Coaches, Practices & Games

In a typical WMLL spring/summer season, approximately 600 players compete on about 50 teams in around 375 regular season and 40 league tournament games played on WMLL’s three diamonds.

COACHES & TEAM COORDINATOR

All WMLL coaches are volunteers who have submitted an application and undergone a background check.  Before each season, WMLL seeks out and selects a head coach for each team based on experience & other qualifications.  Once chosen, each head coach may select one “official” assistant coach, subject to Board of Directors approval.  After league drafts, the head coach may select additional assistant coaches as well as a team coordinator (formerly team representative) from among the parents of the team’s players.  The team coordinator works closely with the head coach & performs a variety of tasks designed to ensure good communication within the team and the smooth running of off field team business.
Note: WMLL also requires all Board members, paid staff (executive director, concessions workers & grounds crew), paid umpires that are 18 years-old or older & anyone else deemed necessary by the Board of Directors to submit a volunteer application and undergo a background check.


PRACTICES

A team’s practice schedule and the location of their practices are determined by that team’s coaching staff. Practices usually begin in April as weather permits and are typically held more frequently prior to the start of games.


REGULAR SEASON GAMES

WMLL’s spring/summer regular season consists of 16-18 games for most baseball leagues and approximately 14 games for softball leagues.  Each league’s actual game schedule will be released with team rosters following the player draft & will be made available via Teamsnap & the WMLL website.  Except for Junior & Senior softball, all games are played at the WMLL ballpark.  The only possible exception is in cases of extreme number of rainouts, where games may be played at alternative fields in an effort to get them all in.  Click HERE for maps & more information about the WMLL ballpark.

ROOKIE, MINOR & MAJOR BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

  • Opening Weekends: Minor & Major baseball teams begin games on Apr 24-25, Rookie, Minor & Major softball teams start on May 15-16 and Rookie baseball teams open on May 22-23.
  • Weekday Games: Teams in these leagues typically play one weeknight game every week – excluding rain cancellations and makeup games.  Each team will play games on all weeknights over the course of their season.
  • Weekend Games: WMLL utilizes alternate weekend scheduling for these leagues in the spring/summer season. In alternate weekend scheduling, leagues alternate between “ON” and “OFF” weekends.  During a league’s “ON” weekends, teams in that league typically play games on both Saturday and Sunday.  During a league’s “OFF” weekends, teams do not play any games. “OFF” weekends are used to give WMLL players & families open weekends for other activities and to allow WMLL players and coaches that participate on non-WMLL affiliated club teams to play in tournaments.
    • Minor League baseball and Rookie, Minor & Major League softball “On” weekends* = May 1 & 2, May 15 & 16, May 29 & 30, Jun 12 & 13, Jun 26 & 27 + Jul 10 & 11
      – Special “On” weekend for Minor Baseball = Apr 24 & 25 (Opening Weekend)
      – Special “On” weekends for Rookie & Major Softball = Jul 17 & 18 (WMLL league tournament)
    • Rookie & Major League baseball “ON” weekends* = Apr 24 & 25, May 8 & 9, May 22 & 23, Jun 5 & 6, Jun 19 & 20, Jul 3 & 4 + Jul 17 & 18
      – Special “On” weekends for Major Baseball = May 1 & 2, possibly May 29 & 30 (hold for Helfaer Field games) & Jun 26 & 27 (WMLL league tournament)
    • * = if dates fall on or between the relevant League’s Opening Weekend & League Tournament

JUNIOR BASEBALL
Junior League Opening Weekend is on Apr 24 & 25.  After Opening Weekend, all other regular season games will be scheduled for weekdays – typically with two games every week.  Whenever possible, rainout makeup games will also be scheduled on weekdays. As a last resort, rainout makeup games could be scheduled on the following Sundays – May 23, Jun 6, Jun 20, Jul 4.  Weekend games may also take place on the weekend of Jul 17 & 18 the Junior League tournament.

SENIOR BASEBALL
Senior League Opening Day is on May 23.  After that, teams typically play one game every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday.

JUNIOR & SENIOR SOFTBALL
These teams play in a regional league with a season and schedule determined by that league – typically with all games on weeknights.  Dates for 2021 have not yet been released.  Home games are played at the WMLL ballpark and/or the Jefferson Middle School softball diamonds.  Away games are played on the diamonds of other area teams in the league.  Click HERE for the most current Junior & Senior softball information available.


LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS

At the end of the regular season, all leagues conclude play with a league tournament. Most tournaments are conducted using a single-elimination bracket-play format with seeding based on regular season standings.

2021 Dates
Rookie League Baseball = July 12-15
Minor League Baseball = June 25 – July 2
Major League Baseball = June 26 – July 3
Junior League Baseball = June 26 – July 3
Senior League Baseball = June 11
Rookie League Softball = July 12 – 18
Minor League Softball = July 12 – 18
Major League Softball = July 12 – 18
Junior League Softball = TBD
Senior League Softball = TBD


“ALL-STAR” TOURNAMENT TEAMS

In addition to regular season and league tournament games, WMLL also forms a number of “all-star” tournament teams at different age levels as an extra optional opportunity for interested spring/summer season players and coaches. Each tournament team competes in 2-3 area tournaments from mid-June thru late July.  For most baseball tournament teams, one of these tournaments is the official Little League tournament.  Participation on a tournament teams is not guaranteed – players must tryout & be selected by a tournament team’s coaching staff (spring/summer season coaches approved by the Board).  Click HERE for more information about Tournament Teams including key dates.


QUESTIONS / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have questions about anything related to practices, regular season games, schedules or league tournaments, please contact the appropriate league coordinator.

Rookie baseball: Robb Vogel (rvogel0615@yahoo.com) & Sean Michael Dargan (seanmichaeldargan@gmail.com)
Minor baseball: Mark Schauder (mark_schauder@yahoo.com) & Todd Conkey (tconkey@mac.com)
Major baseball: Mark Newburg (newy@tds.net) & Harry Miller (mill7049@gmail.com)
Junior baseball: Jerry Schmitt (dksgrs@tds.net)
Senior baseball: Joan Farrell (joanfarrell12@gmail.com)
Rookie softball: Nate Judnic (nwjudnic@yahoo.com)
Minor softball: Katie Johnson (katelu32@gmail.com)
Major softball: Barry Vredenbregt (badams@madison.com)
Junior & Senior softball: Scott Fossum (scottfossum@gmail.com)