MLLB Player Draft Rules and Expectations
Only Players that participated in “Evaluations” are eligible for the selection process. Players who did not attend “Evaluations” will be placed in a “Hat” for a “Blind Draw” by a Coach.
A Coach may elect to “Blind Draw” from the “Hat” at any time.
Should a team Manager or the Manager’s designated representative not be present at the time of Draft, the McKinney Little League President has the authority to appoint another board member to draft the balance of the team’s roster.
- When drafting siblings (brothers, twins, etc.) playing within the same division, the drafted choice is filled within the round selected. The other mandatory sibling will be placed in the next round.
- Example: Bill is selected in the sixth round. His brother, Tim, has to play on the same team. Tim will be placed in the team’s seventh round selection.
- A Coach may not pass or skip his turn in the draft.
- No trades will be allowed.
- A new team may protect a maximum of 8 Players.
- This rule does not apply to T-ball, Coach Pitch and MKP teams.
- Returning teams are allowed to protect their entire team from the previous season.
- In the event there are any remaining spots open on a team’s roster (i.e. less than 12 Players), the MLLB registration will remain open to fill in those spots. The draft order will remain the same to fill in those remaining spots.
- Draft order will be determined by your regular season rankings of the previous spring as noted in the following methods:
- Teams returning to a Division will draft in reverse order of the previous Spring’s Regular season rankings.
- Followed by Teams moving up to a new Division in reverse order of the previous Spring’s Regular rankings.
- Followed by newly formed teams who will draw from a hat to determine their order.
- An exception to drawing from a hat for a newly formed team is that newly formed teams that bring 4 or more Select Players to their team, will have the last pick of each round.
- Example for a Minors Division Draft Order: There is a Minors team (Tigers) that came in 1st in the Minors Division, another Minors team (Dodgers) that came in 3rd in the Minors Division, a MKP team (Rangers) that came in 1st in the MKP Division, MKP team (A’s) that came in 5th in the MKP Division, a newly formed team (Mariners), and a newly formed team (D-Backs) with 5 select Players. All of these teams will now be playing the Minors Division. § The Draft Order for this example would be:
- 1st Pick= Dodgers
- 2nd Pick= Tigers
- 3rd Pick= A’s
- 4th Pick= Rangers
- 5th Pick= Mariners
- 6th Pick= D-Backs
- Depending on the number of Players that each team will have (normally 12), a team will continue to Draft at their assigned order in each subsequent round until they have reached the assigned number of Players per team for their Division. o Example: A team that already has 8 Players will likely Draft Players for the first 4 rounds to fill their team’s Roster of 12 Players. They will be done drafting after they receive their 12th Player in the Fourth Draft Round assuming that each team will be carrying 12 Players.
- Switching Divisions During Draft: All Players shall be registered for a division before the draft begins. In some cases, a player and/or their parents may determine their skills and abilities may be better suited for the next division of play.
- A Player may declare their intention to be considered for selection in a different division in the following situations:
- League Age: The Player’s league age is supported by the division they wish to be considered in. Thus, an 8-year-old cannot ask to be considered for the Majors division, no matter the quality of their play. This means a player may declare to move up or down a division of consideration so long as their League Age is appropriate.
- Agreement from the Player Agent: The Player and their parents must notify the League’s Player Agent of their intentions to be considered for a different division. Should the Player Agent feel the Player cannot play at an appropriate level of skill for the requested divisions, he/she reserves the right to decline the request and provide an explanation. The Player will still be eligible to play in the original, registered division.
- Understanding of Placement: The Player and their parent(s) make their request understanding there is not a guarantee that the League shall place them in their requested division. If the player is not drafted for a team in the new division, is not able to evoke their right as a returning player, are deemed ineligible by the Player Agent, or for any other outstanding issue they will be made available and assigned to a team in their original registered division.
- When declaring their intention to be considered for a different division during the evaluation phase of the draft, the Player and their parent(s) must do the following:
- Notify the Player Agent: The request must be made with the Player Agent personally. The Player Agent for the League will be present during the evaluation and draft and will identify themselves during the different phases. If the Player Agent for the League cannot attend, they will appoint a surrogate who will perform the same function in their place.
- Notification Given Prior to the End of the Second Drill: The evaluation phase of the draft is a multi-stage series of drills. Players wishing to be considered for a different division must notify the Player Agent no later than the end of the second series of drills. The Player Agent shall give a final notice at the end of the second series of drills so all Players and parents considering a division change are aware. If a request is made after this point the Player Agent and the League will not consider the request for that season.
- Prior Team Consideration: Should a Player and their parent(s) make a proper request they will need to verify if they are a returning player. If they are they will need to confirm their Coaches and/or team from the prior Spring season. If those Coaches or that team now reside in the requested division the Player will be asked if they wish to rejoin that team. If the Player states they do they will immediately be added to that team’s roster, provided there is roster space available. If those Coaches or that team now reside in the requested division, the Manager has the right to immediately claim that Player for their team at the beginning of the draft phase if the Player did not already commit to that team. The Manager will either evoke that right or decline it. If evoked, the Player is placed on the Manager’s roster. The Manager will retain their place in the draft order and will not forfeit a pick, although their total number of draft picks may be lessened as a result. If the Manager declines their right to the Player, the Player is considered a Free Agent and is allowed to be drafted by any team in that division. If not selected that Player is then made available to the teams in the Player’s original, registered division.
*** Under extenuating circumstances the McKinney Little League President may modify these Draft rules for a division. The McKinney Little League President shall have the final decision should any questions arise.