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Spring 2022 Little League Registration Now Open!

Thank you for your interest in playing Baseball/Softball with Grand Mesa Little League!!!

 

DIVISIONS

We will have 6 Baseball divisions & 3 Softball divisions for players to participate in for the 2022 Spring Season:

Pee-Wee (3-4), T-ball (4-6), Rookie (6-8), Minor Baseball (8-10), Major Baseball (9-12) & Junior/Senior Baseball (12-16). Minor Girls Softball (8-10), Major Girls Softball (9-12) & Junior/Senior Softball (12-16).

  • Pee-Wee, T-Ball, Rookie, Minor & Junior/Senior Teams will be formed by the league.  
  • Teammate & Coach requests will be honored to the best of our ability, but are not guaranteed and will be first come first served.  REQUESTS IN THE MAJOR DIVISION CAN NOT BE DIRECTLY ACCOMODATED DUE TO DRAFT REQUIREMENTS.
  • Major Baseball and Major Girls Softball teams will be formed through a draft process.  Players between 9-12 years old are STRONGLY encouraged to come to tryouts to be considered for appropriate placement. Players who are under league age 11 who do not attend try-outs will not be eligible for placement on an major division team without express consent from the GMLL Board. Players returning to an existing Major level team, with the same coach will not be required to attend the player assessment.  The major division assessment will happen on Saturday, March 12th at 12pm at Grand Mesa.  Players must be registered prior to the player assessment.

REGISTRATION

Registration can be completed through this site.  Those wishing to complete registration offline (in-person), you must attend a registration event (Dates/Sites TBA), we will be unable to accommodate individuals seeking private registration times this year.

CANCELLATION CONTINGENCIES

  • Those wishing to cancel for any reason , must do so before March 1st, 2022 or no refund can be issued. 
  • You will be offered an insurance option during the online registration process for the event of an unforeseen season cancelation, or player injury.  If this is a concern for you, this policy is encouraged however in no way benefits the league.

T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant to help cover Registration Fees!

The T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant is dedicated to helping families in need by covering registration fees associated with their local Little League program. T-Mobile and Little League share the belief that every child should have the chance to experience Little League, regardless of their financial or personal situation.

Little League has partnered with T-Mobile to help offset registration costs for Grand Mesa Little League. If your child receives WIC, SNAP, Free/Reduced Lunch or is a foster child you qualify to receive the grant which will cover $125 of your Grand Mesa registration fees and Grand Mesa will scholarship the remainder.  

FUNDS ARE LIMITED SO APPLY TODAY!

DICK'S Sports Matter Grant to cover registration fees!

We’re excited that as part of our new partnership with DICK'S Sporting Goods there is now another option to help with registration fees. Through the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matter Grant, families with a need are eligible for a $150 grant to cover their child’s registration. If your child is a Medicare, SNAP or WIC recipient then you qualify and DICK'S will cover your registration fees.

Additional Information can be found at:

https://everykidsports.org/every-kid-sports-pass/

Pee-Wee Baseball (3-4)

Pee-Wee Tee Ball is the earliest entry level division for players, ages 3-4. The experience is grounded in fun, and basic fundamentals while also being a key to growing a child’s love for the game.

Parents and legal guardians of Pee-Wee players are crucial to the extension of the program, and their satisfaction is equally important to its success. The outreach and inclusion of this division sets the foundation for continued participation in the program.

The Pee-Wee Division is co-ed, and is structured as a baseball program. 

Pee-Wee players use t-ball bats and balls (safety t-balls) designated specifically for use in this division. 

The roster size for a Pee-Wee team averages 5-7 players, with a season featuring 1-2 games per week played with one during the week and one on Saturdays.  Games are 30 minutes in length and bat completely through the order before switching sides. 

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this entry level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league. 

T-Ball (4-6)

Often, a family’s first introduction to Little League® is in the Tee Ball program. Tee Ball is the entry level division for players, ages 4-6. The experience is grounded in fun, fitness, and fundamentals while also being a key to growing a child’s love for the game.

The Little League Tee Ball program provides volunteer coaches with everything they need to create an environment where players will learn the skills of the game, while having fun and staying active. Parents and legal guardians of Tee Ball players are crucial to the extension of the program, and their satisfaction is equally important to its success. The outreach and inclusion of this division sets the foundation for continued participation in the local Little League program.

Each Little Leaguer is required to play one season of Tee Ball before being eligible to be evaluated by the local league officials for consideration to advance to a higher division of Little League baseball or softball. The Tee Ball Division is co-ed, and is structured as a baseball program. 

Tee Ball players use t-ball bats and balls (t-ball safety baseballs) designated specifically for use in this division. The roster size for a Tee Ball team averages 10-13 players, with a season featuring 1-2 practices per week with two games played each week, one during the week and one on Saturdays.  Games are 60 minutes in length and players bat completely through the order before switching sides. 

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this entry level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

Rookie Baseball (6-8)

The Rookie Division (Machine Pitch) is for players who are Little League ages 7 and 8. Players who are league age 6 are able to play in the Rookie Division, provided they have played one year of T-Ball, additionally at the leagues discretion, children who are 9 years old may be allowed to play Rookie ball based on their comfort, skill and safety level. 

There is no live pitching in this division but instead, the ball is "pitched" from a machine placed in front of the pitching mound. The rules and format of Machine Pitch are set up to be less intensive play than the upper levels and focus on the teaching and instructional aspects of the game. This is the first level where players begin to learn and play by most of the basic baseball rules.

By having pitches delivered from the machine versus a coach, players are able to more adequately develop hitting skills and positive habits while getting consistent pitches. 

The Rookie Division is co-ed, and is structured as a baseball program. 

Rookie players may use t-ball bats or a baseball bat. All bats must have the USA Baseball logo on them. This division uses actual baseballs designated for use in this division. The roster size for a Rookie team averages 10-13 players, with a season featuring 1-2 practices per week with two games played each week, typically with one during the week and one on Saturdays.  Games are a minimum 90 minutes in length, but not to exceed 1:45.  Players are allowed 5 pitches in which they either put the ball in play, or they are retired as an out (foul balls are not included in the count). When a side achieves 3 outs, or scores 5 runs (whichever occurs first) that side is retired. A continuous batting order is used, requiring all players to bat in order and all players must play in the field a series of 6 consecutive outs (2 innings). 

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this entry level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

Minor Baseball (8-10)

The Minor League Baseball program is open for boys and girls league aged 8-10 years old and 11 year olds with less experience. This is a 100% player pitch division. 

By league rules, some 9-year-olds could “play down” in the Rookie division.  This is entirely at the discretion of the Grand Mesa Board of Directors and is based on player experience and safety. Players who are league age 7 must play in the Rookie division. League-age 12-year-olds may participate per Regulation V(a).

Rosters may be composed of between 12 and 14 players.  The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.  All bats used in this division must have the USA Baseball logo.  Mandatory play is required, in which all players must play 6 consecutive outs (2 complete & consecutive innings) in the field, and teams must bat using a continuous batting order.  Sides are switched when a team achieves 5 runs in an inning, or 3 outs, whichever occurs first. Games are typically 2 hours in length, with no new inning after 1:45, but the inning must be completed.

Tournament opportunities are available for players league-age 8-10 and 9-11.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

Major Baseball (10-12)

The Little League Baseball Division (also known as the Major Division) is for boys and girls ages 9 -12.

All players league aged 10, 11 or 12, who are not returning to an existing Major Division team MUST attend the leagues skill assessment to determine team placement. 9 year old players wishing to play up are encouraged to attend the skill assessment however they are not required to do so. Players in this division go through a draft as required under Little League rules and individual coach/team requests are unable to be recognized. 

The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.  All bats used in this division must have the USA Baseball logo.  Mandatory play is required, in which all players must play 6 consecutive outs (2 complete & consecutive innings) in the field, and teams must bat using a continuous batting order.  There is no run limit to end an inning, the opposing side must achieve 3 outs.  Games are typically 2 hours in length, with no new inning after 1:45, however the inning must be completed.

Grand Mesa has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 10-12-year-olds from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

Junior/Senior Baseball

The Junior/Senior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 12-16, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.  Bats used in this division must be either stamped with the USA Baseball logo, or be a -3 BBCOR.

Following the regular season, Grand Mesa will choose two Tournament Teams (or “All Stars”) of 12-16-year-olds (Junior 12-14 & Senior 13-16) from within this division, and the team may enter the International Tournament.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this teenage division of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

Softball (8-16)

Softball is offered at Grand Mesa in 3 divisions. 

Minor Softball for girls age 8-10

Major Softball for girls 10-12

Junior/Senior Softball for girls 12-16

Based on player experience and safety some 11 year old girls may play down in the minor division, as well some 9 year old girls may play up in the major division, or 12 year old girls in the Junior/Senior division.

Rosters may be composed of between 12 and 14 players.  The diamond used is a standard 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 35 feet (Minors), 40 feet (Majors) or 43 feet (Junior/Senior).  Mandatory play is required, in which all players must play 6 consecutive outs (2 complete & consecutive innings) in the field, and teams must bat using a continuous batting order.  In the minor and major division, sides are switched when a team achieves 5 runs in an inning, or 3 outs, whichever occurs first. In the Junior/Senior division sides are switched after 7 runs in an inning or 3 outs, whichever occurs first, however the final inning is an open inning requiring 3 outs to retire the side.  Games are typically 2 hours in length, with no new inning after 1:45, but the inning must be completed and the game must reach the 4th inning (5th Jr/Sr) to be considered "Complete".

Tournament opportunities are available for all divisions.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

HSBL Junior (13-16)

The High School Baseball League Junior is a 16U high school development program for boys aged 13-16 or 7-10th grade. There are no residency requirements for participation in this program. Full teams are able to register in this division, however teams will be scheduled based on skill level against teams with comparable skill. Play is on a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.  All bats used in this division must be -3 BBCOR.

There are coaching and volunteer opportunities available in this division. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and pass a required national background check.  After successfully doing so, parents may become involved in practices, be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

High School Softball League (HSSL)

The High School Softball League will return in the summer of 2022. The teams in this league are formed and sorted by high school. Girls interested in participating in this program should speak with their high school softball coach. Please keep in mind, incoming freshmen can not contact their high school coaches until after May 1, 2022. 

T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Application

We want to make sure anyone who has the desire to play has the ability. Financially challenged families who can present current eligibility in a Free/Reduced Lunch program, SNAP, WIC, Foster Care, or enrollment in Medicaid or State Health Plans are eligible to receive the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant of $125, Grand Mesa will scholarship the remaining amount. Funds are limited, so even though the season is a few months away, DO NOT WAIT, APPLY TODAY!

Dicks Sports Matter Grant Application

We want to make sure anyone who has the desire to play has the ability. Financially challenged families who can present current eligibility in a Free/Reduced Lunch program, SNAP, WIC or enrollment in Medicaid are eligible to receive the DICK'S Sports Matter Grant of $150. Funds are limited, DO NOT WAIT, APPLY TODAY!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

Board of Directors meetings are always open to the public, they occur the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at Grand Mesa Little League.

Interested in Coaching

We will have several open positions for coaches for the Spring 2020 season.  All coaches must be willing to submit to and pass a background check prior to taking the field with the players, and comply with the coaches code of conduct.  This is your opportunity to help our youth and make a difference.  Please contact Chris Riley at 970-985-2770  for more information.   Your impact makes a huge difference for the kids and for the league.

Registration for the 2022 Season Opening 10/10/2021!

For 2022 Grand Mesa will once again offer a longer season allowing anyone who wishes to play into the summer to do so at no additional cost.  The 2022 season will start in early April (exact date to be announced soon) and we will play into June.  Going on vacation?  No worries, go on vacation, your child's spot will still be there.  This is offered to be able to provide kids a safe place to play and grow in the sport. 

The following divisions will be offered for the 2022 Season:

Registration for Little League Divisions  (based on age as of 8/31/22):

Pee-Wee (3-4)

T-Ball (4-6)

Rookie Baseball (6-8)

Minor Baseball (8-11)

Minor Softball (8-11)

Major Baseball (9-12)

Major Softball (9-12)

Intermediate Baseball (11-13)

Junior/Senior Baseball (12-16)

Junior/Senior Softball (12-16)

Grand Mesa High School Baseball League Junior:

16U Baseball (7th-10th Grade, players playing high school baseball will be accommodated during their high school season)

 

There are NO Boundaries for HSBL Junior Play!

 

Grand Mesa High School Baseball League:

Grand Mesa has not made a decision on whether we will continue to offer the HSBL in 2022 in any capacity.

Grand Mesa High School Softball League:

Based on great success and high quality play, the High School Softball League will return in the summer of 2022! 

Players must be 9th-12th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.  All games will be played by high school rules.  The program is a club program and is not CHSAA affiliated.

REMINDER OF BEST PRACTICES (Manager/Coaches)

These are some tasks that should be done EVERY DAY when you have a game.  If you see that they are not being done, please remind your manager/coach or see a board member.  These tasks need to be done in order to protect our equipment (from weather and theft) and help maintain the fields and complex.

BEFORE THE GAME:

1)  Fields need to be lined and basses need to be set (this is the home teams responsibility, but can be done by both)

AFTER THE GAME:

1)  All lines need to be raked out by the visiting team.

2)  Basses need to be pulled and plugs need to put in their place by the visiting team.

3)  Portable mounds must be removed from the field and stood up against a building or fence in order (both home and visiting team need to make sure this happens).


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