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2018 Age Matrix

Choosing the Correct Division


The families of our young players often inquire about how to choose the correct division when signing up for Villa Park Little League. The information below is intended to provide assistance for those families. This document is for guidance only and does not supersede or amend the official rules of Little League Baseball or Villa Park Little League's Local Rules.

 

To determine your player's League Age please refer to the Little League Age Chart below

Tee Ball ($180)- League Ages 4, 5, and 6 (for new players). This is where all new players should start. RIF Safety baseballs are used in this division. The ball is placed on a tee for all players during the first half of the season.  For the second half of the season, a parent or coach may soft toss three (3) balls to a batter. If the ball is not put in play, a tee is used. This division is intended to be purely for fundamental baseball instruction and fun.

 

Intermediate Single A / Coach Pitch ($195)– League Ages 5, 6 and 7 (for new players). This division is the next step after Tee Ball. Standard Little League baseballs are used in this division.  Players should have a grasp of baseball basics, and should be able to sometimes hit a softly thrown ball from 25 feet away. For the first half of the season, a coach will pitch baseballs from 25 feet from the batter, and the entire lineup will bat. For the second half of the season, a Blue Flame machine is used to throw baseballs from immediately in front of the mound, and innings end after 3 defensive outs or after the entire lineup bats. This division is intended for fundamental baseball instruction.

 

Advanced Rookie A / Machine Pitch ($195)– League Ages 7 and 8. This division is not recommended for first time players. This division may be appropriate for some advanced League Age 6 players who are able to play catch well and hit a ball thrown from the mound more than half of the time. Standard Little League baseballs are used in this division. A Blue Flame machine is used to throw baseballs from immediately in front of the mound for the entire season. During the first half of the season, a batter is "out" after 8 pitches. During the second half of the season, a batter is "out" after three swinging strikes or 8 pitches, whichever comes first. No scores or standings are kept for this division. This division is the final step before competitive baseball begins in AA.

 

AA ($195) – League Ages 8, 9 and 10. Sometimes appropriate for advanced League Age 7 players who are highly proficient in playing catch and who can also defend themselves from hard-hit baseballs while playing in the infield. Players must try out and must be drafted on to AA teams. Kids begin pitching.

 

AAA ($215) - League Ages 9, 10, and 11. Sometimes appropriate for League Age 12 players who are beginners or who may be a safety risk in Majors. Players must try out and be drafted on to AAA teams.

 

Majors ($215) – League Ages 10, 11 and 12. Rarely appropriate for League Age 10 players. Players must try out and be drafted on to Majors teams.

 

If you are still unsure about the proper division for your player after reviewing this document, please contact the player agent at [email protected]


Use the following chart to find your player's League Age.

As a typical guideline:
Majors~ players who are league age 11 or 12
AAA~ players who are league age 9,10, or 11
AA~ players who are league age 8 or 9
(depending on the player, s
ome 7 or 10 year olds are included)

Rookie/ Single A~ players who are league age 6 or 7
Tee ball~ players who are league age 4, 5, or 6


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