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Juniors and Seniors

Juniors and Senior Divisions are competitive organized baseball leagues for players age 13-14 (Juniors) and 15-16 (seniors).  Divisions are age-based and games are played under Little League International rules.  Kids pitch all games, subject to age-based pitch count regulations for player development.  LMLL Juniors/Senior program is an inter-league program and does require travel to various locations that can include Great Valley, Upper Providence, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and others. Juniors and Senior games are played on regulation sized, 90 ft fields.

Who can play?  The upper most division of LMLL baseball are for boys and girls who are 13-14 and 15-16 years old as of April 30th  this year.

How are players assigned to teams?  Upper division players are assigned to teams based on a coaches’ draft system in mid-March.  The draft system is design to yield teams of similar overall ability within each age division.  For this reason, we cannot accept teammate requests for the draft-based age divisions. In the Junior division there is a varsity division for the more senior players and a JV division for new players that are being introduced to the larger field.

When are pre-season player evaluations?  There are no player evaluation for Juniors and Seniors. Player will be assigned to a team by the coaches and commisioners
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When does the season start and end?  First practices are typically scheduled for the last week in March and first week in April.  Games typically begin the first week in April (or the first week after the LMSD spring break, whichever comes later).  There is an 8-week regular season, and then two weeks of playoff games.  The season ends the last week of the (LMSD) school year in mid-June.  

When are games and practices?  Teams have 2-3 games per week depending on division. In addition, each team will usually have one practice each week.  Weekday games and practices are held in the evening from (approximately) 6-7:30pm; weekend game times vary from week to week.  The game schedule is finalized in March, and will be posted under the Schedule tab at the top of the LMLL home page.   

Where are games and practices? Juniors and Senior games are played on regulation sized, 90 ft fields. Play will be against all teams that participate in Pennsylvania Little League District 27. Please note that the LMLL Juniors/Senior program is an inter-league program and does require travel to various locations that can include Great Valley, Upper Providence, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and others. Please take this into consideration when registering.

What do we need to bring?  Players need: (1) a baseball glove, (2) water bottle, (3) team baseball cap, and for games (4) his/her team uniform (shirt, baseball pants, socks).    Uniforms and caps are distributed at the first team meeting.  We recommend players wear baseball cleats.  Players cannot wear shorts, as they are taught to slide into the base on close plays.  We encourage players to bring their own favorite baseball bat, batting gloves, and batting helmet (but these are not required).   

When will I learn what team my player will be on?  Parents will be contacted (via email) by the player’s head coach after the player draft is complete in mid-March.  The head coach will provide field schedule information, team name and other players on it, and any additional logistical information.  Please be sure we have your preferred email address when you register online.

Are game rules available?  How long are the games?  Games are seven innings (which takes about 1.5-2 hours, typically).  Score is kept, and team standings are posted on the league web site.  Most rules mirror big-league baseball, but there are some important differences in Little League.  The  most important of these are pitch count regulations, rules regarding player interference/contact designed to ensure player safety, and provisions regarding player absences during playoffs (known as ‘taxi squad’ rules).  In these divisions (AA through Majors) there is a head umpire who adjudicates the rules during a game.  Each division offical game rules are available under the Rules and Regs tab at left.

Do we need to be township residents?  Lower Merion Little League is limited to residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth.

Where can I find additional information?  We have a Frequently Asked Questions page about our Spring Season baseball programs, on the tabs at left.  In addition, general inquires may be directed to the league at support@lmll.org.  Specific  inquiries may be directed to the Division Commissioners, whose names and email addresses are listed on the League Contacts tab at left.