Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
1 What are Little League Baseball Rules? Little League rules are determined and published by the Little League Organization headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. West Salisbury local rules are captured and approved by the West Salisbury Board of Directors in the West Salisbury Little League Constitution and Bi- Laws. All Managers and Board Members have copies of the current Little League Rulebook. 2 How does West Salisbury Little League fit in the Little League Organization? West Salisbury Little League is in Maryland District 8 encompassing the lower eastern shore. District 8, http://www.eteamz.com/md08/ , includes the following leagues: Fruitland, West Salisbury, East Wicomico, Delmar, Willards, Berlin, Princess Anne, Pocomoke, Crisfield and Snow Hill. Maryland Little Leagues resides in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. Maryland has 7 districts including: District 1 (Hagerstown Area), District 2 (Frederick Area), District 4 (Southern Maryland), District 5 (Upper Chesapeake Bay Area), District 6 (Baltimore Area), District 7 (Upper Eastern Shore Area), District 8 (Lower Eastern Shore). District 3 representing Washington DC used to be within Maryland and now represent themselves in the Mid Atlantic Region. The Mid Atlantic region is one of 8 regions in the United States. Other regions include: West, Southwestern, Southeastern, Northwestern, Great Lakes, Mid-West and New England. 3 Who runs the West Salisbury Little League? West Salisbury is run by the Board of Directors, positions on the Board of Directors include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Player Agent, Pitching Machine Commissioner, Minor Commissioner, Major Commissioner, Jr/Sr Commissioner, Safety Officer, Field Maint, Concessions, and Big League Commissioner 4 How is eligible for the Board of Directors? Anyone willing to be actively involved.
5 Who Votes for the Board of Directors? All West Salisbury Little League Members. How are the leagues determined? Leagues are organized by age groups following the Little League rules. At West we currently organize 6 leagues:
- Pitching Machine (6 & 7 year old) – Instruction league expanding on basic baseball concepts and game structure. A combination of player pitch and pitching machine is utilized. All players bat in the lineup. Innings are based on 3 outs or 4 runs whichever comes first. All players play in the field. Score is kept to determine winning team. Games last 4 innings.
- Minor League (8, 9 & 10 year old) – Transition to more competitive league with continued instruction of baseball game concepts and player skills. Players pitch entire game. Base on Balls (Walks) and stealing occur. All players bat in the lineup. 10 players play in the field. Each player must play in the field at least 2 innings and have at least 1 at bat. Innings are based on 3 outs or 5 runs whichever comes first. Games last 6 innings or 2 hours
- Major League (11 & 12 year old) – Competitive league with continued instruction of game concepts and player skills. Same game rules as 9-10 year old league except 9 players in the field.
- Junior League (13 & 14 year olds) – Competitive league with continued instruction of game concepts and player skills. Games played on Major League sized fields. Rules are very similar to major league game.
- Senior League (15 & 16 year olds) – Competitive league for 15 and 16 year old players. Rules the same as Junior League.
Big League (17 & 18 yeat olds)
8 Who is eligible to play in the West Salisbury Little League? All boys and girls with league ages between 6 and 18. All players 9-16 must live within the league’s boundary or attend a school within the boundries.
9 How do you determine your child’s league age? A player’s league is determined by the age of the player as of April 30th for the current year. 10 How are teams determined? New Players are assessed and drafted by the managers. Player assessments occur around the last week in Feb and first week in March as weather permits. Players in the Pitching Machine league are placed on the teams by the commissioner of the League.
11 How many players are on the team? Teams typically have 12 and 13 players 13 Who manages the teams? All Managers are volunteers within the league and are selected by the President and approved by the Board of Directors once the number of teams is determined after player registration. 14 Who umpires the games? All umpires are volunteers from the league and are coordinated by the Umpire in Chief. Typically Minor League games are umpired by managers and coaches from the Minor League. Major League games are umpired by the managers and coaches from the Major League. 15 How long is the regular season? The regular season typically runs from the middle of April to the middle of June. Little League requires a minimum of 12 games played for each team. 16 Who maintains the fields and facilities? Volunteers coordinate and maintain fields under the guidance of our Fields Board Member. Coaches and Managers are responsible to rake the infields after use either practice or games. Volunteers also coordinate maintenance days to help minimize the cost of contractors. WSLL contracts out grass cutting.
17 Why don’t we put names on the jerseys? WSLL abides by Little League recommendations to not put names on jerseys for safety concerns. 18 Can I video tape a game? Videotaping games is permissible for personal use. Videos of players shall not be published without consent of all parents of players involved. 19 What are All-Star and Tournament teams? At the end of the regular season All Star and Tournament teams are selected by the managers in each league. 5 and 6 year olds are not eligible and 8's are eligible for the pitching machine tournament team.
The following teams participate in post season games and tournaments:
7-8 Year old All-Star Teams – typically WSLL selects 1 all-star teams in this age group to participate in local tournaments. Tournaments usually occur on Saturdays and Sundays through July.
- 9-10 All Star Team – This team represents West Salisbury in the District 8 championship tournament. The tournament typically contains pool play with each team playing 4 games, followed by the top 2 teams in each group playing a single elimination tournament to determine the District 8 champion. The champion represents District 8 in the Maryland State tournament.
- 9-10 Tournament Team – This team represents West in local tournaments. Tournament typically occurs on Saturdays and Sundays in June and July.
- 11-12 Tournament Team – This team represents West in local tournaments. Tournament typically occurs on Saturdays and Sundays in June and July.
- 11 Year Old All Stars – This team represents West in the District 8 championship tournament. This tournament typically follows a double elimination tournament. The champion represents District 8 in the 11 year old state championship tournament.
- Major League All-Stars – This team represents West Salisbury in the District 8 championship tournament. The tournament typically contains pool play with each team playing 4 games, followed by the top 2 teams in each group playing a single elimination tournament to determine the District 8 champion. The champion represents District 8 in the Maryland State tournament. The Maryland State champion participates in the Mid-Atlantic championship. The Mid-Atlantic champion participates in the Little League World Series.
20 Who runs the snack bar? The Board appts a Concession Stand Manager and they coordinate with teams for volunteers.
21 Who announces games and runs the scoreboards? Volunteers including parents and siblings (16 or older) are asked to help. 22 What do my fees go to? League fees are used to offset the cost of uniforms, batting helmets, umpire equipment, balls, rakes, diamond dry, bases, grass seed, fertilizer and grass cutting. The league treasurer monitors and tracks the leagues finances. Fundraising and team sponsorship also help offset league operating costs and facilitate major upgrades like new scoreboards, lawn mowers and general facility upkeep.