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Play Ball!  We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you prepare for the upcoming season. If you have any additional question(s), please contact your player's manager or email us at info@vll.org.

 

What levels are offered for Spring Baseball?

In the Spring, VLL offers T-Ball, Rookie, Single A, AA, AAA, and Majors, along with Challenger League Baseball.  These levels span League Ages 4 - 12. League Age is determined using the table HERE.

T-Ball and Rookie League are typically for our youngest players - League Ages 4 thru 7.  T-Ball exclusively uses a batting tee, while Rookie League serves as our transition to coach-pitch baseball.  These levels offer weekly games on Saturdays, along with a practice during the week.

Single A is coach pitch, while AA thru Majors is kid pitch.  These levels offer twice-weekly games, and scheduled practice days/times – typically a practice during the week, a weekday game, and a Saturday game. 

The Challenger Program is for children with special needs to play adaptive baseball in a supportive, nurturing, and fun environment at no cost to the family.  Games are typically played on Sunday.

What level will my child play?

The matrix below shows the levels of play offered based on age.  Note that players of the same age may play at different levels, based on player drafts and other team formation factors.  

My daughter played Fall Juniors.  Can she play Rookie Ball as a League Age 6?

Fall Ball is considered a supplemental season, so does not meet the prerequisite level requirement to play Rookie Ball as a League Age 6.  As indicated above, players League Age 6 must play one Spring season of T-Ball before advancing to Rookie Ball, and players League Age 7 must play one Spring season of Rookie Ball before advancing to Single A.

Should my 7-year-old play Rookie Ball or Single A?

As indicated in the Age/Level matrix, players League Age 7 who have played a Spring season of Rookie Ball may play either Rookie Ball or Single A.  It's important to understand the difference in time commitment when selecting a level for your 7-year-old. Typically, the majority of our players League Age 7 will play Rookie Ball, with a small portion playing Single A.  

Rookie Ball teams will have a weekday practice and a Saturday game.  Practices are typically 60 minutes, and games are typically 75 minutes.  Single A teams will have both a weekday game and a Saturday game - each up to 2 hours in duration - in addition to a practice during the week.  

My son is way better than the average “X” year old.  Can he play “up?”

We do not make exceptions to the age/level table.  As a league of over 1,000 kids, we cannot possibly assess every player/situation and have a structure in place that promotes individual players to an appropriate level of play at all levels.

How long is the Spring season?

Teams formation begins in mid-February and runs through mid-March.  We start with our older levels and work our way down, starting with the Majors draft.  The Majors draft occurs in mid-February, followed by the AAA and AA drafts, then team formation for Single A, Rookie, and T-Ball.  Parents should hear from their child’s manager via email once placed on a team, then practices begin soon thereafter. Games typically begin in late March and continue into early June.  

What day will my child’s practice be?

The practice and game schedule cannot be finalized until close to the season and is based on field allocations from the County/Town, the number of teams we field, manager preferences, and other factors.  That said, weekday practices are typically 60-90 minutes long, in a window between 5-7pm. Fields are all in Vienna - some of the local schools, and a few "dedicated" baseball facilities (e.g. Southside Park).  

When can I register my son or daughter for Spring Baseball?

Registration opens on 12/1 each year and runs through January 31st for those players wishing to be eligible for AA, AAA, and Majors.  Late registrations for T-Ball, Rookie League, and Single A are accepted through February on a space-available basis.  

Are there evaluations (tryouts) for Spring Baseball?

All players League Age 8 and above must attend an evaluation to be eligible for VLL's “draft leagues” - which include AA, AAA, and Majors. Players Age 8 wishing to remain in Single A or below do not need to participate in the evaluations.  No players League Age 7 or younger should attend the evaluations. More information on evaluations is available at this LINK.

Can I request a specific manager or teammate for my son or daughter?

For our T-Ball, Rookie League, and Single A levels, we do our best to form teams with manager, teammates, and other requests in mind.  These requests can be noted in the Preferred Manager and Registration Comments section at sign-up, or by logging back into VLL.org and editing a submitted registration.   AA thru Majors are formed via draft, so specific requests cannot be honored.

What equipment does my player need?

A quick checklist of potential items your player may want to consider for the upcoming season:

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  • Uniform: Pants (game and practice pair), belt, socks, athletic jock, practice jersey, sunglasses
  • Baseball Equipment: Bat (LLI approved), batting gloves, batting helmet*, a glove, water bottle, cleats
  • Sporting Equipment: baseballs
  • Miscellaneous (Optional fun stuff for future Major Leaguers): Eye-black, Big League Chew, Seeds!

*VLL strongly recommends each player purchase their own batting helmet for the season.

Please Note: VLL provides hats and jerseys to all players.  The only other "needs" are a baseball glove and baseball pants for game days. Baseball pants will typically be either white or gray, depending on your jersey color and team preference - managers will communicate a preference once teams are formed.  For equipment, VLL provides some bats and helmets to our younger teams (e.g. T-Ball and Rookie), though many players prefer to buy their own.

What documents are required for new players?

Prior to the start of the Spring season, VLL must collect age and residency documents for each NEW member.  A 'new member' is a player of any age who has not yet played a Spring season in Vienna Little League. If a player previously played in VLL but skipped one or more seasons, he/she is NOT required to produce documentation again. For more information on the New Member Check-In process, visit this LINK.

 

Can I manage a team?

Majors Manager positions are perpetually filled and are handled via a separate process run by the Board of Directors.  Candidates interested in managing a Minor League Team (AAA and below) should email our Minor League Director, Andy Dinn ( ). 

My son or daughter’s registration is “waitlisted” – what does that mean?

Typically, a waitlisted registration indicates a player lives outside the Vienna Little League boundary.  These players may only participate with proper documentation that confirms he or she attends a school within the Vienna Little League boundary.  Waitlisted registrations are reviewed manually and will typically be resolved within 3-5 days. VLL will contact the parent if additional information is needed.  Registrations also move to the waitlist for non-payment. These registrations are purged at the end of the registration period.

Can I sponsor my child’s team?

Sponsorship is a critical part of VLL, helping us maintain and expand our playable fields.  Team sponsorships are available for AAA and below, along with options to sponsor field banners, the annual Opening Day Program, and other VLL events.  Please visit this LINK for more information.  

How else can I help?

VLL is an all-volunteer organization, so we have ample opportunities for parents to help.  Several options can be chosen on the registration form, and you will be contacted for that role when we need you.  This year will be particularly busy, as VLL has been selected to host the 2020 Virginia State Tournament for the Majors Division in late July.