Divisions


Little League Age Chart for 2017

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Descriptions of 4S Ranch Little League Divisions

Little Sluggers
Little Sluggers (ages: 4-5) will be played at the 4S Ranch Sports Park.

The Little Sluggers Division is designed for 4 and 5 year olds. Most players new to T-ball should play in this division. There are no tryouts; players just sign up and are assigned to a team by the Division Director and the Player Agent.

T-Ball
The T-Ball Division is designed for ages 5-7 and will be played at 4S Ranch Sports Park.

Little Sluggers & T-Ball are played on a smaller field with 50-foot base paths. An inning is defined as one time through the batting order (not 3 outs). All players bat in each inning and all players play the field each inning. Coaches are allowed on the field with the players. The two main goals are to have fun and to start to learn the basics of baseball. Emphasis is given to throwing and catching. Hitting is done from a batting tee for the first half of the season while the coaches soft pitch for the second half of the season (each coach pitches to their own team). No score is kept and competition is minimized. A game consists of 3 innings.

The league provides a team jersey, hat and socks for each player; each manager and two coaches get a jersey. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Each player is also responsible for his/her baseball pants and plastic baseball cleats.

This is a great time for LOTS of parent help! You would be surprised how many people it takes to handle a dozen players at this age. No special skills are needed to help out so please volunteer if you can.

No tryouts are held; players sign up and are assigned to a team by the T-Ball Division Director and the Player Agent.

Single A
The Single A Division is composed primarily of players age 6 and 8, with some 8 year olds.

Single A games are played on a standard Little League size field (60-foot baselines and 46-foot pitching distance). Games last 6 innings (with time constraints). Single A is instructional where the focus is on learning the fundamentals of baseball, especially throwing, catching and hitting. Competition is de-emphasized. There are no tryouts; players sign up and are assigned to a team by the Division Director and the Player Agent. Standings are not kept.

Every player bats in continuous order off of a pitching machine.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks and belt for each player; each manager and two coaches get a jersey. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Each player is also responsible for his/her baseball pants and plastic baseball cleats.

Double A
The AA Division is composed of players age 7-10. The age composition should be mostly 8 and 9 year olds with some 7 and 10 year olds. Teams are formed by evaluations and a draft.

Double A games are played on a standard Little League size field, 60-foot baselines and 46-foot pitching distance. A game consists of 6 innings. Double A is a transitional division where pitching is introduced and more emphasis is placed on fielding. Games will be played with 3 innings of kid pitch, followed by 3 innings of machine pitch. The kid pitch innings will have the following: after the 4th called ball, a Coach will be allowed 3 pitches to the batter. The batting order is bat around.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks and belt for each player; each manager and two coaches get a jersey. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Each player is also responsible for his/her baseball pants and plastic baseball cleats.

Emphasis for the division is on expanding baseball skills. The players learn to face a real pitcher better, to use better fielding skills (especially in the outfield), and start to learn coverage assignments.

Score is kept for each game and standings for the division are also kept. Competition is increased somewhat. There is a tournament at the end of the season, followed by a Slug Fest game with representatives from every team.

Triple A
Triple A is for ages 9-11 with most games played at Wells Fargo Field or 4S Ranch Sports Park. The AAA Division is the formal start of Little League activities that extend beyond the local league. Most 10-year olds will play AAA.

Triple A games are played on a standard Little League size field, 60-foot baselines and 46-foot pitching distance. A game consists of 6 innings. Four major changes occur between the AA and AAA. First, there is no pitching machine. All six inning use players as pitchers as in normal baseball with a walk issued after 4 balls. A second change is that the concept of stealing is introduced. The third change is that there are only 3 outfielders. The fourth change is that a AAA game must be played on a field with a home run fence at 190-210 feet from home plate. An inning consists of 5 runs or 3 outs, whichever comes first. The batting order is bat around.

There is a tournament at the end of the season, followed by a “Slug Fest” game with representatives from every team.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks and belt for each player. A jersey and team hat are provided for the manager and his/her coach. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Each player is also responsible for his/her baseball pants and plastic baseball cleats.

Emphasis for the division is on expanding player baseball skills. The players learn to face a real pitcher, to use better fielding skills (especially in the outfield), and start to learn coverage assignments. And, with stealing allowed, the catcher position takes on much more importance.

Score is kept for each game and standings for the division are also kept. Competition is increased somewhat. There is a playoff at the end of the season. Players age 9 and 10 are eligible for selection to the 9-10 All Stars team.

Majors
Ages 10-12 will be playing at 4S Ranch Sports Park and some interleague play at fields in the surrounding communities. Teams are formed by evaluation and draft.

The Majors Division is the heart of Little League. The majors division is made up of all league registered 12-year olds and roughly half of the league registered 11-year olds with a few 10-year olds.

There is a distinct line between the Majors Division and the Juniors Division. Whereas a highly skilled player might be shifted up from AA to AAA at age 8 or AAA to Majors at age 10, all 12-year olds must play in Majors and cannot move up to Juniors.

Majors games are played on a standard Little League size field, 60-foot baselines and 46-foot pitching distance. A game consists of 6 innings and is played according to the standard Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Little League Baseball. The only exception to those rules for regular season play is the batting order is bat around. The outfield fence in Majors game is at 190-210 feet.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks and belt for each player; each manager and their respective assistant coaches get a polo. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Each player is also responsible for his/her baseball pants and plastic baseball cleats.

Emphasis for the division is more towards situational skills and understanding the finer points of baseball.

Score is kept for each game and standings for the division are also kept. Competition is high. There is a double elimination playoff at the end of the season. Players age 10 are eligible for selection to the 9-10 All Stars team and post-season play. Players aged 11 and 12 are eligible for selection to the 11-12 All Stars team and post-season play that could extend all the way to the Little League World Series.

Juniors
Ages 13-14 will be playing on 4S Ranch Sports Park Field #1 (90-foot bases), as well as extensive interleague play at fields in the surrounding communities.

The Juniors Division covers player ages 13 and 14. This division usually has its own player agent and holds its own tryouts and draft, separate from the lower divisions.

Juniors games are played on a standard size baseball field, 90-foot baselines and 60.5 foot pitching distance. A game consists of 7 innings and the Juniors and Intermediate (50/70) rules are based on the Official Rules of Baseball (leadoffs, balks, etc.). The only exception to those rules for regular season play is the batting order is bat around.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks and belt for each player; each manager and two coaches get a polo. Team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc. are available from the league but it is encouraged that players have their own bats, helmets, gloves. Plastic baseball cleats must be worn when pitching on portable pitching mounds. Metal cleats are allowed when playing games at neighboring league fields, but are prohibited from being used in 4S Ranch Sports Park.

Score is kept for each game and Interleague standings are kept for the division. Competition is high. There is an Interleague playoff at the end of the season. Players are eligible for selection to the Juniors All Stars team. All Star teams participate in tournament play that could extend all the way to the Little League Juniors World Series.