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Frequently Asked Questions


 

How do I register my child for Annandale North Springfield Little League (ANSLL)?

ANSLL accepts online registration at www.ansll.org .  This link will be active while the registration for spring or fall season is open.  Spring registration is typically open from December 1 through mid- February, the specific dates are set each year and may vary by level, so be sure to check the Registration page for current and specific dates.  Early bird discounts ($25) are available for registering prior to January 1. 

Fall season registration is typically open from June to mid-August. 

The online registration form does include a spot for special requests that ANSLL will try to accommodate.  Other details about levels of play and fees can be found on the registration page.  

 

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How do I know if my child resides with the ANSLL boundaries?

Please check our boundary map located HERE or click HERE to use the League Finder page on the Little League website to confirm if you're address is within the ANSLL boundary.  If you live outside of ANSLL boundaries, but your child attends a school that is within the ANSLL boundaries he/she is eligible to play in ANSLL with the completion of a School Enrollment Form found HERE .  If you have any questions about which local Little League your child should register for please contact .

 

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What is the Little League Age?

Little League determines eligibility by league age.  The league age is determined to be the age your child will be by August 31st of that calendar year.  This holds true for all players born in or after 2006.  For those players born prior to 2006 the league age is determined by the age you are on May 1st.  To calculate the league age of any player please go to the league age calculator found at http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/determine_league_age/league_age_calculator.htm 

 

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What are the typical baseball divisions by age?

The typical little league age for the seven divisions that ANSLL has each year are shown in the table below with a short description, fee and when registration closes.  For additional information please the “Level of Play” section on the ANSLL web site

Division

Typical
Age

2016
Fees

Description

Team Formation

Tee Ball

4-6

$90

Players hit from a tee and learn basic fundamentals of fielding and hitting.  All players bat each inning

By Player Agent

Mid to late March

Developmental (Coach Pitch)

5-7

$110

Managers pitch to players at an age appropriate speed. 

By Player Agent

Mid to late March

Farm

6-8

$110

Machine pitch

By Player Agent

Mid to late March

AA

8-9

$135

Player pitch, stealing midway through season

Manager Draft

Early to mid March

AAA

9-11

$135

Player pitch

Manager Draft

Early to mid March

Majors

10-12

$135

Player pitch

Manager Draft

Early to mid March

Juniors

13-14

$150

Bigger field with 90 ft base paths, 60ft pitching distance, and baserunner leads

Manager Draft

 

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How are teams formed?

Tee-Ball, Developmental (Coach Pitch) and Farm (Machine Pitch) levels – Teams are formed by the Player Agent and generally are formed grouping players from a neighborhood or school on the same team.   To balance teams players from the same neighborhood may be split onto multiple teams, but an attempt is made to keep players with someone from their school or neighborhoods.  In addition, the Player Agent does try to accommodate special requests to play with friends, to be on a team with a specific manager/coach, or to accommodate nights that a player is unavailable.   However, it might not always be possible to accommodate all special requests.

AA, AAA and Majors – AA, AAA and Majors teams are formed by league drafts.  While all 12 year old players must be drafted to a Majors team (unless a waiver is approved for 12 year old to remain in AAA), the number of 10 and 11 year olds who might be drafted is a function of their evaluation and whether they are selected in the draft.   As a result, players ages 8-12 that are registered for Minors-Majors are required to attend a player evaluation session.  All players are given a score based on their ability to run, throw, field ground balls and fly balls, and to hit off a tee.  Players are then placed into a draft pool.  The major’s teams are selected first, followed by the AAA and finally the AA.  While parents can make special requests, it is unlikely that they can be accommodated in a draft format.  If there is a specific night that your child is unavailable to practice that should be identified at the time of registration and it will be shared with all managers prior to the draft.

 

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When are games and practices?

Tee-Ball, Developmental and Farm levels – Generally there is one practice and one game per week.  Practice nights will be assigned per manager’s availability and preference.  Games are typically on Saturdays.

Practices are scheduled for 60 to 90 minute blocks, and games may run up to 2 hours.  Depending on the number of teams in each division, practices can start as early as 5 pm on a weeknight, and go until 8 pm.  The younger levels generally have earlier practice times.  Saturday games can start anywhere from 9 am until 6 pm.  While most weekend games are held on Saturdays, make-up games may be scheduled on Sundays or may be played on a team’s practice night.

AA, AAA and Majors – Generally there is one practice and two games per week.  Practice nights will be assigned per manager’s availability and preference.  Games will be schedules with one week night game and a game on Saturday.

Practices are scheduled for two-hour blocks, and games may run up to 2 ½ hours.  Depending on the number of teams in each division, practices can start as early as 5 pm on a weeknight, and go until 9 pm.  Games typically start at 6:00 pm (for AA) and 6:15pm pm (AAA and Majors).  Saturday games can start anywhere from 9 am until 6 pm.  While most weekend games are held on Saturdays, make-up games may be scheduled on Sundays, or may be played on a teams practice night.

 

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How long does the season run?

Tee Ball, Developmental and Farm - The spring season for these levels starts in late March with practices, and has 10 weeks of games, typically starting the second week of April and running through mid June.  These dates are approximate, as the school calendar, weather and other events may impact the start and end dates of the season.

AA, AAA & Majors - The spring season for these levels starts late March with practices, and has seven weeks of games, typically starting in early April and through late May.  Playoffs start after the regular season and usually last 2 weeks.  These dates are approximate, as the school calendar, weather and other events may impact the start and end dates of the season.

 

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Where are games and practices?

Annandale North Springfield Little League has the following fields that are used for practices and games:

Howery Field - visible from Braddock Rd.

Americana Park (Mickelwright) - at the intersection of Rt. 236 and I-495

Pine Ridge 1, 2 & 3 - by INova Fairfax Hospital

  • 5100 Glen Park Road
    Annandale, VA

    4301 Accotink Parkway
    Annandale, VA

    3401 Woodburn Rd
    Annandale, VA

 

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Can I request specific manager/coach or to be on a team with friends?

While we do allow requests to be made for specific managers or coaches we may not always be able to honor those requests to be with a particular manager or group of players.  The player agent has more flexibility to honor these requests for Tee-Ball, Developmental and Farm.  But since AA, AAA and Majors are formed via a draft it is unlikely that special requests can be honored. 

Little League is a great opportunity in which to develop new friendships and learn from different managers.

 

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What equipment do I need for Tee-Ball?

ANSLL provides all teams with bats, helmets, catchers gear and baseballs.  All players will require a baseball glove.  Many players may have their own helmets or bats but it is not a requirement since they are provided.  Players can wear baseball cleats but these are not a requirement.  All boys should wear a cup. 

ANSLL also provides jerseys and hats.  Managers will communicate to their teams if they want them to wear baseball pants, the color and also the color of belts and socks.

 

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My child wants to have his own bat, is there a list of approved Little League bats?

Little League International has assembled an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information. Click HERE to find the latest bat information, including the current Little League Baseball rules and regulations governing bats, definition of terms, the moratorium on the use of composite bats, and a series of frequently asked questions, with answers and licensed bat lists.

 

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My child really wants to play, but I’m not sure my family can afford the registration fee and the baseball gear.  Does the League offer assistance?

Yes, you can either submit your request using our “Sponsorship Form.  The form can be found on our “Forms” page of the www.ansll.org web site.   Forms can be provided to the Treasurer via email at .   You will be notified by the Treasurer of the League’s decision on your request.

 

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Does the League have a feedback mechanism where I can provide comments?

The Board members value any constructive comments, both positive and negative, from parents.  Comments can be submitted using the www.ansll.org web site and clicking on the “ANSLL Feedback” button.   Parents are also encouraged to share their observations about any aspect of the game (managers, coaches, teammates, umpires, etc.) by contacting their division Commissioner, the Player Agent, and/or the President.  Emails are found under the “Board” tab on the website.  You may also send an email to .

In addition, we encourage you to speak directly with your child’s manager and coaches regarding any feedback or questions you may have.  Additionally, towards the end of each season there is a process for collecting manager and coach evaluations to help inform future decisions on manager selections and identifying training opportunities.  Throughout the season if there are issues or concerns parents can submit feedback to or directly to the coaching coordinator at .

The ANSLL Board takes concerns about managers and coaches very seriously and reviews each situation in an objective and confidential manner.

 

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What is Travel Baseball?  Is it part of Little League?

Travel Baseball is not a part of nor associated with Little League International or Annandale North Springfield Little League.

 

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Do all players regardless of skill level have an opportunity to participate and play multiple positions?

ANSLL Local Rules encourage participation by having a continuous batting order and establishing various participation rules depending on the level of play. 

 

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I’m interested in Managing or Coaching, what do I need to do?

All Little League managers (head coach) and coaches are volunteers. Managers are responsible for communicating with player families, conducting practices, managing games, complying with participation rules and developing players.  Coaches assist the manager with these duties and fill in if the manager is unable to attend a practice or game. Some basic knowledge of the game is helpful, but not essential to be a manager.  Managers need to be patient, enjoy working with children, and able to set reasonable expectations.  ANSLL participates in at least one manager/coach training seminar prior to every spring season, and often seeks other training opportunities to help develop managers and coaches and improve the experience for all.  Additionally, there are a number of resources to help coaches on the ANSLL web site, under the section titled “Coaches Corner”.

If you are interested in managing or coaching, please signup using the Coach Intent section of the registration page or send an email to CoachingCoordinator@ansll.org.  Also, many parent volunteers are needed throughout the season to help with drills and get the most out of practice.  Please offer assistance to your child’s manager and coaches. 

 

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I’m interested in Umpiring, how can I get involved?

ANSLL is always looking for adults to get involved with umpiring games.  Training is provided prior to the start of the season.   Umpires are scheduled throughout the season to umpire games at the AA, AAA and Majors level.  More information can be found HERE

 

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Are there other volunteer options?

We are glad you asked.  Information about volunteer opportunities can be found HERE .  If you have questions please reach out to any member of the board who can provide more information.   ANSLL is a volunteer run organization with many activities throughout the year including Opening Day, Tournaments, Registration, Field Maintenance, Award Ceremonies, etc.  The more volunteers we can get the better the experience for everyone.

 

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