T-Ball (Co-ed ages 4-7)
The BSLL T-Ball Division offers a fun, instructional league for players who are either new to the sport or still refining the basic skills. Tee Ball is a non-competitive program focused on fun, fitness, and fundamentals where players ages 4–6 are first introduced to the basics baseball and softball. BSLL strives to provide a T-Ball experience focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a fun environment while incorporating a high level of physical activity.
Minor B, Machine Pitch (Co-ed ages 5-8)
This level of play fosters continued skills development and a better understanding of the rules and nuances of the game. The focus remains on the fun of playing the sport while more coaching attention is given to fielding, making plays, accurate throwing, proper hitting technique and preparing the player for player-pitch at the “Minor A” level. While this division is still non-competitive with no score being kept, players are introduced to strikes and outs. A pitching machine is used in this division for consistent pitching so players can gain confidence in hitting the ball. Teams are made by the President and Player Agent based on assessments, the goal is for each team to be compiled by equal skilled players.
*Little League 5 & 6 year olds are welcome to play Minor B Baseball if they have played one year of T-Ball.
Minor A, Kid Pitch (Co-ed ages 7-11)
The “Minor A” Division is a level of baseball where a higher level of game understanding and ability is taught. Competition as it relates to winning and losing is introduced at this level. Winning and losing remain secondary to the essential goal of teaching each player to embrace success or failure with grace and to learn from both. Primary goals are to give players as much experience and playing time as possible and encouragement of ongoing development for all players in all phases of the game. This important developmental division provides a relatively even but not necessarily equal distribution of playing time among players. “Minor A” includes player pitch, scoring and umpiring. Players are selected to teams by a draft.
Majors (Co-ed ages 9-12)
This division promotes competition to a higher degree as compared to the Minor League. Within this more competitive environment, the emphasis remains on improving baseball skills, building individual self-esteem, promoting team camaraderie and emphasizing fair play. The division is designed to be both the satisfying culmination of some players’ Little League careers and to prepare other players for higher levels of play including advancement in Little League Tournament play and readiness to move up to play on the full 90 foot diamond. Teams in this division play against BSLL teams and also travel around the County to play other Leagues. Players are selected to teams by a draft.
50/70 Intermediate (Co-ed ages 11-13)
The Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division for players league-age 11-13 offers a transition for players between the standard Little League field size (46-foot pitching distance and 60-foot base paths) and the Junior/Senior/ field size (60-foot, 6-inch pitching distance and 90-foot base paths). Many of the Junior League rules will be used such as runners being permitted to lead off bases, runners may attempt to steal at any time, and allowing an on-deck batter. Players are selected to teams by a draft.
Juniors (Co-ed ages 12-14)
The Junior Division uses a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.
Seniors (Co-ed ages 13-16)
The Senior Division uses a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches.
Minor B (Girls ages 5-8)
This division emphasizes the development of basic playing skills (throwing, catching, fielding, and batting) and introduces playing rules. This division uses a combination of machine pitch and coach pitch. The goal is to teach players about the sport in a non-competitive environment that emphasizes having fun. Coaches will introduce players to the elements of teamwork and sportsmanship. Players should be given equal playing and the opportunity to play all defensive positions.
Minor A (Girls ages 8-11)
This division emphasizes development of players and their skills and also introduces more rules and situations of the game. This division is a Player Pitch division, and bunting, stealing, and sliding are allowed. Even playing time among players is encouraged, but playing time is determined by the manager subject to minimum requirements and may not be equal. This division is intended to offer a moderate level of competition, where the concept of winning and losing is introduced, but is always secondary to player development, learning sportsmanship, and having fun.
Majors (Girls ages 9-12)
The Majors Division offers a higher level of competition where players learn and put into play the tactics and strategy of the game of softball. Playing time is determined by the manager subject to minimum requirements. Although winning games is a goal, the primary emphasis is for players to develop skills, physical fitness, and self confidence, to understand the rules of the game, and to learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. BSLL may choose to open its Major Division to 10-,11- and 12-year-olds, or limit it to 11-12-year-olds.
Juniors (Girls ages 12-14)
The Junior League Softball division uses a conventional 60-foot diamond with a 43 foot pitching distance. A local league may dual-roster 12-year-olds, assessed capable, to a Major and a Junior division softball teams. The local league has an option to choose a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of 12-14-year-olds from within this division (and/or from within the Girls Senior League Softball Division), and the team may enter the International Tournament.
Notes: Assessments are required for all players in divisions Minor B and up. Ages are based on Little League’s Age Calculator available here. While all levels of play are rooted in fun and development, the Spring season has more players and is more competitive as the divisions go up. Fall seasons typically have fewer players/teams and focus more on development, skill and team building experiences for your child. In the Fall season, players’ ages are determined on the following Spring season’s age, this gives players who will be moving up to the next division a chance to get used to any new rules and field sizes. All players for divisions Minor B and up are assessed, if there are safety concerns related to skill development, players will not be moved up in the fall.