Grinnell Little League: 2017 Divisions (Age Groups)

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All-Stars - Minor SB

All-Stars - Major SB

All-Stars - Minor BB

All-Stars - Major BB

All-Stars - Junior BB

Tee-Ball
Division: Tee-Ball
Ages: Boys, Ages 4-6 & Girls, Ages 4-5

Tee-Ball is the learning process for our beginners. It is here they will learn the proper way to catch, throw, hit, field, and run the bases. If this is accomplished, we will have them on their way to very successful baseball and softball programs in the future. Grinnell Little League appreciates all of the managers and coaches help in making our program successful!


Rookie Baseball
Division: Rookie Baseball
Ages: Boys, 7-8

At the Rookie Level players will start to learn the values of winning and losing. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Rookie Baseball Division will be governed by rules published by Little League International.


9-12 American Baseball (Minor)
Division: Minor Baseball (9-12 American)
Ages: Boys, 9-12

Minor Division Baseball is one of two groups, along with Major Baseball, that is using an ability-based model. This model helps players at all ages compete against players of their same skill level regardless of age. Using this model, it allows each player to have success at whichever level they compete. It allows the advanced player to play against other players of a similar skill level. It allows the developing player the chance to play positions that they might not be able to play if they simply aged up with their age groups with a focus on learning the game of baseball.

American League Skill Sets & Goals

- Develop the fundamentals of fielding with emphasis on proper stance, glove and hand position.
- Develop batting skills through proper stance and determination of pitches to swing at.
- Develop fielding skills (infield and outfield, throwing to correct base, backing up plays, etc.).
- Develop base running savvy (when to run and listening to the 1st and 3rd base coaches, etc.)
- Develop proper sliding technique.
- Pitchers learning proper throwing mechanics.

Players will be evaluated each pre-season during a post-registration Skills Evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, GLL division directors will place players in the appropriate pool for the coaches to draft from.

At the Minor Level (American) players will start to learn the values of winning and losing. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Minor Baseball Division will be governed by rules published by Little League International.


9-12 National Baseball (Major)
Division: Major Baseball (9-12 National)
Ages: Boys, 9-12

Major Division Baseball is one of two groups, along with Minor Baseball, that is using an ability-based model. This model helps players at all ages compete against players of their same skill level regardless of age. Using this model, it allows each player to have success at whichever level they compete. It allows the advanced player to play against other players of a similar skill level. It allows the developing player the chance to play positions that they might not be able to play if they simply aged up with their age groups with a focus on learning the game of baseball.

National League Skill Sets & Goals

- Batting skills development (bunting, pitch selection and reading signals)
- Increased development of catchers as importance of position increases. (signals, blocking, pass balls, making good throws)
- Pitching emphasis (Good mechanics, injury prevention, and development of pitching variety (fastball, change-up, location).
- Develop base running skills for situational play.
- After fielding the ball knowing where to make the throw and getting it there.
- Working as a team to get outs.

Players will be evaluated each pre-season during a post-registration Skills Evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, GLL division directors will place players in the appropriate pool for the coaches to draft from.

At the Major Level (National) players will continue to understand the values of winning and losing. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Minor Baseball Division will be governed by rules published by Little League International.


Junior Baseball (13-14)

Rookie Softball
Division: Rookie Softball
Ages: Girls, 6-8

At the Rookie Level players will start to learn the values of winning and losing. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Rookie Softball Division will be governed by rules published by Little League International.


Minor Softball
Division: Minor Softball
Ages: Girls, 9-10

At the Minor League Level players will learn the values of winning and losing while learning to play softball on their own. No coaches will be on the field with them, or pitching to them. Coaches will coach them from the dugout and coaches boxes only. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Minor Division Softball will be governed by rules published by Little League Softball International.


Major Softball
Division: Major Softball
Ages: Girls, 11-12

At the Major League Level players will continue to understand the values of winning and losing while learning to play softball on their own. Players at this level should start to realize what their responsibilities are as a softball player. They should begin to realize what role they play on their team. They should also begin to learn what their job duties are at each position. This is the level where they should begin to learn “togetherness” and what being a team is all about. While winning is the ultimate goal, these players need to be reminded that it’s okay to lose also. Losing a game doesn’t matter if you tried hard, used good sportsmanship, and had fun doing it!

Grinnell Little League Major Division Softball will be governed by rules published by Little League Softball International.


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