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Jul, 2022

Fall Ball Registration is Open!

TO: West Bend Little League Parents
FROM: West Bend Little League
SUBJECT: 2022 Fall League Information
DATE: July 6, 2022


Hello Parents!
West Bend Little League is pleased to announce that there will be a Fall League again this year. The basic
information for the league is outlined in this letter including important dates.

What is Fall League? The Fall League is a separate season with new teams built designed to give kids who want
to continue their baseball or softball experience past what they received in the summer. It is also structured to
move the oldest kids of each Spring League level to the level they will play next year. This gives them valuable
experience for the next year’s Spring League. The Fall League stresses the fundamentals. Games are still played,
but no standings are kept. Teams are determined by evaluations (excluding Rookies and TBall), similar to the
Spring League. The evaluation dates are 8/8 through 8/10 and will be sent via evaluation slips and will be held at
the West Bend Little League Complex at 600 E Water St. (details for evaluation times will be given out upon
registration). The dates are specific to certain divisions.

Who can play in Fall League? Players need not have been in the West Bend Little League system to play in the
Fall League. Players from other communities (but not limited to) like Grafton, Kewaskum and Slinger are
eligible to play. Players of all skill levels are welcome!

How are teams built? Other than Rookies and Tball, teams are built upon ranking players based on their
evaluation score to help balance out the talent, pitching and catching abilities. If a player cannot make an
evaluation, we request that parents provide a contact for a coach that has worked with them during the summer for
a basic assessment of skills. Requests for carpools or “same team” will be honored WITHIN REASON. This is
not a league where an entire summer traveling team can play together on the same team. This league is about
working at fundamentals and basics. Teams are built as even as possible on paper. Rookie and Tball teams are
built based on school attendance as much as possible. Coaching needs come first, so some players may be split
up from their normal classmates.

What is the divisional structure of the Fall League? The breakdown for each level and league ages are as follows.
Please read the league age breakdown carefully. There are new rules as of this year depending on the age you are.

Tball: introduction to the fundamentals of baseball; smaller teams and batters hit balls off a batting tee
Rookies: Machine Pitch – introduction to baseball with pitched balls to batters
Midwest: Player Pitch – league where players first begin pitching to batters. Rules are set up to maximize
playing time and develop pitching.
Intermediate: introduction to “real” baseball on a 50’ pitching mound and 70’ base paths. This game teaches the
fundamentals of leading off, holding runners on and for pitchers to work on pitching out of the stretch. Typically,
there is not enough players in Fall to offer BOTH Majors and Intermediate, so WBLL opts to teach the
Intermediate game.
Juniors: real baseball on a 60’ 6” pitching distance and 90’ base paths – same size as a high school diamond

GFP Softball (Minors): introductory level to fast pitch softball, 35’ pitching distance
GFP Softball (Majors): next level of fast pitch softball with , 40’ pitching distance
GFP Softball (Seniors): full game of fast pitch softball, 43’ pitching distance

League ages (LA) are calculated by Little League rules. Bold ages are 2022 (current year) league ages. If players
coming from outside Little League programs and your player falls in a different level than expected, please
contact the league.

Tball: 4 to 5 year olds (Birthdates on or between September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2018)
Rookies: 6 to 7 year olds (Birthdates on or between September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2016)
Midwest: 8 to 9 year olds (Birthdates on or between September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2014)
Intermediate: 10 to 11 year olds (Birthdates on or between September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2012)
NOTE: Intermediate level is a level that uses Junior league rules, but with 50/70
dimensions.
Junior: 12* to 15 year olds (Birthdates on or between September 1, 2006 – August 31, 2010).
*12 year olds will play Juniors. If parents feel that Juniors is too big of a jump, contact
the Junior director to discuss moving down to Intermediate. The system will
automatically place them in Juniors.
GFP Softball: Minors: 7 to 9 years old (Birthdates on or between January 1, 2012 – December 31,
2014)
Majors: 10 to 11 years old (Birthdates on or between January 1, 2011 – December 31,
2012)
Seniors: 12 to 15 years old (Birthdates on or between January 1, 2006 – December 31,
2010)

***Softball camps will be offered should we not get enough players to field teams***

When is the Fall League? The Fall League will start in mid-August (practices) with the season starting
immediately after Labor Day – September 6. The season will run until October 15. The last weekend of the
season will be a randomly seeded tournament for Midwest divisions on up (depending upon number of teams).

When and Where is Registration? Registration must be done online (see Online Registration button in upper right
corner at www.westbendlittleleague.com Returning players from 2022 Spring program will see much
information will be already filled out. The fee for Tball will be $90 per player. The fee for Rookies will be $115.
Fees for all other divisions is $140 per player. The site offers an option to pay with a credit card. If you choose to
pay by check or cash, there are two options: a) mail copy of invoice and payment to WBLL, PO Box 531, West
Bend, WI 53095 or b) contact Jim D’Angelo at [email protected] to make arrangements. Checks should be
made out to WBLL. Please note that all registrations are subject to a system transaction fee of $3 so please figure
that into your payment.

There will NOT be any on-site registration dates. If you need assistance with registration, please contact Jim
D’Angelo. Once registered, you will receive an email from the director of that league with an evaluation date slip
(for any non-Rookie levels). There are no make up evaluations. If your player(s) cannot make the evaluation date,
please contact the director at that level.

Directors:
Junior: Jerrod Wertz – [email protected]
Intermediate: Mike Pettit – [email protected]
Midwest: Mark Blau – [email protected]
Rookies/Tball: Kerri O’Shea – [email protected]
Softball (Min/Maj): Jackie Rehbein – [email protected]
Softball (Seniors): Jackie Rehbein – [email protected]

NOTE: For Fall League, NO proof of residency is required and NO copies of birth certificate are required.

Interested in Coaching? Please register as a COACH online. After creating a login or logging in with an existing
profile, simply register as a coach under Volunteer section. It will take you through the steps to fill out the
volunteer application – REQUIRED! To coach, you MUST provide your Social Security number otherwise,
WBLL cannot properly do a background check as mandated through Little League International.

When are games played? Normally, games are played during the week (Monday – Friday). A structure will be
developed to help minimize late nights especially for the younger players. Details on the exact structure will be
determined by the turnout and number of teams. Be aware that at the end of the season, there will be games
played on the last Saturday. Older divisions and Softball will probably have a season ending tournament.

If you have anymore questions beyond this, please contact the appropriate director or Jim D’Angelo at
[email protected]

Thank you and we hope to see you this Fall!

Registration Outline
a. New User
i. Create Family Account
ii. Create Child(ren) Accounts - Participants
iii. Select division – system will auto suggest them
iv. Answer all questions
v. Make Payment
b. Returning user
i. Login with existing account information
ii. Register each player for a division
iii. Answer all questions
iv. Make Payment

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