Albany Little League Divisions for 2017

Little League International offers some flexibility in the age ranges for each division. After reviewing the options available to our league, we have structured the divisions to optimize the experience of our league’s 700 players during the regular season. We are aware that this may affect our postseason teams’ ability to compete in the season-ending District Tournament of Champions and All-Stars, but we believe the benefits for players during the regular season far outweigh our competitive positioning for the postseason.

All ages are “league ages” according to the 2017 Little League Age Chart

Registration for all divisions except Seniors opens in the fall.  (See the FAQ below for definitions and additional details.)

Seniors (60-90; ages 13-16)
Intended primarily for 9th and 10th graders who wish to continue playing after their high school season ends. The level of play is roughly equivalent to that of high school freshman or junior varsity. The season starts in late May and runs through June and perhaps beyond, depending on player interest. Registration will open in the spring. 9th graders ages 13-14 who do not intend to play high school baseball should register for Juniors.

Juniors (60-90; ages 12-14)
Primarily for 13-14 year olds. The Juniors division plays with leads, steals and batters permitted to run on dropped third strikes and is played on a regulation diamond at Albany Memorial Park. (The same field used by the Albany High School baseball teams). All league age 13s and 14s must try out for the Juniors division. Based on tryouts the number of Juniors teams will be set to accommodate all players for whom the 60-90 field is appropriate. All league age 14s, many 13s and few if any 12s will be placed on Juniors teams. All 13s who are not drafted onto a Juniors team will be placed on a 50-70 team. Players who play on their high school team are not eligible to play in Little League until after their high school season ends. Generally, returning high school players will be placed on a Seniors team, but may be placed on a Juniors team in some cases.

Intermediate (aka “50-70”) (50-70; ages 11-13)
The Intermediate division is open to players ages 11, 12 and 13. Games will be played at Ocean View Field. This division incorporates leads, steals, and dropped third strikes. All 13s who are not drafted onto a Juniors team will be placed on a 50-70 team. 11s and 12s who are not drafted onto a 50-70 team will be eligible for the Majors division. It is expected that most league age 12s and many 11s will play 50-70.

Majors (46-60; ages 10-12)
The Majors division is open to ages 10, 11 and 12. Games will be played at the University Village complex. (Victory and Krone fields.) There are no leads and runners can steal only after the ball reaches the batter. A batter can run on a dropped third strike if first base is unoccupied. All 12s who are not drafted onto a 50-70 team will be placed on a Majors team. 11s who are not selected for Majors will be eligible for the AAA division. It is expected that most league age 11s and a good number of league age 10s will play Majors.

AAA (46-60; ages 9-11)
Games will be played at the University Village fields. There are no leads and runners can steal only after the ball reaches the batter. It is expected that most league age 10s and many age 9s will play AAA.

AA (46-60; ages 8-10)
Games will be played at the University Village fields and Cougar Field (located behind Albany Middle School). There are no leads and runners can steal only after the ball reaches the batter. All 10s who are not selected for AAA will play in AA. It is expected that most league age 9s and many 8s will play AA. AA teams practice once a week at King Middle School, and usually play one or two games per week.

A (40-60; ages 7-9)
Games will be played at the University Village fields and Cougar Field. The A division will be open primarily to players ages 7 and 8. (Some 9 year-olds may request placement in A, or be placed in A based on the assessment of their skills at evaluations.) There is no stealing. The A division is a combination of coach-pitch and player pitching. It is expected that most league age 8s and some 7s will play A. A teams practice once a week at La Loma field, and usually play one or two games per week.

Rookie (ages 6-7)
Games will be played at Sujishi (East) Field at University Village. 6 year-olds must have played a year of T-ball. The Rookie division is coach-pitch. Rookie teams practice once a week and games are on the weekend.  Practices are the same day and time each week while game times will vary over the weekend.

T-ball (ages 5-6)
No previous baseball experience required. Games and practices will be on Saturdays at Ocean View Field.

Challenger (ages 5-18)

The Challenger division is for players Ages 5-18 with developmental and physical challenges, to provide the opportunity for them to participate in Little League in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Parents and guardians are asked to participate as “Buddies” whenever possible. Registration is free, and all players will be given a jersey and a team cap. Games are Sundays at 2 PM. Most if not all games are on Victory Field at University Village. Some away games may be scheduled at fields throughout the District, including Alameda, Antioch, Clayton Valley, Concord American, Continental, East County, Lafayette, Martinez, North Oakland, Pinole/Hercules, Pittsburg (National), Richmond, South Oakland, and Walnut Creek. All leagues participate in a District Challenger Jamboree in April. For more on the Challenger program, go to: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/challenger.htm 

Notes:

Eligible Age Group: the eligible age group for each division is defined to be the league age range for that division.
40-60, 46-60, 50-70, 60-90: The first number refers to the distance from the pitching rubber to home plate. The second number refers to the distance between the bases. For example 46-60 means pitchers will pitch from a rubber 46 feet from home plate and the bases are 60 feet apart.
Tryouts: Tryouts for players ages 9-14 year-olds will be mid to late January at Ocean View Field and will be by age group. Only 9 year-olds who want to play AAA need to request a tryout time. The remaining 9 year-olds will be part of a AA evaluation process in late January to early February. Based on tryouts, players will are drafted into a division according to skill level. All players ages 10-14 and 9 year-olds wishing to be considered for AAA must attend the tryout for their age group.

Team formation: In the AAA, Majors, Intermediate and Juniors divisions, teams are formed each year through a player draft. In AA, players are assigned to teams in such a way as to foster balanced competition. For this reason, in AA and above we cannot accommodate requests for players to be on a particular team. In the A division and below, our goal is for each player to have at least one “buddy” on the same team, and we will take into consideration requests for players to be grouped together for carpooling or childcare reasons.