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LITTLE LEAGUE AGE:

As most of you know, Little League International has instituted Little League age definition changes in order to ensure that Little League, in general, becomes "younger".  This means that starting in 2018, you will only see 12-year-olds in the Little League Williamsport tournament.  Changing the age criteria at the 12-year-old level has a trickledown effect on all of Little League's younger divisions.  You can read a detailed explanation of these age determination changes at the following:

http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/September-December/llb-age-determination-date.htm

When registering your child for the 2017 spring season, please be aware of your child's "Little League age".  Below is the Little League age chart for 2017: 

 

2017 Little League Age Chart
Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

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AGE

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DIVISION DESCRIPTIONS:

Tee Ball Division
Must be age 4 on or before 4/30/17 or Little League age of 5* 

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

A soft baseball is used for play, and players hit off a stationary batting tee.  Basic fundamentals are taught with an emphasis on instruction over competition.  Tee Ball meets only on weekends**, either Saturday or Sunday.  The first half of each session is practice and the second half is a 3 inning “game.”  As the season progresses, coach pitch will be incorporated into practices and games as an introduction to the Coach-Pitch division.  Teams are primarily determined by school attended to allow the players to see familiar faces, or to meet future classmates.  RLL views Tee Ball as fun and instructional.  Importantly, we think the children joining this division should be able to accept, process and implement at least some of the instruction.  For this reason, children playing Tee Ball must be 4 years old at the start of the season.

** Ridgefield Little League will do our best to coordinate the Tee Ball schedule with SCOR
 

Coach-Pitch Division
Little League age 6 or played Tee Ball last season*

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

A soft baseball is used for play, and players hit off a coach pitching.  Basic fundamentals are taught with an emphasis on instruction over competition.  Coach-Pitch games are on weekends**, either Saturday or Sunday, with a practice session before each game.  Teams also have a practice on a set weeknight.  As the season progresses, players who have demonstrated the ability to catch a baseball consistently will be given the opportunity to play catcher.  Teams are primarily determined by school attended to allow the players to see familiar faces, or to meet future classmates.

** Ridgefield Little League will do our best to coordinate the Coach-Pitch schedule with SCOR

 

8U Division
Little League ages 7 or 8 or played Coach-Pitch last season, and player is ready for 8U*

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

This division is a transition to a more advanced game of baseball.  A reduced compression baseball is used and players hit off of coach pitching at the start of the season.  As the season progresses, players who demonstrate the ability to throw a ball with proper mechanics will be given the opportunity to pitch.  Games are three to four innings long, with the rules structured to generate as many at-bats as possible.  Defensively, every player rotates into both infield and outfield positions.  Emphasis remains on instruction.  Teams meet once during the week for practice, and once or twice on the weekend for games.  There are no standings or post-season playoffs.  Teams are formed primarily based on school attended.  Many players choose to spend two years at this level.


9U Minors Division
Little League age 9 or played 8U last season, and player is ready for 9U Minors division* 

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

9U Minors uses a reduced compression hard baseball and players will face initially a combination of coach pitch and player pitching.  As the season progresses, some games may be played entirely with players pitching.  All players remain in the batting order for the entire game.  Games are six innings long with each player is required to play at least 4 innings in the field.   Although score is kept and standings maintained for a year end playoff, instruction is emphasized over competition.  Many players choose to remain in this division for 2 years.


11U Minors Division
Little League ages 10 and 11, and 9s selected in a draft*

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

Players eligible for the 11U Minors division are expected to have achieved a minimum skill level in throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting.  These players should be able to:  a) Throw a baseball a reasonable distance with accuracy so as to compete in a game; b) Be able to catch a baseball so as to not endanger himself during participation in games and practice; c) Be capable of having a competitive at bat (the fear of being hit prevents a player from staying in the batter’s box) and has a reasonable expectation of putting the ball in play.  All players eligible for 11U Minors will be evaluated by managers in a tryout prior to the draft.  Players who are a Little League age of 9 who are not drafted for 11U Minors will be placed in the 9U Minors division.  Historically, a limited percentage of 9s will make it onto an 11U Minors team.

In the 11U Minors division, players do all the pitching.  Each player must play at least three innings in the field, and will be given a chance to pitch.  Games are six innings with modified playing rules that limit bunting & stealing.  Continuous batting order is used and balls and strikes are counted.  Fields have fixed fences, and players receive full uniforms.  Most players will stay at this level for two years (some may stay for three).

 

Majors Division
Little League ages 10-12* 

* See Little League Age Chart to determine Little League age

The Majors division is our highest level and most competitive division.  Fields have fixed fences, dugouts and scoreboards.  Each player must play three full innings of a six-inning game, and bat at least once per game.  Players new to Majors are evaluated in a tryout and would be included in the annual Majors draft.  Returning Majors players do not need to tryout and will return to their team from the previous year.  Only LL age 12-year-olds are guaranteed to play in Majors.  The more skilled 10-year-olds may elect to try out for Majors but, there is no guarantee of making a Majors team.  Historically, only 10 to 15 ten-year-olds make it onto Majors rosters per season.  Players who are a Little League age of 10 or 11 and not selected in the Majors draft will be placed in the 11U Minors Division.

The league’s 11- and 12 year-olds are eligible for selection to Ridgefield’s District tournament team, which competes in the official Little League International Tournament beginning in late June.  10- and 11-year-olds in both Majors and 11U Minors are also eligible for selection to RLL’s 10- and 11-year-old District All-Star teams.
 

Playing Up Policy

RLL had previously instituted a "play up" policy wherein a player with very high level skills may apply to play up to the next division.  For 2016, this applies primarily to players who may be Little League age 8 and may be skilled enough to play in 11U Minors.  The opportunity for select 8-years-olds play in the 11U Minors division will be determined in the Minors evaluation and the 11U Minors draft.  It is highly unlikely that an 8-year-old would play 11U Minors, but we recognize it is possible.  Parents should understand that the decision to allow any participant to play up is subject to the approval of RLL.

PLEASE NOTE:  The RLL Board of Directors does NOT encourage players to apply to play up, and believes that in nearly all cases, players are best suited to play at their appropriate age level.  Nonetheless, if your child would like to take advantage of this option, please send an email to   with "Play Up Consideration" in the subject line to submit your request.

Those who apply will be contacted by the player agent to discuss the specific circumstances and appropriateness of the request.