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PVLL Divisions

The Divisions of Little League® Baseball


The following is a very brief description of each of the divisions offered by PVLL. Little League┬« has comprehensive resources on this topic if you wish to read their official take. This page is one such example: https://www.littleleague.org/play-little-league/baseball/divisions/ All divisions are open to any children from the ages of 5 to 12 years old.

Tee-ball
The Tee-ball division places a huge emphasis on fun. Instructional aspects of this division are fairly limited, with only the very basic fundamentals being covered. Run to first base after you hit it and throw to first base after fielding a grounder are about the maximum level of sophistication you'll see here. Games and practices rarely exceed an hour, and every kid gets to bat at least a couple times per game. Plan on two to three baseball events per week for this division (never more than three). Ages of 4 to 6.

Single-A
In Single-A, we start to introduce "real baseball," but of course the emphasis is still on ensuring a fun, welcoming environment for players. Higher level instruction starts here, where we begin introducing mechanics of throwing safely and properly, and we start to develop hitting techniques. Explaining what a force play is might be learned at this level, too. This is a coach-pitch division, so hopefully the kids get some good pitches to hit!  Ages 6 to 8.

Double-A
This is the first level of baseball where the kids start to pitch to each other, and stealing is allowed (at a pre-determined point of the season). You might see a double play on occasion here, but as with all levels of play this is still highly instructional and there is a minimal focus on competition so don't put too much expectation on the players. There are no playoffs and standings are not kept.  Ages 7 to 10.

Triple-A
The Triple-A division could be considered to be the first competitive level of play, as game results are posted on our league website, the uniforms start to get a little nicer, the players start to develop their games at a much faster pace and have a little more expectation on them, and we now have playoffs. Winner of the playoffs gets to go on to the District 39 Tournament of Champions. Not to fear, though: this level is (and all levels are) still highly instructional. Playing time regulations are enforced here, so all players will have the same minimum playing time per game, regardless of skill. A prerequisite for the division is a season of AA.  Ages 8 to 11.

Majors
The Major's division is where you start to see some pretty high-level baseball, as you'll have players who are creeping up on junior high and are starting to develop physically, emotionally, and psychologically at a much different rate from the division(s) below it. Majors players play in a very competitive playoff series. Winner of the playoffs gets to go on to the District 39 Tournament of Champions.  Playing time regulations are enforced here, so all players will have the same minimum playing time per game, regardless of skill.  Ages 11 to 12.

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