How is the program structured? What are the age limits?
Here is everything you want to know about our divisions that are set according to the player's birthdate and the Little League International Age Chart for Baseball.
How are teams formed?
T-ball teams are formed using coach requests, player requests and school information. When there is no coach or friend request, we try to group kids by the school they attend to make it easier for teams to practice together and to introduce them to friends they will recognize at school.
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.
Evaluation Day 2017 will be Saturday, February 25th. Look for a schedule to come out soon. Don't forget to attend the Parent Meeting (all divisions!) on that day. These events are all at St. Peter's Lutheran School (gym) in Plymouth!
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.
We have not yet received a uniform sizing guide for 2017. For reference, consider last year's guide: Uniform Size Chart 2016.pdf
Age Divisions for 2017
PCLL follows the Little League International age divisions for baseball. View the 2017 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. Unfortunately, children who are under this age are not eligible to play at this time. 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 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, but some coaches like to start practicing at the end of March. Michigan weather being what it is, we cannot predict when fields will be released to us by the townships. Games run until the end of June, weather permitting. Some makeup games may be scheduled early in 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 belt) and equipment (bats, helmets, catcher gear, etc). Players are only required to bring a glove and appropriate footwear, preferably cleats.
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. PLEASE JOIN US! YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AND WELCOME!
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 both 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.
What if I have more questions?
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