FALL BALL FAQS
Before emailing the Registrar or DLL Board, please take the time to read through these FAQs and hopefully the information you need is here!
Registration for Fall Ball 2023 opened Monday July 10th and closed Thursday August 10th.
At this time we are only accepting waitlisted registrations. Once teams are formed we will not be able to accept further players.
Our Spring 2024 registration will begin in November, so if you are interested create an account through our website so
you can be emailed and updated as more information becomes available for future seasons!
I have COVID-19 Questions
· Please see our COVID Safety Page to read how DLL is working to keep players and volunteers safe. Here is a list of the topics covered:
· Universal Guidelines
· Policies for Coaches/Volunteers
· Policies for Players
· Policies for Families
· Guidelines for practices, equipment, and restrooms
· What to do if you believe your player has been exposed to COVID-19
· Responsibility to report a COVID-19 positive test in a player or close contact of the player
· Return to participation if a player tests positive, or becomes symptomatic, for COVID-19
What Divisions are offered in Fall Ball?
· The Fall 2023 Season will include play in the AA, AAA, Majors, 50/70, and Juniors divisions
· Players Little League Age Chart 7-14 are eligible to register
When is the Fall Ball season?
· Fall Ball generally begins the weekend after Labor Day and ends the last week of October. It is typically an 8-week season that starts with registration in July and August, followed by team creation (including a skills assessment for AAA and Majors division in late Aug), an initial week of practice, followed by the start of games around the second week of September.
When does registration start?
· Registration is OPEN now through Thursday August 10th 2023.
· Regular Registration generally opens late July / early August. Please check our Calendar page for exact Fall Ball registration dates.
· A late registration period will remain open after regular registration closes. A $50 non-refundable late fee will apply to all late registrations received.
When are games during Fall Ball?
· For Fall Ball 2023 games will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Sundays. Players will have 1-2 games a week once the season officially starts.
When and where are practices held?
· At Davis Little League the team managers who sign up to coach and organize the team are the individuals who create the practice schedule for their team. Practices can take place at the Davis Little League field complex on H Street, however due to the number of teams in each division, field availability, and the fact that two of the fields do not have lights for evening use, some practices will likely be scheduled at other parks and green spaces around Davis. Most teams practice between 1-2 times per week.
· Important Note: The DLL Board is unable to accommodate practice and game times/days of the week on a player-by-player basis and we are unable to move players due to scheduling conflicts.
How old does my child have to play to participate in the Davis Little League
· The Fall Davis Little League Season is for players Little League ages 7-14. DLL adheres to the 2024 Little League Age Chart . PLEASE FIGURE OUR YOUR CHILD'S LL AGE BEFORE REGISTERING. Your child's LL age can be different from their actual age as our age chart flips over to the new year in September of every year.
What level should my child play?
· Majors Division is for players who were assigned to a Majors team in the Spring 2023 Season OR who are ready to play in Majors in Spring 2024. The skill level for Majors is significantly higher than AAA. Play is faster and pitching becomes more consistent, fast, and accurate. Strategy becomes an integral part of the game at this level and players need to be ready for this transition before they move up.
· NOTE - ALL LL Age 12 players must apply for Majors
· AAA Division is for the players who are ready for AAA level play which includes some players who played AAA last season as well as some who played AA. Players move up to the big fields w/lights and games can be somewhat later in the evenings due to this field change. Skill levels increase as does the speed and pace of the game. At this level, players start to understand strategy as the game has fewer restrictions than lower levels.
· NOTE – LL Age 10 players are required to attend Skills Assessments and register for AAA - even if this is your first year. We will make decisions in the draft room if coaches do not feel your player is safe to play at this level.
· AA level is for those players who are not ready for AAA baseball and would benefit from a skills refresher. This AA level will stress skills development. There are NO TRYOUTS for AA players. Live pitching is introduced, and kids move up on field size compared with the Farm field. Players become more familiar with positions. Plays are now being made on a consistent basis.
· 50/70 & Juniors - This division is for players who have aged out of Majors. Players Little League Age 13 & 14 play in this division where the fields are bigger, the distance between bases and pitching distances are greater, and skill/strategic play increase. These games are typically held at Civic Field or Playfields, where the field size matches this division.
· These divisions are tentative for the Fall based on numbers and our ability to create a full roster. Please register so we have numbers, but full refunds will be offered if we do not have enough volunteers or if other D64 leagues do not form teams to play against.
When are Skills Assessments and who are they for?
· At the AAA and Majors levels teams cannot be formed until after the skills assessment and subsequent draft therefore the skills assessment will take place after registration closes and with enough time to form teams and have a week of practice before the season begins.
· Please check our Calendar page for the Fall Ball Skill Assessment dates.
· Players will be assigned a 30-minute time slot for evaluations. More information will be emailed to registered AAA and Majors players the week of assessments.
· Please note only AAA and Majors attend tryouts
· The AA division does not participate in skills evaluations.
· All players will be assigned to a team, regardless of their tryout performance. Help your child relax. This is just a way for the managers to get a quick look at your child's skills to help create competitive and more well-balanced teams at these levels.
We live in Dixon or Winters. Can my child play in Davis?
· Yes. Dixon and Winters LL's do not offer a Fall Ball Season, which allows players from those towns to play for DLL, even if your player does not attend school in Davis.
We live in Woodland. Can my child play in Davis?
· Depends. If your child attends school in Davis, yes, they can register for DLL. If they go to school in Woodland, they must play for the Woodland Little League who does hold a fall season.
What if my home league is having a season and we would rather play Davis Little League?
· You may apply for a waiver from both league presidents and must be approved by the District 64 administrator. You can find a copy for the form here. Please submit your request to [email protected]
When will I be notified of my child's team placement?
· You should hear from your child's coach the week before practices are scheduled to begin.
Do you offer friend/coach requests?
· The simple answer is no.
· AAA and Majors: At Davis Little League our AAA and Majors divisions are formed through a draft process where Managers select their team following a skills assessment which allows teams to be more competitive and well balanced, making the season more fun for everyone. There are no friend requests based on this draft model. At the AAA and Majors divisions the parent volunteer who signs up to be a Manager for a team is able to select one Assistant Coach which they will be paired with and their players will automatically be on their team. Every other player added to the team will be through the draft process.
· AA: At the AA level we strive to form teams that are fair and well-balanced based on player's age and experience. We attempt to have a few players from the same school on teams together, however the goal of team sports is also to expand a child's social circle, giving them opportunities to meet new friends outside of their school/neighborhood, and learn from these new experiences. A major part of team sports is developing individuals into a team, and while we all value friendships and love our former coaches and teammates, growth comes from trying new things, playing with new friends, and learning from new coaches. For this reason we do not accept friend requests at the AA level.
· As with the AAA and Majors, the parent volunteer who takes on the vital role of Team Manager can select one Assistant Coach, however outside of that individual teams will be formed by Division Rep with the data we have from registration (age, experience, school) as well as previous coach evaluations and feedback.
· Siblings will be placed together on the same team unless one is not ready to play at the same level or the family requests separate teams.
· To reiterate, the only way to guarantee 2 friends play together is if their parents register as manager/assistant coach and agree to coach a team together. If you have questions about the obligations of a manager/assistant please see the volunteer page of the website for more information. The best managers and coaches are individuals who are positive, have a growth mindset and understand that ultimately DLL baseball is about community, exercise, friendship, and teamwork, and want to work to support and empower our players to further develop their skills each practice and game while never taking the fun out of the experience!
· Please also note that it is the Team Manager who chooses the practice times and locations, some practices might be held at the Davis Little League field complex, while others are likely to be held at a park or green space around Davis.