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Player Pitch Baseball

Majors Baseball 10-12 Yrs. Old - $250
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
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
“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 and A Baseball

“AA” Baseball 8-9 Yrs. Old - $180
“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 game on Monday, one game on Saturday, and an end-of-season league tournament.


“A” Baseball 7-8 Yrs. Old - $180
“A” Baseball is intermediate level machine-pitch baseball intended for 7 year olds who have already played sluggers and some 8 year olds looking for more development before "AA". "A" teams will have one weeknight practice per week, one game on Mondays and one game on Saturdays. 




Show Your Stuff – Sunday, January 26th.

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.


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.





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 one week 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 son’s age as of April 30th 2014.  For example, if your son turns 10 on April 30, he is League Age 10.  If your son turns 10 on May 1, he is League Age 9.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Softball has a different League Age cutoff.  Softball’s cutoff is December 31, 2013.  If you are still unsure, check this link, this table, or contact the MIBGC.


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.

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