SAN RAMON VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can play in San Ramon Valley Little League?Any child who resides within the boundaries set by District 57 and Little League Baseball or who resides outside of the boundaries but qualifies for a waiver as described below. Note that our boundaries are not set by zip code or school so it is possible that some children attending the same school may qualify to play in SRVLL whereas others may be required to play in Tassajara or Danville LL.
Q: How do I know if I am within SRVLL's Boundaries? You can type in your address into this map to see. BOUNDARY MAP When you register, you will be required to put in your address and if outside the boundary, the system will not let you register.
Q: Are there waivers available? Yes, but only under very limited circumstances. If, in the previous year, you resided within the SRVLL boundaries and have moved outside to a neighboring boundary you may be eligible for a waiver under Regulation II(d). Consult with our Player Agent if you feel you qualify
Q: How does my family account work? When you register, you will be asked to create an account. If you played in our league last year, an account has already been created for you using your child’s first and last name (type it in as one word). Use this as both your username and password and then create your own password.
If you have more than one child in the system and they share the same address, or registering email, the system may have automatically associated the two into a family account. If so, then when you log in, you should be able to administer all players from one account.
If you have multiple children in an extended family situation i.e. second marriage and find that they are not associated and you want them to be, notify the Registrar and he/she will take care of that for you. Include the names of all families, emails used and addresses so that we don’t associate the wrong accounts.
Your family account will allow you to: make changes to your contact info; see the schedules for all of your players; see your tryout times; volunteer hours you signed up for as well as see how many hours you still owe.
Q: What is your refund policy? SRVLL will refund your registration fee less the fee that our processing vendor charges and a $15.00 administrative handling fee prior to January 1. It will refund 75% of registration prior to the first scheduled tryout date for each age group and 50% of registration fee after tryouts prior to the start of games. There will be NO refunds after February 1st, 2013. Please note 5, 6, and 7 year olds do not try out.
Q: What is “Little League Age”? Little League age is determined by the age of your child on April 30 of that current year baseball season. Example – For the 2013 Spring Little League Season – The Little League age is determined by the age of your child on April 30, 2013. If your child is age 10 on April 30, 2013 your players Little League age is 10.
Q: Are scholarships available? Yes. Each year San Ramon Valley Little League with the help of our sponsors offer scholarships for each baseball season. To apply for a baseball scholarship please contact our registration officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where will the tryouts be? All tryouts will be conducted at Los Cerros Middle School located at 968 Blemer Road, Danville.
Q: Does my child need to try out? All players 9 years and older must attend a tryout. It is important that your child attend the slot you signed up for during registration.
Q: What if my child cannot make his/her tryout slot? We understand that illness, emergencies etc., occur and we will be scheduling a make-up date to be determined. Understand that the makeup times will be assigned by age and therefore we will not be able to release times until we know how many make-ups will be needed for each age group, so be sure to keep your schedule open on that date.
Q: What if my child misses both tryout opportunities? Failure to attend a tryout will place your child at the lowest division for his/her age group as well as disqualify him/her for a call-up should a roster spot become available in the division above.
Q: What Should my child bring?: Mitt, hat, sneakers and cleats and water. The league will provide a few bats and will also provide batting helmets, but if you have your own bat and helmet you are welcome to bring them. We will be conducting tryouts on a mix of the blacktop and the field, so PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING BOTH SNEAKERS AND CLEATS.
Q: When should I arrive? Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your assigned time so that you have time to check in, warm up and receive information as to what to expect. We will grouping the players together, assigning numbers to them, and once we begin, will be on a tight schedule so they must show up on time.
Q: Where should I park? You will not be able to park in the upper parking lot as we will be using that area for league personnel so please park in front of the school and do not attempt to enter the upper lot even to drop off your child (unless you drop them off at the gate entrance). Prior to your tryout a map of Los Cerros showing the various stations and where to check-in will be posted on the site or emailed to you.
Q: In What Division Should My child Play? Which division your child belongs in is dependent upon a few factors such as: age; prior experience and skill level. Newer players should consider playing at a lower level where the competition and instruction will be more skill appropriate. Players, league age 9 and older, who would be considered within the top 5 players of his/her age group should consider applying for higher division consideration.
For a description of each division click on this link: Division Descriptions
Q: If my child isn’t selected to a higher division, will he have to try out again for the lower division? No, the Majors draft occurs first and any players who were not drafted will then automatically be placed into the candidate pool for AAA and then those players not selected to AAA, will be placed in the AA pool.
Q: My child is new to the game or needs more development. Can he play down a division a division? For the most part, yes. 12 year olds are automatically drafted into the Majors division unless it is specifically requested that they drop down to AAA (Note that 12 year olds dropping down to AAA are not allowed to pitch). For other children, be sure to select the division you want your child to play. i.e. if you child is 10 and does not want to be considered for AAA, then select AA during registration.
Q: How are teams formed? Players 5-8 are all assigned a team and are assembled with the attempt to place children together based on school, or location. If you have a neighbor with whom you carpool or who will take your child to/from practices, contact your division coordinator as soon as possible.
Players 9 years and older (and some 8 year olds) who submit themselves as candidates for AA and higher will be placed into a draft pool based on age. (See Division Descriptions on who is eligible for the various divisions).
Q: I want to switch my child to another team because his friend is on that team. Can I do it? If you child is playing in Single A or lower, the answer is Yes, provided your request is timely. If your child has submitted him/herself to the AA draft or higher, then No, switching is not allowed.
Q: My child didn't get drafted to the higher division he was hoping for. Can I appeal this?
PRACTICES AND GAMES
Q: Where are practices and games? Practice locations and games are determined by division. Majors games are played at Synergy Fields at Los Cerros Middle School, AAA, and Rookie games are at Alamo Elementary, AA and Single A games are at Stone Valley Middle School, Farm games are at Green Valley Elementary and Tee Ball are at Stone Valley and St. Isidore. Our Intermediate 70/80s division will play home games at Los Cerros Field 2 but will play away games at various fields throughout District 57. Here is a link to the field locations. LOCATIONS
Q: How often are practices and games? It depends on the division your child plays at. At the higher levels (Majors, AAA) you can expect at least 3 practices per week in the preseason and during the season, at least 2 practices and 2 games per week.
Q: Are there minimum playing time requirements? Each division has a minimum playing time requirement for each player which can be found in our local rules in the Appendix. LOCAL RULES
Q: Will we be required to volunteer? Yes. SRVLL is a non-profit, volunteer organization and as such, all families participating in SRVLL are required to give service to our league during the course of the season. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE YOUR SERVICE HOURS, YOU WILL BE CHARGED BY THE LEAGUE A FEE OF $300.00 in May of 2013.
Your hours given will depend upon the age of your oldest player.
•Families of Farm, T-ball and Single A are required to complete 5 hours.
•Families of Double A, Triple A, and Majors are required to give a total of 10 hours.
You can choose from various volunteer opportunities and can mix-and-match to arrive at the total 10 service hours.
Q: What kind of jobs are available? There are two ways you can get volunteer hours: (1) season long jobs and (2) Event volunteer jobs. Examples of these types include:
Manager (interview required)
Assistant Coach (Up to 2 per team)
Umpire Game Coordinator (1-2 per team)
Team Coordinator (Team Parent) 1 per team
Scorekeeper (2 per team)
Field Prep (2-3 per team)
Hourly Volunteer Jobs:
Field Prep for Synergy Field at Los Cerros and Alamo School ( 4 Days)
Opening Day 2012
Slugfest and Photo Day
For a more detailed description and more job listings, please click on the following link: VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTIONS
Q: What if we don't fulfill our minimum requirements? Unless you have opted to pay the volunteer fee up front, please remember that each family is expected to volunteer a minimum number of hours in support of the San Ramon Valley Little League operations. Via online registration, your credit card has been approved for a $300 volunteer fee...BUT NOT POSTED (unless you have opted out of volunteering)! Should you fail to complete your league volunteer obligation by June 15th, 2013, SRVLL manually process the $300.00 volunteer fee. Failure to make this payment at that time (i.e. expired card, etc) could affect your child’s registration for the following year, so please be sure to update your information if that changes
Q: What types of Sponsorship opportunities are available? SRVLL strives to provide the finest facilities and instruction for our young players and boasts some of the most scenic fields in the Districts. As such we rely on the generosity of our local businesses to sponsor the league in exchange for recognition through signage, acknowledgements on the website, on announcements and in leaguewide emails. Please consider becoming a sponsor. You may read more about becoming a sponsor here. SPONSORSHIPS
Q: What if I don’t want to be a sponsor, can I simply donate money to the League? YES! You can make an additional donation during your online registration or If you are interested in making a donation to the league after you have registered, please let us know at email@example.com.
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SAN RAMON VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE
PO Box 161
Danville, CA 94526