Ladera Ranch Little League: 2012-2013 Season Divisions

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Juniors
For players age 13 and 14. Placement onto teams in this division is by a draft following evaluations. This is a competitive division where standings are kept and two teams advance to the District 68 Tournament of Champions (TOC). A larger sized field is used and lead-offs and base stealing is allowed. There are normally two games per week and one to three practices per week. Due to the small number of teams in this age group interleague play is utilized with other leagues in the district.

Majors
For players age 10 through 12 who demonstrate the highest level of skill, coordination, and understanding of the game. Placement in this division is by a draft following evaluations. This is a competitive division where standings are kept and two teams advance to the District 68 Tournament of Champions (TOC). There are normally two games per week and one to three practices per week.

The season is split into two halves. At the end of the season there is a playoff between the winner of the first half and the winner of the second half to determine the League Champions. The runner-up of this playoff is the 2nd place team for the league. If the same team wins both season halves, that team is declared the League Champion and the 2nd place team is the team with the second best overall season record. Trophies are awarded to the League Champions and 2nd place team.

All teams compete in a tournament at the end of the season to determine the TOC participants. The League Champions are seeded in the tournament as the number 1 team and the 2nd place team as the number 2 team. The winner of the tournament receives the first TOC birth. The League Champions receive the 2nd TOC birth if they do not win the tournament. If the League Champions win the tournament then the tournament runner-up receives the 2nd TOC birth.


Triple-A
For players age 9 through 11 who demonstrate an advanced level of skill, coordination, and understanding of the game. Placement in this division is by a draft following evaluations. This is a competitive division where standings are kept and two teams advance to the District 68 Tournament of Champions (TOC). There are normally two games per week and one or two practices per week.

The season is split into two halves. At the end of the season there is a playoff between the winner of the first half and the winner of the second half to determine the League Champions. The runner-up of this playoff is the 2nd place team for the league. If the same team wins both season halves, that team is declared the League Champion and the 2nd place team is the team with the second best overall season record. Trophies are awarded to the League Champions and 2nd place team.

All teams play in a tournament to determine the TOC participants. The League Champions are seeded in the tournament as the number 1 team and the 2nd place team as the number 2 team. The winner of the tournament receives the first TOC birth. The League Champions receive the 2nd TOC birth if they do not win the tournament. If the League Champions win the tournament then the tournament runner-up receives the 2nd TOC birth.


Double-A
For players age 8 through 10 who continue to learn fundamentals, improve skills, and gain a better understanding of baseball. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following evaluations. This is a developmental division with a graduating level of competition through the season. It is the first level where players pitch. There are normally two games per week and one practice per week.

The AA division season is split into a "preseason" followed by a "regular season". Standings are kept only for the regular season games. The standings are used to determine the placement into a tournament at the end of the season. All teams are entered in the tournament. The League Champions are the tournament winner and the 2nd place team is the tournament runner-up. Trophies are awarded to the League Champions and 2nd place team.


Single-A
A developmental division for players age 7 and 8 who continue to learn fundamentals, improve skills, and gain a better understanding of baseball. Placement on teams in this division is by a draft following evaluations. This division has a non-competitive season followed by a competitive tournament at the end of the season. A machine is used to pitch. There are normally two games per week and one practice per week.

The emphasis during the season is skills development for all players. Although the game score is kept, no season standings are kept. At the end of the season there is a blind-draw tournament for all teams. All teams receive participation trophies.


Rookie
An instructional coach pitch division for players age 7 or 8. Players are assigned to teams by the League. Normal 6 inning games are played but teams only bat each inning until either 3 outs are made or 8 batters have batted. No game scores or standings are kept. There is no post season and participation trophies are awarded to all teams. Teams normally meet twice per week for games and/or practices.

Coach Pitch
An instructional introduction to baseball for players age 6. Players are assigned to teams by the League. Batting is off a tee at the beginning of the season and then from the coach pitcher later in the season. A smaller 50 ft. base path field is used. No game scores or standings are kept. Participation trophies are awarded to all teams at the end of the season. Teams normally meet twice per week for games and/or practices.

Tee Ball
An instructional introduction to baseball for players age 5. Players are assigned to teams by the League. Batting is off a tee only and a smaller 50 ft. base path field is used. Each team bats through their battings order each inning and a game consists of 3 innings. No game scores or standings are kept. Participation trophies are awarded to all teams at the end of the season. Teams normally meet twice per week for games and/or practices.

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