Palm Bay East Little League: Spring Baseball Divisions

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T-Ball
Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 4-6 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding.

In Tee Ball, players hit a ball off a batting tee. Rules of the game may be varied to accommodate the need for teaching.

The primary goals of Tee Ball are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.


Minor A, Machine Pitch
The Machine Pitch division is primarily for boys and girls league age 7 and 8.

However the League may allow a player who is league-age 6 and has played a year in Tee Ball to 'move up' to the machine pitch division, and a new player league age 9 to 'play down'.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.


Minor AA, Kid Pitch
Minor AA League Baseball for boys and girls is for players with less experience. The minor A league may be players ages 7-10.

The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league


Minor AAA
Minor AAA League Baseball for boys and girls is for players with more experience but either did not qualify, or were not drafted for the Major Division. Minor league players may be drafted to a Major team during the season to replace released players. The Minor league may be players ages 7-11. A player league age 12 may 'play down' with League approval, however they are not allowed to pitch.

The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in this introduction level of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.


Major
The Little League Baseball Division (also known as the Major Division) is for boys and girls ages 10-12. Players league age 9 may be considered with Board approval.

Players are selected in the Majors division, those players not selected will be allowed to play in the minors division. The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and the pitching distance is 46 feet.

Parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.


Intermediate
The Intermediate Division, is new for players league-age 12-13, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Many of the Junior League rules will be used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.
The Division has postseason tournament opportunities, including a World Series.


Junior
The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 13-14, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

Senior
The Senior League Baseball Division is for boys and girls 14-16 years old, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

Big League
The Big League Baseball Division is for boys and girls ages 15-18, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.

Challenger
The Challenger Division enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball. Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players. Challenger Division uses "buddies" to assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed. The District-wide Challenger program is played at Rodes Park, and at Viera Regional Park.