New to Martinsburg Little League

First...Welcome to Martinsburg Little League!

Whether this is your first year in the league or you’re a veteran league parent, we would like to welcome you to the MLL family! It is the goal of the MLL Board of Directors to provide a positive, fun, and educational experience for everyone involved in the Little League program.

Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you and your family get the most out of your Little League experience:

Meet the Board of Directors. The MLL Board of Directors is here to serve the interest of the children, families and the Little League program. The Board welcomes your comments, questions and concerns, please feel free to share with us at any time. Board meetings are held the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm. Please let a board member know if you wish to attend one of the meetings.

Get to know the MLL Website. The new MLL website hosts a variety of information and provides online services to everyone involved with or interested in the Martinsburg Little League. Through our site you can access information about registration, check league calendars, stay up to date, and access resources for a successful season.

Show your support. Become a part of our Facebook family, this is a great way to stay up to date on the latest happenings at MLL. You can also show your support by sponsoring the league through volunteer work or monetary donations..

Become an active member of our family. MLL runs off the support and dedication of parents like yourself. Volunteering is an important part of the Little League experience. There is nothing better then the sense of accomplishment, community and belonging you will feel every time you offer a helping hand at the Little League.

Together, we can create a wonderful program for the families of our community.

Please direct any questions you may have to a Board Member or by emailing our League Information Officer.

Parent Tips for a Successful Season

A successful little league season begins with us: the parents. It is up to each of us, whether we are sitting in the stands cheering for our kids or in the dugout preparing a line-up, to ensure a positive, fun and educational environment for our children.

These eight simple tips will help make the season more enjoyable for you and your children and help managers, coaches and other volunteers do their job to the best of their ability.

We hope these ideas help create a successful season for all!

1. Be a model of good sportsmanship. Show the kids what a good sportsman looks like through your own behavior. Treat managers, coaches, volunteers and other parents with the same respect you expect to receive. Take issues up in private through appropriate channels. Above all, win and lose with dignity and grace.

2. Work with your child. Playing ball with your child at home can help improve his/her skills dramatically. Just throwing the ball around the backyard or hitting the batting cages can make a world of difference in your child’s progress. Baseball and Softball is all about repetition, the more they play, the better they get. To ensure a productive home play session, talk to your child’s coach for training tips and ideas. Keeping with your coach’s training style will reinforce good techniques for your child throughout the season.

3. Show up for games AND practices. As a parent, your child needs you to be there to encourage and support their progress throughout the season. They need to know that what they are doing matters and that as parents we are proud of them. Remember that Little League is a family experience and it is a joy to watch your child grow, excel and have fun. Also, please keep in mind that managers and coaches are not free babysitters, a parent or guardian must be present at all times.

4. Respect The Rules. One of our most important jobs as parents is to teach our kids to respect the rules and as parents we must teach by example. Every parent must respect and follow the rules of the Martinsburg Little League, from the organization regulations to umpire calls to individual coaching practices.

5. Get to know your team. Get to know your manager, coaches and team parents. Even if you can’t volunteer on the team itself, be an active part of the experience and get to know the people working with your children. Open lines of communication are an essential tool to a productive season for all.

6. Speak up if you have concerns. The Martinsburg Little League Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a productive and positive program for the community. If you don’t let us know that you have a question or concern, we can’t help you. If you have issues with your manager or coaches, trouble with other parents or concerns with the program, please take it up with a board member. The league welcomes and encourages suggestions.

7. Be part of the solution. The more volunteers we have the better our league becomes, we can’t stress this enough. You don’t have to be on the board or coach a team to help out. There are lots of things that you can do, from spending one weekend helping clean fields to participating in fund-raising drives to being a team parent. Above all, if you see some way that the league can improve, don’t criticize it, give us suggestions on how to change it. This is your league too and we want to know how we can help your family have a wonderful season.

8. Have fun. Above all, we want everyone in the League, from the children on the field to the parents in the stand to the board in the clubhouse, to have a good time. Together we can create a positive, healthy and fun learning environment for our kids.

Registration Questions

Before proceeding further please check our League Boundaries page to confirm you reside within our geographical boundaries.

Registration for our Spring Season's are held in February of every year. Please check the website, newspaper ads or fliers sent home from school towards the end of January for more information regarding registration.

Online registration will be available for all players starting January first of year registering. Each player must upload a copy of their birth certificate (if not already verified) and either the preferred School Enrollment Form or Proof of Residency.

All registrants need to fill out a Medical Release Form and present to their coach prior to participating in any events.

Why isn't my child on the same team as last year?

The Player Agent accepts a small number of request for specific coaches or other players but no guarantee can be made. Once a player reaches the Major Division and above all teams are selected via the draft. At these levels when players abilities are improving drastically and players of the same age have varying degrees of ability teams must be selected in this way to provide a fair and equitable environment. In addition, and most importantly, this provides a safer level of play.

One of the benefits this brings to the children is that after two or three seasons the players get to know many friends on other and competing teams.

Tryout's

Evaluations or Try-outs for the Minor Division and above draft are held in the Spring only. You will be advised of dates and times during registration. Depending on the age groups, between 10 and 25 kids move through various areas to demonstrate their skills. Usually, a player gets a minimum of five pitches for batting, three grounders to field and then throw to another player, three pop flies to field and then throw to another player and the player's will also perform a timed run.

The draft is usually held a day or two after the tryouts and if your child is chosen for a team the coach will call you within a few days.

Major Division - If you are not called within a week you did not get drafted and will be called by your Minor Division Coach towards the beginning of April.

Junior Division - We make every effort to assure all players are assigned to a team. The total number of teams is dependent upon the number of registrants. There are occassions when there are more players trying out than we can allocate to teams. In this event you will be put on a waiting list if not drafted.

Child not ready for level

The Little League goes to great lengths to assure each child is placed on a team with his/her peers. The Spring season begins with an evaluation in which the Board Members and Managers view each child and rate them on their abilities in running, batting, fielding and throwing. Detailed notes are taken and combined with the players statistics from previous seasons. This data is used in a draft for the Major and Junior Division's in which all managers are given the opportunity to select players for their team.

During the first few practices there may be adjustments by the Player Agent, although very rare. If a manager questions whether a child is really ready for that level, he/she will contact the Player Agent and the Board of Directors may attend and view first hand the child's playing ability. A determination is made and appropriate action taken.

Please allow the process to take its course and, after a few practices, if you and the Manager still feel strongly about it please contact your Player Agent. Player agent contact information can be found on the Board of Directors page.

Volunteering On and Off the Field

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Martinsburg Little League. Although much of the volunteering happens on the field, we need assistance in many ways and have opportunities to fit most every schedule.

Our program is only possible because of the day-to-day efforts of our volunteers. By supporting MLL, you are supporting the children of our community. Even an hour can make a difference that will last a lifetime.

You can request more information or sign up to participate in any of our volunteer programs directly on our website at MLL.org.

Here are a few ideas that will really make a difference:

Registration Outreach – Help promote MLL during peak registration by signing up to pass out flyers, stickers and others materials at local stores and businesses. We are always looking for volunteers to dedicate an hour or two of their time to help us get the word out. This is a great way for families to get together and share their love of the game and the MLL program with other families in our community.

Registration Volunteer – During registration, MLL needs extra hands to help facilitate and streamline our in-person registration. From answering questions, and making copies, to directing lines, registration volunteers are the key to getting people in and out quickly and efficiently. No experience is necessary and the only requirement is a willingness to help for a few hours during registration weekends.

Opening Ceremonies Volunteer – Help us begin and end the season on a positive note by lending a hand during opening and/or closing ceremonies. We need volunteers to help during set-up, tear-down, clean-up and directing teams and people to the appropriate place. Once or twice a season, dedicate a few hours to participate at some of the most rewarding events at our park.

Clinic Volunteer – MLL plans to run several paid and free clinics in the future and your help can ensure these events are a success. From coach participation to parents who help wrangle the children, all manner of volunteers are needed for clinics. Even if you don’t have a working knowledge of baseball, softball, scorekeeping or umpiring, we would love to hear from you. There are many ways those who spend their time in the stands can get out and help for a few hours at one of our clinics.

Committee Members – MLL often has committees that run throughout the season for special events, fundraising, auction and marketing needs. You can become involved in MLL by joining one of these committees. These are non-voting positions that require time only during the event in which they are responsible for.

Board Members – Operation of Martinsburg Little League happens only through the support and dedication of our board members. We are always looking for members who are interested in assisting with the management of the league. From field work to player agents to fundraising, bring your real world experience and community dedication to the board and help shape the future of our program.

Donations – If lieu of time you could also donate gifts or money to support MLL. All gifts and monetary donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to lend a helping hand, please visit our Volunteers page or email us, info@martinsburglittleleague.com.

Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be kept in the concession stand if the item does not have specific identification on them. If the item does have identity markings we will make every effort to contact that person to return the item. Please seek out a Board Member to access the Lost & Found items

What equipment should I purchase?

At a minimum, your child will need a baseball glove. The League will provide a uniform shirt and hat. He or she will also need baseball pants and socks, but you should hold off purchasing these because the coach may want to coordinate with the color of the shirt. Boys will also need to wear a protective cup while playing. Baseball cleats are recommended but are not routine until the player reaches the Minor Division. As players make a longer term commitment to the sport, they usually have their own helmet and bat.

Baseball Bat Information

Bat Info

Please reference the Little League International Baseball Bat Resource Page

What is the time commitment for a typical season?

Regular seasons last approximately eight weeks.

Teams in the T-Ball, Rookie and Minor Divisions play two games per week, one on a week night and one on Saturday. Teams generally practice once or twice a week depending on the Division also. Games usually begin at 5:30pm on weekdays and run throughout the day on Saturdays.

At the Minor League level, all games are subject to time limits. 

Majors teams play 6 innings unless one team is ahead by 10 or more runs after the fourth inning of play.  Major Division teams play 3 games per week, rotating M-W-F or T-TH-Sat. Weekday games are scheduled for either 5:30 or 7:30 and Saturday game times will vary. Many coaches will choose to have practices on the days they do not play games. Majors coaches generally want players to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game.

Intermediate and Junior Divisions play 7 innings unless one team is ahead by 10 or more runs after the fourth inning of play. Teams play 2-3 games per week, rotating. Weekday games are scheduled to begin between 5:30 - 6:00. Saturday game times will vary. Many coaches will choose to have practices on the days they do not play games. Coaches generally want players to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game. 

District 6 All-Stars Tournament games in the Spring run from mid-June to mid-July depending on the team’s success. District 6 Tournaments are double elimination. All-Stars are announced and practices begin two weeks prior to the first scheduled game and may involve a practice or game almost every day of the week while the team is in tournament play.

How does Fall ball differ from the Spring Season?

Second Season is strictly for training and development and not geared towards winning. What we are trying to accomplish with this league is to build skill levels and improve each player’s overall ability and knowledge of the game. Sportsmanship and discipline both on and off the field are expected and must be practiced. The object of this league is to play and teach as much baseball as possible to prepare for next spring. Please keep those thoughts in mind when dealing with each player, each parent and each opposing team. Let’s make this season the best one yet. Good luck, be safe and have fun.

Practices start in early to mid August and games run to the end of October. Teams play two games per week, one on a week night and one on Saturday. Teams generally practice one night a week as well

Age groups as of August 31of current year

4-7 - Tee Ball

5-7 - Machine Pitch (5 year olds must have completed a season of Tee Ball)

8-11 - Minor Division

9-12 - Major Division

11-12 Intermediate Division (if enough interest)

13-14 Junior Division

15-16 Senior Division

Registration for Second Season (Fall Ball) begins in mid June and will close by mid July.

How are Tournament Teams Selected?

Martinsburg Little League would gain immeasurably in esteem of the public if all tournament teams were selected by the players themselves. Players relish the challenge of competition, but their anxiety to excel is in balance with an intuitive respect and admiration for teammate and opponent alike who demonstrate superior ability and skill.