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Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a moment to review this page. We hope that most questions parents have can be answered here.

The League

  1. Who is Copper Hills Little League (CHLL)? 
  2. When are the CHLL seasons? 
  3. How big is CHLL? 
  4. What are the Copper Hills Little League boundaries? 
  5. What sports and levels of play does Copper Hills Little League offer? 
  6. How is the league organized? 
  7. I noticed that there are overlapping ages for the divisions.  Why is that?

Volunteers

  1. Does Little League perform background checks on its volunteers?
  2. What if I just want to be the “Team Mom” or just help with practice?
  3. What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
  4. How are managers selected?
  5. I am in high school and would like to volunteer.  Can I get community service hours credit for doing this?

Sponsorship

  1. How can I sponsor a team?
  2. If I sponsor a team, can I pick the team’s name?
  3. If I sponsor a team, can I sponsor a specific child’s team (my son, granddaughter, etc.)?
  4. If I am not able to sponsor a team, are there other ways to sponsor CHLL?
  5. I do not have a business, can I still sponsor?
  6. Can I help provide a player scholarship for other children?
  7. Are my charitable contributions and donations tax deductible?

Registration and Fees

  1. When is registration?
  2. What are the registration fees for Copper Hills Little League?
  3. What is included in the registration fee?
  4. Can I register my child online and is it safe?
  5. Are credit and debit cards accepted at walk-up registration sessions?
  6. Is there a refund policy?
  7. How is the registration fee used?
  8. Why do I need to bring a birth certificate and proofs of residency to registration?
  9. What is Age and Address Verification?
  10. Why does Copper Hills Little League do this?
  11. What documents do I need to verify age?
  12. What documents do I need to verify address?
  13. Can I use a work, school, church, or other address instead of my personal residence to be in your league?
  14. Will your league make any exceptions?
  15. Please explain the Little League assistance program and is financial assistance available?
  16. Are scholarships available?
  17. How are other revenues generated for Copper Hills Little League? 

Teams and Tryouts

  1. How are teams formed?
  2. What are tryouts?
  3. What happens at the tryouts?
  4. How long do the tryouts last?
  5. Do I have to participate in tryouts
  6. We have finished tryouts.  How do I know what team my child is on?
  7. Can players play "up"?
  8. If my son or daughter is 6, should I move them from Tee Ball to Coach Pitch?
  9. If you are considering moving up from Coach Pitch to Minors here are a few questions to ask yourself and your son/daughter regarding last year’s experience.
  10. Can I request a specific manager and/or that my child play with their friends on the same team?     
  11. What if I have an issue with my child's manager?
  12. If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
  13. When are team photos taken?

Equipment

  1. What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
  2. Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
  3. What kind of glove should I get my child?
  4. What equipment does my child need to play Little League?
  5. What size bat should I purchase for my child?


Game Play

  1. What rules does Little League use to play?
  2. What are the differences between Little League rules and Ground rules?
  3. What is inter-league play?
  4. Are there time limits on games?
  5. Who decides if a game is rained out?
  6. How can I find out if a game is rained out?
  7. Are there any rules regarding minimum playing time?
  8. If my child is unable to attend practice, will he/she still get to play in the game?
  9. I think my son/daughter is a pretty good player.  How does the league choose All-Stars?

Umpires

  1. The umpires did a really bad job at umpiring our game, who can I complain to?
  2. What if I am afraid of making the wrong call as an umpire?
  3. OK, I will try it.  How do I volunteer to be an umpire?
  4. If I umpire, will I be umpiring baseball or softball?
  5. Can I get a Rule Book or more information on umpiring?
  6. Do umpires get paid in Copper Hills Little League?

Members and Board of Directors

  1. How do I become a General Member of the Local League?
  2. Can I become a CHLL Board member?
  3. If I am not a member, can I attend the Board of Directors Meeting?
  4. Do CHLL Directors get paid? 
  5. I have a question/concern, who should I contact?
  6. How often is the website updated?

 

 


The League

1.  Who is Copper Hills Little League?
The Copper Hills Little League (operated as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charity) is sanctioned by Little League, Inc. of Williamsport, PA, the largest youth affiliated program in the world.  The first Copper Hills Little League charter for baseball was in 1967.  It is in District 12 of Arizona, West Region.
 

2.  When are the CHLL seasons?

CHLL offers a spring season for all levels of play, and a fall season for players 8 and older.  here is the basic scehdule for the league

  • January—Spring season registration opens (all levels)
  • February—End Registrations and begin tryouts and draft (9 thru 16 year-olds)
  • March— Spring Practices begin     
  • April thru May – Regular Season games 
  • June—Regular season ends and tournaments begin
  • August - Fall season registration opens
  • September (first 2 weeks) - Fall Season Practices begin
  • September to mid-November -  Fall Season games

3.  How big is CHLL?
Our spring season has approximately 620 baseball and softball players in the league during our spring season.  Little League Baseball encourages boys and girls to become part of the little league experience.  On average we have the following number of teams for each division during the Spring season:

  • Tee Ball – 8 teams
  • Coach Pitch – 10 teams
  • Minor Baseball – 9 teams
  • Minor Softball – 4 teams
  • Major Baseball – 8 teams
  • Major Softball – 3 teams (participate in interleague play within District 12)
  • Intermediate (50/70) Baseball - 1 team (participate in interleague play within District 12)
  • Junior Baseball – 1 team (participate in interleague play within District 12)
  • Senior Baseball - 1 team (participate in interleague play within District 12)
  • Junior/Senior Softball – 1 team (participate in interleague play within District 12)

The league is comprised entirely of volunteers who freely give their time to help our Copper Hills youth learn the game of baseball and embrace the Little League Baseball motto:  Loyalty, Character, and Courage. Thanks in advance to all of the volunteers who will help this spring be a successful endeavor for everyone!

4.  What are the Copper Hills Little League boundaries?
The boundaries for the Copper Hills Little League are Wilmot Road to the east, the Pima County border to the south, the end of McGee Ranch Road to the west, and the 10500 block to the north.  See our boundary map for more detailed description.

A child may play in Copper Hills Little League if they reside within the defined boundary OR attend school within the defined boundary (new in 2014).

A child may play within the Copper Hills Little League who resides outside of this boundary, but will not be eligible for any All-Star team. In addition, a child living outside of our boundaries wishing to play with the Copper Hills Little League must be approved by the home Little League, the receiving Little League, the District Administrator, and Little League, International.  There are certain exceptions if the child or the parent(s) lived within the boundaries and volunteered or played with the league prior to moving.  If you feel you may qualify for a Regulation II or Regulation IV exception, please contact the League President.

5.  What sports and levels of play does Copper Hills Little League offer?
CHLL offers T-Ball and Coach Pitch for boys and girls from ages 4–8, baseball for boys and girls from ages 7–16, and softball for girls from ages 7–16.

6.  How is the league organized?
CHLL is chartered by Little League Baseball and must follow their rules, regulations, and guidelines. There are 7 Little League divisions based on age: 

  • T-Ball Boys and Girls 4, 5, & 6 Year Olds
  • Coach Pitch Baseball  6, 7, & 8 Year Olds
  • Minor Baseball and Softball 7, 8, 9, 10 Year Olds
  • Major Baseball and Softball 9, 10, 11, & 12 Year Olds
  • Junior Baseball and Softball 13, & 14 Year Olds
  • Senior Baseball and Softball 15 & 16 Year Olds
  • Big League Baseball and Softball 17 & 18 Year Olds


7.  I noticed that there are overlapping ages for the divisions.  Why is that?
As children grow older, some have better skills than others.  It is a natural part of life.  If players are placed into divisions rigidly by age, some players are simply not ready to compete at that level yet.  By allowing some amount of flexibility, the parents and CHLL officials can place players in divisions that fit better into their level of play.  Most players would rather be in a lower division if it means they get to play more and learn more rather than sit on the bench in a higher level that is beyond their current abilities.  On the other hand, children who are ready to move to a higher division can do so with parental approval.  For example, if an 7 year old has played Coach Pitch and the parent feels the child is ready for Minors, that child can register for Minors.  


Volunteers 

1.  Does Little League perform background checks on its volunteers?
Yes.  The local leagues are responsible for securing background checks on each adult volunteer over the age of 16.  

2.  What if I just want to be the “Team Mom” or just help with practice?
We encourage all parents to volunteer and get involved with Little League in some way.  There are many areas where parents can assist.  They can help the manager in practices, be the Team Mom, umpire, help with field preparations and maintenance, and keep the scorebook, to name just a few.  However, all volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Application and submit to a background check before helping.

3.  What are the responsibilities of a manager and a coach?
The team manager oversees the management of the team throughout the season.  They are responsible for setting a practice schedule, developing a practice format, creating a lineup card for every game, and ensuring kids get their minimum playing time in each game.  Managers are the focal point of the team and must be committed to following through with managing the team from late-February to mid- June.  Time commitment is usually around 8–10 hours a week depending upon the division.  Managers need to be able to commit to be at most practices and games.  Managers also must attend pre-season meetings as required by the league, and a manager's meeting with the division representative.  As well, they must schedule and conduct a parent meeting prior to or at the first practice of the season.  Managers should be assisted by a volunteer team parent who helps with things like concession stand scheduling, fundraising events, uniform distribution, and picture day. 
Two or three (for tee ball and coach pitch only) assistant coaches are allowed in the dugout during games.  However, a manager may elect to use more than two coaches during practice.  Coaches provide support during practice to ensure kids get enough attention while developing their skills.  Coaches are under the guidance and direction of the manager.  Typically, a manager will design a practice format and have assistants take care of coaching small groups of players, assisting with batting practice, hitting fungos, or other assistant duties.  Assistant coaches should commit to be at all practices and games, generally about 6–8 hours a week depending upon the division.  All actions of an assistant coach during games are the ultimate responsibility of the manager.

4.  How are managers selected?
CHLL is actively seeking manager candidates at the time of registration.  Any adult who has turned in a completed Volunteer Form and passed the background check may manage a team.  No baseball or softball experience is necessary.  It is the Local League’s Board of Director’s decision to approve persons recommended by the President and wishing to fulfill a management position.  Management positions are not reserved on a year-to-year basis.  Each year a person wishing to manage must volunteer for the position, be recommended by the League’s President and approved by the Board of Directors.  Coaches are generally hand-picked by the manager of each team and must also complete a Volunteer Form and pass a background check.

5.  I am in high school and would like to volunteer.  Can I get community service hours credit for doing this?
Absolutely.  We welcome teenagers to come and help us.  Please click on our volunteer section to learn more.  We have had teen volunteers in the concession stand and have had them keep official scorebooks.  We have even had some umpire before.  We can sign off on community service hours for you.


Sponsorship

1.  How can I sponsor a team?
Please contact the League President or a Board Member and or go to our documents section on this website for a Sponsorship Form.

2.  If I sponsor a team, can I pick the team’s name? 
CHLL will attempt to honor requests for specific teams where possible, but cannot guarantee it.  Please discuss any specific requests with the League President.

3.  If I sponsor a team, can I sponsor a specific child’s team (my son, granddaughter, etc.)? 
As with the team name, CHLL will make every attempt to honor the sponsor’s request.  Again, please discuss any specific requests with the League President.

4. I do not have a business, can I still sponsor?
Yes, you can.  We accept non-business sponsors as well.

5.  Can I help provide a player scholarship for other children?
Yes, you can provide a scholarship donation or just a donation when you register.  Scholarships are needed and much appreciated every year.

6.  Are my charitable contributions and donations tax deductible?
Yes, the Copper Hills Little League is operated as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charity.  One hundred percent (100%) of all contributions go directly to Copper Hills Little League!  You will have to check with a CPA and/or the IRS to see how it would apply to you.


Registration and Fees

1.  When is Registration?
Please check the Registration page for the specific dates and deadlines.  The usual time frames for registrations are:

  • January & February —Spring season registration
  • August - Fall season registration 

2.  What are the registration fees for Copper Hills Little League?
This information will be posted on the Registration page.  The registration fees are reviewed each year by the League Board of Directors.  

3.  What is included in the registration fee?
Your registration fees include a uniform shirt, cap.  You will have to provide all other equipment including pants, socks, shoes, glove, cup, etc.

4.  Can I register my child online?
Yes, all registrations are done via our online registration system.  Our providers for the registration site and credit card processing are reputable companies that specialize in those services.   Parents must remember that the registration process will not be complete until all paperwork is received.  (i.e., Birth Certificate and Proof of Residency)

5.  Are credit and debit cards accepted at walk-up registration sessions?
Yes, we now accept credit cards at our walk-up registration sessions

6.  Is there a refund policy?
It is very simple and clear.  Refunds will be made prior to team assignment.  No refunds will be made after team assignments.  Players who live outside the CHLL borders and incorrectly register are subject to the refund policy.  Processing fees charged by service providers for online registration are non-refundable.

7.  How is the registration fee used?
Our budget addresses equipment, uniforms, field improvements, field maintenance, post-season tournaments, and administrative expenses. 

8.  Why do I need to bring a birth certificate and proofs of residency to registration?
These documents are needed for the Age and Address Verification process.  This verification is required by Little League.

9.  What is Age and Address Verification? 
The Age and Address Verification process provides parents and league officials the opportunity to fulfill Player Age and Address Verification required by Little League baseball.

10.  Why does Copper Hills Little League do this? 
Little League International requires all local Little Leagues to verify the Age and Address of all their players.  Because we are affiliated with Little League, we are bound to this requirement.

11.  What documents do I need to verify age? 
Bring a certified birth certificate with embossed seal (no photocopies will be accepted) or your child's passport so that your child's age can be verified.  See the Proof of Residency & Age Requirements for more information.

12.  What documents do I need to verify address? 
Little League requires three (3) separate items to demonstrate proof of residence so we can verify that you live within CHLL's boundaries.  You can find the documents needed on the Registration page.  The documents will be reviewed and returned to you at registration.  

If a player lives outside of the CHLL boundary, but attends school inside the boundary, it is now possible for them to play in CHLL without a waiver from Little League international.  See the 2014 Residence Eligibility Requirements Summary for more information.

13.  Can I use a work, church, or other address instead of my personal residence to be in your league?
No, Little League Baseball requires that your personal residence or school attended is used to establish which league your child plays in.

14.  Will your league make any exceptions? 
Waivers to the residency rules are very rare and are usually only possible in extreme hardship situation.

15.  How are other revenues generated for Copper Hills Little League? 
As you know, operating such a program requires a lot of volunteer time and costs a great deal of money.  In order to keep the registration fees affordable for all, CHLL must turn to corporate and community sponsorships for much of our financial support to make up the difference needed to provide uniforms, upgrade equipment, pay for upkeep of the facilities, insurance, and other direct expenses of running the league.  In addition, our snack bar is a large source of income for the league.  Please help us continue success this by meeting your snack-bar volunteer commitments and purchasing items from the snack bar.


Teams and Tryouts

1.  How are teams formed?
T-ball thru Minor divisions will be selected by the Player Agent for those divisions.  Siblings, special requests, and location of residence are generally factored into these decisions (as long as the player is registered by February 5).  Special request likely will not be honored after February 5.  Major division through Seniors, have tryouts.  The tryouts are simply a way to assure a fair distribution of talent among the teams in each division, as the coaches take notes and then conduct the draft. Please review the current league schedule for tryout dates.

2.  What are tryouts? 
Tryouts is an event that the League holds in which a player's current baseball skills are evaluated and assessed by Little League division managers.

3.  What happens at the tryouts? 
Players will be rated on the following skills: 
(1) Fielding fly balls (approximately 3) 
(2) Fielding ground balls (approximately 3) 
(3) Throwing (from outfield to second base) 
(4) Batting (approximately 4 pitches each) 
(5) Running (home to third base)

4.  How long do the tryouts last? 
It will vary depending on the number of players, but somewhere between 90 minutes to two hours.   Please check the schedule on our website for the appropriate time for your player(s).

5.  Do I have to participate in tryouts?  
All players 10 years old and above MUST attend a tryout. Every manager must be able to evaluate all the eligible players in the draft pool.  If a player does not attend a tryout then the player is not eligible to play in CHLL.  This is a Little League International rule.  If your child cannot make any of the scheduled tryouts please contact the league President, VP, or Player Agent of your Division ASAP.

6.  We have finished tryouts.  How do I know what team my child is on?
Check the CHLL Calendar of Events for the scheduled draft days.  The CHLL Calendar is generally on the Home Page of the CHLL Website (www.chll12.com).  The draft is held a few days after tryouts.  CHLL asks that all Managers contact their players by March 1 to set up their first meeting or practice.  If you have not been contacted by March 5, please contact the Player Agent.

7.  Can players play "up"?
Yes, providing that the proper paperwork and requirements are met.  While it is generally not recommended, there are some children who have the skills and abilities where it would benefit them.  Players wishing to play up must try out for their current age division and for the division they wish to play in.  However, the decision to move the child up will be up to the Player Agent and managers of the division the child is requesting.

8.  If my son or daughter is 6, should I move them from T-Ball to Coach Pitch?
If your child has played at least one year in T-Ball then you may be able to move them up.
Move up to Coach Pitch if your child can:
(1) consistently throw a baseball accurately in the air at a distance of 15 to 20 feet (e.g., when playing catch)
(2) consistently catch a reasonably thrown baseball from 15 to 20 feet (e.g., when playing catch)
(3) consistently field a ground ball on an infield surface
(4) easily hit a baseball off of a tee every time
If your child struggles with any one of these fundamental skills, T-Ball will provide a better environment for improving.

9.  If you are considering moving up from Coach Pitch to Minors here are a few questions to ask yourself and your son/daughter regarding last year’s experience.
(1) Was she/he able to make contact with the bat against 80% of the pitches received?
(2) Did she/he feel confident and was able to consistently catch the throws that hit her/his glove?
(3) Did she/he feel comfortable with the speed of the throws that were caught?
(4) Was she/he comfortable with the velocity of the balls hit her/his way?
If the answer is yes to these questions, they could probably move up to Minors and have a good experience.  If not, they may want to get a bit more experience and be one of the more confident and stronger players in Coach Pitch.

10.  Can I request a specific manager and/or that my child play with their friends on the same team?     
In the T-Ball through Minor divisions we will try to honor special play requests.  However, we do not guarantee the request will be met.  In Major through Senior divisions we do not accept special play requests.  Teams in these divisions are selected via the draft process.

11.  What if I have an issue with my child's manager?
Speak with the manager about your concerns.  Ninety-nine percent of the time this will take care of the issue.  If you still are not satisfied, your next contact would be the Player Agent.  If you feel the issue is critical you are always free to contact the VP of Baseball or Softball or the President directly.

12.  If my child is unhappy with the team they are placed on, can they switch teams?
Only in extreme cases does the league allow children to switch teams after the teams have been formed.  Such requests must be made in writing to Copper Hills Little League for consideration by the Player Agent.  Approval requires extenuating circumstances, so any request is highly unlikely to be approved, and in most cases we will ask that the player remain with their team.  Team balance is established early on, and changes of this type are difficult, if not impossible, to implement without upsetting the balance that has been established.

13.  When are team photos taken? 
Team and individual photos will be taken a few weeks into the season, usually on a Saturday.  A schedule will be posted on the homepage.
 

Equipment

1.  What equipment will my child need before the first practice or game?
Players should arrive at their first practice, ready to play ball with a glove, hat, rubber molded cleats, and practice baseball pants for the older division boys.  A baseball bag is recommended to transport bats, batting gloves, water bottles, hats, and other items.

2.  Are there any uniform supplies my child needs?
A uniform consists of a pair of baseball pants, belt, a baseball jersey, a hat, and a pair of all-in-one baseball socks.  Copper Hills Little League will provide each player a team jersey, team hat, pants, belt (upper divisions) and socks. The uniform items provided by CHLL are the player's to keep.  Your manager will provide more specifics as for the color.  Rubber cleats are highly recommended.  Steel spikes are not allowed in the Major Divisions and below.  In the early part of the season, players should bring a windbreaker, jacket, or sweatshirt to every game and practice if the weather is cool.

3.  What kind of glove should I get my child?
A quality leather glove is a must and it is recommended to stay away from vinyl and simulated leather gloves that may be cheaper, but tend to cause the player a great deal of frustration.  It is impossible to form a pocket in gloves made of vinyl or simulated leather.  Therefore, the ball tends to pop out when the player attempts to catch it. 

4.  What equipment does my child need to play Little League?
At minimum, your child will need a baseball glove and boys also will need to wear an athletic supporter with a hard cup.  The league provides each team with several bats, batting helmets, and catcher gear.  Players can bring their own helmets and catchers equipment if they choose, but are not required to furnish these items themselves.  We are working on establishing an equipment recycling program that will allow families to utilize cleats and gloves that have been outgrown and donated by other families (this will be on a first-come, first-served basis).

5.  What size bat should I purchase for my child? 
This is a rather complicated question since kids come in all shapes and sizes.  The basic concept is that first you pick the weight of the bat, and then you pick the length.  A batter's power is determined by bat speed or how fast he can swing the bat through the strike zone.  Therefore, the weight of the bat is the main determining factor in how fast a player can swing the bat.  The rule of thumb is that your child should be able to hold the bat in one hand, extend his arm until the bat is at shoulder height, and then hold it for 20 seconds.  Make sure the bat doesn't dip and that the child is not doing gyrations to keep the bat up.  This will give you the weight of the bat that your child can effectively handle.  Now find the longest bat with that weight.  The longer the bat the more of the plate the batter can cover.  When looking at bats you'll hear a term called "drop".  Drop is the length of the bat (in inches) minus the weight of bat (in ounces).  For example, a 30-inch bat that weighs 20 ounces has a drop of -10.  The greater the drop, the more effective the bat.  Grip is another important factor.  Your child should be able to comfortably grip the bat.  Other factors include the material used in the grip, the size of the butt, the construction of the bat, etc.  The bottom line is:  (1) the bat must not be too heavy for the child, (2) it should be long enough to cover the plate, and (3) it should be comfortable in your child's hands.


Game Play

1.  What rules does Little League use to play? 
Little League plays under a set of rules published by Little League International out of Williamsport, PA.  The rules are based on the Official Baseball Rules (OBR) used by Major League Baseball (MLB) with some changes for the safety of younger players and adaptations to play the game on fields with bases 60 feet apart versus 90 feet apart.
In addition, each Little League publishes their local ground rules.  Most of these center on how the minor division and below will play their games.

2.  What are the differences between Little League rules and Local rules?
Little League rules are those rules to which we are strictly bound.  Little League rules are strictly adhered to at the Majors level of play.  Each year Little League publishes updated rules that are well founded in history and are focused at every kid getting a chance to play Little League.  Local rules are those rules adopted by the Copper Hills Little League Board to enhance the game for the players.  The local rules generally apply to the Minors and lower levels.  An example of a local rule is a continuous batting order where all the kids attending the game bat in succession until all have batted.  After all have batted, the batting order reverts to the top of the batting order.  Local rules are posted on the CHLL website and are voted on each year.

3.  What is inter-league play?
Little League rules allow CHLL to schedule games with adjoining leagues if this is mutually agreeable.  In general, CHLL will pursue inter-league play opportunities only when necessary in the upper divisions.  At lower levels, where the number of teams is greater, we will not actively pursue inter-league play.  The extent of inter-league play may vary from year to year.

4.  Are there time limits on games? 
Yes, the time limit varies by division.  Shorter time limits also come into play on weeknights to prevent keeping kids out late on a school night.

5.  Who decides if a game is rained out? 
That depends greatly on when the rain comes.  The League President or some other Board Member will make the call after inspecting the fields.  Generally speaking, this is an easy call, because once the fields become soaked and slippery, it is a very time consuming project to make them playable again.  If it continues to rain or threatens to rain, all scheduled games will be postponed and rescheduled.  Once a game starts, all decision to play or continue a game is up to the Home Plate Umpire, who is the only person who can stop a game once it has begun.  If play is halted due to rain, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE PARK.  A “rain delay” is much different than a “rain out”.  Parents will be allowed to take their children to their car, but please do not leave until directed to by the Manager.  Lightning may also cut a game short without any rain present.  Obviously, safety is a concern here and CHLL will always err on the side of caution.

6.  How can I find out if a game is rained out? 
As noted above, if a decision is reached early enough, it will be posted on the Website (www.chll12.com) and sent via e-mail/text message.  However, if the decision is later, there is not enough time to contact everybody that might be playing that day.  When possible, check with your Manager to see if they have been notified. Most Managers will attempt to contact their players once they know the game has been rained out, which is why it is important that Managers have as much contact information as possible.  If you have not been contacted, then it is best to simply go to the field and find out.  Don’t be fooled by the weather conditions at your house or office.  Numerous times it is raining in one part of town and nothing at the field.  If you don’t know, then continue to the field.

7.  Are there any rules around minimum playing time? 
Rules vary by division regarding playing time.
T-ball—All players play in the field and all players bat each inning. 
Coach Pitch—Continuous batting order (no offensive substitutions, every player is on the batting lineup even if they don't play the field that inning) with 9 fielders
Minor—Continuous batting order with 9 fielders on defense 
Majors and above—9 players in the batting order with substitutions
Minimum play for Coach Pitch and above is one at bat and two innings in the field.  Note:  any player who arrives after the start of the game is not required to get minimum play at the manager's discretion.

8.  If my child is unable to attend practice, will he/she still get to play in the game? 
As stated above, Little League requires that all players play a minimum of two innings in the field and get a minimum of one time at bat.  However, it is very important that your child attend as many of the practices as possible so that he/she can continue to improve their skills while also working with the other players to learn to play as a team.  In the Minor Division and above, the team’s discipline plan will decide the playing time for excessive missed practices.  Ultimately, time of play, as well as position of play, is determined by each team's manager.

9.  I think my son/daughter is a pretty good player.  How does the league choose All-Stars? 
At the conclusion of the regular season, the managers from the upper divisions get together with the Player Agent for the division(s) to select the various All-Star teams.Be sure to be cognizant of your family's summer vacation schedule if you believe your player might be picked to play for the CHLL All-Star team.  The district All-Star tournament is normally the first two weeks of July.  The sectional and state tournaments are on the following weekends.
 

Umpires 

1.  The umpires did a really bad job at umpiring our game, who can I complain to?
Umpiring is one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of the Little League program. The volunteer umpire is as much a part of Little League as the volunteer manager, coach, or concession stand worker.  If you feel the need to complain about a call, feel free to contact the Umpire-in-Chief and volunteer to umpire a few games.  It will give you a different perspective on the game and make you appreciate that these volunteers are willing to give their time back to the game.  Besides, by umpiring, you have the best seat in the house.

2.  What if I am afraid of making the wrong call as an umpire?
Most people seem to not be interested in being the umpire.  Why?  Because they may feel that they will make a mistake, or they do not want to cause issues with other parents, or that they just don't know what to do.  Umpires make mistakes, they are human after all.  But remember, when calling fair/foul, safe/out, balls and strikes; an umpire may make over 600 calls in a game.  There are bound to be some mistakes.  It is a judgment call and umpires call it like they see it.
The Umpire-in-Chief is there to help and provide instruction for anyone who asks and is willing to take the time to help out all the kids of Little League Baseball and Softball.
REMEMBER, Little League is about the kids learning the game and having fun.
The umpires are there to help aid in the learning process by applying the rules.  Without the rules, nobody learns or has fun.

3.  OK, I will try it.  How do I volunteer to be an umpire? 
Great!  First, fill out a Volunteer Application and become a General Member of the League.  The Umpire-in-Chief will get with you and go over the Little League Rules and Local Ground Rules. Your first few times to umpire will probably be in the field with a more experienced umpire behind the plate.  Second, relax and go out there and just call it like you see it.

4.  If I umpire, will I be umpiring baseball or softball? 
You can request which divisions you would like to umpire, but we appreciate as much flexibility as possible to help with schedule balance. The rules are pretty much the same for both, except for a few minor differences.

5.  Can I get a Rule Book or more information on umpiring?
The League will provide a rule book to every umpire who commits to doing at least 5 games.  Any umpire who commits to doing 10 or more games will also receive an umpire shirt and hat.

6.  Do umpires get paid in Copper Hills Little League? 
According to Little League Baseball, there is no sound reason for paying umpires, or any other person whose services should be provided on a volunteer basis.  If the umpire does a game at Anamax Park, they are welcome to a complimentary hot dog and beverage from the CHLL snack bar.
 

Members and Board of Directors

1.  How do I become a General Member of the Local League?
To become a General Member of the Local League, you must register as a volunteer and fill a volunteer position (manager, coach, umpire, team parent, field maintenance, etc).  Once you have become a General Member, you have voting rights at General Membership meetings (i.e., to elect the Officers) and you may also fill a position on the Board of Directors.

2.  Can I become a CHLL Board member?
Each year in September, the Board of Directors must be re-elected.  Any General Member can apply to become a board member.  All applicants must undergo a background check. 

3.  If I am not a member, can I attend the Board of Directors Meeting?
Yes.  Non-members (i.e., parents) are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.  Although you will not be able to vote on matters, you can be recognized to state your opinion on different subjects.  There are times that the Board of Directors will enter into Executive Session.  During this time, all non-Board members will be asked to leave the meeting temporarily.

4.  Do CHLL Directors get paid?  
No.  Unlike some other Youth Sports Organizations, the Board of Directors for Copper Hills Little League is 100% volunteer.  No Director receives any financial compensation for their services to the League.  Additionally, Board members are required to pay the same registration fees for their children as everyone else.

5.  I have a question/concern, who should I contact? 
Questions?  Suggestions?  Ideas?  Concerns?  Want to help?  Check out the Contacts page to find the appropriate Board Member to contact.  Email and phone numbers are provided for all Board Members.  Call or email the appropriate Board Member to let them know your thoughts.

6.  How often is the website updated?
Copper Hills Little League is a volunteer organization.  The website is updated frequently by several volunteers; as such, the information on this website is subject to change without prior notice.