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Skills Session & League Drafts

MANDATORY SKILLS SESSION FOR ROOKIE, MINOR & MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS

WMLL places a very high priority on forming balanced teams to create fair, competitive leagues. To do this, WMLL utilizes a Skills Session and No-Cut Player Draft to establish team rosters.

The mandatory skills session is the critical first step in the process of assembling balanced teams.

At the skills session, after checking-in and receiving a pin-on number, all players in a Little League age (LL Age) group will be put in line.  Players will then rotate through individual fielding/throwing, hitting, and pitching drill stations while the coaches in that league make evaluations for use during the no-cut player draft. After completing these drills, players are free to go.

IMPORTANT NOTES!

  • If a player is unable to attend, coach evaluations from previous seasons and/or parent evaluations provided during registration will be used to assess the player’s skill.
  • If your child is unable to attend, it is your responsibility to notify the appropriate league coordinator in advance (see below for contact information).
  • Players must bring a glove, batting helmet & water bottle and wear appropriate clothing & shoes.  Players may also bring a bat and/or batting gloves if they would like.  It is strongly recommended that players label their glove, water bottle, bat & helmet with their name to prevent mishaps.
  • Any players that is playing WMLL spring/summer ball for the first time must also bring a copy of their official birth certificate for age verification.
  • Please arrive on time for the session scheduled for your child’s LL age group and check in at the designated table.  

BASEBALL

For those new to Little League age determinations the pdf file linked here for BASEBALL tells you what your player's "Little League Age" is for 2024 based on their calendar birthdate.  Use the chart to determine LL Age.

Who Needs To Attend Skills Session?

The first round of skills session was completed on March 9, 2024


The following leagues are to attend the April 10th Skills Session at WMLL Fields on 701 Forward Drive.  See chart below for check-in times based on Little League age and last name

  • Rookie Baseball (LL Ages 7-8)

SOFTBALL

For those new to Little League age determinations the pdf file linked here for SOFTBALL tells you what your player's "Little League Age" is for 2024 based on their calendar birthdate.  Use the chart to determine LL Age.


Rookie Baseball April 10th

Age Check-In / Arrival Time (Drills Start Shortly after Check-In) End
7 (A-L) 5:30 PM Approx. 6:15 PM
7 (M-Z) 6:00 PM Approx. 6:45 PM
8 (A-L) 6:30 PM Approx. 7:15 PM
8 (M-Z) 7:00 PM Approx. 7:45 PM

“NO CUT” LEAGUE DRAFTS

League drafts take place soon after the skills session and are used to create fair, competitive leagues by distributing more and less skilled players evenly across teams.  Click Here for league draft guidelines.

Click Here to see the full listing of event dates including the dates of the league drafts

NOTICE OF TEAM ASSIGNMENT

Very soon after the draft, players are notified of the team assignment via SportsEngine.  Soon after this, coaches email the families of the players on their team to introduce themselves & provide information on team meetings, practices, etc.


QUESTIONS / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have questions about anything related to the skills session, league draft, player notifications or the upcoming season, please contact the appropriate league coordinator.

Baseball League coordinators (spring/summer 2024)
  • Rookie BB (LL ages 7 & 8): Robb Vogel – rookiebaseball@wmll.org
  • Minor BB (LL ages 9 & 10): Scott Eckel – minorbaseball@wmll.org
  • Major BB (LL ages 11 & 12): Harry Miller – majorbaseball@wmll.org
  • Junior BB (LL age 13 & 14): Brady Haferman – juniorbaseball@wmll.org
  • Senior BB (LL ages 14 & 15): Andrew Hahn – seniorbaseball@wmll.org
SOFTBALL league coordinators (spring/summer 2024)
  • Rookie SB (LL ages 7 & 8): Mike Wegner - rookiesoftball@wmll.org
  • Minor SB (LL ages 9 & 10): Chad Kimmel - minorsoftball@wmll.org
  • Major SB (LL ages 11 & 12): Brian Beutter – majorsoftball@wmll.org
  • Junior / Senior SB (LL ages 13 – 16): Nadeem Afghan – jrsrsoftball@wmll.org