Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 4-5 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching. The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league. Tee Ball rosters may be composed of between 12 and 20 players and they are composed by the VP of Tee Ball/Coach Pitch. No live pitching is permitted in this division. Generally, the diamond used is a 60-foot diamond, but the league has the option to use a 50-foot diamond.
Designed primarily for boys and girls ages 7-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field. Fear of actually being hit by a pitched ball is diminished. It makes the game safer and improves the playing confidence and ability of all participants.
Minor League Softball is for participants 6-11 years old and includes both "coach pitch" and "player pitch." A player who is league age 6 for the current season and has played a year in Tee Ball is eligible for the minor divisions. Competitive divisions of Minor League Softball may only use nine players on defense. The diamond has 60-foot base paths and a 35 foot pitching distance. This is a competitive league, used to develop the skills of the players in preparation for Majors. Games are six innings or two hours, whichever comes first. Innings alternate between players pitching and coaches pitching with the caveat that if a player walks four consecutive batters, then the coach comes in to pitch the remainder of the inning. A maximum of five runs per ½ inning are allowed or three outs, whichever comes first, with the exception of the last inning.The teams are created by the VP of Minors to create a competitive and balanced league with the playoff seedings by random draw.
Recommended for ballplayers ages 9-10. Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level, leading to the 10 Year-Old World Series.
The Little League Softball division (sometimes known as the Major Division) is for players ages 9-12. The field uses a 60-foot diamond and a 40 foot pitching distance. We may dual-roster 12-year-olds, assessed capable, to a Major and a Junior division softball teams. The league chooses a Tournament Team (or "All Stars") of 11-12-year-olds from within this division, and the team enters the International Tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Girls Little League Softball World Series, featuring teams from around the globe. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International. Games are six innings or two hours, whichever comes first. A maximum of five runs per ½ inning are allowed or three outs, whichever comes first, with the exception of the last inning. Home games are played at Varsity F1 softball field. The teams are drafted in accordance with approved by-laws and playoff seedings are determined by regular season records.
The most experienced level of Cal Ripken Baseball, recommended for 11 and 12 year old players. Cal Ripken Baseball is played under the Official Baseball Rules, but implements some special rules as necessary for the development and welfare of this young age group. Under the Major Division, there are two formats, the Major/70 and Major/60 divisions. In both formats, games consist of six innings. In order to encourage the league to train more pitchers, there are rules that set the maximum number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a calender week