Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League (Bay Area): Spring 2017 Baseball Divisions

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Baseball Divisions - 2017


Baseball Divisions - Spring 2017


When registering for the 2017 season, please select the division that you feel is appropriate for your player
based on the information on this page.

Our Little League is skills-based — the age ranges shown below for each division can be used as a guideline, but we try to group players with similar abilities together in the same division. Strong, experienced players might “play up”, while less experienced players might “play down”. For example, a strong 7 year old player might play in the same division as a less experienced 9 year old player.

The age ranges in the table are based on “Little League Age.” For players born in 2005 or earlier, Little League Age is defined as the player’s actual age on April 30, 2017. For players born in 2006 or later, Little League Age is defined as the player’s actual age on August 31, 2017. Little League International will change the age cutoff date from April 30 to August 31 in 2018 for players born in 2004 and earlier, and in 2019 for players born in 2005.

Baseball
T-Ball Minors A Minors AA Minors AAA Majors Juniors
Age Range 5-7 6-8 7-10 8-11 10-12 13-14
Pitching tee/coach machine machine player player player
Player Evaluations No No Yes Yes Yes No
Teams formed by commissioner commissioner draft draft draft commissioner
Fields Almond, BCS, Gardner Bullis, Santa Rita Almond, Santa Rita Purissima, Hillview Purissima, Hillview Purissima Purissima and other South Bay

All baseball divisions are open to both boys and girls.

T-Ball and Minors A teams are organized by schools and “buddy” requests so kids can play with their friends in
a fun and positive environment.

Players registered for Minors AA, Minors AAA, and Majors (except returning Majors players) MUST ATTEND a player evaluation session on Saturday January 7, 2017, or a makeup session on Saturday January 21, 2017. Players not selected during the draft for their registered division will be moved down to the next lower division.

Please see below for more detailed information about each division.


T-Ball (Baseball)
T-Ball is our introductory division and requires no prior baseball experience. T-Ball is appropriate for children ages 5-6, and 7 year olds who have never played organized baseball. T-Ball players should reach age 5 by August 31, 2017. Most T-Ball players are in kindergarten, but there are many first-graders as well as as some older pre-schoolers. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls T-Ball program (see Girls Softball Divisions). Some younger T-Ball players will choose to play a second year of T-Ball before moving on to Minors A.

Each team meets for one hour twice per week, once mid-week for practice (typically M,T,W,Th, or F from 5-6pm, with day and exact times at the coach’s discretion) and once on Saturday morning for a game. Practices emphasize throwing, hitting, and fielding fundamentals in a fun and safe environment. Games are 3 innings long, with all players batting once per inning and playing in the field. The season begins with batting from a tee and progresses to soft-toss coach pitching.

Players are assigned to teams by the T-Ball Commissioner, and will be contacted by their coaches in early March for first practices. The season ends by the first week in June. If your player would like to be on a team with friends, please list the names of the friends in the “buddy” field during registration. As much as possible, the commissioner will group players with buddies and other children from the same school together when assigning players to teams.


Minors A (Baseball)
Minors A is appropriate for children ages 6-7 who have played T-Ball for at least one year and children age 8 who have not previously played organized baseball or are not drafted to play Minors AA. Most Minors A players are in first or second grade. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls Softball program.

Players are assigned to teams by the Minors A Commissioner, and will be contacted by their coaches in early March for first practices. The season ends by the first week in June. If your player would like to be on a team with friends, please list the names of the friends in the “buddy” field during registration. As much as possible, the commissioner will group players with buddies and other children from the same school together when assigning players to teams.

Minors A uses a pitching machine (30 mph) for practices and games. Coaches will rotate players through each of the defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet twice per week for 90 minute practices or games – once mid-week (the week-day varies as some mid-week sessions are games) and once on Saturday morning.


Minors AA (Baseball)
Minors AA is appropriate for children ages 7-9 who have previously played at least one year in Minors A and for children age 10 who have never played organized baseball or are not drafted to play Minors AAA. Most Minors AA players are in second or third grade. Girls are welcome, although most girls choose to play in our Girls Softball program.

Minors AA players MUST ATTEND one player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the draft in mid February. The season ends by the first week in June.   Minors AA uses a pitching machine (40 mph) for practices and games. Coaches generally rotate players through each of the defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet 2-3 times per week for practices and games.



Minors AAA (Baseball)
Minors AAA is appropriate for children ages 8-10 who have played at least one year in Minors AA and for children age 11 who have never played organized baseball or are not drafted to a Majors team.

Minors AAA players MUST ATTEND one player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the draft in mid February. The season ends by the first week in June. Minors AAA is a player pitch division with umpires calling balls and strikes. Coaches generally rotate players through different defensive positions in the field. Each team will meet 2-3 times per week for practices and games.


Majors (Baseball)
Majors is our competitive division for players ages 10-12. Majors players (except returning Majors players) MUST ATTEND one player evaluation session in January and are notified of team assignments after the draft in early February. The season ends by the first week in June. Majors is a player pitch division with umpires calling balls and strikes. Coaches will usually focus each player on a small number of defensive positions that they will play during the season. Each team generally meets 3 times per week for practices and games.

Juniors (Baseball)
The Juniors division is for players ages 13-14. The Juniors division is organized to develop and prepare players for high school baseball. Games are played on a full-size baseball diamond. Our Juniors coaches have all played college and/or professional baseball.

Our home fields are Purissima field #2. Away games are played at the fields of other leagues in Little League District 44 in Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. The season begins in February with weekend clinics and practices. Teams meet 2-3 times per week in March for practices and scrimmages. Games are played from April through mid June.