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Baseball Levels

The following table shows a summary for recommended level per player age along with a summary for season duration and per week time expectations.  More details for each level are shown in the sections below.  

Player Age

Recommended level

Season start

Season end

Games per week

Practice hours / week

5-6

T-Ball

Mid-April

Early June

1

1-2

7-8

AA

Early April

Early June

1-2

2-4

8-9

AAA

Late March

Mid-June

2

3-5

9-11

Minors

March 1st

Early June

2-4

4-6

11-12

Majors

March 1st

Early June

2-4

4-6


T-Ball Expectations (typically 5-6 year olds) 

  • Teams finish being formed in late March
  • One practice per week at roughly 1 hour duration (at the discretion of the manager)
  • One game per week almost always on Saturdays – typically will play for 1:15 7-8 players per team
  • Need lots of involvement from parents to help during practice and games (need at least 3 in the field at all times) – expect to be involved but don’t feel like you need to understand the fine details of baseball – it’s more about getting the kids to pay attention and do the basics right (run to the next base, throw to first base, etc) 
  • Everyone bats every inning. The last batter per inning clears the bases with a ‘home run’ 
  • All batters hit off of a Tee 
  • Outs are not recorded – all players run the bases every time they bat 
  • Goal is for kids to understand the basics – how to swing properly including footwork, how to throw properly, and the very basics of how to field a ground ball plus general knowledge of fielding positions
  • Score is not kept
  • Play around 8 games – season (practices) starts in Middle of April and goes into early June.   
  • Managers/Coaches provided with a practice plan – mentorship also available from Minors/Majors managers

AA Expectations (typically 7-8 year olds) 

  • Teams finish being formed in late March 
  • One to two practices per week at roughly 1.5 hour duration (at the discretion of the manager)
  • One to two games per week 8-9 players per team 
  • Play to 3 outs or 5 runs scored per half inning 
  • Coach pitch by the batter’s coach 
  • Goal is for kids to improve upon the basics of baseball – showing a coordinated swing every at bat, throwing with proper technique, starting to catch a baseball with regularity, understanding when to run the bases without being told what to do
  • Teams should be making defensive outs occasionally 
  • Score is not kept except for the 5 runs per inning 
  • Play around 12 games – season (practices) starts in early to mid-April and goes into early June 
  • Managers/Coaches provided with a practice plan – mentorship also available from Minors/Majors managers

AAA Baseball Expectations (typically 8-9 year olds, mostly 9 year olds)

  • Teams finish being formed in mid-March
  • Two practices per week at roughly 1.5-2 hour duration (at the discretion of the manager) 
  • 2 games per week 
  • 9-10 players per team 
  • Play to 3 outs (not everyone necessarily bats every inning) or 5 runs are scored 
  • Coach pitch by the batter’s coach for first 2 innings, Kids pitch innings after that 
  • No walks – coaches step in to pitch after kid pitch goes to ball 4 Advancement of 1 base on a wild pitch/passed ball (kid pitch only)  
  • Play around 15 games – season (practices) starts in mid to late March and goes into early June 
  • Score is not kept except for the 5 runs per inning  
  • Goal is for kids to start to really fine tune their baseball mechanics throughout the season – make contact with the ball consistently with the bat, able to throw a ball from SS to 1B in the air, fully independent running the bases, some kids having the ability to pitch and throw strikes 40-50% of the time 
  • Games are umpired by volunteers, usually by a relative of a player, each team is expected to provide one umpire per game. 
  • Managers/Coaches not provided with a practice plan, but mentorship available from Minors/Majors managers 

Minors Baseball Expectations (typically 9-11 year olds, mostly 10 year olds)

  • Teams formed in mid-February
  • Two practices per week at 2 hour duration (at the discretion of the manager)
  • 2-4 games per week
  • Commitment is typically 4-5 days per week between practices & games
  • 11-12 players per team
  • Play to 3 outs (or) 5 runs are scored (or) bat once through line up per inning; there is no 10 run rule
    ending the game early.
  • All kid pitch
  • Walks are allowed
  • Can steal bases
  • First year of truly competitive baseball where score is kept, pitch counts are tracked and reported,
    standings are kept for a portion of the season.
  • Post-season tournament within the league which is followed up by Tournament of Champions that is run
    with 3 other leagues in the District
  • Post season All-star team is formed and plays in District 8 tournament in June/July.
  • Play around 16 regular season games + WLL Tourney + Tournament of Champions
  • Games are umpired by volunteers, usually by a relative of a player, each team is expected to provide one
    umpire per game.
  • Most importantly – for them to have fun and want to come back next year!

Majors Baseball Expectations (11-12 year olds)

  • Teams formed in mid-February 
  • Two practices per week at 2 hour duration (at the discretion of the manager) 
  • 2-4 games per week
  • Commitment is typically 4-5 days per week between practices and games 
  • 11-12 players per
  • Play to 3 outs per inning  
  • 10 run rule in effect 
  • All kid pitch 
  • Walks are allowed 
  • Can steal bases 
  • Dropped third strike in effect  
  • Competitive baseball where score is kept, pitch counts are tracked and reported, standings are kept for a portion of the season. 
  • Older kid version of Minors with an increase in skill and ability. 
  • Post-season tournament within the league which is followed up by Tournament of Champions that is run with 3 other leagues in the District 
  • Post season All-star team is formed and has a chance to qualify to play at Little League World series by participation in District 8 tournament.  
  • Play around 20 regular season games + WLL Tourney + Tournament of Champions 
  • Games are umpired by volunteers, usually by a relative of a player, each team is expected to provide one umpire per game. 
  • Most importantly – for them to have fun and want to come back to baseball next year!

Player Evaluations 

  • Why do we have them?  To ensure players are placed at the appropriate level.   Occasionally we have parents request a level of play for their son or daughter.  Although we understand the many different reasons for the request, we encourage parents to trust this process and the value of skill evaluation.  Over the years what we have discovered is in using the evaluation data for placement, the player benefits, has higher success and better overall experience.   

  • This year we will have 2 Player evaluations for baseball. Our first evaluation will be for all 9-12 year olds and will be held in early February.   The focus of this tryout is to understand which players have the ability to play in Majors (for 11’s and 12’s only), Minors (9’s/10’s/11’s only).   The second evaluation will be for all 8’s and will be held the end of February (or beginning of March).   The focus for the 8’s player evaluation is understanding skill level and ability for the AAA level to ensure we put together balanced teams.       

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Woodinville Little League

Woodinville Little Leage, PO Box 88
Woodinville, Washington 98072

Email: [email protected]

Woodinville Little League

Woodinville Little Leage, PO Box 88
Woodinville, Washington 98072

Email: [email protected]
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