4S Ranch Little League: Spring 2015 Divisions

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Little Sluggers
Little Sluggers (ages: 4-5) & T-Ball (ages 5-7) will be playing 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.


TBall
The T-Ball Division is designed for ages 5 - 7.

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 their own team). No score is kept and competition is minimized. A game consists of 3 innings.

The league provides a team jersey, hat, socks, and belt for each player; each manager and two coaches get a jersey.   All team gear such as batting tee and batting helmets are also provided by the league. Each player is responsible for his/her own glove, 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 just sign up and are assigned to a team by the TeeBall Division Director and the Player Agent.


A
The 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 (60ft baselines and 46ft 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 just 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. All team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc., are also provided by the league. Each player is responsible for his/her own glove, baseball pants, and plastic baseball type cleats.

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


AA
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, 60ft baselines and 46ft 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 follow CAPS rules: 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.   All team gear such as batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, etc., are also provided by the league. Each player is responsible for his/her own glove, baseball pants, and plastic baseball type 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.


AAA

Majors
Ages 10-12 will be playing at 4S Ranch Sports Park and Wells Fargo Field, as well as 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. It is composed of players age 10 - 12. The age composition will be mostly 11 and 12 year olds, with 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, 60ft baselines and 46ft 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 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 two coaches get a polo. All team gear such as batting batting helmets, catchers gear, etc are also provided by the league. Each player is responsible for his/her own glove, bat, baseball pants, and plastic baseball type 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.


Intermediate 50/70
Ages 12-13 will be playing on 4S Ranch Sports Park #1 (90ft bases), as well as extensive interleague play at fields in the surrounding communities.

Juniors
Ages 13-14 will be playing on 4S Ranch Sports Park #1 (90ft 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, 90ft baselines and 60.5ft pitching distance. A game consists of 7 innings and is played according to the standard Official Regulations and Playing Rules of Senior League Baseball. The only exception to those rules for regular season play is the 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. All team gear such as batting batting helmets, catchers gear, etc are also provided by the league. Each player is responsible for his/her own glove, bat, baseball pants, and metal baseball cleats. Plastic baseball cleats must be worn when pitching on portable pitching mounds.

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. Teams participate in post season play that could extend all the way to the Little League World Series.


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