Why choose University City Little League?
With a nearly 60-year tradition in the greater UC and La Jolla area, Little league has helped to build this community! Additionally, this league is part of an international Little League. You could go to a little league in another country and walk onto the field with the same rules, and the same fun. “In addition to practicing on-field fundamentals and the excitement of playing games in a competitive environment, Little League Baseball pridefully enlists the sport to strengthen its participants’ self-esteem and confidence. Little League Baseball offers the opportunity for a child to experience and benefit from the life lessons, socialization, and camaraderie that are the cornerstones of the program.”
What are the registration fees and when does registration start?
Minors / Majors / Intermediate / Juniors: $140
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?
T-Ball teams practice and play games at the “Dino Park” North fields
Maps teams practice and play games at the McElroy Field while our fields at Standley are under construction.
Minors teams will practice on Jim Carl Field. (Jim Carl field is in between Standley Middle School and Standley pool at the far south end.)
Majors/Intermediate teams will practice and play their home games at Fort Field. (Fort Field is on Governor Drive just east of Spreckels Elementary. ) Other games will be played at other fields in our district (Scripps Ranch, Clairemont, etc.)
Junior teams will practice and play their home games at McElroy Field. (McElroy is at the corner of Governor and Gullstrand.)
Other games will be played at other fields in our district (Scripps Ranch, Clairemont, etc).
How are teams formed?
Teams in the T-Ball and Maps divisions are formed by the President, Vice President and Player Agents of the T-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 division (and all divisions above), players are placed on teams through a draft performed by the managers in those divisions. 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 T-Ball and Maps divisions, those requests are almost always honored. For minors 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 I buy?
A baseball glove, bats and cleats are a good start (even for T-Ball). Only USA Bat certified bats are allowed. 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 for the 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 T-Ball and Maps levels).
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 bars, scorekeeper, coach, become a team parent, and join our Board of Directors. Please go to our volunteer page to find our more.
Does the league require volunteer hours?
In order to assist with fundraising and integrate all families into the League, UCLL requests that each family work 4 hours at one of our snack bars per player enrolled in UCLL. 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.