FAQs

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Frequent Questions:


 

Q:  Where are games played?

A:  It depends on the Cap City Division:

  • National = Macomb Park
  • A Division = Lafayette
  • AA Division =Upshur, Forest Hills
  • AAA/Majors = Takoma 4, Livingston, Forest Hills
  • Juniors = Deal, Fort Reno
  • Games are also sometimes played at other fields in the city, especially when playing interleague games against teams from other DC Little Leagues.

 


Q:  How do I know when my player's team will practice?

A:  The coach of the team will communicate with the players' parents to schedule practice times and locations.

 


Q: My player would like to be on the same team his/her friends (siblings, classmates, etc.). Is that possible?

A:  Please note your requests in the online registration form.  After registration closes, Commissioners in the National, A, and AA Divisions will assign teams based on the number of registrants.  The Commissioners will make efforts to accommodate team requests until rosters are filled.  Note that in the AAA, Majors, and Juniors Divisions, teams are drafted by the Coaches in those Divisions, although all efforts are made to ensure that siblings in the same Division who want to play together are assigned to the same team.

 


Q: How do I determine my player's age under Little League rules?

A:  Use the chart below to determine the correct league.

CCLL Baseball League Age Chart (valid for Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 seasons only)

Baseball Player Birthdate Range CCLL League Age
May 1, 2004 – April 30, 2005 14
May 1, 2005 – August 31, 2006 13
September 1, 2006 – August 31, 2007 12
September 1, 2007 – August 31, 2008 11
September 1, 2008 – August 31, 2009 10
September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010 9
September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2011 8
September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012 7
September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013 6
September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014 5
September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015 4

 


Q: My child was born in the summer of 2006 - why are the dates different?

A: Little League adjusted the League Year cutoffs several years ago from April 30 to August 31, so children born in the summer of 2006 will be considered league age 13 and will play in the Juniors for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 seasons.

 


Q: My child is 11 and has never played baseball before - is it too late to begin playing?

A: Absolutely not. CapCity welcomes all players regardless of experience or skill level. We will ensure an appropriate team placement, and our coaches are excellent at teaching the basic skills necessary for success and fun.

 


Q: My child played in the AA Division last spring. What Division will he be in this Fall?

A: Every player who is at least League Age 11 or   who played a Spring Season in the Minors/AA Division must participate in the Fall Tryouts in September. Based on those tryouts, the player may be placed in the Majors Division (if at least League Age 10), the AAA Division, or the AA (formerly Minors) Division.

 


Q: My child is League Age 12. Is she guaranteed to play in the Majors?

A: Yes, all children League Age 12 have the right to play in the Majors Division. In very limited circumstances, a parent can request that the child play in the AAA Division.

 


Q: My child is League Age 11. Is there a chance he plays in the AA Division?

A: No, all children League Age 11 will play at least in the AAA Division if not otherwise drafted into the Majors Division.

 


Q: My child is League Age 13, can he play in the Majors Division?

A: No, children League Age 13 and 14 will play in the Juniors Division, which uses a full-size (60'-90') field and regular baseball rules.  The Juniors Division is an excellent opportunity to continue the development of skills for Middle School and High School play, and we have seen a tremendous expansion of players continuing on from the Majors Division to the Junior Division in recent years.


Q: Why do you do a draft for the AAA and Majors, and why can't my children play with their existing teammates?

A: Capitol City Little League, like all local Little League programs, is required to assign players to Majors divisions teams via a draft.  According to Little League, “[h]aving a draft is not only a requirement in the Little League [Majors] Divisions and above, it also allows for parity within your league that will provide for a valuable experience for all players and teams.”  For these reasons, Little League actually recommends that all divisions utilize a fair and equitable draft method to select teams.

In addition to following Little League rules, the draft provides competitive balance and a safer level of play.  At these levels, players of the same age have varying degrees of ability.  Positional play—especially pitching and catching—is especially important to the safe and enjoyable flow of the game.  As we have observed and decades of Little League experience has found, competitive imbalance leads to lopsided games that sour the experience for both the winning and losing teams, even when those teams have familiar friends and teammates, and is one of the main reasons that players decide to give up on baseball.

Besides offering a safer level of play and better team parity, the draft most importantly helps foster a stronger CapCity community.  The draft allows players to develop a wide range of friends across teams and divisions.  Indeed, it is not uncommon for Majors division players to have played on a team at one time or another with many of the kids on the other Majors teams.  The draft also gives our players the chance to learn from a number of coaches, all of whom connect with kids in different ways to inspire them, help them improve, and develop a love for the game.  This familiarity and friendship across teams, we have observed, improves the Little League experience for everyone.


Q:  The registration fee(s) for my player(s) would represent a financial hardship for me.  Is financial assistance available?

A:  Yes. Please contact us with your request.

About Capitol City Little League

Capitol City Little League is a volunteer run organization focused on introducing and teaching baseball and softball to our children - ages 5 to 14.  Each season, more than 500 children participate in CCLL.  See boundaries for eligibility.
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Mailing Address

Capitol City Little League
P.O. Box 5764
Washington, D.C.  20016