Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What equipment does my child need to in order to participate at TLL?
A: At a minimum, players will need a glove and protective cup. Cleats are highly recommended. Most players prefer to use their own batting helmet. Each team is provided with bats, helmets, and catcher's gear that are available for players to use. Each player is provided with a uniform at the start of the season. If you have difficulty purchasing a glove, please contact a board member.
Q: Is my child eligible to play at TLL?
A: Players who are league ages 4-13 and who reside in or attend school within our boundaries are eligible to play at TLL. Go to https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/league-finder/ to determine whether your child's home or school falls within the league boundaries. The communities of Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Sabillasville, Lewistown, Woodsboro, as well as parts of Taneytown, Union Bridge, and Libertytown lie with our boundaries.
Q: Can girls play? Does TLL offer softball?
A: Girls are welcome, and we have many girls that participate at the Tee Ball and Instructional levels. We do not currently offer softball, but are working on adding that program in the near future.
Q: What is my child's "league age?"
A: The child's league age refers to their age on August 31st of the current calendar year. Click the link for more information. https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/baseball-age-chart/
Q: The age ranges for different levels overlap. How do I know which level is best for my child?
A: First, start by looking for levels that your child's age allows him/her to play. If your child is more experienced or skilled in comparison to the average player of his/her age, then you may consider a higher level. If your child is less experienced or less skilled, you should consider playing a lower level. Minor and Major players participate in an evaluation process during the spring to help assign players to the appropriate levels. It is a good idea to ask a coach's opinion if you are considering moving your child to the next level.
Q: What do the registration fees cover?
A: TLL charges registration fees to help cover the cost of operating the league. Along with donations from sponsors and income from concessions, these fees help to pay for uniforms, equipment, field and facility maintenance, utilities, insurance, and more.
Q: What is the volunteer deposit?
A: TLL is a volunteer organization. During the spring season, there are games at our complex on a nearly daily basis for approximately 10 weeks. When the concession stand cannot open due to lack of volunteers, we are unable to sell food and drinks during the games, and TLL loses revenue from sales. We are asking each family to put down a $100 deposit as a commitment to volunteering a small number of concession stand shifts during the season. The exact number of shifts depends on the number of players and games, and will be determined in March. Any family who fulfills their volunteer duties will receive their deposit back at the end of the season. Any family who does not complete their duties will forfeit the deposit to TLL to cover the loss of concession revenue. There will be no partial refunds.
Q: What are player evaluations? Does my child need to attend?
A: Prior to each spring season, player evaluations are held at the Major and Minor levels. If the number of players supports more than one team at the Intermediate level, a player evaluation may be held for that level as well. Coaches and managers will run players through a variety of drills to assess their skill levels. This helps managers select players during the upcoming drafts and helps to maintain fair team selections. All players registered for the Minor level and any player who was not on a Major roster the previous spring season must attend at least 50% of the player evaluation sessions offered.
Q: Are any players "cut" after player evaluations?
A: Every player who registers and is eligible to play at TLL will be placed onto a team. There are some instances when a player may be placed at a level different from the one they have registered for. At the Major level, we have fixed roster sizes and only a certain number of spots available each season. Open roster spots are filled through the draft process. When the rosters are filled, the remaining players are put into the draft pool for the Minor division and will be selected on a team at that level. For example, if there are 22 open roster spots at the Major level, and 27 players who registered and attended player evaluations, then 5 players would be returned to the Minor level. At other levels, if a player demonstrates ability that is a clear mismatch for the level they are registered, a board member or manager will recommend placement at the appropriate level.
Q: When will I know about my child's team, practice schedule, and game schedule?
A: After the registration period closes, there are player evaluations for the major and minor levels, followed by team drafts for all levels. Shortly after the draft, you should be contacted by your child's manager. This process often takes a couple weeks, so there is no need to be alarmed if you don't hear something right away. Practices typically begin in mid-March (weather permitting). If you haven't heard anything by mid-March, please email [email protected] Games begin in early/mid April and end in June. The game schedule is typically sent out in late-March.
Q: Where are practices and games held?
A: All practices and the vast majority of games will be played on fields at the Thurmont Little League complex or Emmitsburg Memorial Park. Teams may play a small number of games at other nearby leagues within a short drive from Thurmont, such as Frederick, Gettysburg, Mountain Valley (Myersville), Brunswick, Valley (Smithsburg), and Pen Mar (Blue Ridge Summit).
Q: I would like to help, but I don't know where to start.
A: We are always looking for team managers, assistant coaches, umpires, Team Moms, field maintenance volunteers, and more. No matter how much or how little time you are able to devote, there are plenty of opportunities to help out. Please reach out to a member of the Board of Directors or email [email protected] to inquire about volunteering.
Q: Are TLL's umpires paid?
A: No, all TLL umpires are volunteers.
Q: What is Fall Ball? How is it different from the Spring season?
A: TLL offers a fall ball program to give players continued instruction and playing opportunities during the "off" season. Fall ball is described as more "relaxed" with a focus on learning and skill improvement. We generally do not keep scores or standings during fall ball. There are no all-star teams in the fall. It is a good time to try new things, such as playing a new position, or moving up to the next level. Fall Ball begins in late August and finishes in late October.