Division Descriptions

SRVLL Divisions are setup to teach baseball in a developmentally appropriate way. We have structured our divisions to be both safe and fun for players. Our goal is that players spend some time in each division to learn the fundamentals of the game. As within any sport, there will be a spectrum of abilities and skills in any division/age level. Our coaches are trained to focus on developing individual skills regardless of ability.

 
TEE BALL (Age 5, some 6s)

The Tee Ball Division is a great introduction to Little League Baseball. Teams are organized by league age, neighborhood, and school attendance when possible, but not guaranteed. This is an introductory division focused on instruction where players hit off a tee rather than a pitched ball. Soft, Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls are used for safety. No scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs and no player sits on defense. Players are taught the basic fundamentals of baseball including throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position, and base running.

ROOKIE (Ages 6 & 7)
The Rookie Division is intended to transition the Tee Ball players to coach pitch play. Like Tee Ball, teams are organized by league age, neighborhood, and school attendance when possible, but not guaranteed. This is an instructional division where players hit "live" Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls pitched by their own coach from a short distance, typically from one knee. If after a number of coach pitches, the batter is still experiencing difficulty, a tee is used to assist players put the ball in play so they can also work on running the bases. No scores are kept and every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs. On defense each team will have ten (10) defensive positions.

 
A BALL (Ages 8 & 9, some 7s)
The Single A Division will use pitching machines during all games. This ensures hitters regularly see strikes, which improves increases the number of balls in play, so players can continue to improve their defensive skills. This is also the first introduction to a baseball (Level 10) that is harder than used at previous levels, although it is not as hard as that used in the AAA and Majors divisions.  Each half inning will consist of 6 batters or 3 outs being recorded, whichever comes first. Scores are kept and playoffs held at the end of the season to determine a champion. On defense each team will have ten (10) defensive positions.

 
AA BALL (Ages 9 & 10, some 8s)
The AA Division is the first “draft” level division consisting primarily of league age 9 and 10-year-old players. League age 8-year-old players are allowed to try out given they participated in the Single A division in the prior season with the league or a similar division in another Little League. All players are required to  to attend a player evaluation and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent, and League President. A Level 10 baseball is also used at this level.

The AA season begins using a pitching machine to get players game reps and experience hitting and fielding, while we also train and prepare players for kid pitch, which will be introduced during the season. On defense each team will have ten (10) defensive positions, and scores and standings are kept. Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre‐pitch preparedness, live batting, and aggressive base running. A postseason tournament in which all teams in the division participate will determine the champion for the division.

 
AAA (ages 10-11, some 9s)
The AAA Division is a "draft" level division consisting primarily of league age 10, and 11-year-old players. League age 9 year olds are allowed to try out given they participated in the AA division in the prior season or an equivalent division from another Little League.  All players are required to try out and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent, and League President.

Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. The average speed of a pitched baseball at this level ranges from 35 to 50 miles per hour. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre‐pitch preparedness, live batting, and aggressive base running. A postseason tournament in which all teams in the division participate will determine the champion for the division. The winning team represents the League in the District 57 Tournament of Champions (TOC) where they will play the winners of other Little Leagues within our District.

MAJORS (ages 11-12, some 10s)
The Majors Division is "draft" level and generally oriented for experienced players league age 11 and 12, though 10-year-old players are eligible to be drafted to a team if approved by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent and League President. All players are required to try out and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Division Coordinator, Player Agent, and League President.

Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. This level focuses on more advanced skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds, harder hit balls, and the overall pace of the game is much faster. The average speed of a pitched baseball at this level ranges from 45 to 60 miles per hour.  Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball.

A postseason tournament in which all teams in the division participate will determine the champion for the division. The winning team represents the League in the District 57 Tournament of Champions (TOC) where they will play the winners of other Little Leagues within our District.

 
JUNIORS/SENIORS DIVISIONS

Intermediate (50/70)
The division, which was a new division of Little League Baseball in 2013 for players league-age 13-16 with postseason tournament opportunities, offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/Big League field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths).

Many of the Junior League rules will be used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter.

Junior 80's
Open to all 13 & 14 yr olds. Players are required to be evaluated and be selected by draft. Games are played throughout the district on 80 ft diamonds. Playing season is similar to the Majors and minor divisions, and teams are eligible for playoffs at the end of the season. This will be most players' first experience with leading off, steals, and balks. There is free substitution, and continuous batting order.  Teams will play a season championship tournament with the winner representing TVLL in the District level Tournament of Champions (TOC) in June. 

GOLD
The 80's Gold Division is a highly competitive division created by District 57 for the top 13 yr olds in our League. Games are played on an 80 ft. diamond. Season consists of 40-50 games played between Mid February and the end of June, with a season tournament in July. Games are usually one game during the week and two games on the weekend. Travel is expected to be within a 2 hr radius. Players in the Gold division will be eligible for Junior All Star play in early July. 13 yr olds not selected for the Gold division will be eligible for draft by Junior 90/80's divisions. There will be additional fees for players in the Gold division, to be determined once the season starts.

Junior 90's
Open to 13 & 14 yr olds. All players must be evaluated in order to be selected at draft. Similar division to Junior 80's indicated above, however, games are played on 90 ft bases. This division is more competitive than Junior 80's. Any player not selected by the Junior 90 or "Gold"; divisions, will be entered into the Junior 80's draft and be selected to a team.

GOLD
This is a continuation of the Junior 13 Gold and is for 14 yr olds. It will be close to the same as 13 Gold, but will be played on a 90 ft. diamond. There will also be opportunity for extra travel to tournaments. If not drafted for this level the player can be considered for Junior 90's for Junior 80's

Seniors
This division is for boys and girls 13-16 years old, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Tryouts and Practices start in late January and games begin the first weekend of March.  


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