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DIVISION & AGES

Tee Ball (Ages 4-6)
Kids first learning to play. Hit off the tee the first half of the season, then try some coach pitch the second half of the season. We bat all the way through the line up and change sides. We don't keep score or count outs.  Game is played with squishy training ball. If they can throw and catch, it may be time to move up to Farm. Although the new little league age rules allow players that have not yet turned 4 to play tee ball, as a league we do not encourage it. 3 is just too young! For younger players we highly encourage parents to volunteer as assistant coaches or team managers.  Young kids require more attention!

Farm (Ages 7-9)
Players over aged 7 and up not drafted up into AA will play Farm. A great place to develop baseball skills. Balls are pitched at the batters by a Coach at the start of the season and then we ease into kid pitch.  Players leave Farm able to throw, catch and hit, ready to move on to AA. Farm is instructional/developmental, we don't keep score and we don't keep standings. There is a competitive end of season tournament for all teams. Game is played using "Level 5" Baseballs. These are just a little softer than regular hard balls.

AA (Ages 8-10)
This is the first division where kids pitch to batters the entire season. Players must attend skills assessments to be selected to play AA based on a draft. Typically each AA team will have between two to three 10 year-old players. Pitchers are typically throwing between 25 to 40 mph in prep, from a distance of 40'. The game is played with regulation little league baseballs. Players typically play one or two seasons in the AA division depending on their skill level and age.   Managers are encouraged to rotate players among various positions to foster development so long as this can be done safely. AA games will have an umpire to call ball strikes, and outs, and we do keep score. There is a competitive end of season tournament for all AA teams. Players age 11 or 12 must move up to AAA or Majors. Similar to the   

AAA (Ages 9-11)
Players are selected to play AAA based on a draft. All players must skills assessments to play AAA. The bulk of the minors players are 10 and 11 year olds. A few more skilled 9 year olds who have graduated from AA will be drafted into AAA. About half of the AAA players will already have a year of AAA under their belts. Players typically play AAA one or two seasons depending on their skill level. AAA pitchers will typically throw in the 30 to 45 mph range, however a few exceptional AAA pitchers might be throwing close to 50 mph. Pitchers throw from a distance of 46'. AAA is competitive. Score is kept, team standings are tracked and a champion team is declared at the end of the season based on a tournament. Managers are encouraged to rotate players among various positions to foster development so long as this can be done safely. Players may sit on the bench for some innings, and some players will get more infield time than others based on skill level.

Majors (Ages 11-12)
This is the highest level of play in Little League Baseball. These are the kids you see on TV in the Little League World Series (LLWS). 12 year olds automatically play in majors. All players must attend skills assessments to play majors. Pitchers may be throwing up to 65 mph in majors. Pitchers throw from a distance of 46'.

Intermediate (Ages 11-13) - 13 is the recommended age
The Intermediate League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 11-13, using a 70-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 50'. Preparation for Junior League Baseball division. This division is intended for players transitioning the full size baseball diamond at the Junior level.  We will see Intermediate pitchers throw in the 60-70 mph range.

Juniors (Ages 13-14)
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. Preparation for high school level baseball, intended for kids not yet playing high school baseball.  We will see Juniors pitchers throw in the 60-75 mph range.

Seniors (Ages 14-16)
The Senior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 14-17, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. PALL has not run a seniors division for several years due to a lack of interest/players to fill teams. At this age group most players have moved on to High School baseball.

Challenger Division
The Challenger Division was established by Little League Baseball in 1989 to enable any boy or girl with a physical or intellectual challenge ages 4-18 (or up to 22 if still in school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in the sport world wide. See our Challenger Division page on our website for more details.

Summer/Fall Baseball Divisions
Typically kids will play fall in the division they will likely play the next season. As a result the level of play drops a bit in all divisions. Fall minors will be a few returning younger minors kids and a bunch from Farm. Majors will be a mix of 11 year olds from majors and new kids coming up from AAA, etc. 

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