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Posted by Mindi McWherter Dawkins on Oct 22 2011 at 05:00PM PDT

BASEBALL DIVISIONS 

Pre-Tee-Ball Division (4 year olds)This introductory division is for children who will be “League Age” 4 (check your child’s League Age here) during the season.  This is Casa Grande Little League’s first opportunity to introduce our players to the great sport of baseball and the emphasis in this division is on teaching basic fundamentals in hitting and fielding.  In addition there is a strong emphasis on participation, with all players playing in the field and batting in each inning.  All players will be hitting off a tee for the entire season using a reduced-impact safety baseball.  No score is kept at this level, no tryouts are required for Pre-Tee-Ball, and teams are formed in late January.  Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

Tee-Ball Division (Typically 5-6 year olds)
This introductory division is for children League Ages 5-6 (check your child’s League Age here) during the season. While some players in this division may have played baseball before, the focus in Tee-Ball will remain on basic hitting and fielding fundamentals, basic base-running and good sportsmanship.  Players will begin the season using a batting tee but will progress during the season to “coach-pitch” baseball, which will help prepare players for promotion to the Farm League division at the next age level.  The League uses a special reduced-impact baseball for safety.  No score is kept at this level, no tryouts are required for Tee-Ball and teams are formed in late January.  Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

Farm Division (Typically 7-8 year olds)
This division is for children ages 6-8, although the typical player will be either 7 or 8 during the season (check your child’s League Age here).  The Farm Division continues to emphasize the fundamentals of hitting and fielding, but this Division places significant emphasis on the understanding of positions, base-running, and the basic rules of baseball.  This Division will begin play as “coach-pitch” but will progress during the season to “kid-pitch” baseball from a reduced distance, where kids will have the opportunity to pitch 3-4 balls to batters to help prepare them for the Minor Division (the at bat will then continue with “coach-pitch” for players who do not have the opportunity to put a ball in play against kid-pitch). This Division continues to use a special reduced-impact baseball for safety.  No score is kept at this level, no tryouts are required for the Farm Division, and teams are formed in late January.  The League generally believes that 6-years old players should continue to progress in the Tee-Ball Division, but a 6-year old with at least one year of Tee-Ball experience and who demonstrates sufficient skill and readiness for the Farm Division may petition the Player Agent to play in the Farm Division.  Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

Minor Division (Typically 9-10 year olds)
The Minor division is typically for players 9-10 years old (check your child’s League Age here).  The Minors Division is the players’ first opportunity at “official baseball” in which the players will pitch to each other for the entire season and score will be kept.  Players are expected to learn position responsibilities and develop a solid foundation in understanding the rules of baseball.  Coaches at this level will continue to teach and emphasize strong fundamentals in hitting, base-running, and fielding, as well as the importance of camaraderie, competition, and sportsmanship.  Although not the primary focus of this Division, teams play a competitive season, with standings kept, and will participate in a season-ending tournament.  Players must tryout for Minor baseball and the teams are formed using a draft in February.  All players who are 10 years old will also be eligible for draft into the Majors Division.  In addition, players in the Minors Division may be eligible to represent Casa Grande Little League by participating in post-season All-Star tournament play.  Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

 

Major Division (Typically 11-12 year olds)
The Major division is for players ages 10-12, although the typical player will be 11 or 12 during the season (check your child’s League Age here).  The Major division is the most competitive baseball played on the regulation Little League field. The coaches will expect players to think before each pitch, "What will I do if the ball gets hit to me?" In addition, players need to have a good understanding of the rules of baseball and constantly be aware of what they are doing on the field and why they are doing it.  Majors play a competitive regular season schedule and an even more competitive season ending tournament, although there is a constant emphasis on camaraderie and sportsmanship as well. Any player wishing to participate in the Majors Division must tryout, and teams are formed using a draft in February.  This Division will also select an 11-12 year old All-Star team that will represent the Casa Grande Little League in a post-season tournament. Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

JUNIOR DIVISION (13-14 year olds only)
The Junior division is for athletes that are 13-14 years old (check your child’s League Age here). The Junior division will play on a regulation size baseball field (60 ft. 6 in mound and 90 ft base paths) and will play under regulation baseball rules.  Players will be allowed to lead off, use big barrel bats, and otherwise play baseball under full competitive conditions.  Coaches at this level will continue to emphasize fundamentals, knowledge of baseball rules, sportsmanship, and development of baseball acumen.  Tryouts are required for Junior selection. Check our Registration Information page for signup dates.

SENIOR DIVISION (15-16 year olds only)
The Senior League Baseball Division is for players 15-16 years old, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches, played under regulation baseball rules.  At this level players are generally highly skilled, have a solid understanding of baseball rules and their application during play, and also demonstrate good baseball acumen and good sportsmanship.  Our League may enter a team into the Little League International Tournament, culminating in the Senior League Baseball World Series.

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