East Lyme Little League: Spring 2015 Divisions

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Majors Baseball
League Ages 11, 12
Major League softball is played at a competitive level and is played according to the official Little League softball rules. Emphasis will be placed on refining the fundamentals and learning situational strategies. Bunting and stealing are introduced as well as a focus on offensive and defensive team play with the overall goal of understanding the complete game. Although this is a competitive division, player development is still a primary focus.


AAA Baseball
AAA (ages 8*& 9-11 Born between 5/1/2003 and 12/31/2007) AAA baseball is designed to give players the ability to play in a major league atmosphere while playing at an appropriate skill level. The focus of AAA baseball is on continuing the development of the fundamentals of the game while introducing game strategy and competition. Scoring and standings will be maintained throughout the year. Teams will play an approximate 14 game schedule. Practices start in March. *Play-Up Option: Individuals who meet the following criteria have the option of playing up at the next level: 1) Played 1 year at the current age appropriate level. 2) Attend an evaluation session for coaches to decide if child has the ability to play at the higher level. 3) There must be room in the league in which the players want to play up into. If a child has the ability based on the coaches evaluation he/she will be assigned to a team on the higher level. If the coaches feel the child still needs further development he/she will be assigned to a team at the level that is age appropriate for the child.

AA Baseball
AA-Ball (league ages 7*-8-9 Born between 1/1/2006 and 12/31/2008) AA Baseball focuses on the continued development of the player's fundamental skills. Skill development at this level is on hitting the pitched ball and completing plays in the field with introduction of field and base coverage. Approximately half of the season will be a "coach-pitch" league. During the second half of the season players will be expected to pitch certain number of innings per game. Teams will play no more than two games per week (14 game schedule), with additional practice sessions scheduled throughout the season. Practices start in late March, early April. *Play-Up Option: Individuals who meet the following criteria have the option of playing up at the next level: 1) Played 1 year at the current age appropriate level. 2) Attend an evaluation session for coaches to decide if child has the ability to play at the higher level. 3) There must be room in the league in which the players want to play up into. If a child has the ability based on the coaches’ evaluation he/she will be assigned to a team on the higher level. If the coaches feel the child still needs further development he/she will be assigned to a team at the level that is age appropriate for the child.

A Baseball
A-Ball (league ages 6-7 Born between 1/1/2008 and 12/31/2009) A Baseball provides the player with his/her first experience on the full size little league field. The primary skills of baseball are reintroduced and practiced. This league will gradually introduce the pitched ball to the batter, as a tee will be sparingly used for the first half of the season. Teams will play no more than two games per week, with additional practice sessions scheduled throughout the season. Practices start in early April.

T-Ball
Tee Ball (league ages 4, 5 Born between 1/1/2010 and 12/31/2011) Tee Ball provides the entry level to the game of baseball and softball for young players. This league introduces the primary baseball skills of hitting, running, catching, and throwing. Teams play two games per week (one week day game, Tuesday or Thursday, and one Saturday morning game). Practices start in early April.

Jr/Sr League Softball
League Ages 13, 14, 15, and 16.
Jr/Sr League Softball focuses on development of new skills, introducing new/advanced play and strategy, reinforcing basics, and preparing the player for the High School level.   


Major League Softball
For League Ages 11, 12 (10 yr old play-up option)*
Major League softball is played at a competitive level and is played according to the official Little League softball rules. Emphisis will be placed on refining the fundamentals and learning situational strategies. Bunting and stealing are introduced as well as a focus on offensive and defensive team play with the overal goal of understanding the complete game. Although this is a competitive division, player development is still a primary focus.


Minors AAA Softball
League Ages 9 & 10 (8 yr old play-up option)*
AAA Softball focuses on the continued development of the player's fundamental skills and sportsmanship. Skill development at this level concentrates on hitting the pitched ball and completing plays in the field with introduction of field and base coverage as well as introducing game strategy and competition. This division is “modified player pitch”, meaning that players will pitch to the batter, but a coach will finish any batter that sees four balls. Scoring and standings will be maintained throughout the year, but the emphasis is on player development.


Minors AA Softball
League Age 7 & 8 (6 yr olds are eligible if they’ve played at least one year of t-ball or A ball)
AA Softball provides the player with her first experience on the full size Little League field. The primary skills of softball are introduced and practiced. Focus will be on the proper mechanics of throwing, fielding, and hitting. This division is coach pitch but all players will be introduced to the windmill pitching technique.


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