FAQs – We have them here Here are some of the frequently asked questions about FNWLL, its goals, and how things happen before, during, and after the season. It some cases, the answers are short and will be addressed here. In other cases, you may be directed to another part of the site that has more in-depth and detailed information that will hopefully your questions to your satisfaction. If there is some questions that you cannot find an answer, call one of the board members listed and we will do our best to help you. Chances are, if you have question, there are others that have had the same ones as well. Help us make the site better and let us know your thoughts.
How long does the season last?
The typical season starts with practices around the first of April with the regular season games ending about the time school lets out. FNWLL has programs and experiences that do start before April and others that can also take place late into summer. For a more detailed outline, please click on the “Timelines” tab to the left.
Which Little League do you belong?
Little League organizations are made up of families and players who live in your area. The expectation is that where you live determines which organization you register. In the area surrounding Midland, there are 5 leagues associated with Little League. If you are unsure which league you belong, please check out the simple map attached to this message to determine if you live in the FNWLL area. We know that there are cases that you may want to play with a specific friend or school group. However, realize that playing out of a league area does eliminate some benefits associated with the experience. If you have questions regarding which organization to sign up with, do not hesitate to contact one of the board members listed.
What equipment do players need to provide?
In FNWLL, the hats and uniform tops are provided to each player with the players keeping their hats after the season. Teams are provided helmets, bats, and catching equipment. For the players in the AA to Major playing level, pants will also be provided to each player which are returned after the season. Each player will be expected to provide their own playing gloves, socks, and shoes (catching gloves will be provided to each team) . Many players bring their own bats and helmets but it is not a requirement.
Player Evaluation’s – What happens?
Player evaluations determine if some of the younger players have the skill to play at advance levels and aid the coaches and coordinators to making informed draft placement decisions for the older players. Each evaluation session will first assign a player a number. As the player’s number is called, they will be evaluated first on throwing of 4 to 5 pitching throws, 4 to 5 fielding plays, and 4 to 5 outfield catches. Once all the players go through the throwing and fielding, hitting will come next where each player will get 4 to 5 swings off of a foam ball pitching machine. Typically there will be 30 to 40 players at any one session and it will take the whole 2 + hours just to look at these players. Don’t worry about how “good or bad” a player performs. The coaches and evaluators are looking more at technique and just because a player does not hit a ball or misplays a fielded ball does not mean that they hurt their chances to move up or be drafted. Many parents have questioned why this is not a longer process or more in depth. In reality, there are only a few instances where the ability of the player was misread by the coaches and evaluators. There have also been questions about how long and slow each session takes. FNWLL has 8 to 10 people looking at these players and doing it in this manner assures that each evaluator is seeing the same throwing, catching, and fielding technique to make sure that each player is playing at the appropriate level for enjoyment and growth.