Division Guidelines

As a general rule, kids play in the divisions based on their league age. It is quite common for players to remain in a lower division another year to develop additional skills before moving up. On rare occasions, if a player is highly skilled, it is appropriate to have them evaluated for early promotion. The final choice to move a player up early or retain them for another season will be made by the player agent(s) and will be based on many factors, such as player experience, skills, and availability.

 

The 2018 Spring season division structure is as follows:

  • Tee Ball:
    • League age 4 - 6
  • Rookies (may be called Minor A):
    • League age 7 - 8, 6s may be allowed with one prior year of T-Ball and demonstrated skills
    • Machine/coach pitch
  • Minor (may be split into separate Minor AA and Minor AAA divisions):
    • League age 8 - 11
    • Player pitch
    • Includes Local TOC, District TOC, and All Stars
  • Hybrid Major/Intermediate (more info about this division provided below):
    • League age 11 - 12
    • Player pitch
    • Half of season played by Major rules and half by Intermediate (50/70) rules
    • Includes Local TOC, District TOC, and All Stars (Major and/or Intermediate tournaments)

 

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What's Is a Hybrid Major/Intermediate Division?

SYNOPSIS: Major/Intermediate players (league-age 11 and 12 year olds) will begin their season in mid-February and play 12 Major games on Major-size fields with Major division rules. Around mid-March, the division will transition into Intermediate baseball for the remainder of the regular season (12 games). The 12 Major games is the minimum required for teams to qualify for the Minor 9-11 All Star and Little League (Major) 10-12 All Star teams.

When the Major and Intermediate divisions of Little League are compared, each has its pros and cons. A hybrid division provides the best of both.

Benefits of Intermediate Baseball

Intermediate baseball provides development of more skills than the Major division. The Major division is exactly the same as the Minor division, with the one exception being that the dropped third strike rule applies in Majors while it does not in Minors. The field size for Majors is the same as for Minors. The Intermediate division is also known as the 50/70 division because pitchers pitch from a distance of 50 ft instead of 46 ft as in Majors and the base paths are 70 ft long instead of 60 ft (Majors).

Intermediate baseball serves as a better transition from Minors to Juniors (at Patriot League or elsewhere) because the field is larger, base runners can steal bases, and pitchers can pick off runners. Players enjoy Intermediate baseball because it is considered "real" baseball.

Benefits of Major Baseball

Unfortunately, Intermediate baseball is missing some features that the Majors division offers. For one, since the Intermediate division has been adopted by only one other league in our district, the inter-league and post season play has been limited. Majors provides more opportunities to inter-league with other leagues in our district and tournaments can be more fulfilling experiences that end the season. The Major division is also known as the Little League division and it is the one that culminates in the Little League World Series played in Williamsport, PA each year.

There are exciting mid-season tournaments for Major division teams that are not available to Intermediate teams. With our hybrid teams meeting the minimum of 12 Major-level games played during the season, they will be eligible for qualification to participate in the Clay Berry Invitational (CBI) and/or Dorothy Dupot Tournaments.

The Major/Intermediate teams will be eligible to participate in District 33 Major TOC and/or D33 Intermediate TOC games. For post-season All Star games, players on these hybrid teams will be eligible to participate on 9-11, 10-12, and/or Intermediate All Star teams.