Division Descriptions (Spring Rec)

UpdatedTuesday March 23, 2021 byLMLL.

The following are the Divisions for our 2021 Spring Recreational season:

 

BASEBALL/T-BALL DIVISIONS (co-ed; scroll down for girls-only Softball)

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LMLL Spring Rec Divisions - Baseball

 

NON-COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS (co-ed Pre-K to 3rd) – In all our non-competitive divisions below, there are no tryouts.  Players will be assigned to teams by the Division Commissioner, and may request to be assigned with a couple of friends.  No scores or standings are recorded.

 

T-Ball Minors – Grades: primarily Pre-K / some K - non-competitive (formerly Kickball)

The T-Ball Minors division teaches the dynamics and fundamentals of baseball, using a wide plastic bat and plastic balls, while having fun with friends in a non-competitive environment.

  • Open to all boys and girls in Pre-K and Kindergarten.  (NOTE: we recommend that Pre-Ks be in a 4’s program, i.e. going into Kindergarten next year, to avoid repeating T-Ball Minors next year since Kindergarten is a requirement for the next level T-Ball Program)
  • Players must be at least age 4 on December 31, 2020.
  • Schedule: Attendance at clinics/games, typically once a weekend on Saturday mornings, is expected of all players and coaches in this division. Click here for a sample team game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here).
  • See above for information about all Non-Competitive divisions

 

T-Ball – Grades: primarily K / some 1st - non-competitive/instructional

The T-Ball division teaches the fundamentals of the game of baseball, using a metal bat and soft baseballs (baseball glove required), to prepare kids for the next age divisions, in a non-competitive, instructional environment.   Players begin hitting off a tee and gradually shift to coach pitching.

  • Open to all boys and girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade (no Pre-K children will be admitted)
  • Players must be at least age 5 on December 31, 2020.
  • Schedule: Attendance at clinics and games, typically once a weekend at varying times Sat/Sun morning or early afternoon, is expected of all players and coaches in this division. (Click here for a sample team game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here).
  • See above for information about all Non-Competitive divisions

 

Baseball Gold – Grades: 1st - 3rd - instructional / limited competition

The Baseball Gold division introduces all elements of baseball (baseball glove required) to prepare players for transition to full competitive play.  The season begins with short clinics followed by games, coaches pitch, and limited competitive play, such as 3-out innings, swinging strike outs and keeping score, is introduced gradually during the season. 

  • Open to all boys and girls in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade
  • Players must be at least baseball age 6 (i.e., 6 years old on August 31, 2021).
  • All 2nd graders who register for the "Baseball Draft" and are not drafted into the Baseball Green division will be assigned to teams in this division.
  • Schedule: Attendance at clinics and games (typically once a weekend at varying times Saturday or somethimes Sunday morn/afternoon) and weekly practices (scheduled at varying days/times by coaches) is expected of all players and coaches in this division (click here for a sample team game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here).
  • See above for information about all Non-Competitive divisions

 

 

BASEBALL YOUTH COMPETITIVE (DRAFT) DIVISIONS (co-ed 2nd-7th): In all Baseball Youth (Draft) competitive divisions, games and practices are held on weekday late afternoons and at varying times on weekends, players pitch, balls and strikes are called, scores and standings are recorded, and all teams make the playoffs.  Teams within each Division play one another in a “house” league throughout the season.  To register for the Green, Blue, Majors and MajorsPlus competitive divisions below, the player should register for "Baseball Draft", must participate in mandatory tryouts (conducted for purposes of division placement and team competitive balance - see our Tryouts page), and will be drafted into the appropriate division by a coaches draft.  Players may not select a specific competitive division (other than coaches' children) nor request placement with other players.  ALL players who timely register will play on a team.

 

Baseball Green – Grades: 2nd-4th - introductory competitive division

The Baseball Green division introduces all players to full competitive play, including player pitching.  There is no stealing and certain other rules are modified to simplify this introductory competitive experience.   

  • Boys and girls in 2nd through 4th grades are eligible
    • For 2021 ONLY, we are waiving the rule that all 2nd graders must have played at least one year of Baseball/Softball Gold (or similar experience) to be eligible for Baseball Green - all 2nd graders are eligible to tryout for Green if they want
    • All 3rd and 4th graders not drafted into the Baseball Blue or Majors division will be drafted here. 2nd graders not drafted here will be assigned to Baseball Gold.
  • Players must be at least baseball age 7 (i.e., 7 years old on August 31, 2021)
  • As with all competitive divisions, tryouts are mandatory, for purposes of division placement and team competitive balance - see our Tryouts page.  All players who timely register will be drafted or assigned to a Baseball team.
  • Schedule: Typically 1-2 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Baseball Green game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here
  • See above for information about all Baseball Youth competitive divisions

 

Baseball Blue – Grades: 3rd-5th - intermediate competitive division

The Baseball Blue division expands competitive play, introducing limited base stealing.     

  • Boys and girls in 3rd through 5th grades are eligible
    • All 5th graders not drafted into the Baseball Majors division will be drafted here.
  • Players must be at least baseball age 8 (i.e., 8 years old on August 31, 2021)
  • Schedule: :Typically 2-3 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Baseball Blue game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here
  •  See above for information about all Baseball Youth competitive divisions

 

Baseball Majors – Grades: 4th-6th - full competitive division

The Baseball Majors division offers full competitive play, with unlimited base stealing.     

  • Boys and girls in 4th through 6th grades are eligible
    • All 6th graders not drafted into the Baseball MajorsPlus division will be drafted here.
  • Players must be baseball age 9 through 12 (i.e., age on August 31, 2021)
  • Schedule: Typically 2-3 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Baseball Majors game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here
  •  See above for information about all Baseball Youth competitive divisions

 

Baseball MajorsPlus – Grades: 5th-7th - full competitive division, 50/70 field

The Baseball MajorsPlus division shifts to a slightly bigger field and introduces full “live ball” rules, including leading before the pitch

  • Boys and girls in 5th through 7th grades are eligible
    • A limited number of 5th graders may be drafted here
    • All eligible 7th graders who register for “Baseball Draft” will play here
  • Players must be baseball age 11 through 13 (i.e., age on August 31, 2021)
  • Schedule: Typically 2-3 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Baseball MajorsPlus game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here
  • See above for information about all Baseball Youth competitive divisions

 

 

BASEBALL SENIORS COMPETITIVE DIVISION (co-ed 8th-11th):  In the Baseball Seniors competitive division, games and practices are held primarily on weekends (typically both days), with one or two weekday evening games possible late in the season, games are played on full-size 60/90 baseball fields, and full "live ball" rules apply.  Players may not request placement with other players.  The Baseball Seniors division is a recreational division for players of all abilities.  Teams play one another in a “house” league throughout the season. 

  • Open to all boys and girls grades 8th to 11th who are at least baseball age 13 (i.e., age on August 31, 2021)  (For 2021, 11th graders are eligible for Baseball Seniors, but only if they did not play on an LMLL or other Travel team or on a school team in 2020 and do not expect to in 2021)
  • Tryouts are mandatory for purposes of competitive team balance; teams will be drafted by a coaches draft - see our Tryouts page.  All players who timely register will be placed on a team.
  • Click here for a sample team Baseball Seniors game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here

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SOFTBALL DIVISIONS (girls only)

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LMLL Spring Rec Divisions - Softball

             

NON-COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS

 

T-Ball Minors - See above under Baseball/T-Ball Divisions - full co-ed division.

 

T-Ball - See above under Baseball/T-Ball Divisions - full co-ed division.

 

Softball Gold – Grades: 1st - 3rd - instructional / limited competition

The Softball Gold division introduces all elements of softball (baseball glove required) to prepare players for transition to competitive play.  Players and coaches will participate in a combination of clinics teaching core skills, and structured scrimmages and games. Coaches will pitch, supervise and umpire those games and scores and standings will not be recorded.   

  • Open to all girls in 1st. 2nd and 3rd grades
  • Players must be at least softball age 6 (i.e., 6 years old on December 31, 2020)
  • No skills evaluation for this Division. Players will be assigned to teams by the Division Commissioner, and may request to be assigned with a couple of friends
  • All 3rd graders who register for the "Softball Draft" and are not drafted into the Softball Blue division will be assigned to teams in this Division.
  • Schedule: Attendance at clinics and games (once a weekend, typically Sat morn/early afternoon) and weekly practices (scheduled at varying times by coaches) is expected of all players and coaches in this Division (click here for a sample team game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here)

 

NOTE: Due to the impact of not being able to offer a Rec Softball program in 2020, and the anticipated number of Rec Softball players in 2021, LMLL does not expect to have a Softball Green division for 2021.  Instead, all 2nd grade players and all beginner/less experienced players in 3rd grade should register for the Softball Gold division, described above.  3rd graders who have previously completed at least one season of Softball/Baseball Gold, played in our 2020 Summer Rec Softball Clinics or Baseball program  or have similar experience MAY register for Softball Draft and be considered for a Softball Blue team.  Any 3rd graders not selected for Softball Blue will automatically be placed on a Softball Gold team.  In addition, for 2021 only, 8th graders who did not play on a 2020 Travel team (whether for LMLL or another organization) and do not expect to do so in 2021 will be eligible to play in Softball Majors.

 

SOFTBALL YOUTH COMPETITIVE (DRAFT) DIVISIONS (3rd-8th): In all Softball Youth (Draft) competitive divisions, games and practices are held on weekday late afternoons and at varying times on weekends, players pitch, balls and strikes are called, scores and standings are recorded, and all teams make the playoffs.  Teams within each Division play one another in a “house” league throughout the season.  To register for the Blue and Majors competitive divisions below, the player should register for "Softball Draft", attend a mandatory skills evaluation (conducted for purposes of division placement and team competitive balance - see our Tryouts page), and will be drafted into the appropriate division by a coaches draft.  Players may not select a specific competitive division (other than coaches' children) nor request placement with other players.  ALL players who timely register will play on a team.

 

Softball Blue – Grades: 3rd-5th - introductory competitive division

The Softball Blue division introduces all players to competitive play, including player pitching.  Limited base stealing is introduced during the year and certain other rules are modified to simplify this introductory competitive experience.  More advanced play is introduced during the season.

  • Girls in 3rd, 4th  and 5th grades are eligible
    • A limited number of 3rd graders who have played at least one year of Baseball/Softball Gold (or similar experience, including participating in 2020 Summer Rec) may be selected to “play” in this Division.  3rd graders not drafted here will be assigned to Softball Gold.
    • All 5th graders not drafted into the Softball Majors division will be drafted here.
  • Players must be at least softball age 8 (i.e., 8 years old on December 31, 2020)
  • As with all competitive divisions, a skills evaluation is mandatory, for purposes of division placement and team competitive balance - see our Tryouts page.  All players who timely register will be selected to a Softball team.
  • Schedule: Typically 2 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Softball Blue game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here.  The season may start with a few exhibition/instructional games.
  •  See above for information about all Softball Youth competitive divisions

 

Softball Majors – Grades: 5th-8th - full competitive division

The Softball Majors division offers full competitive play, with full base stealing  

  • Girls in 5th through 8th grades are eligible
    • All eligible 6th-8th graders who register for “Softball Draft” will play here (for 2021, only 8th graders who did not play on a 2020 Travel team, whether for LMLL or another organization, and do not expect to do so in 2021, are eligible)
    • A limited number of 5th graders will be drafted here.
  • Players must be softball age 13 or younger (i.e., age on December 31, 2020)
  • Schedule: Typically 2-3 games per week on weekends/weekdays plus practices (scheduled by coaches); click here for a sample team Softball Majors game schedule from a prior year; close the window when done to return here
  •  See above for information about all Softball Youth competitive divisions