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What is the MLL mailing address?
PO Box 2786

Kalamazoo, MI 49003

Where will are games be played?
Milwood Little League plays its games at Vanderberg Park, which is located at
3401 Lovers Lane
Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (behind Milwood Elmentary School)

For teams that participate in inter-league games or tournaments there will be road games at other sites. Directions to other league's fields are located at the bottom right corner of our home page under "D-2 Maps".

When is registration?

Registration for the Spring Season typically begins in January.  Please visit our website for specific registration dates.

What is the Cost of Registration?
The registration fee for the 2017 season at Milwood Little League will be $115, plus a $25 fee for the mandatory fundraising, for a total cost of $140.

What is the Mandatory Fundraising Fee?
All players will be participating in fundraising.  Each player will receive 5 raffle tickets at a cost of $5.00 each for a total of $25.00.  This will be due at the time of registration.  Your player can then sell these raffle tickets to family, friends, etc or you can choose to just keep the tickets yourself for a chance to win some great cash prizes.  Top prize is $500 cash.  The stubs will need to be completed and turned in before opening day to be entered in the drawing to win.    If you register online, you will be charged the $25 as part of your registration process and then you will receive your raffle tickets in the mail.  If you register in person, you will pay the $25 and receive your raffle tickets at that time. Please contact Shelly Rowlson, our fundraising coordinator with any questions.  [email protected]

What if we missed registration?
If you missed registration, there is a late registration process.  Late registrations are accepted and added to a wait list.  Late registrants are only added on an "as needed" basis.  Please make every attempt to sign up in person during the designated registration period.

Can my child play in two divisions?
Baseball players ages 11-13 can play in the Intermediate Division, as well as either Majors (11-12) or Juniors (13). There will be an additional $30 cost to cover uniforms for playing for the second team. Also, the schedule for the Intermediate Division is completed so your child should miss many if any of the games between the two divisions.

When are games scheduled?
Practices for the Spring Season typically start in late March or early April.  The season typically kicks off in late April and runs through June.  T

Do we play on Sundays? 
Every attempt is made to not schedule any games on Sunday. Occasionally, a make-up game will be re-scheduled for a Sunday with the approval of the two team managers. Many teams opt to have practices on Sundays, as most fields are available. 

What is included with my registration? 
Player will receive a team jersey, cap and socks. Tee Ball division will receive team jersey and cap.

What is the refund policy?
Milwood Little League only offers a refund if the league is advised before the first practice for T-ball and before Tryouts for Minors, Majors, and Juniors.

Why does MLL do background checks on all volunteers? 
In order to protect the safety of our children we process all volunteers using a thorough background check (criminal and sex offender in all states). 

Why can't players take warm-up swings outside of the dugout?
Over the years Little League has found that the likelihood for injuries to players is greatly reduced if players stay in the dugout.

Why can't coaches warm-up pitchers?
Little League’s position is that adults are here to teach the children and as such should have children warm-up pitchers. Rosters are not limited to nine players and therefore should have additional players to warm-up a pitcher. This is a Little League International mandate for safety and liability for which MLL will strictly enforce. 

When are Tryouts?  
Tryouts are also referred to as Player Evaluations, since every child that wants to participate in Little League is allowed to play. Player Evaluations are typically held in early February just after the registration period has ended. 

What are Player Evaluations?  
A Player Evaluation is a method for measuring the skill of a player. This allows each manager to assess each player’s potential and make an informed decision as he assembles his team during the draft process. 

Local Little League Rules State:  
Qualified players may tryout for a higher level but are not guaranteed of being drafted at that level. 
A “qualified” player must be league age 10 for Majors; 8 Little Majors and 7 (with at least one year of Little League T-Ball) for Minors

What is the "Draft"?   
The draft process is a method in which the managers select their teams. There are specific rules mandated by Little League International that we must follow as part of our charter. During a division draft, each manager is given a list of eligible players from which to select. Selection is made in a "serpentine process" where Manager #1 picks a player, then Manager #2 and so on until the last manager has picked a player. This ends a "draft round" and the process reverses, with the last manager starting the next round. This continues until all teams have selected a predetermined amount of players. 

What if I, as a parent, want my player on a specific team?
At the Little Majors, Majors and Juniors level, no requests are taken. All players are drafted. 


What if I don't attend Player Evaluations? 
Players that do not participate in tryouts are restricted to which division they may play.  Eight year olds will play in Minors.  9 and 10 year olds will play in Little Majors,  11 and 12 year olds will play in Majors.  In addition, players who do not complete a tryout may forfeit their eligibility for ALL-STAR consideration.  
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