There can only be one main division in a local league. For example, if the local league has all 11-12 year olds in the majors and all 9-10 year olds in another division, the 9-10 year olds MUST be chartered and play in a minor division. The major division can have up to 15 teams while the minors can have as few as 3 and as many as 12.
The most common number of teams in a minor league is 10 or 11. This allows for more games that are close enough to be worth watching but not so close that they become boring. If there were less than 10 or 11 teams, some would be forced to play each other twice during the season which wouldn't make for much of a game plan for winning or losing. There would also be some districts where no one team had an obvious advantage over the others - any one of them could win the district title. That wouldn't be fair!
In addition to having an appropriate number of teams, the minor leagues should also have a certain amount of competition between them. This way, the best teams are able to show what they can do and the weaker ones don't just steamroll their opponents. For example, if there was only one minor league with 14 teams, it would be easy for the strongest group of kids to dominate the whole league every year. In reality, some years might see only two or three different champions across all divisions.
Major Division of Little League The Major Division (also known as the Little League Baseball Division) is for boys and girls aged 9–12. A local league may limit its major division to players aged 10-, 11-, and 12-years-old, or 11-12-year-olds. In general, younger players are more likely to be eligible for the minor league.
The major leagues consist of eight teams that play a 154-game season. Each team plays two games against each of the other seven teams in their division during the regular season. The team with the most wins at the end of the season becomes the champion of their division. If the number of wins is equal, then the team with the highest winning percentage is declared the winner.
In addition to their major league games, the winners of their divisions advance to the playoffs. The first round is called the League Championship Series (or LCS). This is a best-of-five series between the two winners of each division. The last round is the World Series, which is played between the overall Little League champions from different regions of the world. As with the LCS, the final is also a best-of-five series. This year's World Series will be played from July 16 to 20 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Little League rules prohibit anyone under the age of 13 from playing little league baseball.
Initially, the competition was open to boys ages 8 to 12. Since 1974, girls have been accepted. The Little League currently has a senior division for kids aged 13 to 15, as well as a large league level for players aged 16 to 18. In addition, there is a travel team program for younger children that travels to different states performing in sports shows.
Boys play in little leagues throughout the summer months. Most leagues start around mid-May and end around early August.
In addition to baseball, Little League offers several other games including softball, basketball, and dodge ball. Each region of the country chooses which games they would like to participate in during regional tournaments held in April or May. The winner of each region advances to the national tournament held every year in late July or early August. There are three divisions in the national tournament: regular, extended, and modified. Teams in the modified division are allowed only five players instead of six.
The regular season ends with a championship series called the World Series. The two remaining teams in the league compete against each other with the goal of being the best overall player over the course of the season. The winner of the World Series is declared the champion of Little League.
A game cannot begin if each team has less than eight (8) participants. A game may not be resumed if each team has less than nine (9) players. If each side has less than eight (8) players, the game cannot be resumed. When a player is injured and cannot continue, a substitute can replace him/her only if he/she is on the roster of a different team or if his/her team has its maximum number of players used. In either case, the substitute must come from outside the team lineup.
Little League rules are complex, so it's best to check with your local league before making plans. However, most leagues will allow you to add players to existing teams after they have started playing if necessary. If you identify any possible problems with the rules before you start, such as two teams with eight players on them, you can address those issues then. The last thing you want to do is start a game that isn't legal!
Little League has some great videos available on their website for anyone who wants to learn more about the game. Be sure to check them out before you start playings games!
A player is eligible for a local little league if they live within the league's limits or attend a school with a physical location inside the league's boundaries. There are two links provided below, one for player eligibility and the other for creating a Little League program in your region.
How do you know if a school is zoned for little leagueramies? Most schools have a list of sports that they offer so check there first. If a school doesn't have a list check with the coach or administrator of the sports involved to make sure that it isn't just something that they decided not to offer.
For example, if a school wasn't offering baseball then it wouldn't make sense for them to be listed as being able to play in a little league program because there aren't any children who would be allowed to play on actual teams. This same person might be able to tell you if another sport was also not offered by the school (like football) even though it's not on the list of sports.
There are three types of zones used by little leaguers: regular, flexible, and wide.
In a "regular" zone, each property owner along an entire street can be required to provide transportation to all youth baseball players on their block. This requirement does not apply to properties located on hills or mountains where road access may be difficult.
The current minor league classification system categorizes leagues as Triple-A (AA), Double-A (AA), Class A (Single-A or A), Class A Short Season, and Rookie. There are several classes of Minor League Baseball teams: Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. The designation of a team's level is based on its place in the organizational structure. In general, higher up the ladder a team is, lower is its title. However some teams classified as Triple-A will not play in the National Association or American Association of Independent Professional Baseball leagues.
There are eight minor league regions in North America that contain 32 teams each. Each region has two groups of four teams who play a series of games against the other group to determine which team will advance to the next round. The final two teams in each group go into the regional playoffs to compete for the championship.
At the end of each season, the team with the best record gets to choose where it would like to play its home games. If it chooses not to use its option, then the other team can select its location by signing an agreement with another club. Teams usually pick high-profile locations that draw crowds of baseball fans.
Some teams may have only one game per week during the regular season, while others may have three or four games per week.