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Manhattan Beach Little League

MB Little League Spring 2022 General Information

Welcome to the Manhattan Beach Little League Spring 2022 Season! 

Our 64th year watching our kids excel and do what they love on the baseball diamond

We are very excited to put the last two altered seasons behind us and gear up for great Spring season

PLEASE take the time to read this document in its entirety as it will help you immensely through the registration process as well as answer the important questions about the upcoming season!

REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEASON IS CURRENTLY OPEN.  IT WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 1st at 11:59pm.


We are expecting a full program this Spring and the sooner you register your player(s) the sooner you ensure they have a spot.  We will have limits on divisions and therefore you are not guaranteed placement even prior to registration closing December 1 - so please don't delay and register as soon as possible.

ONCE REGISTRATION CLOSES, ALL REGISTRANTS WILL BE WAIT-LISTED WITH NO GUARANTEE OF PLACEMENT AND INCUR LATE FEES IF ACCEPTED.

Manhattan Beach Little League is the largest organized baseball program for boys and girls in the South Bay and is run by volunteers like yourselves.  We are in need of Managers (Coaches assists the Managers), so if you are interested, please consider signing up to Manage a team.  In the event we do not have enough Managers, we may have limit the teams per division.  


WE OFFER FULL REFUNDS PRIOR TO JANUARY 1st IN EVENT YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND (subject to $20 processing fee)

The registration fees per players are used to cover our costs of field rentals, lights, uniforms, hats, baseballs, catchers gear, training equipment, charter membership dues, insurance, team photos, field maintenance and various other items and fees needed to operate the MBLL season.

The Registration and In-Season Digital Platform:

We will continue to utilize the Sports Connect platform to provide the best experience for parents and volunteers on and off the field. A few notes and tips about registration for this platform:

• If you signed up last year you will still be able to enter with the same User ID and Password.  The site can assist should you have forgotten prior login info.

• We are aware that Manhattan Beach AYSO also utilizes this platform and for all first timers you will need to set up with a separate MBLL log-in.

• The platform is the official platform of Little League International.  This being said, many of the questions and information requests are part of Little League International requirements.  The platform integrates automatically into Little League so we do not have to do manual processes to get them our data and risk not handling your proprietary information correctly. 

• Please make sure while registering to enter your information correctly (home address, cell phone, email, child birthdate, etc..) as this one time occurrence will ensure you have properly entered your player avoiding any delays while helping with proper team placement.  This information will only be shared with coaches and league officials. 

Please do not alter your child's birthdate!!!  Any manipulation can lead to a players removal from the league.

• The platform will be used all year round for communication, messaging, team rostering, your team home page, standings as well as GameChanger.  This will provide a one-of-a-kind experience allowing the best for players, parents, coaches and other family and friends.

• For Residency & School Attendance Eligibility Requirements – please choose your child’s school.  The rest is optional and you can proceed.

• If you elect to Manage or help Coach it will guide you throw some quick questions which you must complete. 

Eligibility, Age Determination & Player Placement

Manhattan Beach Residents or Kids That Are Enrolled in Manhattan Beach Schools Only.  No Exceptions

Only Manhattan Beach residents or children that attend school within the Manhattan Beach district can register their child for MB Little League.  If you are a resident of any other city please go to their Little League site for registration in the proper city. This includes residents of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.

LITTLE LEAGUE AGE
We offer many programs for ages 5-16.  Please click the link below for the Little League International age chart to determine your players appropriate age for division placement. 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AGE CHART

PLAYER PLACEMENT
Please read the following carefully as it may affect the division your player is eligible for and placed in.

Manhattan Beach Little League will strictly be following the Little League Age Chart for all divisions of play. There will be no movement to a different age division. Do not request. We want all kids to have the best experience possible with their classmates while looking out for the safety of all involved. Parents need to agree that the placement of their child in their specific division is FINAL as well as team placement.  No exceptions.

Based on entry of your child’s birthdate, the site will automatically show which division(s) are available for your child based on their Little League age. 

DIVISIONS OF PLAY
Division placement is determined by a players league age and will be strictly followed for all divisions of play.  The registration application will automatically offer which division(s) are available.  Please click the link below to help show which are available with a brief explanation. 

DIVISIONS OF PLAY & PLAYER PLACEMENT

Please note depending on where they fall more than one division of play may be available to choose from.  This only applies to 6, 8 and 11 year olds as all other divisions are mandated per age.  You will have to discuss with your child what they feel will offer the best fit and experience.All player placement is based on availability of spots in each division and the Little League age requirements. You will have initial option of selecting should two be available but the final allocation may change.  

As an example and based on birthdates, certain 11 year olds will have the option of Triple A or Majors.  Some players may be more comfortable playing as the elder of their division or some may be looking to “play up” to a higher level.  You will have to discuss with your child what they feel will offer the best fit and experience though the higher division may not be available even if selected.  Based on final registration numbers, divisions may fill up requiring younger players to be placed in the lower division offered. Evaluations will also be taken info account.

But note in the Majors division, it is mandated by Little League International that all 12 year olds must be in that division. Therefore, first priority will go to 12 year olds and after that, placement of select 11 year olds will be based on evaluations and the draft.  There will be NO player movements after draft unless approved by the MB Little League executive board and division commissioner. 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Parent / Player / Coach Code of Conduct

Also in accordance with Little League International, MB Little League will continue to follow a strict Code of Conduct for parents, players and coaches.  All are viewable on the MB Little League website along with our Disciplinary Policy. We want all adult and children MB Little League participants to exhibit exemplary behavior both on and off the field and know that having rules and policies documented will make it clear for all during the season.

Field Improvements

Beginning in 2019 MB Little League began the vast undertaking of improving five MB city baseball fields to much success -  Premier, Marine East, Marine Center, Live Oak and Big Marine.  This year we are planning to continue working and maintaining these improvements. These investments to improve all fields include items such as new sod and infield clay, new sprinkler systems and irrigation, rebuilt pitchers mounds, break-away bases, etc....  Note that all fields will be shut down and locked in mid-December to allow our crews time to refresh the infield clay and grass. We ask at this time for everyone to stay off the baseball fields to ensure the current and new sod along with the clay infields are ready to open for practices on Monday, February 28th.  We take a lot of pride in our fields and ask that all teams respect and help in the maintaining of each so players will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Key Dates 2022

Key Dates for Spring 2022 Season (Subject to Change)

MBLL Registration Is Currently Open.  Please Register ASAP.

Wednesday 12/1 - MBLL Registration Closes

Saturday 1/8 - Sunday 1/9 - Evaluation Weekend - MANDATORY FOR PLAYER PITCH DIVISIONS

February day/time TBD - Managers Meeting/Safety Class - MANDATORY

Monday 2/28 - Fields Opened - MBLL Practices Begin

TBD February - MBLL Parent Meetings

Saturday 3/5 - MBLL Games Begin/Team Photos?

w/o 4/4 - Spring Break.  No Games Scheduled.

TBD - MBLL Playoffs Begin - AA/AAA/Majors

Saturday 5/21- Last games for Tee Ball and Single A

TBD- MBLL Championship Day (AA/AAA/Majors) & Closing Ceremony

Other Important Information

Opening Day Parade

TBD FOR 2022


Due to the current and on-going situation with COVID MBLL may have to consider cancelling the 2022 Opening Day Parade.  It would be unfortunate and we will be closely monitoring the situation with Los Angeles County.

Snack Stand:

TBD FOR 2022

Due to the current and on-going situation with COVID MBLL will most likely be suspending all snack stands.  In-addition to being a great way to get a snack, it was a great source of generating league funds to help offset registration costs.  But for the time being each family will not be required to complete their two 90-minute snack stand shifts or buy-out option.  We will let everyone know if anything changes.

Intermediate 50/70 Division:

Manhattan Beach Little League will again be offering the Intermediate 50/70 division for players age 12 - 13, which will also include play vs teams from Redondo and Hermosa Beach.  As a non-competitive division with no standings or playoffs, the primary goal is to provide the players a suitable vehicle to transition from the traditional sized Little League Baseball fields to fields that will prepare players for the bigger fields used for the Junior and Senior divisions.

Kids are allowed to play in this division while also playing on a MBLL Majors or Juniors teams.  They may also choose to just play in just this 50/70 division.  They will play approximately 12 games each Sunday (late February - May) and have no additional practices.  There will be a 50/70 All-Star team for select 13 year olds that meet the eligibility requirements.

Please note that spots are limited in this division and priority will be given to older players. Should a player need to be removed due to reaching maximum team space capacity a full refund will be provided. 

Volunteers for Managers (Coaches just assist Managers and in kid pitch divisions no pairings)

The success of MB Little League is determined by our amazing volunteers.  Like past years, we need you to volunteer to help the league thrive. We truly appreciate all who apply to Manage teams in the league.  The privilege of Managing your child and teammates is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and hope you will consider taking advantage of the opportunity.  All Managers MUST be approved by the MB Little League board and not guaranteed in the event more requests are made versus slots available. In-addition, all Managers will be required to attend a Managers meeting TBD  to discuss rules, safety certification, coaching codes of conduct and the goals of the up-coming season.

If we do not have enough Managers then we may have to limit teams per divisions so please consider signing up to run a team.

Note that for the Double A, Triple A and Majors divisions only team Managers will be selected prior to each draft.  There will be no pairing up with coaches prior. Depending on which players are drafted by each Manager will determine a team’s coaching and practice staff.  

Evaluation Weekend - January 8-9th 2022

All player pitch division participants (Double A, Triple A, Majors, Juniors, Seniors) will be required to attend.  There will be no other dates for evaluations.  This mandatory one-time 30 minute evaluation session is necessary to ensure the proper rankings and placement prior to team drafts. Details to follow as time gets closer.  Location and Time - TBD

Note if considering the Majors division you will need to present your player's birth certificate (will not be kept).  All players regardless of division will need to provide their completed medical waiver prior to taking the field. 

Contact

Manhattan Beach Little League
MB Little League, PO Box 3852
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Email: [email protected]

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