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How do we build teams?

We believe the most important goal of the season is for your child to fall in love with baseball or softball and be excited to get out on the diamond for practices and games. To make that happen, the experience must be fun and teams be evenly matched. 

We provide balanced teams built jointly among managers, coaches, the division commissioner and our player agent. Our aim is for each team to include players that come from different schools, ages, skills and experience. In fact, we expect that as your child progresses through their CHLL "career" they will get the opportunity to be teammates with a huge number of kids from all across the Hill community.

In order to create these balanced and mixed teams, we will not be able to prioritize accommodating parent requests to be with specific coaches, players or (carpool) neighbors. The same goes for requests to play in a different division than your child's age would dictate.  

Whatever team your child is placed on, we will work to ensure each player has a fun and positive experience and grow their love for baseball and softball.

How we assemble teams

 

Each division has a different process for determining rosters. The chart below details how teams are assembled for the spring season. We assemble teams based on the information parents provide, specifically as it relates to practice night availability. Once rosters are announced, we may not be able to make changes, and ask families to work with their assigned coach to make all practices and games.

Division

Ages

Playing Commitment

How teams are assembled

A

5-6

Teams hold 60-90 min. practice one night during the week (Mon-Fri) and play a game each Saturday

The division commissioner assembles teams, ideally of 10 players but up to 12, based on several factors, including practice night availability and diversity of schools. We try to keep pre-arranged coaching staffs to a maximum of 3 to avoid coaches from building their own team. Aside from declaring conflicts for 1-2 practice nights, we don't allow for parent or coach requests and avoid having a team with too many players from one school. The commissioner works to balance the teams as best as possible.

AA

7-8

Teams hold 90 min. practice one night during the week (Mon-Fri) and play a game each Saturday

A preseason workout is held in which all players are evaluated on basic skills such as hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and running. Teams of 12-14 are assembled through a collaborative player selection made up of the division commissioner and managers. We strive to have teams evenly balanced by skill, with an equal number of 7 & 8 year olds spread across the division. Pre-arranged coaching staffs are limited to 3, and aside from declaring conflicts for 1-2 practice nights we don't allow for parent or coach requests. 

AAA

9-10

Teams hold 90-120 min. practice one night during the week (Mon-Fri, excluding Tues) and play a game each Tuesday evening and Saturday

A preseason workout is held in which all players are evaluated on basic skills such as hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and running. We require all teams to have an equal number of players, made up of 12-14 through a draft of the division managers. We strive to have teams evenly balanced by skill, with an equal number of 9 & 10 year olds spread across the division, but ultimately players will be selected by individual managers. Pre-arranged coaching staffs are limited to 3, and aside from declaring conflicts for 1-2 practice nights we don't allow for parent or coach requests. 

Majors

11-12

Teams hold 90-120 min. practice one night during the week (Mon-Fri, excluding Weds) and play a game each Wednesday evening and Saturday

A preseason workout is held in which all players are evaluated on basic skills such as hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and running. We require all teams to have an equal number of players, made up of 12-14 through a draft of the division managers. We strive to have teams evenly balanced by skill, with an equal number of 11 & 102year olds spread across the division, but ultimately players will be selected by individual managers. There are no pre-arranged coaching staffs, only an assigned manager. Aside from declaring conflicts for 1-2 practice nights we don't allow for parent or coach requests. 

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PO Box 15454 Washington, DC 20003 | capitolhilllittleleague@gmail.com