These are answers to some of the most common questions about registration. If you have additional questions after reading this FAQ, please contact us.
If the player is new to Madison LL, you will need:
- Proof of age, e.g. the player's birth certificate
AND one of the following:
- Proof of Madison or Harding residency, e.g. a recent utility bill, tax bill, lease, etc.
- Proof of attendance at a school located within Madison, as documented on the School Enrollment Form
Bring the original documents to assessments/document review. They will be reviewed and immediately returned to you.
If the player has played Madison LL previously, you will not need any special information.
Madison Little League is comprised of six divisions, for players League Age 5-16 ranging from Tee Ball through Seniors:
- League Ages 5-6: Tee Ball
- League Ages 6-7: Farm
- League Ages 8-9: AA
- League Ages 9-10: AAA
- League Ages 10-12: Majors
- League Ages 13-16: Seniors
League Age is the age used to determine eligibility for play in the various divisions of Little League. The Age Determination Date (the "cut-off" date) is August 31, allowing Little Leaguers to play primarily with their classmates. Madison LL is required to follow the regulations regarding League Age as set by Little League International. Please note that League age and actual chronological age may differ. For more information, please see the League Age Chart. For details about the various divisions of play, please see the Divisions page.
Over the course a few years, Madison LL experimented with an Intermediate division for players aged 11-13, with mixed success. Ultimately we determined that the demand for this level of play was not great enough to sustain the division within Madison LL. As of 2021, the partner program at Madison Travel Baseball offers Intermediate-level play for players aged 11-12. Please see the MTB page for more information.
Madison Travel Baseball (MTB) is an unaffiliated partner program of Madison LL that provides additional playing opportunities for higher-skilled players aged 8-14 on Sundays in the spring, and an expanded travel schedule in the summer and fall. All of MTB's offerings are designed to complement, not conflict with, MLL's spring season and summer Williamsport tournament teams.
The travel program provides an opportunity for players aged 11-12 years old to play on the Intermediate-sized (50/70) field. (These players compete on the traditional 46/60 field in Madison LL.) Players aged 8-10 years old play on the smaller 46/60 field, and players aged 13-14 play on the regulation 60/90 field in the travel program.
Selecting the travel option during registration means your contact information will be shared with MTB for follow-up; it does not guarantee a spot on a travel team. Additional Sunday Travel program fees will be charged separately by MTB. The availability of teams at each age level will be determined based on interest.
For more information, please see the MTB page.
Madison LL has eight grass baseball fields throughout Madison and Harding:
- Dodge Field is a 60/90 field for the Seniors division and the outfield is used for Saturday morning Tee Ball.
- Barrett Field (Harding) is a 50/70 field for Intermediate-level play
- The Rosedale Ave field complex has two 46/60 fields for the Majors and AAA divisions
- The Lucy D Anthony field complex has one 50/70 field for Intermediate-level play and two 46/60 fields for the AAA and AA divisions
- Delbarton Field has one 46/60 field for the AA and Farm divisions
In addition, MLL has access to a 46/60 field at the Torey J Sabatini school and a 60/90 field at the Madison Recreation Complex.
For maps, please see the Field Locations page.
Assessments and Team Formation
Players of any age who are new to Madison LL must provide the required new player documents. Please see the question in the General section regarding the documents needed to register.
These players must attend assessments:
- Players League Age 8 and up who did not play Madison LL in the 2021 spring season.
- Players League Age 10 who wish to declare for the Majors draft, even if they played in Madison LL as a 9 year old. (Please see the question below about 10s in the Majors draft for additional information.)
- Players League Age 11 or 12 who have not played Majors previously.
Players under League Age 8 do not need to attend assessments,
Six year olds have the choice of registering for Tee Ball or Farm.
Choose the TEE BALL option if the player has had little to no exposure to baseball skills, even in an informal setting. Tee Ball offers a basic introduction to baseball skills and meets for one hour per week on Saturday mornings.
Choose the FARM option if the player can sometimes hit a ball (pitched or off a tee) and has had some practice throwing and fielding, even if only in an informal setting. Farm offers an "advanced-beginner" level of instruction and meets twice per week for practice and games.
The Majors division is for higher-skilled 10 year olds, all 11 year olds, and all 12 year olds. 10 year olds who play or have played competitive travel or club baseball, or who can effectively compete with older players, should declare for the Majors draft. Please note these important points:
- Declaring for the Majors draft does not guarantee the 10 year old player will be selected to a Majors team.
- Any 10 year old who declares for the Majors draft and is selected to a Majors team must play on that team - declaring for the Majors draft commits a player to playing in the Majors division if selected.
- Any 10 year old who declares for the Majors draft and is NOT selected to a Majors team will play in AAA, and is subject to call-up to the Majors division at a later date in the event there is attrition or a season-ending injury to a Majors player. If called up from AAA, the player must move up to the Majors division.
Teams at the Tee Ball and Farm levels are assigned primarily based on school attendance and friend requests made during registration. At the AA division and above, teams are formed based on a draft. Complete details about draft methods and our approach to team formation can be found on the Team Formation page.
Madison LL is a recreational league, but we are not a casual league: we play baseball 2-3 times per week for ages 8+, and all teams at all age levels play every Saturday from April to June. Registering for Madison LL is a commitment to participating, and we expect players who register to attend (nearly) all practices and games.
With rosters of 12 players, it only takes a few unavailable players for a team to be unable to play. A team short just 4 players can end up negatively impacting 20 other kids – the rest of the players on the team, plus all the players on the opposing team. In recent years, players prioritizing other commitments during the Madison LL baseball season have increasingly affected our ability to play scheduled games.
We love multi-sport athletes, but some activities overlap with Little League baseball so much that it is impractical to try to do both. We collect "other activities" information during registration and use it in the team formation process to try to minimize the impact of potentially unavailable players on any one team.
If you find that conflicting activities will prevent the player from attending a significant portion of Madison LL games, please consider whether playing Madison LL baseball is the right choice.
Generally speaking, the results of all team drafts are final. Players who register late may be added to rosters (in the same order as the draft rounds) if space permits. Once drafts are completed, there are very few extenuating circumstances that would prompt the Board to consider a change to rosters. Any requested changes require the review and approval of the Player Agent and the MLL Board.