Midland Northeast Little League: Rules: 2018 Little League Age Requirements

2018 Little League Age Requirements

The table to the right can be used to determine a player's "baseball age." Clicking on the image will take you to a printable PDF version of the table. Little League International also provides an Age Calculator on their website that will display your child's baseball age by entering their birthdate.

This will be the first year that Little League International imposes the new August 31st cutoff for all divisions of baseball. The new rule prevents anyone who turns 13 during the season from playing in the major division of Little League baseball.

You will see two listings for 12-year-olds on the chart. This is because Little League International is "grandfathering 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." This small group of players will them jump to 14-year-olds in 2019.

For more information about the change in Little League age determinations, visit LittleLeague.org.

Midland Northeast Little League Divisions

Age Chart

The table to the right is provided to help parents understand the baseball divisions at Midland Northeast Little League. The navy blue squares align what can be considered typical or appropriate ages with each division of baseball. The light blue squares highlight ages players can "play up" or "play down" based on evaluation and the availability of spots to fill balanced teams.

Tee ball is offered at Midland Northeast Little League for our 4 year olds only. In the event that there are not enough 4 year olds to field enough teams then they will be brought up to Coach Pitch 1 teams.

Coach Pitch 1 is typically appropriate for 5 or 6 year olds who are playing organized baseball for the first time. As players advance to 6 and 7 years old, they typically play on Coach Pitch 2 teams. Eight year olds can play Coach Pitch 2 at parent discretion if concerned about their child's individual development.

Most 8 and 9 year olds play in the AA Minors. Seven year olds are considered for AA Minors if they attend evaluations, but spots are only available to them if there is space on AA Minors teams.

As players reach 10 and 11 years old, they typically play on AAA Minors until drafted onto a Majors team. Some 9 year olds move up to AAA Minors if spots are available and based on evaluations. Eight year olds are not allowed to play AAA Minors.

All 12 year olds are drafted onto Majors teams. Spots can open up for 10 and 11 year olds based on availability and evaluation. Once a player is drafted onto a Majors team, they stay there until they "age out" of Little League baseball.

More information about age divisions is provided in our FAQ. If you have questions about age divisions, contact us at midlandnell@yahoo.com