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Levels of Play

Tball (4-6)

T-ball is open to all 4, 5, and 6-year-old first-time players. In T-Ball, players begin by hitting off a batting tee but may progress to hitting coach-pitching as the season advances.  The primary goals of T-ball are to have fun, to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball, and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. 

  • No previous skills or experience are required.
  • The T-Ball Division Representative forms teams with the purpose of ensuring an enjoyable experience for players, parents and coaches.  The Commissioner will consider criteria such as coach or teammate requests and the school attended by the player, although we cannot guarantee we will be able to honor requests.
  • T-Ball games last a maximum of 6 innings or 60 minutes.  Each inning, five players bat (either off of a batting tee or a coach's pitching), using a semi-cushioned T-ball. All players play in the field each inning.   Players rotate positions in the infield/outfield.  No scores are kept.
  • Teams will typically have one weekday practice and one Saturday game each week.  The season, which begins in late-March and ends in early-June, includes approximately 10 to 14 games.  Games are played at Mike Logan Park

Single A (6-8)

Many of the players in Single A will be 6 and 7-years-olds. In Single A, coaches reinforce the fundamental skills: batting, throwing, catching, and base running, in a game environment.  Players improve their understanding of how to play the game of baseball.  They learn more about base running, defensive situations, and rules-of-play.

  • Players who register for Single A have learned basic skills (batting stance and grip, throwing motion, fielding stance) and should be familiar with the rules-of-play.  Players should be able to make semi-accurate throws and play catch with each other. 
  • A draft is held following Player Evaluation Day to ensure a fair distribution of skills and an enjoyable experience for players. Unfortunately, we are not able to honor friend requests.
  • Games last a maximum of six innings or 90 minutes on weekends, and a maximum of six innings or until 15 minutes prior to dusk on weekdays.  Coaches pitch for the entire season (no tee's and no kid pitch).  Players get up to six pitches at which point if they don't get a hit they are out.  After three outs or five runs, the half inning is over.
  • Players rotate through infield and outfield positions, although coaches may consider safety in assigning positions.  Ten defensive players take the field during each half-inning.  Players share equal playing time and will sit out innings, but no player will sit out a second inning until all players have sat out one inning.  Catchers are positioned behind home plate and catch "live" pitches.  Youth and parent volunteer umpires are used in A games. Official game scores are kept although team standings are not.
  • Teams will have one practice, one weekday game, and one Saturday game each week during the season which begins in March and ends in late-May or early-June.  Games are played at Mike Logan Park.

Double AA (7-9)

AA is the first level of player-pitched baseball.  The majority of the players in AA will be 8 or 9-years-old.  AA teams may also include some 10-year-olds who are not developmentally ready for AAA and who either chose to play in AA or were not drafted onto AAA teams.  Experienced 7-year-olds may be drafted onto teams if they attend the Player Evaluation Sessions.  In AA, coaches emphasize the advancement of players’ baseball skills. Players are taught to apply those skills and make their own decisions in live game situations.  AA introduces live pitching from the players.  AA is meant to prepare players for their introduction to competitive baseball in AAA. 

  • Players entering AA should be able to demonstrate the following skills:  the ability to hit a baseball pitched on a flat line (not lobbed), the ability to catch and throw a ball on a flat line, and knowledge of all field positions and base locations.  Players should not be afraid to catch a baseball or to have a ball pitched at them.  Most children play in AA for two years prior to entering AAA.  Parents of 10-year-olds with little experience and who don't meet the developmental guidelines for AAA may request their children play in AA.
  • Managers will drafts AA teams using information from the Player Evaluation Session.
  • Games last a maximum of six innings or 90 minutes.  Teams observe continuous batting; the batting order includes all players on the team.  Players may be called out on strikes and half-innings end after three outs.  Players are rotated through infield and outfield positions, although coaches may consider safety in assigning positions.  Nine defensive players take the field during each half-inning.  Players will sit out innings, but no player will sit out a second inning until all players have sat out one inning. 
  • Youth and parent volunteer umpires are used in AA games.  Official game scores are kept and team standings tracked. Teams participate in a end-of-year tournament at the conclusion of the regular season.
  • Teams will have one practice, one weekday game, and one Saturday game each week during the season which begins in March and ends in late-May or early-June.  Games are played at Mike Logan Park.

Triple AAA (9-11)

Players are introduced to more competitive play in AAA, as well as bunting and base stealing.  Coaches continue to emphasize the development and use of good baseball mechanics for throwing, catching, fielding, and batting.  Players also develop an increased understanding of how to play in different game situations.  AAA provides a “real” Little League baseball experience and prepares players for the higher level of competitive play in Majors.  Most of the players in AAA will be 9, 10 or 11-years-old.  Since AAA teams will be drafted by coaches, all kids must attend the Player Evaluation Sessions.  Little League rules mandate that 12-year-olds may only play in AAA with specific District approval.

  • Players entering AAA should have command of the basic skills of baseball (fielding, catching, throwing, batting and base running).  Players should also understand appropriate actions in game situations, such as when and where to make put-outs, how to steal bases, how to tag-up on fly balls, and how to execute cut-offs. 
  • Teams are drafted (selected) by the AAA managers using information from Player Evaluation Sessions.  AAA teams will include those 11 year-olds who either were not drafted onto Majors teams or chose to play in AAA.  
  • Games last a maximum of six innings or 2 hours.  AAA rules-of-play include continuous batting, where the batting order includes all players on the team.  There are no restrictions on stealing and bunting.  Managers are required to rotate players to infield and outfield positions, although, by Little League rules, 12-year-olds are not allowed to pitch. 
  • AAA utilizes youth and volunteer parent umpires.  Official game scores are kept and standings are tracked.  Teams participate in an end-of-year tournament at the conclusion of the regular season.
  • Teams typically have two games and one practice each week during the season which begins in early to mid-March and ends in early-June.  Games are played at Mike Logan Park.

Majors (10-12)

At the Majors level, coaches increase the instructional focus on baseball strategies and tactics while continuing to reinforce the fundamental skills. Majors is the most competitive level of baseball and teams are drafted by Managers using information from Player Evaluation Sessions. Most players in Majors will be 12 and 11-years-old, although qualified 10-year-olds may also be drafted onto Majors teams if they attend the Player Evaluation Sessions. Little League rules mandate that 12-year-olds play in Majors unless they receive specific District approval to play in AAA.

  • Players entering Majors have demonstrated command of the basic skills of baseball (fielding, catching, throwing, batting and base running). They also understand appropriate actions in game situations, such as when and where to make put-outs, how to steal bases, how to tag-up on fly balls, and how to execute cut-offs.Parents may request that their 11-year-old child NOT be included in the pool of potential Majors players (and, therefore, ensure the child is NOT drafted into Majors).*Parents may make this choice if their child is not developmentally ready for Majors, if their child would prefer or benefit from the additional playing time and position rotation in AAA, or if their child is not prepared to make the time commitment necessary to play on a Majors team.
  • Players compete for positions and playing time, although every child in Majors plays a minimum of three defensive innings and gets one at-bat each game. Majors play does not employ continuous batting; only nine players may bat in a team's line-up during each inning.
  • 12 year olds must play in Majors unless the league identifies a safety issue.
  • Games last a maximum of 6 innings or 2 hours.
  • Experienced adult umpires officiate at Majors games. In each game, the home team must supply an official scorekeeper. Season standings are tracked and regular-season champions are recognized. Majors teams participate in an end-of-year tournament at the conclusion of the regular season.
  • Teams begin practicing several times per week in early-February. During the season, which lasts from late-February or early-March through early-June, teams may continue to practice two or more times per week and will play two games each week. Games are played at Mike Logan Park and occasionally at neighboring Little Leagues.

Juniors (13-14)

This is the highest level of baseball that we offer.  Players play on full size fields (90 ft basepaths, 60'6" to the pitching mound).  Games are played against other teams within the District.

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