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Frequently Asked Questions - League Structure

 

Updated descriptions, League Age requirements and guidelines for player placement are available below.  Updated Local Rules for all divisions are available via the Documents & Rules link on the DLL website. 


DLL’s Spring regular season typically runs from late March through mid-June. Post-season All-Star tournaments for select players follow the end of the regular season and runs into mid-to-late July. DLL’s Fall season typically runs from late August through October.

Like all Little Leagues, DLL has different divisions for players based on their League Age, baseball experience, and ability. "League Age" refers to a player's age as of August 31st  (Please view the age chart for your player's League Age). Click a link in the Division column to learn more about each DLL division.

Division

Description

League Age Requirements and Guidelines**

T-Ball

Basic knowledge/interest in baseball

  • Players of League Age 4 - 5.
  • Players of League Age 6 may also request T-Ball, subject to approval by a DLL Player Agent.
Instructional Rookie (IR) Introduction to Coach Pitch
  • Players of League Age 5 with one Spring season of T-Ball
  • Players of League Age 6.
  • Players of League Age 7 with no prior playing experience.

Rookie / Coach Pitch (R)

Hitting and fielding development

  • Players of League Age 6 who have played with one Spring season of IR.

  • Players of League Age 7
  • Players of League Age 8 with no prior playing experience.
  • Spring Season Only: Any player who attends a Player Evaluation session and are eligible for, but not drafted into, Single A.

Single A

Pitcher and catcher development

  • Players of League Age 7 with one Spring season of Rookie.
  • Players of League Age 8.
  • Players of League Age 9 with no prior playing experience.
  • Spring Season Only:
    • Teams are formed through a draft by team managers
    • Players of League Age 7 with at least one season of Rookie may request to play in the Single A division, but they must attend a DLL Player Evaluation session in January.
    • Eligible players who are not drafted into Single A will be assigned to the Rookie division.

AA

Intro to the full Little League game

  • Players of League Age 8 with one Spring season of Single A.
  • Players of League Age 9.
  • Players of League Age 10 with no prior playing experience.
  • Spring Season Only: 
    • Teams are formed through a draft by team managers.
    • Eligible players who are not drafted into AA will be included in the Single A draft.

AAA

Preparation for the Majors division

  • Players of League Age 9 with one Spring season of AA.
  • Players of League Age 10.
  • Players of League Age 11 with no prior playing experience.
  • Players of League Age 12 may play in AAA by request and signed waiver.
  • Spring Season Only:
    • Teams are formed through a draft by team managers.
    • Eligible players who are not drafted into AAA will be included in the AA draft.

Majors

Competitive Little League play

  • Players of League Age 10 with one Spring season of AAA.
  • Players of League Ages 11 – 12.
  • Spring Season Only: 
    • Teams are formed through a draft by team managers.
    • Eligible players who are not drafted into Majors will be included in the AAA draft.

Juniors

Competitive Little League play on a full-sized baseball field

  • Players of League Ages 13 - 14.
  • Spring Season Only: Teams are formed through a draft by team managers.

Seniors

Competitive Little League play on a full-sized baseball field

  • Players of League Ages 15- 16.
  • Players of League Age 14 may request to play in Seniors, subject to an evaluation and approval by the DLL player agent for the fall season, or through the draft in the spring season.
  • Spring Season Only: Teams are formed through a draft by team managers.


** Players in the T-Ball, Instructional Rookie and Rookie divisions are always assigned to divisions and teams by DLL Player Agents based on a player’s League Age, baseball experience and ability. In a DLL Spring season, teams in the Juniors, Majors, AAA, AA, and Single A divisions are determined by a draft of eligible players by DLL managers. During a DLL Fall season, players in those divisions are assigned to teams by DLL Player Agents based on player age, baseball experience and ability.

Note: The division descriptions below are for a DLL Spring season. The Fall season is more instructional and less competitive than a Spring season. During a DLL Fall season, there are no standings, playoffs, or All-Star teams, and no trophies are distributed for players in any division.

T-Ball -- This is a basic introduction to baseball. This is an instructional division where players hit off a tee rather than hit a pitched ball using a soft t-ball ball, no scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs, and no player sits on defense. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. The games are 3 innings, subect to a 1 hour time limit. 

 

During the Spring Season, all players receive participation trophies. 

 

Instructional Rookie (IR) -- This Division provides a transition from T-ball to coach pitch. The games will be played using a soft t-ball ball.  Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. Games are 3 innings, subject to a 1.5 hour time limit. Innings will utilize a coach pitcher, standing no closer than 20' from the plate, who will pitch 3 balls to each batter. If the batter does not put one of those 3 balls into play, the batter will be given an opportunity to hit from the tee or take 3 more pitches.  After 6 pitches the player will hit from the tee. Players are not obligated to receive 3 pitched balls – players or parents may request that they skip the live pitch opportunity and proceed directly to hitting off the tee. A catcher will be utilized, but will stand by the backstop, and will only come into play once the ball has been put in play. 

 

During the Spring Season, all players receive participation trophies.

 

Rookie / Coach Pitch -- The Rookie division is an instructional division where players hit balls pitched by a coach pitcher.  At this level, players improve their fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Players are taught the fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to playing positions and are taught throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and running the bases. Adult coaches from each team are used to pitch regulation baseballs to their own team.  Scores are kept to determine when to end an inning (3 outs or 4 runs, whichever comes first), but standings are not kept.

 

During the Spring Season, all players receive participation trophies.

 

Single A -- The Single A division is an instructional division where players hit regulation little league balls pitched by coaches for ½ of the game and by players for ½ of the game. The skills that the players have been accumulating finally come together as they now work as a team pitching, hitting and fielding the ball. Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stressed along with the strategies required for competitive play. Games are 6 innings with no new inning allowed to start after 2 hours and a total time limit of 2.5 hours from the scheduled game time.  Outs are recorded with three ending each half inning, and ten defensive positions are used (4 outfielders and extra players rotate sitting each inning). Umpires are used, scores are kept, and standings are recorded.

 

During the Spring Season Only:  Players are required to attend a Player Evaluation prior to the start of the season and teams are formed through a draft by team managers.  Teams teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

 

AA --  The AA Division introduces players to the full little league game with players pitching for the entire game.  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.  Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stressed, along with the strategies required for competitive play.  Games are 6 innings with no new inning allowed to start after 2 hours and a total time limit of 2.5 hours from the scheduled game time.  Outs are recorded with three ending each half inning and ten defensive positions are used (4 outfielders and extra players rotate sitting each inning). Umpires are used, scores are kept, and standings are recorded.

 

During the Spring Season Only:  Players are required to attend a Player Evaluation prior to the start of the season and teams are formed through a draft by team managers.  Teams teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

 

AAA -- The AAA division expands on a players development from AA and players are now allowed to steal bases and bunt.  Fundamentals and sportsmanship are still stressed, along with the strategies required for competitive play.  Games are 6 innings with no new inning allowed to start after 2 hours and a total time limit of 2.5 hours from the scheduled game time.  Outs are recorded with three ending each half inning and ten defensive positions are used (4 outfielders and extra players rotate sitting each inning). Umpires are used, scores are kept, and standings are recorded.
 
During the Spring Season Only:  Players are required to attend a Player Evaluation prior to the start of the season and teams are formed through a draft by team managers.  Teams teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.
 

Majors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level and all Little League rules are in effect.

Fundamentals and sportmanship are still stressed, along with the strategies required for competitive play.  Games are 6 innings with no new inning allowed to start after 2 hours and a total time limit of 2.5 hours from the scheduled game time.  Outs are recorded with three ending each half inning and ten defensive positions are used (4 outfielders and extra players rotate sitting each inning). Umpires are used, scores are kept, and standings are recorded.

 
During the Spring Season Only:  Players are required to attend a Player Evaluation prior to the start of the season and teams are formed through a draft by team managers.  Teams teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.
 
Juniors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level and on a full-size baseball diamond (60'6" pitching distance with 90' bases).  Players are allowed to take leads and pitchers are taught how to pitch from the “stretch” position and hold runners on base.  
 
During the Spring Season Only:  Players are required to attend a Player Evaluation prior to the start of the season and teams are formed through a draft by team managers.  Teams teams winning their division will receive a trophy. A post-season tournament will determine a “DLL Champion” for their division. Each team in the DLL Championship Game will receive a trophy or medal.

Seniors -- Players continue to refine their skills and compete at a higher level and on a full-size baseball diamond (60'6" pitching distance with 90' bases). Games tend to be against teams from other local Little League Programs (Sterling, Fairfax, Gainesville, etc).