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Beginning with the Spring 2019 season, the players and coaches that currently reside (or attend schools) within the North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) boundaries will be included in the McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL) pool of players and coaches for the regular season for all divisions (e.g. Tee, Farm, Minors, Majors and Juniors) of play. 

This Fall, the two leagues' governing boards agreed to merge the leagues and are awaiting approval from Little League International.  Until receiving final approval, the leagues will continue to play under the "Combined Team" rules that were in place for the Spring 2019 season in order to offer the participants the best experience for all involved.  We want to provide as many opportunities for children to play baseball as possible! 

Click Here to read the announcement of this development and additional background information.

See the Frequently Asked Questions below for further explanation and don’t be afraid to reach out to our boards to ask any additional questions you may have.  We are so excited for this opportunity for our kids!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are the major advantages for the McCormick Ranch LL (MRLL) community to combine with North Scottsdale LL (NSLL)?

A: As a league, we want to provide as many opportunities for children to play baseball (and softball) as possible.  We believe by expanding the MRLL boundaries in 2020 to encompass NSLL's, we can offer a better experience for all families involved.  We believe the level of coaching and competitive play will be better in a larger league.  We also believe a larger league can produce greater financial resources, which in turn will be invested in the programs MRLL offers.  In addition, a larger league with access to 4 lighted fields allow for more consistent scheduling of practices and games, while avoiding the need to play inter-league games far away from the neighborhoods we serve.

Q: How will the board be comprised?

A: Once hthe merger is complete, we will have one governing Board of Directors, appointed through general elections.  All of the current MRLL board members’ continued leadership and involvement will be critical for the success of this plan.  Eventually we’d expect and hope that some parents from the current NSLL boundaries will join us on the MRLL board to help us run the larger league.

Q: What rules will we play under?

A: We will continue to play under Little League rules, adapted for any “Local Rules” for each division, as reviewed and approved by the MRLL board (or it’s delegated committee). 

Q: How will teams be determined/set up this year?

A: We will continue to have our player evaluations (“tryouts”) for players aged 9 and above (as well as 8 yr olds who want to be considered) for the Minors and Majors divisions.  Once again (and similar to how NSLL has done it in the past), we will hold evaluations for coaches to observe players on two dates in late January and/or early February.  That way all players will be in the same “pool” eligible to be drafted.  Coaches at the Majors level will draft their teams, before Minors coaches will hold their draft – like we’ve historically done.

Farm & Tee ball teams will once again be manually assembled, taking note to try to honor specific requests made at the time of registration for certain coaches and teammates, as well as neighborhood proximity and common schools.  Again, teams may very well be a “mix” of combined NSLL and MRLL-boundary players.

Q: What impact will this have on the All-Star teams?

A: In 2020, provided the merger is approved by LL International, MRLL’s All-Star teams will be comprised of players from the entire combined geographic boundary.  We believe that the increased talent pool available for All-Stars will enhance the competitive experience for those families who wish to participate in the post-season tournaments in light of the growth of surrounding leagues (e.g. Arcadia, Cactus Horizon and other leagues in District 3, etc.).

Q: All this sounds exciting.  Do we have enough people to help with coaching, managing the snack stands, coordinating registration and all the other events that go into making Little League such a fun experience for our kids?

A: All parents and guardians are encouraged to volunteer.  Please check out the Volunteer Page for opportunities and sign up to help!  We will need all the help we can get!


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Attn: Gene Montemore 
Scottsdale, Arizona 85261

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