FAQ - Style of Play
Posted by Eric Bickford on Nov 07 2011 at 04:00PM PST in MVLL Baseball 2019
- What is the general philosophy of Little League? a. The goal of Little League is to teach teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play in addition to specific baseball skills. To meet this goal, every player plays at least 2–3 innings in every game they attend. Managers, coaches, umpires, and other volunteers strive to provide a safe and positive atmosphere for learning.
- How are players placed in divisions? a. Players are generally placed according to the age they will be on April 30 (during the season). Players can play in a higher division if they have the physical, mental, and emotional capability to do so. Placement in a higher division requires league approval and may require a tryout. Occasionally, players play in a lower division if special circumstances apply.
- What is T-Ball like? a. 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”). b. T-Ball is typically for children of age 4 to 6 (as of April 30).
- What is Pioneer like? a. The team in the field typically plays 10 players (the usual positions plus an extra outfielder). The batting team uses a “continuous batting order” that includes all players, regardless of whether they have been in the field the previous inning. The batting team gets three outs; most normal baseball rules apply. The batter hits from a pitching machine and has up to five pitches before striking out. (There are no walks.) There are no umpires; base coaches make any necessary calls. The teams may keep score, but no standings are kept. b. Pioneer is for children of age 7 and 8 (as of April 30). Experienced 6 year olds can play Pioneer but keep in mind that the oldest player in Pioneer may be 9 years old.
- What is Minors like? a. Minors is similar to Pioneer except that the pitcher pitches instead of a machine. As in Pioneer, there are 10 defensive players and there is a continuous batting order. A league umpire is present to call balls and strikes as well as plays in the field. Almost all normal baseball rules apply. In the Minors, score is kept for each game, but there are no standings, and all teams advance to the playoffs. b. Minors is typically for youth of age 9 to 12, while Majors is typically for ages 10 to 12 (as of April 30). All players must try out to be in Minors or Majors. A draft is held to balanced the teams. Players are placed according to ability, not age.
- What is Majors like? a. Majors is more like regular baseball except it is played on a 60-foot baseline baseball diamond. League umpires are present to call balls and strikes as well as 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 see 6 continuous outs (2 innings) as a defensive player per game. 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. b. Majors is typically for ages 10 to 12 (as of April 30). All players must try out to be in the Majors, and players are placed according to ability, not age.
- What is Juniors like? a. Juniors get to play on a full-size (90-foot baseline) baseball diamond to take advantage of their increased size and strength. All official baseball rules—including lead-offs, pick-offs, and balks apply. The Juniors season starts and finishes slightly later. Juniors teams play against teams from nearby leagues such as Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. Only the top teams advance to the playoffs. b. Juniors is for youth of age 13 and 14 (as of April 30).
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