T-BALL (PEANUT LEAGUE)
This is an entry division for first and second year player’s ages 4-5 years old. Players are introduced to hitting, throwing and fielding. Batters hit the ball off of a ball stand known as a "Tee" and run the bases. There is no pitching to batters and the balls used at this level are softer than in higher divisions. Everyone plays and no scores are kept. There are no tryouts - players are randomly placed on teams. Parent requests to team specific players together will be honored to the extent possible. There is one practice and one game per week.
PEDRO VALLEY LEAGUE
Players ages 6 – 7 years old are introduced to more advanced practice drills and fundamental baseball strategy. Players are coach-pitched in this division with a similar but slightly harder than the ball used in T-Ball. Everyone plays, no scores are kept and there are no tryouts. Players are randomly placed on teams. There is one practice and one game per week. Parent requests to team specific players together will be honored to the extent possible.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Players ages 7 – 9 are focused on the fundamentals and mechanics of hitting, throwing and fielding - preparing them for the more competitive play in the California or Majors divisions. This division allows kids to pitch for the first two innings and then utilizes coach pitch for the remainder of each game. Scores are kept for each game. There is a 5 run rule, no base stealing. Players are drafted onto a team for the season based on the pre-season tryouts in January. There is a post Season (Double elimination Play-offs & a Championship Game) All teams make the Play-offs. Players may be “called up” during the season to play on a California League team to fill vacancies. There are usually 1-2 practices and two games a week.
This is a more competitive division. The majority of players in this division are 9 and 10years old, along with a few 8 year olds with advanced skills. All 11 and 12 year olds not drafted onto a Majors division team will be drafted into the California Division. More advanced fundamentals of hitting, throwing, and fielding are emphasized with the goal of reaching a skill level that prepares them for the Majors division level. Players pitch to hitters. 12 years olds are not allowed to pitch in this division by National Little League rules for safety reasons. Base stealing is allowed. All players bat and must play a minimum of 3 innings in the field. Players go through a pre-season try-out and are drafted onto teams by the managers. Those players not drafted onto a California League team may be drafted onto a Pacific Coast team. Players may be “called up” to the Majors prior to or during the season to fill vacancies. Scores and standings are kept. All California teams participate in a postseason double elimination playoff tournament that extends up to two weeks (depending upon your team’s success) beyond the end of the regular season. Teams have 1-2 practices per week, 1 to 2 hours per practice. There are two games per week. . After the Season there is an All-star Tournament within District 52 and Post Season Superbowl Tournament or Tournament of Champions.
This is the most competitive division of Little League baseball. The majority of players in this division are 11 and 12 years old, along with any 10 year olds with advanced skills. A 9 year old with very advanced skills may play in Majors only with Parental and league approval. Major division teams draft new players after the pre-season tryouts in January. Once a player is drafted onto a Majors Division team, the player remains on that team for one year. The Majors Division selects for skill, attitude and team need and are not required to draft any specific age group. Kids who are 10, 11 and 12 who are drafted must play on the team they are drafted onto. 11 and 12 year olds not drafted onto a Majors Division team will be drafted onto a California League team. Additional players may be “called up” prior to or during the season to fill vacancies.
- Teams usually practice 2-3 times per week, 1 to 2 hours per practice during preseason.
- During the regular season teams will usually practice 1-2 times a week and play 2 games a week.
- The Majors play inter-League games with PNLL.
- There is a post Season & a Championship Game.
- After the Season there is an All-star Tournament within District 52 and a Post Season Superbowl Tournament or Tournament of Champions.