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Divisions of Play

Division information

T-Ball

The T-Ball division is an entry-level program for first-time players of league age 4 - 7 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.)  At this level the player is introduced to the basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and running. Players in this division will hit off a tee. The objective of T-ball is organized fun where games and practices are geared towards building teamwork, sportsmanship, hand-eye coordination, and a basic understanding of the game. Practices are typically held one day each week, in most cases in the hour before a scheduled game. Game scores and win/loss records are not kept. The play in this division is fun and exciting and everybody wins!

There are no Try-outs for this division, and players can request to be paired with friends and/or coaches. The Player Agent will do their best to accommodate these requests.

 

A-Ball

The A-Ball division is for players with at least one year of playing experience. Typically, these are players of league age 5 - 8 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc. ).

As a natural progression from T-Ball, baseball fundamentals continue to be worked on with more structured drills on hitting, throwing and fielding. Practice sessions are held on non-game days, usually once each week.

In this division, managers and coaches pitch to the players. Game scores and win/loss records are not kept. It is expected that most players will spend more than one year at this level, maturing at their own pace in this non-competitive environment, where the focus is on FUNdamentals.

There are no Try-outs for this division, and players can request to be paired with friends and/or coaches. The Player Agent will do their best to accommodate these requests.

 

AA-Ball

The AA-Ball division represents the first step towards competitive baseball. This division of play is designed for players who have achieved a level of competence with the basic fundamentals and are ready for the increased speed of competitive play. Typically, these are players of league age 7 - 10 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.). As the precursor to the more competitive Minor division, baseball fundamentals are further developed in a slightly more competitive environment, as coaches continue to build on hitting, fielding, and throwing skills, and introduce pitching to the players. There are usually one or two practices each week on non-game days.

 

The season will typically start out with coach pitch and within a few games transition to player-pitch upon the approval of the AA-Ball Commissioner. Once the division has transitioned to player-pitch, the division will adhere to the Little League pitching rules. Game scores may be kept, although win/loss records are standings are not recorded. At the end of the season, all AA-Ball teams will be invited to participate in their first post-season division-only tournament!

 

All children who wish to participate in the AA-ball division are required to attend a AA readiness evaluation. Parents will sign up their son/daughter for a AA readiness evaluation at one of the registration/verification events. From a safety perspective, players in this division need to be able to concentrate while on defense and show that they are comfortable catching and batting against player pitching. The AA readiness evaluations are part of an effort to place all players in the proper division and an attempt to evaluate if a player is ready for all aspects of the AA division, not merely to determine a players skill level. 

 

This division does not hold a draft for player placement. It is the last division where players can request to be paired with friends and/or coaches. The Player Agent will do their best to accommodate these requests.

 

TRY-OUTS for Minors and Majors

All players who wish to participate in either the Minor or Major Divisions are required to register in one of those divisions. Please register your child in the Division you believe is best suited for his/her age and your current assessment of his/her skill-level.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL players who are entered into Try-outs, regardless of the Division they were initially registered under, are eligible to be drafted into the Major Division! We run a single Try-out program for all players and draft players first into the Majors and subsequently into the Minors. Any child who is not drafted will be placed onto an AA-Ball team.

We ask you to register your child in the Division of your preference in order to get an early indication of the potential composition of our League, with respect to players (and thus teams) at each level.

****Try-outs shall be scheduled in late January or early February - See the Registration Page for more details.****

 

Minors

The Minor division is designed for players with intermediate baseball skills. Typically, these are players of league age 8 - 11 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.).

Players must attend try-outs and be evaluated on their abilities. Following try-outs, managers will draft players based upon skill assessment. Players not drafted to a Minor division team will be placed on an AA-Ball division team.

At this level, the players begin to learn the tactics and strategies of baseball, including reading signs, base stealing and bunting. Teams in this division usually practice at least two times per week on non-game days. The Minor division follows Little League pitching rules and games are officiated by qualified umpires. The level of play is competitive and game scores, player statistics and win/loss records are maintained.

All Minor division teams participate in a post-season tournament, the winner of which will be invited to play in the District 44 Minor Division Tournament of Champions!

 

Majors

The Major division is the most advanced level of the Little League program and is open to players of league age 9 - 12 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.).

Players must attend try-outs and be evaluated on their abilities. Following try-outs, managers will draft players based upon skill assessment. Players not drafted to a Major division team will be automatically placed in the Minor division draft.

Players at this level are taught advanced techniques in hitting, fielding, throwing and pitching. More complex strategies and plays are also introduced and explained. Teams in this division usually practice at least two times per week on non-game days. The Major division follows Little League pitching rules and games are officiated by qualified umpires. The level of play is competitive and game scores, player statistics and win/loss records are maintained.

All Major division teams participate in a post-season tournament, the winner of which will be invited to play in the District 44 Major Division Tournament of Champions!

 

Intermediate Division (50/70)

Intermediate league is a new division within Little League, International for players 11 to 13 years old  (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.). It features 50 foot distance between the mound and home plate and 70 foot base paths. Big Barrel bats are allowed, as are metal cleats and lead-offs. This will be a great intro to the next level of baseball for your Little Leaguer. Players 11yrs-12yrs are allowed to play on a little league Majors team as well as the MLL Intermediate team. Players 13yrs can also play on a little league Juniors team as well as the MLL Intermediate team. Players must participate in at least 60% of games in any respective division Majors/Intermediate/Juniors to qualify for post season play (All Stars) within that division.

 

Juniors and Seniors

The Junior and Senior divisions are highly-competitive extensions of Little League baseball. Junior division players are league age 13 - 14, and Senior division players are league age 14 - 16 (as determined by Little League Baseball, Inc.).

Players in these divisions play on a regulation diamond with 90 foot base paths and a 60 foot 6 inch pitching distance. Junior and Senior division baseball is designed to further the Little League experience for players over the league age of 12 and to further develop the player’s baseball skills, in anticipation of play at higher levels, such as high school baseball. Games and practices in these divisions are held at locations other than the Moreland Little League Complex. Games and practices are typically held at different high school fields throughout the area. Opponents are other Junior and Senior division teams in District 44.

 

Challenger 

The Challenger division is a fun and exciting division of play that provides boys and girls with mental and physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball! The program is designed to accommodate players aged 5 to 18, or any player still enrolled in high school. In addition to learning the game of baseball, the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants' self-esteem; and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. To find more information about this amazing program, please visit www.LittleLeagueChallenger.org.

 

Everyone is welcome, and we will be setting up our teams based upon needs and abilities, rather than age. The Challenger division is supported by the "Buddy System", where Little League volunteers, including other Little League players, will assist our Challenger players during games.

Challenger games will be held on the Moreland Little League Complex and/or on other local Little League opponent fields. Opponents are other Challenger Division teams in local Little League programs.