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Online registration for the 2020 Spring Little League baseball season will open on November 1, 2019.  We hope this document will answer many of the questions you have about Del Mar Little League baseball.  If you have any additional questions, please email the Registrar at registrar@delmaramerican.org.

Who is eligible to play baseball in the Del Mar Little League?

Age Requirements:  

For purposes of eligibility a Player's Age is based on their age on August 31, 2020. For many players, they will be turning that age during the season. For example, while your player maybe only 8 as of February 1, 2020. If they turn 9 before August 31, 2020 they are Little League 9 and will be required to attend evaluations and will be assigned to one of our player (kid) pitch divisions.

Del Mar Little League provides Youth Baseball for boys and girls between the Little League ages of 5 and 14 years.

Boundary Requirements: To be eligible to play in the Del Mar Little League, you must either:

  1. Live within the DMLL boundary,
  2. Attend school within the DMLL boundary or have a sibling who attends school within the DMLL boundary, or
  3. Have played for DMLL last year

What do I need to do to register with the league and specifically for the 2020 Spring Season?

To start please click on the Register Tab on the right-hand side of the website.  After clicking on the tab you will be first asked to login in or register/subscribe the adult guardian that will be primarily responsible for registering a player for the 2020 season.

What Are The Registration Fees For the Season?

$175.00 for each child registered for T-Ball or Coach Pitch

$230.00 for each child registered for Rookie, AA, AAA, or Majors

$295.00 for each child registered for Juniors

Are there discounts if I register more than one player? 

Yes there are discounts for multiple children;

 

To try and keep our players as much as possible with other players that are within a grade of each other we do restrict and will adjust the division a guardian has requested a player to play in.  Our focus is on player development in all our divisions. If you have concerns about what level is best for your player please contact our Player Agent after you have reviewed our documents regarding divisions of play and you have completed a questionnaire/waiver regarding having your player participate at a level lower than what is stated in our guidelines. Request to play at a higher level would need to be brought forward and approved by the board.

When Will Evaluations Be Held?
Evaluations are planned to be held on Sunday, January 12, 2019, at Ashley Falls.   They usually last approximately 90 minutes and are arranged by the Players Little League age. Specific about the event will be on the league website two to three weeks before. 

What Happens At Evaluations?
Evaluations help the league decide on the number of teams withing its Majors to AA Division. It provides a means for all players to be evaluated equally on a range of skills by Managers and the League's Boards.  Managers attend and conduct their own assessments. All players participating in AA through Majors must attend. Players will be evaluated on the following skills:  fielding fly balls, fielding ground balls, throwing (from outfield and infield positions), batting, and running.  Regardless of how a player does at evaluations, all players will be placed on a team in accordance with the age and division guidelines approved by the league. 

This is Little League – everyone plays!

Who Needs to Attend Evaluations?
All 9-, 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds are required to attend evaluations. 

All 8-year-olds are expected to attend and need to attend if they were in the Rookie division the previous year.

There are no evaluations for 4-,5-, 6-, or 7-year-olds.

What Should I Do If I Am Interested In Being A Manager for the 2020 Season?

If you are interested in managing a team for the 2019 season, please contact the division coordinator for the division you are interested in managing.  The contact information for all division coordinators on the league website under the “Board” tab.

What Important Dates Should I Be Aware Of For The 2018 Spring Little League Season

  • Player Evaluations – Sunday, January 12, 2019 at Ashley Falls
  • Practices Begin – Practices will begin in early to mid-February depending on the division
  • Opening Day - First Game

What Divisions are Offered by Del Mar Little League?

Del Mar Little League is a leadership organization using the game of baseball as our vehicle. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all children to have fun, while learning and developing in the sport of baseball. We provide several levels of play in order to meet the needs of the community that we serve. Below is a list of divisions that we are offering for the 2020 season. PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY and contact the Player Agent at   if you are considering requesting that your child play DOWN in a lower division due to safety or ability concerns. 

Juniors Division – All 13- and 14-year-olds

This division is for ALL 13- and 14-year-olds. Relatively competitive baseball played on a field with a distance of 60’ for the mound and 90’ for the bases. Coaches draft teams in order to create parity.

Majors Division – All 12-year-olds (unless parent request a waivered down to AAA), the majority of our 11-year-olds and a very few of the highest level 10-year-olds.

This division has a high level of play. The pitching is generally quite fast and the speed of the game is rapid. There are play-time requirements that include all players playing a minimum of 3 innings in a defensive position, but no requirement for any player to play an infield position. Players will need to commit to 4 days per week to baseball, which includes a minimum of 2 games and two practices. Selection of pla ayers to teams will be done by a draft. Request for specific team or to be able to play on the same team with specific other players will not be considered.

AAA Division – Any 12-year-olds who have waivered down. All 11-year-olds who were not drafted onto Majors teams (unless waivered down to AA), 10-year-olds and very few of the highest level 9-year-olds.

This division is for players who are prepared for a moderately high level of play. The pitching will be relatively strong, but generally unrefined. There are play-time requirements that include no player sitting out a 2nd inning until all players have sat out once. In addition, there is a requirement that every player play at least 2 innings in an infield position during each game. Many players will have a chance to pitch during the season, but 12 year olds in this division are not allowed to pitch. Player must be willing to commit 4 days per week to baseball, which includes a minimum of 2 games and usually two practices. Selection of players on to teams will be done by a draft players and no requests are granted

AA Division – Any 11-year-olds who have waivered down. All 10-year-olds who were not drafted onto AAA teams (unless waivered down to AA), 9-year-olds, and very few of the highest level 8-year-olds.

This division is for players who are prepared for a moderate level of play. The pitching will be less developed and generally quite a bit slower than the divisions above. There are playtime requirements that include no player sitting out a 2nd inning until all players have sat out once. In addition, there is a requirement that every player play at least 3 innings in an infield position during each game. Players that are Little League 8 that want to be considered in the draft for this division will need to participate in the 9 year old evaluations. Player must be willing to commit 3 days per week to baseball, which typically include 2 games and one practice a week. The Managers of the division will draft players onto their teams and no requests are granted.

Rookie – 8-year-olds that were not placed on a AA team, and all 7-year-olds who want to play in this division. No Little League 6-year-olds will be placed in the division.

This division will focus on player development and expand on the skills developed in Coach Pitch. Standing and game scores will not be kept by the league. This division is an instructional league for little league players ages 7 and 8 where kid pitching is introduced for the first time. The objectives are to teach players to play as a team and bat and field effectively. Managers are encouraged to develop each player’s fundamentals in both practice and game environments throughout the season.  The season will be split into 2 phases.  In the first phase, coaches will pitch from the mound during games and players will work on their pitching during practices.  This phase will last approximately one month or until such time as the Division Coordinator, in discussions with the Managers, determines that the players are prepared to proceed to the next phase.  In the second phase, kids will begin pitching. In this Division, kids will be called out on strikes during both the coach pitch and kid pitch phases. Players who sign up on time for this division will generally be placed on teams with some players from their school or neighborhood.  This division will generally include one practice and one game per week.

Coach Pitch – All remaining 7 year olds and all 6 year olds who want to be in this division. No Little League 5 year olds will be placed play in this division. Players that are Little League 5 and play in T-ball the year before will need to repeat T-Ball.

This is our standard Coach Pitch Division. It is a bit higher level of play than T-Ball. Players play all positions during the season and players are rotated so no player plays more than one inning at any one position during a game.  Coaches pitch the ball from a safe distance from the batter’s box.  There are no strikeouts or walks and each batter must hit a fair ball during his/her at bat.  If a player does not hit the ball after 6 pitches, players will hit from the tee.  This division will include one practice and one game per week. Six-year-old players that are in first grade or have already played T-ball are encouraged to participate in this division. Players who sign up on time for this division will generally be placed on teams with some players from their school or neighborhood.

T-Ball – 5 year olds (NO EXCEPTIONS) and all remaining 6 year olds who do not choose to play in the Coach Pitch division.

This is our standard T-Ball Division. It is an introductory level of play. Players play all positions during the season and all players are in the field each inning.  Managers will rotate players so that each player plays a different position each inning.  Each team will bat through their entire lineup each inning. This division holds practice for approximately 1 hour prior to game times, which are only on Saturday’s. Players who sign up on time for this division will generally be placed on teams with some players from their school or neighborhood.