Baseball Divisions

Please use the definitions below as a guide to help choose the best division for your player. The age references below are based on Little League age. Your players Little League age is the age of your player on January 1, 2015 or April 30, 2015 (Age Chart). Little League updated their age chart to be January 1 cutoff but that is only for the younger divisions. Please check the age chart for your child's age. *Baseball is primarilly for boys, but girls may play in any division

The #1 goal of FMELL is placing your player in the division best suited to skill level, regardless of age.



 
A - Introduction to Baseball (Coach Pitch)

Single A is a developmental Division and is composed of children ages 7 - 9 years old. This division is for those who played Tball or skipped Tball but know how to hit, catch, throw, and run bases. Single A is a semi competitive Division, however, coaching emphasis is upon player instruction and development. Children hit from a coach pitcher so they can begin to learn to hit off a live human. Each child must play a minimum of three innings in a six-inning game. Division rules are in-place to encourage player rotation in a variety of positions. Ten players are assigned to field positions each inning, and all roster players bat whether assigned to a field position or not.

Single A Rules and Coaches Handbook

Skill Goals:

  • Learn the fundamentals of batting with emphasis on proper stance, grip and swing.
  • Learn the fundamentals of how to hold, aim and throw a ball.
  • Learn the fundamentals of fielding ground balls with emphasis on proper stance, glove and hand position.
  • Learn the fundamentals of catching fly balls with emphasis on moving to the ball location and proper glove and hand position.
  • Learn the fundamentals of base running.
  • Learn basic baseball rules and strategy and how to apply these in offensive and defensive situations.
  • Learn the importance of respecting the Umpires (as representatives of the rules, order and fair play necessary for fun and sportsmanship).
  • Learn to love the game of baseball and come back next year!
 
AA Minors - Introduction to Player Pitching

AA Minors is also considered a developmental Division with an increased level of competitive play compared to the Single A Division. Coaches' are again encouraged to emphasize player instruction and development Players range from 8* - 10 years old. Live kid pitching is introduced with Little League rules for walks and runs per inning. Coaches draft players based upon tryout ratings to form equally talented teams for maximum competitiveness. Each player must play a minimum of three innings in a six-inning game. Nine players are assigned to field positions each inning, and all roster players bat whether assigned to a field or not. Game scores, pitch counts and standings are recorded. Upon completion of the regular season, a post-season playoff tournament is held.

This is a draft level and all players are drafted to teams based on coach assessments and requests aren't granted unless family based (brothers/sisters on same team)

AA Rules and Coaches Handbook

Skill Goals:

  • Develop batting skills through proper stance and determination of pitches to swing at.
  • Develop fielding skills (infield and outfield positions, making the play at the correct base, backing up plays at the plate and in the field).
  • Develop base running savvy (when to run and listening to the 1st and 3rd base coaches).
  • Develop proper sliding technique.
  • Develop tracking skills for catching fly balls.
  • Pitchers learning proper throwing mechanics.
  • Develop good sportsmanship and respect for umpires.
 
AAA Minors - Introduction to Competitive Baseball

AAA Minors is the highest level of competition in the Minors Division and follows all the rules in the Official League League Rule book. Players range from 9** - 12 years old. Base stealing is permitted at this division after the ball crosses home plate, and there is a five run limit per inning with no limitation regarding the numbers of batters that can be walked per inning. All players on the team bat. Managers draft players based upon tryout ratings. Each player must play a minimum of three innings in a six-inning game. Coaches focus on developing individual and team skills to field a competitive team and prepare them for the Majors Division. Game scores, pitch counts and standings are recorded. AAA division interlocks with other District 10 leagues to form the game schedule. Upon completion of the regular season, players are eligible to be selected to the Little League All-Star Tournament.

This is a draft division and players are selected to teams based on evaluations at assessments. Returning AAA players are guaranteed to at least return to the AAA level unless they are selected to the Majors division. Requests aren't granted and players are selected to teams based off a draft.

Skill Goals:

  • Continued focus on good sportsmanship and team play!
  • Batting skills development including bunting, pitch selection and reading signals from Manager/Coach.
  • Increased development of catchers (signals, blocking, pass balls, making the throw from home to second, good throws back to pitcher on the mound and when pitcher is covering home plate) as importance of position increases at this level.
  • Pitching emphasis on good mechanics, injury prevention (ice), and development of pitching variety (fastball, change-up, location).
  • Develop base running skills for situational play.
  • Fielding emphasis on getting behind the ball and setting up the throw, getting ball to the correct position for the out or to keep the runners from advancing.
  • Arm strengthening through practice (long toss).
 
Majors - Competitive Little League Baseball

Majors is primarily for children 11 to 12 years old with some exceptions for advanced 10 year olds and is considered a highly competitive Division and represents the most advanced players in FME Little League that are age eligible.

Managers draft players based upon tryout ratings. Each player must play a minimum of 6 consecutive defensive outs and one at bat. Coaches focus on developing individual and overall team skills to field the most competitive team. Nine players are assigned to field positions and all 12 players bat with the exception of inter-league games where local rules may vary. Game scores, pitch counts and standings are recorded. Upon completion of the regular season, a post-season playoff tournament is held. The First Place team from the FME Majors division advances to the District Level Tournament of Champions (TOC's). All Majors players are eligible to be selected to the Little League All-Star Tournament.

This is a draft division and players are selected to teams based on evaluations at assessments. Returning Majors players are guaranteed to return to a Majors team. Requests aren't granted and players are selected to teams based off a draft.

Skill Goals:

  • Develop batting mechanics (bunting, driving, making adjustments to speed etc.) and pitch selection.
  • Develop accurate throws from outfielders to proper cutoff person.
  • After fielding the ball knowing where to make the throw and getting it there. Develop fielding strategies based on skills.
  • Reading signals from Coach/Manager and implementing directives.
  • Arm strengthening and accuracy thru practices (long toss).
  • Working as a team to get outs.
  • Pitching emphasis is to continue developing pitch variety with good mechanics (fastball 2 seam/4 seam, change-up, cutter, slider etc.) and injury prevention/arm care.
  • Catcher skills include developing pitch calling skills, accurate throws to all bases, minimize pass balls, etc.
  • Good Sportsmanship!
 
Junior - Competitve Little League Baseball

This division is an extension of the FME Little League to accommodate players league ages 13 and 14 (based on the player's age as of May 1, 2013) that still would like to play in Little League sanctioned baseball. This division has not been offered through FME LL in quite some time. The Juniors Division will host a separate tryout for players who think they would like to step up into a more challenging division of baseball. This division can be viewed as additional team in addition to their select club, a way to prepare for Middle School or Junior High School ball teams, or those players that just want to keep playing baseball, after the LL Majors division.