When is registration? December 1st – January 31st
How do I know what Division is best for my child? Divisions are based on age and some ages may have the option to choose between two levels. Here is a rough breakdown of what the average player can do at each age level:
A (tee ball) – Brand new to baseball, has never played.
AA (coach pitch) – Has at least one year of tee ball experience or is of AA age playing for the first time. Still beginner baseball.
AAA-American (half kid pitch) – Players should be getting pretty good at playing catch. Can accurately throw and catch 40’ approximately 75% of the time. Can consistently put the bat on the ball during coach pitch.
AAA-National (all kid pitch) – Players have played at least one year of AAA-American. They should be able to accurately throw 40’ approximately 90% of the time and accurately throw 65’ approximately 75% of the time. Should rarely drop a ball that is accurately thrown to them.
Majors – Competitive Little League baseball. This is the division and rules that you see in the Little League World Series.
Intermediate – Full baseball rules including leading off. Players not eligible for the Little League World Series (aka 12U All-Star Team).
Juniors/Seniors/Big League – See age cutoffs.
Aces – Games played by Little League rules as well as games played by full baseball rules.
Kings - Games played by Little League rules as well as games played by full baseball rules.
Who do I speak with if I think my child needs to play in a different division than his age allows? You need to contact the ATLL Player Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Player Agent will review all available data and attending an evaluation session in January will most likely be required.
Can girls play ATLL baseball? YES!!!
Can my son play on a team with his friends? Yes! ATLL allows each player to request up to three friends whom they would like to have on their team. In many cases all three requests will be granted. Depending on team size and balance and the other child’s requests, you may only get one or two friend requests granted. If you only request one other child or if you only request the children of a manager or assistant coaches then your chances of getting your friend request will be lower. It is recommended that you confirm with those other kids what division they plan to play prior to registration. Changes can be difficult and many times impossible to make once the teams have been set.
Can I request a manager? No, the only requests we allow are friend requests. We’ve tried allowing manager requests in the past and it doesn’t lend itself well to creating competitive teams.
As a Manager, can I request what players are on my team? No, you may not request specific players be placed on your team however as the manager you are guaranteed that your children will be placed on your team and you may name up to three Assistant Coaches whose children will also be placed on your team.
Why doesn’t ATLL allow the same team to stay together every year? Every baseball league must make a decision as to how their league will be run and how to best benefit the players. ATLL has made the decision that the best experience we can offer our players is through fun, competitive baseball. It’s only natural that over time a Manager may drop some kids who aren’t as interested in baseball and pick up some kids who are stronger players. In the end this leads to unbalanced divisions and a poor baseball experience for players at both ends of the spectrum. Ultimately the same core team can stick together year after year if they choose. If a team must be split to maintain division parity then multiple friends will remain together so that no individual player is split off by themselves.
How many games and practices each week? This will vary by division:
A (tee ball) – Saturday Only. 1 hour practice followed by a 1 hour game.
AA (coach pitch) – 1 practice per week with 1 game on Saturday, then 1 weeknight game per week beginning mid-season.
AAA-American (half kid pitch) – 1 practice per week with 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game.
AAA-National (all kid pitch) – 1 practice per week with 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game.
Majors – 1 practice per week with 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game.
Intermediate – 1 practice per week with 1 weeknight game and 1 Saturday game.
Juniors/Seniors/Big League – Varies per team.
Aces – Varies per team.
Kings – Pre-season practices with 1 additional game per week (typically on Sunday).
What equipment is provided? ATLL provides each team with an equipment bag, bases, helmets, jerseys and hats, and umpire equipment for AAA-American. Players are responsible for their own pants, belts, socks, cleats, baseball glove, and bat.
Does my child need a new bat for 2018? Yes, any bat that you purchased prior to September 2017 can no longer be used in Little League. All bats used in Little League must have a USA Baseball sticker on the bat. Bats can be as large as 2 5/8” diameter on the barrel. For detailed information on the new Little League bat standards go here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo/USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-FAQs.htm
What size bat should I buy for my child? This is a tough question to answer and ultimately depends on the size and strength of your child. Check out this following link for detailed information on helping you choose the proper bat: https://www.baseballmonkey.com/baseball-bat-buying-guide
When will I find out what team I’m on? Teams will be set around the end of March just before practices begin.
When does the season start and end? Practices start around the end of March with games starting early to mid-April. The season ends the last weekend in June.
Where are games and practices played? One of the BEST things about ATLL is that all practices and games are played in and around Anderson Township. ATLL uses the elementary school fields for the younger divisions and the Anderson Park District fields for the older divisions starting at AAA-American. Don’t drive all over the city when you can get good, competitive baseball right here in your backyard! Intermediate and older teams will travel to play other D-9 Little League teams such as Loveland, Mason, & Lebanon. Aces & Kings teams will also travel within the Greather Cincinnat area.
Do you keep score and standings? Starting at the AAA-American level, the game is scored and recorded. Season standings can be tracked at atll.org.
Is there a tournament at the end of the season? Yes, there is a season ending tournament the last 2 weeks of June for all divisions AAA-American and above. Championship Saturday is the final day of the season with the Championship games all taking place at the same park, the fields are freshly chalked, and even PA announcers and other special game day celebrations have been done in the past.
What is the All-Star Team? The All-Star team is selected for each age group in early June. The teams represents Anderson Township Little League at the D-9 regional tournament. Winners of the district tournaments advance to the State Championships. The 12U age division can advance as far as the Little League World Series. All-Star age groups are 8U (both coach and kid pitch), 10U, 11U, 12U, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior. ATLL’s 8U Coach Pitch team won the district tournament in 2017.
Who is eligible for the All-Star Team? Anyone who plays Anderson Township Little League and lives within the boundaries of Anderson Township Little League are eligible for the team. Aces and Kings players are eligible for the All-Star Teams, but must tryout along with everyone else.
How is the All-Star Team selected? Managers nominate players from their team. Those players are then invited to try out for the All-Star team. All players are given equal consideration for the All-Star Team regardless what team they played on during the regular season.
When are All-Star tryouts? June 2, 2018 (June 9th if rained out on the 2nd)
Who are the Aces? The Aces are an elite baseball team comprised of the best of the best Anderson Township has to offer in each age division starting at 8U. Players who are interested must try out for the team each season and no player is guaranteed a spot on the team. The Aces play both a Little League schedule against other D-9 Little League teams (Loveland, Mason, Lebanon, etc) and select teams from around the Greater Cincinnati area, as well as multiple local tournaments.
Who are the Kings? The Kings is an advanced baseball team comprised of those players who did not make the Aces or are just looking for a higher level of baseball to supplement their regular season team. The Kings play for a regular season ATLL team as well as an additional game per week as the Kings. They play other D-9 Little League teams as well as select teams from around the Greater Cincinnati area. The Kings also start practicing in February for more advanced baseball training leading into the season.
When are tryouts for the Aces and Kings? June 3, 2018 (June 10th if rained out on the 3rd)
How can I become more involved in ATLL? There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer with ATLL. Managers, Assistant Coaches, and Umpires are all needed to make our league great. For those who want a more in depth role there are multiple board positions available. Meetings are typically held the first week of each month. Contact the ATLL President (email@example.com) for more information.