Drafts & Team Formation

Spring/Summer Season Drafts

All WMLL Spring/Summer Season teams are selected by drafts — Drafts are conducted by league as organized by the league coordinator for that particular age league. Player skill levels are evaluated at an annual Skills Session conducted each March or April for baseball and softball players ages 7-12. In addition, player evaluations, as prepared at the end of the prior season by coaches, are distributed to every coach prior to the draft for review. Players 13 and older are drafted onto teams based on player evaluations from prior seasons and DO NOT attend the skills sessions.

Team draft order is by random drawing with each round drafting in the reverse order (example: round 1 by teams 1 thru 10 and round two in the opposite order by teams 10 thru 1 and alternating each round until all players are selected). At times, special provisions are made for the last round of the draft.

Coaches’ sons and daughters are placed in the appropriate round of each league draft based on relative skill level by the league coordinator with input from all coaches. This process attempts to insure that all teams have an equal opportunity to draft a competitive, balanced team.

Fall Ball Team Formation

Teams are formed by the league coordinators for the fall ball program. Player skill level is assessed based on regular season player evaluations by coaches for WMLL players. Parents of non-WMLL players are asked to fill out a skill level questionnaire and submit with their registration materials. Each league coordinator works with several other coaches and they attempt to balance the teams from a skill level standpoint, while at the same time trying to accommodate each player’s “buddy request” and travel needs for players coming from longer distances.