We get quite a few of the same questions about the Falls Aces Baseball program. This page exists solely for the purpose of trying to answer them for you. If you have a question that is not explained below, let us know.
Q. What – exactly – is the Falls Aces Baseball program?
A. We develop Menomonee Falls Little League (MFLL) players into All Star caliber baseball players through winter workouts, practices, and tournament play.
Q. Does my child have to play in MFLL to play with the Aces?
A. Yes. This provides a great opportunity for players to play many positions on the field, ultimately making them a better baseball player. Ex: we have a U12 player who is primarily a 1B or 3B for the Aces this year, however he gets to play P, C, and OF positions on his MFLL team too. This experience makes him a well-rounded, valued player to both teams.
Q. Is this a “select” program?
A. Yes and no. Yes: players are selected based on their tryout performance. No: because players are drafted by MFLL teams in Spring each year and play both MFLL and in tournaments with the Aces.
Q. Is this program geared towards winning at all costs?
A: Not at all. Our goals are focused on player growth and development as individual players and competing at a team level. We establish metrics for both individuals and teams to strive to achieve – none of which are wins or losses.
Q. Do Coaches kid’s get preferential treatment?
A. This is a sensitive subject, but we will try to answer it as honestly as possible. Coaches kids tend to be good athletes because of the dedication of those parents. That doesn’t always mean that they are the best players in the program however. Honest evaluation is conducted during tryouts and throughout the year that help Coaches establish playing time, positions, and batting orders for all players. Based on performance, Coaches have autonomy to put players where they will be most successful within the team.
Q. Do all Aces make the MFLL All Star team(s)?
A. No. Players have to perform at a high level for their MFLL regular season team to make an All Star team. The training and instruction provided through the Aces program is geared towards performing well enough for consideration. In its inaugural season, Falls Aces sent 7 of 11 healthy players to an All Star team!
Q. What commitments are there for tournaments, practices, etc.?
A. Players should strive to attend 80% of practices throughout the year – scheduled weekly from April through the end of baseball season. Players must be available for 100% of the tournaments they are scheduled to play. Tournaments are generally commutable within the SE WI area. Winter Workouts and Fall Ball are completely optional, however serve as key components of continued development.
Q. A lot of programs say the cost to play is $x, then families need to find sponsors, do fundraising, and find other donations that add up to a lot more money. How is Falls Aces different?
A. We provide a straight forward fee model with two options: 1) an “all in” fee that is quite reasonable or 2) a lower fee with a commitment to fundraise. There are no other commitments required to participate in the Falls Aces Baseball program – outside of travel costs and normal baseball related expenses (like that shiny new bat your son adores!).
Q. Is fundraising required then?
A. Nope. Your family can pay the “all in” fee and concentrate on logistics from that point forward if you choose. With that said, teams who fundraise well are rewarded with a 4th tournament after the MFLL season is completed. We are not aware of another program that offers an option to play more without directly paying more.
Q. Why wouldn’t my son enjoy the Falls Aces Baseball program?
A. We have no idea! Seriously though, if your son – or your family – is super competitive and very involved with every aspect of Junior’s swing, or pitching motion, or whatever – this isn’t the right program for you. Your family has to trust that Aces Coaches are capable of developing your young player, and your young player has to accept that failing is part of growth. The program also rewards players who hustle, are on time, and give their best effort all the time. If your family would not be happy with this approach, you should find a program that better fits your needs.
Q. What qualifies your program to develop athletes?
A. Try to find another program that utilizes an ex-MLB Pitcher as a pitching coach, an ex-College Catcher as a catching coach, and a program equipped with technology that pinpoints improvement opportunities for batters in the Menomonee Falls area – all for a reasonable price.
Q. How does the Aces program differ from “select” teams?
A. We’re not a “select” program. We are a developmental program that plays in tournaments a few times a year while players play Little League. This experience allows players to get the best of the Little League and tournament play experiences. There are a lot of quality “select” organizations in the area, and we’d recommend looking at the Lannon Stonemen, MF Jr. Indians, or WI Rockhounds programs if that is the experience your family is looking for.