Mercer Island Little League: Spring 2014 Divisions

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Intermediate Baseball 13 Yrs. Old
Intermediate is Little League’s newest level. It is to be used as a stepping stone between the traditional Little League Diamond and a full size diamond used in Juniors and Seniors. Basebaths are 70’ and pitchers throw from 50 feet. It is for League Age 13 year olds (11 and 12 year-olds are eligible but MILL encourages 11s and 12s to play in Majors or Coast).

Majors Baseball 10-12 Yrs. Old
Majors is the most competitive division of Little League. It includes all League Age 12 year-olds, strong 11 year-olds and outstanding 10 year-olds. Majors focuses on advanced skill development and preparation for All-Stars and play beyond age 12. Players will be drafted onto Majors teams based on ability. Majors teams will practice twice a week, and play one Wednesday and one Saturday game.

Coast Baseball 9-11 Yrs. Old
Coast is intermediate player pitch baseball, primarily for 10 and 11 year-old players, as well as some highly skilled 9 year-olds. Coast teams will practice twice a week, and play one Thursday game and one Saturday game.

'AAA' Baseball 8-10 Yrs. Old
“AAA” Baseball is entry-level player pitch baseball, for 9 and 10 year-old players, as well as a few highly skilled 8 year-olds. In the first part of the season, there will be no stealing allowed and coaches will assist with pitching as needed (i.e. finish pitching to a batter after ball four) in order to keep the games moving by reducing walks. AAA teams will practice twice a week, and play one Tuesday game and one Saturday game.

'AA' Baseball 8-9 Yrs. Old
“AA” Baseball is advanced machine-pitch baseball intended for most 8 year olds, some highly skilled 7 year olds and some 9 year olds who need a little more development before moving on to Player Pitch. Limited pitching by players will be introduced in the second half of the season. AA teams will have one weeknight practice per week, one Monday game, one Saturday game, and an end-of-season League Tournament. Teams may also have some team batting cage time during the season.

'A' Baseball 7-8 Yrs. Old
“A” Baseball is intermediate machine-pitch baseball intended for higher skilled 7 year olds who have already played a year of Sluggers, and some 8 year olds. “A” teams will have one weeknight practice per week, and one Monday game and one Saturday game.

Sluggers Baseball 6-7 Yrs. Old
Sluggers Division is an entry-level machine pitch division for 6 year olds who have completed one year of T-ball and 7 year olds who need more development or seek a lower level of commitment before advancing to the "A" Division. Sluggers will have one weeknight (Tuesday) practice each week in a "micro clinic" format and one Saturday game. A seven year old with a year in Sluggers should consider “A” level baseball.

T-ball (co-ed) 4-6 Yrs. Old
This is for 5 year old players, first year 6 year old players , 2nd year 6 year old players still needing skill development before heading up to "Sluggers.” Four year olds are eligible, but need to be ready for the competition and structure of T-ball. Please no three year olds. Players hit a ball from a Tee. All players bat and play in the field each inning (3 innings per game). One weeknight practice (Wednesday or Thursday) in a "micro clinic" format and one Saturday game per week.

Juniors Softball 13-14 Yrs. Old
Fastpitch softball for 13-14 year-old girls. One or two practices, and generally two games each week, plus an end of season league tournament. As with other levels of little league, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars. Juniors softball uses a full size 12’’ softball.

Majors Softball 11-12 Yrs. Old
Majors is an advanced, 6th grade level, Fastpitch division for strong 11 year olds and all 12 year old girls. Majors will have one or two weeknight practices, and up to two games a week.   As with other levels of little league, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars. Majors softball uses a full size 12’’ softball.

Coast Softball 10-11 Yrs. Old
This is designed for 5th grade level Fastpitch, 10 year olds and 11 year olds. Teams will practice one or two nights a week and play two games a week. As with other levels of little league, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars. Coast softball uses an 11’’ softball.

'AAA' Softball 8-9 Yrs. Old
AAA Softball is for girls 8 and 9 years old, 4th grade level. This division is designed to teach players the fundamentals of softball while developing self-esteem, team camaraderie and softball skills, including pitching. This is entry-level Fastpitch. This is a player pitch league with coach assist early on. AAA softball will practice once a week and have one or two games a week. It uses an 11’’ soft-sided softball.

'AA' Softball 7-8 Yrs. Old
For 7 and 8 year olds, 3rd grade, with at least one year of softball or T-ball experience. This is modified machine or coach pitch league with emphasis on development of skills and team fun! Will most likely be one game and one practice a week.

Seniors Baseball 13-16 Yrs. Old
Seniors is a level of Little League for 13-16 year olds. Seniors baseball plays on a full size baseball diamond (60 feet 6 inches pitching rubber, 90 feet bases). As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars. 13-14 year-olds are eligible for Seniors baseball, but players are encouraged to participate in either Intermediate or Juniors.

Juniors Baseball 13-14 Yrs. Old
Juniors is a level of Little League for 13-14 year olds.   Like Seniors, basepaths are 90 feet and the pitching distance is 60 feet 6 inches. As with other levels of Little League, players are eligible to compete in end-of-the-season tournaments and All-Stars. The only real difference with Seniors is the age of the players. 13 year olds are eligible for Juniors, but are encouraged to participate in Intermediate if possible.

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