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FALL BALL FAQ

Wondering about the Fall Season? Here are some helpful questions and answers from our past seasons.

Q: Who is eligible to play?

A: Players between the age of 7 and 15 living in the Benicia Little League boundaries, and players from nearby communities who do not have their own Fall Baseball program.

If you have concerns about registering you player from outside of Benicia Little League boundaries - please contact [email protected]

Q: What Division Level of Play do you request for your child?

A: Divisions of play for Fall are partially based on age, and partially based on an evaluation by our Fall Coaches and Season Administrators.

Players will be placed into the division that best matches their skills along with the level of play they will likely play during the Spring.

Q: Will your child need to attend evaluations?

A: Yes, but evaluations are different for the Fall. These evaluations are part of the practice/clinic environment for Fall and are used to place players in the division that best matches their skill level. There is no Draft for the Fall Season.


Q: 
What is the BLL Fall Ball refund policy?

A: A formal request must be sent to [email protected] in the event a player cancellation is required.

- If the player withdraws or quits before August 12, 2019, a 100% Refund will be provided (minus a $10 administrative fee).
- If the player withdraws or quits between August 13, 2019 and September 1, 2019, a 50% Refund will be provided (minus a $10 administrative fee).
- If the player withdraws or quits after September 1, 2019, NO Refund will be allowed.


Q:
 When does the Fall Season Start?

A: The Fall Season will begin the Mid-August.  This allows for plenty of registrations, and for the Fall Coordination team to setup with Managers, Coaches, and facilities.

Q: When will I know when the Fall Season Starts?

A: The league and Fall Ball Coordinator will notify everyone when the season is about to start, and invite players to the first group practice where player skill will be evaluated so that each player is placed in the division which best fits their needs.  Games vs. opponents will begin in September.  There will be no games or practice over the Labor Day Weekend.

Q: How will I know which team my player(s) are on for the Fall Season?

A: Within a few days after the initial group practice you will receive notification from the league with your team assignment and the Managers name.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Fall is an opportunity to dive in and help with teams was well as perform other volunteer duties. Season credit is available for team staff (Manager and Coaches) as well.

If you wish to volunteer, please be sure you have filled out a 2019 Volunteer form. You may not participate in on-field activities (clinics, practices, or games) without completion of the 2019 Volunteer form and a completed background check.

FARM DIVISION

The Fall Farm Division is open to all players ages 7-9 who are assessed as being ready for Farm level training and instruction.

The season will run from the end of August (last week or second to last week), and continue until the last weekend in October.

The season begins with a one or two session assessment of player skill in a practice and clinic setting. Skills are reviewed and players are assigned to the Division that best matches their skill set.

  • One Divisional Clinic Per Week
  • One Team-Based Practice Per Week
  • One Divisional Game Each Weekend

Divisional Clinics: Clinics are designed to teach specific skills to all the players in the division. They are modeled loosely on the concepts used in the yearly BHS Baseball clinic where all the team participate together at one site. A specific set of skills will be taught during the session. For example, a pitching clinic would teach pitching grips (4-seam, 2-seam, change-up), the wind-up, the stretch, balance points, etc. The clinic skills are then enforced in the following weeks team practice.

Team Practice or Practice Game: Team practices are run by the coaching staff of the fall ball program. As with regular season practices, they are focused in building team based skills in preparation for games. They are 1.5 hours long. The program coaches and leadership may choose to hold a practice game instead of a practice to get more game experience.

Weekend Game: Each weekend players are organized into teams for that weekends play, and there is one game per team to allow the players to use their new skills in real game situations. In years past BLL worked with Tri-Valley and American Canyon Little Leagues to have games against those other leagues, or have included players from those leagues, and use those local leagues facilities to allow all the players to have a bit of a fun travel experience during the season. Those two leagues are interested, and we hope to continue that cooperation this year.


MINORS DIVISION

The Fall Minors Division is open to all players ages 9-11 who are assessed as being ready for Minors level training and instruction.

The season will run from the end of August (last week or second to last week), and continue until the last weekend in October.

The season begins with a one or two session assessment of player skill in a practice and clinic setting. Skills are reviewed and players are assigned to the Division that best matches their skill set.

  • One Divisional Clinic Per Week
  • One Team-Based Practice Per Week
  • One Divisional Game Each Weekend

Divisional Clinics: Clinics are designed to teach specific skills to all the players in the division. They are modeled loosely on the concepts used in the yearly BHS Baseball clinic where all the team participate together at one site. A specific set of skills will be taught during the session. For example, a pitching clinic would teach pitching grips (4-seam, 2-seam, change-up), the wind-up, the stretch, balance points, etc. The clinic skills are then enforced in the following weeks team practice.

Team Practice or Practice Game: Team practices are run by the coaching staff of the fall ball program. As with regular season practices, they are focused in building team based skills in preparation for games. They are 1.5 hours long. The program coaches and leadership may choose to hold a practice game instead of a practice to get more game experience.

Weekend Game: Each weekend players are organized into teams for that weekends play, and there is one game per team to allow the players to use their new skills in real game situations. In years past BLL worked with Tri-Valley and American Canyon Little Leagues to have games against those other leagues, or have included players from those leagues, and use those local leagues facilities to allow all the players to have a bit of a fun travel experience during the season. Those two leagues are interested, and we hope to continue that cooperation this year.

MAJORS DIVISION

The Fall Majors Division is open to all players ages 10-12 who are assessed as being ready for Majors level training and instruction.

The season will run from the end of August (last week or second to last week), and continue until the last weekend in October.

The season begins with a one or two session assessment of player skill in a practice and clinic setting. Skills are reviewed and players are assigned to the Division that best matches their skill set.

  • One Divisional Clinic Per Week
  • One Team-Based Practice Per Week
  • One Divisional Game Each Weekend

Divisional Clinics: Clinics are designed to teach specific skills to all the players in the division. They are modeled loosely on the concepts used in the yearly BHS Baseball clinic where all the team participate together at one site. A specific set of skills will be taught during the session. For example, a pitching clinic would teach pitching grips (4-seam, 2-seam, change-up), the wind-up, the stretch, balance points, etc. The clinic skills are then enforced in the following weeks team practice.

Team Practice or Practice Game: Team practices are run by the coaching staff of the fall ball program. As with regular season practices, they are focused in building team based skills in preparation for games. They are 1.5 hours long. The program coaches and leadership may choose to hold a practice game instead of a practice to get more game experience.

Weekend Game: Each weekend players are organized into teams for that weekends play, and there is one game per team to allow the players to use their new skills in real game situations. In years past BLL worked with Tri-Valley and American Canyon Little Leagues to have games against those other leagues, or have included players from those leagues, and use those local leagues facilities to allow all the players to have a bit of a fun travel experience during the season. Those two leagues are interested, and we hope to continue that cooperation this year.


JUNIORS DIVISION

The Fall Upper Division is open to all players ages 13-15.

The season will run from the end of August (last week or second to last week), and continue until the last weekend in October.

The season begins with a one or two session assessment of player skill in a practice and clinic setting. The schedule will be based around games with other leagues, but we plan on having the following:

  • One Team-Based Practice Per Week
  • One Clinic Per Week and/or One Weekday Game
  • One Game Each Weekend

Divisional Clinics: Clinics are designed to teach specific skills to all the players in the division. They are modeled loosely on the concepts used in the yearly BHS Baseball clinic where all the team participate together at one site. A specific set of skills will be taught during the session. For example, a pitching clinic would teach pitching grips (4-seam, 2-seam, change-up), the wind-up, the stretch, balance points, etc. The clinic skills are then enforced in the following weeks team practice.

Team Practice or Practice Game: Team practices are run by the coaching staff of the fall ball program. As with regular season practices, they are focused in building team based skills in preparation for games. They are 1.5 hours long. The program coaches and leadership may choose to hold a practice game instead of a practice to get more game experience.

Weekend Game: Each weekend players are organized into teams for that weekends play, and there is one game per team to allow the players to use their new skills in real game situations. In years past BLL worked with Tri-Valley and American Canyon Little Leagues to have games against those other leagues, or have included players from those leagues, and use those local leagues facilities to allow all the players to have a bit of a fun travel experience during the season. Those two leagues are interested, and we hope to continue that cooperation this year.

Contact

Benicia Little League
PO Box 296 
Benicia, California 94510

Email: [email protected]

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