10. MVLL Organization
Posted by Eric Bickford on Jan 17 2007 at 04:00PM PST in MVLL Baseball 2019
Mountain View Little League offers a wide range of baseball opportunities for children 4-14 years old. The different divisions are designed to meet the needs of players as they grow and develop baseballs skills. The league consists of six divisions described below: Additional Notes T-Ball (Ages 4-5) At this most introductory level, children hit the ball off a hitting tee rather than face live pitching. All players play in the field at all times. In each inning, all players bat once. There are no balls, strikes, or outs, and no score is kept. Batters may take as many swings as needed to cleanly hit the ball off the tee. Regardless of the play in the field, all batters are awarded first base (at least). Runners are never out on the bases; therefore all players eventually score. Coaches can stand in the field during play to instruct the players. The game is called after one hour (typically two to three “innings”) Minors A (Ages 6-7) The team in the field typically plays 10 players (the usual positions plus an extra outfielder). At the start of the season, a pitching machine is used. Later in the season, the coaches pitch. The batting team uses a “continuous batting order” that includes all players, regardless of whether they have been in the field the previous inning. Batters are allowed 5 strikes. There are no umpires; base coaches make any necessary calls. The teams may keep score, but no standings are kept. Minors AA (Ages 8-9) The team in the field typically plays 10 players (the usual positions plus an extra outfielder). Pitchers are introduced to the game in this division. After 3 balls, coaches will finish pitching to a batter. The batting team uses a “continuous batting order” that includes all players, regardless of whether they have been in the field the previous inning. Batters are allowed 3 strikes. The batting team gets three outs; most normal baseball rules apply. There are no umpires; base coaches make any necessary calls. The teams may keep score, but no standings are kept. Minors AAA and Majors (Ages 10-12). All pitching is done by players. A league umpire is present to call balls and strikes as well as calling plays in the field. Almost all normal baseball rules apply. Players bat only if they are also in the field, but all players must get at least one at-bat and 2–3 innings in the field per game. In the Minors AAA, score is kept for each game, but there are no standings, and all teams advance to the playoffs. In the Majors, all scores are reported to the League, which maintains standings during the season. All Majors teams advance to the playoffs but are seeded according to regular-season standings. Junior League (Ages 13-14). This division plays on a full-sized baseball diamond and allows steals, pick-offs, etc. Games are played against Junior League teams from nearby cities, including Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, and Los Altos. No matter what division a child is in, every child is placed on a team and plays a minimum of 2–3 innings in each game. All teams are reselected each year.
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