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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose University City Little League?

University City Little League has been an integral part of the University City community for almost 60 years!  UCLL is a 100% volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for children ages 4-15 to learn the fundamentals of baseball and to build pride, sportsmanship and a healthy self esteem.  We promote teamwork, communication, and community involvement.


What are the registration fees?

Tee Ball: $50

MAPS: $75

Minors/Majors/Intermediate/Juniors: $140

Challenger: $50

What is the refund policy?

All refunds will require a $10 processing fee.

When does the season start and end?

For spring, teams are formed in January, practices begin in February and games begin in early March.  The regular season typically ends in early June and playoffs and all-stars begin for the older divisions.  In fall, teams are formed at the end of August, and practices and games begin in September.

Where are the fields?

Tee Ball teams practice and play games at McElroy Field at University Gardens Park aka “Dino Park” on the corner of Gullstrand Street and Governor Drive

MAPS teams practice and play games at Standley Field A on Governor Drive between Standley Middle School and Standley Aquatic Center on the road-side

Minors teams practice on Jim Carl Field (Standley Field B) on Governor Drive between Standley Middle School and Standley Aquatic Center on the canyon-side

Majors/Intermediate teams will practice and play at their home games at Fort Field on Governor Drive between Spreckels Elementary and the Standley Recreation Center.  Away games will be played at opponent fields within our district (Scripps Ranch, Clairemont, Rancho Penasquitos, Presidio, Mira Mesa)

Junior teams will practice and play their home games at McElroy Field at University Gardens Park aka “Dino Park” on the corner of Gullstrand Street and Governor Drive.  Away games will be played at opponent fields within our district (Scripps Ranch, Clairemont, Rancho Penasquitos, Presidio, Mira Mesa)

How are teams formed?

Teams in the Tee Ball and MAPS divisions are formed by the President, Vice President and Player Agents of the Tee Ball and MAPS division.  The League tries to create balanced teams each season so that all teams include all levels of experience and age.  For this reason, while the League will consider requests for friends to be placed on similar teams, teams do not stay together year to year.  Starting with the Minors divisions and all divisions above Minors, players are placed on teams through a draft performed by the managers in those division.  To ensure all teams are formed equally, players at the Minors division and above are required to attend a skills assessment session.

Can my child request to be placed with a particular coach or with a friend?

For the Tee Ball and MAPS divisions, those requests are almost always honored.  For Minors division and above, it is up to the manager since teams are assigned through a draft process.  We want the talent level to be evenly distributed across teams.

What type of equipment do I need to buy?

A baseball glove, bats, and cleats.  Only USA Bat certified bats are allowed.  Click here for more Bat Information and Bat Rules.  These bats will have a USA Baseball logo.  Once a team is assigned, the color of pants, socks, belt required for your purchase will be known.  All players receive a hat and jersey.

What happens at the skills assessment?

Players will be assessed on their ability to do the following:

·      Catch 3 fly balls in the outfield and throw to 2nd base

·      Field 3 ground balls at shortstop and throw to first base

·      Take 5 swings at the plate against a pitching machine

·      Optional: throw 5 pitches from the pitching mound

How do I become a coach or manager?

Please indicate your interest during the registration process.  Also you can contact the president and let them know which division you are interested in.  Each season, a new slate of managers and coaches are chosen  and approved by the Board.  Although we prefer to have someone with prior coaching experience, we do not exclude first time managers and coaches (especially at the Tee Ball and MAPS levels).  More information is available on our Volunteer Page.

What special training/certificates are required to be a manager or coach?

No special training or certificates are required, but UCLL is committed to providing you the tools that you’ll need to be successful.

What volunteer opportunities are available?

UCLL is a 100% volunteer run league.  We have opportunities for people that want to donate a few hours per season or a few hours per week.  UCLL is always seeking additional volunteers to work in our snack bar, scorekeeper, coach, team parent, board member.  Please go to our volunteer page to find out how to sign up.

Does the league require volunteer hours?

In order to assist with fundraising and integrate all families into the league, UCLL requires each family work 4 hours per player at one of our snack bars.  The snack bar is a great feature that the players love and that raises revenue that UCLL puts towards new equipment, field maintenance and other needs.

What does my registration fee go towards?

UCLL offers more than four months of baseball for a reasonable registration fee.  Although we are a non-profit volunteer league we have numerous expenses throughout the season.  Every year we pay for umpires, field permits, uniforms, team pictures, insurance, trophies, end of year tournament fees, field maintenance, new equipment, coaches training, and other fun activities throughout the season.

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