DIVISIONS / LEAGUES
Question: How do I know which MPTLL division is available and/or right for my child?
Answer: Please reference the below table in conjunction with the current Little League International Age Chart as it corresponds to your player's date of birth and his or her Little League Player Age.
Question: Can you tell me a little more about each baseball division?
Answer: MPTLL offers the Baseball Divisions listed below. Age ranges provided below are typical for these divisions to keep kids playing age appropriate baseball.
T-Ball is for boys and girls who are Little League ages 4 and 5. Players will learn the fundamentals of fielding and hitting (off a tee). The primary goals are to instruct children in the fundamentals of baseball and to allow them to experience the value of teamwork. T-Ball rosters are typically composed of 10-13 players per team and tryouts/skill evaluations are not required. The T-Ball season begins in early March and will end prior to Memorial Day weekend (check the league calendar for specific dates).
Coach Pitch is for Little League 6 year olds. The primary goal in coach pitch league is to provide a developmental league for players who aren't ready for minor league machine pitch and also not challenged by playing another season of T-Ball. A strong emphasis in Coach Pitch is making sure players have an enjoyable experience while continuing to learn the fundamentals of the game. Skill evaluations are held and players are placed onto teams. The Coach pitch season begins in early March and ends the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar).
Minor League Baseball Divisions
Minor League Baseball programs are for baseball players ages 7-12 years old. Minor League rosters typically have 12-13 players per team. Myers Park Trinity offers 2 minor league programs:
American League Machine Pitch - Little League ages 7 and 8 with the possibility of some 6 year olds.
6 year old players (depending on league capacity) will have advanced skills in comparison to their peers. Skills evaluations are required for these players who may be drafted to an AL-machine pitch team based on evaluation performance. If a 6 year old player isn't drafted by an AL-machine pitch team then the player will be placed on a coach pitch team.
7 year old players - All 7 year old players will play AL-machine pitch. Players are evaluated at a skills evaluation and drafted to a team based on their tryout performance.
8 year old players - All 8 year old players play AL-machine pitch. Players are evaluated at a skills evaluation and drafted to a team based on their tryout performance.
The AL-machine pitch season begins with skill evaluations in mid-February and practices in early March. The season will end the last weekend of May or the first weekend in June (depending on the league calendar).
National League (NL) - kid-pitch; typically league ages 9-12
Little League® (Major League Division)
The Little League (Major) Baseball Division is for baseball players league ages 10-12. 11 and 12 year old year players drafted by a major league team during the previous season will return to their major league team and do not have to attend a tryout.
Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division
Presently MPTLL does not have an Intermediate (50/70) baseball division.
Junior & Senior Little League Baseball Division
Junior (ages 13 and 14) and Senior (ages 15 and 16) Little League home games are played at Independence Park (Elizabeth Traditional School). Fields are a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Refer to the League Calendar for key dates throughout the season. All players must live in or attend a school located in the MPTLL boundary. If necessary, tryouts/skill evaluations take place in mid-February. Practices begin in mid-April and the season ends the last weekend of June (depending on the league calendar).
Question: My player is young for their age group based on the Little League Age Chart and/or is less experienced or is playing baseball for the first time. Can they play "down" an age group?
Answer: No. For a variety of reasons, we stick to the Little League Age Chart so that players are playing with their similarly aged peer groups. As such, each division includes players with a wide variety of skills and levels of experience.