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NOTE:  Little League recently updated the league age cutoff.  To determine your child's league age, please see the chart below or click here

 

 

 

 

Organization and Placement

 

The league is organized into division groups for the spring season:  Beginners, Minors, Majors, and Juniors.  Within these division groups, individual divisions are formed based on age, skills, player evaluations, and in some cases, as mandated by Little League regulations.  The table below describes each division and the various league ages and qualifications that would place a particular player into that division.

 

Parents who are new to Loudoun South Little League should provide as much background on their player during registration, including leagues and levels played, years experience, etc.  

All player placement decisions are at the discreition of the LSLL Player Agents. The player agents also represent all player interests for the league, and parents are encouraged to contact them regarding division placement at or .

 

Division

Characteristics

League Age Requirements and Qualifications

T-Ball

    • Introduction to baseball
    • Softer tee-ball and batting tee used
    • Emphasis on beginner skills development mixed with fun
    • Shorter practices and games; no scores kept
    • Player, coach, and parent involvement is high
    • No tryouts
    • ALL players league age 5.
    • Players league age 6 WITHOUT a prior season of Spring T-Ball experience.
      • NOTE:  Per Little League regulations, there are no exceptions to these placement policies!
    • Personal requests (place with friend, etc.) may be considered at the Player Agent’s discretion.

Instructional Rookie (IR)

    • Introduction to coach pitching
    • Basic skills development — hitting, fielding, base-running
    • Mandatory infield/outfield play
    • No scores kept
    • Player, coach, and parent involvement is high.
    • No tryouts. 
    • ALL players league age 6 WITH a prior season of T-Ball experience.
    • Players league age 7 WITHOUT a prior season of T-Ball experience, at parent request and Player Agent approval.
    • Players league age 7 with a sibling in this division, at parent option and with Player Agent approval.
    • Personal requests (place with friend, etc.) may be considered at the Player Agent’s discretion.

Rookie

    • Coach-pitch
    • Continued basic skills development — hitting, fielding, base-running
    • Mandatory infield/outfield play
    • No scores kept
    • Player, coach, and parent involvement is high.
    • No tryouts. 
    • ALL players league age 7 who do not attend a tryout.
    • Players league age 7 who attend a tryout AND are not drafted into the Single-A division
    • Players league 8 with a sibling in this division, at parent option and with Player Agent approval.
    • Personal requests (place with friend, etc.) may be considered at the Player Agent’s discretion.

Single-A ("A")

    • Introduction to player pitching
      • Limited player pitch innings
      • Remainder coach-pitched
    • Beginning emphasis on position player development, especially pitcher and catcher
    • Limited stealing
    • Mandatory player evaluation and draft
    • Scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Players league age 7 who try out, have an acceptable evaluation score, AND are drafted.
    • Players league age 8 who are not drafted into the AA division.

AA

    • Full player pitching
    • Refinement of position player skills
    • Refinement of base-running skills
    • Mandatory player evaluation and draft
    • Competitive; scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Potential All Star play
    • Players league age 7 at parent request, Player Agent approval, who achieve an acceptable evaluation score, AND are drafted into the AA division.
    • Players league age 8 who try out, have an acceptable evaluation score, AND are drafted.
    • Players league age 9 who are not drafted into the AAA division.

AAA

    • Preparation for Majors play
    • Regulation Little League games and rules, with emphasis on maximizing playing time and experience
    • Mandatory player evaluation and draft
    • Highly competitive; scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Potential All Star play
    • Players league age 9 who try out, have an acceptable evaluation score, AND are drafted.
    • Players league ages 10-11 who request NOT to play Majors
    • Players league ages 10-11 who are not drafted into Majors division.
      • NOTE: Only players league ages 10-11 who were not drafted into the Majors division may be called up as replacement players to a Majors team.
    • Players league age 12 who waive their right to play Majors.
      • NOTE: A formal Regulation V(e) waiver must be filed with the League by parents. Players so waived may not pitch in AAA, nor be recalled to Majors.

Majors

    • Regulation Little League games and rules
    • Highest level of play on small diamond
    • Mandatory player evaluation and draft
    • Highly competitive; scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Potential All Star play
  • Players league age 10 - 11 who try out, have an acceptable evaluation score, AND are drafted.
    • ALL players league ages 11-12 who have previously played in this division.
    • ALL players league age 12 who have not requested to play in AAA.

Juniors Division

    • Introduction to regulation baseball dimensions/rules
    • Leads, pick-offs, balks
    • Mandatory player evaluation and draft
    • Metal cleats
    • Big-barrel bats
    • Interleague play
    • Highly competitive; scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Potential All Star play
    • ALL players league age 13-15.

Middle School

    • Introduction to regulation baseball dimensions/rules
    • Leads, pick-offs, balks
    • Mandatory player try out
    • Metal cleats
    • Big-barrel bats
    • Interleague play
    • Highly competitive; scores and standings kept
    • End of season tournament
    • Potential All Star play
    • Players league age 13-14 who are also in 7th and 8th grade.