Q: What divisions are available in Watertown Oakville LL?
Tee ball is available for league age 4 and 5. This division focuses on fun and developing a basic understanding of game play.
Single A / Coach Pitch division is available for players who have completed one year of tee ball, league age 6 players, and league age 7 players in need of additional basic skills work.
Two divisions are offered as part of the Little League Minors program:
AA / Modified Kid Pitch is a player's first introduction into player pitched baseball. In this division players pitch until either a strikeout, hit or four balls are thrown. When four balls are thrown, rather than recording a walk, the coach steps in to deliver three hittable pitches. Players in this division are generally 7 - 8 years old. 9 years olds players may participate at league and parent degression.
AAA / Player Pitch is the first division for full time player pitch and begins more advanced play. While still an instructional division, coaches are now off the field while on defense. Triple A division for players 9 - 11, and 12 year olds with approved waivers.
Majors division is for players league age 10 - 12, and is Little League's competitive baseball program on a 60' diamond.
Juniors division is for players league age 13 - 15, and is played on a 90' baseball field.
Challengers division is available for players 4 - 18 with intellectual and physical challenges to enjoy the benefits of Little League participation in an environment structured to their abilities.
Intermediate and Senior league is not offered in Watertown Oakville LL.
Q: How are players assigned to a team?
Tee ball, Single A (coach pitch) and AA (modified kid pitch) teams are assigned based on player age and skill level. Managers and coaches aid in the assessment of skills and assignment to teams.
Players for the AAA and Majors divisions are drafted to teams after league evaluations are held. The focus of the draft is to create competitively balanced team. Majors division are drafted first. Players not selected for Majors will be drafted to a AAA team.
Q: When will I hear what team my child is assigned to?
After the draft, managers will call or email families to notify them of team assignments. Those families signed up for notification will also be notified through the web site. Notifications generally occur in the first week of April.
Practice and game notifications will come shortly after team assignment notices.
Q: I have not been contacted by our team manager, what should I do?
Not all teams begin practices at the same time, so you may not have missed any activities. If you have not been contacted by April 10, please contact email@example.com
Q: What will my child need to participate?
Uniforms, hats, helmets and team bats will be provided by the league after team assignment. For 2018, teams will have a limited number of bats due to the costs of complying with new LL bat regulations.
Tee ball and Coach Pitch should be prepared with a glove and athletic shoes. Cleats are not necessary at this level.
AA, AAA, Majors and Juniors players should be prepared with cleats. Protective cups are required for players in the catchers position, and recommended for all others.
Metal spikes are not permitted in tee ball through Majors divisions.
Q: How often are practices and games? When does the season start?
Practice and game schedules will be provided by the coach after team assignments. The general activity guidelines by division are:
- Tee ball: Two days per week, beginning with 2 practices and moving to two games by the end of the season. Typically Monday - Friday, but may include some Saturdays.
- Single A and AA: Two days per week, including Saturday. Coaches may add a third optional practice as field time allows.
- AAA and Majors: Three days per week, beginning with practices in early April. One game and one practice during the week, and one game on Saturday.
- Juniors: Three days per week, with games / practices mixed throughout the week
The season start is completely dependent on the weather, but generally started the second weekend of April. Mosgrove field will be opened by the leagues Groundskeeper. School and Park & Rec fields are opened at decision of the Board of Education and Park & Rec Department.