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League Age: Players are generally placed according to their age. Those born in 2005 and earlier use a "baseball age" which is their age 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. T-Ball: T-Ball division is primarily for players of league age 4 or 5. A player of league age 6 who has no baseball experience may be placed in T-Ball at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. Minors A: Minors A division is primarily for players of league age 6 or 7. A player of league age 6 who has no baseball experience may be placed in T-Ball at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. A player of league age 7 who has one full year of Minors A experience must attend tryouts for skills assessment to be placed in Minors AA at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. Minors AA: Minors AA division is primarily for players of league age 8 or 9. A player of league age 8 who has no baseball experience may be placed in Minors A at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. A player of league age 9 who has one full year of Minors AA experience must attend trouts for skills assessment to be placed in Minors AAA at the request of the parents and with the approval of the Player Agent. T-Ball, Minors A and Minors AA Teams: Players are assigned to teams by the League. Teams are generally formed so as to keep together players from a specific school or neighborhood. The League does its best to satisfy requests to place certain players together until team sizes are filled. Minors AAA and Majors: Players of league age 10 through 12 are drafted onto Minors AAA and Majors teams, according to skill level as determined by the League. A player of league age 9 may apply for a position in Minors AAA by attending tryouts; if the player is not drafted onto a Minors AAA team, they will be placed on a Minors AA team. A player of league age 11 may apply for a position in Majors by attending tryouts. Tryouts (Player Assessment): All players of league age 8 through 12, plus any players of league 7 who wishes to play in Minors AA, must attend tryouts. To be eligible to play on a Majors Team, a youngster MUST attend at least one of the two scheduled tryouts. Players not attending tryouts are not eligible for the draft and will be assigned at random to Minors teams by the Player Agent. The purpose of tryouts is to give team managers, coaches and the Player Agent the opportunity to assess each youngster’s skills in catching fly balls, fielding grounders, hitting, running and throwing. The Draft: After the last tryout, the Majors team managers participate in a draft selection process. Managers select their players in ascending order from the last-place team to the first-place team as they placed in the previous season. The draft continues in this order until each team has filled their roster of players. Following the Majors Draft there is a second draft to form the Minors AAA division teams, which are also reselected completely each season. Players who are not drafted onto a Majors team are eligible for the Minors AAA draft. The draft continues until all players deemed suitable for Minors AAA are placed onto a team. Draft Rules: The draft process is designed to evenly allocate player talent among all teams in the league, ensuring that all games are competitive and fair. The Managers and League Officials strictly adhere to the Draft Rules of Little League Baseball. These volunteers evaluate all players and the drafting process is based on those evaluations. Managers, Coaches and League Officials complete the Draft in strict confidence and will not disseminate any information regarding a players pick or standing. Please understand and cooperate with the drafting process. Changing Divisions: If a vacancy occurs on a Majors team during the season, the Player Agent will promote a player from the Minors AAA to fill this vacancy. Players cannot be added to Majors teams after the draft unless a vacancy occurs. Players who turn down a promotion must remain in Minors AAA for the rest of the season. Similarly, some players may be offered promotion from Minors AA to Minors AAA during the season. Special Requests: Parents may request, prior to the draft and by contacting the Player Agent, that a player not be placed above a certain level. The Player Agent considers the safety of the player and the other players in each division when deciding whether to grant this request. Prior to the draft and by contacting the Player Agent, parents that have two players of similar age may request that these siblings be placed on the same team. If the Player Agent agrees that the request is appropriate, the draft process will be adjusted to keep the siblings together. Player Notification: After the teams have been formed, Team Rosters will be announced on or after Notification Day, where Managers will call or email to provide basic information and practice schedules to the players on their respective team. See the Events Calendar on the website for notification dates for each division.
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.
MVLL hopes that disciplinary measures will not be necessary. Managers will however, establish a policy to follow, in case it does become necessary. The Manager’s disciplinary policy will, in general, meet the following guidelines:
- The Manager will explain team objectives, rules and disciplinary policy to players and parents at the beginning of the season.li>
- Discipline may not be applied arbitrarily or capriciously. It must be imposed evenly to all team members.li>
- Discipline must be imposed progressively. Manager’s must first counsel the player, explaining what is expected and why. If a player continues to be a problem, the next step could mean less game time. Frequent and continuing problems can lead to suspension from a game or in extreme cases, suspension from the team. NOTE: Before a player can be suspended from a game, the Manager must notify the Player Agent. The Player Agent must concur before a player can be suspended from a team.
- Pioneer and T-Ball Division Managers must inform parents that a player has violated team rules and explain what is expected and why. Major and Minor managers are required to notify parents only in case of major disciplinary problems that could result in suspension from a game or from the team.
- Behavior that results in serious injury to another player or a serious infraction of the rules of safety is grounds for immediate suspension from a game or from the team.
- Players and Parents have the right to appeal any decision on suspension or removal from the team. Submit such appeals in writing and addressed to the MVLL President and / or Player Agent.