COVENTRY LITTLE LEAGUE DIVISIONS OF PLAY
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Below are the divisions of play and a brief description of each. Please select the division where you feel your child would be most comfortable. Upon request by a parent, the Player Agent, with Player Development Committee approval, may place a player in an upper or lower playing level.
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TEE BALL (4/5/6 yo) - Tee Ball is required for all League Age 4-year-old players as well as first year 5-year-old players. Tee Ball is open to first-year 6-year-olds, but we recommend they play Single A if they can hit a ball pitched by a coach. This is an introductory division specifically designed to provide a foundation and introduction to baseball that is grounded in fun, fitness, and fundamentals. All players begin the season by hitting off of a Tee. As the season progresses, managers, at their discretion, may introduce Coach Pitch to those ready to advance. Soft, Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls are used for safety. No scores are kept, every offensive player bats each inning regardless of outs, and no player sits on defense. Players are taught the basic fundamentals of baseball including throwing, catching, batting, defensive ready position and base running. Games are played in small groups of about 6 (no outfielders), and everyone rotates positions and bats each inning.
Single A (Coach Pitch) (5/6/7 yo)– The Single A division is intended to transition the T-Ball players to coach pitch play. It consists primarily of league age 5-year-old players who have played at least one season of Tee Ball as well as 6-year-olds, however, league age 7-year-olds new to baseball may register for this division. This is an instructional division where players hit "live" Reduced Injury Factor (RIF) balls pitched by their own coach from a short distance. If after a number of coach pitches the batter is still experiencing difficulty, a tee is used to assist players put the ball in play so they can also work on running the bases. No scores are kept. Outfield defensive positions are introduced. The basic fundamentals of baseball are reinforced.
Double A (Kid Pitch) (7/8 yo) – The Double A division is the first introduction to “kid pitch” baseball where the players pitch to the opposing team. This is also the first introduction to a baseball that is harder than the traditional Tee ball, although it is not as hard as that used in the Majors divisions. If unable to hit a kid pitch after a certain number of pitches, a coach will pitch. Swinging strikes will be recorded, but no walks. Positional play developed.
NOTE: We are evaluating using strikes erase balls with kid pitch. Coaches would only pitch if there is a "walk".
Triple A –(9/10/11 yo) – The Triple A Division is the first “draft” level division consisting primarily of league age nine and ten-year-old players as well as those players not drafted to majors. Eight-year-old players are allowed to try out given they participated in the AA division in the prior season with the League or a similar division in another Little League. Tryouts are held and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent.
Players not drafted will be placed back into the Double A division.
Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. The standard nine defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. Trained umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball. Players are taught advanced fundamentals of baseball such that they are exposed to pitching techniques, playing positions, defensive pre-pitch preparedness, live batting and more aggressive base running. A postseason tournament in which all teams in the division participate will determine the champion for the division. The final 2 teams will receive trophies.
NOTE: Any 8-year-old interested in being considered for Triple A MUST attend tryouts.
Majors – (10/11/12 yo) – The Majors Division is "draft" level and represents true competitive play. Major Division teams carry a mandatory roster of 12 players. Majors is generally oriented for experienced players league age eleven and twelve years old, however league age ten players are eligible to be drafted to a team. Tryouts are held in late winter and teams are formed through a manager draft process supervised by the Player Agent.
Players not drafted to Majors will play in Triple A.
Players pitch and all players in the lineup bat. The standard nine baseball defensive positions are used and scores and standings are kept. This level focuses on more advanced skill development. Players are exposed to faster pitching speeds, harder hit balls, and the overall pace of the game is much faster. Professional umpires enforce the Rules and Regulations of Little League Baseball.
A postseason tournament and Coventry Little League World Series will determine the champion for the division. The top teams in each the American and National divisions will receive trophies.
NOTE: Any player who did not play Majors last season and is interested in being considered for Majors MUST attend tryouts or contact a Player Agent if there is a conflict. All twelve-year-olds will be drafted to the Major division unless request submitted and approved by the District administrator and the Coventry Little League board of directors.
How do we determine the number of teams for Majors?
Little League designed the Majors division primarily for 12-year-olds. They have a standard formula for determining the number of Majors teams: take the total number of 12 year olds, divide by 8, and round up. For example, in 2016 we had 53 12-year-olds, so that means we must have 7 teams. Now, because CLL is required to have two divisions, American and National, as our league boundary, or town, population is over 20,000, we then added one more team so we have even number of teams on either side. As we found out in 2015, having an odd number of teams leaves one division at a disadvantage come playoff time.
What happens, unfortunately, is one division may have more twelve-year-olds, thus there are less players that can move up. We'd like to take everyone, but the board has determined having 12 players per roster is best for all involved. If we took more players, we'd have to resort to the Minimum Playing Time rule, which is 6 consecutive outs and 1 at bat per game, while batting a standard line-up of 9 players. We think batting with a consecutive line-up (everyone bats before the top of the order) with no player sitting for consecutive innings allows for more playing time.