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LEAGUE AGE CALCULATOR

LEAGUE AGE MATRIX 

T-Ball (Ages 4-5):

  • Introductory baseball…focused on teaching and fun.
  • No scores kept, no umpires.
  • Although there is a designated manager, EVERY parent is a “coach” and should be helping out.
  • Team selection by request and player placement.
  • WSLL attempts to keep team roster sizes to 8-9 players; but can only do this with sufficient volunteer Managers
  • Teams typically have one evening practice during the week and one game on Saturdays (there may be some exceptions to this)
  • Typical Skill Level: Players still learning simple baseball rules and how to catch, throw and hit a ball.  Short attention spans dominate.

Coach Pitch (Ages 6-7):

  • Defensive positions more defined here.
  • Some defensive outs made, but not consistently.
  • No scores kept, no umpires.
  • Team selection by request or Player Agent placement.  No draft.
  • Teams typically have one evening practice during the week and one game on Saturdays (there may be some exceptions to this)
  • Typical skill level: Can make contact with a pitched ball some of the time.  Can throw and catch the ball, but only inconsistently.  Simple baseball rules and positioning are understood.

AA/Rookies (Age 8):

  • Hybrid Kid/Coach pitch.  Kids pitching from shorter distance than Minors (~ 38’).  No walks and no base stealing.
  • Team formation will be done via a ‘skills’ day and team draft (new for 2015)
  • 7 year olds may qualify to play in AA/Rookies if they have played a minimum of 1 year of Coach Pitch.
  • Parents of team players are required to volunteer as umpires; but will not be asked to attend umpire/rules training.
  • "Home Plate" Umpire will call balls/strikes from behind the mound.
  • Field Umpire will call basic safe/out and to prevent excessive base running.  ex: no infield fly, obstruction, interference rule enforcement.
  • Individual game scores will be kept, but overall standings and records will not be maintained.
  • Teams typically have one evening practice during the week and one game on Saturdays (there may be some exceptions to this)
  • Typical skill level: More consistent ability to catch thrown balls, field grounders and catch easy pop ups.  Ability to throw ball accurately to designated target at reasonable distances. (2nd to 1st; and SS to 1st are good tests).  Clear understanding of basic defensive situations and where to play the ball.  Players should be able to bat off Coach Pitch pitches majority of the time; and hit off kid pitches in strike zone some of the time.

Minors Division (Ages 9-10):

  • 100% kid-pitch.  Competitive.  Standings are kept for the first time
  • Team selection by tryouts and team draft.
  • Playing times can be unequal and only Little League minimums are enforced.
  • Defensive positioning becomes more specialized; not all kids get to play all positions.
  • Parents of team players  are required to volunteer as umpires to officiate games and enforce the applicable baseball rules.  Rules and Umpire training is provided, and mentorship opportunities exist with experienced umpires.
  • Teams typically have one-two practices and two games per week from mid-March to mid-June.  Games are Saturdays and either Mondays OR Wednesdays.  Practices are typically on Sundays.
  • Typical skill level: Consistent ability to throw and catch, can hit an easy pitch most of the time, hitting balls to the outfield more often.  Pitching from the full 46’ distance.  Steals are allowed.  Players have an increased baseball awareness of more complex situations.

Majors Division (Ages 11-12):

  • All 11-12 players must be in this division to qualify for All Star play
  • Team selection by tryouts and draft
  • Parents of team players  are required to volunteer as umpires to officiate games and enforce the applicable baseball rules.  Rules and Umpire training is provided, and mentorship opportunities exist with experienced umpires.
  • Some players are approaching adult size
  • Teams typically have one-two practices and two games per week from mid-March to mid-June.  Games are Saturdays and either Tuesdays OR Thursdays.  Practices are typically on Sundays.
  • Typical skill level: Can make routine infield and outfield plays, pitchers can throw 50+ MPH with increasing accuracy and some are throwing breaking balls.  Some batters are able to hit balls with tremendous force and are able to hit home runs over the fence.  Players usually understand baseball situations without adult guidance.

50/70 Intermediate (Age 13):

  • Advanced level of baseball knowledge and skill required. 
  • Extended field dimensions, 70’ base paths; 50’ pitching distance.
  • Lead offs, pick-offs and steals are allowed.
  • 7 inning games.
  • Bigger barrel bats are allowed (2 5/8 inches in diameter)
  • Only with sufficient player registrations, and volunteer Managers and Coaches.  If not enough registrations to form a WSLL team(s); interested players will be referred to another league within District 7 to join a team.
  • A draft process will be utilized to form teams if registration numbers allow for the creation of 2 or more teams.  This will also require additional volunteer managers.

Juniors (Age 13-14):

  • Season starts later.  Exact dates TBD.
  • Full field dimensions.  90’ base paths; 60’6” pitching distance.  Advanced level of baseball knowledge and skill required.
  • Only with sufficient player registrations, and volunteer Managers and Coaches.  If not enough registrations to form a WSLL team(s); interested players will be referred to another league within District 7 to join a team.
  • A draft process will be utilized to form teams if registration numbers allow for the creation of 2 or more teams.  This will also require additional volunteer managers.

Seniors (Ages 15-16):

  • Season starts later.  Exact dates TBD.
  • Only with sufficient player registrations, and volunteer Managers and Coaches.  If not enough registrations to form a WSLL team(s); interested players will be referred to another league within District 7 to join a team.
  • A draft process will be utilized to form teams if registration numbers allow for the creation of 2 or more teams.  This will also require additional volunteer managers.

 

 

Little League Baseball® to Begin Utilization of August 31 Age Determination Date for the 2018 Season; Children Born Between May 1 and August 31, 2005 to be Grandfathered as 12-Year-Olds For 2018 Season

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Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in Little League, and Little League has sought input from volunteers, parents, and coaches that has helped guide District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors to ultimately change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31.

Update:
At the fall 2015 meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors, it was approved to grandfather the four months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005, for the 2018 season, so that no child will lose their 12-year-old season of Little League Baseball.

Why the change? In 2011, Little League conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, we learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program, established a Coach Pitch Program, and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help us achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball.

What’s the difference? In 2014, Little League District Administrators initially voted to move the age determination date from April 30 to December 31, effective with the 2018 season. That was amended by District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors in August 2015, moving the date from December 31 to August 31. Effective November 2015, the implementation plan has been amended, grandfathering the four-months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season.

For players born on or before April 30, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005: The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005: The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31.

“Having a meaningful Little League experience is an important milestone for millions of children around the world,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “As we continue to work with our volunteers and the International Board of Directors, we believe this solution allows us to accomplish our goal of making the Little League Baseball Division truly a 12 and under program, while ensuring that all children get the opportunity to fully enjoy their 12-year-old year in Little League.”