Frequently Asked Questions—Majors, Minors and Farm

Welcome to Mukilteo Little League's Majors, Minors, and Farm Baseball Divisions. Every year families have many questions regarding assessments/tryouts, differences between divisions, how the draft works, playing time issues, and other issues. Assessments/tryouts serve two purposes: (1) it is a skills and safety assessment so the coaches can ensure that kids are placed in the correct divisions; and (2) scores are used during the draft for selection of players by the coaches.

We have done our best to answer these questions for you here. If you have any further questions, please contact us at registrar@mukilteolittleleague.com and will be happy to answer any more questions or issues you may have throughout the season.

What is the difference between Farm, Minors and Majors divisions? How do I know what division I should register my child to play in?

All Minor league levels are an instructional level. There are two levels to the Minor leagues, Farm (AA) and Minors (AAA); one year of Farm (AA) level is required before moving to the Minors (AAA). For more infomation on league age, click here for Baseball or Softball.

Farm (AA) level

  • League Age: primarly 9 year olds (any boy turning 9 by August 31, 2018 is considered a 9 year-old); some 10 year olds
  • Hitting: Players will be hitting off of a player for the first three (3) innings and a coach for the last 3 innings
  • Field Size: The field size is 60-foot base path and pitching is at 46 feet
  • Team Formation: Players will participate in assessments/tryouts and be drafted onto a team
  • Competition: Regular season games and small postseason tournament
  • If your child is not age 9 by the age cutoff and would like to "play up" in the Farm division, he must pass a safety test: Farm Assessment. Contact the Registrar for more information on how to register to play up.

Minors (AAA) level

  • League Age: 10-11 year olds; some boys who turned 9 before August 31, 2018 may be eligble if they perform well enough during assessments; 8 year olds are not eligible for this level
  • Requirement: one year of Farm level experience
  • Hitting: Players will be hitting off of a player for all 6 innings
  • Field Size: The field size is 60-foot base path and pitching is at 46 feet
  • Team Formation: Players will participate in assessments/tryouts and be drafted onto a team
  • Competition: Regular season games,inter-league games, All-stars, and small postseason tournament

The Major league level is a competitive level that continues to stress fundamental baseball and introduce more advance baseball techniques and strategies.

  • League Age: 11-12 year olds; some highly skilled 10 year olds may be able to play at this level if they perform well enough during assessments
  • Hitting: Players will be hitting off of a player for all 6 innings
  • Field Size: The field size is 60-foot base path and pitching is at 46 feet
  • Team Formation: Players will participate in assessments/tryouts and be drafted onto a team
  • Competition: Regular season games, inter-league games, All-stars, and several postseason tournaments

My son is going to participate in assessments/tryouts, but I do not know if he will be drafted by coaches onto a Majors, Minors or Farm team. Which division should I register him for? The fees are different between the divisions. What happens if I register him for Majors and he is selected to a Minors team (or vice versa)?

You may register him for any of the three divisions, unless your child is 12 years old. All 12-year olds must register and play in the Majors division (see below for more details). If your child is chosen for a division that is different from the one in which you registered, then you will either be refunded the difference (e.g., if you registered for Majors and he is drafted to a Minors team) or else you will be asked to pay the difference (e.g., if you registered for Minors and he is drafted to a Majors team). If you want your child to be considered for Majors, you should register him/her for Majors or let the league know by emailing registrar@mukilteolittleleague.com. Per local rules, players who do not attend the Majors assessments/tryouts and are not seen by the Majors coaches will not be eligible for the Majors draft.

What happens during assessments/tryouts? What skills will each child be asked to demonstrate?

During the assessments/tryouts, each candidate will be given the opportunity to: (1) hit/bunt, (2) field fly balls, (3) field ground balls, (4) throw, and (5) run around the bases.

Assessments/tryouts will be conducted in the presence of head coaches and some assistant coaches from the division for which the candidate is registered, who shall observe the ability of each candidate. All player candidates (ages 9 through 12) must attend their designated session. 2018 assessments will occur on February 9-12, 2018.

Why is there a requirement of one year at the Farm level in order to play Minors level baseball?

Over the last several years, we observed and received feedback from managers and coaches that the majority of 9 year olds coming out of Coach Pitch (Rookie division) are taking too long to adjust or not ready to face the faster pace of Minor league. We feel player development at this level is very important and a gradual progression of going from Coach Pitch to Farm level helps player's skills, confidence, and overall enjoyment for the game.

What equipment should my child bring to assessments/tryouts?

We recommend that players bring their baseball glove, bat, helmet, jacket or sweatshirt. A bat and helmet may also be borrowed if the player does not own these items.

Will assessments/tryouts still be held if it rains or snows?

Yes, assessments/tryouts will be held even if it rains or snows. Dress for the weather. If there is lightning, then the sessions will be rescheduled.

Is it guaranteed that every child who tries out will make a team?

Yes, every child who tries out is drafted onto a team.

Are assessments/tryouts different for Majors, Minors or Farm candidates?

No, assessments/tryouts are the same for all Majors, Minors and Farm candidates although there are separately scheduled sessions for each division. All Majors, Minors and Farm candidates must attend their designated assessments/tryouts which will be held at the Mukilteo Little League Complex or Harbour Point Middle School on February 9-12, 2018.

What should we do if there is a manager or coach who our family strongly feels would not be a good fit for our child? Can we let someone know in advance so that our child does not get drafted to that team?

If you have a serious concern, please speak with the player agent for the Majors/Minors/Farm division in which your child will play and explain your concerns. There is also a spot on the registration form where you can note special considerations for the player agent. The player agent will discuss the situation with the Executive Commitee, and the best interests of the child will be taken into consideration.

When will we find out what team our child is placed on?

Intermediate and Majors players should hear from a team manager the week of February 12th. Minors and Farm players should hear from a coach teh week of February 19th. If you have not heard from a team manager by February 25th, please contact the registrar at registrar@mukilteolittleleague.com.

When will practices begin and how often will they be held?

This year, practices will begin in late February for Majors and early March for Minors and Farm and are held at various schools in our area. The frequency of practices is determined by each manager.

What should we do if we think our 12-year-old is not ready to play in the Majors division? We feel he is better suited to the Minors division. May he play in the Minors division even though he is league age 12?

Exceptions can only be made with written approval from the district administrator, and only if approved at the local league level by the board of directors and the parent of the candidate.

What supplies or equipment do you suggest my son needs to play baseball?

It is recommended that all players should have a baseball glove, baseball shoes (rubber cleats), and a protective cup. Many players prefer to use their own baseball bat and helmet, although the league has extras available that the players may also use. Many players also like to have an equipment bag to carry their belongings, but this is not required. This year, all players will need to purchase their own baseball pants, socks and belt, which are typically color-coordinated with the team jersey color. The league will provide a jersey and hat for all players.

How are refunds determined?

The refund policy for MLL is determined annually by the board. Costs are incurred by the league for uniforms, equipment, charter fees and other expenses that are based on the number of participants registered. There no refunds are given after the first practice.

How much playing time do players get in the Minors division vs. the Majors division?

Every player on a team roster will participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time. The Minors division is considered an instructional level and coaches try to give equal playing time. The Majors division is considered a more competitive level and playing time may not be equal, but all players will participate for at least the minimum amount required.

When do games begin? How many games will there be this season? How long does the season run?

Regular season games for both divisions begin in late March and end in early June. Majors teams usually play 18+ games and Minors teams play 16+ games, while Farm plays 14+ games. Once the regular season is over, the league's in-house tournament for each division take place in early to mid June.

What are the "Invitational Tournaments" and what is the "Tournament of Champions?"

These Major league level tournaments and invitational tournaments are district-wide tournaments where one or more teams from each of the 16 leagues within District One are invited to compete. The "TOC" or "Tournament of Champions" is a tournament in which the first place teams from all of the leagues within the district compete. The TOC and the invitational tournaments are typically held after regular season games are over and before All-star games begin.

If we have a concern, question or request during the season, what is the best way to handle it and to whom should we speak?

We encourage you to first thoughtfully speak with the people or parties involved if you have a problem or concern. The player agent may also be contacted. Questions and suggestions may be addressed to the team manager, assistant coach, player agent, president or any board members.

How many All-Star teams will there be?

If there is enough interest, there will be three teams: 9/10-Year-Old All-Star Team; 11-Year-Old All Star Team; and 11-12 Year-Old (Majors) All-Star Team.

How will All-Star players be selected this year?

All-Star players are selected by the coach of the All Star team through a tryout process.

When will the names of the All-Star players be announced?

Mid-June.

How long does the All-Star season run?

The District All-Star tournament runs through mid-July. The teams that win the District All-Star Tournament proceed to the State All-Star Tournament. The furthest that the 9/10-year-old and 11-year-old all-star teams may go is the State Level. In the 11-12 Year Old Majors All-Star division, the winner of the state tournament proceeds to a Regional Tournament and potentially then to National and International Tournaments. The International All-Star Tournaments are held in Williamsport in August.

Where can I obtain a copy of the 2018 Little League Rules? How do I obtain a copy of the 2018 Local MLL Rules?

The 2018 Little League Rule Books are provided to all team managers. If you would like to obtain a personal copy, speak to your league president to ask if any extra copies are available. You may also be able to order one at www.littleleague.org. The 2018 MLL Local Rules may be found on the MLL website here: Forms and Documents

We moved outside of the MLL boundaries in the past year. My child has always played for MLL in the past. May he continue playing for MLL even though we no longer reside within MLL boundaries?

If your child still attends a Mukilteo School District school, he/she can participate in MLL. If not, a waiver needs to be filled out by the player agent and signed by the president. If a child plays MLL on a waiver, he/she is not eligible for All-Stars.

My son lost his hat. Is there a way that I can get a replacement?

We generaly buy the exact amount of hats needed for the kids and coaches. However, your head coach may have extras. If not, we can give you the vendor information so you may purchase an extra hat if you wish.

My son has a health issue that I would like kept confidential. To whom should I speak and how do I know the medical information will be held confidential? Can anyone see the medical release forms?

We encourage you to confide in the head coach and/or player agent. Let them know that this information is very personal and should not be repeated unless there is a medical necessity. Medical release forms are read by the player agent and coaches. They are kept in a sealed envelope inside the team medical kit.