament of Champions. This is a two week tournament that starts after the end of the RMVLL Tournament.  Players league-age nine and older may also be selected to participate in the Little League All Stars tournaments.  Players will be chosen to represent RMVLL All-Star teams by a vote of each Divisions' Managers at the end of the season.  The All-Star Teams will be announced at the end of the season, usually no earlier than June 15th.  All-Star tournament games typically begin the last week of June.

League Rules:

Local Rules establish the local league’s policies in certain areas where leeway is allowed by the Rules, Regulations, and Policies established by Little League Baseball Incorporated.  RMVLL's Local Rules are posted under the Forms section of the website.  We encourage you to review the Local Rules, particularly the specific rules in place for your child's division.

Communication:

Good communication is extremely important to the success of our league.  We want to make sure you have all the information you need for a smooth, fun, and successful season.  The league website is a key tool for communicating to you about league events and activities.  Please check rmvll.org on a regular basis to stay current with the most up to date information.  Your team manager and team parent will also be key sources of information for communicating team-specific activities.

Should you have any questions about RMVLL or the RMVLL program, please contact your team manager or team parent, and if you need further information, feel free to contact the appropriate Board Member.  The Board of Directors of RMVLL is always willing to listen to you and help make your child’s experience in Little League the best that it can be.  You can usually find one of us at the fields during the season; a list of members is included on this website.

We look forward to a great season and a fun time for everyone.  We'll see you at the fields!

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