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Baseball Division Descriptions

All ages are by Little League “League Age”. Click here to determine your child’s league age.

Tee Ball (ages 4-5, 6’s in first year)

Our Tee Ball division is mainly about having fun in a team setting with an introduction to some of the fundamentals of baseball. Tee Ball is open to league age 4- and 5-year-olds. League age 6-year-olds may play Tee Ball if in their first year of playing.

Games are three innings or 90 minutes long. Every player hits and runs the bases in every inning. Batting tees are used to hit from. No outs are recorded, and a score is not kept. There is typically one practice and one game per week.

Coach Pitch Division - A (ages 7, some 6’s, some 8’s) New This Year!

The Single A Division consists primarily of league age 7-year-old players. 6-year-olds with at least one year of Tee Ball experience may register for this division. 8-year-olds participating in their first season or looking to improve their fundamentals can be placed in this division to prepare them for kid pitch the following year.

This is an instructional division where players hit "live" Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls pitched by their own coach from a short distance. No scores are kept, but three outs are recorded, which end each half inning. On defense each team is allowed up to ten (10) defensive positions. The fundamentals of baseball continue to be reinforced and players are introduced to additional aspects of the game.

Development Division - AA (ages 8, some 7’s, some 9’s)

The Double A Division consists primarily of league age 8-year-old players and is the first introduction to “kid pitch” baseball where the players pitch to the opposing team. League age 9-year-olds can petition to participate in AA if they do not feel they are ready for the Minors AAA division. (League age 7-year-olds with a season of coach pitch experience may be placed in this division as determined by evaluation). All players are required to be evaluated.

After 3 balls, the batter’s coach will step in to finish, continuing with the same count. Strike-outs are introduced at this level. Scores are kept and three outs are recorded, which ends each half inning. On defense, each team is allowed up to ten (10) defensive positions (4 outfielders). The fundamentals of baseball continue to be reinforced and players are introduced to additional aspects of the game.

Minors Division - AAA (ages 9-10, some 8s)

The Minors Division is the first "live baseball" division consisting primarily of league age 9- and 10-year-old players. (League age 8-year-old players may petition up given that they participated in AA the prior season with the league or a similar division in another Little League. Final placement in this case determined by evaluation.) All players are required to be evaluated.

Teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent, and League President. Little League baseball rules are observed, but additional rules may be drafted and approved by the board for this division.

Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. On defense each team will have nine (9) defensive positions, and scores and standings are kept. Trained volunteer umpires enforce the Rules & Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre‐pitch preparedness, live batting, and aggressive base running. A postseason tournament will determine the champion for the division.

Majors Division (ages 11-12)

The Majors Division is "draft" level and represents true competitive play. It is generally oriented for experienced players league age 11 and 12, though league age 10-year-old players are eligible to petition to the board to play-up. All players are required to be evaluated and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent, and League President.

Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. The standard nine (9) baseball defensive positions are used, and scores and standings are kept. This level focuses on more advanced skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds, harder hit balls, and the overall pace of the game is much faster. The average speed of a pitched baseball at this level ranges from 45 to 60 miles per hour. Trained volunteer umpires enforce the Rules & Regulations of Little League Baseball. A postseason tournament will determine the champion for the division.

 

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