Baseball - Which Division Should I Choose?
Which Division Should I Choose?

When registering for the baseball season, players and families will be offered levels of play based on the player's league age. With an overlap in league ages, this information is intended to help decide which level is best when presented with options.

First, Determine Player's League Age
2020 Baseball Ages | 2020 Softball Ages

Sky Valley Little League Divisions
Baseball Division Eligible Ages Player Evaluations Draft
Tee Ball 4, 5, 6 No No
Rookies 6, 7, 8 No No
Farm 8, 9 Yes Yes
Minors 9, 10, 11 Yes Yes
Majors 11, 12 Yes Yes
Intermediate 11, 12, 13 Yes Yes
Juniors 13, 14 Yes Yes
Seniors 15, 16 Yes Yes
SVLL Considers Three Primary Factors When Determining Appropriate Level of Play
  • The player is at a level at which he or she is optimally safe
  • The player is at a level where he or she will have fun
  • The player is at a level where his or her skills will be advanced

Player Evaluations & Drafts
Player evaluations begin for players entering the Farm level (8-9 year olds) of play and are generally held back-to-back Saturdays in early February. Coaches and league appointed people will be on hand to evaluate players during this time in preparation for each level's upcoming player draft. If your child does not participate in the player evaluation, he/she will be placed in the draft pool of the lowest division in which he/she is age eligible.

Division Descriptions

T-Ball (Ages 4, 5, 6) - 60' bases
This division is an introduction to baseball and intended for pre-school and kindergarteners. The game schedule consists of one weeknight and one weekend game. Games last four complete innings or 1 1/2 hours. Players hit a safety ball from a batting tee for the majority of the season; last two games are coach pitch. Every player plays in the field and bats each inning. No scores or standings are kept.

If your child is 4-6 years old and has never played organized baseball, T-Ball is the best place to start.

If your 6 year old has a season of T-Ball under his/her belt, can hit a pitched ball every couple of swings, but is still working on catching and throwing, then he/she maybe ready for the Rookies division. The better, older players in Rookies can play catch consistently and hit the ball to the outfield grass in the air.

Rookies (Ages 6, 7, 8) - Machine Pitch - 60' bases/46' pitching
In the Rookies division, a rubber-coated baseball and a pitching machine are used to introduce players to hitting a moving ball. Innings are 3 outs or 5 runs and games are six complete innings or 2 hours - whichever comes first for both. Batters get at least five pitches to put the ball in play. Scores and standing are NOT kept. Most years, there is a post-season tournament. The division plays one weekday night game and one weekend game.

If your child played T-Ball as a 5-year old, then the Rookies division could be suitable for your 6-year-old, provided he/she can hit a pitched ball every couple of swings. Most players in this league can put the ball in play during their at-bat and are still learning to play catch and throw consistently. The better players can hit the ball past the infield dirt in the air and into the outfield grass on a standard Little League field and play catch and throw consistently.

Farm (Ages 8, 9)
The purpose of the Farm division is to provide an introduction to real baseball. It is meant for players who are ready to move past machine pitch, but may not be ready to play against strong 10 & 11 year old players in the Minors division.

The rules of the division are modified to fit the age group and ensure games move at a good pace. Players will pitch, but there are no walks (coaches will finish up the at-bat after four balls). Real baseballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a post-season tournament. Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

If your 8 year old can hit a pitched ball and can throw and catch consistently, then he or she may be ready for the Farm division. If your 9 year old played rookies last year as an 8 year old, the Farm division is the best spot for them. Ultimately, coaches will determine through the draft process which players play in this division.

Minors (AAA) (Ages 9, 10, 11)
In the Minors division, real baseballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a post-season tournament. Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

If your 9-year old has already played a year at the Farm division, can hit a pitched ball and can throw and catch consistently, then he or she could potentially be selected into the Minors division. Ultimately, coaches will determine through the draft process which players play in this division.

Majors (Ages 11, 12)
In the Majors division, real baseballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and all teams participate in a post-season tournament. Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

Intermediate (50/70) - (Ages 11, 12, 13)
The Intermediate division is played using 50' pitching distances and 70' base paths. Players can take leads and the game mimics the rules of higher levels of baseball. LL Senior baseballs are used, league scheduled umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept. There are typically not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, so district wide interleague play is expected during the regular season.

Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process if more than one team is formed in this division. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

Juniors (Ages 13, 14)
The Juniors division is the first division that the game is played on 90' bases. Players can take leads and the game mimics the rules of higher levels of baseball. Real baseballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a district wide post-season tournament. There are typically not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, so district wide interleague play is expected during the regular season.

Players are placed on a team through a tryout and draft process if more than one team is formed in this division.They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

Seniors Division -- Ages 15-16
The Seniors division continues the natural progression of baseball, with the game played on 90' bases. Players can take leads and the game mimics the rules of higher levels of baseball. Real baseballs are used, umpires work the games, scores and standings are kept, and there is a district wide post-season tournament. There are typically not enough SVLL teams to have an in-house league, so district wide interleague play is expected during the regular season.

Players are placed on a team through a try-out and draft process if more than one team is formed in this division. They must go through the draft process the next season even if they remain in the same division.

Players who are league age 14 and have played a season at the Junior division may tryout for the Seniors division. Ultimately, coaches will determine through the draft process which players play in this division.

 
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