MVLL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ASSIGN PLAYERS TO DIFFERENT DIVISIONS THAN THEIR AGE DICTATES. THESE DECISIONS MAY BE BASED ON SAFETY ISSUES, ABILITY LEVELS, OR OTHER FACTORS AS DETERMINED BY THE LEAGUE.
AA Division (Ages 5 and 6)
The focus in AA is to introduce the basics of baseball and to have fun! The emphasis is to teach fundamentals, teamwork, and friendship. We will use a combination of coach pitch and T-Ball: once a player has graduated from hitting off of a tee, coaches will pitch from a knee at a distance of 20 feet. Players will be allowed up to 6 pitches, after which they must use the tee. In AA the entire roster bats every inning and everyone plays in the field. Teams switch once all players have batted. For a batted ball that stays in the infield, the runners may not advance more than one base. For a batted ball that is hit on a fly or rolls to the outfield, the runners may advance no more than two bases. There is no advancement on overthrows. The last batter each inning will circle the bases and all runners will “score”. The batting order should rotate each game. We do not keep score or track outs. Defensive positions should be varied per player, so that all players get the opportunity to play the infield at least once per game (pitcher, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS), although an equal amount is recommended. Pitcher will wear a batting helmet and stand behind coach who is pitching. Catcher will wear full gear (teams have the option of not using a catcher). Games and practices will last approximately one hour.
AAA Division (Ages 7 and 8)
In AAA the entire roster bats and ten positions are used on defense (4 outfielders, 4 infielders, catcher, pitcher). A pitching machine is used and each batter receives up to 6 strikes to put the ball in play (or three swinging strikes). Coach pitching is also a viable option and may be determined by each team. In the first inning all players bat, although bases will be cleared if three outs are made before everyone bats. After the first inning, each team bats until three outs are made or all players bat, whichever comes first. Runners may advance one base if a ball is hit to the infield. If a ball is hit to the outfield, runners may advance until the ball is returned to the infield (does not need to be in possession of a fielder; a throw that rolls to the infield counts) and continue to the base they are going to. On overthrows, runners may advance one base (at their own risk) but no more. If a second overthrow occurs on the same play, the ball shall be declared dead immediately and runners shall stay at their base. Score is not recorded and standings are not kept. In the field, each player will be regularly rotated to gain experience at different positions. Players playing the pitcher position must wear a helmet; catchers should wear full gear. Games and practices will last about 90 minutes.
Minors Division (Ages 9, 10, 11)
The Minors division is the first level of true competition. Although still considered instructional, the players will experience tryouts, learn specific skills, and be introduced to baseball strategies. Players will pitch the entire game, with strict pitch limits enforced. Stealing is allowed based on preseason agreements. Game scores will be recorded and standings will be kept. Teams are “drafted” by the Managers and League Officers to be as competitively equal as possible. All players will tryout and be entered in the draft. A “five run rule” is in effect and works to keep the game progressing. Only the nine defensive positions are filled, but every member of the team is placed in the batting order. Free defensive substitutions are allowed. Practices will expand up to 2 hours, and games will consist of 6 innings or approximately 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 hours. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals so that the players are prepared for the Majors Division. An offensive inning will consist of 3 outs or the scoring of 5 runs (the 5/8 run rule is in effect – 5 runs end the inning unless the ball leaves the field of play). At the conclusion of the season a tournament is played (structure to be determined by the Board of Directors). All 8 year olds are invited to tryout, as some may be drafted (if necessary) and/or “called up” during the season. Umpires are utilized.
Majors Division (Ages 10, 11, 12)
Majors is the standard premier division of Little League. The play within this division is highly competitive and all Little League rules apply. Once drafted, a player will remain on that team for the remainder of his Majors career. Rosters will be filled with new players based on tryout evaluations and a draft will occur, with the last place team from the previous season selecting first. All players will be in the continuous batting order, but only nine players will play the field. Each player must play six defensive outs. Since we utilize the full batting order, free defensive substitution is allowed. League standings are kept, which determine seeding for any post-season league tournament and the following year’s draft. There are no run limit rules in the Majors division. 10 year olds may be considered for this division based on the needs of the league. Each year this division participates in the All Star Tournament, with the championship games of the Little League World Series held in Williamsport, PA. It is undoubtedly the most visible of all youth baseball events. In order to qualify for All Stars, a player must appear in 60% of their team’s games.
50-70 Intermediate Division (Ages 11, 12, 13)
50-70 Intermediate Baseball is a transition division and utilizes a modified baseball field using a 50- foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths, with traditional baseball rules including leads, pick-offs, dropped 3rd strike, etc. The full roster will bat, with free defensive substitutions. It is a transition from 46/60 to 60/90 and is similar to other competitive baseball programs. MVLL usually fields one team and competes against other local teams. Players who are 11 or 12 may enter this division AND play in the Majors division. In order to qualify for All Stars, a player must appear in 60% of their team’s games. Inter-league play in this division occurs with other District 6 teams. As the team may progress, the All Star season concludes with a World Championship game.
Juniors Division (Ages 12, 13, 14)
Juniors is also a transition year, with base paths extended to the regulation 90 feet and the pitching distance is 60 feet 6 inches. Leading off and pitching from the stretch are allowed, and the full roster is in the batting order. Base runners are not required to wait until the ball reaches the batter before attempting to steal. Headfirst sliding is allowed. Free defensive substitution is allowed. Interleague play begins at this division with other leagues within District 6. Senior league rules apply with additional standards established by an Interleague Agreement established by the District each season. An All-Star team is selected: in order to qualify for All Stars, a player must appear in 60% of their team’s games. Interleague play in this division occurs with other District 6 teams. As the team may progress, the All Star season concludes with a World Championship game. MVLL won the world championship in this division in 2009!
Seniors Division (Ages 13,14, 15, 16)
Seniors use rules similar to more advanced leagues. Only nine members of the team are in the batting order at any time. Each player must play six defensive outs and bat once during each game. Defensive substitution is limited by Little League rules. Field dimensions are 90 foot base paths with 60’ 6” pitching distances. Senior League rules apply. Interleague play applies under the Senior rules with additional standards established by an Interleague Agreement established by the District each season. An All-Star team is selected: in order to qualify for All Stars, a player must appear in 60% of their team’s games. Interleague play in this division occurs with other District 6 teams. As the team may progress, the All Star season concludes with a World Championship game.