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Frequently Asked Questions - League Structure


 

Updated descriptions, League Age requirements and guidelines for player placement are available below.  Updated Local Rules for all divisions are available via the Documents & Rules link on the DLL website. 


DLL’s Spring regular season typically runs from late March through mid-June. Post-season All-Star tournaments for select players of League Age 9 thru 12 follows the end of the regular season and runs into mid-to-late July. DLL’s Fall season typically runs from late August through October.

Like all Little Leagues, DLL has different divisions for players based on their League Age, baseball experience and ability. "League Age" for the 2017 Spring season is a player's age in the Spring of 2017  (Please view the age chart for your player's League Age). Click a link in the Division column to learn more about each DLL division.

Division

Description

League Age Requirements and Guidelines**

T-Ball

Basic knowledge/interest in baseball

  • ALL players of League Age 5 per Little League regulations.
  • Players of League Age 5 who have played at least one season of approved Little League T-Ball (Spring or Fall) may request Instructional Rookie, subject to approval by a DLL Player Agent based on prior season player evaluations. 
  • League Age 6 year olds may also request T-Ball, subject to approval by a DLL Player Agent.
Instructional Rookie (IR) Introduction to Coach Pitch
  • All players of League Age 6 by default.
  • Players of League Age 7 with no prior playing experience.

Rookie / Coach Pitch (R)

Hitting and fielding development

  • Spring season only:

    Players of League Age 6 with at least one season of T-Ball (Spring or Fall) may request to play in the Rookie division, subject to approval by a DLL Player Agent based on prior season player evaluations. 

  • Players of League Age 7 who have played at least one season of T-Ball or IR by default.
  • Spring season only: Any players who attend a Player Evaluation session, and are eligible for but not drafted into Single A.

Single A

Pitcher and catcher development

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 8 - 9. First DLL division that uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).
  • Spring season only: Players of League Age 7 with at least one season of T-Ball (Spring or Fall) may request to play in the Single A division, but they MUST attend a DLL Player Evaluation session in January. If the player can not attend a Player Evaluation session, they will not be eligible to move up to Single A during a Spring season.  Eligible players who are not drafted into Single A will be assigned to the Rookie division.
  • No players of League Age 10 or older will be permitted to play in Single A.

AA

Intro to the full Little League game

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 9 - 10.
  • Uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).

AAA

Preparation for the Majors division

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 10 - 11.
  • Players of League Age 12 may play in AAA by request and signed waiver.
  • Uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).

Majors

Competitive Little League play

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 11 - 12.
  • Uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).

Juniors

Competitive Little League play on a full-sized baseball field

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 13 - 14.
  • Uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).

Seniors

Competitive Little League play on a full-sized baseball field

  • Primarily for players of League Ages 15- 16.
  • Uses a draft by team managers to form teams (Spring season only).
  • Players of League Age 14 by request, evaluation and draft only.


** Players in the Funball, T-Ball, Instructional Rookie and Rookie divisions are always assigned to divisions and teams by DLL Player Agents based on a player’s League Age, baseball experience and ability. In a DLL Spring season, teams in the Juniors, Majors, AAA, AA, and Single A divisions are determined by a draft of eligible players by DLL managers. During a DLL Fall season, players in those divisions are assigned to teams by DLL Player Agents based on player age, baseball experience and ability.

Note: The division descriptions below are for a DLL Spring season. The Fall season is more instructional and less competitive than a Spring season. During a DLL Fall season, there are no Standings, playoffs, or All-Star teams, and no trophies are distributed for players in any division.

Funball -- This is a basic introduction to baseball for all players of League Age 4. The players learn the fundamentals through practice and games. Players hit the ball off of a stationary tee and play in the field with coaches/parents/guardians nearby to help with instruction. This is an instructional division where players hit off a tee rather than hit a pitched ball using Reduced Impact Force (RIF) or “safety” balls, no scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs, and no player sits on defense. The games will be played on a t-ball field using a soft t-ball ball, with a 3 inning/1 hour time limit. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. All players in the Funball division receive participation trophies (Spring season only).

T-Ball -- This is a basic introduction to baseball. The players learn the fundamentals through practice and games.  Players hit the ball off of a stationary tee and play in the field with coaches/parents/guardians nearby to help with instruction. This is an instructional division where players hit off a tee rather than hit a pitched ball using a soft t-ball ball, no scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs, and no player sits on defense. The games will be played on a t-ball field with a 3 inning/1 hour time limit. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. All players in the T-Ball division receive participation trophies (Spring season only). 

Instructional Rookie (IR) -- This Division provides a transition from T-ball to coach pitch. The games will be played on a t-ball field using a soft t-ball ball, with a 3 inning/1.5 hour time limit. Innings will utilize a coach pitcher, standing no closer than 20' from the plate, who will pitch 3 balls to each batter. If the batter does not put one of those 3 balls into play, the batter will be given an opportunity to hit from the tee or take 3 more pitches.  After 6 pitches the player will hit from the tee. Players are not obligated to receive 3 pitched balls – players or parents may request that they skip the live pitch opportunity and proceed directly to hitting off the tee. A catcher will be utilized, but will stand by the backstop, and will only come into play once the ball has been put in play. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. All players in the Instructional Rookie division receive participation trophies (Spring season only).

Rookie / Coach Pitch -- At this level, players improve their fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Adult coaches from each team are used to pitch regulation baseballs to their own team. Players of League Age 6 who have played at least one season of T-Ball will be assigned to the Rookie division. Players of League Age 7 year who have no prior baseball experience will also be assigned to the Rookie division, along with any players who are eligible for but not drafted into Single A (Spring season only). Teams are organized by the Player Agents.

The Rookie division is an instructional division where players hit balls pitched by a coach pitcher. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. Scores are kept to determine when to end an inning (3 outs or 4 runs, whichever comes first), but standings are not kept. All players in the Rookie/Coach Pitch division receive participation trophies (Spring season only).

Per Little League requirements, a League Age 6 child can only be considered to play in the Rookie division if they played one season of T-ball in an approved Little League program.


Single A -- The skills that the players have been accumulating finally come together as they now work as a team pitching, hitting and fielding the ball. Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stressed along with the strategies required for competitive play. The Single A Division is the first “draft” level division and is primarily for players of League Age 8-9. All players wanting to play in the Single A division must attend a Player Evaluation session prior to a Spring season, and teams are formed through a formal manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent (Spring season only). Players of League Age 6 are not permitted to attend a Player Evaluation, and they are not permitted to play in the Single A division.

The Single A division is an instructional division where players hit regulation little league balls pitched by coaches for ½ of the game and by players for ½ of the game. Protective cups are required, outs are recorded with three ending each half inning, and only ten defensive positions are used (meaning extra players rotate sitting each inning). Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. Umpires are used, scores are kept, and standings are recorded. Only those teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

AA -- The skills that the players have been accumulating finally come together as they now work as a team pitching, hitting and fielding the ball. Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stresses along with the strategies required for competitive play. The AA Division is primarily for players of League Age 9-10. All players wanting to play in the AA division must attend a Player Evaluation session prior to a Spring season, and teams are formed through a formal manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent (Spring season only).

Players pitch, protective cups are required, all players bat in the line-up, ten defensive positions are used (meaning four outfielders), and scores and standings are kept. Trained volunteer umpires enforce Little League Baseball and DLL Local Rules. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitch preparedness, live batting, and aggressive base running. Only those teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.
 

AAA -- The skills that the players have been accumulating come together as they now work as a team pitching, hitting and fielding the ball. Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stressed, along with the strategies required for competitive play. The AAA division is primarily for players of League Age 10-11. All players wanting to play in the AAA division must attend a Player Evaluation session prior to a Spring season, and teams are formed through a formal manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent (Spring season only).

Players pitch, protective cups are required, all players bat in the line-up, the standard nine baseball defensive positions are used, players are now allowed to steal bases and bunt, and scores and standings are kept. Only those teams winning their division will receive a trophy.  A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

 

Majors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level. Little League Baseball, known as the Majors division, is generally oriented for experienced players of League Age 11-12. All Majors players are required to attend a Player Evaluation session prior to a Spring season, and teams are formed through a formal manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent (Spring season only). Players who make it to the Little League World Series on TV come from the Majors division of Little League Baseball.  A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

Juniors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level and on a full-size baseball diamond (60'6" pitching distance with 90' bases). All players wanting to play in the juniors division must attend a Player Evaluation session prior to a Spring season, and teams are formed through a formal manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent (Spring season only). Players are allowed to take leads and pitchers are taught how to pitch from the “stretch” position and hold runners on base.  A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

Seniors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level and on a full-size baseball diamond (60'6" pitching distance with 90' bases). Games tend to be against teams from other local Little League Programs (Sterling, Fairfax, Gainesville, etc). Players age 13 – 14 may elect to try out for Seniors division and would be eligible to be drafted by the Seniors manager if they demonstrate sufficient skills.