Mercer Island Little League: Baseball News

2016 League Age JEPG

For the second season in a row Little League Incorporated changed the League Age (LA) determination date for baseball.  Historically Little League League Age for baseball, sluggers and T-Ball was determined by the child’s age as of April 30th of the given season.  Last year, it was December 31st.  The new League Age determination date is August 31st.  Relative to last year’s League Age change, here is the summary of the changes…

  1. If your child was born before September 1st, 2005 your child will continue to use Little League’s old LA determination date until they age out of Little League.  If your child was born after September 1st, 2005 they will use the new LA determination date until they age out of Little League.
  2. If your child was born between September 1st and December 31st (of 2006 and any year since then) your child “repeats” a League Age year.  Example:  If your child was born in October of 2007, last season your child was League Age 8 and this year they are League age 8 again.
  3. If your child was born between May 1st and August 31st (of 2006 and any year since then) they progressed from the 2014 season to the 2015 season “normally.”  Example:  If your child was born in July of 2007, last season they were League Age 8.  This season your child is League Age 9.

As mentioned earlier, this is the second year in a row that Little League has changed the age determination date.  As with last year, we are unsure what the effect on MILL will be.  The MIBGC and MILL board have discussed the change, but will be adapting as the season progresses.  In any event, to confirm your child’s baseball league age, consult Little League’s League Age chart at the top of this note.

The change should not change the registration process that much.  You are encouraged to register your child for the next level in their progression (listed below).  Of course if your child is repeating a year due to the change, your decision is a little more complicated.  You will have to decide which league is the most appropriate decision for your child.  There are division descriptions on the baseball page of the MILL website.  The MIBCG will also help you any way it can.  Please don’t hesitate to email or call.  Thank you.

Athletic Director Matt Williams: 206.436.1950 or

Athletic Director Becky Shaddle: 206.436.1943 or


Big Diamond Baseball (13 and Older)


Seniors is a level of Little League for 13-16 year olds.  Seniors baseball plays on a full size baseball diamond (60’6’’ pitching rubber, 90’ 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 is a level of Little League for 13-14 year olds.   Like Seniors, basepaths are 90’ and the pitching distance is 60’6’’.  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.



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.  Basepaths 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).


**Notes about Seniors, Juniors and Intermediate:  Mercer Island teams interlock their schedule with other teams in our District.  Half of the games will be played on Mercer Island and the other half off Island.  Game days also vary.  There is not a set schedule like there is in our Player Pitch baseball leagues.


Additionally, it is not guaranteed that we will have enough players to field teams at all levels.  If we are unable to field our own team, there is the option to combine with other leagues.  Those decisions won’t be made until late February or early March.


 Majors Baseball 10-12 Yrs. Old - $250  (Player Pitch)
This is the most advanced and competitive division of Little League, which will include 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 higher level 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 - $250  (Player Pitch)
Coast is intermediate player pitch baseball, primarily for 10 and 11 year-old players, as well as a few 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 - $250  (Player Pitch)
“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.


Show Your Stuff (SYS) – Sunday, January 31st.

SYS is a mandatory event in which each player registered for Player Pitch baseball (Majors, Coast and AAA) will be evaluated on their hitting and pitching skills.  There is a makeup session on Saturday, February 6th (Time TBD) for those who cannot make January 31st.


The evaluation (in conjunction with the previous season coach’s evaluation) will be used to place each player in the appropriate division and to evenly distribute talent among all teams within a division.  That means not all players will advance a division each year.  It also means that some League Age 9 year-olds will not be selected to AAA if we believe AA is the more appropriate division for them.


“AA” Baseball 8-9 Yrs. Old - $200
“AA” Baseball is advanced machine/coach 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 game on Monday, one game on Saturday, and an end-of-season league tournament.

“A” Baseball 7 Yrs. Old - $180

“A” Baseball is intermediate machine/coach pitch baseball intended for 7 year olds who have already played a year of Sluggers, 6 year olds in 1st grade and 8 year olds seeking more development before AA. “A” teams will have one weeknight practice per week, and one Monday game and one Saturday game.





My 8 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play up at the AAA level?

-All interested 8 year-olds must contact the MIBGC at least two weeks prior to SYS.  The MIBGC and MILL VP’s will review each player and decide if the player can participate in SYS.  However, an invitation to SYS is not a guaranteed spot on AAA.  If the player receives high enough scores AND there is room in AAA, the player may be placed in AAA.  If an 8 year-old is invited to SYS, he/she must attend Show Your Stuff to be placed on a AAA team.

 My 9 year-old is a super stud.  Can he play in Majors?

-No.  MILL prohibits any player from playing up more than three years.  E.g, 9’s can’t play in Majors.  8’s can’t play in Coast, 7’s can’t play in AAA.

 My son was in Coast last season as a 10 year-old.  How come he didn’t move up to Majors this year as an 11 year-old?

-For Majors, the coaches do a live draft of their team.  They select 12 players from all eligible players.  There are some players that are guaranteed places in Majors.  They are (1) League Age 12 year-olds. (2) League Age 11 year-olds in Sixth Grade (who played Coast last season) and (3) Players who played Majors the previous year.  The rest of the remaining players are drafted by the coaches from the pool of eligible players.

 How do I figure out my son’s League Age?

-Baseball League Age is determined by your child’s date of birth.  For those players born before September 1, 2005, the age determination date is April 30, 2016.  For those born after September 1, 2005, the age determination date is August 31st, 2016.  For example, if your son turns 9 on August 31, he is League Age 10.  If your son turns 10 on September 1, he is League Age 9.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Please review the Little League Age Chart on the MILL website to confirm your child’s League Age.  Softball has a different League Age cutoff.

 My league age 9 year-old did not get selected to AAA.  How come?

 -At Show Your Stuff, we evaluate over 200 players in order to place them in the division that is most appropriate for them.   We want your child to succeed.  If your child was not placed in AAA we believe that AA was the most appropriate division for them.

My child is playing Player Pitch, can I request a buddy or a practice time?

-No.  We do not accept buddy requests or practice time requests for Player Pitch Baseball.  We do not even consider school when making teams.  Our main priority is to create balanced teams.  More information about team formation is below.



League Age

Age Appropriate Level





















AAA or Coast




















*League age 10 year olds get split fairly evenly between Coast and AAA.


This chart is a general guideline of progression through Little League baseball.  Some players will experience a different path.  Players are encouraged to stick with their appropriate age unless a different level is recommended to them (typically in player pitch baseball, ages 9-12).




Field Closures?

(206) 436 - 1951,   @MIBGCAthletics or @MILittleLeague

  Updated as early as possible every day during the season.

Typically by 3pm on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends.



Subscribe to this site