Stuck on what size of uniform to order? Check this chart courtesy of our supplier. Uniform Size Chart 2016.pdf
Machine Pitch Clinics - December 2015
We are excited to offer a clinic that helps t-ball players transition to the exciting world of machine pitch play. All clinics are held at Precision Baseball, located at 7835 Market Street, Canton. Pre-registration is required! Just log into your account here at www.ply-canLL.com to register. Bring a mitt, water bottle, and bat (if available), and wear athletic clothing and running shoes.
December 21 & 22, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
December 28 & 29, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Age Divisions for 2016
PCLL follows the Little League International age divisions for baseball. View the 2016 Age Division Chart.
Can my four-year old play?
Our program offers our youngest players the opportunity to play t-ball at age 5 and 6. For 2016, this includes children with birthdates between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2011. Unfortunately, children whose birthday falls later than August 31, 2011 are not eligible to play. There can be a variety of skill levels, attention spans, and learning styles at any one time for this age group and we need to keep it safe and fun for everyone!
Can my child play up?
There are times when a child demonstrates an ability and attitude beyond his or her years. Players must be endorsed by a previous PCLL coach to play up in the coming year. Players who did not participate in the previous PCLL season are welcome to attend the evaluation session (date and time to be determined for 2016) to be considered for the next age division. Please note that a child may only bump up by one year. For example, a 7-year old may not bump up to the Minor division which is for 9 and 10 year olds, but an 8-year old can. That 7-year old must wait until age 8 to be considered eligible for the evaluation.
When are practices/games?
PCLL does not have their own baseball fields. We lease fields from the community and private owners to enable our teams to practice and play games. Many of these field permits do not become available until mid-April. Game/Practice schedules will not be available until then.
In the past, games have usually been on the weekends and practices during the week. The older divisions have occasional weeknight games. We typically play at Canton Sports Center on Michigan Avenue, Heritage Park in Canton, Plymouth Township Park (McClumpha), and other local parks and schools. In 2016, we expect to have some games scheduled at the Van Buren Little League Fields, located on Beck Road south of Ecorse.
How long is the season?
Our first game is typically played in mid-April. Games run until the end of June, weather permitting. Some makeup games may be scheduled in the first few weeks of July. There are no games over the Memorial Day or Fourth of July weekends.
What type of equipment does my child need?
PCLL provides a full uniform (hat, jersey, pants, socks) and equipment (bats, helmets, catcher gear, etc). Players are only required to bring a glove and appropriate footwear, preferably cleats.
How are teams formed?
T-ball teams are formed using coach requests, player requests and school information to make it easier on the younger players. Players are grouped by the school they attend to make it easier to practice together and for familiarity.
Machine Pitch teams consist of players who are ages 7 and 8. These teams are formed using coach requests, player requests and school information. We do not have a Coach Pitch division.
From age 9, teams are formed by a player draft. The importance of the draft is to create balanced teams, incorporating players of all skill levels. This eliminates the house team versus travel team imbalance that is sometimes found in other programs.
How are players “Drafted”?
Each player age 9 and up will be evaluated on a set of basic baseball skills (throwing, hitting, running, catching). They will be given a ranking that will be used during the draft process. At the end of the process, each player will be placed on a team. The rankings will be used to ensure each team has a similar set of skills.
Are volunteers screened?
All PCLL volunteers who work with players are subject to a full background check thru Lexis Nexus. PCLL typically operates with 125+ screened volunteers each season.
What makes PCLL different?
Our commitment to player development and safety is key to our success. PCLL is the first league in Michigan to win the ASAP Safety Award from Little League International. Each year, five leagues across the country are selected. In 2012, PCLL was one of them. We have committed to player development by having player development and player agent positions on our board. Our winter clinics are just the start of the developmental opportunities we offer our players. Through our draft process, we are able to make the season a more enjoyable experience for all.
Our plans changed. Can we get a refund?
If a player needs to drop out of our program, a partial refund will be available if the drop occurs before the draft (for ages 9 and up) and before uniforms are ordered (all ages). NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN AFTER UNIFORMS ARE ORDERED.