Question: How do I know which MPTLL division is available and/or right for my child?
Answer: Use the table below to view the 2018 league options. Find the range when your child was born and follow that row to learn more. Click anywhere on the table to zoom and view larger.
Question: Can you tell me a little more about each baseball division?
Answer: MPTLL offers the Baseball Divisions listed below. Age ranges provided below are typical for these divisions to keep kids playing age appropriate baseball. However, we offer flexibility in the division age ranges based on specific player's skill level.
T-Ball is for boys and girls ages 4, 5, and first time or less skilled 6 year old players. Players will learn the fundamentals of fielding and hitting (off a tee). The primary goals are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. T-Ball rosters are typically composed of 10-13 players per team and tryouts/skill evaluations are not required. The T-Ball season begins in early March and will end prior to Memorial Day weekend (check the league calendar for specific dates). The cost for T-Ball is $150 if registered and paid before 12/15/17. Otherwise the program is $175 for players paying between 12/16/17 and 2/4/18.
AAA-Coach Pitch is for 6 year old and a few 7 year old boys and girls. The primary goal in AAA-coach pitch league is to provide a developmental league for players who aren't ready for minor league machine pitch and also not challenged by playing another season of T-Ball. A strong emphasis in AAA-Coach Pitch is making sure players have an enjoyable experience while continuing to learn the fundamentals of the game. Skill evaluations are not required and players will be placed on teams. The AAA-coach pitch season begins in early March and will end the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for AAA-Coach pitch is $200 if registered and paid before 12/15/17. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying between 12/16/17 and 2/4/18.
Minor League Baseball Divisions
Minor League Baseball programs are for baseball players ages 6-12 years old. Minor League rosters typically have 12-13 players per team. Myers Park Trinity offers 2 minor league programs:
American League (AL) – machine-pitch; typically league ages 7-8 and some 6 year old players:
6 year old players will have advanced skills in comparison to their peers. Skills evaluations are required for these players who may be drafted to an AL-machine pitch team based on evaluation performance. If a 6 year old player isn't drafted by an AL-machine pitch team then the player will be placed on a AAA-coach pitch team.
7 year old players - Almost all 7 year old players will play AL-machine pitch. Some 7 year old players playing for the first time or players not as skilled as their peers may request to play in the AAA-coach pitch league. We encourage parents to make this decision after their 7 year old has participated in a skills evaluation.
8 year old players - All 8 year old players play AL-machine pitch. Players are evaluated at a skills evaluation and drafted to a team based on their tryout performance.
The AL-machine pitch season begins with skill evaluations in mid-February and practices in early March. The season will end the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for AL-machine pitch is $200 if registered and paid before 12/15/17. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying between 12/16/17 and 2/4/18.
National League (NL) - kid-pitch; typically league ages 9-12
Little League® (Major League Division)
The Little League (Major) Baseball Division is for baseball players league ages 10-12. 11 and 12 year old year players drafted by a major league team during the previous season will return to their major league team and do not have to attend a tryout.
Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division
Presently MPTLL does not have an Intermediate (50/70) baseball division.
Jr. Little League Baseball Division
Junior Little League home games are played at Independence Park (Elizabeth Traditional School). Fields are a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Refer to the League Calendar for key dates throughout the season. All players must live in or attend a school located in the MPTLL boundary. If necessary, tryouts/skill evaluations take place the first weekend in April. Practices begin in mid-April and the season ends the last weekend of June (depending on the league calendar). The cost for Jr. Little League is $200 if registered and paid before 12/31/17. Otherwise the program is $225 for players paying after 12/31/17.
Question: I have a 6 or 7 year who hasn’t played baseball before. Should he or she play T-Ball, Coach pitch or American League?
Answer: Little League requires all 6 year old first time players to play T-Ball or AAA-Coach Pitch before moving up the American League. For 7 year old players, the decision is the parents, however factors should include: how athletic the child is, experience playing other organized team sports with coaches, and player maturity. The more athletic, team sport experience and mature a 7 year old is, the more ready they are for the American League.
Question: My 6 year old has played 1 or 2 years of T-Ball and I feel he is ready for the American League. Can I sign him up for the AL?
Answer: Yes. However, a tryout/skill evaluation is required for all players playing machine pitch (AL). League graders might recommend to League officials to place the child in coach pitch, if, based on the scores, they feel like it is in the best interest of the child.
Question: Where are the fields located?
Answer: MPTLL has a variety of fields under contract through the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. A list of our fields can be found here.
Question: The fields are always in great shape. Does Mecklenburg County take care of the MPTLL fields?
Answer: No. Charlotte Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation does not maintain our fields. They cut the grass in the common areas outside the fences of the playing fields, but MPTLL maintains the playing fields. In fact, MPTLL volunteers built all the fields at Randolph Park. In addition, we raised or borrowed money and paid for the fences, lights, irrigation systems etc. Our A+ grounds crew maintains our fields. Want to help? Send an email to
Question: Do all games have umpires?
Answer: One of the primary goals of Little League is to teach players sportsmanship. In the T-Ball and coach pitch divisions, coaches act as umpires in the interest of teaching the players the basic rules. At the machine pitch level, one umpire is provided for each game. At the minor league and major league level, two umpires are provided for each game. All coaches, parents, and players are expected to show good sportsmanship and interact positively and respectfully with umpires.
Question: What are the rules for Myers Park Trinity Little League?
The Little League rule book governs all play, except for local rule modifications as outlined in our division rules. The purpose of these rules is to establish regulations by which all participants can have a structured, enjoyable experience with baseball. This includes rules that assist with equitable playing time and ultimately increasing the skill level of all players. In addition to Little League rules, Myers Park Trinity Little League has adopted local rules. Parents may find a copy of those rules by clicking this link.
Question: When do games start? When is the season over?
Answer: Opening Day, is typically the last Saturday in March. Closing ceremonies are typically held the first Saturday in June. Softball ends their season in mid-May. T-Ball ends their season prior to Memorial Day weekend in May. Baseball (AAA-Coach pitch, American League, National League and Major League) close their regular season typically on the first Saturday in June. Junior Little League baseball completes their regular season at the end of June. Consult the league calendar on the website for exacts dates for this season.
Question: What days are games played? What time are games played during the week and on weekends?
Answer: Generally, games are played Monday – Thursday evenings and on Saturday. Occasionally, weather cancellations or other interruptions in the schedule require games on Friday or Sunday. Week night games are played at 5:30pm or 7:30pm. Younger age groups (6, 7, 8) rarely, if ever play 7:00pm late games. Games are played continuously throughout the day on Saturday.
Question: When do practices start?
Answer: Baseball (American League, National League and Major League) practices usually start the first weekend in March. Coach pitch and T-Ball usually start a week later. Junior little league baseball starts mid-April.
Question: What should I do if I haven’t heard from a coach and I saw teams practicing at the fields on Randolph Road?
Answer: Most of our leagues start practice around the same time; however, it is not the same day. It is possible the delay is a result of how teams are formed following tryouts. Team drafts are held each night during the week following tryouts, which is usually the last week of February. Once teams are formed, coaches begin contacting parents (typically via email). Coaches are instructed to contact parents as soon as possible to introduce themselves and to announce the date of their 1st practice. Please remember our coaches are volunteers and some travel for business. As a result, there may be a couple of days’ difference between when one coach contacts their parents versus when another coach makes contact with his parents. If you haven’t heard from a coach, and it has been 10 days since tryouts, please use this link to let us know you have not heard from a coach.
Question: What equipment is needed to participate?
Answer: Registration fees cover the cost for a uniform (hat, jersey, socks, and belts – no belts for Tee-Ball). The league equips teams with catcher's gear, batting helmets, and hitting machines for machine-pitch divisions. Players are expected to provide their own fielding glove and safety equipment (i.e., protective cup for catchers). Baseball cleats (no metal spikes) are recommended. Players typically prefer to use their own bats but it is not a requirement. PLEASE NOTE LITTLE LEAGUE HAS REVISED BAT STANDARDS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2018. To help parents, an online resource page dedicated to baseball bat information, including the latest bat rules and regulations has been created by Little league. Click here to review the new USA Baseball Bat Standard being implemented. In short, ALL LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL BATS APPROVED FOR USE FOR THE 2017 SEASON WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED IN ANY LITTLE LEAGUE GAME OR ACTIVITY STARTING JANUARY 1, 2018. These new standards utilize the most current advancements available, so manufacturers can develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success and safety of the game. Going forward, all bats must meet USA Baseball’s standards, and the Little League branding on permitted bats will no longer be seen. The new bats stared hitting retail shelves in September, 2017 and parents considering a new bat for their player need to review this list of approved bats before purchasing: Little League Bat Information website.
Question: What are all the ways I can help volunteer for the league?
Answer: There are several areas that the League needs volunteers annually, including coaching, concession stand help, grounds crew, sponsorship, administrative help, team moms, and registration help. If you are interested, please complete the volunteer information form on our Volunteer page.
Question: How much time is required to be a t-ball coach?
Answer: Head coach requires a nominal amount of time. The league provides significant support, helping with practice plans, fundamentals, and instructional tips. The league does not want, lack of comfort level with coaching, to affect a decision to volunteer.
Question: How much time is required to be a t-ball coach?
Answer: Head coach requires a nominal amount of time per week. A typical week is 2 hours per week at the fields and approximately 30 minutes per week sending email reminders and answering parent questions. The league also provides significant support, helping with practice plans, fundamentals, and instructional tips. The league does not want, lack of comfort level with coaching, to affect a decision to volunteer.
Question: How often are practices and games?
Answer: There are usually two t-ball practices per week which includes one weekday, and Saturday. The Saturday practice is replaced with a game once the season begins. It is important to note that coaches are asked to continue to schedule practices throughout the season.
Question: What equipment does my player need? What is provided by the league?
Answer: The league provides your player a team shirt with coordinating socks and hat. It is recommended that your write the player's name on the inside of the hat when provided. The league also provides all equipment to players and teams except for gloves and cleats. Sneakers are also acceptable at this level. Most parents prefer to purchase a helmet for their player.
Question: What are All Stars? How are teams formed? Who coaches? When do All Star teams play?
Answer: Little League International has a long history of post season tournament play where All Star teams from each local league play each other in District tournaments. District winners advance to a State tournament. State winners advance to Regionals, and for the 12 year old players, Regional winners advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. ESPN/ABC have gotten involved and the telecast is a big deal. Teams are created by a nomination and voting process from the league’s coaches. A Head Coach is selected by the League President with input from League Coordinators and the League’s Executive Committee. The Head Coach assembles his/her assistants. All Stars start immediately following the end of the regular season. Consult the league calendar on the website for exact dates.
Question: It rained, is raining, or will rain. How do I know if the fields are open for games and practices?
Answer: The main method of announcing that the fields are closed via text and email to impacted parents and coaches. Coaches are asked to follow up with parents to make sure they receive the league communication. Coaches may decide to get together for a chalk session, or maybe try to go indoors, or in some cases to use the batting cages at the fields. In addition we will announce updates on each team page, on FaceBook, Twitter, and our mobile app. To make sure you receive email and text alerts parents should login to the league website and subscribe via their account profile. Please understand, we try to balance waiting as long as possible to give us the best chance of playing or practicing versus providing ample time for the word to get out if we do close the fields. In general, this call is made each day between 3pm – 4pm.
Note that if the league closes the fields, it means that the fields are completely closed. No team is allowed on the fields. Teams scheduled for the fields that are playable keep their game/practice slot. It is the luck of the draw.
Question: How much do team and sign sponsorships cost? Who do I contact about becoming a sponsor?
Answer: MPTLL has a variety of sponsorship options. Visit our sponsorship page to learn more or send an email to
and a league representative will be in contact. Also be sure and check out and support our current sponsors by visiting this page.
Question: Who do I contact if I have any constructive suggestions about the league or if I am having any issues during the season?
Answer: The best way to start the dialog is complete this form on our feedback page. In addition, you can reach out to the
, or any members of the Leagues' Executive Committee. League coordinators are also great resources to consult. The T-Ball coordinator is TBD for 2018, the AAA-Coach Pitch coordinator is TBD for 2018, the American League Coordinator is Matt Poindexter, the National League Coordinator is Dick Brown, the Major League Coordinator is Robert Griffin, and the Softball Coordinators are Daryl Smith and Joe Rempson. For a complete list of League contacts email addresses, please refer to our Contact Us page.