Dixie Terra Linda Little League: 2014 Regular Season Divisions

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Majors
League ages 10 to 12. January tryouts are required for all players of this age
including those who are previous Majors players or who are new to DTLLL. Players in this age group WITHOUT MINOR LEAGUE EXPERIENCE are recommended to play at least one year in the Minors before moving up to the Majors. (12 year olds are MANDATORY to be drafted to the Majors) Not all players 10 and 11 yrs old who try out will be drafted to the Majors. Once a player is in the Majors they will remain in that division through their 12 year old year. This level includes a strong emphasis on continuing to improve throwing, catching and batting skills. Local minimum playing time rules are in effect as well as all other rules as determined by the Little League Official Rulebook. The season opens mid-March and goes to the middle of June. It includes 2 practices and 2 games each week. Playoffs and County Tournament of Champions play can extend the season until the end of June. Excellent players, ages 11 and 12, are may be (s)elected to play in the ALL STARS tournament which may last until the end of July. (Subject to DTLLL player availability policies – see last paragraph on the registration form).


Minors
League ages 8 to 11. The 1st level for which the players must attend tryouts-a skills
evaluation session- held in January, mandatory for players 9 and up. (8 yr. olds have the option to try out for Minors if they have previous Jr. Minor experience). Players are then drafted to a team for the season. (Although most players who try out will be drafted to the Minors, those whose basic skills need more development will be placed in the Upper Jr. Minors) Minor League is the first level that uses a hard ball and player-pitchers. Strategic skills are taught, including stealing, and force plays. Other local modified baseball rules include full-roster batting order, free substitution and minimum play. Scores and standings are kept throughout the game season, beginning mid-March to the middle of June. There are 2 practices per week in pre-season (mid-Feb to mid-March) then 2 games per week during the regular season (one weekday, one on Saturday) The Minor league playoff winning team goes to the District 3 (County) Tournament of Champions which can extend the season until the 3rd weekend of June. Excellent players, ages 9 & 10, and 11 may be selected for the ALL STARS tournament, which may last until the end of July. (Subject to DTLLL player availability policies – see last paragraph on registration forms).


Juniors
League ages 13 & 14 (and 15 yr olds not playing HS ball or joining after HS season is
over) All players in this age group must try out . See Events Calendar for dates. New teams are drafted each year, and all candidates will be drafted to a team. Jrs. is a preparatory league for the Senior League and/or for High School. Players use larger bats, play on the “big” diamond, and have expanded rules (lead-offs, etc.). Interleague games are played each against other teams, usually from West Marin LL and San Rafael LL typically one game during the week and one game on Sunday. Saturdays during season are open for players to become Youth Umpires and for team practices. The Junior League season begins in late March and lasts about 10 weeks. It is followed by a Local Playoff and Tournament of Champions. Excellent Players will be eligible for an extended season into the end of July in the Jr. League ALL STARS. (subject to DTLLL player availability policies – see last paragraph on the registration form)


Lower Jr Minors
Note: League ages 6 and older who have played one year of T-ball.

We divide this Division into Lower Jr. Minors (entry-level) and Upper Jr. Minors (more experienced or older entry players). Children at this level should have some basic baseball skills. This level emphasizes making plays. The children improve their throwing, catching and batting. Coaches pitch to the players and “outs count”. Teams don’t keep score and standings aren’t kept. Everyone plays throughout the game. Players are given the opportunity to play all of the different positions. Twice weekly practices begin in mid-February, then 2 90 minute games per week are played, typically 1 weekday evening, and 1 every Saturday (except during school breaks) beginning the end of March and ending the first Saturday in June. Lots of fun for all!!

NOTE: Lower Jr Minors teams play 1 game per week on Sat until mid season when a weeknight game is added.


Upper Jr. Minors
Note: League ages 6 and older who have played one year of T-ball.

We divide this Division into Lower Jr. Minors (entry-level) and Upper Jr. Minors (more experienced or older entry players). Children at this level should have some basic baseball skills. This level emphasizes making plays. The children improve their throwing, catching and batting. Coaches pitch to the players and “outs count”. Teams don’t keep score and standings aren’t kept. Everyone plays throughout the game. Players are given the opportunity to play all of the different positions. Twice weekly practices begin in mid-February, then 2 90 minute games per week are played, typically 1 weekday evening, and 1 every Saturday (except during school breaks) beginning the end of March and ending the first Saturday in June. Lots of fun for all!!



T Ball
Beginners, League age 5 (& 6 if 1st year of baseball). We recommend that 5 yr. olds should be attending school – the child should be able to maintain an attention span of at least 1½ hours in order to benefit from an organized practice or game. T Ball is a fun-filled, NON-COMPETITIVE program. Nobody is “out” and scores are not kept. The players learn the elementary skills and rules of baseball.
Batting is off the “T”, or coach pitch as is now allowed.

Twice weekly practices begin in mid-February. Games begin end of March ending 1 week before end of school year. Emphasis on fun!


Challenger Schedule See Handouts Section

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