How is CSLL structured?
CSLL is managed by an elected Executive that administers the league in line with established bylaws, local rules and policies. The league is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. CSLL Baseball is comprised of:Blastball (age 3-4)
T-Ball (age 5-6)
Mini-minors (age 7-8) Rookie-Minors (8-10)
Minors (age 8-11)
Majors (age 9-12) Intermediate (11-13) Junior (13-14)
Plus a Challengers program for kids up to 17 years old. Depending upon the level, the playing fields are slightly different in terms of length of base paths, distance from pitching mound, and distance to the outfield fences from home plate.
What if I don’t live in the boundaries of CSLL?
Most likely you will have to participate in another Little League program, unless you lived within the boundaries while registered with CSLL and then moved outside the boundaries. In that case, you may be able to receive a waiver and continue to participate in CSLL.
How much does it cost to participate in CSLL?
As of 2017 the league fees range from $40 to $150 for the spring season. There is also a $75.00 refundable uniform deposit and a $100.00 fee or $100 deposit for concession duties.
When does the season begin and end?
Please check the calendar on the CSLL web page for exact league dates and events. Typically, the spring season begins in early April. An Opening Day event kicks off the first games of the season. The regular game season usually lasts through mid-June, including divisional playoff games. The season is extended for players that are selected to the District 7 All-Star tournament teams. Additionally, there are Fun Tournament games in mid June for those who wish to participate. We also run a fall ball program in Sept-Oct for ages 8-12.
Where are CSLL games played?
CSLL games are primarily played at Centennial park however the teams in the rookie-minors division and above may travel. Typical travel is to various parks in the Victoria area.
What days and times are the games played?
All teams in CSLL are scheduled for one weekday and one Saturday slot. Games may be played on Sunday afternoons for older divisions. Weekday games generally begin at 6.00pm and Saturday games are played between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. It is CSLL’s desire to have games be completed before 9:00 pm on weekdays. Depending on the division and whether the team is home or visitor, players should arrive from 30 minutes prior to game time so they can properly warm up, and managers can get the line-up cards ready prior to the start of the game.
Who umpires CSLL games?
CSLL uses a combination of unpaid adult volunteers and paid junior umpires. All umpires are required to attend training clinics. A plate umpire and a field umpire are used in all games; unless a scheduling issue arises causing a shortage of available umpires. In the T-Ball and Mini divisions, coaches manage the flow of the game.
When will I find out what team my child will play on?
All teams should be formed by the end of March. Your child’s manager will notify you of the team’s first meeting. If you don’t hear from a team manager by the end of March please contact a league official.
When will the practices begin?
The goal is for teams to be in a position to begin practices a couple of weeks before Opening Day, which is near the end of March. For Minors and Majors, practices typically begin the week after draft night. Actual practice schedules will depend upon weather and formation of teams. Younger divisions will not begin until after opening ceremonies.
How often and long will my child practice?
Practice frequency and duration are up to the team manager. Generally, it is recommended that T-ball and Mini-minor teams practice/play twice per week for about an hour. Rookie-Minors and above average two times a week for anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
Where will my child practice?
CSLL schedules field practice times at Centennial Park fields throughout the season. Your coach might have practices at a local school. You will know where your child will practice once your child is placed on a team and your manager contacts you.
What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should have a glove and molded cleats (Rookies and above). The team will have a supply of bats and helmets but it is recommended to have your own helmet to reduce the potential for exposure to head lice. Some bats have been deemed illegal from Little League Canada. A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items. Please label your child’s belongings with his/her name.
Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
CSLL provides each player in Blastball and Tball with a hat and a shirt. Players in the Mini’s division receive a hat, pants and a shirt. At Rookies and above we supply pants, socks, a team jersey and a team hat. The socks and hat are the player’s to keep. The pants and jersey must be returned at the end of the season. You are responsible for providing a glove for your child. Be sure your child dresses appropriately, and brings a jacket or sweatshirt, especially early in the season.
Can my child be placed on a team with one of their friends?
CSLL attempts to place children in Blastball, T-Ball and Mini-Minors with special requests on the team asked for however all requests cannot be made. In Rookie Minors, Minors and Majors, children are subject to the Draft, so there are no guarantees they will be placed with their friends.
If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed. Such requests must be made in writing to appropriate player-agent or president for consideration by the CSLL Executive. Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult if not impossible to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.
If my child decides to quit, is it possible to get a refund?
Registration fees are refundable up until the time that a player is assigned to a team. Once a player is assigned to a team, and before the regular season begins, refunds will be granted only in special circumstances. No refunds will be granted after the season begins.
Can I keep my child down or bring them up a division a year early?
CSLL strongly supports age appropriate competition and development. CSLL allows parents of 3-8 year olds to restrict their children to a specific division when in T-ball or Mini-Minors. Otherwise children 5-8 are placed in T-Ball or Mini-Minors based on their age. Information on restricting your child can be obtained by your Division Coordinator.
Are there any rules about minimum playing time?
We strive for fair play. No child can sit more than two consecutive innings and no child can sit twice until every child has sat once. In T-Ball through Juniors a continuous batting order is used.
Are there time limits on games?
The Blastball program is designed to run for 30 minutes. The T-ball program is for one hour. For the divisions of Mini-Minors, Rookie-Minors and Minors no inning can begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes and no inning shall start after 7:45pm. After the May long weekend games can go longer and it will be up to the umpire to decide if there is enough light. There are no time limits for Majors and above games.
Are there conduct rules that apply during games?
CSLL has a ZERO tolerance policy and does not tolerate foul language or taunting at any level by the players, parents, managers, or coaches. Any spectator, player, manager or coach that is warned is subject to being ejected from the premises and banned from the complex for additional games. Complaints shall be addressed to the president and reviewed in front of the executive.
What is the playoff structure?
CSLL teams play an entire regular season with no standings. Playoffs are held for minor and major teams. They typically consist of a round-robin format.
Who is responsible for staffing the Concession stand at CSLL?
Upon registering a player for participation in CSLL, the player’s parent(s) agree to serve 2 volunteer shifts where at least 1 shift is in the concession stand when asked by the Team manager. A schedule for this is developed by the Concession Manager. Please do your part in support of operating the concessions stand. It’s a great way to meet other parents and have a little fun!
Do I have to participate in any fundraising?
CSLL relies on fundraising to help support the operations of the league. Player registration fees only account for a portion of the needed operating capital required for equipment, facilities maintenance and repairs, uniforms, etc. CSLL supplements player registration fees with league sponsors and fundraising. Each team is expected to participate in the league’s concession duties.
Who do I contact if I have a problem that needs to be resolved by the league?
If at any time you have a problem or just want information, you can contact the league at any time. However, please first discuss any concerns with your child’s manager, and then with the division’s coordinator. If you cannot find resolution you may then contact the president. Contact information is on the CSLL web site under the executive link.