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Frequently Asked Questions

East Mountain Little League is based in Sandia Park, New Mexico. We offer coed Tee Ball, coed baseball, and girls-only softball. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

REGISTRATION FAQs

When do sign-ups start? Online registration opens right after Thanksgiving and continues through February.
When do sign-ups end? Online registration closes in February. Depending on the number of coaches and players, we may choose to extend registration for certain divisions.
When is the season? East Mountain Little League offers a Spring season, which runs from April through mid-June. We do not offer a Summer season. Fall Ball is not offered at the EMLL facility, but players can participate with one of the District 5 leagues who are offering Fall Ball. Information will be posted on the East Mountain Little League website when it becomes available.
When is the summer season? We do not offer a Summer season. Fall Ball is not offered at the EMLL facility, but players can participate with one of the District 5 leagues who are offering Fall Ball. Information will be posted on the East Mountain Little League website when it becomes available.
What days and times are practices and games? The simple answer is: it varies. On average, your child’s team will practice once or twice a week for a few weeks before the games get underway. We allow the head coaches (who are all volunteers) to pick the days and times their teams will practice.

Once the games get underway in April, your child’s team will have (on average) two games per week. Whether your child’s team continues practicing after the games get underway is up to the coach. The days of the games will vary.
For example, your child may have a game on Monday and another on Friday, but the next week your games could be on Wednesday and Saturday, or on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Weeknight games generally start at 5:30 p.m., and the start times for games on Saturdays are between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Can my child play in your league? Age and residency determine if your child is eligible to play in EMLL.

Age determination: Our programs are for children between 4 and 16 years old. Your child must be at least 4 years old on (or before) Aug. 31 of this year and cannot be 17 on (or before) Aug. 31.

You must also reside within EMLL’s boundaries (essentially between Carnuel, east of Albuquerque, to Williams Ranch Road in Edgewood), OR, your child must attend a school that is within our boundaries. In other words, if you live in Moriarty or Estancia, your child is not eligible for EMLL unless your child attends a school within our boundaries such as Estancia Valley Classical Academy.
What is "League Age"? For Tee Ball and all divisions of baseball, your child’s league age is their age on August 31 of this year.
For all divisions of softball, your child's league age is their age on December 31 of the previous year.
What division will my child play in? Divisions are structured by age, using the Little League age determination, referred to as a child’s “league age.” There is some overlap between divisions, but essentially, Tee Ball is for boys and girls who are league age 4-to-6; coach-pitch Rookies is 6-8; Minors 9-10. Majors is primarily 11-12. Note that players league age 9-12 are eligible to play in Little League’s Majors Division, but most players in our Majors Division are 11-12. Our teenaged divisions are: Intermediate 50-70 (a baseball-only division), for players league age 13; Juniors is for players league age 14; Seniors for players 15-16. There can be exceptions for certain circumstances, and dual-rostering is available for certain divisions (Majors and up). Ask a board member for more info.
All first year players who are league age 4 or 5 must play in the Tee Ball division. Returning players who are league age 5 or 6 are permitted to move up to the Rookies division.
Can my kids be on the same team? If your children are close enough in age to play in the same division, they will be on the same team. For instance, if you have a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, they can both play on the same Tee Ball team.
How much does it cost? Participation fees are available on this website under “Sign-Up Info.” Each family pays a refundable field maintenance deposit. Anyone who is financially unable to afford the fees can be sponsored. Please don’t keep your child out of Little League because you can’t afford the fees. Contact a board member regarding sponsoring your child or check out the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant.
What are the tryouts? Do all players tryout? What if my child doesn’t “make” a team? Tryouts are not to determine which players “make” a team. ALL PLAYERS MAKE IT ONTO A TEAM!
Rookies and Tee Ball players do not tryout. Only players who are league age 9 or older tryout, and EVERY player will make it onto a team. Tryouts are simply evaluations to help in the player draft. We use a Little League approved draft method for our team selections, and the tryouts give the coaches an opportunity to evaluate the skill level and experience of players. If your child is league age 9 or older, they must attend one of the tryout dates. If a child doesn’t attend tryouts, they will be “blind drafted” (randomly selected) to one of the teams. Missing tryouts can also make a child ineligible to participate in the postseason All-Stars tournaments. If there is a justifiable reason for missing tryouts, i.e. your child is sick, please contact the player agent to make arrangements.
Why do I have to upload residency proofs or a School enrollment form? Little League regulations require that all participants reside or attend school within our boundaries. The quickest and easiest method is to use the Little League School Enrollment Form. Simply download the form, take it to your child's school to be signed, and then upload the form or return it to EMLL.
Note: Little League requires three separate documents to prove your physical address, or a school enrollment verification form. A list of acceptable residency documents can be found on this website under “Registration Info,” and the school enrollment verification form can be found under “Documents.” The school enrollment verification form is a one-document method and is strongly recommended.

Season Related FAQs

What days and times are practices and games? This is one of the most common questions we get, and the simple answer is: it varies. On average, your child’s team will practice once or twice a week for a few weeks before the games get underway. We allow the head coaches (who are all volunteers) to pick the days and times their teams will practice. Once the games get underway in April, your child’s team will have (on average) two games per week. Whether your child’s team continues practicing after the games get underway is up to the coach. The days of the games will vary. For instance, your child may have a game on Monday and another on Friday, but the next week your games could be on Wednesday and Saturday, or on a Tuesday and Thursday. There are multiple reasons—too many to list—why we don’t have games on set days; however, weeknight games generally start at 5:30 p.m., and the start times for games on Saturdays are between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. We understand that this may not fit into the busy schedules of many families, but unfortunately, it’s just the way it is.
How do I volunteer to be a coach or umpire? How to volunteer
What equipment will my child need? Players will need to have their own fielding glove and shoes. Players can use their own batting helmet, catcher's gear, or bat as long as the items meet Little League specifications.
What type of bats are allowed for baseball? For Baseball: the bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) and has the USA Baseball logo. Wood bats are permitted. For detailed information please visit LittleLeague.org/BatInfo.
    Tee Ball: bats shall be 26" or shorter
    Rookies, Minors, and Majors: bats shall be 33" or shorter and not more than 2-5/8 inches in diameter.
    Intermediate and Junior: bats shall be 34" or shorter and not more that 2-5/8 inches in diameter.
EMLL includes an approved bat in the team gear bags.
What type of bats are allowed for softball? For Softball: the bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards. All bats non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF of 1.20. Wooden bats are permitted.
    Softball Rookies, Minors, and Majors: bats shall be no more than 33" in length and not more than 2-1/4 inches in diameter.
    Softball Juniors and Seniors: bats shall be no more than 34" in length and not more than 2-1/4 inches in diameter.
EMLL includes an approved bat in the team gear bags.
What if my child can't make it to the game? If you know that your child will not be able to be at a scheduled game, notify the coach as soon as possible. If your child is ill and will not be able to make a game, be sure to let the coach know so she/he can plan accordingly.
How do I view my child's roster & schedule? Log into the account in which your child is registered.
Then click the team that the child is playing on. This should be underneath your child's name in the colored bar. This will take you to your child’s Team Page.
Then view the Schedule tab and the Roster tab.
If you do not see a team listed beneath your child's name, look for Team Central in the menu. From here, click on Team Directory to find your child's roster or Posted Schedules to find your child's team's schedule.

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