Frequently Asked Questions

UpdatedFriday April 16, 2021 byGreg Strowig.

Why does my player get as a uniform? What equipment do they need?

All players will receive a baseball hat and jersey.  The Minors, Majors, and Juniors Division will also receive baseball pants. All of this is yours to keep!

Players will need to supply their own batting helmet, bat, and glove.  Athletic shoes or rubber cleated shoes are recommended.  Please reference the Little League International website for the most up to date bat rules (click here).   We ask that players have their own equipment.  In the event that a child forgets their equipment they may share with another player provided consent is given by each players' parents.

Athletic protection, such as chest protectors and athletic cups, are recommended at the Rookie division and above, and infield face guards are required for softball.

Equipment can be expensive - are there any options for discounts or exchanges?  

We recognize the expense that equipment brings and have started an equipment exchange program.  We accept donations of usable/ safe equipment and make it available for our familes.  We encourage you to look through our donations before you purchase with the disclaimer that you should review all equipment before use.  We also have partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods to offer a discount weekend.  Watch our website and Facebook page for details on this event

Can my child play on a team with their friend, a previous coach, or even a past team?  

Franklin Little League has a very high success rate of accommodating most requests.  Our online registration form has a field to note your request.  This is the best place to include your request because it follows your registration.  Separate emails risk the chance of not getting matched to your registration and are discouraged.  Past team requests are much more difficult to fulfill given the flux of some athletes moving up to the next division and new athletes moving in to the division.  Please note we will do our best to accommodate your request; however, requests are not guaranteed.

Please keep in mind, Franklin Little League strives to have balanced teams including the number of players, experience on each team, and player age mix.  Franklin Little League discourages requests that “stack” teams as it takes away from the experience of other athletes in the program.

For the Minor, Major, Intermediate and Junior Divisions all athelets will participate in a skills assessment to assist with placement of athletes on teams.  Teams will be created using a draft system involving the team Managers and the Player Agent. At this level, parent or player preferences are no longer considered.   

What days are practices held?

Practice schedules are determined by the manager of the team.  As a general rule, managers try to keep practices on the same days.  As a guide:

  • For the Tee-Ball and Rookie Division, practices are generally once a week unless there is more than one game scheduled in a week.

  • Minors Division and above players should anticipate 1-2 practices a week pending game schedule.

  • The Challenger Division does not hold a separate practice and instead incorporates time as needed into their scheduled game times.

* Managers ultimately decide practice dates and times - please make sure you communicate your scheduling concerns with your Manager/ Coach.*

What days are games played?

Franklin Little League aims to have the game schedule posted on the Franklin Little League website by May each year.  Once assigned to a team you may also view it on your online or mobile TeamWall application.  You may also request a printout from your team manager.  Please keep in mind, over a 300 games (including interleague games) are scheduled each season.  Ultimately our final schedule depends on exactly how many teams we field for each division along with tournaments.  Franklin Little League attempts to schedule divisions playing on similar days and times when possible.  However there may be instances were some weeks there is one game, some weeks there are two games, and some weeks, it rains!

Generally, Tee-Ball and Rookie Division games will be scheduled for early evening games on either Monday/Wednesday, or Tuesday Thursday.  Minor, Major, Intermediate and Junior Division games will be scheduled for Monday evenings through Thursday evenings to avoid conflicts with players who also are on tournament/select teams.  Friday and Saturday play can occur based on field availability and weather.  Challenger Division games will be held on Saturdays.  Sundays are generally not scheduled for any games.  However, exceptions to all of the above may be needed from time to time to accommodate interleague conflicts, rain make-up games, etc.

How many games are in a season?  

We are going to do our best to schedule 12 games per team.  Depending on how many teams are formed and whether there is a need or desire for interleague play, some of these games may be held at other area Little League fields, such as in South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, or Greenfield.

For the Minor and Major Divisions, each season ends with a playoff series. These can add additional games.  Franklin Little League will do it’s best to provide the earliest possible communication about these additional games.

How will I know if a game is cancelled?  If it is, what happens?  

Games cancellations will occur at 3:30pm on game day, after that time it will be determined by the umpire (Minor & Above) or upon agreement between coaches (Teeball and Rookie) one hour before game time.  If you do not receive a cancellation notice you should assume the game is being played and report to the assigned field.  The FLL Scheduler and Grounds VP reserve the right to cancel games and close the fields at any time. 

A cancellation notice will come through on the SI Play app when games are cancelled.  The Franklin Little League website main page will also show if fields are closed due to weather.  You will also receive communication through email, SMS message, or from your team manager.  If you are unsure if a game is rained out please check the Franklin Little League website main page first.  Please ensure you click on the rain-out banner to see which fields are closed.  Sometimes other area Little Leagues close their fields but Franklin’s fields are open.  Therefore it is imperative that you click on the banner to see which fields are affected.

Every attempt will be made to reschedule rainout games, if possible.  However, due to scheduling or team availability it is possible a rainout may not be rescheduled.

What is expected of me as a fan during a game?

Franklin Little League expects ALL fans to adhere to the Spectator Code of Conduct, remembering that these are children playing recreational baseball/ softball.  We expect all of our fans to demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship, setting an example for our youth.  Misconduct is noticed not just by other fans but by every youth player on the field.   Treat umpires and the opposing team with the utmost respect.  Bad calls will happen, and at the end of the day it's important for our players to learn how to give their best in situations that they can't always control.  Cheering when a good play is made or a player gets a good hit, regardless of what team they are on, encourage our youth to celebrate successes.   Good sportsmanship by all those involved in a youth game will make a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.   

What is the volunteer requirements and how can my family fulfill them?

Each family is required to pay a per player fee and one time family fee that will be refunded at the end of the season if volunteer requirements are fulfilled.  The requirement is 4 hours per player. 

Volunteer hours can be satisfied in the following way: 

  • Managing/ Coaching a team:  You must be register as a Manager/ Coach and satisfy the background check requirements of Little League International.  Managers/ Coaches fulfill all of their volunteer time in full (regardless of number of players) with their team responsibilities 
  • Concession Stand Hours: Work involves preparing and service food, taking money and making change.  We need volunteers to work in the concession stand each night and during weekend tournaments.  Shifts are typically 2 hours.  Must be 13+ to be in the concession stand.
  • Field Clean up:  Work involves emptying recycling and trash bins, cleaning bathrooms and sanitizing dug outs.  Shifts are 1 hour each night. 
  • Field Fix-Up Day: Pending
  • Fundraising & Sponsorship Committee: Work involves communicating with sponsors, coordinating activites for opening day, home run derby or the end of year picnic.  
  • Annual Picnic:  Work involves set up/ clean up for picnic, running games or activities, working concessions, etc.

Thank you in advance for fulfilling your volunteer hours.  It helps keep your costs down.

Does Franklin Little League have any fundraisers?  

Franklin Little League is proud to offer one of the lowest cost Little League programs in Wisconsin!  In order to keep registration costs down, Franklin Little League participates in a formal fundraiser each season.  Fundraisers may vary from year to year and the details will be provided at the beginning of each season.  Franklin Little League is always looking for innovate ideas – so if you have one, please share it for consideration or attend a FLL Board Meeting! 

Our goal is to have all athletes and their families participate in a fundraiser that is cost neutral (ie buy $60 of candy, sell it to break even).  However, we realize some families would prefer not to.  Starting in 2017, Franklin Little League will also offer an “opt out” option for families who would prefer not to participate in the fundraiser.  The “opt out” option will be a flat fee and will be determined at the start of the season.  All families will be asked to participate in the fundraising event or choose the “opt out” option.  Thank you in advance for your efforts to help keep Franklin Little League fees as low as possible!

What is FLL refund policy (Regular Season Play and Fall Ball)?

Please click here to see the official refund policy.

What is FLL doing to protect players during the COVID pandemic?

The Franklin Little League Board issued "Return to Play" Guidelines that outline social distancing and sanitizing requirements, as well as what to do in the event of exposure.  We continue to follow those guidelines and remind all families that if your player has been sent home from school to be quarantined per COVID protocols, then your child CANNOT attend any practices or games until they are allowed to return to school.  During the season we will follow the quarantine guidelines set forth by the Franklin Health Department and remind you to self-check prior to coming to a game or practice.