FCLL Division Description
Introduction to the game using wiffle balls in a non-competitive division.
Introduction to the game in a non-competitive division. Being on a team in a fun, low-key environment is stressed. Players age 5 MUST play in the T-Ball level. The maximum eligible age for T-Ball is 6. The division is divided into two groups, T-Ball 1 and T-Ball 2.
o T-Ball 1 is for players who are league age 5 or are playing their first year of baseball.
o T-Ball 2 is for players who are league age 6 or are returning players.
Single A is for players age 7 or 8 who are prepared for the next level of play. The division is "coach pitch". Players at this level begin to regularly make routine plays in the field and can consistently hit a thrown pitch. The focus is on enjoying the game while learning and developing baseball skills.
AA is half "coach pitch" in the first half of the season and "kid pitch" is introduced in the second half of the season. Players at this level must be league age 8. This is the last non-competitive level and prepares players for the AAA and Majors levels. Players at this level consistently make routine plays in the field and begin to understand some advanced concepts. Some players will repeat this level to gain more skills before advancing to AAA.
AAA is the first competitive draft level for players 9-12. Players play using the standard little league rules and the game is fast moving. Steals are permitted and players may begin to specialize in positions. AAA players are eligible for post-season play. Tryouts and a AAA Draft will determine if the player is selected for this division. 12 year old players who wish to play AAA are ineligible to pitch and must receive FCLL Board approval.
Majors is the premier level in Little League baseball with the opportunity to travel to Williamsport, PA to play in the Little League World Series for the Regional championship team. Play is more competitive. The program is to develop players skills, maturity, knowledge of the game and learn how to plan on teams. Players at this level must be 10-12. Tryouts and a Majors Draft will determine if the player is selected for this division.
- Intermediate 50/70 (ages 11-13)
The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division is designed for players with advanced baseball skills, maturity and desire to play with a complete set of Junior/Senior baseball rules. Intermediate Division utilizes a modified baseball field using a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot base paths. The players will be permitted to "lead off" bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter. It provides an opportunity for players to transition incrementally from a 46/60 field to a full size 60/90 baseball field. It also offers a more competitive level of baseball during the regular season for advanced players. This new division will be structured for league age 11-13 year olds.
Most competitive travel ball programs as well as Little League competitors such as Babe Ruth (Cal Ripken) offer opportunities to play on a 50/70 size field.