Whether you're new to the GWMLL or you've been around for a few seasons, below is some information that everyone can use to help get prepared for the upcoming Baseball / Softball Season.
The Spring Season registration starts on Black Friday of the previous year and stays open until evaluations which happen around the second week of January. Practices start in early February and Opening day is usually the first week of March. The Spring Season ends in early May and is followed by our regular season District Tournament and then Allstars.
Registration for the Fall Season starts in early July and closes in early September. Practices start in September with Opening day roughly the third week of September. Fall Ball ends the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
In Spring Ball the GWMLL provides a full uniform and charges a higher registration fee.
This includes a: Team Jersey, Pants, Socks & Belt (depending on division) and a cap, visor or bow (depending on division).
In Fall Ball the GWMLL provides only a team Jersey and cap / visor / bow as the registration fees is less and Fall is an instructional season with less emphasis on competition and more attention paid to skills development and teaching the strategy of the game.
Parents are responsible for providing equipment for their player at the start of the season. This includes:
Batters Helmet, Baseball / Softball Glove, Bat (see bat requirements to the right of this article) Cleats and athletic supporter. This equipment is to be used by your player alone and is not meant to be shared with the rest of the team.
The GWMLL provides catchers gear for each team although in higher divisions many players have their own gear.
Our main form is communication between players and coaches is our SportsEngine app - All team schedules, chats and season information is posted to this app and pushed to your mobile device. The league will also use your email address to send important information about upcoming events and information needs.
If you don't have the SportsEngine app - below are links to both the Apple Store and Google Play store. You can use the same username and password that you used to register your player to log into the mobile app.
Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sportsengine-team-management/id499597400
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sportngin.android&hl=en_US&gl=US
You may not realize it but Little League is a 100% volunteer organization. All Team Parents, Coaches, Managers, Umpires, Board Members & Concession Workers are volunteers and do not receive anything for the time that they donate to the GWMLL.
You as a parent are required also to give a small amount of time each season to serve either in the concession stand, or to help with field prep, to score games or to help work on opening days / nights to help the league operate. Please understand working in the concession stand for 3 hours a season is not a large time commitment but it is the MOST important service that can be done for the league. Without the income made in the concession stand the GWMLL would not be able to operate. The registration fee charged at the beginning of each season does not come close to covering all of the cost to run the league each year. As you may be aware our Board Members give an average of 200 hours per season and Team Managers donate between 100 and 150 hours per season. We're asking you to give us 3 hours. Not too much to ask.
Speaking of Coaches, Managers & Team Parents - we need you to volunteer to coach your players team! Head over to www.gwmll.com/volunteer and fill out the form so that you can be properly background checked and approved as a volunteer prior the next season!
Any kids that are in search of Bright Future hours and are at least 13 years of age, are allowed to work in the concession stand and can earn as many hours as they like in a season. We'd love to have your teens cover shifts any day or night that a game is going on. If you have a teen that wants hours please contact Lisa Gates at email@example.com
Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.
Parents - you are the best resource that your player has for "in-between" practices and games to learn grow and practice. Spend a little time outside everyday working with your player to help foster a love for the game and to help sharpen those skills that they're learning on the field.
Here are some specific drills that you can do at home suggested by Little League International:
The bat must be a baseball bat which meets the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat) as adopted by Little League. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick, and made of wood or of material and color tested and proved acceptable to the USA Baseball Bat standard (USABat).
Non-wood and laminated bats used in the Little League (Majors) and below, Intermediate (50-70) Division, and Junior League divisions, shall bear the USA Baseball logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat – USA Baseball’s Youth Bat Performance Standard. All BPF – 1.15 bats are prohibited. The bat diameter shall not exceed 2⅝ inches for these divisions of play. Bats meeting the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) standard may also be used in the Intermediate (50-70) Division and Junior League Division. Additional information is available at LittleLeague.org/batinfo.
Please note that USSSA Bats are not acceptable and shall not be brought onto the field of play or into any dugout.
Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Greater West Melbourne Little League experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently. SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.
Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.
In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat
Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.
Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.
Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.
Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.
Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.
Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.
Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!
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