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Baseball and Softball at MCLL

MCLL currently offers the following programs all of which are open to boys and girls. Note that ages are based on League Age.  To determine your League Age use the following calculator

Little Leage Age Calculator

Baseball Age Chart

Softball Age Chart


Tee-Ball Programs

Tee-Ball Division (Ages 4-6) – Tee-Ball

This program is for young players just learning the game. Tee-Ball utilizes an adjustable batting tee for hitting.The program is a 10-week plan and resource that features structured learning, highlighted by one practice and one game per week on Saturdays. Over the course of the season, coaches and parents will engage in a series of lessons utilizing up to 40 activities that include skills, drills and plenty of physical activity. Click here for more information about Little League's Tee-ball program.


Baseball Programs

Coach Pitch Division (Ages 6-8) - Baseball

This division, also known as Minors A, focuses on skills essential for building a solid foundation for the game of baseball while having fun. It is intended for players ages 6 to 8 years old who are ready to hit a moving ball. Little League rules are modified for the youngsters to promote skill development. Coaches are allowed in the field and pitch to their own teams. We do not keep a strike count at this level and kids are given as many as 6 pitches to hit. The season generally consists of 1 or 2 practices per week (more at beginning and less as games begin) with typically 2 games per week when season play begins. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. 

Kid Pitch (Ages 8-12) - Baseball

Kid Pitch divisions ages 8-12 plays on a field that uses a 46’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. There are three divisions within kid pitch. Minors AA, Minors AAA and Majors. Minor teams play 12 games weather permitting. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament that begins in early July within Maryland District 2. 

Minors AA Division  (Ages 8-10) - Baseball

This division is designed for players age 8 to 10 years old that are just learning kid pitch baseball. The focus is on the development of pitching and catching skills while expanding on base running skills as well as the continued teaching of situational awareness and game strategies. 

This division plays on a field that uses a 46’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. Minor teams play 12 games, weather permitting. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament that begins in early July within Maryland District 2. 
 
Minors AAA Division  (Ages 9-11) - Baseball

This division is designed for players age 9 to 11 years old that have shown the ability to perform the essential skills with progression towards advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. The focus is on the continued development of pitching and catching skills while expanding on base running skills as well as the continued teaching of situational awareness and game strategies. 

This division plays on a field that uses a 46’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. Minor teams play 12 games, weather permitting. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament that begins in early July within Maryland District 2. 
 
Majors Division (Ages 10-12) - Baseball

Play at this level generally consists of 10 to 12 year old players (with some advanced 9 year olds) that have shown a mastery of the essential skills with the ability to perform many of the advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. The focus is on the continued development of hitting, pitching, base running and defensive techniques while expanding on situational awareness and game strategies. 

This division plays on a field that uses a 46’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. Major League teams play 12 games, weather permitting. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament that begins in early July within Maryland District 2. 
 
Intermediate Division (Ages 11-13) - Baseball

Play at this level consists of 11 to 13 year old players that have shown a mastery of the essential skills with the ability to perform many of the advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. The focus is on the continued development of items covered in the Majors division while introducing players to leading, regular stealing, pick off moves and additional defensive techniques. 
 
This division plays on a field that uses a 50’ foot pitching distance and 70’ foot base paths. Little League created this division within the past few years to transition players from the smaller 60’ field to the 90’ field used in the Juniors division and for play at the high-school level. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. Intermediate teams play between 12 and 16 games and may travel to other District 2 Leagues for inter-league play. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament for that division that begins in July within Maryland District 2.

Note: Games are scheduled for Wednesday and Sundays to avoid conflicts with games in the Majors division. This enables players to play BOTH levels while avoiding game conflicts.  Additionally, intermediate and majors divisions typically play on the same fields where bases/pitchers plate can be moved to accommodate the longer pitching distance and base paths.
 
Juniors Division (Ages 13-15) - Baseball

Play at this level consists of 13 to 15 year old players that have shown a mastery of the essential skills with the ability to perform many of the advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. The focus is on the continued development of items covered in the Intermediate division while introducing players to additional techniques utilized on the larger 90’ foot field. 
 
This division plays on a field that uses a 60’- 6” foot pitching distance and 90’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed including pitch counts and playing time requirements. Junior teams play between 12 and 16 games and may travel to other District 2 Leagues for inter-league play. Play throughout the season culminates with a division tournament to end the season. Players from this division are eligible to play in the Little League International tournament for that division that begins in July within Maryland District 2.
 
Little League International All-Star Teams

At the end of season, MCLL participates in the annual All-Star Tournaments administered by the National Little League Headquarters Tournament Committee out of Williamsport, PA. Tournament play starts in the Maryland District 2 tournaments and is available for the following age groups: 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, Intermediate and Juniors. MCLL will assess and determine which age groups that will represent the League in the LL tournaments based on the talent at each age group. There will be a maximum of 14 players and only one team for each participating age group. In accordance with National Little League policy, teams are selected on June 15 and the District 2 tournaments begin in early July. District, State and Regional tournaments culminate with a World Series held mid-August in different locations depending on the age group. The most widely known is the Little League World Series Majors Division, 11-12 year olds, televised by ESPN and ABC held in Williamsport, PA.  See the LL All-Star selection process located in the Information tab.


Girls Softball

Girls Coach Pitch- Softball (Ages 6-8)

This division focuses on skills essential for building a solid foundation for the game of softball while having fun! Coach Pitch is intended for players ages 6 to 8 years old (8U) who are ready to hit a moving ball.
Little League rules are modified for the youngsters to promote skill development.  Coaches are allowed in the field and pitch to their own teams. We do not keep a strike count at this level and kids are given as many as 6 pitches to hit.  The base paths are at 60 feet, while the coach may pitch from 35 feet (or closer). An 11” softball is used in this division.

Girls Kid Pitch - Minors (Ages 9-12)

This division is designed for players age 9 to 10 years old (10U) that have shown the ability to perform the essential skills with progression towards advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching.
The focus is on the continued development of pitching and catching skills, while expanding on base running skills. This is done while also teaching situational awareness, and game strategies while continuing to have fun.
The girls play on a field that uses a 35’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed, these including pitch counts and playing time requirements. An 11” softball is used in this division.

Girls Kid Pitch - Majors (Ages 9-12)

The Majors is designed for players age 11 to 12 years old (12U) that have shown the ability to perform the essential skills and progressed towards advanced skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching.
The focus is on the continued development of pitching and catching skills, while expanding on base running skills. This is done while also teaching situational awareness, and game strategies while continuing to have fun.
The girls play on a field that uses a 40’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed, these including pitch counts and playing time requirements.  A 12” softball is used in this division.

Girls Juniors Division (Age 14U)

The Juniors is designed for players age 13 to 14 years old that have shown the ability to perform the essential and advancing skills and progressed towards superior skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. 
Focus is on the continued higher development of pitching and catching skills, while expanding on base running skills. This is done while also teaching situational awareness, and sophisticated game strategies while continuing to have fun.
The girls play on a field that uses a 43’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed, these including pitch counts and playing time requirements.  A 12” softball is used in this division.

Girls Seniors Division (Age 16U)

The Seniors Division is designed for players age 15 to 16 years old that have shown the ability to perform advanced and/or superior skills in hitting, fielding and/or pitching. 
Focus is again on the continued higher development of pitching and catching skills, while expanding on base running skills. This is done while also teaching situational awareness, and sophisticated game strategies while continuing to have fun.
The girls play on a field that uses a 43’ foot pitching distance and 60’ foot base paths. Little League rules are followed, these including pitch counts and playing time requirements.  A 12” softball is used in this division.


THE LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

Beginning in June with district tournaments around the world and culminating in August with the Softball World Series, the Little League International Tournament is the world’s largest organized youth sports tournament. Thousands of communities worldwide participate annually, entering teams in the five softball tournament trails (three of which culminate in a World Series Championship) for softball players ages 8–16. With each Softball World Series Championship televised on the ESPN family of networks, and additional semi-finals and play-in games, this is most broadcast youth softball tournament. More than just tournaments, these events promote comradery and create lifelong friendships.

8-10 Softball State Championship

9-11 Softball State Championship

Little League 10-12 World Championship - Portland, OR

Junior League 12-14 World Championship - Kirkland, WA

Senior League 13-16 World Championship - Lower Sussex, DE



Challenger and Miracle League Information

The Little League Challenger Division is a non-aged restricted adaptive special needs baseball program that provides mentally and physically challenged players the opportunity of participating in an outdoor team sport. Baseball skills are taught at appropriate levels depending upon the severity of disability which can include non-verbal players and mentally disabled players, including autism spectrum disorders. Families are invited to contact the Challenger program at https://www.facebook.com/frederickchallenger, or contact Carl Hobbs at 301-788-4545 for more information.

MCLL also supports the Miracle League which provides a program for wheelchair bound players or those with other physical disabilities. The field is a rubberized material and located in Boyds, MD. Players are able to participate with support of on-field buddies that assist where necessary. Please contact Sean Ryan at MLMCBB@gmail.com or 301-509-9832 for additional info on the Miracle League.