Introduction to the game using wiffle balls in a non-competitive division.
Introduction to the game in a non-competitive division. Emphasis is playing on a team in a fun, low-key environment. Players age 5 MUST play in the T-Ball level. The maximum eligible age for T-Ball is 6. The division is divided into two groups, T-Ball 1 and T-Ball 2.
o T-Ball 1 is for players who are league age 5 or are playing their first year of baseball.
o T-Ball 2 is for players who are league age 6 or are returning players.
Single A is for players age 7 or 8 who are prepared for the next level of play. The division is "coach pitch". Players at this level begin to regularly make routine plays in the field and can consistently hit a thrown pitch. The focus is on enjoying the game while learning and developing baseball skills.
AA is half "coach pitch" in the first half of the season and "kid pitch" is introduced in the second half of the season. Players at this level must be minimum league age 8. This is the last non-competitive level and prepares players for the AAA and Majors levels. Players at this level consistently make routine plays in the field and begin to understand some advanced concepts. Some players will repeat this level to gain more skills before advancing to AAA. AA players are eligible for post-season play. AA post-season is pool play format followed by a championship bracket (all teams play).
AAA is the first competitive draft level for players 9-10 (League age 11 players are allowed under board discretion and who have had only 1 year of AAA.) Players play using the standard little league rules and the game is fast moving. Steals are permitted (no leads) and players may begin to specialize in positions. AAA players are eligible for post-season play. Tryouts and a AAA Draft will determine if the player is selected for this division. Most players are expected to play 2 years of AAA before moving on to the majors division. AAA post-season is a double elimination bracket based on team rankings from the regular season (all teams play in the playoffs). Following playoffs, players are eligible to be selected onto post-season all-star teams. Note: Under special exception, League Age 12 players who have had no baseball experience may be requested to play in AAA. District 52 and FCLL President approval is required for this exception.
Majors is the highest level in Little League baseball with the opportunity to travel to Williamsport, PA to play in the Little League World Series for the Regional championship team or play on the Cooperstown Team playing a 100+ selection of teams from around the country. Play is more competitive including steals (no leads), dropped 3rd strike and tag outs scoring. The program is to develop players skills, maturity, knowledge of the game and baseball strategy/IQ. Tryouts and a Majors Draft will determine if the player is selected for this division. League Age 10 players are allowed to try out for majors if they have 2 years of AAA experience. Majors post-season is a double elimination bracket based on team rankings from the regular season (all teams play in the Playoffs). Following playoffs, players are eligible to be selected onto post-season all-star teams. The Cooperstown team is filled from selected Majors players (typically LA 12 but younger players can also try-out) and managed through a separate registration and try-out process.
Juniors (ages 12-14)
The Juniors Baseball Division is designed for players graduating from the Little League system with advanced baseball skills, maturity and desire to play with a complete set of Junior/Senior baseball rules. Juniors Division plays on either a 54' pitching/80' base paths or a full size (conventional) baseball field using a 60-foot 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths. The players will be permitted to "lead off" bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter. It offers the highest competitive level of baseball during the regular season for advanced players. This division will be structured for league age 12-14 year olds. League Age 12 players must try-out for selection onto the Juniors team. The Juniors team plays other teams around the region and will also particpate in a post-season playoff tournament.