Little League Baseball organization serving Menlo Park, CA and Atherton CA. Volunteer run organization. Majors, Minors, Triple A (AAA), Double A (AA), Single A, T-Ball, Coach Pitch and Challenger Divisions.
This division is designed for 8, 9 and 10 year-olds who played Machine Pitch or AAA in the Spring and thus have 0-1 year of kid pitch experience. Each team will begin practicing after Labor Day and games will commence in mid-September. The season will end the first week of November.
“Game weeks” will include 1 weekday afternoon practice and 1 weekend game. In addition, there will be clinics led by professional coaches early in the season -- one focused specifically on pitching and another on hitting.
This division is designed for 10, 11 and 12 year-olds who played Minors or Majors in the Spring. Teams will NOT be formed immediately. Rather, all players in this division will begin the season after Labor Day with instructional clinics, led by outstanding professional coaches from our partner GamePrep Baseball Academy.
There will be at least 3 clinics per week for the first 4 weeks. One will be dedicated to position play – infield, outfield, catching and pitching. Another will be dedicated to hitting. The third weekly clinic will focus on baseball situations – a game-like experience that will be fun and enlightening for players and coaches alike. There also will be individual pitching instruction.
After the 4 weeks of clinics have ended, teams will be formed and the players will move to 1 weekday afternoon practice and 1 weekend game for the next 3 weeks. On the final weekend of the season, the teams will participate in a “Jamboree” – essentially a small tournament.
The registration fee for both divisions is $150.
Players will be placed in a Fall Ball division automatically. Division placement is based on a player’s age and prior playing division experience.
Why Play Fall Ball?
All returning Majors, Minors, AAA and Machine Pitch players that meet the age guidelines are encouraged to participate in Fall Ball. Players will have the opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing skills – and most importantly, have some fun!
Fall Ball is low key and developmental. With the exception of the “Jamboree” in the final week of the Seniors Division season, game scores and win/loss records will not be kept and no trophies will be awarded.
If you know players who did not play little league baseball in Spring 2018 and might like to participate this Fall, please let them know about this program!
Opportunities for 13s and 14s
Little League District 52 is launching an exciting new program called “Juniors 80” for all players who will be baseball age 13 or 14 in Spring 2019 (i.e., players who were baseball age 12 in Majors this past season).
This division will play on a larger field. The pitchers mound is 54’ (vs 46’ in Little League) and the bases are 80’ (vs 60’ in Little League). As you likely surmised, the term “Juniors 80” comes from the 80’ base paths. It’s a good intermediate field size to bridge the gap between Little League and High School ball, which is played on a regulation 60’6”/90’ field.
Players interested in Juniors 80 can participate in a Fall program run by the District. Registration for that program is directly through District 52, NOT through M-A LL. If you have an eligible player who would be interested in Juniors 80 Fall Ball, please find more information here. Cost for this program is $115 and registration closes August 19.
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Menlo-Atherton Little League celebrated the Spring 2018 season on Saturday, June 2nd with carnival festivities and the Majors and Minors championship games. Between the Majors and Minors championship games, there was an award ceremony to honor the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) Sportsmanship Players and Coaches, Hit-a-Thon winners were presented with prizes, and the five All Star teams representing M-A LL at the District 52 tournaments in postseaon were announced. M-A LL had a fun and successful Spring 2018 season!
When considering Little League baseball equipment for holiday gifts and in advance of the Spring season, please remember that a very important new rule is being implemented relative to eligible bats for Little League baseball nationwide. Effective January 1, 2018, only bats with a USABat stamp will be permitted in Little League practices and games above the T-ball level. All bats with the stamp - including "big barrel" bats - will be legal. Please take a close look at this picture and make sure you see the stamp on any new bat you purchase!
Menlo-Atherton Little League will not be supplying the new bats to players. There is a wide range of pricing for the new bats, and high quality bats can be purchased at affordable prices. Having a correctly sized bat is of paramount importance. Kids swinging bats which are too heavy is a much more common problem than kids swinging bats which are too light. Buying inexpensive bats and upgrading regularly is a better strategy than spending a lot and trying to get many years out of the same bat. Please keep this in mind when purchasing a new bat.
If you have any questions about the new bats, please contact us at Player_Development@m-all.org or Equipment@m-all.org.